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County offers plans for Jones Loop rest area
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte County has sent a letter to the state expressing interest in taking over the Jones Loop Road rest area when it closes in January. … Find out how to read more online.
Crossroads hosts WinterFest
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — It’s being dubbed the world’s shortest parade, and judging by the route, that’s no hyperbole. Punta Gorda’s inaugural Santa Parade to benefit the AMIKids Crossroads’ group foster … Find out how to read more online.
Building a kayak with wings
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
At age 81, Skip Rasmussen, of Punta Gorda, is flying headlong into a new life venture. He’s building a twin-engine airplane in his Punta Gorda Isles garage. In life, he’s … Find out how to read more online.
Boats twinkle in 25th Annual Lighted Boat Parade
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
The 25th annual Punta Gorda Lighted Boat Parade, planned and carried out by the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, lit the harbor with dazzling displays of holiday decorations Sunday night. … Find out how to read more online.
‘Happy Neuter Year’ campaign for dogs and cats
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
Pet owners in Charlotte and DeSoto counties can have their male dog or cat neutered as part of a special Animal Rescue Coalition program. The “Happy Neuter Year” campaign sponsored … Find out how to read more online.
Area has $3 million lottery winner
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
A stop at an Englewood convenience store has made someone a lot richer. Monday, the Florida Lottery identified Mark Lewis as the Dearborn Corner Market customer whose purchase of a … Find out how to read more online.
Santa takes a ‘Paws’ for a very good cause
Mon  Dec 15 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Families with kids lining up to get their pictures taken with Santa Claus are not the only ones. These days, four-legged children also are getting in on … Find out how to read more online.
‘Shop’ fund honors late NPPD sergeant
Mon  Dec 15 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — This week, North Port police will team up to make sure area kids have a great Christmas. The annual “Shop with a Cop” event pairs officers and … Find out how to read more online.
Boil water notice issued for Harbour Heights
Mon  Dec 15 2014 08:30AM
HARBOUR HEIGHTS — Residents are advised of a 6-inch main line break at 2 a.m. Sunday on the corner of Broadpoint Drive and Sunnybrook Road. As a precaution, the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood boat race plans solidifying
Mon  Dec 15 2014 02:44PM
ENGLEWOOD — A few more t’s need to be crossed and i’s dotted, but the Offshore Powerboat Association is prepared to stage a race off Manasota Key in November. “It … Find out how to read more online.
Crash victim meets man who helped him
Sat  Dec 13 2014 08:30AM
ROTONDA WEST — Anthony Eklund really wanted to meet the man who helped to save him after he was hit by an alleged drunken driver on Nov. 25. He got his … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte sheriff’s study helps ... Cleveland?
Fri  Dec 12 2014 08:30AM
Before he became Charlotte County’s sheriff in 2012, Bill Prummell spent some time with the Sheriff’s Office as a captain running the Investigations Unit. While he was in that role … Find out how to read more online.
Church responds to civil suit verdict
Fri  Dec 12 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The day after a jury handed down a major judgment against Port Charlotte United Methodist Church, in whose parking lot a 10-year-old boy was struck and killed … Find out how to read more online.
Suit nets $1.2M
Thu  Dec 11 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A jury has decided Port Charlotte United Methodist Church was mostly at fault in the death of 10-year-old Younique Miller, who was struck by a pickup and … Find out how to read more online.
Plan changes with times
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Linda McGill has served as caregiver to several family members in their old age, but when she looked for help from community resources, she found a lack of … Find out how to read more online.
Major development targets DeSoto
Thu  Dec 11 2014 08:30AM
After years of stagnant economic growth, DeSoto County may have received a major shot in the arm with Gov. Rick Scott’s approval this week for the state to sell the former … Find out how to read more online.
Bella greeting visitors at Wildlife Center
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Although little has changed for the Peace River Wildlife Center since it was discovered the animal sanctuary is sitting on privately owned land, rescue volunteers continue to … Find out how to read more online.
Suncoast Humane opens local thrift store
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A short line formed outside the Suncoast Humane Society thrift store before the shop made its debut this week. Sheila Crouch, one of the first customers, was … Find out how to read more online.
Boil water alert scheduled to end today for Harbour Heights
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
HARBOUR HEIGHTS — A boil water alert resulting from Sunday’s water main break remains in effect until 2 p.m. today, according to the Charlotte Harbor Water Association. The pipes were … Find out how to read more online.

Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Katelyn Dawn Lewis, 23, 1400 block of Achilles St., Port Charlotte. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. • Anderson Lee … Find out how to read more online.
A bus is a bus, not a bad ride
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
You can look at the reality of a broken-down truck as an excuse to discard hundreds of used dollars at a repair shop, or you can view it as an … Find out how to read more online.
North Port population expected to double by 2040
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
North Port’s population is expected to soar to 111,300 by 2040, according to figures released Monday in an economic forecast plan. There are currently 56,800 residents in North Port. Projected … Find out how to read more online.
Commission plans meeting today
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
Intermittent lane closures on Burnt Store Intermittent lane closures on Burnt Store Road, from Zemel Road south to Vincent Street, are expected to continue through Thursday. Drainage and utility work … Find out how to read more online.
Sewer bids sky high
Mon  Dec 15 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — When bids for the East and West Spring Lake sewer project were opened last week, the news was worse than expected. While the ceiling on anticipated costs already … Find out how to read more online.
Clothing from days gone by back in demand
Mon  Dec 15 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Vintage clothing represents life from another time, and probably is less indicative of the person who originally wore it than of the era itself. The fact that … Find out how to read more online.
Law enforcement agencies use results in crime investigations
Sun  Dec 14 2014 08:30AM
A bill the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office received from DNA Labs International reflected about $2,000 in DNA testing for one recent case. The law enforcement agency paid the private lab … Find out how to read more online.
Ceremony message: ‘Remember, Honor, Teach’
Sun  Dec 14 2014 01:22PM
SARASOTA — Saturday morning, Debbie Upchurch drove more than 50 miles to attend the Wreaths Across America ceremony at Sarasota National Cemetery. For the Port Charlotte resident, it had a … Find out how to read more online.
Local recycling surges
Sat  Dec 13 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — In the past year, Waste Management has witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of households joining its expanded residential recycling program. In 2013, 39 percent of Charlotte households … Find out how to read more online.
El Jobean parade canceled
Sat  Dec 13 2014 08:30AM
EL JOBEAN — For more than 10 years, the residents of El Jobean have celebrated Christmas by holding a community parade. Participants would decorate golf carts, walkers would wear costumes, … Find out how to read more online.
Underdog set to graduate from SCF today
Fri  Dec 12 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — When Ashley Ewing walks across the stage to receive her degree today, she will know that it couldn’t have happened without those who cared enough about her to … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County to update comp plan
Thu  Dec 11 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — County staff announced Wednesday that an update of Sarasota’s comprehensive plan will start next year, with work expected to span 18 months and include multiple opportunities for members … Find out how to read more online.
Developer told to return with new plan
Thu  Dec 11 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — After 10 attempts at developing a parcel near the Pine Lake subdivision in Englewood, a local developer must come back with another plan for proposed homes, villas and … Find out how to read more online.
Local donations helping pranked teen, family
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Over breakfast Tuesday morning at Four Points by Sheraton, Noah Menson, 15, and his family — who were staying at the waterfront hotel for free — reminisced … Find out how to read more online.