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Risk remains for wildfires
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
With the exception of the Panhandle, rainfall throughout the state this year has become a commodity. In less than four months, the Tampa Bay region has received 5 inches of … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
• The Charlotte County Family YMCA announces that they are now taking registration for all of the YMCA’s 2017 Summer Camp Programs. Campers will find fun new ways to spend … Find out how to read more online.
Fat Point, Big Storm become brew bros
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
Let there be no doubt, Punta Gorda-based Fat Point Brewing is open for business. Earlier this year, Fat Point and Big Storm Brewing Co. of Tampa Bay quietly announced an … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County area has a wide range of volunteer opportunities. Contact one of the following organizations to see how you can get involved and give back to the community. … Find out how to read more online.
Vehicle fire homicide victims identified
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
The victims in a double homicide from December have been identified as Emmanuel Marmolejos, 21, and Anthony Espinosa, 28, both former Miami area residents. The two men were found around … Find out how to read more online.
Developer buys Tuckers Grade property
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
The 563-acre Tuckers Grade development site in Punta Gorda has been purchased by Lely Development Corp. of Naples for $6.5 million. The company is planning to redesign the land for … Find out how to read more online.
CCSO Narcotics Unit arrests 12 in meth investigation
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
Twelve people were arrested as a result of a long-term investigation targeting methamphetamine dealers in north Charlotte County. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported that a total of $75,000 wrth … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
AARP Charlotte Chapter 80 The AARP Charlotte Chapter 80 meets on the third Thursday of every month at 9 a.m. at the Royal Palm Retirement Center, 2500 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. … Find out how to read more online.
Developer has the right vision to help with housing crisis
Tue  Apr 25 2017 08:30AM
I returned to the Sun office in Charlotte County nearly a year ago. My family chose to rent a nice apartment in the Toledo Blade area while we decided where … Find out how to read more online.
Jail infirmary will provide better care for mentally ill
Tue  Apr 25 2017 08:30AM
Next spring or summer, the Charlotte County Jail will have a new infirmary with three floors and approximately 114 beds. For now, a converted housing pod suffices as the infirmary … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte floats user-fee boost for pools, fields, facilities
Mon  Apr 24 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte commissioners are considering a hike in user fees for recreational services and facilities, along with a new, more lenient, library fine policy. Tommy Scott, director of Community … Find out how to read more online.
Slightly cooler, drier weather expected by mid-week
Mon  Apr 24 2017 08:30AM
The week may start off wet for Southwest Floridians, but it will get drier after a front moves through the area on Monday, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Richard … Find out how to read more online.
Help needed to get veterans to Washington, DC
Mon  Apr 24 2017 08:30AM
For 102-year-old Ervin George Yoas, a May 6 Honor Flight may be the last chance he’ll have to see Washington, D.C. For Walter Obrosky, it will be a dream come … Find out how to read more online.
Audubon Society defends environment, past & present
Sat  Apr 22 2017 08:30AM
As a game warden at the turn of the 20th century, Columbus G. McLeod laid down his life to protect plumed birds in the wilds of what is now Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Apr 23 2017 08:30AM

bridge winners

Bridge Winners — April 17

North Port Senior Center

North/South

1st: Helen Norris and Dave Johnson; 2nd: Donna and George Przyblek; 3rd: Marge Van Tatenhove and Cathy Saunders; …

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Kiwanis and North Port For The Children’s plan tournament
Sun  Apr 23 2017 08:30AM
After a successful bunny breakfast, the Early Bird Kiwanis and North Port For The Children are planning a free fishing tournament the day before Father’s Day. … Find out how to read more online.
Upcycled art at Earth Day celebration
Sun  Apr 23 2017 08:30AM
Corin Bay store in Englewood held a community celebration for Earth Day. Participants were invited to paint scrap wood and check out upcycled art from local artist Dan Swails, listen … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Apr 23 2017 08:30AM
Earth Day Sunday Festival in Englewood today
Sun  Apr 23 2017 08:30AM
There will be an Earth Day Sunday Festival 2017 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Buchans Community Park, next to the Buchans Air Field on Old Englewood Road … Find out how to read more online.
Earth Day: A chance to get reacquainted
Sun  Apr 23 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — During Saturday’s Earth Day Extravaganza, naturalist Martha Clemente blends appreciation with education as she leads a tour through the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center. For nearly two decades … Find out how to read more online.
TRACKING CRIME
Tue  Apr 25 2017 08:30AM
When Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office deputies take to the road, they can see all recent traffic incidents, property crimes, assaults, 911 calls and anything else that has generated a report … Find out how to read more online.
Candlelight vigil to celebrate North Port teacher
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A year later, the community still mourns the loss of a North Port High School teacher who was shot and killed in a murder-suicide. During a child … Find out how to read more online.
Water district declares first phase of shortage
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s governing board voted Tuesday to declare a phase I water shortage for all its 16 counties, including Charlotte, DeSoto, Lee, Polk and Sarasota. The … Find out how to read more online.
Local schools earn national recognition
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
Three Charlotte County schools earned spots on U.S. News and World Report’s survey of the best high schools in the country. The “Best High School” rankings identify the country’s top-performing … Find out how to read more online.
Florida SouthWestern students celebrate prom
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School held its 2017 Prom at the Isles Yacht Club in Punta Gorda on Saturday evening. … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte orders outdoor burn ban
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — In response to severe drought conditions, the Charlotte County Commission on Tuesday declared a burn ban on certain outdoor fires and on the private use of fireworks and … Find out how to read more online.
Riders raise funds for Charlotte County 4-H Club
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
The Punta Gorda Horseman’s Association held a 4D Jackpot Barrel racing event to raise funds for the Charlotte County 4-H Beef & Breed Club last week at the Punta Gorda … Find out how to read more online.
Everyone was a winner at Darts for Parts benefiting A&E Autos 4 the Needy
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
Providing reliable transportation to individuals in need is the purpose of A and E Autos 4 the Needy. This nonprofit organization recently presented Maureen Moran with a 2002 Chrysler Cirrus … Find out how to read more online.
FSW ranked in top 50 community colleges
Tue  Apr 25 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Out of 1,600-plus community colleges in the nation, Florida SouthWestern State College ranks in the top 50, according to College Choice, an independent online publication. The goal … Find out how to read more online.
Remembering the Holocaust
Mon  Apr 24 2017 08:30AM
The Holocaust turned Max and Anita Weisglass into adults before they could enjoy being children. “I had no toys, no childhood at all,” said Max Weisglass, of Punta Gorda. He … Find out how to read more online.
Search is on for 1925 firetruck
Mon  Apr 24 2017 08:30AM
Anybody run across a 1925 firetruck? That’s what the Old Fort Fire Department in Old Fort, North Carolina, would like to find out. It is hoping a 1925 REO Speed … Find out how to read more online.
Demolition was his specialty in WWII
Mon  Apr 24 2017 08:30AM
By the time John Kohout, now of Port Charlotte, graduated from jump school at Fort Benning, Georgia, V-E Day had come and gone. Since the Germans had already surrendered, he … Find out how to read more online.
Affordable: A dirty word in housing
Sun  Apr 23 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — What’s in a name? Apparently a lot when it comes to housing intended for moderate income residents. Affordable, workforce or low-cost — all are used interchangeably to … Find out how to read more online.
North Port looks into more dog-friendly parks, walkable trails
Sun  Apr 23 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — More of the community may be able to enjoy enhanced parks and walkways soon. The North Port Parks and Recreation Advisory board met Thursday night to further … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Art Center to offer kids’ summer art camp
Sun  Apr 23 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port Art Center will present an opportunity this summer for kids to find their inner artist. Art Center youth director Clare Harvey said the “Funtastic Art” … Find out how to read more online.
Young North Port fishers learn to tie knots, bait hooks
Sun  Apr 23 2017 08:30AM
More than 30 children attended a fishing clinic at McKibben Park in North Port to learn how to cast, knot tying, baiting the hook and taking a fish off the … Find out how to read more online.
Scouts compete at Pinewood Derby
Sun  Apr 23 2017 08:30AM
Scouts from Sarasota, Charlotte and Manatee counties participated in the annual Pinewood Derby in Englewood. … Find out how to read more online.
Weekly record
Sun  Apr 23 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte County marriages • Forrest Lance Quattro of Clinton Township, Mich., and Elizabeth Ann Beitel of Clinton Township, Mich. • Andrew Paul Srok of South Milwaukee, Wis., and Lauri Ann … Find out how to read more online.
Keystroke communication
Sun  Apr 23 2017 08:30AM
To those struggling to find their way through the jungle of iPhone and Androids, take heart. Guides exist. They are young, smart and tech savvy, and they are willing to … Find out how to read more online.
‘Dr. Gus’ died helping others
Sun  Apr 23 2017 08:30AM
Dr. Agustin Collado, better known as “Dr. Gus,” closed his eyes on Earth and opened them in heaven on Thursday. Collado was born in Manilva, in the Province of Malaga, … Find out how to read more online.


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