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North Port succeeds with small business series
Wed  Aug 23 2017 06:34PM
NORTH PORT — As the city continues to bring in more residents, it will also bring in new businesses — which are getting by with a little help from North … Find out how to read more online.
Car flips, man injured
Wed  Aug 23 2017 06:32PM
One person was transported to the North Port ER after a two-vehicle crash at State Road 776 and Biscayne Drive in Port Charlotte Wednesday, a Charlotte County Fire/EMS spokesperson reported. … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Aug 23 2017 07:14PM
PUNTA GORDA — The city’s ban on medicinal marijuana will stand. In a 3-1 vote, Punta Gorda City Council moved Wednesday to pass an emergency ordinance, making its ban on … Find out how to read more online.
Local job fairs slated this month, next
Wed  Aug 23 2017 06:32PM
Two career fairs this month and another next month in Charlotte County are expected to bring dozens of opportunities to people seeking work in the area. The unemployment rate in … Find out how to read more online.
MORE dough for Pizza?
Wed  Aug 23 2017 08:30AM
Will Levi, of Nino’s Bakery in Punta Gorda, admits to being old school. He never wants to lose a single customer. When his daughter, Theresamarie, showed him an article from … Find out how to read more online.
Pioneer Days recognizes LB Garden Club
Wed  Aug 23 2017 06:32PM
ENGLEWOOD — The roots of the Lemon Bay Garden Club run deep in Englewood, deep enough to be part of the annual Pioneer Days Englewood Historical Tour on Sunday. Members … Find out how to read more online.
Snake bites not uncommon in Florida
Wed  Aug 23 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Sandy and James Ruggerio are waiting on any news about their 9-year-old American Staffordshire terrier named Beast. Beast was bitten by an Eastern diamondback rattlesnake on Thursday … Find out how to read more online.
Solutions sought for perilous intersection
Wed  Aug 23 2017 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — On June 13, a 52-year-old man was killed at the intersection of State Road 31 and Bermont Road following a three-vehicle collision involving a dump … Find out how to read more online.
‘Once in a lifetime’ eclipse inspires stargazers
Tue  Aug 22 2017 06:00PM
PUNTA GORDA — Sean Malloy owes his existence to a total eclipse of the heart. The Punta Gorda man’s parents — U.S. Army captain father Patrick and German mother Margot … Find out how to read more online.
Laishley appointed to FSW State College board
Wed  Aug 23 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Punta Gorda businessman Bruce Laishley never went to college, but he has been appointed to serve on the board of one. Gov. Rick Scott recently appointed him … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Aug 23 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Alexander Stewart Molineu, 30, of Pine Hurst Place, Rotonda West. Charges: possession of drug paraphernalia, fugitive from justice, and possession … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Schools’ pools face refurbishing after violations
Wed  Aug 23 2017 04:43PM
Charlotte County Public Schools is pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into refurbishing its pools, following a string of violations identified by the Florida Department of Health since at least … Find out how to read more online.
One dead in Port Charlotte crash
Tue  Aug 22 2017 08:30AM
A 64-year-old man died from injuries sustained in a Saturday crash in Port Charlotte, the Florida Highway Patrol reported Monday. Wade Martin Byington, 64, of Port Charlotte, was driving a … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: One dead in ‘disturbance’
Mon  Aug 21 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office investigators spent Sunday conducting a death investigation at a home on the 2700 block of Eleventh Avenue in Grove City. Deputies were dispatched to … Find out how to read more online.
Florida fourth in pending immigration cases
Mon  Aug 21 2017 08:30AM
Between Charlotte, Sarasota and DeSoto counties, 263 individuals have pending cases in immigration court, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, an online data tool maintained by Syracuse University. Sixteen … Find out how to read more online.
Florida State League offers everyday history
Sun  Aug 20 2017 08:30AM
A league with a long history is the scene right now of history in the making. The Florida State League, with roots in post-World War I Florida, is smack dab in … Find out how to read more online.
Barefoot Trader owner has plans for Old Florida Outdoor Center
Sun  Aug 20 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The building that houses Old Florida Outdoor Center and Gallery has been a mainstay in the Englewood community since the early days of West Dearborn Street. Since its … Find out how to read more online.
North Port roads may expand pedestrian-friendly efforts
Sun  Aug 20 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — As the city’s population will grow — and age — North Port staffers are working to make the streets more accessible for all. City planner Chris Whittaker … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Aug 20 2017 08:30AM
American Legion Post 110 • Bridge winners Aug. 14: 1-Tom Zinneman, 4450; 2-Nancy Nagrant, 3480; 3-Jean Pilon, 3390; 4-Jackie Benson, 2910. Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club • Ladies Bridge winners Aug. … Find out how to read more online.
Local doctor recalls operating on Son of Sam victim
Sun  Aug 20 2017 08:30AM
Forty years ago, Dr. David Klein’s phone rang in the middle of the night. He picked it up and heard the words, “The Son of Sam has struck again.” Klein, … Find out how to read more online.
Killer of Charlotte County prosecutor denied parole
Wed  Aug 23 2017 07:14PM
The woman convicted in the 1982 murder of a Charlotte County prosecutor was denied parole Wednesday. Bonnie Kelly, 64, was sentenced to life in prison for the fatal shooting of … Find out how to read more online.
Suspect arrested in domestic shooting
Wed  Aug 23 2017 06:32PM
A Port Charlotte man was arrested after allegedly shooting his girlfriend Tuesday night. Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Bayfront Health Port Charlotte at 11 p.m. after receiving a … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda robbery suspect arrested in California
Wed  Aug 23 2017 06:32PM
The U.S. Marshals arrested a suspect Tuesday from an armed robbery that occurred at Circle K in Punta Gorda in May. Punta Gorda Police Department officers responded to the convenience store … Find out how to read more online.
Police Beat
Wed  Aug 23 2017 06:32PM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Edward Charles Mahan, 41, 23300 block of Corrine Ave., Punta Gorda. Charge: driving without license revoked (habitual offender). Bond: $5,000. … Find out how to read more online.
Witness recounts fatal shooting
Wed  Aug 23 2017 06:32PM
GROVE CITY — Ciera Luff said she was getting ready for a job interview Sunday morning when a man with a gun entered the home she was in. She heard … Find out how to read more online.
WMU flight school reports low enrollment
Wed  Aug 23 2017 05:09PM
PUNTA GORDA — Officials at Western Michigan University’s College of Aviation approached the county’s airport authority asking for help boosting a key metric — enrollment. Russ Kavalhuna, the university’s director … Find out how to read more online.
Investigation continues into Englewood shooting
Wed  Aug 23 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — By Tuesday afternoon, neighbors impacted by the Sunday shooting in Grove City were glad to see the crime scene tape removed and detectives leave the area. “I will … Find out how to read more online.
Airport Authority OKs infrastructure projects
Wed  Aug 23 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte County Airport Authority recently approved three initiatives aimed at expanding infrastructure to accommodate Allegiant Air’s growth at the Punta Gorda Airport. Allegiant, an ultra low-cost carrier, … Find out how to read more online.
Leadership Charlotte honors new Alumni Hall of Fame inductees
Wed  Aug 23 2017 08:30AM
The 6th Annual Leadership Charlotte Alumni Hall of Fame Awards luncheon was held Friday at the Isles Yacht Club. This year’s deserving recipients are the Rev. Bill Klossner, Linda Pizarro and Ed … Find out how to read more online.
Habitat dedicates another home
Wed  Aug 23 2017 08:30AM
A home dedication ceremony for Edgardo Santana and Jennifer Matteson was held Friday morning at the couple’s new Port Charlotte residence, hosted by Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity. Many gifts … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Aug 23 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 … Find out how to read more online.
My junior high has been written out of history
Tue  Aug 22 2017 08:30AM
The history of the world never changes. But our opinion and understanding of it evolves over time. When I was younger, my family moved from Delaware to Orlando. I was … Find out how to read more online.
Signs, signs everywhere
Mon  Aug 21 2017 08:30AM
Like weeds, signs advertising everything from “We buy cheap houses” to “We buy junk cars” have sprung up throughout the nation along highways, byways and even residential streets. Snipe signs … Find out how to read more online.
Man received two Purple Hearts in WWII
Mon  Aug 21 2017 08:30AM
Pfc. Joe Steimel of Holiday Park in North Port was a twice-wounded mortarman who served in the 29th Infantry Division that fought its way through France and Germany during the … Find out how to read more online.
Forecast partly cloudy for eclipse
Mon  Aug 21 2017 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians may be disappointed that the partial eclipse isn’t coming earlier in the day when the skies are more clear. The eclipse will start at around 1:18 p.m. today with … Find out how to read more online.
Little princesses and princes crowned in pageant
Sun  Aug 20 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Five-year-old Madison Milam cried when she came off stage. She was afraid she didn’t do well. Little did she know she would win her category of Little Miss … Find out how to read more online.
Officials need to choose a new Sarasota County administrator
Sun  Aug 20 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — They’ve had five weeks — while they were on break — to think about it. Now it’s time to consider how they want to proceed. On Monday, as … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Solid Waste wins for outreach
Sun  Aug 20 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city has a better understanding of what exactly the Solid Waste Department does, thanks to some North Port employees who were honored for their efforts. On … Find out how to read more online.
Weekly record
Sun  Aug 20 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte County marriages • Brent Michael Watson of Punta Gorda, and Juana Maria Ireland of Punta Gorda • Melissa Lyn Frey of Port Charlotte, and Javed Kani Omphrey of Port … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte: Welcome to Purple Heart County
Sun  Aug 20 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — It was in the early morning light on Nov. 16, 1951, that machine gunner Bob Bostwick, fiercely fighting off the enemy from his outpost high on a … Find out how to read more online.


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