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One front may bring rain, second front cooler temps
Tue  Dec 6 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians may finally see some rain after six very dry weeks since Hurricane Matthew back in early October. A moist front coming to the area from the Gulf of … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda K-9 services to change direction
Tue  Dec 6 2016 08:30AM
After a career of 12 suspect apprehensions, including one biting incident ending in a $70,000 settlement, K-9 Spirit will likely soon retire from the Punta Gorda Police Department, pending a … Find out how to read more online.
Amsterdam’s sweet imports
Mon  Dec 5 2016 08:30AM
When Jordy and Sharon Beumer decided to gamble on a life in the U.S., they had some tough choices to make. But Sharon, who had visited the U.S. several times … Find out how to read more online.
Man survived ship’s sinking in WWII
Mon  Dec 5 2016 08:30AM
CAPE HAZE — “When General Quarters sounded, I went to my battle station,” 96-year-old Pete Cahill of Cape Haze recalled a lifetime later. “I was one of six lookouts atop … Find out how to read more online.
Reports: Armed suspect charged in multiple vehicle burglaries
Sun  Dec 4 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A teenage suspect was arrested Friday in connection to a rash of vehicle burglaries, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. Kareem James, 18, has been charged … Find out how to read more online.
A present at the pump
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
When their 13-year-old granddaughter was unable to accompany her eighth-grade class to Washington, D.C., for graduation, Dan Amez and his wife stepped in — and stepped on the gas. Already … Find out how to read more online.
Local music program needs funds to avoid sounding off
Fri  Dec 2 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Peace River Elementary School student Daytona Crandall, 9, wants to be a musician. She recently practiced her hand positions, posture and breathing techniques for playing the flute … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff’s Office to host Alzheimer’s Education event
Fri  Dec 2 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is hosting an Alzheimer’s Education event today, sponsored by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home and A Better Solution of Punta Gorda. In coordination … Find out how to read more online.
Advocate honored by Drug Free Communities
Thu  Dec 1 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Lauri Ray says the weekly phone calls from a now-clean drug addict are the reward for her efforts. Ray, the founder of Johnny’s Dream Foundation in Englewood, helped … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota ponders regional planning council role
Thu  Dec 1 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Will Sarasota County leave the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council based in Fort Myers? The inclination expressed by county commissioners during their Nov. 22 meeting was a likely … Find out how to read more online.
Event to help senior center
Thu  Dec 1 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A ball scheduled to happen on Saturday night will benefit the North Port Community Senior Center. The 2016 Winter Wonderland Masquerade will take place at 4940 Pan … Find out how to read more online.
Caretaker charged with jewelry theft
Thu  Dec 1 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A Port Charlotte woman was arrested in connection with a Punta Gorda jewelry theft on Tuesday, according to a report from the Punta Gorda Police Department. Barbara … Find out how to read more online.
Public wanted at Manasota sand meets
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — What Peter Ravella wants is public input on how to pay for beach renourishment on the Charlotte County portion of Manasota Key. “He’s really seeking public input,” County … Find out how to read more online.
Nathan’s Bike Drive
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
Sun Copy Desk Chief Nathan Lane is working to put bikes under the Christmas tree for local kids in need. We here at the paper call it “Nathan’s Bike Drive,” … Find out how to read more online.
Princesses gather at Sandman Book Store
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
Fairy princesses gathered around one lone pirate who read the story “Santa is Coming to Florida,” written by Steve Smallman, at Sandman Book Store in Punta Gorda on Saturday. … Find out how to read more online.
One dead, one injured in Punta Gorda house fire
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
A house fire on Oil Well Road in Punta Gorda left one dead and one injured late Monday afternoon. At a press conference Tuesday, Lt. Todd Davis, of the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Could Babcock be a date night destination?
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
A new restaurant is rising in what might seem the middle of nowhere on State Road 31 in southern Charlotte County. Table and Tap — the name was chosen in … Find out how to read more online.
Canals raising a stink
Tue  Nov 29 2016 08:30AM
As cooler weather moves into Southwest Florida, some Punta Gorda residents have reported that their canals smell like sewage, but city officials say not to worry. It’s a natural phenomenon, … Find out how to read more online.
A belated nod of thanks to so many
Mon  Nov 28 2016 08:30AM
While spending the pre-Thanksgiving weekend in South Carolina, battling sinus problems and figuring out how to deal with below-freezing nights, I realized I neglected my annual “thank you” column. Each … Find out how to read more online.
Man gets 13 years for vehicular homicide
Mon  Nov 28 2016 08:30AM
An Englewood man took a plea deal recently that sends him to prison for 13 years and suspends his license for life, after causing a head-on, fatal collision earlier this … Find out how to read more online.
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Gas leak snarls traffic
Tue  Dec 6 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A gas leak Monday afternoon shut down traffic for about two hours on Veterans Boulevard from Murdock Circle to Cochran Boulevard in both directions. Charlotte County Fire/EMS … Find out how to read more online.
Two 21-year-olds die in single-vehicle crash
Mon  Dec 5 2016 06:56PM
Two 21-year-olds died in a single-vehicle crash in Port Charlotte early Monday morning, according to a report by the Florida Highway Patrol. Wesley Chery, of Port Charlotte, was driving a … Find out how to read more online.
Return to Pearl Harbor
Sun  Dec 4 2016 08:30AM
They are both members of the Greatest Generation, the men and women who saw our country through World War II. It’s now the Vanishing Generation, the clock ticking on those who recognized … Find out how to read more online.
Bicyclists beware on Taylor Road
Mon  Dec 5 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Debra Highsmith, who describes herself as a “casual bicyclist,” would love to ride the scenic and extensive Punta Gorda Pathways system, but there is no easy way … Find out how to read more online.
Even when they are a bit vulgar
Mon  Dec 5 2016 03:09PM
I recently ran a reader’s comments about my column in which he used some colorful language to describe my intellect. That column elicited responses like these: “I think you should … Find out how to read more online.
A breakfast to champion a new roof
Fri  Dec 2 2016 08:30AM
The Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of Realtors is sponsoring a fundraising effort to put a new roof on the historic Trabue House. The association is sponsoring a breakfast from … Find out how to read more online.
Architectural tour of Florida Southern College planned
Fri  Dec 2 2016 08:30AM
“Out of the ground and into the light, a child of the sun” is how Frank Lloyd Wright described his work at Florida Southern College in Lakeland according to FrankLloydWrightatfsc.com. … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide stirred up on Manasota Key
Fri  Dec 2 2016 01:27PM
ENGLEWOOD — Not even toxic red tide algae in the air deterred Nancy and David Kennery from shelling on Blind Pass Beach Wednesday. “When the surf was quiet, it was … Find out how to read more online.
Gulf coast not alone fighting beach erosion
Thu  Dec 1 2016 08:30AM
Florida’s Atlantic coastal counties, like Charlotte and Sarasota counties on the Gulf Coast, find themselves having to find money to protect and maintain their beaches. On Florida’s Atlantic coast, Indian … Find out how to read more online.
Young Professionals group reunites for 2017
Thu  Dec 1 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Next year will bring the revival of the North Port Young Professionals Group. The group, which took a hiatus during most of 2016, will hold its first … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Charlotte County crime up 10 percent
Thu  Dec 1 2016 08:30AM
The crime rate is dropping overall in Florida, but Charlotte County has seen an increase of more than 10 percent from January to June this year compared to the same … Find out how to read more online.
Vietnam Wall first stop on veterans’ tour
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
Mark Michael gazed at the replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that graces Laishley Park in Punta Gorda. It was early Tuesday morning, and Michael’s group, Rolling Thunder Florida Chapter … Find out how to read more online.
Find local artists at Fishville on the weekends
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
‘Creations at the Village” local artist demonstrations are held on the weekends at Fishermen’s Village. … Find out how to read more online.
‘Bob’s Your Elf’ brings Christmas laughs early
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Lemon Bay Playhouse’s third show of the 30th season brought not only Christmas cheer, but plenty of laughs. With a full house and Christmas lights twinkling, “Bob’s Your … Find out how to read more online.
Friday shopping deals
Sat  Nov 26 2016 08:30AM
At 3 a.m. on Black Friday, an elf greeted Target customers interested in buying electronics. A few aisles over in the Port Charlotte big-box store, a group of punch-drunk friends … Find out how to read more online.
Bicyclist struck by pickup
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A bicyclist traveling on Taylor Road, just south of Airport Road, was struck by a pickup around 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, according to Charlotte County Fire/EMS. First responders … Find out how to read more online.
Customer service is what you do, not what you say
Tue  Nov 29 2016 08:30AM
It was the day before Thanksgiving, and I was approaching the front door of my neighborhood Publix. An older woman was leaving and she was telling an employee how disappointed … Find out how to read more online.
Sentencings delayed in murder cases
Tue  Nov 29 2016 10:42AM
PUNTA GORDA — The sentencings for two convicted murderers have been delayed, including one after a killing near North Port. In the first case, the sentencing of Troy Wayne Hays, … Find out how to read more online.
Small chance of rain this week
Mon  Nov 28 2016 08:30AM
The weather in Southwest Florida this week will continue typical seasonal trends. According to the National Weather Service, the forecast for today is partly sunny, with high temperatures in the … Find out how to read more online.
How to avoid ‘talking turkey’ at Thanksgiving table
Thu  Nov 24 2016 10:04AM
Thanksgiving brings family, food and the less-welcome political feuds as one of the most contentious presidential elections comes to a close. “Thanksgiving is not a normal day,” said Thomas Glaza, … Find out how to read more online.