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The Hurricane Bowl, 10 years later
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
The lights at Charlotte High School’s Tarpon Stadium never blazed brighter than they did 10 years ago — literally or figuratively. There was a reason for that. Ten years ago … Find out how to read more online.
Halloween portraits, with a heavy heart
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Tammy Grueber will carry through with her pledge to provide free photos of Halloween revelers Friday at Nickolson’s Portrait Studio, to support the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. … Find out how to read more online.
2008 sales tax projects bring rewards
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — As the 1 percent sales tax referendum approaches, arguments are being heard from both sides regarding the proposed projects’ cost, importance and financial impact on those who … Find out how to read more online.
Memory Bear Workshop builds strength
Mon  Oct 27 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — At the Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home’s first-ever Memory Bear Workshop on Saturday, Laura Sauerwein is picking out what pieces will go into creating a stuffed animal to … Find out how to read more online.
Financial issues top county’s agenda
Mon  Oct 27 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — At their regular meeting on Tuesday, Charlotte County commissioners will focus on such major issues as next year’s Health Department contract, impact fees and the future of the … Find out how to read more online.
Challenges to the Charlotte’s comp plan
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Local environmental groups are taking legal action to block proposed changes to Charlotte County’s 2050 comprehensive plan. Charlotte County commissioners voted unanimously last month to follow county staff … Find out how to read more online.
Scott on the stump in Punta Gorda
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Republican Party leaders turned out in full force Thursday to support Gov. Rick Scott who was on the stump in downtown Punta Gorda urging supporters to get … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte’s comp plan changes challenged
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Local environmental groups are taking legal action to block proposed changes to Charlotte County’s 2050 comprehensive plan. Charlotte County commissioners voted unanimously last month to follow county staff … Find out how to read more online.
Youth football funds sacked
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Cats football season may have wrapped up last weekend, but officials are still trying to tackle an expensive off-field issue. The Englewood Area Athletic Association is … Find out how to read more online.
Beat it, clouds, the sun is back
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
OK. Sing along. Sunny days are here again. After a few cloudy days, the sun is expected to be back in full force. And yes, thank you, dryness, too. Jennifer … Find out how to read more online.
Parrot rescue a tall task
Thu  Oct 23 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — When Chuckles escaped out the door Wednesday, pet-sitter Kenny Corley quickly chased after the young parrot. The two soon found themselves about 30 feet high, up a … Find out how to read more online.
Officials quiet about fatal shooting
Thu  Oct 23 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Few details were unveiled in an incident report released Wednesday by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office about this week’s fatal shooting at Charlotte Harbor RV Park. Residents … Find out how to read more online.
Study: Sunshine Lake algae due to natural causes
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — An ongoing study of the Sunshine Lake/Sunrise Waterway has determined the likely cause of the algae contamination to be a natural occurrence. With more than 80 percent of … Find out how to read more online.
Home sales remain solid
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
Southwest Florida’s housing market closed September strong with year-over-year gains in virtually every category, the latest housing reports showed. In Charlotte County, there were 374 single-family home sales last month … Find out how to read more online.
Students join ukulele craze
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
The first time music teacher Jason Osborne showed up in class with his ukulele, students had a puzzled look on their faces. They thought it was a toy. Then the … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte gets fingerprint tool
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
Ron Mueller spends many a day studying bifurcations, ridge endings and pores. And he’s good at it; analyzing fingerprints is one of the crime scene technician’s specialties. But the practice … Find out how to read more online.
Man served aboard Bennington during WWII
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
Gene Roaf of Punta Gorda Isles was a plane captain who maintained a single Corsair fighter aboard the carrier USS Bennington during the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa in … Find out how to read more online.
Missing woman found
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — A week ago, Katy McDonald’s mother and brother went to see her at her apartment on Sibley Bay Street. Nobody was home. According to an incident report, … Find out how to read more online.
Some cry fowl over free turkeys
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Shelomie Francois waited in a line of about 110 people that snaked around the North Port Salvation Army building to get a voucher for a free turkey to feed her … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Love triangle sparked murder-suicide
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — A love triangle sparked the quarrel that led to last week’s murder-suicide at a local trailer park, officials confirmed Monday. Rosemery Martinez, 36, used a .40-caliber handgun … Find out how to read more online.
County to vote on homeless plan
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Wayne had been without a home for a decade before seeking services and emergency housing at the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. After receiving assistance to obtain deserved Social … Find out how to read more online.
Fake crash, real training
Mon  Oct 27 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Recently at the Punta Gorda Airport, Allegiant Airlines Flight 4321 was making its final approach to land at Runway 15. Suddenly, the MD-80 aircraft shuddered because of … Find out how to read more online.
Making the grade
Sun  Oct 26 2014 08:30AM
GLADES COUNTY — Through the farmlands and dusty roads lies Moore Haven, the county seat where the Glades County School District is headquartered. The entire county has three traffic lights, … Find out how to read more online.
Man who lost twins works to save lives
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Watching children grow up can bring tremendous joy to parents. Taking their first step, opening birthday and Christmas gifts, first day of kindergarten and driving home the … Find out how to read more online.
Emotional sentence
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Feb. 8 was the worst night of Amy Rachel’s life. But she took the stand Friday to recall her stabbing, and to talk about the lasting effects … Find out how to read more online.
Police catch alleged sandwich thief
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The local man accused of shoplifting a sandwich from a grocery store Wednesday was back for more the following day. And he wasn’t going to be caught … Find out how to read more online.
Winning the F18 Americas
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
For Charlotte Harbor Regatta, the journey to winning the 2015 F18 Americas Championship began with losing out on a less prestigious regional regatta in a different class. The loss reinforced … Find out how to read more online.
Prosecutors charge second murder suspect
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
The State Attorney’s Office on Thursday charged Dwayne Johnson, 32, of Port Charlotte, with one count of second-degree murder with a firearm, a life felony, for allegedly killing Kello Bonhomme, … Find out how to read more online.
RV park shooting victim remains hospitalized
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
The woman who was shot this week inside a trailer at Charlotte Harbor RV Park remained in the intensive care unit at Lee Memorial Hospital late Thursday, according to a … Find out how to read more online.
Gov. Scott to make stop in Punta Gorda today
Thu  Oct 23 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — In an effort to shore up early votes in a race that’s down to the wire, Gov. Rick Scott today will campaign in the city during his … Find out how to read more online.
Halloween treat for county workers: A pay raise . . . finally
Thu  Oct 23 2014 07:17PM
MURDOCK — On the last day of the month, Charlotte County employees will receive quite a Halloween treat with their first pay raise in seven years. The 3 percent pay … Find out how to read more online.
2 confirmed dead in shooting near Peace River
Tue  Oct 21 2014 03:16PM
Two are confirmed dead Tuesday in what authorities are calling a domestic disturbance. The Charlotte County sheriff’s office won’t go as far as calling it a murder-suicide at this point, … Find out how to read more online.
Murder charge reduced
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
Prosecutors have reduced the murder charge against one of the men arrested last month in relation to the shooting death of a 40-year-old Port Charlotte man. Freddie Campbell, 27, of … Find out how to read more online.
Homicide report: Driver was speeding
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
The local man charged last week with vehicular homicide was driving at 61 mph when his car struck and killed a bicyclist in the Parkside area of Port Charlotte in … Find out how to read more online.
Vintage Finder’s Warehouse has ‘things worth repeating’
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Kitchenware from the 1970s, a riding lawn mower from the ’50s and typewriters from the ’30s are just a few of the treasures stowed away in Vintage … Find out how to read more online.
Expect seasonal weather, afternoon showers
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — After a dry weekend, residents can expect mostly sunny skies again on Monday, but partly cloudy skies with a chance of showers and thunderstorms are expected after … Find out how to read more online.
A healthy fall
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
As the region welcomes cooler temperatures, jobless numbers are also falling, both tied to the changing of seasons. While employment typically picks up this time of year, last month’s jobless … Find out how to read more online.