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Mud run, festival get folks back to ‘Nature’
Sun  Nov 23 2014 01:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — At a recent get-together in Englewood, Ann Gillis resolved that it was time to try her first long-distance run ever. But, like many post-cocktail decisions, it was … Find out how to read more online.
THURSDAY is the new BLACK FRIDAY
Sun  Nov 23 2014 01:00AM
There’s no turning back for bargain hunter Melanie White. “I have shopped Black Friday every year since I was 16,” she said. “I am almost 40. I do it because … Find out how to read more online.
Area man recalls Warren Commission assignment
Sat  Nov 22 2014 08:30AM
When Harold Rydberg was 22, he was tapped by the Warren Commission to make three sketches of wounds President John F. Kennedy sustained in his assassination. The only problem: It … Find out how to read more online.
Judge denies bond request
Sat  Nov 22 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — North Porter Ivy Meadows wasn’t planning to decorate her home for the holidays this year. That role traditionally was handled by her son, Howard Tomlin. But he … Find out how to read more online.
Inmate injured in prison transport crash
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Martina Tatarcyk was horrified when she got a call saying her son was in surgery following a crash on Interstate 4 while being transported from prison back to … Find out how to read more online.
Herald-Tribune newspaper sold again
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
New Media Investment Group, the parent company of GateHouse Media, said Thursday that it had acquired “substantially all of the assets” of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the other newspapers in … Find out how to read more online.
Schools, some parents unite on testing concerns
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Jerry Beard saw his 9-year-old son curled up on the floor a few weeks ago. “(He said) he’d rather kill himself than go back to class the … Find out how to read more online.
2015 legislative wish lists
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The county, the city of Punta Gorda and the school district are busy finalizing their legislative priorities this week, in anticipation of next year’s state legislative session, … Find out how to read more online.
Hire pending for new SCAT chief
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Rocky A. Burke of Lexington, Ky., has been offered the position as the new director of Sarasota County Area Transit. Burke, 59, has more than 15 years … Find out how to read more online.
Groups keep the ‘giving’ in Thanksgiving
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Pat Knox is already giving thanks for Thanksgiving. “Right now, we’ve been blessed, blessed,” Knox said. Donations from the Lemon Bay Sunrise and Englewood rotaries, the Englewood Lions … Find out how to read more online.
Chilly streak: It’s colder than January outside
Fri  Nov 21 2014 01:24PM
The Sunshine State is known for its largely year-round seasonal temperatures, beaches and casual dressing in flip-flops, but the cold wave that’s hit the rest of the country is causing … Find out how to read more online.
FPL issue leaves courthouse in the dark
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Justice Center was different Tuesday afternoon. It was dark, the computers were off, and an unusual amount of people were using stairs in the … Find out how to read more online.
Crossing into adulthood
Mon  Nov 17 2014 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — Salvador Olmos was 16 when he arrived at AMIKids Crossroads’ group foster home for boys. At first, Olmos had a tough time adjusting to his … Find out how to read more online.
Access Able owner paid with thanks
Tue  Nov 18 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The 38-year-old paraplegic has learned to do things for himself, learning and coping with his disability as best he can. But there was a problem he could … Find out how to read more online.

Mon  Nov 17 2014 04:10PM
All outside school sporting events in Charlotte County have been canceled this evening due to a tornado watch that remains in effect until 8 p.m. … Find out how to read more online.
Social media danger zone
Sun  Nov 16 2014 08:30AM
When two young Port Charlotte women drove to the Miami area recently, they met up with a couple of men they had been talking to online. Those men have been … Find out how to read more online.
One step closer
Mon  Nov 17 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — It all began as a dream. After the Traveling Wall visited Punta Gorda in 2009, veterans started asking, “Why not build one here?” Finally, the Vietnam Wall … Find out how to read more online.
LBHS grad helps to save three friends’ lives
Mon  Nov 17 2014 11:32AM
ENGLEWOOD — Over the car radio, Lance Cpl. Taylor Reilly heard his friend’s car get hit by a truck with no lights on. He jumped out of the vehicle and … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Man pulls BB gun in road rage incident
Sat  Nov 15 2014 08:30AM
DEEP CREEK — An angry motorist is facing felony charges after allegedly pulling a gun on a man who passed him Thursday night on Harborview Road. Christopher David Bishop, 37, … Find out how to read more online.
‘Small Business Saturday’ promotes shop-local culture
Sun  Nov 23 2014 01:00AM
Small-business owners agree that creativity and inspiration are two ingredients that set local businesses apart from their larger, corporate competitors. “There are a lot of creative things going on locally,” … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless rate dips
Sat  Nov 22 2014 08:30AM
Area unemployment numbers continued their downward trend in October, aided by the triple threat of an improving economy, returning snowbirds and the approaching holidays. The unemployment rate in Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
Big raise for airport chief
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — It was perhaps the longest discussion the Charlotte County Airport Authority has had in years. But when it was all said and done, authority commissioners agreed Punta … Find out how to read more online.
Judge denies bond request
Sat  Nov 22 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — North Porter Ivy Meadows wasn’t planning to decorate her home for the holidays this year. That role traditionally was handled by her son, Howard Tomlin. But he … Find out how to read more online.
Block Party canceled for 2015
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Punta Gorda Block Party, one of the largest street festivals in Southwest Florida, has been canceled for 2015. Punta Gorda Days Inc., the nonprofit group that … Find out how to read more online.
Outside law firm investigates internal North Port complaint
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port city officials have confirmed that an outside law firm has been hired to investigate a “hostile workplace” complaint made toward aquatics technician Rich Tirado. City … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Man made porn of friend’s son, 12
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A local man is accused of having sexual contact with a 12-year-old boy, and taking pornographic pictures of him while his mother was in jail, according to … Find out how to read more online.
Housing Authority seeks SHIP funding
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — When Hurricane Charley steam-rolled over Charlotte County in 2004, the storm decimated the city’s affordable housing stock. Of the 184 low-income housing units built by the U.S. … Find out how to read more online.
Bombs away
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — In a desolate part of Charlotte County near the Zemel Road Landfill, temperatures lingered in the 40s Wednesday morning. But there was plenty of heat. … Find out how to read more online.
County reaches water deal
Tue  Nov 18 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Charlotte County ratepayers will benefit from a resolution reached Monday between the county and its water provider. Charlotte County and the Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply … Find out how to read more online.
Chilly streak: It’s colder than January outside
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
The Sunshine State is known for its largely year-round seasonal temperatures, beaches and casual dressing in flip-flops, but the cold wave that’s hit the rest of the country is causing … Find out how to read more online.
Enjoy a free guided walk
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
I usually worry about 18-legged, venom-oozing snakes that have so many large, blood-dripping fangs they would be called alli-conda-monsters. This is what I picture every time I hear the rustling … Find out how to read more online.
Local nurse returns home to support Ukraine’s ‘Revolution of Dignity’
Tue  Nov 18 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — During a recent visit to her native Ukraine, Alena Christian wanted to aid her countrymen in any way possible in their fight against Russia. Because she is … Find out how to read more online.
Orchestra ‘strings’ new season along
Tue  Nov 18 2014 08:30AM
The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra opened its 2014-15 season before a sold-out, standing, cheering audience Sunday evening at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda. It was the debut of … Find out how to read more online.
Prepare for cooler weather, thunderstorms
Mon  Nov 17 2014 08:30AM
Residents may want to bundle up and stay inside once a stronger cold front hits the area. The cold front that is moving through is stronger than the one that … Find out how to read more online.
New Book Club attracts readers, writers
Sun  Nov 16 2014 08:30AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — Just as the fictionalized Sherlock Holmes used a mixture of science and cunning to track down the guilty, creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle may have … Find out how to read more online.
Growing sentiment: Charlotte’s economic health will be hurt if free-falling school scores continue
Sun  Nov 16 2014 08:30AM
Leaders are worried about the economic health of Charlotte County as the school district moves closer to the state’s bottom in rankings. Young professionals, for example, already bypass Charlotte for … Find out how to read more online.