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Sarasota County backs I-75 visitor center
Mon  May 4 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Sarasota County commissioners have responded with a high level of excitement and expectation after hearing the latest proposal for a Southwest Florida Visitor Center. The regional visitor center … Find out how to read more online.
Local income$ falling
Sun  May 3 2015 08:30AM
Davis Mead moved to the Englewood area two years ago after selling his high-end restaurant, Siro’s, in Saratoga, N.Y. He quickly found employment at Vino Loco, a wine and tapas … Find out how to read more online.
Jimerson endures tense days
Mon  May 4 2015 08:30AM
Barney Jimerson remembers sleeping in a “little tent” in double sleeping bags with his shoes on in the cold of Germany in January 1956 Jimerson, 81, and a resident of … Find out how to read more online.
Home-brewing celebration helps local club gain exposure
Sun  May 3 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Jeff Wood loves craft beer. “I love IPAs (India pale ales),” Wood said. “It has more of a hoppy flavor to it.” He said he found the … Find out how to read more online.
Board votes to start school early despite short notice
Sat  May 2 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Some people may be looking forward to the end of this school year, but their summer vacation just got shorter. In a 3-2 vote, the School Board has … Find out how to read more online.
County opts to put lobbyist contract out for bid
Sat  May 2 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — The County Commission has reached a compromise regarding its lobbyist position, with Commissioner Tricia Duffy continuing her push for a change in the legislative liaison. The commission extended … Find out how to read more online.
High-speed hazard
Fri  May 1 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Ramon Merino drives every day from his home off Edgewater Drive to his job in mosquito control at the Charlotte County East Port Environmental Campus on Harborview … Find out how to read more online.
Drug sting yields 17 arrests
Fri  May 1 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office charged 17 individuals as part of a targeted search for suspects who sold heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and prescription drugs locally to … Find out how to read more online.
Thomas makes City Council run
Fri  May 1 2015 05:08PM
PUNTA GORDA — Commercial real estate broker Chuck Thomas has announced his candidacy for the District 3 seat on the City Council, which will be vacated by Mayor Carolyn Freeland … Find out how to read more online.
Music fest doesn’t get too rowdy
Tue  Apr 28 2015 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — CountryLife Music Festival’s first event in Punta Gorda was not without some issues, but that didn’t stop local fans from enjoying it. Two-time Grammy-award winner … Find out how to read more online.
Seniors get help for complaints
Mon  Apr 27 2015 04:08PM
ENGLEWOOD — When told there’s cancer-causing mold growing inside their air-conditioning unit, most people get a second opinion. But elderly residents sometimes get scared they could die from the mold … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte debates state lobbyist contract
Mon  Apr 27 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners will consider extending the contract of their state lobbyist for another year Tuesday. But one commissioner is against the move, saying the county is not … Find out how to read more online.
Soldier fought Germans during WWII
Mon  Apr 27 2015 08:30AM
Tony Di Gregorio spent the cold, rainy winter of 1944 fighting Germans in the Appian Mountains of Italy during World War II. “We’d go out every night looking for them,” … Find out how to read more online.
Firefight gets a little too close for CCSO
Sun  Apr 26 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — A small electrical fire forced a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office helicopter to land while fighting a Gulf Cove brush fire Friday, Sheriff Bill Prummell confirmed Saturday morning. … Find out how to read more online.
Back on the job
Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM


There are more than 200 pending prison inmate death investigations in Florida. Six of them involve Charlotte Correctional Institution:

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As CCU director resigns, ‘big challenges’ remain
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:50AM
MURDOCK — Less than two months after receiving the results of a Charlotte County Utilities audit that was critical of several key operations in the department, director Terri Couture has … Find out how to read more online.
Remembering the ‘Forgotten War’
Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Retired U.S. Navy Capt. John W. Arens told the story of an Army combat medic’s heroism during the Korean War. The medic was tending to a wounded … Find out how to read more online.
‘Sopranos’ comment irks Italian-Americans
Wed  Apr 29 2015 12:03PM
Norma Oliva is proud of her heritage. “Italians work hard for everything,” the 69-year-old Punta Gorda resident said, using her ancestors — immigrants from Sicily — as an example. “My … Find out how to read more online.
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BMX Nationals generated $700K
Tue  May 5 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — As the starting gate slams down at the USA BMX National Series race in Punta Gorda, competitors blast off toward the first obstacle, anxious to make a … Find out how to read more online.
Neighbors irritated by plant’s constant burning
Mon  May 4 2015 08:30AM
PLACIDA — David Tressmer insists he’s not a bad neighbor and does what he can to prevent smoke from his business Charlotte Organix from blowing into the South Gulf Cove … Find out how to read more online.
Spring temperatures bounce back this month
Mon  May 4 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents will begin feeling “more seasonable temperatures” the first full week of May, according to meteorologist Rodney Wynn of the National Weather Service. “This week we’re getting a … Find out how to read more online.
Accused murderer gets third trial
Sun  May 3 2015 08:30AM
The Second District Court of Appeals granted accused killer John Allen Lee a third trial after his attorneys alleged the state withheld critical evidence during his previous, second, murder trial. … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte comes aboard ‘Bird Pass’ debate
Sun  May 3 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County government is joining the fray surrounding the proposed “Bird Pass” cut-through in Punta Gorda Isles. County commissioners are citing concerns over the possible pollution of Alligator … Find out how to read more online.
Orange House Wine Bar changes hands
Sat  May 2 2015 08:30AM
The Orange House Wine Bar on Sullivan Street in Punta Gorda, a popular niche destination for wine and jazz lovers for the past two and a half years, has been sold. … Find out how to read more online.
$23M malpractice verdict
Fri  May 1 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The recent $23 million award in a medical malpractice lawsuit for a mother whose daughter was born with a severe brain injury is believed to be the … Find out how to read more online.
County to start buying scrub jay habitat land
Fri  May 1 2015 05:08PM
MURDOCK — The County Commission on Tuesday authorized the acquisition of property to implement the scrub jay Habitat Conservation Plan. After hearing from residents and an attorney representing the Prairie … Find out how to read more online.
Inmate says rights violated by jail phone recordings
Tue  Apr 28 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — An inmate awaiting trial was in court Monday pleading for a judge to disqualify the State Attorney’s Office for the 20th Judicial Circuit. Cory Wolfe said his … Find out how to read more online.
Odyssey to freedom
Fri  May 1 2015 05:08PM
PUNTA GORDA — As the column of 18 M-24 Chaffee Tanks from Company D, 36th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, made their way toward the German city of Rheinberg on … Find out how to read more online.
Kidneys, all in the family
Tue  Apr 28 2015 08:30AM
Don Lutz has always been a healthy guy. But in 2004, after changing jobs, he decided life insurance would be a smart way to protect his family. So he signed … Find out how to read more online.
With tears of joy, she said yes
Tue  Apr 28 2015 08:30AM
During a 15-month storybook romance that began with a power outage, Dan Poitras and Stephanie Rioux had often talked of becoming engaged, but the Port Charlotte couple agreed to wait … Find out how to read more online.
A step toward unity
Sun  Apr 26 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Waving an American flag, and boasting a huge smile and youthful exuberance, 11-year-old Amy Washington led the way during Saturday’s Peace March across the Barron Collier Bridge … Find out how to read more online.
Disabled man seeks aid to fence back yard for service dog
Mon  Apr 27 2015 03:46PM
A Port Charlotte man confined to an electric wheelchair is hoping the community will help him pay for a backyard fence so his service dog-in-training has a place to run … Find out how to read more online.
Officials: Fine Skidmore $10K
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The Florida Commission on Ethics has issued a final order that former county commissioner Robert Skidmore III misused his public position on two occasions. Skidmore was found … Find out how to read more online.
Fire grounds sheriff’s chopper
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A fire on the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office helicopter forced the aircraft to land at the Punta Gorda Airport late Friday afternoon. The chopper landed safely, and … Find out how to read more online.
Big step forward for home sales
Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM
With home sales already off to a fast start this year, March sales reached even greater levels in Charlotte and Sarasota counties. The Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of Realtors reported … Find out how to read more online.
Local homeless cats find love in UK
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:50AM
Brian and Jenny Port were not looking for a cat. As a matter of fact, the two residents of the United Kingdom were not even supposed to be in Englewood. … Find out how to read more online.
Shop churns up business, despite recall
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:50AM
PUNTA GORDA — In a good month, Harborwalk Scoops + Bites ice cream shop dishes out as much as 120 gallons of ice cream a week. Two-thirds of the sweet … Find out how to read more online.