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Bail industry may need bail out
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:16PM
Jimmy Rios, owner of First Exit Bail Bonds in Punta Gorda, Fort Myers and Arcadia, was preparing for law school when he got a job in the bail industry. He … Find out how to read more online.

Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:12PM
Resale Shop offers specials The St. Vincent de Paul Resale Shop will feature many specials this week. Today is the last day the featured art deco department is 40 percent … Find out how to read more online.
Front brings slightly cooler weather, no rain
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents can expect mostly sunny weather this weekend with temperatures remaining above normal until a front comes through the area. The normal high this time of year is … Find out how to read more online.
One seriously injured in truck collision in Punta Gorda
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A Fort Myers woman was seriously injured in a collision with a truck on Wednesday morning in Punta Gorda. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, the … Find out how to read more online.
Community Night set for Stone Crabs game
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Spring training brings baseball back to fans across the nation and also the annual Community Night back to North Port. North Port’s eighth annual Community Night will … Find out how to read more online.
Deputy suspended after satanic curse allegation
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM
A corrections deputy at the Charlotte County Jail was disciplined after an inmate claimed the deputy put a satanic curse on him, according to an internal affairs investigation from the … Find out how to read more online.
Where are the cooks?
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
Sooner or later, conversation with local restaurant owners turns to the employment picture, and it’s not pretty. “It’s hard to find good help,” they complain. “They don’t show up if … Find out how to read more online.
Grant plans to open funding spigot to local water-quality projects
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM

State Representative Mike Grant is back for a return engagement in the Florida House, previously serving two terms from 2004-2008. He then lost Republican primary races for a Senate seat …

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Englewood residents charged with manufacturing cocaine
Thu  Feb 23 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Two Englewood individuals were arrested Tuesday for manufacturing and trafficking cocaine, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. Andrea Gluschenko, 26, and Evan Colby Thomassen, 25, were taken … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota School Board celebrates Lori White’s legacy
Thu  Feb 23 2017 02:44PM
SARASOTA — The Sarasota County School Board meeting Tuesday had its standard approvals, but also focused on a farewell for Lori White. White, who retires March 1, has worked for … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Man arrested with 15 fake debit cards
Thu  Feb 23 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A Tampa man has been arrested after attempting to buy Wal-Mart gift cards with multiple fake debit cards, according to North Port Police Depart-ment reports. Terrell Taylor, … Find out how to read more online.
What they’ll make
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
There will be plenty of cooks’ jobs in Florida. But, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, entry-level cook positions still pay only $18,000 to $20,000 — far less … Find out how to read more online.
Some relief seen from red tide toxins
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A cloudy morning sky, more than toxic red tide algae, may have kept crowds down at local beaches Tuesday. But as long as winds come from the east, … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Couple arrested for child endangerment
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — An Englewood couple was arrested after officers found them passed out in their car at a major intersection with a 2-year-old child in the backseat, according to … Find out how to read more online.
A walk to remember
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
The 8th Annual St. Vincent de Paul Walk for the Poor, a fundraiser to help the needy in Charlotte County, started out at Laishley Park in Punta Gorda on a … Find out how to read more online.
Giddyup at the horse show
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
The Punta Gorda Horseman’s Association Speed Show, held at the PGHA Arena, started with Poles and Barrels and a wide range of riders from Pee Wees (beginners) to Silver Spurs … Find out how to read more online.
County mulls sales tax to fund sewers
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — A highly anticipated consultant’s report on how to pay for the Charlotte County sewer expansion program has tabbed potential sales tax revenue as the missing piece of the … Find out how to read more online.
Babcock Ranch partners with CenturyLink
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
CenturyLink Inc. and Kitson & Partners this week announced they will provide one of the fastest residential internet speeds available in the U.S. to residents of the new, solar-powered town … Find out how to read more online.
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Police chief, cop charged in death
Thu  Feb 23 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Both Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis and Officer Lee Coel have been criminally charged in the Aug. 9, 2016, fatal shooting of Mary Knowlton. State Attorney … Find out how to read more online.
Heart leads runner to finish half-marathon
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:12PM
Balloons were strung, medals were awarded, handshakes were offered. It was a fitting finish line for a winner. That Craig Smith arrived there about a month late was beside the … Find out how to read more online.
Save-A-Lot customer finds razor blade in banana
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM
ARCADIA — A boy cut himself on a razor blade embedded in a banana that his mother purchased at a Save-A-Lot grocery store Monday. Elizabeth Coberly, the boy’s mother, said … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide is here to stay for now
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Red tide remains a persistent nuisance in Gulf waters off Manasota Key and areas to the north and south — and Wednesday was no different. “It’s coming in … Find out how to read more online.
Community groups share resources for homeless, impoverished
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM
A new partnership between the New Paradigm Foundation and Catholic Charities opens new doors to families facing homelessness in South Sarasota County. In the past, the New Paradigm Foundation only … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Family friend molested teen boy
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port man has been arrested after allegedly molesting a 15-year-old family friend, according to North Port Police Department reports. Steven Crego, 55, was arrested Wednesday … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda police chief placed on leave pending shooting investigation
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Police Chief Tom Lewis has been placed on paid administrative leave following a misdemeanor charge of culpable negligence from the State Attorney’s Office. City Manager Howard Kunik … Find out how to read more online.
Housing sales slow to take off in 2017
Thu  Feb 23 2017 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — The new year got off to a slow start across the region, with January home sales falling off considerably from the previous month. In Charlotte, single-family closed … Find out how to read more online.
The future of solar is in young hands
Thu  Feb 23 2017 08:30AM
Florida Power & Light formally commissioned its three new solar power facilities in ceremonies before an audience of dignitaries in Manatee County Monday. The event officially welcomed one million solar … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood woman dies after being hit by SUV
Thu  Feb 23 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Linda Zoellner died doing something she enjoyed. While gardening at noon Tuesday near her Lemon Bay Breeze Condo, witnesses say Zoellner was likely bent down near the corner … Find out how to read more online.
Push renews for River Road funding
Thu  Feb 23 2017 02:44PM
TALLAHASSEE — In a crowded meeting room Wednesday, state senators heard a pitch from one of their own to gain state dollars to repair River Road. State Sen. Greg Steube … Find out how to read more online.
‘Karaoke for a Cure’ event set for Friday
Thu  Feb 23 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Mark McKinley believes fighting cancer is a community event. While his mother has fought two types of cancer three times, McKinley has raised money in North Port … Find out how to read more online.
Morgan candidacy rumblings draw response
Tue  Feb 21 2017 08:30AM
He brings visibility, results and cash. That’s how political observers in the area characterize Orlando personal injury attorney John Morgan, who is considering a run for governor next year. According … Find out how to read more online.
North Port city manager to take Sarasota County spot
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city will soon be on the hunt for a new city manager. Jonathan Lewis, who has been in the position since May 2011, will be taking … Find out how to read more online.
Family Fitness highlights weekend
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Families looking for healthy fun can come to the Fitness Festival on Saturday from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Port Charlotte Anytime Fitness, 24001 Peachland Blvd. … Find out how to read more online.
A hoedown to support the troops
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
Many were using innovative ways to stay dry during the Punta Gorda Downtown Hoedown Concert to Support the Troops on Saturday evening. … Find out how to read more online.
AMIKids is now Crossroads Hope Academy
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
There’s a new name — and independence — for the former AMIKids Crossroads foster care program for teenage boys in eastern Charlotte County. It is amicably separating from the national … Find out how to read more online.
Former prosecutor to campaign for State Attorney
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
Chris Crowley has formally announced his candidacy for State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit. The State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit is the chief local prosecutor for Lee, … Find out how to read more online.
CCSO: Port Charlotte man arrested with 8 pounds of pot
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
A Port Charlotte man was arrested Tuesday after being found in possession of nearly eight pounds of cannabis, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. During a traffic stop, Anthony … Find out how to read more online.
Student is first in Charlotte to receive fellowship
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Anthony Vigliotti is the first student in Charlotte County to receive a prestigious Take Stock in Children fellowship, which will allow him to be the first in … Find out how to read more online.