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Punta Gorda to lobby for funding from Swiftmund
Thu  Apr 17 2014 01:15AM
PUNTA GORDA — City leaders will travel to Sarasota County today to lobby the Southwest Florida Water Management District for grant dollars to fund a proposed $28 million reverse-osmosis water-treatment … Find out how to read more online.
Rice guilty of murder, gets life
Wed  Apr 16 2014 01:01PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — It took a 12-member jury more than six hours of deliberations to find Michael W. Rice guilty of the first-degree murder of Philippe Nahon, 48, a decision … Find out how to read more online.
Detectives seek ID in gaming equipment thefts
Tue  Apr 15 2014 03:52PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Detectives are asking for assistance in identifying two men who are suspects in the theft of more than $4,000 worth of gaming merchandise from a local Walmart. … Find out how to read more online.
‘Friday’s Tears’ a moving presentation of the Passion
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
Jesus had to work late and couldn’t be there on time. Soldiers weren’t on the right path and the lepers were chased away too early. “It’s pure chaos,” said Jean … Find out how to read more online.
School official: Tech college bill has pros, cons
Tue  Apr 15 2014 04:50PM
Chastity Greek obtained her education in the culinary arts at Charlotte Technical Center, and she believes the center can provide a viable career path for many students. Greek, 38, of … Find out how to read more online.
Compromise reached on bill
Tue  Apr 15 2014 08:00AM
Ashley Lotempio’s son was just 18 months old when he first began showing signs of a mental illness. At first, the Texas native was told her son was simply being … Find out how to read more online.
Block Party offers good time, worthy purpose
Sun  Apr 13 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — On Saturday morning in downtown Punta Gorda, before the day’s events were certain to draw a huge crowd, Matthew Knighting and his two girls, Zsazsa, age 10, … Find out how to read more online.
Big beer vs. small craft brewers
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Bill Frazer has been working for months to transform a Charlotte Street warehouse space into Fat Point Brewing Company, marking the first microbrewery in Charlotte County. The … Find out how to read more online.
Grand Prix makes splash
Sun  Apr 13 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Keyleigh Lambert spent her 25th birthday on Englewood beach in a bikini, a sash and tiara cheering along with thousands of others watching powerboats race along the shoreline. … Find out how to read more online.
Port Charlotte Relay for Life steps out
Sun  Apr 13 2014 08:00AM
With 63 teams, the most ever, the Port Charlotte Relay for Life officially started their all-night event with the Survivor Lap after opening ceremonies on Saturday, walking along the track … Find out how to read more online.
A Grand Prix weekend arrives
Sat  Apr 12 2014 05:34PM
ENGLEWOOD — With good weather in the forecast, boat racers are anticipating a big weekend of racing and fun at Englewood Beach. “Excitement for the sport is building,” said Chuck … Find out how to read more online.
Workers gear up for Punta Gorda Block Party
Sat  Apr 12 2014 05:34PM
PUNTA GORDA – Motorists traveling through downtown Punta Gorda on Friday morning may have noticed several workers erecting tents at the Old City Marketplace, portable toilets lining the grounds, and … Find out how to read more online.
Event benefits art therapy program
Sat  Apr 12 2014 08:00AM
While people tend to associate dementia with memory loss, having difficulty communicating and expressing feelings and thoughts is another heartbreaking aspect of the disease. Caregivers and family members often wish … Find out how to read more online.
Full speed ahead
Fri  Apr 11 2014 05:12PM
ENGLEWOOD — As volunteers cordon off areas of Englewood Beach preparing for the Super Boat Grand Prix on Sunday, area business owners and residents are anticipating a busy weekend. The … Find out how to read more online.
Passenger count continues to rise at airport
Fri  Apr 11 2014 08:00AM
Passenger count at the Punta Gorda Airport increased by 37 percent from February to March this year to set an airport record, the Charlotte County Airport Authority announced Thursday. Passenger … Find out how to read more online.
Local authors gather in spotlight
Fri  Apr 11 2014 08:00AM
Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda on Monday hosted its second Night in the Spotlight for 10 local authors. The event allowed each writer to speak to a large group of … Find out how to read more online.
Homes in demand
Tue  Apr 8 2014 04:57PM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — The number of distressed homes plunged further in March throughout the region’s housing market, ushering in a demand for new-home construction. The Charlotte County Clerk of Courts … Find out how to read more online.
Lawman by day, family man always
Thu  Apr 10 2014 05:46PM
Brad Murray was always there for people. “I could always go to Dad with a problem,” said James, 25, the eldest of Murray’s four sons. “With his knowledge, experience and … Find out how to read more online.
Court: Mother not at fault in baby’s drowning
Wed  Apr 9 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — A woman arrested last year in connection to the bathtub drowning of her 11-month-old son will avoid prison time. Polygraph tests showed that Sharon Swat, 25, formerly … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County teacher placed on leave
Thu  Apr 17 2014 01:20AM
A second-grade teacher at Deep Creek Elementary School has been placed on administrative leave with pay while Charlotte County school district officials investigate an allegation that she grabbed a child … Find out how to read more online.
School officials concerned about bills
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — The legislative lobbyist for the Charlotte County School Board informed members Tuesday that a state bill that would allow specified individuals to carry a concealed weapon into schools … Find out how to read more online.
Two charged during alcohol compliance check
Tue  Apr 15 2014 02:28PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Clerks at two local businesses were issued citations last week for selling alcoholic beverages to underage patrons during an alcohol and tobacco compliance check. On April 9, … Find out how to read more online.
Double trouble
Wed  Apr 16 2014 01:01PM
Between customers with tax returns and Easter eggs, it was double trouble early this week for local postal workers. But they were ready for it. “It’s kind of like a … Find out how to read more online.
Authorities: Few incidents at boat races
Mon  Apr 14 2014 06:10PM
Crowds in the Englewood Beach area for the inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix were mostly relaxed, despite a handful of weekend arrests and a half-dozen medical 911 calls … Find out how to read more online.
50th egg hunt rolls out Saturday
Tue  Apr 15 2014 08:00AM
Ready, set, go! Toddlers chasing brightly colored eggs, egged on by their parents who are almost more excited. Five-year-olds who, after several years, know what’s up and eagerly sprint off … Find out how to read more online.
Parkside Community Garden grows and grows
Mon  Apr 14 2014 01:34PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — For years and years each summer, Claudia Richardson grew bushels of vegetables up North, canning them for the long winter ahead. The secret to her success was … Find out how to read more online.
Soggy week on tap
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
A front moving through Southwest Florida will bring with it rain for the majority of the week. The front will begin moving into the area Tuesday afternoon, bringing with it … Find out how to read more online.
Freeman remembers Tet Offensive in 1969
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
Tet was the big battle former Air Force Sgt. Jack Freeman of Port Charlotte recalls most vividly from his year-long deployment to Vietnam. Some 80,000 North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and … Find out how to read more online.
Parade roars into town
Fri  Apr 11 2014 05:12PM
PUNTA GORDA — With major events happening back-to-back in Punta Gorda this weekend, there will be no shortage of things to do — and, as undoubtedly happens with large-scale events … Find out how to read more online.
Insanity defense trial expected to wrap Monday
Sat  Apr 12 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The first-degree murder trial of Michael W. Rice, the South Carolina man charged with the first-degree murder of Philippe Nahon in 2012, should be winding down next … Find out how to read more online.
Visani comedy king selling his castle
Mon  Apr 14 2014 05:07PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — While a “For Sale” sign sometimes means a business is closing its doors, that is not the case with Visani Restaurant and Dinner Theater on Kings Highway. … Find out how to read more online.
Cape Coral man wanted for burglaries
Fri  Apr 11 2014 01:38PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for a Cape Coral man on a warrant concerning several daytime residential burglaries. At least one warrant has been issued for … Find out how to read more online.
Grand Prix: On course
Thu  Apr 10 2014 05:46PM
Local officials are encouraging spectators at Sunday’s Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix to bring plenty of sunscreen, water and tolerance. “Patience is number one,” said Charlotte County Fire/EMS Deputy … Find out how to read more online.
Boat safety needed for gran prix
Fri  Apr 11 2014 05:12PM
ENGLEWOOD — Cpl. Roland Lytle — the supervisor of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office marine patrol division — wouldn’t hazard a guess how many boaters will be off Manasota Key … Find out how to read more online.
Weather should wow for big weekend
Fri  Apr 11 2014 05:12PM
Mother Nature should smile on Southwest Florida this weekend during two major local events. The first-ever Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix is scheduled for Sunday off Manasota Key in … Find out how to read more online.
Parking info and procession route for Murray’s funeral
Thu  Apr 10 2014 11:56AM
PUNTA GORDA — The CCSO has provided maps that indicate the designated parking areas and the procession route for the funeral of Cpl. Brad Murray. Both the viewing, which will … Find out how to read more online.
Republican minorities topic of forum
Thu  Apr 10 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Generally, when people talk politics with Karen Watson, a black woman from Dallas, they automatically assume she voted for President Barack Obama during his campaigns. And they … Find out how to read more online.
Therapy on the Peace River
Thu  Apr 10 2014 08:00AM
DESOTO COUNTY — For veterans returning home, especially those wounded in action, the transition from military life to civilian life can be difficult. Countless hours of therapy and the horrors … Find out how to read more online.
Court: Mother not at fault in baby’s drowning
Wed  Apr 9 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — An Englewood woman arrested last year in connection to the bathtub drowning of her 11-month-old son will avoid prison time. Polygraph tests showed that Sharon Swat, 25, … Find out how to read more online.