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Cops: Robber ditched disguise, returned to murder scene
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Trent Bartol-Thomas was killed while trying to stop armed robbers, according to North Port Police Department reports. Bartol-Thomas, 19, was shot in the upper left shoulder by … Find out how to read more online.
Knights, Bengals view for top spot in flag football
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — It looks like it will be a two-team race in the Under Armour flag football upper division. The Bengals and the UCS Knights are both 2-0 in that … Find out how to read more online.
Spring youth tackle football begins soon
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Youth football is becoming almost a year-round activity in North Port. The North Port Youth Athletic Club’s new spring tackle football season will open with games in … Find out how to read more online.
Flu activity increasing in Charlotte, Sarasota counties
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
Influenza activity in Charlotte and Sarasota counties is mild but increasing, Florida Department of Health officials said Tuesday. Hospitals in the area also are seeing more flu cases this year, … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda to decide on Vivante project
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — In what is expected to be a packed house, the Punta Gorda City Council will hear a proposal this morning to build a navigable canal at a … Find out how to read more online.
Zoning approved for historic church move
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
SOUTH VENICE — Without any ado, Sarasota County commissioners approved the zoning change the Lemon Bay Historical Society needed to move the Green Street Church and Museum. Commissioners decided to … Find out how to read more online.
County, city leaders gather Friday
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The region’s municipalities will soon be able to experience North Port’s newest addition in the city: the Suncoast Technical College. A slew of boards will come under … Find out how to read more online.
North Port area named among ‘best performing cities’
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — It is starting to become a theme. Every month the North Port area crops up among a slew of bigger, larger metros on a “best place” list. … Find out how to read more online.
Dancing at the middle school
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
Woodland Middle School and its dance director, Andrea Donza, recently presented the school’s “Winter Dance Showcase” at the school cafeteria. Students in all grade levels at the middle school took … Find out how to read more online.
Kiwanis honors North Port fire chief
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The Kiwanis Club of North Port lauded North Port Fire Chief William Taaffe for his 15 years of service to the community. Taaffe is retiring from the … Find out how to read more online.
Would you look your mother in the eye and say that?
Tue  Jan 16 2018 08:30AM
We are in the word business. A newspaper’s primary building blocks to communicate the news and opinions of the day are words and pictures. We believe how we use those … Find out how to read more online.
Today’s NAACP
Tue  Jan 16 2018 08:30AM
When white supremacist Richard Spencer spoke at the University of Florida, the president of the Florida State NAACP, Adora Obi Nweze, did not call for members of his organization to … Find out how to read more online.
Annual homeless survey yields count, resources
Tue  Jan 16 2018 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Last year was the first time Gaither Stephens joined in the annual census of the homeless, seeking them out in their wooded camps to get vital information. … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda celebrates MLK Day with parade
Tue  Jan 16 2018 08:30AM
On Monday, Macedonia Human Services organized the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade held in Punta Gorda. The theme for the 2018 parade is “We’re Stronger Together.” The … Find out how to read more online.
Would you look your mother in the eye and say that?
Tue  Jan 16 2018 08:30AM
We are in the word business. A newspaper’s primary building blocks to communicate the news and opinions of the day are words and pictures. We believe how we use those … Find out how to read more online.
Making the dream a reality
Mon  Jan 15 2018 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the Civil Rights Movement to crumble legal walls of segregation, but economic barriers remain — along with challenges to diversify the … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte wants fix for spring training traffic jam
Mon  Jan 15 2018 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — With Tampa Bay Rays spring training just around the calendar corner, traffic tie-ups on State Road 776 can also be counted on as another, less welcome, rite … Find out how to read more online.
Allegiant eyes regional growth
Mon  Jan 15 2018 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Based on its continued regional growth, and recent plans to develop a waterfront resort on Charlotte Harbor, Allegiant Air strategically added a key piece to its vision for … Find out how to read more online.
Making the dream a reality
Tue  Jan 16 2018 05:22PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the Civil Rights Movement to crumble legal walls of segregation, but economic barriers remain — along with challenges to diversify the … Find out how to read more online.
Temporary restrooms in place at Gilchrist Park
Mon  Jan 15 2018 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Not long ago, Punta Gorda made good on its promise to provide a temporary restroom solution at Gilchrist Park. The lack of permanent restrooms at the park … Find out how to read more online.
Cold shelter opening in Charlotte County
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
The Homeless Coalition will be opening up its doors tonight to anyone seeking shelter from the cold. The National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures near to below freezing. Located at … Find out how to read more online.
Ainger volleyball falls to Murdock
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
MURDOCK — The L.A. Ainger Middle School girls volleyball team battled with host Murdock in an unusual match Jan. 9. Murdock had the match start at 10:30 a.m. so students … Find out how to read more online.
Youths participate in North Port baseball camp
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — If anyone doubted that the 2018 North Port Little League season is just around the corner, they could see all the action at the Atwater Community Park … Find out how to read more online.
Two in serious condition following crash
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
SOUTH VENICE — Two people were severely injured after a collision on State Road 776 between Englewood and Venice. Shirley Morgan, 79, was driving east on Loyola Road near S.R. … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Symphony, from Rome to Broadway
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra took its audience Sunday evening on a symphonic world tour from 19th Century Italy to 20th Century Broadway, traveling among the known and the relatively unknown, … Find out how to read more online.
Local Winn-Dixie raises $10,000 in food for the hungry
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Palm Plaza Winn-Dixie store held a holiday food drive to help feed local families for the seventh year in a row. The store raised money selling $10 … Find out how to read more online.
Airshow awards three scholarships
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
MURDOCK — The Florida International Airshow and Air Trek, Inc. recently awarded three $500 scholarships to three students of Southern Technical College. Dana Carr, president of the Florida International Airshow … Find out how to read more online.
16th Annual Cracker Fair
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
The storm was a “litard knot floater.” Mike Miller, with Florida-Backroads-Travel.com, quotes his friend Howard who is a Florida Cracker. A Cracker is a true native Floridian. Mike says Crackers … Find out how to read more online.
Annual homeless survey yields count, resources
Tue  Jan 16 2018 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Last year was the first time Gaither Stephens joined in the annual census of the homeless, seeking them out in their wooded camps to get vital information. … Find out how to read more online.
Would you look your mother in the eye and say that?
Tue  Jan 16 2018 08:30AM
We are in the word business. A newspaper’s primary building blocks to communicate the news and opinions of the day are words and pictures. We believe how we use those … Find out how to read more online.
Today’s NAACP
Tue  Jan 16 2018 08:30AM
When white supremacist Richard Spencer spoke at the University of Florida, the president of the Florida State NAACP, Adora Obi Nweze, did not call for members of his organization to … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Men threatened while searching for alleged prostitute
Tue  Jan 16 2018 08:30AM
A Port Charlotte man was arrested Sunday after allegedly threatening two men with a firearm outside a residence at 2400 Catskill Drive in September of last year. One victim said … Find out how to read more online.
Annual homeless survey yields count, resources
Tue  Jan 16 2018 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Last year was the first time Gaither Stephens joined in the annual census of the homeless, seeking them out in their wooded camps to get vital information. … Find out how to read more online.
Allegiant eyes regional growth
Mon  Jan 15 2018 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Based on its continued regional growth, and recent plans to develop a waterfront resort on Charlotte Harbor, Allegiant Air strategically added a key piece to its vision for … Find out how to read more online.
Making the dream a reality
Mon  Jan 15 2018 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the Civil Rights Movement to crumble legal walls of segregation, but economic barriers remain — along with challenges to diversify the … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte wants fix for spring training traffic jam
Mon  Jan 15 2018 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — With Tampa Bay Rays spring training just around the calendar corner, traffic tie-ups on State Road 776 can also be counted on as another, less welcome, rite … Find out how to read more online.
Warm weather forecast for MLK Day and most of week
Mon  Jan 15 2018 08:30AM
Don’t let the weekend’s cold weather discourage any Martin Luther Kind Day plans. Southwest Florida residents will get some relief from the cold on Monday, but temperatures are expected to … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte wants fix for spring training traffic jam
Mon  Jan 15 2018 03:31PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — With Tampa Bay Rays spring training just around the calendar corner, traffic tie-ups on State Road 776 can also be counted on as another, less welcome, rite … Find out how to read more online.


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