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Bridge work stacking up Englewood traffic
Fri  Mar 24 2017 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Patience is what’s needed to get onto or off Manasota Key via Beach Road. But patience is what’s running thin as traffic backs up onto South McCall Road … Find out how to read more online.
Officials crack down on abandoned boats before arrival of birds
Fri  Mar 24 2017 01:00AM
KEY WEST, Fla. — Marine salvors have been racing to get 32 abandoned boats off the bottom in Marquesas Keys waters before birds arrive. A crew removed seven deteriorating vessels, … Find out how to read more online.
Baby boomers tackle tech
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
Tony Adams would normally lean on his family — “technical support team” — if he has questions about his iPad or cellphone. But Adams, 72, is visiting Florida from Ohio, … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Sheriff’s Office holds free self-defense class for women
Fri  Mar 24 2017 01:00AM
Fifty-two women shouted, “Leave me alone!” while striking a punching bag with one knee, held by a partner. It was part of a free self-defense class and hosted by the … Find out how to read more online.
I-75 traffic delayed after seven-vehicle collision
Fri  Mar 24 2017 01:00AM
The Florida Highway Patrol is searching for a hit-and-run driver who rear-ended a Hyundai XG350 stopped in traffic on southbound Interstate 75 on Thursday around 7:05 a.m. Multiple collisions followed, … Find out how to read more online.
Water Authority plans for increased demand
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — With continued growth meaning an increased demand for water, the Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority has a plan to meet that demand. Representatives of the authority … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County School Board moves to approve proposed budget
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — The Sarasota County School Board approved its proposed budget 4-1 late Tuesday. The 2017-18 budget will have a 4 percent increase from the 2016-17 budget of $421.9 million, … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Woman returns for children after attack
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A man was arrested after choking and beating a woman known to him, according to North Port Police officials. Dana Robinson, 37, 3200 block of Lullaby Road, … Find out how to read more online.
Tiny homes might be headed to Arcadia
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
Tiny homes was the hot topic at an Arcadia City Council workshop Tuesday, where Council members were provided with an explanation on what the ever-popular structures are and what they … Find out how to read more online.
Chambers celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, members of local Chambers of Commerce — including Charlotte, Englewood, North Port and Punta Gorda — gathered for fun in the sun to watch a Tampa … Find out how to read more online.
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Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Melody Boykin, 56, 24500 block of Airport Road. Charges: two counts of violation of probation. Bond: none. • Alisa Katherine … Find out how to read more online.
Proud to be an Arcadian
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
Hello, Arcadia! It’s so good to be writing to you again. Please accept my apology for the absence of my column last month. The dreaded flu bug hit hard right … Find out how to read more online.
Trail Boss
Wed  Mar 22 2017 08:30AM
“No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” – Winston Churchill Tales have long been told about the relationship between horses and humans. Both on an … Find out how to read more online.
Something’s brewing at Off The Wagon
Wed  Mar 22 2017 08:30AM
SOUTH VENICE — There’s nothing like it in Venice. There’s nothing like it in any neighboring town, for that matter. Sure, there are indie brewpubs in Sarasota, Bradenton, Fort Myers … Find out how to read more online.
Phantoms of the Orchestra Mad Hatter Sunday brunch
Wed  Mar 22 2017 08:30AM
On Sunday, March 12, The Phantoms of the Orchestra sponsored a “Mad Hatter” Sunday brunch at the Twin Isles Country Club, Madrid Road, Punta Gorda. … Find out how to read more online.
Crime rate up 4 percent in Charlotte
Wed  Mar 22 2017 08:30AM
The crime rate in Charlotte County increased in 2016 by 4.6 percent, according to data released Tuesday by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. The total index crimes in the county, … Find out how to read more online.
Former officer to appeal termination
Wed  Mar 22 2017 08:30AM
Former officer Lee Coel will appeal his termination from the Punta Gorda Police Department, despite a pending manslaughter charge. The city released a letter from his attorney on Tuesday, dated … Find out how to read more online.
Needy also feeling pinch of high rents
Mon  Mar 20 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Carmen Maria, 71, wanted to move to Florida to be closer to family. So, the Californian called a friend here to do the legwork and found Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
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Derelict vessels: Money to combat the problem drying up
Fri  Mar 24 2017 01:00AM
Time is running out for state grant funding for derelict boat removal from Florida waters. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission only has about 20 percent or less of … Find out how to read more online.
Another kind of pollution in the waters
Fri  Mar 24 2017 01:00AM
Ask most people about pollution, and they will think of rubbish, plastic, oil, smog and chemicals. After some thought, most folks might also suggest noise pollution. We’re all familiar with … Find out how to read more online.
United Way honors ‘Hearts of Gold’
Fri  Mar 24 2017 01:00AM
The United Way of Charlotte County held a cocktail reception at South Port Square in Port Charlotte, “Hearts of Gold,” for their volunteers. Dozens of volunteers attended and shared some … Find out how to read more online.
Brush fire shuts down Harborview Road
Fri  Mar 24 2017 01:00AM
A brush fire shut down Harborview Road west of Interstate 75 for a few hours on Thursday afternoon. The flames moved quickly across an estimated seven acres, a Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota county commissioners expand the county seat
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — A pending move by Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight of his administrative offices put the county at odds with a state statute, which Sarasota County Commissioners corrected Wednesday … Find out how to read more online.
GOP pushes through Steube’s gun bill despite criticism
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
State Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, took aim at an NRA-backed gun bill sponsored by Sarasota Sen. Greg Steube on Wednesday during a committee meeting in Tallahassee, saying it “sends … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Man stole nearly $435,000 from woman with dementia
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A man was arrested after stealing thousands of dollars from his elderly friend who had dementia, according to Sarasota County Sheriff’s Officials. Robert Atwater, 65, 7400 block … Find out how to read more online.
Improvements on the way for Placida Road
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
PLACIDA — Construction crews are geared up for improvements along Placida Road from Rotonda Boulevard West to the Boca Grande Causeway. The $13.4-million construction project, paid with Charlotte County’s 1 … Find out how to read more online.
As housing supply grows, so does buyer’s market
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Charlotte County home sales rebounded last month after a disappointing, double-digit dip in January. The most impressive advance, however, may have been in condo median sales prices, … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte cold case to air on ‘Dateline NBC’
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
An episode of “Dateline NBC” will feature the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit and the team of prosecutors who worked together to bring resolution to the 2001 murder … Find out how to read more online.
Power to the next generation
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
A fun, free event is coming from DeSoto County teens in April. The Teen Empowerment Summit, co-hosted by The Precious Pearls Project and Drug Free DeSoto Coalition, will provide an … Find out how to read more online.
Concerns mount over rainfall deficits
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
It’s not called the “dry season” for nothing. But for most of Florida this season has been abnormally arid, especially when you compare it to last year’s historic wet spell. … Find out how to read more online.
Can you pass a citizenship test? Learning Civics beyond the classroom
Tue  Mar 21 2017 03:10PM
Many Americans of a certain age can recall singing along to “Schoolhouse Rock!” and learning a little about government between cartoon shows. Others can recall days spent learning about civics … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Symphony ends season on a high note
Wed  Mar 22 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte Symphony orchestra ended its season Sunday evening at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda the same way it began in November, with a cheering, shouting audience … Find out how to read more online.
Coronado Drive to close for construction
Wed  Mar 22 2017 08:30AM
On March 29, Coronado Drive in Punta Gorda will be closed while Florida Power & Light contract crews install a new concrete pole. Coronado will be closed from West Marion … Find out how to read more online.
Attorney charged with DUI
Wed  Mar 22 2017 08:30AM
A local attorney was charged with a DUI and leaving the scene of a crash on Sunday. William Kevin Russell, 65, of Port Charlotte, was driving a 1998 Honda Accord … Find out how to read more online.
Man sentenced to jail for animal cruelty
Wed  Mar 22 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Andy Gerberich faced 45 years in prison for 61 counts related to animal cruelty. Instead, he pleaded guilty to half of the animal cruelty charges. On Monday, Gerberich, … Find out how to read more online.
Pilot had more combat time with drone than 20 years in Air Force
Mon  Mar 20 2017 08:30AM
(Editor’s note: Part 1, about Ian Milne’s earlier Air Force career, ran in last Monday’s Sun.) In 2010, 17 years after Lt. Col. Ian Milne of Burnt Store Isles retired … Find out how to read more online.