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Hot and dry weather ahead; burn bans, water restrictions issued
Thu  Apr 27 2017 06:54PM
Southwest Floridians can expect hotter and drier weather than normal this weekend with temperatures reaching the 90s. “We have a strong area of high pressure building over the area that … Find out how to read more online.
Dispose of unused prescription drugs Saturday
Thu  Apr 27 2017 06:54PM
Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is asking people to take unused prescriptions medications to any CCSO facility for disposal. The national … Find out how to read more online.
Overturned tractor trailer delays I-75
Thu  Apr 27 2017 06:54PM
PUNTA GORDA — A traffic crash involving an overturned tractor trailer delayed traffic on northbound Interstate 75 early Thursday morning. Some lanes were closed for about two hours at mile … Find out how to read more online.
Fishery businesses prepare for summer
Thu  Apr 27 2017 06:50PM
PLACIDA — Margaret Albritton, like others at the Fishery, is preparing for the summer. She’s also looking forward to next fall and winter seasons. The uncertainty of an immediate sale … Find out how to read more online.
North Port embraces ‘City of Kindness’
Thu  Apr 27 2017 06:50PM
NORTH PORT — Despite running past 1 a.m., the North Port City Commissioners made several steps forward on city issues Tuesday night. “Kindness stones” were passed around the commission chamber by … Find out how to read more online.
Taking the bite out of mosquitoes
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
Two things happened in Florida to make it habitable: One was air conditioning, the other was mosquito control. Scott Schermerhorn, Manager of Mosquito and Aquatic Weed control for Charlotte County, … Find out how to read more online.
People for Trees holds Tree Fest
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
People for Trees of North Port held its annual Tree Fest on Saturday — Earth Day — in the city. The event, taking place at North Port Community Education Center … Find out how to read more online.
North Port inches closer to empty lot ordinance
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port City Commission is one step away from tidying up the language to clean empty lots. The commission spent hours late Tuesday night discussing and … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Haven Dance owner charged with additional crimes
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The former Haven Dance owner who was originally charged with lascivious acts with a student under 16 years old was arrested On additional charges, according to the … Find out how to read more online.
Playgrounds coming to Charlotte County parks
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Small children and their parents will soon have new play areas at Englewood Beach and other Charlotte County parks. County officials now plan to begin May 1 with … Find out how to read more online.
‘Community conversation’ will be held on school tax referendum
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — School Board members will hold a “community conversation” next month about the proposed property tax referendum. The conversation will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County Justice Center upgrade on docket
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — The planned renovation of the Charlotte County Justice Center took a significant step forward this week with a consultant’s final report detailing how improvements would accommodate future demands … Find out how to read more online.
St. Petersburg man arrested in real estate scheme
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
A St. Petersburg man was arrested Tuesday after a lengthy real estate fraud investigation. Michael Dean Bender, 31, reportedly defrauded Charlotte County victims of $113,431, as well as $12,000 from … Find out how to read more online.
DMH board OKs hospitalist agreement
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
The DeSoto Memorial Hospital Board of Directors unanimously approved an agreement with Arcadia Medical Associates, PA, during it regular meeting Thursday that will allow the group to provide physician services … Find out how to read more online.
Teacher accused of inappropriate message
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
A DeSoto County High School teacher was suspended without pay amid allegations he sent an inappropriate message to a female student on an app, DeSoto School District Superindendent Adrian Cline … Find out how to read more online.
Risk remains for wildfires
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
With the exception of the Panhandle, rainfall throughout the state this year has become a commodity. In less than four months, the Tampa Bay region has received 5 inches of … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
• The Charlotte County Family YMCA announces that they are now taking registration for all of the YMCA’s 2017 Summer Camp Programs. Campers will find fun new ways to spend … Find out how to read more online.
Fat Point, Big Storm become brew bros
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
Let there be no doubt, Punta Gorda-based Fat Point Brewing is open for business. Earlier this year, Fat Point and Big Storm Brewing Co. of Tampa Bay quietly announced an … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Apr 26 2017 04:44PM
The Charlotte County area has a wide range of volunteer opportunities. Contact one of the following organizations to see how you can get involved and give back to the community. … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Apr 27 2017 06:54PM

SUMMER CAMPS

• The Charlotte County Family YMCA announces that they are now taking registration for all of the YMCA’s 2017 Summer Camp Programs. Campers will find fun new ways …

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Charlotte mine gives Cape Coral water boost
Thu  Apr 27 2017 07:24PM
Millions of gallons of water are expected to start flowing today from a mine in Charlotte County through ditches running along U.S. 41. The water is going to Cape Coral … Find out how to read more online.
LBHS Marching Mantas make a pitch for fundraising for trip
Thu  Apr 27 2017 06:50PM
ENGLEWOOD — By the end of the first week of July, Lemon Bay High School’s Marching Mantas will have traveled 1,966 miles round trip. Not all of that will be … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota commissioners get mid-year budget snapshot
Thu  Apr 27 2017 06:50PM
SARASOTA — At first glance, Sarasota County appears to be in fantastic shape seven months into the current fiscal year. But behind the numbers loom seasonal adjustments that will tilt … Find out how to read more online.
‘Good Samaritans’ help North Port Police with suspect
Thu  Apr 27 2017 06:50PM
NORTH PORT — Two men are being lauded as “Good Samaritans” after helping North Port Police in what city authorities deemed a dangerous situation. Officials were responding to a call … Find out how to read more online.
Yoga celebrated at Garden of the Senses
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
Yoga at the Garden celebrated National Park RX Day on Saturday at the Garden of Five Senses park in North Port. “As Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, the 19th surgeon general … Find out how to read more online.
Fundraiser set for North Port theater kids
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A fundraiser is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Englewood Ford to assist the North Port High School Theatre Department. According to Dena Henderson, the department … Find out how to read more online.
Panel: $10K fine for former city attorney OK’d
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
A Florida Commission on Ethics panel upheld a decision Friday that a former North Port city attorney misused his position by creating two city jobs for himself. The board moved … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte drops Gasparilla Road speeds
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County Commissioner Stephen R. Deutsch wants to drive 55 mph — at least along the new four-lane Gasparilla Road. But he’s going to have to ease his … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Apr 27 2017 04:44PM

SUMMER CAMPS

• The Charlotte County Family YMCA announces that they are now taking registration for all of the YMCA’s 2017 Summer Camp Programs. Campers will find fun new ways …

Find out how to read more online.
Virginia nabs DeSoto’s powerhouse pitcher
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
When a baseball powerhouse University like the Virginia Cavaliers comes calling, you’d better answer them. The Cavaliers are one of the top universities in the country in terms of recruiting … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM

Do you remember when war ended in 1945?

May 8 marks 72 years since World War II came to an end in Europe. The day is better known as Victory …

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County gets housing workforce study update
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners received a no-nonsense outlook during its Tuesday meeting on potential workforce housing development in the next 10-20 years. Fishkind and Associate’s Stanley Geberer said … Find out how to read more online.
County conversation addresses bad road, recycling
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
Dozens of Lake Suzy residents came to DeSoto County’s Community Conversation, held on April 20, to discuss issues important to them. By far, the biggest topic of the evening was … Find out how to read more online.
Small crowd for ‘Bridging the Gap’ town hall
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
Despite a disappointingly small crowd, Arcadia Police Department Marshal Matt Anderson and DeSoto County Sheriff Jim Potter took the opportunity to offer personalized information and advice on community law enforcement … Find out how to read more online.
Wildfire ‘like mowing the grass’
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
An important element of mitigating wildfires is prescribed burns. The proactive burns serve multiple purposes, including the removal of excess dead, flammable plant material, return of nutrients back to the … Find out how to read more online.
TRACKING CRIME
Tue  Apr 25 2017 08:30AM
When Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office deputies take to the road, they can see all recent traffic incidents, property crimes, assaults, 911 calls and anything else that has generated a report … Find out how to read more online.
Candlelight vigil to celebrate North Port teacher
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A year later, the community still mourns the loss of a North Port High School teacher who was shot and killed in a murder-suicide. During a child … Find out how to read more online.
Water district declares first phase of shortage
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s governing board voted Tuesday to declare a phase I water shortage for all its 16 counties, including Charlotte, DeSoto, Lee, Polk and Sarasota. The … Find out how to read more online.
Local schools earn national recognition
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
Three Charlotte County schools earned spots on U.S. News and World Report’s survey of the best high schools in the country. The “Best High School” rankings identify the country’s top-performing … Find out how to read more online.


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