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Strong belief gets credit
Sun  Jun 25 2017 01:00AM
The Allison family of Englewood is not alone in experiencing what they believe was a miracle. Here are some other miracles community members shared with the Sun: Birth defies odds … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Jun 25 2017 01:00AM
Charlotte to curb business signs
Sun  Jun 25 2017 01:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte officials are zeroing in on new sign standards that have been under review for years, spurred by the unsightly hodgepodge of advertising lining Tamiami Trail in Port … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Jun 25 2017 01:00AM
Murdock Baptist Church Murdock Baptist Church, 18375 Cochran Blvd., Port Charlotte: Winshape Camp Summer of a Lifetime. 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m., July 3-7. At Winshape, campers come together each year to … Find out how to read more online.
Habitat for Humanity dedicates new house
Sun  Jun 25 2017 01:00AM
Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity hosted a dedication ceremony Wednesday morning for Tassha Evans and her three sons Peyton, 7, Riley, 5, and Talon, 3, at their new Port Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Players perform in the 12th Annual Summer Drama Workshops
Sun  Jun 25 2017 01:00AM
The Charlotte Players, one of the oldest performing arts organizations in both Charlotte County and the state of Florida, offered three, two-week summer drama workshops for youth at the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Traffic enforcement locations set for this week
Sun  Jun 25 2017 01:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Beginning Monday, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office will increase traffic enforcement at the following locations: Speed enforcement: • Toledo Blade Boulevard, Port Charlotte. • Edgewater Drive, Port … Find out how to read more online.
Local veterans form AMVETS post in Englewood
Sun  Jun 25 2017 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — A cadre of military veterans in Englewood and Rotonda West are responding to a need for a local organization for all veterans who have served, and not just … Find out how to read more online.
The color of money: Where do the taxes, fees go?
Sun  Jun 25 2017 01:00AM
SARASOTA — You could point to Sarasota County’s impending deal with the Atlanta Braves and say if the county stopped pursuing another professional baseball team, there would be plenty of … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Jun 25 2017 01:00AM
Lung cancer support group The North Port Lung Cancer Support Group meets from 2-3 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month at Sarasota Memorial ER in North Port along Toledo Blade … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Jun 25 2017 01:00AM

bridge winners

Bridge Winners - June 19

North Port Senior Center

1st: Helen Norris and Dave Johnson 2nd: Ella Richard and Judy Foster 3rd: Flo Sayre and Vivien Heppner 4th: …

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Boardwalk, fishing pier coming to Live Oak Point
Sat  Jun 24 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Live Oak Point, a relaxing retreat that opened up a year ago in Charlotte Harbor, will see increased activity July 4 and in the coming months. Looking out … Find out how to read more online.
Wein, Prafke re-elected
Sat  Jun 24 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — That was easy. Two Punta Gorda City Council incumbents were the only candidates to file by Friday’s deadline for two council seats, eliminating the need for a … Find out how to read more online.
North Port sex offender arrested in drug bust
Sat  Jun 24 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A North Port man was arrested by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Thursday during a “buy bust” drug sting in Punta Gorda. Jason Lessard, 37, of the … Find out how to read more online.
Lear mulls over North Port city manager contract
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — An offer has been made for the North Port city manager position. The City Commission wrapped up contract negotiations with interim City Manager Pete Lear on Monday. … Find out how to read more online.
Baby escapes drowning; pool safety event planned
Fri  Jun 23 2017 01:55PM
ENGLEWOOD — Baby Forrest Trommer saw the bright yellow toy beckoning as it bobbed in the pool. He reached for it and fell in. A minute later, his mother Morgan … Find out how to read more online.
Who will be Englewood’s newest Smoked Mullet?
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
The annual luncheon of The Secret Society of Smoked Mullets today is sold out, according to event organizers. The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Gulf … Find out how to read more online.
Cindy downgrades; typical summer weather arrives
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians got some more rain earlier this week due to Tropical Storm Cindy, but no further impact is expected, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Dustin Norman. The storm downgraded … Find out how to read more online.
New CEO for Realtor association
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
The Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee has selected Jeffrey Arakelian as chief executive officer, effective Sept. 18. Arakelian currently serves as CEO of the Greater Hartford Association of Realtors … Find out how to read more online.
Who let the dogs in?
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
Here in Southwest Florida, where dining out can be a gastronomic treat to the senses without being a formal experience, bringing Fido or Mimi or Brutus along just seems natural. … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Jun 25 2017 01:00AM
Charlotte County marriages • Nicholas Jeffrey Harris of Port Charlotte, and Ma. Honeyleth Porcioncula Columna of Tanza, Cavite, Philippines • Mark Allen Harper of Louisville, Ky., and Lindsey Ellen Wedding … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Jun 25 2017 01:00AM
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.
Port Charlotte native serves aboard Navy warship
Sun  Jun 25 2017 01:00AM
A Port Charlotte native and 2000 Charlotte High School graduate, Senior Chief Petty Officer Samantha Wright is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided missile destroyer, USS Michael Murphy. … Find out how to read more online.
CCSO seizes firearms, drugs during search warrant
Sun  Jun 25 2017 01:00AM
A search warrant served Friday on a Port Charlotte home led to the seizure of multiple illegal firearms and drugs. At about 6:30 a.m., members of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Behavioral lands key state program
Sun  Jun 25 2017 01:00AM
Charlotte Behavioral Health Care has landed a fully funded state program designed to help children with significant mental health needs. Called Community Action Team, or CAT, the $750,000 program gives … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Jun 25 2017 01:00AM

Contact for birthdays

Each week in Sunday’s Sun, we run free birthday announcements, along with a photo. Email your .jpg photo of the birthday boy or girl of any age, …

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Pioneer Days Committee seeks Grand Marshal nominations
Sun  Jun 25 2017 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — It’s time for the people of Englewood to submit their nominations for the Grand Marshal of the 61st Annual Englewood Pioneer Days Parade. “Pioneer Days weekend is part … Find out how to read more online.
American Veterans Post 312 will host a PTSD discussion
Sun  Jun 25 2017 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Veterans along with family and friends are invited to attend a PTSD presentation at AMVETS Post 312. The event takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. … Find out how to read more online.
North Port discusses creating youth advisory board
Sun  Jun 25 2017 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — The city may have an approved youth board beginning next week. The North Port City Commissioners will have a second discussion about the “North Port Youth Council” … Find out how to read more online.
Promoting drowning prevention
Sun  Jun 25 2017 01:00AM
The North Port Police Department teamed up with North Port YMCA, the North Port Rotary Club, and Just Against Children Drowning, JT’s Custom Pools, Women on a Mission, Walgreens and … Find out how to read more online.
New Meadow Park principal has roots in district
Sat  Jun 24 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Matthew Loge is the new Meadow Park Elementary principal, but he is not a stranger to the school district. Loge, 45, worked for the Charlotte County school … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Jun 24 2017 08:30AM
Resale Shop offers specials Today is the last day the framed art department is 40 percent off. The linen department has many comforters in all sizes, towels and sheet sets … Find out how to read more online.
Jury seated for Lewis trial
Sat  Jun 24 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Four men and three women were chosen Friday evening for the trial of Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis. Lewis faces a culpable negligence misdemeanor charge in … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County to merge military charter schools
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — The Sarasota County School Board voted to merge Sarasota Military Prep Academy and Sarasota Military Academy. The merge will combine the schools into a middle and high school … Find out how to read more online.
Baby escapes drowning; pool safety event planned
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Baby Forrest Trommer saw the bright yellow toy beckoning as it bobbed in the pool. He reached for it and fell in. A minute later, his mother Morgan … Find out how to read more online.
Local franchise paints Swepston Bridge for free
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Jim and Sherrie Klepser have a simple business philosophy. “Get busy and do something beyond yourself,” Jim said. He and Sherrie, local franchise owners for CertaPro Painters, put … Find out how to read more online.
POLICE Chief On Trial
Thu  Jun 22 2017 09:56AM
Last Aug. 11, Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis announced responsibility for the fatal shooting of a retired librarian lay on his shoulders. “As your Chief of Police, I accept … Find out how to read more online.
New store coming to Town Center mall
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
Port Charlotte Town Center mall has announced the addition of The Recreational Warehouse to its lineup of retail, dining and entertainment options. “Port Charlotte Town Center is excited to further … Find out how to read more online.
Region home sales, prices spike
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte County home prices and sales spiked to new post-recession highs last month. Charlotte’s single-family median sales price of $216,513 in May hit a peak not seen since just before … Find out how to read more online.


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