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‘Tropical air mass’ causes warmer weather this week
Sun  Mar 1 2015 06:12PM
Southwest Florida residents can expect warmer weather all week, even with a weak front coming through towards the end of it. After the last cool front came through a few … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota, Charlotte counties seek input on comp plan revisions
Sun  Mar 1 2015 06:13PM
Sarasota and Charlotte counties have begun revamping their comprehensive plans, and there is still plenty of time to have your say. A county’s comp plan is a general policy guidebook … Find out how to read more online.
River Road expansion awaits funding
Sun  Mar 1 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Only two obstacles are standing in the way of widening River Road to four lanes from the Tamiami Trail intersection to the interstate — the land to … Find out how to read more online.
Notice snafu delays Sonoma rezone … again
Thu  Feb 26 2015 08:30AM
DeSoto County commissioners and staff are wiping egg off their faces after they were forced to table an application allowing a rezone of the Sonoma Preserve to a Planned Urban … Find out how to read more online.
Second home blues
Mon  Feb 23 2015 02:26PM
Owners of second homes in Florida will be paying more for flood insurance than those who live here full time. “In addition to whatever the rate increases are, owners of … Find out how to read more online.
Water works: What’s in your water?
Thu  Feb 26 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is part one of a three-part series focused on frequent misconceptions regarding Arcadia’s water system. It’s our goal to help our readers understand the details about the … Find out how to read more online.
Fisheries forum wants your input
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
What do you know about our local waters? Whether it’s a lot or a little, someone would like to pick your brain. The Charlotte Harbor Fisheries Forum is a fledgling … Find out how to read more online.
Habitat builds better lives
Mon  Feb 23 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dave Sanborn was floundering, bumbling and stumbling through life. “My friend tried to help me by telling me about Habitat for Humanity and the house he was having … Find out how to read more online.
Silent passenger a welcome passenger?
Sun  Feb 22 2015 08:30AM
The most critical evidence so far against a Port Charlotte man awaiting trial for a vehicular homicide charge has come from a silent witness many drivers don’t know exists. But … Find out how to read more online.
Year-end housing review draws raves
Mon  Feb 16 2015 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — With Sarasota County enjoying a record-setting number of home sales in 2014 and Charlotte boasting a banner year as well, local Realtors are ecstatic about the performance … Find out how to read more online.
School’s finance director placed on leave
Thu  Feb 19 2015 08:30AM
Finance Director Marcia Saulo of the DeSoto County School District remains on administrative leave while an investigation is pending. Last week, School Superintendent Karyn Gary said Saulo had been placed … Find out how to read more online.
Cool front expected later in the week
Mon  Feb 16 2015 08:30AM
The week ahead will start out sunny and warm, but another cold front is expected to cause “a drastic cool down,” by the middle of the week, said Rodney Wynn, … Find out how to read more online.
Tatko received Distinguished Service Cross, destroyed two German halftracks in WWII
Tue  Feb 17 2015 05:55PM
Walter Tatko, now of Venice, was serving in Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army in France during World War II when he and a buddy, Pfc. Frank Zalewski, knocked out a … Find out how to read more online.
SFSC Brain Bowl Team to compete at nationals
Thu  Feb 12 2015 08:30AM
South Florida State College’s Brain Bowl team has earned a spot in the National Academic Quiz Tournaments Community College Championship Tournament, taking place Feb. 27 -28 in Atlanta, Ga. SFSC’s … Find out how to read more online.
Parents question calculation of school grades
Fri  Feb 13 2015 11:45AM
Grades — specifically, how students’ grades are calculated — became a heated topic after several parents questioned their children’s second-quarter marks. In a workshop held before Tuesday’s School Board meeting, … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County Fair draws bigger crowd this year
Mon  Feb 9 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Folks came to the Charlotte County Fair on Sunday to get their share of family fun — and funnel cakes — before the event closed for this … Find out how to read more online.
EcoFest continues today
Sun  Feb 8 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Families signed up for a scavenger hunt through city parks, and organizers of a bus tour of the Myakka State Forest and the Warm Mineral Springs Day … Find out how to read more online.
Jurors hear openings in tobacco trial
Fri  Feb 6 2015 08:30AM
America, circa 1948. A doctor working with a stethoscope in one hand and a cigarette in the other wasn’t uncommon. There were ashtrays in the gynecologist’s office. Americans could enjoy … Find out how to read more online.
Jim Julian launched first wave of Navy drones
Sun  Mar 1 2015 06:27PM
When Jim Julian flipped the switch, cranking up a small remote-controlled helicopter on the deck of a Navy destroyer, he became a part of history that stretches to the increasing … Find out how to read more online.
Historical plaque pays homage to Bailey Cemetery
Sun  Mar 1 2015 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — At a historical marker dedication for Lt. Carl Bailey Cemetery on Friday, re-enactors of the 2nd Infantry, United States Colored Troops, also paid tribute to … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Heart Walk: exercise in self-help
Sun  Mar 1 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Gary Barker had all the warning signs of heart disease before undergoing a bypass in September. And the precautions he took as a result of this forewarning … Find out how to read more online.
Teen testifies about alleged sexual abuse
Fri  Feb 27 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A 16-year-old girl took the stand Thursday in the sexual battery trial of Anthony James Jacot, revealing three incidents in which he allegedly raped the teen, once … Find out how to read more online.
School Finance Director, student testing addressed at School Board meeting
Thu  Feb 26 2015 08:30AM
School Board member Ronny Allen challenged Superintendent Karyn Gary to explain why he (and presumably other board members) were not given notice of a letter concerning Finance Director Marcia Saulo, … Find out how to read more online.
Fisheries forum wants your input
Tue  Feb 24 2015 03:46PM
What do you know about our local waters? Whether it’s a lot or a little, someone would like to pick your brain. The Charlotte Harbor Fisheries Forum is a fledgling … Find out how to read more online.
Warmer weather expected mid week
Mon  Feb 23 2015 08:30AM
“Southerly winds,” should bring warmer temperatures to Southwest Florida residents this week, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures should rise a few degrees above normal today with mostly sunny … Find out how to read more online.
Cwiklinski shook hands with Gen. MacArthur during WWII
Mon  Feb 23 2015 08:30AM
Henry Cwiklinski of Indigo Isles manufactured home park in Englewood was in the second wave that attacked the Japanese-held island of Leyte in the Philippines on Oct. 20, 1944, during … Find out how to read more online.
Wine & Jazz in perfect harmony
Sun  Feb 22 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — It was their shared free spirit in life and song that brought Sheri Lenora and Larry Levi all the way from Austin, Texas, to Saturday’s 10th Annual … Find out how to read more online.
Readers find inspiration at book fest
Sun  Feb 22 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Four years ago, Terri and John Gance’s Yorkie/Maltese mix, Pedie, became paralyzed from the neck down. Distraught by their news, the couple found a way to help Pedie … Find out how to read more online.
Council OKs city administrator ad
Thu  Feb 19 2015 08:30AM
The Arcadia City Council voted unanimously to approve the advertisement for its next city administrator. After meeting with Senior Advisors’ Ken Bressner last week in a workshop to hammer out … Find out how to read more online.
Officials mum ahead of crucial hearing
Thu  Feb 19 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office have refrained from commenting about the recording and distribution of privileged attorney-client conversations, despite new allegations surfacing … Find out how to read more online.
Man shot to death near North Port
Sun  Feb 8 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH SARASOTA COUNTY — A man was found dead from a gunshot wound in a home near Warm Mineral Springs late Friday night, and the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is … Find out how to read more online.
Shell game at Shell Creek water plant
Thu  Feb 12 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte commissioners’ distrust of the regional water authority boiled over again this week, engulfing Punta Gorda in the turmoil. At issue was the Peace River Manasota Regional Water … Find out how to read more online.
County receives FDOT Kings Hwy. study
Tue  Feb 17 2015 04:02PM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners received some timely information Tuesday when the Florida Department of Transportation released its Project Development and Environment study on vehicle traffic on Kings Highway … Find out how to read more online.
Guy LaBree’s life celebrated on Feb. 21
Fri  Feb 13 2015 11:45AM
Artist Guy LaBree was one of Arcadia’s best known residents whose talents were legendary among the Seminole Tribe. LaBree made an impressive contribution to the art world as well as … Find out how to read more online.
Cool, sunny weather ahead
Mon  Feb 9 2015 08:30AM
This week may get off to a cloudy start for Southwest Florida residents, but the sun should be shining the rest of the week, the forecast shows. Today should be … Find out how to read more online.
Jeff Ponkratz helped rebuild in Iraq
Mon  Feb 9 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: this is part two of a two-part story. After Jeff Ponkratz found himself hanging upside down in his blown-up Humvee, gasoline pouring over the shrapnel wounds on his … Find out how to read more online.
Work to begin at Winchester and SR 776
Sun  Feb 8 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Motorists traveling South McCall Road can expect some inconvenience this week. Lane closures starting Monday at the Winchester Boulevard-South McCall Road (State Road 776) intersection could slow down … Find out how to read more online.
City says no to review of water, sewer increases
Fri  Feb 6 2015 08:30AM
The Arcadia City Council voted 4-1 to reject an annual review of the city’s yearly three percent increase in the water/sewer and garbage rates. Councilman Joe Fink said the two … Find out how to read more online.