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Mud run, festival get folks back to ‘Nature’
Sun  Nov 23 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — At a recent get-together in Englewood, Ann Gillis resolved that it was time to try her first long-distance run ever. But, like many post-cocktail decisions, it was … Find out how to read more online.
THURSDAY is the new BLACK FRIDAY
Sun  Nov 23 2014 08:30AM
There’s no turning back for bargain hunter Melanie White. “I have shopped Black Friday every year since I was 16,” she said. “I am almost 40. I do it because … Find out how to read more online.
Inmate injured in prison transport crash
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Martina Tatarcyk was horrified when she got a call saying her son was in surgery following a crash on Interstate 4 while being transported from prison back to … Find out how to read more online.
Herald-Tribune newspaper sold again
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
New Media Investment Group, the parent company of GateHouse Media, said Thursday that it had acquired “substantially all of the assets” of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the other newspapers in … Find out how to read more online.
Schools, some parents unite on testing concerns
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Jerry Beard saw his 9-year-old son curled up on the floor a few weeks ago. “(He said) he’d rather kill himself than go back to class the … Find out how to read more online.
Social media danger zone
Sun  Nov 16 2014 08:30AM
When two young Port Charlotte women drove to the Miami area recently, they met up with a couple of men they had been talking to online. Those men have been … Find out how to read more online.
Peaceful Horse property has great potential
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
For two years, the over 4,000-acre property dubbed The Peaceful Horse Ranch has been tied up, lying vacant, while the state considered what to do with it. But now that … Find out how to read more online.
Arcadian wins nine awards for writing, photos
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
The Arcadian received nine awards on Saturday for both writing and photography at this year’s Florida Press Club awards banquet held in Stuart, Fla. The competition is a statewide event. … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto Cares close to securing building
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
DeSoto Cares is close to securing a building to be used as a center to assist the homeless, and is awaiting approval from DeSoto’s Habitat for Humanity board of directors … Find out how to read more online.
Groups keep the ‘giving’ in Thanksgiving
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Pat Knox is already giving thanks for Thanksgiving. “Right now, we’ve been blessed, blessed,” Knox said. Donations from the Lemon Bay Sunrise and Englewood rotaries, the Englewood Lions … Find out how to read more online.
LBHS grad helps to save three friends’ lives
Mon  Nov 17 2014 11:32AM
ENGLEWOOD — Over the car radio, Lance Cpl. Taylor Reilly heard his friend’s car get hit by a truck with no lights on. He jumped out of the vehicle and … Find out how to read more online.
Sunk?
Thu  Nov 13 2014 11:31AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners scuttled hopes Wednesday for public funding for a second Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix in April 2015. But Jerry York, the race director of … Find out how to read more online.
County gets straight answers on growth
Thu  Nov 13 2014 08:30AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners received a point-blank assessment of the county’s economic growth potential during its Tuesday meeting, and ideas on how to capitalize on it. Josh Bays … Find out how to read more online.
Judge to decide school psychologist’s job fate
Thu  Nov 13 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Embattled school psychologist Harvey Dorey still has a job, at least for now. Administrative Law Judge Robert Meale gave attorneys another week to come up with existing … Find out how to read more online.
Two DCHS students honored
Thu  Nov 13 2014 08:30AM
Two 2014 DeSoto County High School graduates were named Florida Exemplary Migrant Scholars by the Florida Department of Education. The award was presented to Lucila Ruiz and Mishel Mandujano. Under … Find out how to read more online.
United Way study finds DeSoto households are struggling
Thu  Nov 13 2014 08:30AM
The United Ways (collectively serving DeSoto, Manatee, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties) on Florida’s Central West Coast released a groundbreaking report on Tuesday that provides a comprehensive picture of … Find out how to read more online.
A birthday fit for a Prince
Mon  Nov 10 2014 08:30AM
Prince Dieusel Bartholomew, his mother’s “little miracle,” will celebrate a healthy, rollicking, rambunctious birthday Dec. 7. It will be four years to the day that they both came ever so … Find out how to read more online.
Brighter weather ahead
Mon  Nov 10 2014 08:30AM
After a cloudy, rainy weekend, Charlotte County residents can expect a dry, mostly sunny week. “It’s actually going to be shaping up pretty nice this week,” said Brian LaMarre, a … Find out how to read more online.
Congrats! Now get to work.
Fri  Nov 7 2014 08:30AM
Congratulations to the winners in our local elections! Arcadia residents have spoken, loudly and clearly, that they are looking for a change on City Council. With all three available council … Find out how to read more online.
Vets Day parade set for Nov. 11
Fri  Nov 7 2014 08:30AM
DeSoto County will honor its veterans, and those from around the world, with a traditional parade on Nov. 11. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at West Oak Street and … Find out how to read more online.
‘Small Business Saturday’ promotes shop-local culture
Sun  Nov 23 2014 08:30AM
Small-business owners agree that creativity and inspiration are two ingredients that set local businesses apart from their larger, corporate competitors. “There are a lot of creative things going on locally,” … Find out how to read more online.
Big raise for airport chief
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — It was perhaps the longest discussion the Charlotte County Airport Authority has had in years. But when it was all said and done, authority commissioners agreed Punta … Find out how to read more online.
Block Party canceled for 2015
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Punta Gorda Block Party, one of the largest street festivals in Southwest Florida, has been canceled for 2015. Punta Gorda Days Inc., the nonprofit group that … Find out how to read more online.
Outside law firm investigates internal North Port complaint
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port city officials have confirmed that an outside law firm has been hired to investigate a “hostile workplace” complaint made toward aquatics technician Rich Tirado. City … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Man made porn of friend’s son, 12
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A local man is accused of having sexual contact with a 12-year-old boy, and taking pornographic pictures of him while his mother was in jail, according to … Find out how to read more online.
Hire pending for new SCAT chief
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Rocky A. Burke of Lexington, Ky., has been offered the position as the new director of Sarasota County Area Transit. Burke, 59, has more than 15 years … Find out how to read more online.
School board to hold regular workshops
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
The DeSoto County School Board sat briefly on Tuesday for a reorganization meeting. Karen Chancey was named chairman and Debby Snyder vice-chairman. The School Board voted to hold regularly scheduled … Find out how to read more online.
DMH opens cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
Patients who have chronic illnesses such as COPD can help improve lung function with pulmonary rehabilitation. Patients who have had a heart attack, heart failure or transplant, open heart surgery, … Find out how to read more online.
Bombs away
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — In a desolate part of Charlotte County near the Zemel Road Landfill, temperatures lingered in the 40s Wednesday morning. But there was plenty of heat. … Find out how to read more online.
Prepare for cooler weather, thunderstorms
Mon  Nov 17 2014 08:30AM
Residents may want to bundle up and stay inside once a stronger cold front hits the area. The cold front that is moving through is stronger than the one that … Find out how to read more online.
Growing sentiment: Charlotte’s economic health will be hurt if free-falling school scores continue
Sun  Nov 16 2014 08:30AM
Leaders are worried about the economic health of Charlotte County as the school district moves closer to the state’s bottom in rankings. Young professionals, for example, already bypass Charlotte for … Find out how to read more online.
Jury out on former hospital head
Thu  Nov 13 2014 11:31AM
It is now up to a jury to decide if former Health Management Associates executive Josh Putter committed a federal crime when he wrote a letter that prosecutors say was … Find out how to read more online.
St. Charles mourns longtime teacher
Thu  Nov 13 2014 11:31AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Hundreds of people turned out Wednesday to mourn the sudden death of John Verner, a science teacher at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School whose career spanned more … Find out how to read more online.
Doctors told runner she would never walk again
Mon  Nov 10 2014 08:30AM
Editor’s note: The Sun is presenting stories that highlight people — such as Debi Lantzer of North Port, and Shirley and Prince Bartholomew of Port Charlotte — who have overcome … Find out how to read more online.
Code enforcement charged with challenges
Sun  Nov 9 2014 08:30AM
Shawn Horton was called an atheist by a person he told to remove a flag from a business. “I was just doing my job,” said Horton, Charlotte County Code Enforcement … Find out how to read more online.
‘Never going to bed angry’ — 77 years and counting
Sun  Nov 9 2014 08:30AM
Marion Jackson met his soul mate Jane in sixth grade. He thought she was pretty. He used to get in trouble for passing notes to her. He wanted to marry … Find out how to read more online.
Providers cite gaps in Medicaid transport
Sun  Nov 9 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — It has been a roller coaster ride for both clients and providers of the new Medicaid transport business during its transition to a managed-care model. Part of the … Find out how to read more online.