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Festival draws artists from afar
Sun  Feb 1 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The 29th annual Englewood Bank & Trust Invitational Arts Festival was a first-day hit. “There are so many vendors showing such good art in many different forms,” exclaimed … Find out how to read more online.
Land-acquisition process in place
Sun  Feb 1 2015 08:30AM
Both Charlotte and Sarasota counties employ citizen advisory boards to evaluate properties for sensitive lands acquisition. Those committees were formed to provide a safeguard, and to thwart any potential for … Find out how to read more online.
More cheating probed in North Port
Fri  Jan 30 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port Fire Chief Bill Taaffe has declined to comment on allegations of cheating in an investigation into three fire employees — two of whom resigned Wednesday … Find out how to read more online.
Officials talk transit
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
VENICE — For years, there’s been talk of linking transportation services from North Port and Englewood to Charlotte County. But the obstacles remain how to fund new bus services, as … Find out how to read more online.
More cold fronts ahead, but not much rain
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
A couple more cold fronts are headed to Southwest Florida, but the work week should be mostly dry except for Monday, according to Nicole Carlisle, meteorologist with the National Weather … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda man recalls time in German POW camp
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part story. While serving as a 57 mm gunner in the 106th Infantry Division, part of Gen. Omar Bradley’s 1st Army, in … Find out how to read more online.
Planning Parkside’s Parks
Sun  Jan 25 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Parkside Citizens’ Master Plan beholds a glorious future. A livable and walkable neighborhood, where miles of broad pathways, sheltered by an unending canopy of trees, would … Find out how to read more online.
Signs of the times
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dana Slonaker might have to wave goodbye to her job. Slonaker, a mother of five, relies on her job as a sign spinner at Cheap Smokes in Englewood … Find out how to read more online.
Advocates push to have killer’s case reheard
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — At 17, Steven Castanedo of Gulf Cove was arrested and charged with the second-degree murder of his friend Juan Tavares. When he gets out of prison, he will … Find out how to read more online.
Flooded with questions
Wed  Jan 21 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — With no meetings planned in Englewood, thousands of local residents are encouraged to attend presentations in Venice or North Port to learn whether their properties will be impacted … Find out how to read more online.
Wildflower’s open house is Saturday
Fri  Jan 23 2015 08:30AM
CAPE HAZE PENINSULA — The Wildflower Preserve has undergone quite a transformation in the last five years, and the Lemon Bay Conservancy wants the public to turn out Saturday and … Find out how to read more online.
Pottery nights ‘fun’ in Englewood
Wed  Jan 21 2015 08:31AM
ENGLEWOOD — It was a December night when assorted adults, myself included, gathered for Fun Class at the Open Studio to create yule logs. A few of the participants were … Find out how to read more online.
Cats removed from Port Charlotte home
Wed  Jan 21 2015 08:31AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — After removing about five dozen pet cats — including many that were sick or infected — from a home on Kerrville Circle last week, officials aren’t ruling … Find out how to read more online.
Builder’s goal is to create affordable new housing
Wed  Jan 21 2015 08:30AM
The struggles of the economy have made being a homeowner a fantasy for some, but Homes Made Possible LLC is trying to turn the dream into a reality. Though people … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff gets ‘social’ to fight crime
Wed  Jan 21 2015 08:30AM
It’s probably safe to say that few of the deputies in the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) were trained to use a modern crime-fighting tool called Facebook when they went … Find out how to read more online.
‘So others may live’
Tue  Jan 20 2015 08:30AM
A child is missing. It’s a parent’s worst nightmare — especially if the child is mentally challenged. Police, fire and other first responders are alerted and establish a base camp … Find out how to read more online.
Mentorship program helps at-risk children succeed
Tue  Jan 20 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Meghan Mann’s father is serving time in prison for physically and sexually abusing her as a child. “She is not defined by that,” said Geri Waksler, president … Find out how to read more online.
Rescue teams hold mock exercise
Tue  Jan 20 2015 04:36PM
ENGLEWOOD — A child is missing. It’s a parent’s worst nightmare — especially if the child is mentally challenged. Police, fire and other first responders are alerted and establish a … Find out how to read more online.
Cliff Birdsall was Hitler’s ‘guest’ during WWII
Mon  Jan 19 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part story. During his freshman year at the University of Ohio in 1943, Cliff Birdsall — now of Punta Gorda — was … Find out how to read more online.
Mom plans parade for daughter’s 50th
Sun  Jan 18 2015 08:30AM
PLACIDA — Linda Callahan suspected her mother Mary Ann McGinty had something crazy planned for her 50th birthday. After all, for the past 11 months, McGinty treated the 17th of … Find out how to read more online.
Hands up, smiles on!
Sun  Feb 1 2015 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Fair got off to a fun, frenzied start Friday night. … Find out how to read more online.
Mooring not on Charlotte’s horizon — for now
Thu  Jan 29 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners want to delve in a bit deeper before they consider establishing a designated mooring field in Lemon Bay or elsewhere. Commissioners, however, want to do … Find out how to read more online.
US 41 widening begins
Thu  Jan 29 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The widening of U.S. 41 in north Charlotte County to North Port begins today, as part of a two-year, $31 million project. Also known as Tamiami Trail, … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:05PM
FAIR SCHEDULE The Charlotte County Fair runs from Friday through Feb. 8 at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds, 2333 El Jobean Road (State Road 776), Port Charlotte. For more information, call 941-629-4252, … Find out how to read more online.
Front brings twister
Sun  Jan 25 2015 08:30AM
MYAKKA STATE FOREST — Seven-year-old Anneliese Corgnell can’t ride to her grandma’s house in Polk County to camp in style anymore. With only a two-minute warning blaring over cellphones inside … Find out how to read more online.
Residents urged to get flood insurance now
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
Mother Nature does not read maps. About 450 people from Englewood and the surrounding area gathered at the Morgan Family Community Center in North Port from 3 p.m. to 7 … Find out how to read more online.
More homes selling faster, at higher prices
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
Season is in full swing, and so is Southwest Florida’s real estate market, with both home sales and prices surging. The latest housing reports released Friday showed closed sales and … Find out how to read more online.
Area jobless rates recede
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
As an improving economy rolls on, jobless numbers across the region are following suit, dropping significantly in one month and over the past year. The unemployment rate in Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
Murder charge filed in Calif. after local man’s death
Fri  Jan 23 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A murder charge has been filed in California against a man accused of killing Ricky Platt, 34, who left Punta Gorda four years ago without telling his … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: No charges in child drowning
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday it will not charge the woman who was caring for her 6-year-old special-needs grandson when he fell in the swimming … Find out how to read more online.
Groups target textbooks
Tue  Jan 20 2015 04:36PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Nearly 100 parents and other concerned citizens gathered recently to protest the Charlotte County school district’s use of two history textbooks they claim are promoting Islamic history … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County schools to dip into reserves
Wed  Jan 21 2015 08:31AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — According to Al Weidner, deputy chief financial officer for the Sarasota County School District, the district will have to use about $6.5 million in reserve funds over … Find out how to read more online.
Missing teen found in Ga.
Wed  Jan 21 2015 08:30AM
A 15-year-old Port Charlotte girl who went missing Friday was found early Tuesday in Atlanta. “I couldn’t sleep, and I was up eating ice cream,” said Dawn Gajgic, Oliviah Rieman’s … Find out how to read more online.
Faith-based facilities sought for helping homeless
Wed  Jan 21 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — When expert Dr. Robert Marbut turned in his final report last November about the homeless population in Sarasota County, two entities came to the forefront to focus … Find out how to read more online.
Experts: Plenty of water
Mon  Jan 19 2015 01:46PM
Key members in the regional water-resource community differ in their approaches of how best to prepare for projected water demands. Some say conserve and redirect water, and others argue that … Find out how to read more online.
Mothers pleading for daughters’ return
Tue  Jan 20 2015 08:30AM
Authorities Monday were continuing the search for two local 15-year-old girls who reportedly went missing last week, and the teens’ mothers were pleading for their return. Christine Wurst said she … Find out how to read more online.
County: Manasota Key must band together to rebuild beach
Tue  Jan 20 2015 04:36PM
ENGLEWOOD — Manasota Key property owners were reminded last week they must unite if they want sand to rebuild their beach. “You have to do what Palm Island has done,” … Find out how to read more online.
Seasonal weather expected with rain
Mon  Jan 19 2015 08:30AM
With “pretty seasonal temperatures,” Southwest Florida residents can look forward to a “great week,” as far as the weather goes, according to meteorologist Rodney Wynn of the National Weather Service. … Find out how to read more online.
‘Speak Up for Justice’
Sun  Jan 18 2015 08:30AM
“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the vitriolic words and other violent actions of the bad people, but the … Find out how to read more online.
Academy grad: ‘Our futures will be great’
Sun  Jan 18 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — “I hope you have your tissue handy if this is your first commencement exercise at The Academy,” principal Jack Ham said to a packed house Friday afternoon in … Find out how to read more online.