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Illness keeps kids home in Charlotte
Wed  Oct 1 2014 06:08PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — More than 70 Charlotte County Public Schools students have stayed home sick this week due to an illness health officials suspect is the highly contagious norovirus. The … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Fireman accused of molesting relative
Wed  Oct 1 2014 03:38PM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — A local man who works for the Boca Grande Fire Department has been accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an underage relative, according to … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood’s homeless population on the rise
Tue  Sep 30 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Pat Knox spent part of Monday tallying up the 30 or more families who, since January, gave up on Englewood and left. “Some have stopped by and said … Find out how to read more online.
Peggy Huber retires after 29 years
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
Peggy Huber loads roses into a tub to take home on her last day of work as the administrative secretary at Lemon Bay High School. Huber began her career with … Find out how to read more online.
Families leaving town
Tue  Sep 30 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Pat Knox spent part of Monday tallying up the 30 or more families who, since January, have given up on Englewood and left. “Some have stopped by and … Find out how to read more online.
Carbon monoxide alarms save couple’s lives
Tue  Sep 30 2014 08:00AM
Marty Blaustein loved his new car. That is, until it almost killed him and his wife, Betzy, in their sleep. Their lifesaver: two small devices in the couple’s home that … Find out how to read more online.
To shoot, or not to shoot
Tue  Sep 30 2014 08:00AM
A man cutting the grass at a home on Hartford Drive in Port Charlotte recently was attacked by a pit bull that slipped his collar and jumped a fence. The … Find out how to read more online.
High school students offered fancy duds for homecoming
Sun  Sep 28 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — As she was setting up the Dance Boutique, a few Lemon Bay High School students stopped by and gave Rhoda a hug. It was the thanks she needed … Find out how to read more online.
Gator derails Springs’ reopening
Sun  Sep 28 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The 9 a.m. reopening of Warm Mineral Springs was delayed Saturday — by an alligator. “That’s a tradition,” laughed Jack Bobo, president of National and State Park Concessions, … Find out how to read more online.
Pedestrian killed on 41
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — Authorities say the driver of a pickup that struck and killed a woman walking on U.S. 41 early Friday never saw the pedestrian on the … Find out how to read more online.
Damon Johnson walking again after motorcycle crash
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — A recent video posted on Facebook showing Damon Johnson taking his first steps in new leg braces has more than 1,795 views. Doctors didn’t think the 21-year-old Lemon … Find out how to read more online.
Critics: Plan changes threaten environment
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Environmentalists say proposed changes to Charlotte County’s Comprehensive Plan pose a threat to local wetlands and coastal areas. Commissioners say they are following state recommendations to remove regulatory … Find out how to read more online.
Jeremy Davis gets a new set of lungs
Fri  Sep 26 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Jeremy Davis could barely breathe. He was too sick to stay at home anymore. As he was on the way to the hospital, he got the news of … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte passes budget
Fri  Sep 26 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Several residents spoke out in favor of holding the line on taxes during this week’s final public budget hearing. Moments later, Charlotte County commissioners approved a $915.7 million … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Witness hid in seat
Tue  Sep 23 2014 08:00AM
“This is life in the big city — drugs and murders, anything can happen.” — Capt. Les Partington, Criminal Investigations Commander … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Circus Arena to be razed
Wed  Sep 24 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — In one of the most emotional and difficult decisions of the past year, the Venice City Council voted Tuesday to proceed with demolition of the historic Venice Circus … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County approves flat rate
Wed  Sep 24 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — County commissioners unanimously approved a $1 billion fiscal year 2014-2015 budget and a flat tax rate on Monday during a second and final public hearing. It was a quick … Find out how to read more online.
Area housing continues momentum
Tue  Sep 23 2014 08:00AM
Real estate across Southwest Florida continues to boom. According to the latest local housing reports, prices and closed sales for existing single-family homes in Charlotte and Sarasota counties continue to … Find out how to read more online.
Area jobless numbers flat
Wed  Sep 24 2014 08:00AM
The unemployment rates in Charlotte, Sarasota and DeSoto counties held firm in August, as construction jobs across the state continue to lead the way in growth. Construction jobs grew by … Find out how to read more online.
Tidewell offers Pet Blessings
Tue  Sep 23 2014 05:08PM
A pet blessing ceremony will be performed at Tidewell Hospice, 220 Wexford Blvd., Venice, Friday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m. A Tidewell Hospice chaplain will perform the ceremony in the … Find out how to read more online.
Fired correctional officers begin appeals
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — Correctional officers who recently were fired for their alleged roles in the death of a local prison inmate are beginning to appeal the Florida Department … Find out how to read more online.
Master gardeners offer help to growers
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — In a few weeks, snowbirds will arrive, and will begin asking questions about their Florida yards. Volunteers at the Sarasota County Master Gardener Extension are prepared to answer … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte leads the state in vocational performance
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
Mary Curby cries tears of joy when her students graduate. “When you see them walk across that stage, all the blood, sweat and tears go away, and they’re ready to … Find out how to read more online.
Golf to benefit Englewood youth, YMCA
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Pete Mason’s commitment to Englewood’s youth and the YMCA lives on. The 2014 Pete Mason Memorial Golf Tournament tees off at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 10 at the Lemon … Find out how to read more online.
The wet weekend could be followed with cold snap
Tue  Sep 30 2014 08:00AM
Rainfall this weekend totaled more than 8 inches in areas of Sarasota County, but the precipitation is expected to taper off by Wednesday in advance of a cold front. Thunderstorms … Find out how to read more online.
What’s in store for Warm Mineral Springs?
Sun  Sep 28 2014 04:57PM
NORTH PORT — With the city now the sole owner of the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa, conversations again are turning to what should be done with the beleaguered 81-acre … Find out how to read more online.
Eyster served in 254th Engineering Battalion
Mon  Sep 29 2014 08:00AM
George Eyster started off driving a 2 ½-ton Army truck in the 254th Engineering Battalion attached to Gen. Omar Bradley’s 1st Army when it came ashore on Omaha Beach June … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Sep 28 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Wearing a Union hat and a knowing look, Abe Coleman walks slowly through the Blanchard House Museum’s new exhibit, “Henceforth, and Forever Free: The Long Road to … Find out how to read more online.
One man’s generosity a community’s gain
Sun  Sep 28 2014 08:00AM
Editor’s note: The Englewood YMCA is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet and educator, once wrote, “The life of a man consists not in seeing … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte teachers denied raises … for now
Thu  Sep 25 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — School Board members have decided to hold off on teacher raises for this school year, angering local educators and other district employees. “We bargained in good faith, … Find out how to read more online.
Area man gets jail for dog stabbing
Sun  Sep 28 2014 04:50PM
The Englewood man who stabbed his friend’s pit bull — which had to be euthanized — has been sentenced to six months in jail. Derek Armiger, 28, was awaiting trial … Find out how to read more online.
Algae offshore, not red tide
Fri  Sep 26 2014 08:00AM
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission continues to track a large bloom of toxic red tide algae north of Clearwater and Tampa. But that doesn’t mean local offshore waters … Find out how to read more online.
Man gets 15 years for molesting girlfriends’ kids
Thu  Sep 25 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — A North Port man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for molesting his former girlfriend’s children, while they were living together in 2012. Taylor Joseph … Find out how to read more online.
New entrepreneur class to start
Wed  Sep 24 2014 08:00AM
When it comes to job creation and bolstering the local economy, it’s no surprise big businesses tend to make the headlines. But when you consider that more than 50 percent … Find out how to read more online.
2 charged in homicide
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men in connection with last week’s killing of a Port Charlotte man, in what was described as a drug-related … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte talks restart of impact fees
Tue  Sep 23 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — With the onset of the recession and the collapse of new construction in 2008, Charlotte County suspended most of its impact fees in hopes of stimulating the local … Find out how to read more online.
Fall prevention takes spotlight
Wed  Sep 24 2014 08:00AM
Unintentional falls are the leading cause of injury death among Florida residents ages 65 years and older and the fourth-leading cause of injury death overall, according to a fact sheet … Find out how to read more online.
Ellie needs ‘forever’ home
Tue  Sep 23 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Ellie was in bad shape when her foster parents first got her. She was skinny and weak, and suffered from various ailments. But she’s doing a lot … Find out how to read more online.