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Fishing to fund football
Sat  Jul 30 2016 10:40AM
O K, here is the concept: Support your local high school football team by fishing, eating wonderful barbecue and drinking cold beer. Let me guess what you’re thinking: “Yes. I … Find out how to read more online.
Trinity celebrates pastor’s 50 years in ministry
Sat  Jul 30 2016 10:40AM
ENGLEWOOD — Members of Trinity Lutheran Church of Southwest Florida, along with family and friends, gathered at Gulfview Grill on July 17 to celebrate Pastor Earl Schmidt’s 50 years in … Find out how to read more online.
Challengers take aim at Charlotte County Sheriff
Sat  Jul 30 2016 10:38AM
PUNTA GORDA — Snippy, aggressive and in your face. The rivals trying to unseat incumbent Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell turned up the heat against the incumbent at a candidates’ … Find out how to read more online.
Feral pigs: Hog heaven, or a boar of a tale
Sat  Jul 30 2016 10:36AM
Recently, the Sun ran an article entitled “Nuisance Pigs.” It was about a new and interesting approach the Three Suns Ranch is taking which may help curtail Florida’s feral pig … Find out how to read more online.
Rotonda West protects its gopher tortoises
Sat  Jul 30 2016 10:36AM
ROTONDA WEST — While the Rotonda West Association is doing what it can to eradicate the evasive Brazilian pepper, the association has also taken added steps to protect gopher tortoises. … Find out how to read more online.
Trinity celebrates Pastor’s 50th years in ministry
Sat  Jul 30 2016 10:34AM
ENGLEWOOD — Members of Trinity Lutheran Church of Southwest Florida, along with family and friends, gathered at Gulfview Grill on July 17 to celebrate Pastor Earl Schmidt’s 50 years in … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood, Sarasota hospitals earn high marks
Fri  Jul 29 2016 06:50PM
Two area hospitals earned high marks from the federal agency that oversees the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Sarasota Memorial Hospital was one of only two state hospitals — the other … Find out how to read more online.
Church food pantry serving homeless burglarized
Fri  Jul 29 2016 09:06AM
ENGLEWOOD — In 10 years, Pat Knox has served thousands of homeless individuals at the Jubilee Center pantry and never had any problems. That was until July 14, when the … Find out how to read more online.
No. 1 in recycling
Fri  Jul 29 2016 06:50PM
It didn’t take Nancy Gibson long to see how easy it was to recycle in her new Rotonda West home. “Unlike in Pennsylvania where I am from, recycling is much … Find out how to read more online.
Republicans on the menu at Democratic Convention?
Fri  Jul 29 2016 06:50PM

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Churches call for exemption from tax assessments
Fri  Jul 29 2016 09:06AM
Frustrated pastors recently brought a complaint to the Charlotte County Commission, claiming the county is one of the few places in the nation to tax churches, while the county holds … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Hottest July on record so far
Fri  Jul 29 2016 09:06AM
Southwest Floridians are used to July being hot and humid, but it has been even hotter and stickier than normal. National Weather Service Meteorologist Dustin Norman said reports averaging highs … Find out how to read more online.

Fri  Jul 29 2016 05:16PM
LBTD Club fishing tourney The Lemon Bay Touchdown Club will have its fifth annual In-Shore Off-Shore Fishing Tournament Aug. 6 at Gasparilla Marina in Placida. Payout is $12,000 based on 70 … Find out how to read more online.
School supply drive to help foster children
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Many times when foster children arrive at a home, they have the clothing on their backs, maybe some broken school supplies and a favorite toy, stuffed animal or … Find out how to read more online.
The willingness to serve
Fri  Jul 29 2016 06:50PM
As a newspaper, our goal is to help you work through the differences and unique qualities of the candidates hoping to win political office. As you have seen, our team … Find out how to read more online.
Frontier soars to Punta Gorda Airport with three nonstop routes
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
After years of trying, Punta Gorda Airport has landed service from a second commercial carrier. On Oct. 30, Denver-based Frontier Airlines will launch nonstop flights between Punta Gorda and Chicago-O’Hare, … Find out how to read more online.
Feedback sought for next principal
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — About 40 people gathered Tuesday night to discuss what traits they hope to find in the next principal at North Port High School. The group of mainly … Find out how to read more online.
Coyote sightings reported across region
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County has seen a considerable increase in coyote populations over the past 20 years. It is not uncommon to see coyotes in all urban, rural and suburban areas of … Find out how to read more online.
Graffiti binge targets food truck, park
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Vandals who spray-painted obscene graffiti on a popular food truck cost the owners of The Ravenous Rhino a full day’s work Wednesday. Lee Caglioti and her husband, … Find out how to read more online.
The sound of a glass ceiling shattering
Fri  Jul 29 2016 06:50PM
Lucy Huyke Garner summed it up in one word, althought many followed. “Finally.” Finally, a woman had been nominated to run for president of the United States by a major … Find out how to read more online.
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Salvation Army advances on new store
Sat  Jul 30 2016 10:40AM
ENGLEWOOD EAST— The Badcock furniture store closed in late May, but the building won’t be empty long. The Salvation Army officially took over the lease. The 11,900-square-foot building at 3325 … Find out how to read more online.
Food 43, challengers 3
Sat  Jul 30 2016 10:38AM
When green- complexioned “Man v. Food” star Adam Richman retired four years ago from his gorging gig on the Travel Channel, he promptly shed 60 pounds. “It’s nice saying no,” … Find out how to read more online.
Accident slows morning rush on I-75
Sat  Jul 30 2016 10:36AM
A two-vehicle collision near mile marker 181 on southbound Interstate 75 in Sarasota County slowed the morning commute Friday, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. The accident occurred at approximately 7:06 … Find out how to read more online.
Rotonda warring with exotic peppers
Sat  Jul 30 2016 10:36AM
ROTONDA — The Rotonda West Association has declared war on invasive Brazilian peppers. For the last four years, the association has been enforcing one of its deed restrictions “regarding the … Find out how to read more online.
Ex-Murdock Rotary Club official accused of theft
Sat  Jul 30 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A Rotary Club of Murdock official will face grand theft charges even though she paid back the more than $20,000 she skimmed from the nonprofit organization over … Find out how to read more online.
North Port ranks high for retirement
Fri  Jul 29 2016 09:04AM
NORTH PORT — Living in southern Rhode Island in 2008, Jim and Cindy Brady took a trip to sunny St. Petersburg to check the area out. They loved it. Over … Find out how to read more online.
Dearman gets 20 years
Fri  Jul 29 2016 06:50PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A judge said he could only imagine the last moments and breaths of little Jimmy Dearman, who couldn’t comprehend why his father was suffocating the life out … Find out how to read more online.
Republicans on the menu at Democratic Convention?
Fri  Jul 29 2016 06:50PM

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See USA Today for more Democratic Convention coverage

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Relay for Life Craft Fair at Port Charlotte High
Fri  Jul 29 2016 08:30AM
The new gym at Port Charlotte High School was filled with craftsmen and local vendors recently to support the Relay for Life of Port Charlotte Craft Fair benefit. … Find out how to read more online.
Arrest made in bloody Punta Gorda drug buy
Fri  Jul 29 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A 24-year-old Punta Gorda man remained Thursday at the Charlotte County Jail on $70,000 bond after he was charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm. Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Learning how to catch fish
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
It’s easy to find excuses, but successful individuals look for solutions instead. If you know how to catch fish, a boat offers better access to more areas. But if you … Find out how to read more online.
Amberjack, too? Say it isn’t so …
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
NOAA Fisheries Service announced on July 14 that the recreational season for gray triggerfish in federal waters of the Gulf would remain closed for the remainder of the year. The … Find out how to read more online.
No. 1 in recycling
Fri  Jul 29 2016 06:50PM
It didn’t take Nancy Gibson long to see how easy it was to recycle in her new Rotonda West home. “Unlike in Pennsylvania where I am from, recycling is much … Find out how to read more online.
POLICE BEAT
Thu  Jul 28 2016 07:38AM
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Brian Chuchro, 43, 150 block of E Venice Blvd., Venice. Charges: possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of … Find out how to read more online.
City to hold attorney talks
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Legality became the point of contention among the North Port city commissioners Tuesday as they discussed the city attorney’s contract. During the City Commission meeting in City … Find out how to read more online.
Miami woman accused of prescription drug fraud
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A Miami area woman is facing criminal charges after she was arrested this week at a local pharmacy for what authorities said was attempting to obtain a … Find out how to read more online.
iHeart forum to connect candidates, voters
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte County residents and property owners near and far have the opportunity to hear from candidates competing in eight different races today. The event starting at 6 … Find out how to read more online.
Garbage collection costs jump 16.49 percent
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County residents will see an increase in their Solid Waste Assessment rates from $148.04 to $172 annually, starting Oct. 1. The Board of County Commissioners approved the decision unanimously … Find out how to read more online.
Braves planning coming along; other teams in mix
Thu  Jul 28 2016 11:15AM
NORTH PORT — While finalizing terms with the Atlanta Braves on a proposed spring break facility in Sarasota County is top priority, West Villages general manager Marty Black reaffirmed Tuesday … Find out how to read more online.