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Manes ‘n Reins means fun ‘n prizes ‘n ribbons
Tue  Sep 16 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Jocelyn Jennings, 19, sat up on her horse, Tiny Dancer, and beamed with pride. She was showing off her prize ribbon. Jennings, a Florida Atlantic University senior … Find out how to read more online.
School Board to take final millage, budget vote
Tue  Sep 16 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA — The Sarasota County School Board will vote on approval of the 2014-2015 millage rates and budget — both lower than last year — at today’s 3 p.m. regular … Find out how to read more online.
All Faiths vegetables coming to Englewood
Mon  Sep 15 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA — More than 30 people stood in line Wednesday morning in the parking lot of the Sarasota Hope Center waiting for fresh vegetables from All Faiths’ Sprout program. “It’s … Find out how to read more online.
200 years of lyrical pride
Sun  Sep 14 2014 08:00AM
Today is the 200th anniversary of the penning of our national anthem’s words by Francis Scott Key in 1814. The anthem is a staple at patriotic church services, memorial events … Find out how to read more online.
Willkommen!
Fri  Sep 12 2014 08:00AM
The scene opens as an athletic, clean-cut man walks along a Charlotte County beach. He grins, removes his sunglasses, and speaks directly into the camera. “Hallo, ich bin Heiko,” he … Find out how to read more online.
Human trafficking investigation has North Port ties
Sat  Sep 13 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Two teenage girls who were passengers in a car that rammed another vehicle at Price and Sumter boulevards last month were allegedly taken from a children’s shelter … Find out how to read more online.
Reaction mixed to CVS pulling tobacco
Sat  Sep 13 2014 08:00AM
Stacey Saunders, a hotel employee in Port Charlotte, is often seen outside puffing on a cigarette on his lunch break. Still, he can understand why CVS has abandoned cigarette sales. … Find out how to read more online.
Robotics prepare students for future
Fri  Sep 12 2014 08:00AM
Danielle Theriault, 15, wants to be a puppeteer. She grew up watching the Muppets on TV, and said she wants to be just like Jim Henson, American puppeteer and creator … Find out how to read more online.
Classics Steakhouse to feature tribute entertainers
Fri  Sep 12 2014 11:53AM
Opening late next month and introducing a new trend of dining with or without entertainment is Classics Steakhouse & Night Clubs in the former Pineapples Island Grill on the island. … Find out how to read more online.
CCSO confirms victim’s ID
Thu  Sep 11 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Authorities on Wednesday confirmed the identity of the man whose body was found Tuesday on Salisbury Street, but otherwise remained tight-lipped about the ongoing homicide investigation. “Very … Find out how to read more online.
Still waiting for Super Boat audit
Thu  Sep 11 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners are hoping to see an audit of the inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix held in April — and they want to see it … Find out how to read more online.
Security breaches plague shoppers
Mon  Sep 8 2014 08:00AM
Home Depot recently announced an increase in unusual activity for some of its credit card users. The Atlanta-based home improvement giant is investigating if hackers are to blame. The difficulty … Find out how to read more online.
Joyride ends with arrests
Sat  Sep 6 2014 08:00AM
An alleged joyride in Englewood Thursday ended with arrests for alleged possession of drugs and counterfeit money. On the way to jail, one suspect reportedly threatened to kill the arresting … Find out how to read more online.
Local medical team helps Haitian baby
Sun  Sep 7 2014 08:00AM
Swift action from Charlotte County area medical professionals may saved the life of a sick baby in Haiti this week. Baby Elijah, who was found abandoned near the front gates … Find out how to read more online.
Diver in distress rescued
Sun  Sep 7 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — A man scuba diving about a mile out in the Gulf off Venice needed to be rescued Thursday afternoon after the kayak he and his cousin were diving from … Find out how to read more online.
Scams target police, residents
Tue  Sep 9 2014 05:08PM
The Punta Gorda Police Department has been busy investigating cases involving scam artists soliciting residents for money. But this week, the agency itself was targeted by the criminals. According to … Find out how to read more online.
New case of bacterial infection in Charlotte County
Sun  Sep 7 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Another person was infected with a potentially deadly bacteria, which is found in warm water. The Charlotte County Health Department says three people here have gotten sick … Find out how to read more online.
No sinking the idea of an Englewood ferry
Sun  Sep 7 2014 05:02PM
ENGLEWOOD — Russ Kyper wants to keep afloat the idea of a ferry crossing Lemon Bay from Blind Pass Beach to West Dearborn Street. For eight years or more, Kyper … Find out how to read more online.
SCTI offers adult enrichment classes in city
Sat  Sep 6 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Although plans for a North Port location of the Sarasota County Technical Institute are moving forward, in the interim, an expansion of programs is taking place in … Find out how to read more online.
College night coming for area seniors
Sat  Sep 6 2014 08:00AM
Area high school seniors can take a look at several colleges at once during the annual Charlotte County College Night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 24 in the … Find out how to read more online.
CERT-ified citizens wanted
Tue  Sep 16 2014 08:00AM
When the James River overflowed near Chesterfield, Va., about eight years ago, Rick Mathis was ready to help. “For two days, we passed out blankets and gave people hot beverages,” … Find out how to read more online.
Bringing Hope to those in need
Tue  Sep 16 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Hope doesn’t appear to be much of a horse at first glance, standing no more than 3 feet tall and weighing 130 pounds. But Hope’s owner, Kathy Genth, … Find out how to read more online.
Bud Gerow served with ‘Merrill’s Marauders’ in Burma during WWII
Mon  Sep 15 2014 08:00AM
“Merrill’s Marauders” is what newspaper reporters who covered their exploits a lifetime ago during World War II called them. Officially they were the “5307th Composite Unit Provisional,” a long-range penetration … Find out how to read more online.
Fire chairman worries over firefighter pensions
Sat  Sep 13 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Jeff Kern expressed his worry over the impact firefighter pension costs are having on the Englewood Area Fire Control District. Kern is now chairman of the fire district … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood fire adopts assessment rates
Sat  Sep 13 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Area Fire Control District adopted its new assessment rates Wednesday. The fire commissioners voted unanimously to raise the residential non-ad valorem assessment rate from $142.92 to … Find out how to read more online.
Mangrove restoration still incomplete
Fri  Sep 12 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — About a dozen pallets of sod sit on Paul Maurer’s Manasota Key Road property. Maurer, who has been fined $250 a day for illegally removing mangroves on his … Find out how to read more online.
Appeal denied for Brucia killer
Fri  Sep 12 2014 08:00AM
The Florida Supreme Court struck down an appeal Thursday for convicted murderer Joseph P. Smith, the Sarasota man who brutally raped and murdered 11-year-old Carlie Brucia in 2004, after his … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay theater needs relief from comedy
Fri  Sep 12 2014 08:00AM
Imagine a mountain range with no valleys. Such a range might be called a plateau or — “too much of a good thing.” That is the problem with the current … Find out how to read more online.
Car thieves hit brakes
Mon  Sep 8 2014 08:00AM
Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell recently stated he has noticed “a strange phenomenon” — people leaving their keys in the car. “(That behavior is) not really a good idea, as … Find out how to read more online.
Tax rates down, revenues up for Charlotte schools
Thu  Sep 11 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Rates may have gone down, but Charlotte County homeowners likely will pay more in school taxes this year than last year. Such was the understanding when the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Bob Weiler was aboard a B-29 bomber shot down over Japan
Mon  Sep 8 2014 08:00AM
Bob Weiler was the left waist-gunner on a B-29 Flying Fortress dubbed “Sky Scrapper,” part of the 44th Bomb Squadron, 40th Bomb Group, 20th Air Force, based on Guam in … Find out how to read more online.
Volunteers needed for Cedar Point cleanup
Sun  Sep 7 2014 08:00AM
In the idyllic parks and preserves that connect to Lemon Bay, trash can often be found tucked among the roots of mangrove trees and along the shorelines, says Bobbi Rodgers. … Find out how to read more online.
Area foreclosures hold steady
Sun  Sep 7 2014 08:00AM
As home sales across Southwest Florida heat up, new foreclosures filings have cooled — another positive sign for the region’s housing market. According to the Charlotte County Clerk of Courts, … Find out how to read more online.
Dedication unites group of WWII vets
Sun  Sep 7 2014 08:00AM
When World War II veteran Bob Porter first moved to Venice’s Jacaranda Trace Senior Living from his Pittsburgh home last year, he was genuinely surprised to discover his community didn’t … Find out how to read more online.
Bishop Nevins is laid to rest
Sun  Sep 7 2014 08:00AM
As a red-haired boy of 8, long before he entered religious life, the Most Rev. John Nevins posed for Norman Rockwell, who was painting “The Census Taker” for the April 27, … Find out how to read more online.
Jacaranda fix is coming
Sun  Sep 7 2014 08:00AM
According to some locals the condition of Jacaranda Boulevard in Venice is somewhere between “more potholes … than you have on the Long Island Expressway” and “worse than Costa Rica.” … Find out how to read more online.
Couple avoids more jail time
Fri  Sep 5 2014 08:00AM
The parents accused of abandoning their young children in the woods earlier this year will avoid additional jail time. Sarah Butcher, 30, reached a plea deal Thursday at the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Man convicted of 2012 murder
Sat  Sep 6 2014 08:00AM
Juan Reyes has been convicted of murdering an elderly Port Charlotte man in May 2012 and then burying him in a shallow grave next to the man’s house. Reyes, 50, … Find out how to read more online.
Do the Right Thing honors students
Sat  Sep 6 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — When sixth-grader Richard Josh Winder was 6 weeks old, doctors diagnosed him with cancer. By the time the L.A. Ainger Middle School student was just 11 months … Find out how to read more online.