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Giving back in Thanksgiving
Tue  Nov 25 2014 05:14PM
If you’re thankful this Thanksgiving season, Sue MacNamara has a suggestion for how you can “pay back” by helping others. “Gather up all the clothes and stuff laying around the … Find out how to read more online.
Ricaltini’s helps homeless, needy
Tue  Nov 25 2014 05:18PM
ENGLEWOOD — A check for $1,500 will go far for Pat Knox and her volunteers trying to help about 300 families for the holidays. “Without people like Lauri sponsoring a … Find out how to read more online.
Mobile health services offered at South Sarasota County sites
Tue  Nov 25 2014 03:30PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County Health in Motion Mobile Medical Unit staff will provide free and low-cost health services at South County sites during December. … Find out how to read more online.
Car salesman shares ‘miraculous’ life story
Tue  Nov 25 2014 01:56PM
At 6 a.m. on Oct. 29, 1976, Gene Gorman, age 30, a homeless, penniless drunk straight out of alcohol detox in a mental hospital, walked into a 7-11 convenience store … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte to vote on water authority deal
Tue  Nov 25 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners will vote today on an agreement that will finally put to rest a long-standing dispute between the county and the Peace River Manasota Regional Water … Find out how to read more online.
Swift, Rendell move up ranks of School Board again
Tue  Nov 25 2014 08:30AM
Lee Swift, a 20-year veteran of the Charlotte County School Board, has taken over as board chairman again. “I think this is the sixth or seventh time I sat in … Find out how to read more online.

Tue  Nov 25 2014 08:30AM
Correction Charlotte County Utilities offers free turn-off and turn-on of water meters for customers who go away for three months or more. Customers who are away fewer than three months … Find out how to read more online.
No decision on Morningside rezoning
Tue  Nov 25 2014 10:21AM
The Sarasota County Planning Commission found itself in a conundrum last week. The members of the advisory commission wouldn’t vote to disapprove nor approve a rezoning plan that would allow … Find out how to read more online.
Officials offer holiday safety tips
Mon  Nov 24 2014 08:30AM
Flames shot through the rooftops of two Los Angeles homes last Thanksgiving as firefighters arrived. Cooking the turkey had gone terribly wrong, sending an elderly woman to the hospital. Witnesses … Find out how to read more online.
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.
Englewood turkey trot to fight cancer
Sat  Nov 22 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A 5K run on Thanksgiving Day will help build an appetite for a turkey dinner and aid those battling cancer. “This is a family fun run, so if … 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.
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.
Sand and complaints pile up in Stump Pass
Tue  Nov 18 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Ken Stead alerted Charlotte County commissioners last week to deteriorating conditions in Stump Pass. “It is a serious problem,” Stead told commissioners last week. As general manager of … 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.
Plaza drama for Project Phoenix
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Bobbi Sue Burton is backed into a corner. The founder of Project Phoenix either can move her business and storage unit somewhere else or close her doors and … Find out how to read more online.
Manatees moving into winter waters
Tue  Nov 25 2014 05:17PM
With the onset of cold fronts, manatees are heading to their warm water havens. Manatees seek out creeks, canals and other warm waters in Lemon Bay, the Myakka River, Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota Schools employee charged with computer crimes
Tue  Nov 25 2014 05:20PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A Sarasota County School District employee has been charged with allegedly causing nearly three days of disruptions to district computer systems last month. Michael A. Levanti, 28, … Find out how to read more online.
New Suncoast Technical College logo unveiled
Tue  Nov 25 2014 04:58PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Suncoast Technical College, formerly Sarasota County Technical Institute, unveiled its new logo at a pep rally this week. The two-hour celebration Monday included games, a photo booth, … Find out how to read more online.
‘Wheel of Fortune’ … or Not?
Tue  Nov 25 2014 02:02PM
When Patty Jo Hill-Ferraro, of Venice, joins millions of other people watching “Wheel of Fortune” Thursday night, she’ll have one more thing to be thankful for than most of them … Find out how to read more online.
Local nonprofit for visually impaired makes ‘desperate’ plea
Tue  Nov 25 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — David Wilson, a secretary of the board for Visually Impaired Persons of Charlotte County, has macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. A year ago, he felt like his … Find out how to read more online.
State corrections chief steps down
Tue  Nov 25 2014 08:30AM
Gov. Rick Scott’s corrections chief, Mike Crews, announced Monday he is stepping down from the agency grappling with reports of abuse by guards in Charlotte County and other prisons, allegations … Find out how to read more online.
Sellers grab upper hand
Sun  Nov 23 2014 08:30AM
With single-family homes posting strong gains in both sales and median sales prices over the last year, the region has emerged as a seller’s market for the first time since … Find out how to read more online.
Artistic weekend planned for Englewood
Tue  Nov 25 2014 01:33PM
ENGLEWOOD — Arts and crafts will adorn Englewood over the Dec. 6-7 weekend — with a little pickleball thrown in on the side. The Olde Englewood Village Association will hold its … Find out how to read more online.
Turkey day weather dries out
Mon  Nov 24 2014 08:30AM
The sun should come out on Thanksgiving Day after being wet and soggy earlier in the week. Today, the forecast is partly sunny skies with highs in the mid 80s … Find out how to read more online.
Local man served with 104th Timberwolf Division during WWII
Mon  Nov 24 2014 12:47PM
Ralph Cook of Venice ended up a chaplain’s assistant serving with the 104th “Timberwolf Division” in Europe during World War II after flunking an eye exam to enter pilot training … 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.
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.
Public Works inspects South Gulf Cove roads
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
SOUTH GULF COVE — Max Circle, a small cul-de-sac in South Gulf Cove in western Charlotte County, is surrounded by undeveloped properties and sees no traffic. Weeds grow between many … 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.
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.
Temperatures dip to coldest of the year
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
The Sunshine State is known for its largely year-round seasonal temperatures, beaches and casual dressing in flip-flops, but the cold wave that’s hit the rest of the country is causing … Find out how to read more online.