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Ranchin’
Mon  Jan 23 2017 08:30AM
It’s easy to forget there is a real ranch at Babcock Ranch. While most of the publicity centers on the huge, first-of-its-kind solar city, there are more than 73,000 acres … Find out how to read more online.
Braves face commission, public for first time
Tue  Jan 24 2017 08:10PM
SARASOTA — Play ball, maybe. For the Atlanta Braves to begin spring training at a new facility in West Villages, there’s a lot of pieces, many financial, that will have … Find out how to read more online.
David Klein medical director for Andes clinic
Tue  Jan 24 2017 08:17PM
Dr. David Klein, co-founder, has been appointed volunteer medical director of the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic & Pharmacy, following the recent health issues of Dr. Mark Asperilla. “As … Find out how to read more online.
Pianist Thomas Pandolfi thrills Charlotte Symphony audience
Tue  Jan 24 2017 08:10PM
The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra concert Sunday evening at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda belonged to Thomas Pandolfi. The young, nationally and internationally acclaimed piano virtuoso brought his … Find out how to read more online.
WMU to study Charlotte’s water-quality troubles
Tue  Jan 24 2017 08:10PM
MURDOCK — As part of a growing synergy that is mutually beneficial, Western Michigan University science faculty members will soon launch a pair of pilot projects to hopefully resolve Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Denise Amber Lee left a legacy
Thu  Jan 19 2017 08:30AM
John Walsh said, “If you are given the opportunity to change things, then how can you not at least try?” The quote reminds Nathan Lee of the importance of sharing … Find out how to read more online.
King waiting on death row
Thu  Jan 19 2017 08:30AM
Nearly a year ago, an attorney for Michael King argued the convicted killer shouldn’t be sentenced to death and instead spend his life in prison. Attorney Maria Perinetti told Florida … Find out how to read more online.
final ride
Wed  Jan 18 2017 03:16PM
Everyone who knew Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy First Class Norman C. Lewis describes him the same way. They call him “Big Norm” — a gentle giant, always smiling, full of … Find out how to read more online.
No rain on MLK parade expected
Mon  Jan 16 2017 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents enjoying outdoor activities for Martin Luther King Jr. Day don’t have to worry about weather. “A few people might notice their cars are a little wet because … Find out how to read more online.
Shark Tank event lures entrepreneurs
Fri  Jan 20 2017 12:53PM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Budding entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to realize their dreams at a Shark Tank-style event sponsored by local investors. Three to five contestants will compete for $50,000 … Find out how to read more online.
Motorist loses control, drives into pond
Sun  Jan 15 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A motorist lost control of a van while driving Friday, veering off Sumter Boulevard and into a retention pond. The driver, a male, ramped off a concrete … Find out how to read more online.
New library construction on schedule
Tue  Jan 17 2017 07:08PM
NORTH PORT — Barring any potential hindrances, weather related or otherwise, North Port should see the opening of a second library on the city’s southern end this August. This past … Find out how to read more online.
Shark Tank event lures entrepreneurs
Sun  Jan 15 2017 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Budding entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to realize their dreams at a Shark Tank-style event sponsored by local investors. Three to five contestants will compete for $50,000 … Find out how to read more online.
Palm Beach County nixes some funds for Braves stadium
Tue  Jan 17 2017 07:08PM
WEST PALM BEACH — Funding uncertainties cast a heavy shadow as the Atlanta Braves eye Palm Beach County as a future home for its spring training complex. Collier County bowed … Find out how to read more online.
CHEC provides guided island cruises
Sun  Jan 15 2017 08:30AM
Learn about wildlife and local history on these travels through mangrove and beach ecosystems. The Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center has partnered with Captiva Cruises to provide narrated cruises through Lemon … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Jan 15 2017 08:30AM

Holiday Closures

In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, all Charlotte County government offices, Punta Gorda City offices, and courts will be closed Jan. 16. Post offices and …

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Woodcarvers converge for expo and competition
Sun  Jan 15 2017 08:30AM
Sponsored for 28 years by the Southwest Florida Woodcarvers, the 2017 Florida Winter National Wood Art Expo & Competition was held over the weekend at the Charlotte Harbor Event and … Find out how to read more online.
Dr. King honorees think global, and local
Sun  Jan 15 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A fifth-generation resident of Punta Gorda who has traveled the globe as a business and communications consultant, Jaha Cummings now presides as the newest member of the … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Jan 15 2017 08:30AM

Contact for birthdays

Each week in Sunday’s Sun, we run free birthday announcements, along with a photo. Email your .jpg photo of the birthday boy or girl of any age, …

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Jury selection unfinished in McMannis trial
Tue  Jan 17 2017 05:44PM
After a full week, jury selection is still not complete for the trial of David McMannis, charged in a cold-case killing from 2001. Selection will continue on Tuesday at 9 … Find out how to read more online.
AP Video
Regional trails will link seven counties
Tue  Jan 24 2017 08:17PM
VENICE — A trail system is planned from St. Petersburg to Naples with hundreds of stops along the way in Sarasota and Charlotte counties. On Monday, members of Metropolitan Planning … Find out how to read more online.
Witness: Defendant denied killing Sidarovich
Tue  Jan 24 2017 08:10PM
PUNTA GORDA — According to Scott White, David McMannis told him in October of 2001 that he didn’t kill Tara Sidarovich. The investigation at the time was still a missing … Find out how to read more online.
School Board bring referendum up again at workshop
Tue  Jan 24 2017 08:10PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Though School Board members backed off from introducing a property tax referendum this year to support schools, they say it’s still on the table for next year. … Find out how to read more online.
Mardi Gras on Marion
Tue  Jan 24 2017 08:10PM
On Saturday, Trabue in Punta Gorda held a party on the patio, “Mardi Gras on Marion.” The authentic crawdad and shrimp boil, complete with Cajun music and lots of auction … Find out how to read more online.
Port Charlotte man charged with child molestation
Tue  Jan 24 2017 08:10PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A 70-year-old Port Charlotte man was arrested after he admitted to molesting a child under 12 years of age, according to a report from the Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
Thrills, concerns linger over Braves decision
Thu  Jan 19 2017 03:13PM
NORTH PORT — While the region is buzzing with news that the Atlanta Braves has set its sights on Sarasota County, more specifically West Villages, as a future spring training … Find out how to read more online.
Grand Slam
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The region slugged a home run Tuesday, beating out Palm Beach and Collier counties as Sarasota County secured exclusive negotiation rights as the Atlanta Braves’ spring training … Find out how to read more online.
Pursuing the ‘Dream’
Mon  Jan 16 2017 08:30AM
Margaret Spann remembers the dogs that attacked her, and the disrespect, as she marched for civil rights in Florida decades ago. Spann, 82, is the grand marshal of the Martin … Find out how to read more online.
Woman tells husband’s story of shooting at enemy; saving orphans
Mon  Jan 16 2017 08:30AM
Frank Riposta of Deep Creek, a Punta Gorda subdivision, was a loader in a 105 mm Howitzer artillery unit during the Korean War in 1952-53. When he wasn’t firing his … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Jan 15 2017 08:30AM

bridge winners

North Port Senior Center

Group A

North/South

1st: Diana Prince and Judy Foster; 2nd: Doree and Rik Jimison; 3rd: Helen Norris and Dave Johnson

East/West

1st: Ann Benmayor …

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New library construction on schedule
Tue  Jan 17 2017 07:08PM
NORTH PORT — Barring any potential hindrances, weather related or otherwise, North Port should see the opening of a second library on the city’s southern end this August. This past … Find out how to read more online.
Palm Beach County nixes some funds for Braves stadium
Tue  Jan 17 2017 07:08PM
WEST PALM BEACH — Funding uncertainties cast a heavy shadow as the Atlanta Braves eye Palm Beach County as a future home for its spring training complex. Collier County bowed … Find out how to read more online.
Opioid abuse
Sat  Jan 14 2017 08:30AM
It’s called the worst drug abuse epidemic in history. It’s a rapidly increasing heroin abuse death rate, exponentially exacerbated by synthetic derivatives like fentanyl and carfentanil. This escalating epidemic is … Find out how to read more online.
Photographer, guide Dunson plans nature outings
Sun  Jan 15 2017 08:30AM
Dr. Bill Dunson, an expert on local ecology, will be leading outings, sponsored by the Lemon Bay Conservancy: • Feb. 7, Backyard Wildlife Gardening, Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park … Find out how to read more online.
Local CAP Cadet Squadron moves into 2017
Sun  Jan 15 2017 08:30AM
The Cadet Squadron of the Charlotte County Composite Squadron, headquartered at the Punta Gorda Airport, did not skip a beat just because it was a new year. The Christmas holiday … Find out how to read more online.
Students honored for doing the right thing
Sun  Jan 15 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Seventeen-year old Mike Horn is a big guy. But underneath that tough exterior Mike has a heart of gold. Mike, a senior at the Charlotte Technical Center, … Find out how to read more online.
Child porn charges lead to 7-year sentence
Sun  Jan 15 2017 08:30AM
A Port Charlotte man who pleaded guilty to 10 charges of possession of child pornography was sentenced to seven years in prison this week. Brian Francis Burchell, 55, was arrested … Find out how to read more online.
Traffic enforcement locations set
Sun  Jan 15 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Beginning Monday, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office will increase traffic enforcement at the following locations: Speed enforcement: • Entire length of Harborview Road, Port Charlotte. • Midway … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Jan 14 2017 08:30AM
Holiday Closures In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, all Charlotte County government offices, Punta Gorda City offices, and courts will be closed Jan. 16. Post offices and … Find out how to read more online.
Lewis burial rescheduled for Monday
Tue  Jan 17 2017 05:44PM
Due to a family emergency, funeral arrangements have been postponed for Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy First Class Norman Lewis. OCSO made the announcement shortly after 1 a.m. Friday, just hours … Find out how to read more online.