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Reprieve for race group
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Jerry York bore the ire of Charlotte County commissioners Tuesday over unpaid bills resulting from the inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix in April. “I am ready … Find out how to read more online.
Some cry fowl over free turkeys
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Shelomie Francois waited in a line of about 110 people that snaked around the North Port Salvation Army building to get a voucher for a free turkey to feed her … Find out how to read more online.
Lawyers paint 2 pictures of defendant at trial
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Attorneys told two different stories about Jose Rodriguez, the HIV-positive North Port man accused of sexually abusing his two step-grandsons for a number of years. One was … Find out how to read more online.
Bondi and the beast
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — With her beloved Saint Bernard Luke in tow, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi hit the campaign trail Tuesday, making a stop in the city’s downtown where she … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Correction A column by Vic Poitras published in Saturday’s Sun was credited to a different writer. … Find out how to read more online.
Sexual battery trial underway for North Port man
Wed  Oct 29 2014 05:41PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Jury selection in the trial of an HIV-positive North Port man accused of sexually abusing two boys got underway Monday at the Sarasota County Justice Center and … Find out how to read more online.
Former commission candidate quits Charlotte County job
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Jason Stoltzfus, a one-time candidate for District 4 county commissioner, is resigning his post with Charlotte County. A county employee for six years, Stoltzfus launched an abbreviated and … Find out how to read more online.
South Gulf Cove to decide on paving costs
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
SOUTH GULF COVE — More than 200 South Gulf Cove residents turned out to a recent community meeting to hear what assessment hikes they could face to repave their roads. … Find out how to read more online.
County to vote on homeless plan
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Wayne had been without a home for a decade before seeking services and emergency housing at the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. After receiving assistance to obtain deserved Social … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota school district email system back up
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — According to Sarasota County Schools staff, computer problems that plagued the district last week have been resolved. Early Friday afternoon, district spokesman Scott Ferguson said teaching applications … Find out how to read more online.
Man who lost twins works to save lives
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Watching children grow up can bring tremendous joy to parents. Taking their first step, opening birthday and Christmas gifts, first day of kindergarten and driving home the … Find out how to read more online.
Police catch alleged sandwich thief
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The local man accused of shoplifting a sandwich from a grocery store Wednesday was back for more the following day. And he wasn’t going to be caught … Find out how to read more online.
Redneck Yacht Club stabber gets three years
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — February 8 was the worst night of Amy Rachel’s life. But she took the stand Friday to recall her stabbing, and to talk about the lasting effects … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte’s comp plan changes challenged
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Local environmental groups are taking legal action to block proposed changes to Charlotte County’s 2050 comprehensive plan. Charlotte County commissioners voted unanimously last month to follow county staff … Find out how to read more online.
‘Ladies in Retirement’ pulls plug on retirement plans
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
The Lemon Bay Playhouse gives a new twist, and twisted view, on retirement planning in its latest play, “Ladies in Retirement,” running through Nov. 9. The actors in this melodrama had … Find out how to read more online.
Youth football funds sacked
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Cats football season may have wrapped up last weekend, but officials are still trying to tackle an expensive off-field issue. The Englewood Area Athletic Association is … Find out how to read more online.
Campaign complaints filed against School Board member
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Three complaints were filed with the Florida Election Commission alleging a Sarasota County School Board member solicited campaign donations from district employees while they were on the job. … Find out how to read more online.
Fire safety and fun at the library
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — At 7, Avery Cardona thought being a firefighter for a day would be pretty cool. “The Jaws of Life are too heavy, I can’t lift them,” he told … Find out how to read more online.
RV park shooting victim remains hospitalized
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
The woman who was shot this week inside a trailer at Charlotte Harbor RV Park remained in the intensive care unit at Lee Memorial Hospital late Thursday, according to a … Find out how to read more online.
Home sales remain solid
Tue  Oct 21 2014 06:08PM
Southwest Florida’s housing market closed September strong with year-over-year gains in virtually every category, the latest housing reports showed. In Charlotte County, there were 374 single-family home sales last month … Find out how to read more online.
Freedom Boat Club docks at Skip’s Marina
Wed  Oct 29 2014 05:12PM
ENGLEWOOD — Skip’s Placida Marina is ready to serve boaters. “Customer service is what a number of people say about our marina,” Adam Hetherington said. “Our willingness to go out … Find out how to read more online.
Halloween portraits, with a heavy heart
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Tammy Grueber will carry through with her pledge to provide free photos of Halloween revelers Friday at Nickolson’s Portrait Studio, to support the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. … Find out how to read more online.
Extrication team learns from competition in England
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — They didn’t win first place. But the Englewood Fire Department Extrication Team did take away from their London experience a haul of new techniques to apply in local … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Love triangle sparked murder-suicide
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — A love triangle sparked the quarrel that led to last week’s murder-suicide at a local trailer park, officials confirmed Monday. Rosemery Martinez, 36, used a .40-caliber handgun … Find out how to read more online.
Two die in shooting
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Authorities have been dispatched to a small trailer park off Tamiami Trail more than two dozen times since the beginning of the year. But none of the … Find out how to read more online.
County commissioners pushing for new I-75 signage
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
Sarasota County commissioners who sit on a regional transportation planning board want signage along Interstate 75 that alerts motorists about Nathan Benderson Park and a new visitors center located inside the … Find out how to read more online.
Calusa Bank plans expansion
Tue  Oct 28 2014 01:43PM
It’s been part of a strategic plan for more than a year, Todd Katz, Calusa Bank’s vice chairman and president, soon to be its chief executive officer, said Thursday. “We’re … Find out how to read more online.
2008 sales tax projects bring rewards
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — As the 1 percent sales tax referendum approaches, arguments are being heard from both sides regarding the proposed projects’ cost, importance and financial impact on those who pay. … Find out how to read more online.
Ziegler battles union over emails
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
Sarasota County School Board member and candidate Bridget Ziegler insists she did nothing wrong by sending emails to school principals and teachers regarding her campaign. On Thursday, the Sarasota Classified/Teachers … Find out how to read more online.
Gymnast tumbling into success
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
Small in stature with bright blue eyes, 9-year-old Faith Deacetis’ shy demeanor doesn’t give outsiders an inkling of her powerhouse skills when she steps on a gym mat. Faith, who … Find out how to read more online.
Challenges to the Charlotte’s comp plan
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Local environmental groups are taking legal action to block proposed changes to Charlotte County’s 2050 comprehensive plan. Charlotte County commissioners voted unanimously last month to follow county staff … Find out how to read more online.
Winning the F18 Americas
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
For Charlotte Harbor Regatta, the journey to winning the 2015 F18 Americas Championship began with losing out on a less prestigious regional regatta in a different class. The loss reinforced … Find out how to read more online.
New courts bolster pickleball craze
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Pickleball saved John Foard’s life. Diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer in late 2013, Foard had two goals. He wanted to attend his daughter’s wedding and win a … Find out how to read more online.
Demolition begins at Circus Arena
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
While Venice gets ready to herald in a new landmark, the Venice Performing Arts Center, it was demolition day for another landmark, the historic Venice Circus Arena, constructed in 1960. … Find out how to read more online.
Prosecutors charge second murder suspect
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
The State Attorney’s Office on Thursday charged Dwayne Johnson, 32, of Port Charlotte, with one count of second-degree murder with a firearm, a life felony, for allegedly killing Kello Bonhomme, … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte tightens political sign enforcement
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
Candidates for local political offices in Charlotte County learned this week they can no longer post signs outside any county property where early voting is being held. In prior election … Find out how to read more online.
Beat it, clouds, the sun is back
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
OK. Sing along. Sunny days are here again. After a few cloudy days, the sun is expected to be back in full force. And yes, thank you, dryness, too. Jennifer … Find out how to read more online.
SKY Academy of Englewood approved
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County School Board approved the charter application of SKY Academy of Englewood Tuesday afternoon — the vote was 4-1, with member Shirley Brown dissenting — … Find out how to read more online.

Tue  Oct 21 2014 06:29PM