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Hot and dry weather ahead; burn bans, water restrictions issued
Fri  Apr 28 2017 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians can expect hotter and drier weather than normal this weekend with temperatures reaching the 90s. “We have a strong area of high pressure building over the area that … Find out how to read more online.
Dispose of unused prescription drugs Saturday
Fri  Apr 28 2017 08:30AM
Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is asking people to take unused prescriptions medications to any CCSO facility for disposal. The national … Find out how to read more online.
Overturned tractor trailer delays I-75
Fri  Apr 28 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A traffic crash involving an overturned tractor trailer delayed traffic on northbound Interstate 75 early Thursday morning. Some lanes were closed for about two hours at mile … Find out how to read more online.
Fishery businesses prepare for summer
Fri  Apr 28 2017 08:30AM
PLACIDA — Margaret Albritton, like others at the Fishery, is preparing for the summer. She’s also looking forward to next fall and winter seasons. The uncertainty of an immediate sale … Find out how to read more online.
North Port embraces ‘City of Kindness’
Fri  Apr 28 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Despite running past 1 a.m., the North Port City Commissioners made several steps forward on city issues Tuesday night. “Kindness stones” were passed around the commission chamber by … Find out how to read more online.
Taking the bite out of mosquitoes
Fri  Apr 28 2017 11:52AM
Two things happened in Florida to make it habitable: One was air conditioning, the other was mosquito control. Scott Schermerhorn, Manager of Mosquito and Aquatic Weed control for Charlotte County, … Find out how to read more online.
People for Trees holds Tree Fest
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
People for Trees of North Port held its annual Tree Fest on Saturday — Earth Day — in the city. The event, taking place at North Port Community Education Center … Find out how to read more online.
North Port inches closer to empty lot ordinance
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port City Commission is one step away from tidying up the language to clean empty lots. The commission spent hours late Tuesday night discussing and … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Haven Dance owner charged with additional crimes
Fri  Apr 28 2017 11:55AM
NORTH PORT — The former Haven Dance owner who was originally charged with lascivious acts with a student under 16 years old was arrested On additional charges, according to the … Find out how to read more online.
Playgrounds coming to Charlotte County parks
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Small children and their parents will soon have new play areas at Englewood Beach and other Charlotte County parks. County officials now plan to begin May 1 with … Find out how to read more online.
‘Community conversation’ will be held on school tax referendum
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — School Board members will hold a “community conversation” next month about the proposed property tax referendum. The conversation will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County Justice Center upgrade on docket
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — The planned renovation of the Charlotte County Justice Center took a significant step forward this week with a consultant’s final report detailing how improvements would accommodate future demands … Find out how to read more online.
St. Petersburg man arrested in real estate scheme
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
A St. Petersburg man was arrested Tuesday after a lengthy real estate fraud investigation. Michael Dean Bender, 31, reportedly defrauded Charlotte County victims of $113,431, as well as $12,000 from … Find out how to read more online.
TRACKING CRIME
Tue  Apr 25 2017 08:30AM
When Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office deputies take to the road, they can see all recent traffic incidents, property crimes, assaults, 911 calls and anything else that has generated a report … Find out how to read more online.
Candlelight vigil to celebrate North Port teacher
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A year later, the community still mourns the loss of a North Port High School teacher who was shot and killed in a murder-suicide. During a child … Find out how to read more online.
Water district declares first phase of shortage
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s governing board voted Tuesday to declare a phase I water shortage for all its 16 counties, including Charlotte, DeSoto, Lee, Polk and Sarasota. The … Find out how to read more online.
Local schools earn national recognition
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
Three Charlotte County schools earned spots on U.S. News and World Report’s survey of the best high schools in the country. The “Best High School” rankings identify the country’s top-performing … Find out how to read more online.
Florida SouthWestern students celebrate prom
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School held its 2017 Prom at the Isles Yacht Club in Punta Gorda on Saturday evening. … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte orders outdoor burn ban
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — In response to severe drought conditions, the Charlotte County Commission on Tuesday declared a burn ban on certain outdoor fires and on the private use of fireworks and … Find out how to read more online.
Riders raise funds for Charlotte County 4-H Club
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
The Punta Gorda Horseman’s Association held a 4D Jackpot Barrel racing event to raise funds for the Charlotte County 4-H Beef & Breed Club last week at the Punta Gorda … Find out how to read more online.

Fri  Apr 28 2017 08:30AM

SUMMER CAMPS

• The Charlotte County Family YMCA announces that they are now taking registration for all of the YMCA’s 2017 Summer Camp Programs. Campers will find fun new ways …

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Charlotte mine gives Cape Coral water boost
Fri  Apr 28 2017 08:30AM
Millions of gallons of water are expected to start flowing today from a mine in Charlotte County through ditches running along U.S. 41. The water is going to Cape Coral … Find out how to read more online.
LBHS Marching Mantas make a pitch for fundraising for trip
Fri  Apr 28 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — By the end of the first week of July, Lemon Bay High School’s Marching Mantas will have traveled 1,966 miles round trip. Not all of that will be … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota commissioners get mid-year budget snapshot
Fri  Apr 28 2017 12:03PM
SARASOTA — At first glance, Sarasota County appears to be in fantastic shape seven months into the current fiscal year. But behind the numbers loom seasonal adjustments that will tilt … Find out how to read more online.
‘Good Samaritans’ help North Port Police with suspect
Fri  Apr 28 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Two men are being lauded as “Good Samaritans” after helping North Port Police in what city authorities deemed a dangerous situation. Officials were responding to a call … Find out how to read more online.
Yoga celebrated at Garden of the Senses
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
Yoga at the Garden celebrated National Park RX Day on Saturday at the Garden of Five Senses park in North Port. “As Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, the 19th surgeon general … Find out how to read more online.
Fundraiser set for North Port theater kids
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A fundraiser is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Englewood Ford to assist the North Port High School Theatre Department. According to Dena Henderson, the department … Find out how to read more online.
Panel: $10K fine for former city attorney OK’d
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
A Florida Commission on Ethics panel upheld a decision Friday that a former North Port city attorney misused his position by creating two city jobs for himself. The board moved … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte drops Gasparilla Road speeds
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County Commissioner Stephen R. Deutsch wants to drive 55 mph — at least along the new four-lane Gasparilla Road. But he’s going to have to ease his … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Apr 27 2017 04:44PM

SUMMER CAMPS

• The Charlotte County Family YMCA announces that they are now taking registration for all of the YMCA’s 2017 Summer Camp Programs. Campers will find fun new ways …

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Wildfire ‘like mowing the grass’
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
An important element of mitigating wildfires is prescribed burns. The proactive burns serve multiple purposes, including the removal of excess dead, flammable plant material, return of nutrients back to the … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM

Do you remember when war ended in 1945?

May 8 marks 72 years since World War II came to an end in Europe. The day is better known as Victory …

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Risk remains for wildfires
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
With the exception of the Panhandle, rainfall throughout the state this year has become a commodity. In less than four months, the Tampa Bay region has received 5 inches of … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
• The Charlotte County Family YMCA announces that they are now taking registration for all of the YMCA’s 2017 Summer Camp Programs. Campers will find fun new ways to spend … Find out how to read more online.
Fat Point, Big Storm become brew bros
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
Let there be no doubt, Punta Gorda-based Fat Point Brewing is open for business. Earlier this year, Fat Point and Big Storm Brewing Co. of Tampa Bay quietly announced an … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Apr 26 2017 04:44PM
The Charlotte County area has a wide range of volunteer opportunities. Contact one of the following organizations to see how you can get involved and give back to the community. … Find out how to read more online.
Vehicle fire homicide victims identified
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
The victims in a double homicide from December have been identified as Emmanuel Marmolejos, 21, and Anthony Espinosa, 28, both former Miami area residents. The two men were found around … Find out how to read more online.
Developer buys Tuckers Grade property
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
The 563-acre Tuckers Grade development site in Punta Gorda has been purchased by Lely Development Corp. of Naples for $6.5 million. The company is planning to redesign the land for … Find out how to read more online.
CCSO Narcotics Unit arrests 12 in meth investigation
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
Twelve people were arrested as a result of a long-term investigation targeting methamphetamine dealers in north Charlotte County. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported that a total of $75,000 wrth … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
AARP Charlotte Chapter 80 The AARP Charlotte Chapter 80 meets on the third Thursday of every month at 9 a.m. at the Royal Palm Retirement Center, 2500 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. … Find out how to read more online.


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