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Stormy dispute rages on
Tue  Jul 22 2014 07:37PM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County again is rattling its sabers over its share of the cost to reconstruct the Peace River water plant. Having already raised the specter of a legal … Find out how to read more online.
$704M school budget advances
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County School Board unanimously approved a $704 million tentative budget — a reduction of $69 million from last fiscal year — and a lower millage … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte to set island fire assessments
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Knight and Don Pedro property owners were happy with the Englewood Area Fire Control District until the cost of fire protection increased. Now, Charlotte County will provide those … Find out how to read more online.
Cistern users win a stay from water utility hookups
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners weren’t ready Tuesday to require island property owners to hook up to the Little Gasparilla Water Utilities. Commissioners held a public hearing to clarify a … Find out how to read more online.
Shelter wants cute pet photos
Tue  Jul 22 2014 08:19PM
ENGLEWOOD — Suncoast Humane Society is finally giving you a chance to put that picture of your dog in a superhero costume to use. Suncoast is sponsoring its annual Pet … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte keeps its present tax rate
Mon  Jul 21 2014 05:35PM
An increase in Charlotte County property values influenced commissioners to freeze the tax rate on those properties in the 2014-15 fiscal year. Charlotte County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to set … Find out how to read more online.
FST presents US premiere of ‘Taking Shakespeare’
Tue  Jul 22 2014 08:00AM
Florida Studio Theatre associate director Kate Alexander makes a rare appearance on stage in the U.S. premiere of “Taking Shakespeare,” by John Marshall. Alexander portrays a professor who is a … Find out how to read more online.
North Port EDC hosting job fair
Tue  Jul 22 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — On Aug. 6, job-seekers and employers will have a chance to connect at a job fair hosted by the North Port Economic Development Corporation. The event, set for … Find out how to read more online.
Celebrating Ramadan
Mon  Jul 21 2014 03:56PM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — The Muslim community in Charlotte County is small, but people should not judge it by its size alone, said Imam Azhar Subedar. The Islamic Community of Southwest … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriffs’ roles key
Sun  Jul 20 2014 08:00AM
Members of a human-smuggling organization — including one from Port Charlotte and two from North Port — will be sentenced within the next couple months, after recently being convicted of … Find out how to read more online.
Alert: Missing Child
Fri  Jul 18 2014 06:28PM
Alert: Missing Child:Brianna Newburn, 10yoa, female, white, 4 08, 65lbs.(14251 Chancllor Blvd, Port Charlotte Fl. 1:00PM.07-18-2014. The Charlotte County Sheriff Office request your assistance in locating a missing child, she … Find out how to read more online.
Dentist helps in Central America
Sat  Jul 19 2014 08:00AM
North Port dentist Dr. Kevin Schapley recently returned from a week-long trip to Villa el Carmen in Nicaragua, where he and about 33 colleagues from all around the U.S. performed … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Tag these bridge artists ‘jailbirds’
Sat  Jul 19 2014 08:00AM
UNDER THE BARRON COLLIER BRIDGE — Two young men apparently chose to create art in the wrong spot Thursday. Jose Ferreir da Silva Neto, 24, and Ty Joseph Chaves, 23, … Find out how to read more online.
Women’s conference coming to Sarasota
Sat  Jul 19 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The National Association of Commissions for Women will hold its 44th annual conference and business meeting Wednesday through July 26 at the Hyatt Regency, located at 1000 Boulevard … Find out how to read more online.
InStride Therapy celebrates 20th anniversary
Sat  Jul 19 2014 08:00AM
Twenty years ago, Mary Nastan, a licensed physical therapist who was operating a hippotherapy (horse therapy) program in a local barn, met recent business school graduate and equestrian expert Donna … Find out how to read more online.
Jail population peaks; last pod could open soon
Fri  Jul 18 2014 08:00AM
The inmate population at the Charlotte County Jail reached a new record this week — 776 on Tuesday. And, as officials point out, a population of about 50 more could … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood mayor candidates wanted
Fri  Jul 18 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Now that his term as the Pioneer Days Englewood Mayor-for-the-Day is ending, John Mead reflected on his experience. “The pay wasn’t what I thought it would be,” Mead … Find out how to read more online.
Area rainfall still slightly above average
Fri  Jul 18 2014 08:00AM
Although a large weather pattern over the entire East Coast caused early morning showers and storms throughout the region, rainfall amounts in Punta Gorda from July 1-16 have not reached … Find out how to read more online.
Cultural Center chases funding
Fri  Jul 18 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — After a request for $15 million was turned down to reconstruct the Cultural Center of Charlotte County as part of the sales tax projects, center officials are asking … Find out how to read more online.
Men with beards sought for contest
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — The boys from “Duck Dynasty” built an empire from duck calls and their signature long beards. The theme song to their wildly popular reality show is sung by … Find out how to read more online.
Area home sales steady
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:00AM
The local real estate market remains strong, with homes sold last month in the Charlotte County area fetching the highest median sales price of the year, according to data released … Find out how to read more online.
Working out the kinks
Mon  Jul 21 2014 05:34PM
When law enforcement turns to technology and social media to seek aid in solving cases, authorities run the risk of committing inadvertent errors or receiving unhelpful feedback. That’s what happened … Find out how to read more online.
Staffing agency hired for SCSO crossing guard duties
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that a private firm has been hired to perform crossing guard duties throughout unincorporated areas of the county. The SCSO … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood Drug Free Youth initiative growing
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:00AM
Area businesses are being asked to support an initiative promoting a drug-free lifestyle for teens in the Englewood community. “Most kids do not use drugs. Over 70 percent of high … Find out how to read more online.
‘A brain erase’
Mon  Jul 21 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Brenda Peckman calls what her mother has a “brain erase.” Like the movie “The Notebook,” in which the elderly woman Allie Hamilton sometimes doesn’t recognize her husband, Peckman … Find out how to read more online.
Kia raffle sales continue
Tue  Jul 22 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Kia raffle organizer Eric Kotte said ticket sales are progressing, though he did not know exactly how many tickets had been sold as of Thursday. The raffle, … Find out how to read more online.

Mon  Jul 21 2014 06:05PM
Keep Gulf beaches dark for turtles
Tue  Jul 22 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Local sea turtle patrols reported a slight slowing in the number of new nestings last week. But they expressed greater concerns about keeping the beaches dark, as well … Find out how to read more online.
Morning showers in forecast for today and Tuesday
Mon  Jul 21 2014 08:00AM
A weak upper-level weather disturbance coupled with a lower-level front along the Gulf of Mexico is likely to cause rain showers and possible storms during the early morning hours in … Find out how to read more online.
No new sewers
Sat  Jul 19 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Homeowners in Englewood East don’t need to start chaining themselves to their septic tanks just yet. Charlotte County commissioners have scheduled a 10 a.m. public hearing Tuesday for … Find out how to read more online.
Little kids, big help
Sat  Jul 19 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — On May 24, the Payne brothers — Landon, 8, and Gavin, 6, of Punta Gorda — were dropped off at their grandma’s house in Deep Creek so … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless rate stays steady
Sun  Jul 20 2014 08:28PM
The unemployment picture in Southwest Florida remained basically unchanged in June, which is good news as businesses adapt to the slow summer doldrums. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity reported … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay gridders charged in thefts
Thu  Jul 17 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Three Lemon Bay High School football players were among four Englewood-area teens arrested this week by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office for their alleged involvement in a string … Find out how to read more online.
Venice assisted-living facility looking to expand
Sat  Jul 19 2014 08:00AM
An expansion is planned for Gardens of Venice, an independent and assisted-living facility located on Jacaranda Boulevard near State Road 776. According to Port Charlotte-based Engineer James Herston, who is … Find out how to read more online.
SCAT director terminated
Fri  Jul 18 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County Area Transit Director Glama Carter was fired this week, with her final day on the job scheduled for today. Having served in the position since … Find out how to read more online.
Nests again delay Sunshine Lake cleanup
Fri  Jul 18 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — The cleanup of Sunshine Lake has hit yet another snag. This time, the birds have struck again. Due to the presence of little blue heron nests, the project … Find out how to read more online.
EARS shelter has too many cats
Fri  Jul 18 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — A cat named Love was dropped off at the Englewood Animal Rescue and Sanctuary after she was hit with buckshot and lost her tail. Another cat lives at … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Sex offender made porn with infant
Fri  Jul 18 2014 08:00AM
A former Charlotte County sex offender has admitted to taking a sexually explicit photo involving an infant, according to the United States Attorney’s Office. Christopher Richard Cloonan, 44, more recently … Find out how to read more online.
Struggling to survive
Tue  Jul 15 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Sea turtle nesting is still going strong on Manasota Key. The same cannot be said of shorebird nesting on Little Gasparilla Island. “The numbers continue to look very … Find out how to read more online.