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Many families struggle to find a way out of poverty, United Way project finds
Tue  Feb 28 2017 08:30AM
Christine Bowers works full time at a middle school, is a college student, an active in the community and a mother of two. And like millions of the others in … Find out how to read more online.
Let’s get The Conversation started
Tue  Feb 28 2017 08:30AM
I didn’t really know Bruce Wilson Jr., but I could tell he had a passion for his job. He kept telling me how he had a way to bring our … Find out how to read more online.
Mixed messages
Mon  Feb 27 2017 10:28PM
Since President Donald J. Trump took office, local immigration attorneys have seen their clients grow fearful of law enforcement. Without legal documentation, foreign-born residents are afraid the simplest interactions with … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Feb 26 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte County births There were no births reported this week in Charlotte County. Charlotte County marriages • Leroy William Anthony of South Jamesport, N.Y., and Colleen Joy Carreiro of Kingston, … Find out how to read more online.
Pretrial services cuff bondsman
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
It wasn’t long ago bondsman Brent Klein was making good money as business boomed. Not quite Dog the Bounty Hunter status — a character many in the industry despised because … Find out how to read more online.
Museum names John Davidson Wall of Warrior Honoree
Sun  Feb 26 2017 08:30AM
The officers and directors of the Military Heritage Museum inducted their 10th military veteran into the Wall of Warriors hall of fame on Feb. 24 at the Twin Isles Country … Find out how to read more online.
Anti-Trump protesters march across bridge
Sun  Feb 26 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The anti-Trump “Indivisible” movement took to the streets Saturday, with hundreds of demonstrators marching across the Peace River bridge in a show of resistance to the president’s … Find out how to read more online.
Local firm earns accreditation in National Home Watch Association
Sun  Feb 26 2017 08:30AM
I Watch Your Property of Punta Gorda has earned Accredited Member in the National Home Watch Association for the third consecutive year. The NHWA was formed in 2009 in order … Find out how to read more online.
Ospreys are skilled fishers, faithful mates
Sun  Feb 26 2017 08:30AM
Perfectly adapted for feeding on fish, ospreys are sometimes called a “fish hawk” or “fish eagle.” As a raptor, osprey belong with hawks, eagles and kites in the family Accipitridae; … Find out how to read more online.
Honoring Commissioner Mills
Sun  Feb 26 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — For 16 years, from 1990 to 2006, David Mills was a stalwart on the Sarasota County Commission, keeping a close eye on county finances, while providing amenities for … Find out how to read more online.
Talks of new course fall flat for Sabal Trace
Mon  Feb 27 2017 11:54AM
NORTH PORT —— After feverishly trying to dig Sabal Trace Golf and Country Club out of disrepair for nearly two years, it appears homeowners are back at square one. Sabal … Find out how to read more online.
Police chief, cop charged in death
Thu  Feb 23 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Both Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis and Officer Lee Coel have been criminally charged in the Aug. 9, 2016, fatal shooting of Mary Knowlton. State Attorney … Find out how to read more online.
Heart leads runner to finish half-marathon
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
Balloons were strung, medals were awarded, handshakes were offered. It was a fitting finish line for a winner. That Craig Smith arrived there about a month late was beside the … Find out how to read more online.
Save-A-Lot customer finds razor blade in banana
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM
ARCADIA — A boy cut himself on a razor blade embedded in a banana that his mother purchased at a Save-A-Lot grocery store Monday. Elizabeth Coberly, the boy’s mother, said … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda police chief placed on leave pending shooting investigation
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Police Chief Tom Lewis has been placed on paid administrative leave following a misdemeanor charge of culpable negligence from the State Attorney’s Office. City Manager Howard Kunik … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide is here to stay for now
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Red tide remains a persistent nuisance in Gulf waters off Manasota Key and areas to the north and south — and Wednesday was no different. “It’s coming in … Find out how to read more online.
Community groups share resources for homeless, impoverished
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM
A new partnership between the New Paradigm Foundation and Catholic Charities opens new doors to families facing homelessness in South Sarasota County. In the past, the New Paradigm Foundation only … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Family friend molested teen boy
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port man has been arrested after allegedly molesting a 15-year-old family friend, according to North Port Police Department reports. Steven Crego, 55, was arrested Wednesday … Find out how to read more online.
Housing sales slow to take off in 2017
Thu  Feb 23 2017 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — The new year got off to a slow start across the region, with January home sales falling off considerably from the previous month. In Charlotte, single-family closed … Find out how to read more online.
The future of solar is in young hands
Thu  Feb 23 2017 08:30AM
Florida Power & Light formally commissioned its three new solar power facilities in ceremonies before an audience of dignitaries in Manatee County Monday. The event officially welcomed one million solar … Find out how to read more online.
AP Video
Deputies shoot, kill man armed with knives
Tue  Feb 28 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Jacob Taulbee came out of the woods next to his home and headed toward deputies with two knives raised, Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell said Monday. At least … Find out how to read more online.
Lent means more …
Mon  Feb 27 2017 08:30AM
For centuries, practicing Catholics and other observers of the Christian faith ate fish on Fridays year-round — but especially during the 40 days of Lent. Although millions still practice that tradition, … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Feb 26 2017 08:30AM
American Legion Post 110 • Bridge winners Feb. 20: 1-Ann Beers, 4520; 2-Barb Lutz, 3420; 3-Corlotta Crowell, 3900; 4-Tom Zinneman, 3390. Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club • Slam Bridge winners Feb. … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County to fund new hangar
Sun  Feb 26 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — With a substantial financial commitment expected from Charlotte County, essential flight-training facilities for Western Michigan University could soon take shape at Punta Gorda Airport. If the funding … Find out how to read more online.
PCMS students get ‘passport’ to future careers
Sun  Feb 26 2017 08:30AM
Port Charlotte Middle School students recently explored various career paths at a career night themed a “Passport to the Future.” The event held in the school’s gymnasium attracted more than … Find out how to read more online.
Widower: ‘Do the right thing’
Mon  Feb 27 2017 10:21PM
Gary Knowlton is no longer in a forgiving mood. The husband of Mary Knowlton, the retired librarian who was shot to death in a public police demonstration Aug. 9, 2016, … Find out how to read more online.
Traffic enforcement locations set
Sun  Feb 26 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Beginning Monday, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office will increase traffic enforcement at the following locations: Speed enforcement: • Bermont Road and State Road 31 area, east of … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Feb 26 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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LBHS, Ainger bands to play with Charlotte Symphony
Sun  Feb 26 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Today the community is invited to enjoy symphony music in Englewood, and help support the bands at Lemon Bay High School and L.A. Ainger Middle School. This afternoon … Find out how to read more online.
Bridge winners
Sun  Feb 26 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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Bail industry may need bail out
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
Jimmy Rios, owner of First Exit Bail Bonds in Punta Gorda, Fort Myers and Arcadia, was preparing for law school when he got a job in the bail industry. He … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
Resale Shop offers specials The St. Vincent de Paul Resale Shop will feature many specials this week. Today is the last day the featured art deco department is 40 percent … Find out how to read more online.
Front brings slightly cooler weather, no rain
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents can expect mostly sunny weather this weekend with temperatures remaining above normal until a front comes through the area. The normal high this time of year is … Find out how to read more online.
Deputy suspended after satanic curse allegation
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM
A corrections deputy at the Charlotte County Jail was disciplined after an inmate claimed the deputy put a satanic curse on him, according to an internal affairs investigation from the … Find out how to read more online.
One seriously injured in truck collision in Punta Gorda
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A Fort Myers woman was seriously injured in a collision with a truck on Wednesday morning in Punta Gorda. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, the … Find out how to read more online.
Community Night set for Stone Crabs game
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Spring training brings baseball back to fans across the nation and also the annual Community Night back to North Port. North Port’s eighth annual Community Night will … Find out how to read more online.
Where are the cooks?
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
Sooner or later, conversation with local restaurant owners turns to the employment picture, and it’s not pretty. “It’s hard to find good help,” they complain. “They don’t show up if … Find out how to read more online.
Grant plans to open funding spigot to local water-quality projects
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM

State Representative Mike Grant is back for a return engagement in the Florida House, previously serving two terms from 2004-2008. He then lost Republican primary races for a Senate seat …

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Englewood residents charged with manufacturing cocaine
Thu  Feb 23 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Two Englewood individuals were arrested Tuesday for manufacturing and trafficking cocaine, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. Andrea Gluschenko, 26, and Evan Colby Thomassen, 25, were taken … Find out how to read more online.