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Ukraine celebrates independence day
Wed  Aug 24 2016 11:00AM
Lieda Boyko and her family huddled around a radio, intensely listening as the BBC report crackled over the airwaves. While Boyko and her family had been in the United States … Find out how to read more online.
Tropical wave likely to cause heavy rainstorms
Fri  Aug 26 2016 12:55AM
The seventh named storm of the hurricane season, Gaston, is not expected to be a threat to Florida, but forecasters are watching another tropical wave closely in the next few … Find out how to read more online.
Area residents recall Italian region hit by quake
Fri  Aug 26 2016 12:55AM
The earthquake that hit Italy this week struck a region that may struggle to recover from the devastation, say area residents familiar with that section of the country. Julie Glenn, … Find out how to read more online.
Ukrainians celebrate 25 years of independence
Thu  Aug 25 2016 10:44AM
NORTH PORT — With the American flag hanging in front of City Hall, the Ukrainian national anthem swelled as the yellow and blue Ukrainian flag rose to sway side by … Find out how to read more online.
More dogs, cats from flooded Louisiana
Thu  Aug 25 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Marion Lutz hasn’t had much time for sleep these last few days. Lutz, who is the director of the Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary, has had a busy weekend, … Find out how to read more online.
No questions raised by Punta Gorda City Council
Thu  Aug 25 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — At the first City Council meeting since the death of Mary Knowlton at the Punta Gorda Police Department’s Citizens Academy, Mayor Rachel Keesling gave a brief statement, … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Aug 25 2016 08:30AM
Voter turnout strong so far
Wed  Aug 24 2016 11:04AM
NORTH PORT — With a week left before the Aug. 30 primary election, a Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections official says voter turnout is strong so far thanks to vote-by-mail … Find out how to read more online.
Artist hosts new program for women
Wed  Aug 24 2016 11:02AM
NORTH PORT — An abstract artist has joined WKDW Real Community Radio. Gina Battle, whose work has been featured in Southwest Florida and elsewhere, will host “I’M ME,” a program … Find out how to read more online.
EARS expecting more animals from Louisiana
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
Marion Lutz has had a busy few days this week, and things are about to get busier. Lutz, who is the director for the Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary, spent Sunday … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Man attempts to kill ex-girlfriend’s co-worker
Wed  Aug 24 2016 11:04AM
A Port Charlotte man has been charged with attempted murder after shooting at a North Port man while they were driving on U.S. 41. Darrell Concepcion-Padilla, 30, 2400 block of … Find out how to read more online.
Man gets two life sentences
Tue  Aug 23 2016 09:36AM
SARASOTA — Several times Monday a judge listened as Katrelle Johnson said he didn’t really understand what was going on in his double-murder cases. Johnson said he agreed to two … Find out how to read more online.
Ukrainians to commemorate 25 years of independence
Tue  Aug 23 2016 09:36AM
NORTH PORT — The area’s Ukrainian community will gather Wednesday in North Port to celebrate 25 years of declared independence. In 1991, Ukrainians declared independence from the former Soviet Union … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood shelter takes in animals rescued from Louisiana flood
Mon  Aug 22 2016 04:53PM
ENGLEWOOD — Nine dogs and five cats, rescued from the St. Landry Parish animal shelter in Louisiana due to flooding, arrived at the Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary early Saturday evening … Find out how to read more online.
Candidates up close and personal
Mon  Aug 22 2016 08:30AM
Iam not sure you can really know a person after an hour or so of conversation. But, our editorial board members would likely agree with me that you sure get … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
A final nod Thursday morning from Charlotte County Airport Authority board members made it official — the thrill of Saturday night car racing will return to Punta Gorda this winter. … Find out how to read more online.
Florida Southwestern Collegiate High hosts Mentor Day
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
Florida Southwestern Collegiate High School held their “Mentor Day” at the Charlotte Campus. The Mentor day was a chance for the upper classmen, juniors and seniors, to help prepare freshmen … Find out how to read more online.
Tournament benefits Charlotte County Young Life
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
A double-elimination, cornhole tournament, a total of 29 games, was held inside the gym at Community Christian Church, in Port Charlotte, on Saturday. The event was a benefit for the … Find out how to read more online.
County, School District to exchange Murdock Village land
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County and the School Board have agreed to swap parcels in Murdock Village, making it easier for the county to entice a major development to the long-dormant … Find out how to read more online.
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Teen tests positive for travel-related Zika after trip
Fri  Aug 26 2016 12:55AM
A Southwest Florida teenager received positive test results this week for Zika after a trip to Nicaragua this summer and developing tell tale symptoms of the mosquito-based illness, according to … Find out how to read more online.
‘Surprise’ findings helped save officer’s job
Fri  Aug 26 2016 12:55AM
PUNTA GORDA — Although city and police officials came under intense pressure from the public to terminate officer Lee Coel earlier this summer after the officer’s K-9 mauled a suspect, … Find out how to read more online.
Dogs removed by Animal Control return home
Fri  Aug 26 2016 12:55AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Linda Maggi has been taking care of others her entire adult life. For 33 years, Linda provided daily support to her father, who was diagnosed with throat … Find out how to read more online.
North Port in Top 10 Forbes’ list for job growth
Thu  Aug 25 2016 10:44AM
NORTH PORT — North Port is receiving some national recognition for job growth, even if many feel discontent with the types of jobs that are being brought in. Forbes named … Find out how to read more online.
Former city attorney to face judge
Thu  Aug 25 2016 10:44AM
NORTH PORT — Embattled former city attorney Robert Robinson will face a Florida Division of Administrative Hearings judge today, stemming from allegations he violated state law by creating new government … Find out how to read more online.
Residents want access to transportation, health services
Thu  Aug 25 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — In a perfect world, Englewood would have busses that crossed the county line. There would be no homeless people or children going to bed hungry. Englewood would have … Find out how to read more online.
Aid on the way to Louisiana
Thu  Aug 25 2016 08:30AM
Jana-Lee Bair, of North Port, received a grief-stricken email last week from her 82-year-old cousin, Lynne Ferdon, in Prairieview, Louisiana. Lynne’s parish had been obliterated by 35 inches of rain. … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane Charley, 12 years later
Thu  Aug 25 2016 08:30AM
This August marks 12 years since Hurricane Charley hit, and while the storm remains fresh in some minds, Charlotte County Emergency Management Director Wayne Sallade says Florida is suffering from … Find out how to read more online.
No tax increase in Sarasota County
Thu  Aug 25 2016 10:46AM
SARASOTA — Sarasota County Commissioners put the finishing touches on their fiscal year 2017 budget without raising taxes, while adding funding to aid the local economy and less-fortunate residents. By … Find out how to read more online.
School’s in session
Tue  Aug 23 2016 09:38AM
NORTH PORT — As Sarasota County headed back to school Monday, Brandon Johnson, the new principal at North Port High School, is finding he has a lot of new faces … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Rony P. Medina, 43, 200 block of Rotonda Blvd. W., Rotonda. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. • Steven Kent … Find out how to read more online.
Man seeks home for Titanic memorabilia
Mon  Aug 22 2016 04:45PM
NORTH PORT — John Brophy has a familial connection to the Titanic disaster, which has resulted in a collection of memorabilia he would like to donate to a worthy recipient. … Find out how to read more online.
AMVETS auxiliary adopts Army unit
Tue  Aug 23 2016 09:36AM
NORTH PORT — The Ladies Auxiliary of the AMVETS Post 2000 recently funded scholarships for three high school students and donated money to the North Port Symphony for its upcoming … Find out how to read more online.
Residents may become responsible for mowing rights of way
Tue  Aug 23 2016 09:36AM
SARASOTA — Sarasota County residents may become responsible for mowing and maintaining the rights of way in front of their homes if county commissioners approve a proposed change in county … Find out how to read more online.
Fiona weakens as two other disturbances develop
Mon  Aug 22 2016 08:30AM
Tropical Storm Fiona hadn’t been downgraded to a depression as expected over the weekend, remaining very weak but posing no threat to Florida. Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center is tracking … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
Most people on New Year’s Eve were waiting for the ball to drop. About that same time, Terry Smith was allegedly on the run after robbing Tom’s Discount, a convenience … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Aug 21 2016 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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Traffic enforcement locations set
Sun  Aug 21 2016 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 Gasparilla Road, Port Charlotte. • State … Find out how to read more online.
Drug Free Punta Gorda meeting focuses on solutions
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Malaina Mote was away at college when she heard the heartbreaking news. A 23-year-old drunk driver had crashed into the car carrying her mother and two brothers, … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County births There were no births reported this week in Charlotte County. Charlotte County marriages • Nathaniel Ford Benson of Fort Garland, Colo., and Aleksandra Dmitruk of Fort Garland, … Find out how to read more online.