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Boardwalk, fishing pier coming to Live Oak Point
Sat  Jun 24 2017 01:00AM
MURDOCK — Live Oak Point, a relaxing retreat that opened up a year ago in Charlotte Harbor, will see increased activity July 4 and in the coming months. Looking out … Find out how to read more online.
Wein, Prafke re-elected
Sat  Jun 24 2017 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — That was easy. Two Punta Gorda City Council incumbents were the only candidates to file by Friday’s deadline for two council seats, eliminating the need for a … Find out how to read more online.
North Port sex offender arrested in drug bust
Sat  Jun 24 2017 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — A North Port man was arrested by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Thursday during a “buy bust” drug sting in Punta Gorda. Jason Lessard, 37, of the … Find out how to read more online.
Lear mulls over North Port city manager contract
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — An offer has been made for the North Port city manager position. The City Commission wrapped up contract negotiations with interim City Manager Pete Lear on Monday. … Find out how to read more online.
Baby escapes drowning; pool safety event planned
Fri  Jun 23 2017 01:55PM
ENGLEWOOD — Baby Forrest Trommer saw the bright yellow toy beckoning as it bobbed in the pool. He reached for it and fell in. A minute later, his mother Morgan … Find out how to read more online.
Who will be Englewood’s newest Smoked Mullet?
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
The annual luncheon of The Secret Society of Smoked Mullets today is sold out, according to event organizers. The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Gulf … Find out how to read more online.
Cindy downgrades; typical summer weather arrives
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians got some more rain earlier this week due to Tropical Storm Cindy, but no further impact is expected, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Dustin Norman. The storm downgraded … Find out how to read more online.
New CEO for Realtor association
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
The Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee has selected Jeffrey Arakelian as chief executive officer, effective Sept. 18. Arakelian currently serves as CEO of the Greater Hartford Association of Realtors … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff’s Office connects through “Tweet-Along”
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte County residents were invited to follow along Wednesday as the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office took them on a “Tweet-Along.” In a four-hour virtual ride-along with Watch Commander Lt. Joseph … Find out how to read more online.
Knowlton family to attend Police Chief Lewis’ trial
Thu  Jun 22 2017 10:07AM
PUNTA GORDA — Mary Knowlton’s son, Steve Knowlton, said the family will be at the trial of Police Chief Tom Lewis, and his dad, Gary Knowlton, will briefly testify about … Find out how to read more online.
Full house for assisted living hearing
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — More than 200 residents filed into the Charlotte Harbor Event Center Wednesday to voice concerns as the City Council mulled over a proposed assisted living facility. Punta … Find out how to read more online.
Green Street Church move faces hurdles
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Julie Giuliano likes the idea of moving the Historic Green Street Church and Museum to the Lemon Bay Cemetery on State Road 776. “It would be nice,” said … Find out how to read more online.
‘Get your glow on,’ at North Port’s B-I-N-G-Glo
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Friday night will be bright and fluorescent at one North Port location as the city hosts its occasional Binglo night. It is a family game night that … Find out how to read more online.
1,500 gallons raw sewage enter Punta Gorda storm drain
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Rain caused 1,500 gallons of raw sewage to enter a storm drain early Monday morning, the Florida Division of Emergency Management said. The sewage was released from … Find out how to read more online.
Leadership Charlotte Class of 2017 graduates
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
The Class of 2017 of Leadership Charlotte celebrated their graduation on Saturday at the Kingsway Country Club in Port Charlotte. The class project, “Denim & Diamonds,” supported several local groups … Find out how to read more online.
Babcock Ranch hosts Iron Horse bike night
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
Babcock Ranch hosted an Iron Horse bike night Saturday in the new downtown area. Bikers from all over Charlotte and Lee counties attended the first annual event. Food trucks were … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County circles the food trucks, seeks clearer rules
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte County last rewrote its ordinance on mobile vending (aka food trucks) 31 years ago. Back then, Article IX, Roadside Peddling, appeared in the sketchy company of Article X, Escort … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte briefs
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
Notice of change of meeting venue Please be aware that the Punta Gorda City Council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at 9 a.m. today at the Charlotte Harbor Event … Find out how to read more online.
Big Brothers Big Sisters supporters Bowl for Kids Sake
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
A sold-out crowd supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Charlotte County recently raised more than $5,000 during the third annual Bowling for Kids Sake, held Saturday at Bowland in Port … Find out how to read more online.
New Meadow Park principal has roots in district
Sat  Jun 24 2017 01:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Matthew Loge is the new Meadow Park Elementary principal, but he is not a stranger to the school district. Loge, 45, worked for the Charlotte County school … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Jun 24 2017 01:00AM
Resale Shop offers specials Today is the last day the framed art department is 40 percent off. The linen department has many comforters in all sizes, towels and sheet sets … Find out how to read more online.
Jury seated for Lewis trial
Sat  Jun 24 2017 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Four men and three women were chosen Friday evening for the trial of Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis. Lewis faces a culpable negligence misdemeanor charge in … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County to merge military charter schools
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — The Sarasota County School Board voted to merge Sarasota Military Prep Academy and Sarasota Military Academy. The merge will combine the schools into a middle and high school … Find out how to read more online.
Baby escapes drowning; pool safety event planned
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Baby Forrest Trommer saw the bright yellow toy beckoning as it bobbed in the pool. He reached for it and fell in. A minute later, his mother Morgan … Find out how to read more online.
Local franchise paints Swepston Bridge for free
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Jim and Sherrie Klepser have a simple business philosophy. “Get busy and do something beyond yourself,” Jim said. He and Sherrie, local franchise owners for CertaPro Painters, put … Find out how to read more online.
POLICE Chief On Trial
Thu  Jun 22 2017 09:56AM
Last Aug. 11, Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis announced responsibility for the fatal shooting of a retired librarian lay on his shoulders. “As your Chief of Police, I accept … Find out how to read more online.
New store coming to Town Center mall
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
Port Charlotte Town Center mall has announced the addition of The Recreational Warehouse to its lineup of retail, dining and entertainment options. “Port Charlotte Town Center is excited to further … Find out how to read more online.
Region home sales, prices spike
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte County home prices and sales spiked to new post-recession highs last month. Charlotte’s single-family median sales price of $216,513 in May hit a peak not seen since just before … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda man sentenced in Massachusetts sexual assault case
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
A Punta Gorda man was sentenced to prison in Worcester, Massachusetts, On Wednesday, after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting three girls and taking sexually suggestive photographs of two of the … Find out how to read more online.
MALL POPULARITY SLIPPING
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
Dennis Platte visits Port Charlotte Town Center often, shopping at Sears and J.C. Penney, and even walking the mall for exercise. He loves the clothes and friendly staff at J.C. Penney, … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Man from dating site steals woman’s car
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
A Punta Gorda woman had her car stolen from her after meeting a Fort Myers man from an online dating site for the first time. According to an arrest warrant, … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Police Department promotes summer pool safety
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Police Department and the YMCA are inviting families out to learn more about pool safety Saturday. Beginning at 10 a.m. at the North Port … Find out how to read more online.
Finding a tax balance
Tue  Jun 20 2017 08:30AM
Thirteen years ago, Hurricane Charley turned Punta Gorda into rubble. Homes and businesses were destroyed. The city’s infrastructure was nearly washed away. And, depending on who you ask, the city … Find out how to read more online.
‘Odd Couple’ finds refuge on Palm Island
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
On a recent visit to Palm Island, I noticed a very strange “odd couple” of birds together in a coastal lagoon. A reddish egret which is a Caribbean/tropical bird near … Find out how to read more online.
Kids try to hook the big one at fishing tournament
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
The Elks Lodge 2606 in Punta Gorda held its annual kids fishing tournament Saturday along the banks of the Peace River. Hundreds of kids fished from the pier and shore … Find out how to read more online.
Gulf Coast Partnership assumes lead in homelessness fight
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Starting July 1, the Gulf Coast Partnership will become the county’s lead agency for homelessness, replacing the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. The transition should be a seamless one, … Find out how to read more online.
Indiana man arrested as burglary suspect
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A man from Indianapolis was arrested in connection with the burglary of an occupied home in Punta Gorda. The owner of a residence on Odyssey Court told … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda Airport adds more routes
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — More routes will soon be coming to Punta Gorda Airport. Allegiant Air and Punta Gorda Airport announced Tuesday the addition of four year-round nonstop routes to the … Find out how to read more online.
Crack down on opioids
Mon  Jun 19 2017 11:14PM
SARASOTA — A phone on the floor of a halfway house lights up with a new text message. “Hey for real, inject slowly because that’s no joke, it’s a...ton of … Find out how to read more online.


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