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Area high school grades news mixed
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
Grades for Charlotte County Public Schools’ three major high schools dipped, while two in Sarasota County leaped from a B to an A, according to a state report released Thursday. … Find out how to read more online.
NPHS grad loses cancer battle
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Noah Montgomery, 18, who graduated from North Port High School earlier this year as a member of the class of 2014, has passed away after a battle … Find out how to read more online.
Cold front may come in chilly or wet Christmas package
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
Although it’s highly unlikely to see a White Christmas in Southwest Florida, meteorologist Robert Garcia with the National Weather Service said he and his colleagues “never rule it out.” While … Find out how to read more online.
Fishermen’s Village looking to expand
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — In the 36 years since Fishermen’s Village entered into a land lease with the city, the visitor outpost has grown from a sleepy spot on the harbor … Find out how to read more online.
Boynton is ‘Outstanding’ USF grad
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Sunday, a longtime dream of Stephanie Boynton came true: She graduated from the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. … Find out how to read more online.
New North Port football, cheer association seeks supporters
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Mike Cody believes there is room for more youth football and cheerleading in North Port. Cody, who coached Pop Warner and North Port Huskys football locally for over … Find out how to read more online.
A guide to holiday lights
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
Bill Estler clicked a few times and suddenly, the large screen in front of his house came to life. As did the lights. As did the music: “Would you like … Find out how to read more online.
Huskys on winning track for future
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — It’s hard to imagine a youth football organization having a better year than the North Port Huskys did this season. The organization, which doesn’t have weight restrictions, … Find out how to read more online.

Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Katelyn Dawn Lewis, 23, 1400 block of Achilles St., Port Charlotte. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. • Anderson Lee … Find out how to read more online.
A bus is a bus, not a bad ride
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
You can look at the reality of a broken-down truck as an excuse to discard hundreds of used dollars at a repair shop, or you can view it as an … Find out how to read more online.
North Port population expected to double by 2040
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
North Port’s population is expected to soar to 111,300 by 2040, according to figures released Monday in an economic forecast plan. There are currently 56,800 residents in North Port. Projected … Find out how to read more online.
Commission plans meeting today
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
Intermittent lane closures on Burnt Store Intermittent lane closures on Burnt Store Road, from Zemel Road south to Vincent Street, are expected to continue through Thursday. Drainage and utility work … Find out how to read more online.
City population expected to double by 2040
Tue  Dec 16 2014 12:02PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — North Port’s population is expected to soar to 111,300 by 2040, according to figures released Monday in an economic forecast plan. There are currently 56,800 residents in … Find out how to read more online.
Sabal Trace to undergo massive revamp
Tue  Dec 16 2014 12:02PM
NORTH PORT — It’s a project sure to be a hole-in-one for the community, its developers say. Sabal Trace Golf & Country Club in North Port will soon transform from its … Find out how to read more online.
Santa takes a ‘Paws’ for a very good cause
Mon  Dec 15 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Families with kids lining up to get their pictures taken with Santa Claus are not the only ones. These days, four-legged children also are getting in on … Find out how to read more online.
North Port celebrates with Poinsettia Parade
Sun  Dec 14 2014 10:22AM
NORTH PORT — Waiting with his mom along North Port Boulevard late Saturday afternoon, Cole Pearce, 4, wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the city’s annual Poinsettia Parade. “Mickey’s … Find out how to read more online.
Ceremony message: ‘Remember, Honor, Teach’
Sun  Dec 14 2014 01:22PM
SARASOTA — Saturday morning, Debbie Upchurch drove more than 50 miles to attend the Wreaths Across America ceremony at Sarasota National Cemetery. For the Port Charlotte resident, it had a … Find out how to read more online.
Law enforcement agencies use results in crime investigations
Sun  Dec 14 2014 08:30AM
A bill the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office received from DNA Labs International reflected about $2,000 in DNA testing for one recent case. The law enforcement agency paid the private lab … Find out how to read more online.
Proposed districts could be problematic in future
Sat  Dec 13 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — With the approval of the city’s proposed residency district map for commission candidates, the current board has four commissioners living in two of the drawn districts. The … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood launches ‘Waterfest’ plans
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Planning for the Englewood Beach Waterfest in November 2015 is on its way. The goal is for the Offshore Powerboat Association to stage powerboats qualifying and racing off … Find out how to read more online.
Cuban-Americans wary of détente
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
Julio Morales was part of the Mariel boatlift in 1980, when more than 100,000 Cubans made the treacherous crossing to Florida — and freedom. But as a boy growing up … Find out how to read more online.
Police: Survey shows low morale in NPPD
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Survey results released Tuesday of more than 60 members of the North Port Police Department shows overwhelmingly low morale among the city’s police staff. The anonymous opinion … Find out how to read more online.
WWII veteran receives high school diploma
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
A few weeks ago, 90-year-old Port Charlotte resident Mike Humenansky was sitting at home with his wife Rosalie and reflecting on his life. He had been married fairly young to … Find out how to read more online.
Commission signs off on city districts
Tue  Dec 16 2014 12:02PM
NORTH PORT — After being placed on the ballot twice for an OK from voters, residency districts for city candidates got final approval by the commission Monday night. North Port … Find out how to read more online.
Couple charged after toddlers found living in filth
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
VENICE — Wesley Benoit, 35, and Elizabeth Davis, 32, both of Briarwood Road, are each facing two counts of child neglect after authorities found their twin 2-year-old girls living in … Find out how to read more online.
NPPD to honor deceased K-9
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Friday morning, North Port police will hold a memorial service for K-9 Gino, a retired patrol dog who passed away this week. According to Assistant Chief Tony … Find out how to read more online.
Building a kayak with wings
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
At age 81, Skip Rasmussen, of Punta Gorda, is flying headlong into a new life venture. He’s building a twin-engine airplane in his Punta Gorda Isles garage. In life, he’s … Find out how to read more online.
Boats twinkle in 25th Annual Lighted Boat Parade
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
The 25th annual Punta Gorda Lighted Boat Parade, planned and carried out by the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, lit the harbor with dazzling displays of holiday decorations Sunday night. … Find out how to read more online.
‘Happy Neuter Year’ campaign for dogs and cats
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
Pet owners in Charlotte and DeSoto counties can have their male dog or cat neutered as part of a special Animal Rescue Coalition program. The “Happy Neuter Year” campaign sponsored … Find out how to read more online.
Area has $3 million lottery winner
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
A stop at an Englewood convenience store has made someone a lot richer. Monday, the Florida Lottery identified Mark Lewis as the Dearborn Corner Market customer whose purchase of a … Find out how to read more online.
Denise Amber Lee Foundation has new role
Tue  Dec 16 2014 12:02PM
Any time Nathan Lee gets to thank the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, he doesn’t hesitate. Although he’s said it dozens of times, he believes the foundation is one big reason … Find out how to read more online.
‘Shop’ fund honors late NPPD sergeant
Mon  Dec 15 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — This week, North Port police will team up to make sure area kids have a great Christmas. The annual “Shop with a Cop” event pairs officers and … Find out how to read more online.
Clothing from days gone by back in demand
Mon  Dec 15 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Vintage clothing represents life from another time, and probably is less indicative of the person who originally wore it than of the era itself. The fact that … Find out how to read more online.
North Port ranch added to state conservation list
Sat  Dec 13 2014 08:30AM
The Orange Hammock Ranch in North Port, formerly known as the McCall Ranch, was added Friday to the state’s Florida Forever conservation list, even after failed attempts from the Conservation … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood boat race plans solidifying
Mon  Dec 15 2014 02:44PM
ENGLEWOOD — A few more t’s need to be crossed and i’s dotted, but the Offshore Powerboat Association is prepared to stage a race off Manasota Key in November. “It … Find out how to read more online.
Huskys rally for third place at nationals
Sat  Dec 13 2014 08:30AM
The North Port Huskys 14-year-old-and-under football team came back from a frustrating opening loss to finish third in the American Youth Football Conference nationals this week. North Port rallied to … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County to update comp plan
Thu  Dec 11 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — County staff announced Wednesday that an update of Sarasota’s comprehensive plan will start next year, with work expected to span 18 months and include multiple opportunities for members … Find out how to read more online.