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Man who lost twins works to save lives
Sat  Oct 25 2014 12:20AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Watching children grow up can bring tremendous joy to parents. Taking their first step, opening birthday and Christmas gifts, first day of kindergarten and driving home the … Find out how to read more online.
Challenges to the Charlotte’s comp plan
Sat  Oct 25 2014 12:20AM
MURDOCK — Local environmental groups are taking legal action to block proposed changes to Charlotte County’s 2050 comprehensive plan. Charlotte County commissioners voted unanimously last month to follow county staff … Find out how to read more online.
Winning the F18 Americas
Sat  Oct 25 2014 12:20AM
For Charlotte Harbor Regatta, the journey to winning the 2015 F18 Americas Championship began with losing out on a less prestigious regional regatta in a different class. The loss reinforced … Find out how to read more online.
Youth football funds sacked
Fri  Oct 24 2014 05:35PM
ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Cats football season may have wrapped up last weekend, but officials are still trying to tackle an expensive off-field issue. The Englewood Area Athletic Association is … Find out how to read more online.
RV park shooting victim remains hospitalized
Fri  Oct 24 2014 01:00AM
The woman who was shot this week inside a trailer at Charlotte Harbor RV Park remained in the intensive care unit at Lee Memorial Hospital late Thursday, according to a … Find out how to read more online.
Gov. Scott to make stop in Punta Gorda today
Thu  Oct 23 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — In an effort to shore up early votes in a race that’s down to the wire, Gov. Rick Scott today will campaign in the city during his … Find out how to read more online.
Halloween treat for county workers: A pay raise . . . finally
Thu  Oct 23 2014 07:17PM
MURDOCK — On the last day of the month, Charlotte County employees will receive quite a Halloween treat with their first pay raise in seven years. The 3 percent pay … Find out how to read more online.
2 confirmed dead in shooting near Peace River
Tue  Oct 21 2014 03:16PM
Two are confirmed dead Tuesday in what authorities are calling a domestic disturbance. The Charlotte County sheriff’s office won’t go as far as calling it a murder-suicide at this point, … Find out how to read more online.
Murder charge reduced
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
Prosecutors have reduced the murder charge against one of the men arrested last month in relation to the shooting death of a 40-year-old Port Charlotte man. Freddie Campbell, 27, of … Find out how to read more online.
Homicide report: Driver was speeding
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
The local man charged last week with vehicular homicide was driving at 61 mph when his car struck and killed a bicyclist in the Parkside area of Port Charlotte in … Find out how to read more online.
Vintage Finder’s Warehouse has ‘things worth repeating’
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Kitchenware from the 1970s, a riding lawn mower from the ’50s and typewriters from the ’30s are just a few of the treasures stowed away in Vintage … Find out how to read more online.
Expect seasonal weather, afternoon showers
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — After a dry weekend, residents can expect mostly sunny skies again on Monday, but partly cloudy skies with a chance of showers and thunderstorms are expected after … Find out how to read more online.
New data security for Beef’s post-breach
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The owner of the local Beef ‘O’ Brady’s on Sumter Boulevard has made significant strides toward protecting his restaurant and his customers, following a data breach in … Find out how to read more online.
Missing woman found
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — A week ago, Katy McDonald’s mother and brother went to see her at her apartment on Sibley Bay Street. Nobody was home. According to an incident report, … Find out how to read more online.
Getting ‘Dizzy’ for a good cause
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Although they have aged out of regular recess, kids at Punta Gorda Middle School’s first Track and Field Fun Day showed you’re never really too old to … Find out how to read more online.
Open for business
Mon  Oct 20 2014 02:31PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Angel Luna drove two and half hours from Orlando after work on Wednesday to be first in line for the grand opening of the new Mall at … Find out how to read more online.
Section 23 election results: Nobody wins
Fri  Oct 17 2014 08:00AM
DEEP CREEK — Speaking to a large crowd of 200 mostly exasperated residents attending the Deep Creek Section 23 Property Owners Association annual meeting, Robert Keller was explaining the reason … Find out how to read more online.
Teachers get raises
Thu  Oct 16 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Two weeks after it decided to hold off on teacher raises until the middle of the school year, the Charlotte County School Board has reversed its stance. … Find out how to read more online.
Constance calls for authority chief’s ouster
Thu  Oct 16 2014 08:00AM
BRADENTON — Charlotte County Commissioner Chris Constance called for the termination of Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority’s Executive Director Pat Lehman on Wednesday, claiming that Lehman constantly abused … Find out how to read more online.
Scott on the stump in Punta Gorda
Fri  Oct 24 2014 05:35PM
PUNTA GORDA — Republican Party leaders turned out in full force Thursday to support Gov. Rick Scott who was on the stump in downtown Punta Gorda urging supporters to get … Find out how to read more online.
Police catch alleged sandwich thief
Sat  Oct 25 2014 12:20AM
PUNTA GORDA — The local man accused of shoplifting a sandwich from a grocery store Wednesday was back for more the following day. And he wasn’t going to be caught … Find out how to read more online.
Beat it, clouds, the sun is back
Fri  Oct 24 2014 01:00AM
OK. Sing along. Sunny days are here again. After a few cloudy days, the sun is expected to be back in full force. And yes, thank you, dryness, too. Jennifer … Find out how to read more online.
Parrot rescue a tall task
Thu  Oct 23 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — When Chuckles escaped out the door Wednesday, pet-sitter Kenny Corley quickly chased after the young parrot. The two soon found themselves about 30 feet high, up a … Find out how to read more online.
Officials quiet about fatal shooting
Thu  Oct 23 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Few details were unveiled in an incident report released Wednesday by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office about this week’s fatal shooting at Charlotte Harbor RV Park. Residents … Find out how to read more online.
Study: Sunshine Lake algae due to natural causes
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — An ongoing study of the Sunshine Lake/Sunrise Waterway has determined the likely cause of the algae contamination to be a natural occurrence. With more than 80 percent of … Find out how to read more online.
Home sales remain solid
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
Southwest Florida’s housing market closed September strong with year-over-year gains in virtually every category, the latest housing reports showed. In Charlotte County, there were 374 single-family home sales last month … Find out how to read more online.
Students join ukulele craze
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
The first time music teacher Jason Osborne showed up in class with his ukulele, students had a puzzled look on their faces. They thought it was a toy. Then the … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte gets fingerprint tool
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
Ron Mueller spends many a day studying bifurcations, ridge endings and pores. And he’s good at it; analyzing fingerprints is one of the crime scene technician’s specialties. But the practice … Find out how to read more online.
Man served aboard Bennington during WWII
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
Gene Roaf of Punta Gorda Isles was a plane captain who maintained a single Corsair fighter aboard the carrier USS Bennington during the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa in … Find out how to read more online.
Waiting for Charlotte’s Web
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
Editor’s note: The Sun periodically will be writing about the Wager family as they try new treatments — possibly medical marijuana — for their son Dylan, who suffers from cerebral … Find out how to read more online.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s begins with first step
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Melissa Vanderbilt-Bestor remembers her grandmother as an outgoing and nurturing woman. Pearl Peeler, now 95, used to invite patients from the mental hospital, where she worked, to … Find out how to read more online.
Czech-Slovak Club begins new season
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The American Czech and Slovak Club of Southwest Florida will hold its first meeting of the 2014-2015 season at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Family Table Restaurant, … Find out how to read more online.
A healthy fall
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
As the region welcomes cooler temperatures, jobless numbers are also falling, both tied to the changing of seasons. While employment typically picks up this time of year, last month’s jobless … Find out how to read more online.
‘Uber-casual’ event takes on breast cancer
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — On a recent day, a woman stumbled across the new Komen’s Boutique and office at the Port Charlotte Town Center mall. She had just found out that morning … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged with vehicular homicide
Mon  Oct 20 2014 02:31PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A local man has been arrested in connection with a crash that killed a bicyclist in the Parkside area of Port Charlotte in June. David McGovern, 24, … Find out how to read more online.
County says ‘No’ to medical marijuana
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Opponents of the proposed medical marijuana amendment to the Florida Constitution have portrayed the initiative as reefer madness, unleashing a Pandora’s box of evils that run counter to … Find out how to read more online.
Audit shows first boat race lost money
Thu  Oct 16 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK —The inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix in April finds itself swimming $54,511 in the red. According to a Charlotte County Clerk of the Court audit, the boat … Find out how to read more online.
Shortening a 90-minute school bus ride
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
Scott Coovert spoke at a School Board meeting last month about his son riding the bus 90 minutes on a meandering route that takes the child through about one-third of … Find out how to read more online.