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Red tide bloom looms off Charlotte County
Tue  Sep 27 2016 08:34PM
The specter of a red tide algae bloom continued its assault on Charlotte and Sarasota county beaches Tuesday. Three telltale signs spelled out the story: a small but noticeable string … Find out how to read more online.
Port Charlotte High Homecoming: ‘A Night on the Boardwalk’
Tue  Sep 27 2016 09:02PM
Port Charlotte High School’s 2016 Homecoming Dance was held Saturday evening in the school gym. This year’s theme was “A Night on the Boardwalk.” … Find out how to read more online.
Vietnam Wall now open for visitors
Tue  Sep 27 2016 07:41PM
With the exception of a few amenities such as flagpoles, benches, information pedestals and donor ledgers, the Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida is finished and is open to visitors. A … Find out how to read more online.
Tour the Train Depot
Tue  Sep 27 2016 08:34PM
The Punta Gorda Train Depot, Museum, Antique & Collectibles Mall has reopened after being closed for the summer. The Train Depot serves as both a reminder of Punta Gorda’s history … Find out how to read more online.
Inmate talks about jail ordeal
Tue  Sep 27 2016 10:42AM
PUNTA GORDA — The inmate who alleges he was coerced into eating his feces while detained at the Charlotte County Jail spoke exclusively about the incident with the Sun. Mark … Find out how to read more online.
Judge: Inmate competent to proceed
Tue  Sep 27 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A judge declared a former confidential informant with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office as being competent to proceed with his legal motion to vacate a 15-year prison … Find out how to read more online.
Election winners had deep pockets
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
Roger Eaton says he never equated victory with money in his successful run for Charlotte County clerk of court. But Eaton still spent more than any other Charlotte County candidate … Find out how to read more online.
Summertime weather pattern hasn’t fallen off yet
Mon  Sep 26 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians are still experiencing summertime weather even though the autumn season has already cooled down in many places to the north. “We’re still in a summertime pattern,” said National … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
American Legion Post 110 • Bridge winners Sept. 19: 1-Bucky Jacques, 3940; 2-Ann Lewis, 3710; 3-Marty DeWitte, 3410; 4-Linda Kopp, 3400. Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club • Ladies Bridge winners Sept. … Find out how to read more online.
Airport Authority election results puzzle candidate
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
More than a week after coming up short in the Aug. 30 Republican primary for Charlotte County Airport Authority District 1, Mark Futch is still insisting backers of incumbent Pam … Find out how to read more online.
Educational signs installed on Harborwalk
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
Local residents and visitors walking along Punta Gorda Harborwalk now have the opportunity to learn about the estuary and mangroves they see on their way, thanks to new Interpretive Natural … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Players present Comedy for a Cause
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
The Charlotte Players presented their fourth annual Comedy for a Cause “Comedy Diner” on Sept. 16 at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center. The comedians are chosen by members … Find out how to read more online.
Rotary helps local nonprofits
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
T he Harbor Heights/Peace River Rotary presented its third annual Charity Games on Sept. 17 at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club. Ten charities were selected as beneficiaries from the event: … Find out how to read more online.

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bridge winners

Sept. 12, 2016

North Port Senior Center

1st: Ann Benmayor and Warren Prince

2nd: Clara and Richard Peters

3rd: Marcia Lanphear and John Herrmann

4th: Jane Rothschild and …

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Raised in Giving Challenge $13.4M
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
Within one hour of a call, trained volunteers of the Peace River Search and Rescue are ready to hunt for a missing person. Working with law enforcement and family members, … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte to work on drainage
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners agreed with Public Works this week that the county should consider taking back easements to stem flooding in Rotonda West — at least on a … Find out how to read more online.
Woman says mental health issues ignored
Fri  Sep 23 2016 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series about Lisa Christopolus, who is serving a 40-year prison sentence after being convicted of aggravated assault for shooting at two Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Pirate Fest expecting 15,000 visitors
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
Punta Gorda residents can see their town inundated with pirates and tourists for the Seventh Annual Fishermen’s Village Pirate Fest, which began Friday and continues through Sunday. Fishermen’s Village received … Find out how to read more online.
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Local history: Punta Gorda’s ice plants
Tue  Sep 27 2016 08:05PM
Good day to all! Did you know Punta Gorda had three ice plants over time in its early history? Mechanical refrigeration was first proposed by Dr. John Gorrie of Apalachicola, … Find out how to read more online.
Mosaic probing radioactivity
Tue  Sep 27 2016 08:30AM
MULBERRY — David Fontana said he stopped cooking with well water from his tap after a sinkhole opened under a Mosaic Fertilizer operation and sent millions of gallons of contaminated … Find out how to read more online.
Goodbye, September
Tue  Sep 27 2016 08:05PM
The Business Card Exchange will be held at Busey Bank’s Port Charlotte office, 1490 Tamiami Trail, starting at 5 p.m. Thursday. Please bring plenty of cards to hand out and … Find out how to read more online.
Surviving suicide
Tue  Sep 27 2016 12:46PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Suicide has a ripple effect on the survivors. “It’s like a boulder hitting the middle of a lake, and the ripple that comes out from it,” said … Find out how to read more online.
All that glitters
Tue  Sep 27 2016 08:30AM
One of Mary Knowlton’s last decisions on this earth was to go to a salon and get her nails done. Punta Gorda Chamber President John Wright gets his hair cut … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda unique in its Jim Crow past
Mon  Sep 26 2016 02:44PM
PUNTA GORDA — In listening to the stories of longtime locals, Danielle Drew, just 23 herself, began to better understand what life was like during the Jim Crow Era. It … Find out how to read more online.
Fighting cancer their own way
Mon  Sep 26 2016 02:44PM
Linda Wilson’s youngest daughter, Tara, is too busy with her law practice to worry about breast cancer. But, the idea is always in the back of her mind. You see, … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County births There were no births reported this week in Charlotte County. Charlotte County marriages • Gerald Guy Rodebush of Port Charlotte, and Pamela Ruth Sampson of Port Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
County mulls $2M fence to prevent jail deaths
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Prompted by inmates plunging to death and injury, the County Commission is considering a new, more secure, second-floor barrier at the Charlotte County Jail, at a cost of … Find out how to read more online.
Low supply drives home prices higher
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Home prices across the region took a giant step forward over the past year, as distressed properties continue to have much less market impact. In Charlotte, the … Find out how to read more online.
FHP: Driver perishes in I-75 fuel tanker spill
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A 68-year-old man died in a single-vehicle crash near the Sumter Overpass on Interstate 75 Friday night, with his tanker truck overturning, spilling its contents and blocking … Find out how to read more online.
Nonprofits benefit from grants
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
T he Charlotte Community Foundation held its 2016 Grant Awards Celebration on Sept. 22 at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club. The recipients of this year’s grants are: AMIKids Crossroads, Boys … Find out how to read more online.
Commissioners re-evaluate campaigns as election nears
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — City Commission candidates are looking to reach out to more voters as Election Day nears. “You have nearly 30,000 more people to reach out to,” said former … Find out how to read more online.
The magnificent frigatebird warns of Storms
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
Whenever I spot a magnificent frigatebird I check the weather. Frigatebirds ride weather fronts and often signal changing weather patterns. During storms at sea, I enjoy watching the graceful flights … Find out how to read more online.
Salvation Army begins planning for holidays
Tue  Sep 27 2016 02:01PM
SOUTH GULF COVE — Both the Salvation Army and Pastor Mike Weaver are new to the Englewood area, but they have the same vision. That is to help the people … Find out how to read more online.
Woman’s sentence reduced
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Lisa Christopolus may be released from prison in less than three years, after her 40-year sentence was overturned Friday. Christopolus, 38, maintains she was suicidal in 2012 … Find out how to read more online.
Popeye’s road trip won’t be as long
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
Some Charlotte County residents planning a Popeye’s chicken road trip soon won’t have to make the drive to Lee County or Sarasota any more. The spicy stuff will be a … Find out how to read more online.
TEAM Punta Gorda announces new event
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
T EAM Punta Gorda has announced an exciting new event: Paddle Punta Gorda. This is a kayak event on the beautiful Punta Gorda waterways on Nov. 12 for adults 18 … Find out how to read more online.