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Forecast calls for sunny skies
Mon  Apr 21 2014 01:20AM
Southwest Florida residents should see sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s for the majority of the week. “We’re going to have really nice weather all week,” said Andrew … Find out how to read more online.
High cost of living
Mon  Apr 21 2014 01:15AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Eye doctors account for nearly half of the 100 physicians nationwide who receive the largest reimbursements from Medicare, newly released data show. And, not surprisingly, a significant … Find out how to read more online.
Inaction bogs homeowner
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — Patricia Fountain’s property at the end of Little Farm Road in eastern Charlotte County — a rural outpost if ever there was one — is … Find out how to read more online.
Family traditions
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
Brenda Reyes remembers fondly the Easter traditions she celebrated as a child growing up in the Philippines. Good Friday, Christianity’s most solemn day of observance, was always a time for … Find out how to read more online.
Statute offers differing views on transparency
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
Florida Statute 112.533 governs the way law enforcement agencies receive and process complaints against their own officers. The statute allows for agencies like the North Port Police Department to withhold the … Find out how to read more online.
Water district nixes city request
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA — Southwest Florida Water Management District officials listened to nearly an hour of pleas from city leaders before rejecting their request to prioritize Punta Gorda’s grant application for a … Find out how to read more online.
All hail the (new) chief
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
When Marianne Taylor was a little girl, her family lived next door to the local fire chief in Point Lookout, N.Y. “He was great,” she said. “But even back then, … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless numbers hold steady
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
The region’s unemployment rate in March showed little change from the previous month but continued its steady decline from a year ago. The state Department of Economic Opportunity reported that the … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless numbers hold steady
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
The region’s unemployment rate in March showed little change from the previous month but continued its steady decline from a year ago. The state Department of Economic Opportunity reported that … Find out how to read more online.
Water district nixes city request
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:27PM
SARASOTA — Southwest Florida Water Management District officials listened to nearly an hour of pleas from city leaders before rejecting their request to prioritize Punta Gorda’s grant application for a … Find out how to read more online.
The construction of Women Build
Fri  Apr 18 2014 03:17PM
Last fall, Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity was toying with the idea of participating in Women Build, a program put forth by Habitat for Humanity International. It requires local women … Find out how to read more online.
A little more legroom
Fri  Apr 18 2014 03:16PM
PUNTA GORDA — The Punta Gorda Airport is getting a new terminal. By a 5-0 vote, the Charlotte County Airport Authority on Thursday gave the takeoff signal for a 60,000-square-foot … Find out how to read more online.
Weekend may start off wet
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:00AM
Southwest Florida residents are looking at a wet weekend with a possibility of thunderstorms and even some high wind and hail. A low-pressure system was expected to move into Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Identification needed in credit card case
Thu  Apr 17 2014 10:52AM
ENGLEWOOD — Economic Crimes detectives need assistance in identifying a man who fraudulently used a credit card at several locations in Charlotte County earlier this month. A Lee County man … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda to lobby for funding from Swiftmund
Thu  Apr 17 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — City leaders will travel to Sarasota County today to lobby the Southwest Florida Water Management District for grant dollars to fund a proposed $28 million reverse-osmosis water-treatment … Find out how to read more online.
‘A nice first impression’
Mon  Apr 14 2014 04:46PM
ENGLEWOOD — At Englewood Beach Monday, Bruce Tobiassen prepared the Miss Geico power boat for its trip back to Rivera Beach. Miss Geico blew a drive shaft, sustained other damage, … Find out how to read more online.
School officials concerned about bills
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — The legislative lobbyist for the Charlotte County School Board informed members Tuesday that a state bill that would allow specified individuals to carry a concealed weapon into schools … Find out how to read more online.
Two charged during alcohol compliance check
Tue  Apr 15 2014 02:28PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Clerks at two local businesses were issued citations last week for selling alcoholic beverages to underage patrons during an alcohol and tobacco compliance check. On April 9, … Find out how to read more online.
Double trouble
Wed  Apr 16 2014 01:01PM
Between customers with tax returns and Easter eggs, it was double trouble early this week for local postal workers. But they were ready for it. “It’s kind of like a … Find out how to read more online.
Authorities: Few incidents at boat races
Mon  Apr 14 2014 06:10PM
Crowds in the Englewood Beach area for the inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix were mostly relaxed, despite a handful of weekend arrests and a half-dozen medical 911 calls … Find out how to read more online.
Man struck, killed on I-75
Mon  Apr 21 2014 01:15AM
A St. Petersburg man was killed late Saturday night when he was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 75 near North Port. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, around … Find out how to read more online.
Recycling efforts working in Charlotte and Sarasota
Mon  Apr 21 2014 01:20AM
Recycling in Charlotte County has improved since new recycle carts were introduced to residents late last year, officials say. Unlike Sarasota County, where recycling is mandatory, Charlotte County doesn’t make … Find out how to read more online.
‘Spring’ into family fun
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — With arts and crafts, bounce houses and all-day Easter egg hunts, the annual Spring Spectacular is a haven for young tots. But it’s not for kids only. … Find out how to read more online.
Cheap thrills
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
For the tens of thousands of fans who turned out for last weekend’s inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix, the experience was marked by exciting races, perfect weather and … Find out how to read more online.
Businesses want changes for next Grand Prix
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — If things don’t change for next year’s boat race, one local business owner is going to rally others and complain to Charlotte County commissioners. Jill Hemmes, owner of … Find out how to read more online.
Penny priorities
Thu  Apr 17 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK —The Charlotte County Commission on Tuesday tentatively selected projects that would be funded with passage of a sales-tax referendum in November. The list of community initiatives will serve an … Find out how to read more online.
His final words
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
Bethel A.M.E. Church in Punta Gorda held a Good Friday service that focused on the “Seven Last Words” of Jesus, on the way to, and on, the cross. The featured … Find out how to read more online.
Nixle free alert system to start in two weeks
Fri  Apr 18 2014 03:20PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Want to get a personal alert when there is a major road closure in Charlotte County? Or how about learning when someone has been reported as a … Find out how to read more online.
Search warrant results in narcotics, firearms charges
Fri  Apr 18 2014 09:40AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Members of the Narcotics Unit arrested two people Thursday on narcotics and firearms charges as the result of a search warrant served at their address. Members of … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Caregiver steals piles of painkillers
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A local woman is accused of stealing hydrocodone pills nearly seven dozen times since mid-January from patients at a local assisted-living facility where she worked. The 37-year-old … Find out how to read more online.
Tea Party stalwart makes commission run
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
Embarking on her very first campaign for elective office at age 68, it would be easy to dismiss the grandmother of five as a serious candidate for Charlotte County District … Find out how to read more online.
Ogden’s Office Bar & Lounge to host kickback night for Leadership Charlotte
Thu  Apr 17 2014 12:00PM
As an early salute to Cinco de Mayo, Ogden’s Office Bar & Lounge in downtown Punta Gorda will be hosting a fundraiser for the Leadership Charlotte Class of 2014 on … Find out how to read more online.
Open mic marks poetry month
Fri  Apr 18 2014 03:52PM
The Peace River Center for Writers hosted its monthly Open Mic Night at Fishermen’s Village on Monday evening. Avid writers, members of PRWC, and students at Edison State College gather … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County teacher placed on leave
Thu  Apr 17 2014 08:00AM
A second-grade teacher at Deep Creek Elementary School has been placed on administrative leave with pay while Charlotte County school district officials investigate an allegation that she grabbed a child … Find out how to read more online.
Rice guilty of murder, gets life
Wed  Apr 16 2014 01:01PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — It took a 12-member jury more than six hours of deliberations to find Michael W. Rice guilty of the first-degree murder of Philippe Nahon, 48, a decision … Find out how to read more online.
Detectives seek ID in gaming equipment thefts
Tue  Apr 15 2014 03:52PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Detectives are asking for assistance in identifying two men who are suspects in the theft of more than $4,000 worth of gaming merchandise from a local Walmart. … Find out how to read more online.
‘Friday’s Tears’ a moving presentation of the Passion
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
Jesus had to work late and couldn’t be there on time. Soldiers weren’t on the right path and the lepers were chased away too early. “It’s pure chaos,” said Jean … Find out how to read more online.
School official: Tech college bill has pros, cons
Mon  Apr 21 2014 01:20AM
Chastity Greek obtained her education in the culinary arts at Charlotte Technical Center, and she believes the center can provide a viable career path for many students. Greek, 38, of … Find out how to read more online.
Fans flock to Englewood for fun, sun and high-speed boats
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dave Sharpnack would likely never have made it to the white sand beach on Manasota Key if it hadn’t been for the powerboat races held in Englewood Sunday. … Find out how to read more online.