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Making school lunch great
Tue  May 23 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte and Sarasota schools: Not lowering standards The White House may drop its standards, but not in Charlotte County and Sarasota County lunchrooms. This month’s announcement won’t change much for … Find out how to read more online.
Nickerson to return to Sun; Lee to take new position
Tue  May 23 2017 08:32PM
Longtime Sun Coast Media Group employee Glen Nickerson will return to Charlotte County as publisher of all Sun newspapers, and current publisher Rob Lee will take on a new challenge … Find out how to read more online.
School tax referendum moving forward
Tue  May 23 2017 08:35PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — School officials are moving ahead with placing a tax referendum on the November 2018 ballot despite some residents’ objections. “We’ve already decided that we’re going to go … Find out how to read more online.
City signs pool contract
Tue  May 23 2017 09:07PM
NORTH PORT — In two years, the city will have an aquatic center — or sooner, if the City Commission has a say in it. “It’s not just a community … Find out how to read more online.
Assisted living facility gets green light
Tue  May 23 2017 08:35PM
PUNTA GORDA — Facing criticism and jeers from a standing-room-only crowd Monday, Punta Gorda’s Planning Commission moved unanimously to OK a special exception, allowing an assisted living facility to be … Find out how to read more online.
Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School grads get their night
Tue  May 23 2017 08:59PM
On Friday evening at the Charlotte Harbor Event Center, the Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School, Charlotte Campus, graduating Class of 2017 received their diplomas. Many of the graduates completed the … Find out how to read more online.
Tourism office on the move
Tue  May 23 2017 08:32PM
MURDOCK — After another lengthy discussion, marking the third such exchange in three weeks, Charlotte commissioners unanimously approved relocating the tourism office into a larger, more visible space along U.S. … Find out how to read more online.
Interstate shuts down after bridge damage
Tue  May 23 2017 08:32PM
Southbound Interstate 75 was shut down briefly Tuesday morning at Kings Highway after a truck trailering a back hoe struck the top of the overpass bridge. Florida Department of Transportation … Find out how to read more online.
Neighbors blue over bayou silt
Tue  May 23 2017 09:14PM
ENGLEWOOD — The Brucewood Bayou might not be what most people would picture as a bayou. Located just off South McCall Road, across from the Community Presbyterian Church, the Brucewood … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte searching for burglary suspect
Tue  May 23 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is searching for the suspect in more than 10 residential burglaries that have occurred since mid-April. Blake Guild, 27, has no current known address, but … Find out how to read more online.
USA Today, national news and our power to publish
Tue  May 23 2017 08:30AM
An anonymous source is someone, usually close to the subject at hand, who has information but won’t allow their name to be used in a story. Here in our neck … Find out how to read more online.
Cooler weather, more rain expected this week
Mon  May 22 2017 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians are getting some relief from the heat with a chance of rain each day and higher rain chances by mid-week. “We’re getting an increase of moisture compared to … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Harbor School celebrates graduates
Mon  May 22 2017 08:30AM
On Friday, the Charlotte Harbor School graduating class of 2017 received their diplomas. The seven students and their proud families and friends celebrated after the ceremony. … Find out how to read more online.
Death , taxes and bills ... lots of bills
Sun  May 21 2017 08:30AM
As the dust settles, it’s time to reflect on a zany Florida Legislative session that saw more setbacks than triumphs as political ideologies and partisanship collided, stalling many high-profile bills. … Find out how to read more online.
LBHS Marine Science Lab ends year on a high note
Sun  May 21 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Mia Conlon is surrounded by a group of seniors in thigh-deep water at the edge of Lemon Bay. Students are sorting through large Home Depot paint buckets looking … Find out how to read more online.
North Port commissioners just keep swimming toward new pool plan
Sun  May 21 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port City Commissioners will be seeing a wave of updated plans for the proposed city aquatic center on Monday. The City Commission will hold a … Find out how to read more online.
About 1,800 patients sign up for marijuana doctor
Mon  May 22 2017 11:15AM
VENICE — Of the many small businesses in the Lakeview Office Park complex at Commercial Court near Cracker Barrel at the Interstate 75 Jacaranda Interchange, there is a small office … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  May 21 2017 08:30AM
Big hugs
Sun  May 21 2017 08:30AM
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for persons 8 years and older with intellectual disabilities, who wish to participate, giving them … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Virtual students graduate
Sun  May 21 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte Virtual School Class of 2017 held its Commencement Ceremony on Monday evening at the Charlotte Technical Center in Port Charlotte. … Find out how to read more online.
World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament, art festival this week
Tue  May 23 2017 08:03PM
BOCA GRANDE — Excitement is brewing as our fishing community prepares for the 2017 Tarpon Festival held each year on Gasparilla Island. This year’s festival is set for 10 a.m. … Find out how to read more online.
Facility agreement with Braves approved
Tue  May 23 2017 08:10PM
SARASOTA — The road to bringing Major League Baseball to North Port and Sarasota County became a little bumpier Tuesday — unlike two weeks ago — but the project continues … Find out how to read more online.
Prison well goes dry; officials say water project not to blame
Tue  May 23 2017 08:10PM
Six times the amount of water that Charlotte Correctional Institution is permitted to withdraw annually from the ground has been pumped from a Charlotte County mine and sent to Cape … Find out how to read more online.
District tightens water restrictions throughout 16-county region
Tue  May 23 2017 09:14PM
The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board voted Tuesday to increase water restrictions throughout the region. The modified Phase III water shortage order affects counties throughout the district’s boundaries … Find out how to read more online.
Lunafest event celebrates women’s voices
Tue  May 23 2017 07:48PM
The Punta Gorda Civic Association was the site for the 2017 Lunafest traveling film festival of short films by, for and about women. The nine films were filled with stories … Find out how to read more online.
Bikers gather to help children
Tue  May 23 2017 08:52PM
Ninety-eight riders gathered at the Wal-Mart on Kings Highway over the weekend for the Fifth Annual Charity Bike Run for drowning prevention sponsored by the Just Against Children Drowning Foundation. … Find out how to read more online.

Tue  May 23 2017 09:07PM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Jose Israel Rodas Jr., 18, 28000 block of Cleveland Ave., Punta Gorda. Charges: failure to appear and underlying charge. Bond: … Find out how to read more online.
The Academy graduates shine at ceremony
Tue  May 23 2017 09:03PM
The seniors of The Academy celebrated their graduation Friday at Charlotte Performing Arts Center. … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte High’s choice enrollment closed this year
Tue  May 23 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte High School will shut its doors to incoming freshmen who live outside its boundaries next school year. In the past, parents of children who lived in … Find out how to read more online.
State temporarily closes Sunset Grill
Tue  May 23 2017 08:30AM
It was Friday night — normally a fine time for an adult beverage, a 10-for-$10 special, live entertainment and sundown at Sunset Grill on the Harbor. But loyal regulars, who … Find out how to read more online.
Prisons still deadly
Mon  May 22 2017 08:30AM
In June 2016, an inmate in custody of the Florida Department of Corrections, staying at South Florida Reception Center, wrote a hopeful letter to his mother. “I can’t believe that … Find out how to read more online.
Bike run raises $3,000 for infant swimming lessons
Mon  May 22 2017 10:50PM
When offered a kidney implant from an infant, Jillian Forgea turned it down. “I had a 13-month-old niece, so I understood the kidneys were coming from a 13-month-old who drowned … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte tourism bureau eyes new location
Tue  May 23 2017 05:15PM
MURDOCK — The Charlotte tourism bureau is planning to move out of county headquarters into a more visible space on U.S. 41, hoping for a new address by June 1. … Find out how to read more online.
Local teen remembered as kind, caring
Mon  May 22 2017 10:46PM
ENGLEWOOD — In his final act of kindness, care and concern for others, the organ tissue from 15-year-old Abdiel Ernesto Fuentes was harvested for victims in need. While Abdiel’s new … Find out how to read more online.
Slip-sliding away
Sun  May 21 2017 08:30AM
Students at Cranberry Elementary School in North Port enjoyed a late-school year celebration at the school recently. The school held its annual Family Waterslide Night at the school on May … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  May 21 2017 02:20PM


Here are this week’s bridge results from the North Port Senior Center for May 15.


1st: Carol Schuldt and Homer Baxter; 2nd: Diana Prince and Judy Foster; …

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Local educators join call for K-12 budget, HB 7069 veto
Sat  May 20 2017 08:30AM
If Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t veto the $23.7 billion K-12 education budget and a $419 million education policy bill, the state is headed on a “race to the bottom,” Port … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  May 21 2017 02:20PM
Charlotte County marriages • Thomas Joe Osborne of Punta Gorda, and Janet Elaine Devlin of Fort Myers • James Mark Sarno of Sussex, Wis., and Krista Marie Orzechowski of Sussex, … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane preparedness starts with you
Sun  May 21 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Michael Ritz was taking no chances, immediately registering for real-time alerts at Saturday’s annual Hurricane & Business Expo at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center. He … Find out how to read more online.
Remembering Sister Lucille with a smile
Sun  May 21 2017 08:30AM
Sister Marie Lucille Summers — a Bon Secours nun for 60 years whose infectious smile, joyous personality and profound mission live on today at Bayfront Health hospital in Port Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.