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Residents react to prospect of Midway expansion
Tue  Jul 28 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — While motorists anxiously await the widening of Midway Boulevard, with roadwork set to begin next month, residents remain wary of the three-year construction schedule. “It will be … Find out how to read more online.
Hired Guns
Sun  Jul 26 2015 08:30AM
Local law enforcement members are always looking to help their community — and make some extra cash at the same time. And they’re certainly getting the chance to do so. … Find out how to read more online.
Corporal dodged enemy, friendly fire in Korea
Mon  Jul 27 2015 12:51PM
Robert Borboro, of Cross Creek RV Park north of Arcadia, spent the better part of two years in Korea during that war. While it’s been 60 years since he was … Find out how to read more online.
‘Bulk’ mail?
Sun  Jul 26 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH GULF COVE — After he allegedly sent thousands of steroids from his South Gulf Cove home and the Englewood post office, federal agents arrested Robert G. Gregory on multiple … Find out how to read more online.
DCSO: Additional victims sought in child porn case
Mon  Jul 27 2015 11:53AM
DESOTO COUNTY — A Tampa man is facing numerous charges related to child pornography, and authorities fear there may be more victims who’ve not yet been identified. The DeSoto County … Find out how to read more online.
GOP weighs in on incorporation
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Going into Thursday’s meeting with the Charlotte County Republican Executive Committee, Denise Garbacz knew she would face a tough crowd. With a basic tenet of the GOP … Find out how to read more online.
Moving to Charlotte
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
While New York continues to send the highest number of its residents to live in Florida, most of the Yankees coming to Charlotte County between 2011 and 2013 were Red … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte sets higher MSBU rates
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — About 200 residents turned out for a public hearing on proposed tax increases to pay for road maintenance. Three different municipal service benefit units were represented, each … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda attorney puts area police force on notice
Fri  Jul 24 2015 12:52PM
PUNTA GORDA — A Punta Gorda lawyer and former judge candidate has notified the City of Venice that he plans to sue its police department. Steven Leskovich, of Leskovich Law … Find out how to read more online.
Housing market slows in Charlotte
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
The Charlotte County housing market shifted into reverse last month, with both the number of home sales and median sale prices in decline. The Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of … Find out how to read more online.
Local prison boss reassigned
Tue  Jul 21 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The local prison’s boss is getting a new assignment. The Florida Department of Corrections said Monday that Charlotte Correctional Institution warden Thomas Reid’s move from the facility … Find out how to read more online.
FWC apologizes for false info on boaters’ deaths
Wed  Jul 22 2015 08:31AM
An official state report recently released to family members of two men who died after a May boating accident contained wildly false information. “What happened is, there are preliminary notes … Find out how to read more online.
Future of mural uncertain
Tue  Jul 21 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — When local artist Charles Peck agreed to paint a mural for bar owner Danny Biehl on the side of the former Slip-Not Lounge in 2002, the transaction … Find out how to read more online.
Local restaurants regroup
Mon  Jul 20 2015 08:30AM
Summertime, and the dining is easy. Or maybe not so much. Year-round residents, relieved and confident of at last being seated with neither reservations nor wait, have had a few … Find out how to read more online.
Slip Knot sold to car dealer
Mon  Jul 20 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — After years of lingering on the market and speculation on its future, the former Slip-Knot has been sold to a local car dealership. According to the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
More rainy mornings expected
Mon  Jul 20 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents may be singing the old nursery rhyme, “Rain Rain Go Away,” this week. Forecasters are projecting last week’s rainy morning weather pattern to continue. The good news … Find out how to read more online.
Scottish teen wins age bracket in Y Triathlon
Sun  Jul 19 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Scott Dickson traveled 4,241 miles to compete Saturday in the Englewood YMCA Triathlon. The 17-year-old Glasgow, Scotland, native not only swam, biked and ran his first triathlon in … Find out how to read more online.
Single father reaches out for housing help
Sun  Jul 19 2015 08:30AM
With a safe, affordable home in which to raise his 6-year-old daughter, Alina, out of his price range, Avery Shepherd is reaching out for help on the Internet. Just this … Find out how to read more online.
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County sues tree service
Tue  Jul 28 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County has filed suit against a local tree service after the company was cited for cutting down trees without a permit. Brown’s Budget Tree Service, a family-run … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte eyes next septic-to-sewer project
Mon  Jul 27 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — With the Spring Lakes sewer expansion project flowing along, county officials are already planning the next stage of their wastewater master plan. The next step in the county’s … Find out how to read more online.
New American with a Southern flair
Mon  Jul 27 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Lee Richardson likes to describe himself as a local boy. Born and raised in Punta Gorda, he got into the restaurant business as a teenager working as … Find out how to read more online.
Up in Smoke
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Rhett Anderson is a big man with a big job. At any given moment, a call can come in, often in the middle of the night, and … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte man investigated for out-of-state government job
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
Gary Grosskopf’s home is in Port Charlotte. But his office is 1,300 miles away. Some people have a problem with that, especially considering Grosskopf’s position as Oswego Township (Ill.) Highway … Find out how to read more online.
Jury: Driver not at fault for backing over child
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A Charlotte County jury has decided an elderly man was not driving negligently in his driveway in Port Charlotte when he backed over a 7-year-old boy more … Find out how to read more online.
Ex-toll collector gains worldwide support
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
BOCA GRANDE — Until recently, 77-year-old Vladislav “Sam” Samsonov didn’t know what the words “trending” or “viral” meant. Now, all he knows is his story is doing both — worldwide. … Find out how to read more online.
Front expected to bring wet weather
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents may want to stay inside, rent movies and eat popcorn this weekend with the rainy weather expected. “There could be some breaks with a little bit of … Find out how to read more online.
Men still in critical condition after shooting
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The two men injured in a shooting early Wednesday morning were still in critical condition Thursday afternoon, according to North Port Police Chief Kevin Vespia. Just before … Find out how to read more online.
Wednesday crashes leave 2 critically injured
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH SARASOTA COUNTY — Two separate area accidents Wednesday resulted in two critically injured victims, according to Florida Highway Patrol reports. The FHP has not yet released the name of … Find out how to read more online.
County to buy new parking fee system for beaches, boat ramps
Wed  Jul 22 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Dig deep in your purse or pockets. Check that black hole between the car seats. Keep that change handy, because you’ll need it to park at many Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Trabue’s fascinating history
Wed  Jul 22 2015 08:31AM
Good day to all! Did you know that land destined to become Punta Gorda was initially platted as the town of Trabue? Isaac H. Trabue was born March 25, 1831, in … Find out how to read more online.
County re-ups with state lobbyist
Tue  Jul 21 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — After months of debate regarding the job performance and effectiveness of the current state lobbyist, Charlotte commissioners have decided to retain the same law firm for another year. … Find out how to read more online.
FWC releases report on fatal boating accident
Tue  Jul 21 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Authorities have determined alcohol and choppy seas may have contributed to a recent boating accident that resulted in the deaths of a Port Charlotte man and his … Find out how to read more online.
Economy strangles rental market
Sun  Jul 19 2015 08:30AM
At 21, Marissa Hurley faces a daunting task. When the lease on her home in Venice expires at the end of the month, Hurley, her fiancé and their 4-month-old son … Find out how to read more online.
Army private helped displaced war refugees
Mon  Jul 20 2015 08:30AM
What Lou Roth, now 88, remembers most about his tour in Germany after the end of World War II is the German people. “They didn’t have money or much of … Find out how to read more online.
BMW crashes into home, knocks out power
Mon  Jul 20 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A BMW struck a power pole and an unoccupied home early Sunday morning, knocking out power to about 2,200 homes. No one in the vehicle was seriously injured, … Find out how to read more online.
‘Tough’ road for Greece
Sun  Jul 19 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Dimitrious Athanas worked in a Chicago restaurant for 33 years, so he is used to cooking for big crowds and standing over a hot stove for long … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte leads state in manufacturing jobs growth
Sat  Jul 18 2015 08:30AM
An educated workforce is leading the charge in filling available local jobs. Despite the usual summer slowdown in business activity, unemployment numbers fell last month across the region, showing job … Find out how to read more online.