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More cold fronts ahead, but not much rain
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
A couple more cold fronts are headed to Southwest Florida, but the work week should be mostly dry except for Monday, according to Nicole Carlisle, meteorologist with the National Weather … Find out how to read more online.
Front brings twister
Sun  Jan 25 2015 08:30AM
MYAKKA STATE FOREST — Seven-year-old Anneliese Corgnell can’t ride to her grandma’s house in Polk County to camp in style anymore. With only a two-minute warning blaring over cellphones inside … Find out how to read more online.
Remembering a true Marine hero
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
Paul Carpentier is dead. I can’t believe he’s gone. He had been battling cancer for quite some time. But Paul was no stranger to battles. As a rifleman with Kilo … Find out how to read more online.
Friends show support for cancer victim
Sun  Jan 25 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — As is their family tradition, Kerri Kaminski and her two sons were at the movies on Christmas Day, watching the latest installment of “The Hobbit.” But reality … Find out how to read more online.
More homes selling faster, at higher prices
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
Season is in full swing, and so is Southwest Florida’s real estate market, with both home sales and prices surging. The latest housing reports released Friday showed closed sales and … Find out how to read more online.
County worker ‘hogs’ national spotlight
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
Charlotte County’s carefully crafted image as a coastal community, where the outdoor lifestyle is in harmony with its natural surroundings, took a major hit recently when an investigation was launched … Find out how to read more online.
Superintendent makes plea to community
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Superintendent Doug Whittaker asked the community to help Charlotte County Public Schools return to its former glory in his “State of Education” address Wednesday. “It’s important to … Find out how to read more online.
Murder charge filed in Calif. after local man’s death
Fri  Jan 23 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A murder charge has been filed in California against a man accused of killing Ricky Platt, 34, who left Punta Gorda four years ago without telling his … Find out how to read more online.
Advocates push to have killer’s case reheard
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — At 17, Steven Castanedo of Gulf Cove was arrested and charged with the second-degree murder of his friend Juan Tavares. When he gets out of prison, he will … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: No charges in child drowning
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday it will not charge the woman who was caring for her 6-year-old special-needs grandson when he fell in the swimming … Find out how to read more online.
58 cats removed from home
Wed  Jan 21 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — After removing about five dozen pet cats — including many that were sick or infected — from a home on Kerrville Circle last week, officials aren’t ruling … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County sees tourism surge
Mon  Jan 19 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Tourism officials are expecting record numbers this year in Charlotte County, following two previous years that also achieved all-time highs. “After three very painful years, we have bounced … Find out how to read more online.
Keeping the Dream alive
Tue  Jan 20 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Twelve-year-old Alex Foley stood next to his church-going friends Monday, holding a sign with a picture of Martin Luther King Jr. emblazoned with the word “FAITH.” Foley … Find out how to read more online.
Experts: Plenty of water
Mon  Jan 19 2015 01:46PM
Key members in the regional water-resource community differ in their approaches of how best to prepare for projected water demands. Some say conserve and redirect water, and others argue that … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda focuses on tourism offseason
Mon  Jan 19 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — There’s no mistake tourism is better than it’s ever been across the region. In Punta Gorda, visitors are flocking to the city’s hotels, eating in local restaurants … Find out how to read more online.
‘Speak Up for Justice’
Sun  Jan 18 2015 08:30AM
“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the vitriolic words and other violent actions of the bad people, but the … Find out how to read more online.
Water authority finds budget savings
Sun  Jan 18 2015 08:30AM
Looking ahead to the Peace River/Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority’s budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, Executive Director Pat Lehman said the authority hopes to save a lot of money. … Find out how to read more online.
Nathan Lee remembers Denise every day
Sat  Jan 17 2015 08:30AM
Nine-year-old Noah and his little brother Adam, 7, will put flowers on their mom’s Englewood grave site today. Then their dad Nathan Lee will take them to do something fun. … Find out how to read more online.
Father crusades in sons’ memory
Fri  Jan 16 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Paul DeMello will never forget Jan. 16, 2010. That is the date five years ago today that he lost his twin 13-month-old sons, Joshua and Christian, to an accidental … Find out how to read more online.
New Rays president wants to play ball with county
Sat  Jan 17 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — New Tampa Bay Rays president Brian Auld met with county leaders this week to make a pitch for their upcoming seventh spring training season in Port Charlotte. Tickets … Find out how to read more online.
A Charlotte jewel gets some polish
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
Harbour Heights Park is one of those little jewels that quietly adorn Charlotte County. The eight-acre site, tucked at the foot of Voyageur Drive on the Peace River, is a … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda man recalls time in German POW camp
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part story. While serving as a 57 mm gunner in the 106th Infantry Division, part of Gen. Omar Bradley’s 1st Army, in … Find out how to read more online.
Planning Parkside’s Parks
Sun  Jan 25 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Parkside Citizens’ Master Plan beholds a glorious future. A livable and walkable neighborhood, where miles of broad pathways, sheltered by an unending canopy of trees, would … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless rates recede
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
As an improving economy rolls on, jobless numbers across the region are following suit, dropping significantly in one month and over the past year. The unemployment rate in Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
Pot case grows longer
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The couple accused of running one of the largest local marijuana grow houses in recent history did not reach a plea deal as scheduled Friday because one … Find out how to read more online.
Report: ‘Doggie door’ burglar steals Yorkie
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — When Tammie Mercer comes home, her 3-year-old teacup Yorkshire terrier Gracie is always happy to greet her. Actually, the little dog is so excited, Mercer usually can … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte county sets sales-tax project priorities
Fri  Jan 23 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — For residents anxious to see the glut of impressive facilities produced by the 1 percent sales tax extension, take a breath, because it will be awhile. In some … Find out how to read more online.
Parents sue following daughter’s fatal boat accident
Fri  Jan 23 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A local couple hope to emulate their daughter’s gift of giving after she was killed in a boating accident last July on Lake Washington, near Seattle. A … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda opposes changes to Charlotte comp plan
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — City leaders banded together this week to keep Charlotte County from loosening its regulations on mining operations, which they believe could threaten the city’s potable water supply. … Find out how to read more online.
58 cats removed from home
Tue  Jan 20 2015 05:58PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — After removing about five dozen pet cats — including many that were sick or infected — from a home on Kerrville Circle last week, officials aren’t ruling … Find out how to read more online.
Groups target textbooks
Tue  Jan 20 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Nearly 100 parents and other concerned citizens gathered recently to protest the Charlotte County school district’s use of two history textbooks they claim are promoting Islamic history … Find out how to read more online.
Mothers pleading for daughters’ return
Tue  Jan 20 2015 08:30AM
Authorities Monday were continuing the search for two local 15-year-old girls who reportedly went missing last week, and the teens’ mothers were pleading for their return. Christine Wurst said she … Find out how to read more online.
Seasonal weather expected with rain
Mon  Jan 19 2015 08:30AM
With “pretty seasonal temperatures,” Southwest Florida residents can look forward to a “great week,” as far as the weather goes, according to meteorologist Rodney Wynn of the National Weather Service. … Find out how to read more online.
Cliff Birdsall was Hitler’s ‘guest’ during WWII
Mon  Jan 19 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part story. During his freshman year at the University of Ohio in 1943, Cliff Birdsall — now of Punta Gorda — was … Find out how to read more online.
Pastor celebrates 50 years of ministry
Mon  Jan 19 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — In 1959, while sitting in a truck near a wheat field in Kansas, Bill Norris decided to write his sweetheart, Dolores, a letter. In it, he quoted … Find out how to read more online.
Academy grad: ‘Our futures will be great’
Sun  Jan 18 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — “I hope you have your tissue handy if this is your first commencement exercise at The Academy,” principal Jack Ham said to a packed house Friday afternoon in … Find out how to read more online.
County delays setting impact fees, cites high costs
Sat  Jan 17 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners appear to be backing off from proposed impact fees, primarily due to their costly effect on commercial and multifamily developments. At Tuesday’s commission meeting, a … Find out how to read more online.
Boy, 6, drowns in pool
Sat  Jan 17 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — About a dozen cars were parked outside the house at 3506 Rome Street all day Friday. But the gathering of family and friends was missing one of … Find out how to read more online.
FAA investigating rough landing at airport
Sat  Jan 17 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday continued its investigation into why a small, twin-engine airplane’s landing gear didn’t deploy when the plane touched down the day before, … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte officials tout health savings
Fri  Jan 16 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — At a public hearing this week on the 2015 budget, county officials came to the defense of its employee health plan, saying it has saved millions of dollars, helping … Find out how to read more online.