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Hospital sparks protest
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — “Jennifer is not alone” read one of the brightly colored signs held by protesters at Bayfront Health Port Charlotte Sunday morning. Mothers, friends and supporters — nearly … Find out how to read more online.
Mother won’t drop legal action
Tue  Jul 29 2014 01:00AM
The Cape Coral woman who claims Bayfront Health Port Charlotte infringed on her rights as a female and as a mother by only offering to deliver her baby via c-section … Find out how to read more online.
Keith Jones fought in ‘Battle of the Bulge’
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM
Keith Jones was too skinny to get in the Navy in 1942, but the Army took him anyway despite his lack of weight. He became a member of the 87th … Find out how to read more online.
A winning moment
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — A young man, smaller than all his peers but proudly sporting the light blue team jersey, dribbles the ball down the court. He steps up to the … Find out how to read more online.
Same name, different game
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
David Price has never played baseball, but he did coach a youth team in Minneapolis, Minn., for a decade. So the current Charlotte Harbor resident became a fan of the … Find out how to read more online.
Hot, hot, hot
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
The recovery of the area’s real estate market is best illustrated by the shortages it’s created. “We’re having trouble getting listings, because everybody knows (values are rising). Some of the … Find out how to read more online.
PGPD: Armed robber strikes area bank
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Authorities were investigating a suspected armed robbery at a local bank late Friday afternoon. Around 4:30 p.m., a white man wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses walked into … Find out how to read more online.
Tax holiday eases back-to-school fiscal pinch
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
From Friday through Aug. 3, merchants won’t collect sales tax on any article of clothing, wallet, handbag, backpack and diaper bag costing $100 or less per item. During the three-day … Find out how to read more online.
Facebook pic leads to cat flap
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Less than 24 hours after posting a Facebook photo of himself holding a gun up to a cat on Thursday, Thomas McGuinness made national headlines and received … Find out how to read more online.
In terrupted
Fri  Jul 25 2014 10:43PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — About 20,000 residents and businesses lost power Thursday afternoon when a crane toppled over onto some power lines. The incident happened in a construction zone for a … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda continues bicycle-friendly initiative
Fri  Jul 25 2014 08:00AM
In its ongoing efforts to make the city an attractive place for cyclists, Punta Gorda is pushing for cleaner, safer bike paths along the U.S. 41 bridges. This week, the … Find out how to read more online.
City continues bicycle-friendly initiatives
Fri  Jul 25 2014 10:43PM
PUNTA GORDA — In its ongoing efforts to make the city an attractive place for cyclists, Punta Gorda is pushing for cleaner, safer bike paths along the U.S. 41 bridges. … Find out how to read more online.
Beat goes on for Port Charlotte cityhood
Fri  Jul 25 2014 10:43PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Like a political candidate, Denise Garbacz is canvassing her Port Charlotte neighborhood, asking folks about the community in which they live and what future they envision. But … Find out how to read more online.
Home is where the joy is
Thu  Jul 24 2014 02:40PM
A new Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity home was dedicated Wednesday morning to new homeowners Leon Blake, his wife Felicia Wilkie-Blake, and their three children, Masani, 15, Jahlani, 8, and … Find out how to read more online.
Swiftmud agrees to partial funding — with caveat
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Southwest Florida Water Management District has agreed to earmark roughly $1.5 million in funding for preliminary water testing in connection with Punta Gorda’s proposed reverse-osmosis plant, provided … Find out how to read more online.
Stormy dispute rages on
Thu  Jul 24 2014 01:58PM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County again is rattling its sabers over its share of the cost to reconstruct the Peace River water plant. Having already raised the specter of a legal … Find out how to read more online.
‘Ukraine needs support of the world’
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
When a Boeing 777 carrying nearly 300 people was shot down over Ukraine last week, local Ukrainians reacted with both horror and sympathy. A surface-to-air missile was fired at Malaysia … Find out how to read more online.
Back to the books
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Although many students still are sleeping in late, children at two elementary schools in the district are getting a jump-start on their education. School started at Sallie … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte keeps its current tax rate
Tue  Jul 22 2014 08:00AM
An increase in Charlotte County property values influenced commissioners to freeze the tax rate on those properties in the 2014-15 fiscal year. Charlotte County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to set … Find out how to read more online.
Celebrating Ramadan
Tue  Jul 22 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — The Muslim community in Charlotte County is small, but people should not judge it by its size alone, said Imam Azhar Subedar. The Islamic Community of Southwest … Find out how to read more online.
Community ties apparent in School Board race
Tue  Jul 29 2014 01:00AM
Though Lee Swift has held his position on the Charlotte County School Board since 1994 without much opposition, he doesn’t take campaign season lightly. “If you want to do something, … Find out how to read more online.
One dead after plane crashes at beach
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM
A plane making an emergency landing crashed at Caspersen Beach in Venice Sunday, killing a man on the beach and critically injuring his daughter. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office was … Find out how to read more online.
Pirate Flotilla Invasion exchanges fire, fun
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — As the Pirate Flotilla Invasion pulled up along the west dock of Fishermen’s Village, they let loose with a barrage of water guns and good-natured taunts, with … Find out how to read more online.
Cyclists ride to remember fallen ‘Brothers’
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Training Sgt. Billy Gorman has bicycled in two Brotherhood Rides — including from Naples to New York City in 2011 for the somber 10th anniversary of … Find out how to read more online.
PGPD: Armed robber strikes local bank
Sat  Jul 26 2014 11:18AM
PUNTA GORDA — Authorities were investigating a suspected armed robbery at a local bank late Friday afternoon. Around 4:30 p.m., a white man wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses walked … Find out how to read more online.
Facebook pic leads to cat flap
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Less than 24 hours after posting a Facebook photo of himself holding a gun up to a cat on Thursday, Thomas McGuinness made national headlines and received … Find out how to read more online.
Construction powers forward
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — County officials have determined that the incident in which a crane fell onto some power lines alongside U.S. 41 Thursday afternoon was just an accident, and the … Find out how to read more online.
PGPD: Armed robber strikes local bank
Sat  Jul 26 2014 11:05AM
PUNTA GORDA — Authorities were investigating a suspected armed robbery at a local bank late Friday afternoon. Around 4:30 p.m., a white man wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses walked … Find out how to read more online.
Cultural Center’s Hageman to retire — again
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — When Jim Hageman retires next month from his post as executive director of the Cultural Center of Charlotte County, it will mark his third retirement in a … Find out how to read more online.
Airport races run lean
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
Of the five candidates vying for commission seats on the Charlotte County Airport Authority this year, incumbent Kathleen Coppola leads the pack in money so far. According to the latest … Find out how to read more online.
Beat goes on for Port Charlotte cityhood
Fri  Jul 25 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Like a political candidate, Denise Garbacz is canvassing her Port Charlotte neighborhood, asking folks about the community in which they live and what future they envision. But … Find out how to read more online.
Stormy dispute rages on
Thu  Jul 24 2014 02:00PM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County again is rattling its sabers over its share of the cost to reconstruct the Peace River water plant. Having already raised the specter of a legal … Find out how to read more online.
Permit help needed
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — In response to a sharp increase in permitting for home construction, the Charlotte County Community Development department is retooling, with more employees to provide more timely service. The … Find out how to read more online.
Because it’s there
Thu  Jul 24 2014 09:40AM
ENGLEWOOD — Climbing the world’s highest free-standing mountain wasn’t initially on Bud Koranchan’s bucket list, but now he doesn’t stop thinking about it. The soon-to-be 73-year-old Englewood resident wants to … Find out how to read more online.
Pirate Fest draws creator of Captain Morgan character
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — When artist Don Maitz attends this weekend’s Pirate Fest, he will pay equally close attention to the visitors who come to admire his pirate creations. If they … Find out how to read more online.
Shoes for Kids still needs help
Fri  Jul 25 2014 06:15PM
As the final week of the collection occurs, the Kiwanis Shoes for Kids Project is asking for your assistance to help us meet the requests given from the school personnel … Find out how to read more online.
Working out the kinks
Tue  Jul 22 2014 08:00AM
When law enforcement turns to technology and social media to seek aid in solving cases, authorities run the risk of committing inadvertent errors or receiving unhelpful feedback. That’s what happened … Find out how to read more online.
Area home-sales outlook steady
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
The local real estate market remains strong, with homes sold last month in the Charlotte County area fetching the highest median sales price of the year, according to data released … Find out how to read more online.
Working out the kinks
Tue  Jul 22 2014 08:00AM
When law enforcement turns to technology and social media to seek aid in solving cases, authorities run the risk of committing inadvertent errors or receiving unhelpful feedback. That’s what happened … Find out how to read more online.
‘A brain erase’
Mon  Jul 21 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Brenda Peckman calls what her mother has a “brain erase.” Like the movie “The Notebook,” in which the elderly woman Allie Hamilton sometimes doesn’t recognize her husband, Peckman … Find out how to read more online.