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Fired correctional officers begin appeals
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — Correctional officers who recently were fired for their alleged roles in the death of a local prison inmate are beginning to appeal the Florida Department … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Fireman accused of molesting relative
Thu  Oct 2 2014 01:00AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — A local man who works for the Boca Grande Fire Department has been accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an underage relative, according to … Find out how to read more online.
City to welcome estuary program
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — City leaders will welcome a new neighbor and environmental partner today at a special ceremony at City Hall. City Council members and staff will hold a ribbon-cutting … Find out how to read more online.
Parkside ‘gateway’ biz moves
Mon  Sep 29 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — When the Car Center of Charlotte County relocated to U.S. 41 from its original location on Peachland Boulevard in May of last year, it never really found … Find out how to read more online.
Eyster served in 254th Engineering Battalion
Mon  Sep 29 2014 08:00AM
George Eyster started off driving a 2 ½-ton Army truck in the 254th Engineering Battalion attached to Gen. Omar Bradley’s 1st Army when it came ashore on Omaha Beach June … Find out how to read more online.
Woman recalls harrowing childhood in East Germany
Mon  Sep 29 2014 08:00AM
DEEP CREEK — As aircraft from the Royal Air Force were raining bombs down upon the city of Gera, Germany, in May 1944, Ute Bruland’s mother fled to the basement … Find out how to read more online.
Gator derails Springs’ reopening
Sun  Sep 28 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The 9 a.m. reopening of Warm Mineral Springs was delayed Saturday — by an alligator. “That’s a tradition,” laughed Jack Bobo, president of National and State Park Concessions, … Find out how to read more online.
Pedestrian killed on 41
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — Authorities say the driver of a pickup that struck and killed a woman walking on U.S. 41 early Friday never saw the pedestrian on the … Find out how to read more online.
Spring Lake sewer cost, project grow
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Earlier this month, a public outcry erupted over a 35 percent increase in the cost to install sewers in the East and West Spring Lake area, a mandated … Find out how to read more online.
Joint venture heralds new sound
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — There’s a joyous new sound at 8:30 a.m. each Sunday morning on Hariet Street, in the heart of the Parkside area of town. Step inside First Presbyterian … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff gets OK for $57M
Fri  Sep 26 2014 08:00AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office’s proposed budget for the upcoming 2014-15 fiscal year — $57.1 million, up nearly 3 percent — was approved this week by the Charlotte County Commission. … Find out how to read more online.
Man gets 15 years for molesting girlfriends’ kids
Thu  Sep 25 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — A North Port man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for molesting his former girlfriend’s children, while they were living together in 2012. Taylor Joseph … Find out how to read more online.
To shoot, or not to shoot
Wed  Sep 24 2014 08:00AM
A man cutting the grass at a home on Hartford Drive in Port Charlotte recently was attacked by a pit bull that slipped his collar and jumped a fence. The … Find out how to read more online.
County launches utilities audit
Wed  Sep 24 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Commissioners on Tuesday ordered an audit of Charlotte County Utilities, to ensure the department operates in an efficient and timely manner. The County Commission at its regular meeting … Find out how to read more online.
Officials: Teens caused $20K in fire damage at venue
Wed  Sep 24 2014 08:00AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — Three teens are accused of sneaking into the Redneck Yacht Club and burning down a merchandise trailer, causing about $20,000 in damage. “There was about … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Homicide witness hid in back seat
Thu  Sep 25 2014 02:55PM
Charlotte County Sheriff’s investigators were able to identify a pair of homicide suspects shortly after the recent killing of Kello Bonhomme, thanks to a witness who had been hiding in … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Witness hid in seat
Tue  Sep 23 2014 08:00AM
“This is life in the big city — drugs and murders, anything can happen.” — Capt. Les Partington, Criminal Investigations Commander … Find out how to read more online.
Shelter on shaky ground
Mon  Sep 22 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — In 1987, the city agreed to lease land to the Peace River Wildlife Center to run a rescue shelter and animal hospital that grew into a successful … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte chamber lauds commitment
Mon  Sep 22 2014 08:00AM
The Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce recognized W. Kevin Russell with the Pacesetter Award Saturday evening at its 89th annual banquet, held at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center. … Find out how to read more online.
Illness keeps kids home in Charlotte
Thu  Oct 2 2014 01:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — More than 70 Charlotte County Public Schools students have stayed home sick this week due to an illness health officials suspect is the highly contagious norovirus. The … Find out how to read more online.
Gas prices going down? Not so fast
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
As recently as Monday, northbound U.S. 41 motorists crossing the bridge into Port Charlotte could get a gallon of gas for around $3.23. By the end of the day Tuesday, … Find out how to read more online.
Rude awakening
Tue  Sep 30 2014 08:00AM
Marty Blaustein loved his new car. That is, until it almost killed him and his wife, Betzy, in their sleep. Their lifesaver: two small devices in the couple’s home that … Find out how to read more online.
FHP: Woman dies in I-75 crash
Mon  Sep 29 2014 08:00AM
A woman was killed in a vehicle collision on Interstate 75 in Charlotte County early Sunday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The wreck happened around 3:10 a.m. on … Find out how to read more online.
What’s in store for Warm Mineral Springs?
Sun  Sep 28 2014 04:57PM
NORTH PORT — With the city now the sole owner of the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa, conversations again are turning to what should be done with the beleaguered 81-acre … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Sep 28 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Wearing a Union hat and a knowing look, Abe Coleman walks slowly through the Blanchard House Museum’s new exhibit, “Henceforth, and Forever Free: The Long Road to … Find out how to read more online.
Flights take off
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Increased revenue from soaring passenger traffic at the Punta Gorda Airport has officials smiling. The latest airport records show passenger counts have surpassed last year’s total by … Find out how to read more online.
‘Frugal’ county passes budget
Fri  Sep 26 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Several residents spoke out in favor of holding the line on taxes during this week’s final public budget hearing. Moments later, county commissioners approved a $915.7 million total … Find out how to read more online.
Area man gets jail for dog stabbing
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
The Englewood man who stabbed his friend’s pit bull — which had to be euthanized — has been sentenced to six months in jail. Derek Armiger, 28, was awaiting trial … Find out how to read more online.
A ‘chance’ to give back
Fri  Sep 26 2014 08:00AM
SOLANA — Before opening Scottie’s Last Chance Saloon 30 years ago in the Solana neighborhood of Punta Gorda, George “Scottie” Scott was a do-it-all worker at a couple of shipyards … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte teachers denied raises … for now
Thu  Sep 25 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — School Board members have decided to hold off on teacher raises for this school year, angering local educators and other district employees. “We bargained in good faith, … Find out how to read more online.
Developer withdraws PGI application
Wed  Sep 24 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — In an anticlimactic about-face, the developer of a proposed three-story condo community in Punta Gorda Isles withdrew its application for a height variance that would have doubled … Find out how to read more online.
Gatorz in Port Charlotte closes after four decades
Fri  Sep 26 2014 10:16AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Gatorz Bar & Grill, a landmark local dining and drinking establishment that spanned four decades, closed Tuesday. “I’ve been turning people away all day long,” said Dave … Find out how to read more online.
County launches utilities audit
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Commissioners on Tuesday ordered an audit of Charlotte County Utilities, to ensure the department operates in an efficient and timely manner. The County Commission at its regular meeting … Find out how to read more online.
Impact-fee moratorium extended
Wed  Sep 24 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to keep the impact-fee moratorium in effect at least until April 27, 2015. Since 2008, due to the recession’s impact on the … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Homicide witness hid in back seat
Tue  Sep 23 2014 08:00AM
Charlotte County Sheriff’s investigators were able to identify a pair of homicide suspects shortly after the recent killing of Kello Bonhomme, thanks to a witness who had been hiding in … Find out how to read more online.
Housing continues momentum
Tue  Sep 23 2014 08:00AM
Real estate across Southwest Florida continues to boom. According to the latest local housing reports, prices and closed sales for existing single-family homes in Charlotte and Sarasota counties continue to … Find out how to read more online.
Dick Trott worked with ‘Navajo code talkers’ during Battle of Iwo Jima
Mon  Sep 22 2014 08:00AM
Dick Trott, who lives at Jacaranda Trace in Venice, came ashore on Feb. 19, 1945, in the second wave with the 5th Marine Division during the Battle of Iwo Jima. … Find out how to read more online.
Corrections crackdown
Tue  Sep 30 2014 06:18PM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — Nine more local correctional officers have been fired following the death of a Charlotte Correctional Institution inmate earlier this year, according to a statement issued … Find out how to read more online.