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Tarpon commencement will be ‘dignified’
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Senior Jonathon Skavroneck isn’t expecting anything over the top for Charlotte High School’s graduation ceremony, but he said that is what will make it special. “Our graduation … Find out how to read more online.
Southwest Florida pays tribute
Tue  May 26 2015 08:30AM
Thousands of people across Southwest Florida turned out Monday to honor America’s fallen soldiers at Memorial Day ceremonies throughout the region. In Punta Gorda, more than 100 people paid their … Find out how to read more online.
Two dead in house fire
Mon  May 25 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Two bodies were found in a home destroyed by fire early Sunday morning, according to Charlotte County Fire/EMS. The home was located in a remote area of Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
1 dead, 1 injured in ‘Yacht Club’ ATV crash
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — One young man is dead, and his young female companion seriously injured, after an ATV crash midday Saturday on Redneck Yacht Club property. The approximately … Find out how to read more online.
‘This situation cannot be ignored’
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
An expert hired to study Sarasota County’s homeless issues said the recent slaying of a 43-year-old allegedly by a homeless man was “predictable.” Texas-based Dr. Robert Marbut, founder of Marbut … Find out how to read more online.
Turkey Day shooter gets probation
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The 64-year-old Port Charlotte man originally charged with trying to murder a female friend on Thanksgiving will avoid prison time. Rickey Hill, with his attorney, Assistant Public … Find out how to read more online.
Turkey Day shooter gets probation
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The 64-year-old Port Charlotte man originally charged with trying to murder a female friend on Thanksgiving will avoid prison time. Rickey Hill, with his attorney, Assistant Public … Find out how to read more online.
A true ‘full day of work’
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The more than 200 men and women who make up Charlotte County Fire/EMS certainly stay busy to keep local residents safe. In fact, the agency already has … Find out how to read more online.
Cruel and unusual?
Wed  May 20 2015 08:30AM
The Supreme Court of the United States is mulling over whether a controversial drug used for lethal injections in Florida should be considered cruel and unusual. But as a decision … Find out how to read more online.
Scrub jay plan draws legal protest
Wed  May 20 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — A legal challenge has been mounted against the county, charging that the newly adopted Habitat Conservation Plan for scrub jays “unfairly burdens” a large-property owner with high development … Find out how to read more online.
Authorities target elder fraud
Tue  May 19 2015 08:30AM
Senior citizens have long been targets of fraud and theft, especially in Florida, where about one in five residents is over the age of 65, according to U.S. Census data. … Find out how to read more online.
Summerlike weather continues
Mon  May 18 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents can expect some temperatures in the 90s and rainy afternoons this week, making it feel like summertime. Temperatures are “a little bit above normal” Monday through Friday … Find out how to read more online.
Local economies benefit from oil spill settlement
Mon  May 18 2015 08:30AM
Sarasota and Charlotte counties may not have taken a direct hit from the 2010 oil spill that polluted much of the Gulf Coast, but the impact was still felt. The … Find out how to read more online.
Prison’s American Legion Post 405 celebrates one-year mark
Mon  May 18 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — If visitors should walk into American Legion Post 405, and Sons of the American Legion, they will be impressed by the organization’s commitment to the community. Members … Find out how to read more online.
Jail to keep restraint chairs despite inmate death
Sat  May 16 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office on Friday released its investigative report related to the death of a jail inmate who was found lifeless after being pepper-sprayed and … Find out how to read more online.
Accommodations already filling up for 2015-16
Sun  May 17 2015 08:30AM
Tourism in Southwest Florida is hot. And hotel and condo owners are noticing. This past season, a hotel room in Sarasota County averaged $260 a night, according to Visit Sarasota … Find out how to read more online.
‘Here We Grow Again’
Sat  May 16 2015 08:30AM
FORT MYERS — A home-building explosion is about to ignite in Charlotte County, real estate experts said Friday at a “Future of Development” conference on the Florida Gulf Coast University … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte school chief announces retirement
Wed  May 13 2015 10:10AM
Charlotte County Public Schools superintendent Douglas Whittaker announced Tuesday he is retiring from his post as head of Charlotte County Public Schools. Whittaker’s announcement came at a School Board workshop … Find out how to read more online.
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Weekend 911 calls run the gamut
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — While many residents were enjoying time off for the long Memorial Day weekend, local first responders were kept plenty busy around the community. The average number of … Find out how to read more online.
Island grieves over fire victims
Tue  May 26 2015 08:30AM
KNIGHT ISLAND — Tyler and Peggy Erickson brought flowers Monday to pay their respects for the two Knight Island residents who lost their lives in a fire Sunday. A dozen … Find out how to read more online.
Jenkins’ death leaves void in veterans community
Mon  May 25 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — On Oct. 26, 1967, while serving with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Sgt. Jim Lannon was participating in Operation County Fair in Quang … Find out how to read more online.
Emancipation Day frees the spirit
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — At the Blanchard House Museum’s annual Emancipation Day celebration Saturday, folks donned Civil War-era garb and real-life roles to tell the human story behind the abolishment of … Find out how to read more online.
Homeless man charged with murder
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Police Department is investigating a homicide near the Warm Mineral Springs community after first locating a suspect covered in blood, then finding the victim’s … Find out how to read more online.
Murder victim ID’d
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Cesar Ramonzajac McClatchy, 43, reportedly died Thursday at the hands of a 22-year-old homeless man, Nicholas Robert Ryan Luciano — someone with whom McClatchy was “friends” on … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless figures point to summer ‘season’
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Imagine, if you will, a season that never ends, when visitors and spending abound year-round. It may sound like wishful thinking, but as the area jobless rate continues … Find out how to read more online.
Home sales, prices maintain strong showing
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
The Southwest Florida real estate market had another stellar month in April, making it the second highest month for sales in the last 12. According to the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North … Find out how to read more online.
Motorists must be vigilant on air bag recall
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
Limited updates are prompting panicked calls to local car dealerships from motorists seeking information about the massive air bag recall impacting perhaps 34 million drivers. The recall has Bill Nelson, Florida’s … Find out how to read more online.
Mystery remains about boating accident
Tue  May 19 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Three days after the bodies of a man and his uncle were pulled from the waters near Hog Island, family members were still left wondering what happened … Find out how to read more online.
Pedaling with a purpose
Tue  May 19 2015 10:13AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — On a recent afternoon, Shane Greenwood of Meadow Park Elementary pedaled a desk cycle while working on the computer in class. The 10-year-old said the desk cycles … Find out how to read more online.
Study: Future looks bright for Blue Economy
Thu  May 21 2015 10:34AM
For generations, our local economy relied on the bounty of the Gulf of Mexico. “At the turn of the last century, commercial fishing was ‘king,’ the leading industry in Southwest … Find out how to read more online.
Rising fast in a fast-rising sport
Mon  May 18 2015 08:30AM
Scott Tingley had just finished giving a free pickleball clinic to members of the YMCA in Punta Gorda on a recent Tuesday and was headed down to Gilchrist Park. Workers … Find out how to read more online.
Sailor dodged kamikazes while on destroyer duty in WWII
Mon  May 18 2015 08:30AM
Glen Johnson spent two years as the throttleman in the forward engine room of the USS John Rodgers (DD-574), a Fletcher-Class destroyer, that took part in many of the major … Find out how to read more online.
Two boaters found dead in Charlotte Harbor
Sun  May 17 2015 09:56PM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — The bodies of a man and his nephew were recovered late Friday night in Charlotte Harbor, near the mouth of the Myakka River, both Charlotte County Fire/EMS … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane Expo blows through town
Sun  May 17 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Unlike many in the area, Pam Socha’s story about Hurricane Charley has a happy ending. She was down here with her husband in 2004, looking to buy … Find out how to read more online.
3-D camp offered to students
Sun  May 17 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Up to 18 students have the opportunity to learn to make products with 3-D printers this summer. Don Musilli, president of the Englewood Incubation Center, says only four … Find out how to read more online.
SCSO: Sibling shoots baby at day care
Sat  May 16 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH VENICE — A 1-year-old girl was accidentally shot Friday by an older sibling outside the Sonshine Learning Center, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. SCSO Lt. Vince Mayer … Find out how to read more online.
Captain Marian a tourism ‘pioneer’
Sat  May 16 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — With one boat in 1989, Captain Marian Schneider launched her Grande Tours at the Fishery in Placida. It was also the launch of ecotourism in Southwest Florida, as … Find out how to read more online.
Students look to mentorship program as a new start
Fri  May 15 2015 08:30AM
Charlotte High School sophomore Matthew Romero dealt with his own challenges in middle school, but now he helps others who may face the same issues. “I’m here because I can … Find out how to read more online.