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Christmas services planned at Englewood United Methodist Church
Fri  Dec 15 2017 08:30AM
The Englewood United Methodist Church Sanctuary, 700 E. Dearborn St., will be decked with poinsettias for Sunday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve morning and evening worship. The day will start with … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Drunken man hits sheriff’s vehicle
Fri  Dec 15 2017 12:44PM
NORTH PORT — A man was arrested after drunkenly driving into a Sarasota County Sheriff’s vehicle while intoxicated, according to Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office reports. Roberto Garcia, 18, of Immokalee, … Find out how to read more online.
Donations, baked goods sought for kid’s shopping day
Fri  Dec 15 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — No local children should stress about not having enough money to buy gifts for their loved ones. Bobbi Sue Burton, founder of grassroots nonprofit Project Phoenix Resale Store … Find out how to read more online.
Have you seen the lights?
Fri  Dec 15 2017 08:30AM
Port Charlotte area • 3481 Catskill St. 40,000 lights synchronized to beautiful Christmas songs and a couple other cool favorites thrown in. Nearly all LED light display including a 20-foot … Find out how to read more online.
Neighbors come to rescue after gifts stolen
Fri  Dec 15 2017 08:30AM
A local neighborhood watch group has banded together to replace Christmas presents stolen from the home of one single mother. It was Dezirae Mustepher’s birthday, Dec. 3, when she got … Find out how to read more online.
West Villages voices concern over ZIP code
Fri  Dec 15 2017 12:50PM
NORTH PORT — The growing tension between West Villages and North Port continued at a Thursday morning meeting. The West Villages Improvement District met in City Hall to a full … Find out how to read more online.
Religion in a Modern World: Traditions and changes at the Church of the Good Shepherd
Fri  Dec 15 2017 08:30AM
Dating back to the late 1800s, the Church of the Good Shepherd in Punta Gorda, a parish of around 500, remains a symbol of charity and goodwill. “Bringing people to … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County wants amends to SKY Academy Englewood contract
Fri  Dec 15 2017 12:44PM
SARASOTA — During the final Sarasota County School Board meeting for the year, board member Eric Robinson made sure SKY Academy Englewood would be discussed. Robinson made a motion to … Find out how to read more online.
Casualties of Irma
Thu  Dec 14 2017 08:30AM
“Faith” was broken and rested on its side. As was “Miss Emily,” and dozens of other deteriorating vessels that were damaged by Hurricane Irma’s wrath and covered in barnacles. Nearly … Find out how to read more online.
Have you seen the lights?
Thu  Dec 14 2017 10:38AM
Port Charlotte area • 3481 Catskill St. 40,000 lights synchronized to beautiful Christmas songs and a couple other cool favorites thrown in. Nearly all LED light display including a 20-foot … Find out how to read more online.
CCSO seeking armed robbery suspect
Thu  Dec 14 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help from the public identifying the man who robbed a Circle K employee at gunpoint Tuesday night. The robbery occurred at the convenience … Find out how to read more online.
One dead in crash near Charlotte County line
Thu  Dec 14 2017 08:30AM
Bermont Road was closed Tuesday near the Charlotte/Glades County line due to a traffic crash fatality, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. A van traveling west on County Road 74, carrying … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota school officials tackle harassment complaint
Fri  Dec 15 2017 12:05PM
SARASOTA — The complaint filed against the Sarasota County School District led Tuesday’s Sarasota County School Board workshop. A complaint filed Nov. 28 by Booker High School Assistant Principal Lyna … Find out how to read more online.
People helping people
Tue  Dec 12 2017 08:30AM
Shy-Khia Walker tapped her sleeping baby’s bouncer gently with her foot during a visit from volunteers and social service workers in the living room of her sparsely decorated apartment. As … Find out how to read more online.
Officials: Dead K-9 may have been hit by car
Tue  Dec 12 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Officials are investigating how a Charlotte County Sheriff’s K-9 officer managed to escape and ultimately die over the weekend. The dog, Edo, was discovered dead in a … Find out how to read more online.
Help us shine a light in the right places
Tue  Dec 12 2017 08:30AM
Think of your local newspaper as having a flashlight. Where we choose to shine that light can make a difference in how community leaders deal with issues. When issues are … Find out how to read more online.
People helping people
Tue  Dec 12 2017 08:30AM
Shy-Khia Walker tapped her sleeping baby’s bouncer gently with her foot during a visit from volunteers and social service workers in the living room of her sparsely decorated apartment. As … Find out how to read more online.
Officials: Dead K-9 may have been hit by car
Tue  Dec 12 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Officials are investigating how a Charlotte County Sheriff’s K-9 officer managed to escape and ultimately die over the weekend. The dog, Edo, was discovered dead in a … Find out how to read more online.
Sign of the times
Mon  Dec 11 2017 08:30AM
Hurricane Irma left more than piles of roadside debris after she blew through Charlotte and Sarasota counties with top winds of 105 mph. In her wake: Myriad shattered advertising signs … Find out how to read more online.
Eagle’s prognosis stable after power line injury
Mon  Dec 11 2017 08:30AM
A Bald Eagle named “Icarus” that struggled in a Punta Gorda canal after it was apparently shocked by a power line last week had a stable but guarded prognosis at … Find out how to read more online.
Prayer shawl ministry welcomes new volunteers
Fri  Dec 15 2017 08:30AM
The North Port Community United Church of Christ, 3450 S. Biscayne Drive, offers a prayer shawl mission to the community. Knitters and crocheters meet the second and fourth Tuesdays of … Find out how to read more online.
Toddler recovering after fatal crash that killed mother
Fri  Dec 15 2017 08:30AM
SOUTH VENICE — After two vehicles collided violently, ordinary people pulled over and ran toward the wreckage, desperately trying to save Shannon Anderson, her 3-year-old son, Dominic, and Stephen Poneleit. … Find out how to read more online.
Toys for Tots seeks volunteers to help distribute gifts in Charlotte County
Fri  Dec 15 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — More than 3,000 children are signed up for gifts from Toys for Tots. Now that most toys have been collected to match the children’s wishes, the Kiwanis Club … Find out how to read more online.
No progress in River Road discussions
Fri  Dec 15 2017 12:44PM
NORTH PORT — When Sarasota County commissioners approved their federal legislative program Tuesday, River Road again became a focus of the conversation. River Road remains a priority at both the … Find out how to read more online.
Port Charlotte home destroyed in fire
Fri  Dec 15 2017 08:30AM
A house on Kensington Street in Port Charlotte caught fire early Thursday morning and was declared a total loss by Charlotte County Fire & EMS. On Thursday morning, neighbors could … Find out how to read more online.

Fri  Dec 15 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Jennifer Gail Evans, 53, 26400 block of Rampart Blvd., Punta Gorda. Charges: failure to appear and underlying charge. Bond: none. … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County, Venice collide on interlocal agreements
Fri  Dec 15 2017 12:37PM
SARASOTA — Responding to comments from Venice City Council members, Sarasota County commissioners want a meeting with the city to occur sooner rather than later. The urgency comes as council … Find out how to read more online.
After years of violations, Punta Gorda forecloses on car dealership
Fri  Dec 15 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Two years after a car dealership bought an iconic haunt on Tamiami Trail in Punta Gorda, the building sits empty, with weeds and debris having taken over. … Find out how to read more online.

Fri  Dec 15 2017 08:30AM
Bonfire Night The Rock Calvary Church, 4827 Fairway Drive North, Punta Gorda, will host an evening of free food, music, fellowship and s’mores at 6:30 p.m. today, Dec. 15. This … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood mother, Venice businessman killed in crash
Fri  Dec 15 2017 12:07PM
VENICE — Erin Tillot described herself as heavy-hearted Wednesday after learning her co-worker and friend, Shannon Nicole Anderson, died in a car crash Tuesday. “She was a great mom who … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Commission tidies up business with final 2017 meeting
Fri  Dec 15 2017 12:17PM
NORTH PORT — The City Commission has covered a multitude of topics in 2017: bringing the Braves spring training stadium to North Port, addressing boats being parked in driveways and … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Dec 14 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • William Chad Willis, 31, 1100 block of Oceanic Road, Punta Gorda. Charge: out of county warrant. Bond: none. • Barrett … Find out how to read more online.
MUMPS the word, and FLU is for real
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
As cold and flu season arrives in Southwest Florida — possibly the worst in a long time — some worry there could also be a return of a once nearly … Find out how to read more online.
Help us shine a light in the right places
Tue  Dec 12 2017 08:30AM
Think of your local newspaper as having a flashlight. Where we choose to shine that light can make a difference in how community leaders deal with issues. When issues are … Find out how to read more online.
People helping people
Tue  Dec 12 2017 08:30AM
Shy-Khia Walker tapped her sleeping baby’s bouncer gently with her foot during a visit from volunteers and social service workers in the living room of her sparsely decorated apartment. As … Find out how to read more online.
Officials: Dead K-9 may have been hit by car
Tue  Dec 12 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Officials are investigating how a Charlotte County Sheriff’s K-9 officer managed to escape and ultimately die over the weekend. The dog, Edo, was discovered dead in a … Find out how to read more online.
Help us shine a light in the right places
Tue  Dec 12 2017 08:30AM
Think of your local newspaper as having a flashlight. Where we choose to shine that light can make a difference in how community leaders deal with issues. When issues are … Find out how to read more online.
7-Eleven in PGI to close this month
Tue  Dec 12 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — 7-Eleven announced it’s shuttering its Punta Gorda store on Bal Harbor Boulevard, where a store clerk was shot and killed in 2015. The store, located at 1121 … Find out how to read more online.
Cold and dry weather forecast for the week
Mon  Dec 11 2017 08:30AM
Don’t put away the jackets and sweaters just yet. According to the National Weather Service, Charlotte County residents can look forward to a cool and dry week with temperatures returning … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff’s Office K9 missing
Mon  Dec 11 2017 08:30AM
Authorities are looking for a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office K9 that went missing from his kennel Saturday near the North Port/Charlotte County line. The K9, named Edo, was kenneled at … Find out how to read more online.


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