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Bavarian Bash set to take the stage
Sat  Sep 20 2014 06:42PM
PUNTA GORDA — Bavarian Bash is coming to town, promising to live up fully to the title’s dual nature. The weekend celebration of family fun arrives Friday at the City … Find out how to read more online.
Cleanup crew rescues castaways
Sat  Sep 20 2014 07:04PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Searching along the shoreline of Bayshore Live Oak Park, Mark Long spies something small that, although familiar, doesn’t belong. He picks up the bottle cap, gives it … Find out how to read more online.
County first in Fla. to honor wounded combat veterans
Sat  Sep 20 2014 06:49PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — When local veterans gathered at a County Commission meeting some months back to support a veterans park if the penny sales-tax extension is passed, Commissioner Chris Constance … Find out how to read more online.
Biggest show in town today
Fri  Sep 19 2014 08:00AM
The scores have faded over the decades. Yes, Charlotte beat Venice — Paul DeGaeta and Dale Russell know this for sure. The memories, however, are still there in vivid color. … Find out how to read more online.
Shoes for Kids can be something special
Fri  Sep 19 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Barbara Holt has given hundreds of pairs of shoes to students over the years, but one pair stands out. “He was a little kindergartner,” the guidance counselor … Find out how to read more online.
‘Fishy’ reunion
Fri  Sep 19 2014 08:00AM
Two and a half years ago, artist Tania Begg felt like a fish out of water after someone stole one of her cherished beaded sculptures — “Harry the Nassau Grouper.” … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Sep 18 2014 01:26PM
PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte County school officials are investigating a security breach after a man reportedly accessed the cafeteria at Punta Gorda Middle School Tuesday and told an officer he … Find out how to read more online.
Today is National Cheeseburger Day
Thu  Sep 18 2014 01:26PM
A teriyaki-glazed pineapple-mango combination dripped onto Ashley McCalley’s hand while attempting to bite into her Tiki burger at Flounders Restaurant and Tiki Bar. With a half pound of beef, salsa, … Find out how to read more online.
Publix spirit drives Day of Caring
Thu  Sep 18 2014 01:26PM
MURDOCK — When about 30 Publix employees turned out early Wednesday morning to fix up the grounds at the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition, they were met by rain, 100 percent … Find out how to read more online.
Manes ’n Reins means fun ’n prizes ’n ribbons
Tue  Sep 16 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Jocelyn Jennings, 19, sat up on her horse, Tiny Dancer, and beamed with pride. She was showing off her prize ribbon. Jennings, a Florida Atlantic University senior … Find out how to read more online.
Jail seeks new infirmary
Tue  Sep 16 2014 08:00AM
Just like other residents of Charlotte County, inmates at the local jail have medical needs. But, contrary to those on the outside, the men and women behind bars must rely … Find out how to read more online.
All Faiths vegetables coming to Englewood
Mon  Sep 15 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA — More than 30 people stood in line Wednesday morning in the parking lot of the Sarasota Hope Center waiting for fresh vegetables from All Faiths’ Sprout program. “It’s … Find out how to read more online.
Bud Gerow served with ‘Merrill’s Marauders’ in Burma during WWII
Tue  Sep 16 2014 02:46PM
“Merrill’s Marauders” is what newspaper reporters who covered their exploits a lifetime ago during World War II called them. Officially they were the “5307th Composite Unit Provisional,” a long-range penetration … Find out how to read more online.
County holds budget line
Sun  Sep 14 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Although the proposed 2015 Charlotte County budget and millage rate are holding steady, the coming year looks to bring a change in some spending habits. By tentatively approving … Find out how to read more online.
Elkcam construction project underway
Sun  Sep 14 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Work crews got an early start Friday morning on the Elkcam Boulevard construction project, which is a mix of both style and substance. Underground, three separate water … Find out how to read more online.
200 years of lyrical pride
Sun  Sep 14 2014 08:00AM
Today is the 200th anniversary of the penning of our national anthem’s words by Francis Scott Key in 1814. The anthem is a staple at patriotic church services, memorial events … Find out how to read more online.
Constance officially re-elected in District 2
Sat  Sep 13 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Citing an uphill battle to unseat the incumbent, write-in candidate Robert Reichert dropped out of the County Commission District 2 race last week. By withdrawing from the … Find out how to read more online.
13 years later
Sat  Sep 13 2014 12:16PM
Carlo Gargiulo remembers vividly a day at Disney World with his wife and their grandchildren. They were all at the Magic Kingdom enjoying the Country Bear Jamboree. And then someone … Find out how to read more online.
City: We want your funny stories
Sat  Sep 13 2014 12:16PM
PUNTA GORDA — No doubt, anyone who has worked for the city long enough has a story or two of something funny or quirky or downright weird that they’ve witnessed … Find out how to read more online.
Local human smugglers sentenced
Thu  Sep 11 2014 08:00AM
A North Port man has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for leading a human smuggling organization that brought Cuban immigrants into the United States as recently as … Find out how to read more online.
2 charged in homicide
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men in connection with last week’s killing of a Port Charlotte man, in what was described as a drug-related case. Dwayne Jarrel … Find out how to read more online.
Fertilizer vs. environment
Sat  Sep 20 2014 07:01PM
As a man haphazardly sprinkles fertilizer on the lawn of his waterfront home, he’s tackled by a swamp monster. A clueless woman flinging chemicals on her flowers also is taken … Find out how to read more online.
Ellie needs ‘forever’ home
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Ellie was in bad shape when her foster parents first got her. She was skinny and weak, and suffered from various ailments. But she’s doing a lot … Find out how to read more online.
2 charged in homicide
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men in connection with last week’s killing of a Port Charlotte man, in what was described as a drug-related … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Sep 18 2014 07:03PM
Sculpture mysteriously returned to local owner after 2 years
Fri  Sep 19 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Two and a half years ago, artist Tania Begg felt like a fish out of water after someone stole one of her cherished beaded sculptures — “Harry … Find out how to read more online.
Leaders push forward on $28M water plant
Thu  Sep 18 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — City leaders have decided to push ahead with plans to construct a $28 million reverse-osmosis water-treatment plant, despite an ongoing tug-of-war with the Southwest Florida Water Management District … Find out how to read more online.
Local man wants to help bucket prank victim
Thu  Sep 18 2014 02:51PM
PUNTA GORDA — Lonnie Brick has never met Noah Menson, nor does he have any ties to Bay Village, Ohio, where the 15-year-old boy lives with his family. But when … Find out how to read more online.
County seeks funding advice from state lobbyist
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County’s state lobbyist offered commissioners a political primer Tuesday on how to effectively request legislative funding for local projects. During a county workshop, Cari L. Roth, an … Find out how to read more online.
CERT-ified citizens wanted
Tue  Sep 16 2014 08:00AM
When the James River overflowed near Chesterfield, Va., about eight years ago, Rick Mathis was ready to help. “For two days, we passed out blankets and gave people hot beverages,” … Find out how to read more online.
Environmental center gets new CEO
Mon  Sep 15 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Thomas Hecker is a self-described nature nerd. As one of seven children — the son of a hunter/fisherman — the Naples man and newly appointed CEO of … Find out how to read more online.
Sun wins top award
Mon  Sep 15 2014 08:00AM
The Charlotte Sun won the top award — the Pinnacle Business of the Year Award — at a spirited Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce awards banquet Saturday evening at the … Find out how to read more online.
Voice of the voiceless
Mon  Sep 15 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — When Tibetan monk Geshe-La Thupton Phelgye saw animals being slaughtered for market in India, he was horrified. “My immediate thought was, how can I help these defenseless … Find out how to read more online.
Museum evokes memories of ’Nam heroes
Sun  Sep 14 2014 08:00AM
TRIANGLE, Va. — The first time I stepped out the back of the Boeing CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter at the National Museum of the Marine Corps some years ago, I … Find out how to read more online.
County appeals Rotonda II
Sat  Sep 13 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The county on Friday appealed the 20th Judicial Circuit Court decision in the Rotonda II case that found the county prevented plaintiffs’ properties from being developed by … Find out how to read more online.
New 9/11 memories
Sat  Sep 13 2014 08:00AM
DEEP CREEK — Kids started pouring into Studio Seven Center for Creative Studies 30 minutes ahead of the 6 p.m. start for the advertised free art class on Thursday. On the … Find out how to read more online.
County wants more bang for lobbyist buck
Sat  Sep 13 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — In the current fiscal year, the state awarded $2 million to the Charlotte County Airport Authority for airport improvements, and another $900,000 to Punta Gorda for a planned reverse-osmosis … Find out how to read more online.
Reaction mixed to CVS pulling tobacco
Sat  Sep 13 2014 08:00AM
Stacey Saunders, a hotel employee in Port Charlotte, is often seen outside puffing on a cigarette on his lunch break. Still, he can understand why CVS has abandoned cigarette sales. … Find out how to read more online.
Sewer costs jump
Sat  Sep 13 2014 12:16PM
MURDOCK — The first foot of pipe has yet to be placed in the ground, but the base cost of the Spring Lake sewer project already has risen an estimated … Find out how to read more online.
Flame of awareness lights hope’s path
Fri  Sep 12 2014 08:00AM
Wednesday was World Suicide Prevention Day. More than 100 people showed up around sunset at Gilchrist Park in Punta Gorda for the local Suicide Awareness Candlelight Walk. … Find out how to read more online.