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Roadside rescue
Tue  Apr 22 2014 08:00AM
A dead doe lay on the side of a busy road Saturday night in North Port. Her fawn, believed to be just a few weeks old, wouldn’t leave his mother’s … Find out how to read more online.
Area housing trends continue strong
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
Residential real estate in Southwest Florida is heating up as more homes continue to sell faster and fetch strong prices, according to March real estate reports. Charlotte and Sarasota counties … Find out how to read more online.
Season of kittens
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
Kittens may be cuddly and adorable, but officials say too much cuteness isn’t necessarily a good thing. This year, thousands of wild kittens will be born in Charlotte County alone. … Find out how to read more online.
Web of fear
Tue  Apr 22 2014 08:00AM
Mike Desjardins believes he is seeing a slight increase in the number of cyberbullying cases being reported to Charlotte County school district officials. However, the director of student services for … Find out how to read more online.
Commissioners mull buying property
Tue  Apr 22 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners will discuss the possibility of purchasing property originally bought by an individual using loans from the county’s Housing Rehabilitation Program. The item will be up … Find out how to read more online.
Jail inmates graduate from programs
Tue  Apr 22 2014 08:00AM
A total of 44 individual inmates from the Charlotte County Jail graduated Monday from five different programs they attended while at the jail. Several of the graduates received multiple certificates … Find out how to read more online.
Suspect in bike theft caught napping at Walmart
Mon  Apr 21 2014 01:12PM
ENGLEWOOD — An Englewood man was arrested Sunday on a variety of charges, including theft of a bicycle, when he was found sleeping on bean bag chairs in the local … Find out how to read more online.
Forecast calls for sunny skies
Mon  Apr 21 2014 08:00AM
Southwest Florida residents should see sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s for the majority of the week. “We’re going to have really nice weather all week,” said Andrew … Find out how to read more online.
High cost of living
Mon  Apr 21 2014 08:00AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Eye doctors account for nearly half of the 100 physicians nationwide who receive the largest reimbursements from Medicare, newly released data show. And, not surprisingly, a significant … Find out how to read more online.
Inaction bogs homeowner
Tue  Apr 22 2014 06:28PM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — Patricia Fountain’s property at the end of Little Farm Road in eastern Charlotte County — a rural outpost if ever there was one — is … Find out how to read more online.
Family traditions
Tue  Apr 22 2014 06:28PM
Brenda Reyes remembers fondly the Easter traditions she celebrated as a child growing up in the Philippines. Good Friday, Christianity’s most solemn day of observance, was always a time for … Find out how to read more online.
Statute offers differing views on transparency
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
Florida Statute 112.533 governs the way law enforcement agencies receive and process complaints against their own officers. The statute allows for agencies like the North Port Police Department to withhold the … Find out how to read more online.
Water district nixes city request
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA — Southwest Florida Water Management District officials listened to nearly an hour of pleas from city leaders before rejecting their request to prioritize Punta Gorda’s grant application for a … Find out how to read more online.
All hail the (new) chief
Mon  Apr 21 2014 01:59PM
When Marianne Taylor was a little girl, her family lived next door to the local fire chief in Point Lookout, N.Y. “He was great,” she said. “But even back then, … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless numbers hold steady
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
The region’s unemployment rate in March showed little change from the previous month but continued its steady decline from a year ago. The state Department of Economic Opportunity reported that the … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless numbers hold steady
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
The region’s unemployment rate in March showed little change from the previous month but continued its steady decline from a year ago. The state Department of Economic Opportunity reported that … Find out how to read more online.
Water district nixes city request
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:27PM
SARASOTA — Southwest Florida Water Management District officials listened to nearly an hour of pleas from city leaders before rejecting their request to prioritize Punta Gorda’s grant application for a … Find out how to read more online.
The construction of Women Build
Fri  Apr 18 2014 03:17PM
Last fall, Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity was toying with the idea of participating in Women Build, a program put forth by Habitat for Humanity International. It requires local women … Find out how to read more online.
A little more legroom
Fri  Apr 18 2014 03:16PM
PUNTA GORDA — The Punta Gorda Airport is getting a new terminal. By a 5-0 vote, the Charlotte County Airport Authority on Thursday gave the takeoff signal for a 60,000-square-foot … Find out how to read more online.
Weekend may start off wet
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:00AM
Southwest Florida residents are looking at a wet weekend with a possibility of thunderstorms and even some high wind and hail. A low-pressure system was expected to move into Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Making the grade
Wed  Apr 23 2014 06:39PM
Two area high schools again received academic accolades from U.S. News & World Report, improving over last year’s rankings. The online magazine ranks public high schools in every state and … Find out how to read more online.
New jail program blossoming
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Michele Mills spent her Earth Day — as she does most days — working to rejuvenate flowers, trees and plants that have been discarded by a local … Find out how to read more online.
Marine check on hazardous houseboat results in drug arrests
Tue  Apr 22 2014 11:36AM
PUNTA GORDA — Two people were arrested Monday on drug charges as the result of the Marine Patrol Unit checking on the safety of a houseboat moored behind a Punta … Find out how to read more online.
Hundreds attend annual outdoor service
Mon  Apr 21 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA —The sounds of praise blended with the noises of nature as the sun rose over Ponce de Leon Park Easter Morning. The Knights of Columbus Ponce de Leon … Find out how to read more online.
Domestic dispute results in firearms charges
Mon  Apr 21 2014 04:38PM
PUNTA GORDA — A Harbour Heights man was arrested early this morning after deputies responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in which it turned out that shots were … Find out how to read more online.
Teens charged in multiple vehicle thefts
Mon  Apr 21 2014 03:00PM
PUNTA GORDA — Three area teens — two juveniles and one adult — were arrested Friday on charges ranging from pettit theft to grand theft of a motor vehicle after … Find out how to read more online.
Pair charged with theft of puppy
Mon  Apr 21 2014 01:36PM
PUNTA GORDA — A Punta Gorda man and woman were charged Saturday with theft as a result of a woman reporting that her 10-week-old puppy had been stolen. On Saturday, … Find out how to read more online.
Man struck, killed on I-75
Mon  Apr 21 2014 08:00AM
A St. Petersburg man was killed late Saturday night when he was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 75 near North Port. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, around … Find out how to read more online.
Recycling efforts working in Charlotte and Sarasota
Mon  Apr 21 2014 08:00AM
Recycling in Charlotte County has improved since new recycle carts were introduced to residents late last year, officials say. Unlike Sarasota County, where recycling is mandatory, Charlotte County doesn’t make … Find out how to read more online.
‘Spring’ into family fun
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — With arts and crafts, bounce houses and all-day Easter egg hunts, the annual Spring Spectacular is a haven for young tots. But it’s not for kids only. … Find out how to read more online.
Cheap thrills
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
For the tens of thousands of fans who turned out for last weekend’s inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix, the experience was marked by exciting races, perfect weather and … Find out how to read more online.
Businesses want changes for next Grand Prix
Tue  Apr 22 2014 06:28PM
ENGLEWOOD — If things don’t change for next year’s boat race, one local business owner is going to rally others and complain to Charlotte County commissioners. Jill Hemmes, owner of … Find out how to read more online.
Fans flock to Englewood for fun, sun and high-speed boats
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dave Sharpnack would likely never have made it to the white sand beach on Manasota Key if it hadn’t been for the powerboat races held in Englewood Sunday. … Find out how to read more online.
His final words
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
Bethel A.M.E. Church in Punta Gorda held a Good Friday service that focused on the “Seven Last Words” of Jesus, on the way to, and on, the cross. The featured … Find out how to read more online.
Nixle free alert system to start in two weeks
Fri  Apr 18 2014 03:20PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Want to get a personal alert when there is a major road closure in Charlotte County? Or how about learning when someone has been reported as a … Find out how to read more online.
Search warrant results in narcotics, firearms charges
Fri  Apr 18 2014 09:40AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Members of the Narcotics Unit arrested two people Thursday on narcotics and firearms charges as the result of a search warrant served at their address. Members of … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Caregiver steals piles of painkillers
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A local woman is accused of stealing hydrocodone pills nearly seven dozen times since mid-January from patients at a local assisted-living facility where she worked. The 37-year-old … Find out how to read more online.
Tea Party stalwart makes commission run
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
Embarking on her very first campaign for elective office at age 68, it would be easy to dismiss the grandmother of five as a serious candidate for Charlotte County District … Find out how to read more online.
Ogden’s Office Bar & Lounge to host kickback night for Leadership Charlotte
Thu  Apr 17 2014 12:00PM
As an early salute to Cinco de Mayo, Ogden’s Office Bar & Lounge in downtown Punta Gorda will be hosting a fundraiser for the Leadership Charlotte Class of 2014 on … Find out how to read more online.