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Adams Publishing Group purchases Sun Newspapers
Tue  Jun 19 2018 02:22PM
The Sun is moving from one family to a larger one. Adams Publishing Group announced Monday the purchase of Sun Coast Media Group, which publishes the Sun Newspapers. The Sun … Find out how to read more online.
‘Deplorable’ living conditions lead to mother’s arrest
Fri  Jun 22 2018 08:30AM
Rotting food, garbage and hundreds of maggots covered the kitchen table. A gallon of bleach sat on the floor near the kitchen. A broken pair of scissors, a knife and … Find out how to read more online.
Masseuse on the loose
Fri  Jun 22 2018 08:30AM
Only men come and go from Taiji Massage in Port Charlotte, at least according to surrounding business owners. “There were a lot of men,” said Cats n Dogs owner Nancy … Find out how to read more online.
Hit the road: Fuel prices continue to fall in region
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
Gas prices in Charlotte County have hit a record low for this summer. Following national and statewide trends, local prices are dropping by the day. According to gasbuddy.com, the current … Find out how to read more online.
Controversial Jamaica Way rezone moving forward
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
Despite resistance from some, the City Council approved the first reading of a rezoning proposal for a lot at 1700 Jamaica Way in Punta Gorda. A second reading of the … Find out how to read more online.
Sun adds folks you should get to know
Wed  Jun 20 2018 08:30AM
A great newsroom staff is getting even better. We’re lucky at the Sun to have some bright, dedicated people who help put this paper out every day with their reporting … Find out how to read more online.
Suspect uses shopping cart to steal batteries
Wed  Jun 20 2018 08:30AM
A Punta Gorda man was arrested Saturday after a short shopping spree in someone else’s truck. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the suspect took four batteries from a parked … Find out how to read more online.
I’ve got something important to tell you
Tue  Jun 19 2018 05:20PM
‘Hey kids, I’ve got something important to tell you.” It was 1976, our Mom and Dad had gathered the five children around the table. Dad said, “I’ve decided to leave … Find out how to read more online.
Plattner still in talks with Punta Gorda to save Automax
Tue  Jun 19 2018 01:30PM
It’s foreclosure time for the Plattner’s Palm Automax dealership. The property, which also houses the former Slip-Not Lounge, has been cited multiple times since 2016 for code violations amounting to … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff Knight: Sarasota County schools overlook safety costs
Mon  Jun 18 2018 01:48PM
Sheriff Tom Knight told Sarasota County school officials about costs they may be missing in their plan to create a 42-officer security force. Knight and other top law enforcement leaders … Find out how to read more online.
Being a GREAT DAD
Sun  Jun 17 2018 08:30AM
Phil Holloway’s mother ruled her home the same way the nuns in Catholic school did. That is to say she spanked her son. “I was brought up under the premise … Find out how to read more online.
Incumbents are running for Englewood Water District, fire board
Sun  Jun 17 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The state qualifying period opens June 18 for Englewood Area Fire Control District and Englewood Water District board seats. Four fire district commissioners and two water district supervisors … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County School Board continues look at safety, security
Sun  Jun 17 2018 08:30AM
SARASOTA — A week after the district’s safety and security discussion, the Sarasota County Schools board will look at its five-year capital improvement plan Tuesday. The CIP is one several … Find out how to read more online.
Woman burned in cooking fire
Mon  Jun 18 2018 01:44PM
A woman was badly burned in a fire Friday night. Paramedics with the North Port Fire Department assisted the Sarasota County Fire Department at the 6800 block of Willow Creek … Find out how to read more online.
Junior chefs master art of cooking
Sun  Jun 17 2018 08:30AM
T he city of North Port Parks and Recreation is hosting Masterchef Junior Cooking Classes every Saturday from now until July 14 at Morgan Family Community Center. The class, geared … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood all-stars take on Sarasota National
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Englewood Little League’s 10-11 all-stars will take on Sarasota National at 12:30 p.m. today in the first round of the District 16 tournament at North Port’s Atwater Community … Find out how to read more online.
Students show improvement
Mon  Jun 18 2018 06:53PM
SARASOTA — Sarasota County Schools remains one of the top performing school districts in Florida. Charlotte County Schools saw a slight increase in its performance, nudging up a percentage or two … Find out how to read more online.
Area department still runs on volunteer power
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
Soon after a group of Nokomis residents who were concerned about protecting their community’s homes from fire decided to form the Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department in 1949, a brush fire … Find out how to read more online.
Camp brings together region spikers
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Port Charlotte High School Volleyball head coach Kevin Krause and Imagine Volleyball head coach Dave Kohler, along with Imagine JV coach Charlene Krause, recently held a weeklong … Find out how to read more online.
North Port all-stars start today in District 16 tournament
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Little League 8-10 all-stars begin District 16 play today and the 10-11 all-stars start Monday. The 8-10 team takes on Sarasota American at 10 … Find out how to read more online.
Local children join World’s Largest Swim Lesson
Fri  Jun 22 2018 08:30AM
On Thursday morning, children across Charlotte County made a splash and took part in the World’s Largest Swim Lesson. According to a county press release, thousands of people across the … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda woman faces 20 years in fraud case
Fri  Jun 22 2018 08:30AM
A Punta Gorda woman pleaded guilty to wire fraud Thursday, according to a press release from the Department of Justice. Licensed real estate broker Hollie Darlene Dustin, 60, owned Home … Find out how to read more online.
Routine trip ends with $1.3M
Thu  Jun 21 2018 01:39PM
Imagine going on a relatively routine trip to the grocery store. Now, imagine that trip earned you $1.3 million. Jodi Hinand, 56, asked her husband to pick up some last-minute … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda communications manager terminated
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
Punta Gorda leaders were mum this week on why the city’s communication’s manager was fired Tuesday. Lucia Ross had worked for the city since January of this year. In her … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Commissioner Deutsch: Not done yet
Wed  Jun 20 2018 08:30AM
Elected in 2010, Charlotte County Commissioner Stephen R. Deutsch believes his years of service aren’t over. “I think my experience speaks for itself,” Deutsch said. “I think I’ve demonstrated my … Find out how to read more online.
Public Works attempts to triage 1,400 requests
Wed  Jun 20 2018 08:30AM
Charlotte County Public Works crews are facing a backlog of 1,400 drainage requests. The unusually high number comes after a month of heavy rainfall and a dry season spent mostly … Find out how to read more online.
Bike stolen, recovered within minutes
Tue  Jun 19 2018 08:30AM
A Charlotte County man had his bike stolen and recovered within minutes Saturday. A Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputy interviewed Terrence Turner early in the afternoon Saturday and registered his bicycle, … Find out how to read more online.
Any takers? Candidate qualifying period runs this week for local elections
Fri  Jun 22 2018 10:57AM
Dozens of candidates have announced they’re running for local elected offices, including some without opposition, at least yet. Open spots on some community development district boards and city councils, for … Find out how to read more online.
Big plans with walkways for bicyclists and pedestrians
Tue  Jun 19 2018 07:10PM
An advisory committee heard last week about plans for 53 projects over 20 years to enhance bicycle/pedestrian pathways in Charlotte County. The Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee met to discuss the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Heat index aims for triple digits
Mon  Jun 18 2018 08:30AM
There’s no mercy this week when it comes to the weather in Southwest Florida. It’s hot, it’s rainy. Then it’s hot and it’s rainy again ... and then there’s the … Find out how to read more online.
Readers asked, here are some answers
Sun  Jun 17 2018 08:30AM
E mail often delivers questions to this columnist. And, just as often, even if she has no satisfactory answers, readers’ questions can prove helpfully thought provoking. Punta Gorda is curious … Find out how to read more online.
Fire flow
Mon  Jun 18 2018 06:36PM
ENGLEWOOD BEACH — As the sun sets beyond the horizon of the Gulf of Mexico, a new fire shines bright and twirling along a local beach. On Thursday evening, Kevin … Find out how to read more online.
Region residents line up for Braves seats
Mon  Jun 18 2018 01:45PM
NORTH PORT — Area Atlanta Braves fans, and people from hundreds of miles away, had an opportunity Saturday to put a deposit down on season tickets. The ticket event was … Find out how to read more online.
Bridge winners
Sat  Jun 16 2018 06:46PM
Bridge winners - June 11, 2018 North Port Senior Center 1st: Marcia Lanphear and John Herrmann; 2nd: Helen Norris and Dave Johnson; 3rd: Ann Benmayor and Warren Prince. … Find out how to read more online.
Leadership Englewood grads shine at graduation
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
The Leadership Englewood Class of 2018 recently graduated with a dinner and awards ceremony at Boca Royale Golf & Country Club. Leadership Englewood is a program of the Englewood Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Longtime doctor joins Englewood hospital board
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dr. Todd Chace found another way to serve his patients. Englewood Community Hospital named Chace, 61, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, as a hospital trustee this week. “The … Find out how to read more online.
Boutique zoning district OK’d in Sarasota County
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
SARASOTA — With little discussion, Sarasota County commissioners approved the creation of a new zoning district within the county’s zoning code Wednesday. At the request of developer Henry Rodriquez, who … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Youth basketball club begins today
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Youth Basketball Club Inc will begin its summer season today at the Morgan Family Center on West Price Boulevard across the street from North … Find out how to read more online.
Foundation awards grant to SCF Nursing
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
VENICE — The Plantation Community Foundation of Venice awarded State College of Florida Foundation a $2,600 grant to purchase suction regulators for the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota nursing program. … Find out how to read more online.
FWC: North Port man faces felony charges for hunting, killing an alligator
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Prosecutors have increased the charges for a North Port man arrested for alligator hunting, changing his charge from a misdemeanor to a felony. Justin Laidler, 20, was … Find out how to read more online.


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