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Community support vital
Wed  Mar 29 2017 08:30AM
Vernon Scott made no bones about it. “This is the best job I’ve ever had,” said the new chef at Charlotte County Meals on Wheels. “It’s personally rewarding to do … Find out how to read more online.
North Port commission holds items, addresses midnight meetings
Thu  Mar 30 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port commissioners know their meetings have been running long. Since three of the four commissioners took office in November, a bulk of the meetings have … Find out how to read more online.
New parking solution implemented for Englewood Beach
Thu  Mar 30 2017 08:30AM
MANASOTA KEY — Parking at or near Englewood Beach can be a nightmare this time of year. It seems like everyone wants to be at the beach or one of … Find out how to read more online.
Police chief supporters’ fundraising exceeds average cost of defense
Thu  Mar 30 2017 08:30AM
Supporters of Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis continue to raise money for his legal fees to fight the second-degree misdemeanor charge of culpable negligence. Lewis was charged along with … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Mar 30 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Christine Anne Kovari, 31, of Gulfview Court, Rotonda West. Charges: possession of cocaine, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, … Find out how to read more online.
Celebrating the life of the Clark brothers
Wed  Mar 29 2017 08:30AM
The following was taken from the memorial service program for the Clark brothers: All three Clark boys were loved by their families and by this community. Marcus “Duda” was born … Find out how to read more online.
Panther kittens found north of river at Babcock
Wed  Mar 29 2017 08:30AM
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said it has verified at least two panther kittens north of the Caloosahatchee River in Charlotte County. The kittens are presumed to be … Find out how to read more online.
Andes clinic, community serve one another
Wed  Mar 29 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — The typical patient at the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic is between 40 and 59 years old. They would be unemployed and without health insurance, at or … Find out how to read more online.
Conquistadors celebrate annual event
Wed  Mar 29 2017 08:30AM
On Saturday, the Royal Order of Ponce de Leon Conquistadors held their annual ball and installation ceremonies at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda. The newly … Find out how to read more online.
Funds for Olean project fall short
Tue  Mar 28 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Facing pressure from rising construction costs, county officials worry that sales tax projects are approaching, or exceeding, their budgetary limits. The Olean Boulevard expansion, originally pegged at nearly … Find out how to read more online.
Energized by activism
Mon  Mar 27 2017 08:30AM
Jean Finks fought for women’s rights most of her life, so she’s familiar with today’s activism. And Finks, president of the League of Women Voters Charlotte County, said the 97-year-old … Find out how to read more online.
Dry weather will continue this week
Mon  Mar 27 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte County residents can expect another warm, dry week with highs in the 80s. Temperatures today will be in the low to mid 80s. From Tuesday onward it will be … Find out how to read more online.
Semi driver charged with grand theft
Mon  Mar 27 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A truck driver passing through the Punta Gorda Weigh Station on Interstate 75 was arrested Thursday for allegedly stealing a semi out of Georgia. Weight inspectors at … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM

Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County area has a wide range of volunteer opportunities. Contact one of the following organizations to see how you can get involved and give back to the community. … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda looks to the future
Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
Punta Gorda has updated the plan that addresses quality of life issues and government’s role in them through 2040. Florida requires cities and counties to maintain a long-range vision of … Find out how to read more online.
Port Charlotte man pleads guilty to tax, bank fraud
Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A Charlotte County businessman pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit tax and bank fraud. Casey Padula, 48, of Port Charlotte, faces a maximum sentence of five … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM

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Each week in Sunday’s Sun, we run free birthday announcements, along with a photo. Email your .jpg photo of the birthday boy or girl of any age, …

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Stump Pass dredging building beaches
Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — More than 40,000 cubic yards of sand has been added to the Gulf shoreline of Stump Pass State Park on Manasota Key. The Stump Pass dredging project, which … Find out how to read more online.
Rotary art festival continues today
Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
Englewood Rotary sponsors an annual art festival which raises thousands of dollars to give to the Englewood Youth Foundation. The Rotary gives $50,000 in scholarships to Lemon Bay High School … Find out how to read more online.
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Nickels and dimes for the Legacy Trail
Thu  Mar 30 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Sarasota County commissioners began dipping their fingers in the piggy bank Wednesday looking for the funds to purchase an extension to the Legacy Trail. During the commission’s second … Find out how to read more online.
Contention over North Port grant ends in compromise
Thu  Mar 30 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — After a heated discussion from the North Port City Commission and community members, the city will be moving forward to revitalize aging neighborhoods. The commission met Tuesday … Find out how to read more online.
Check out the wildlife at Octagon
Thu  Mar 30 2017 08:30AM
Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary held a community appreciation day Sunday in Punta Gorda. … Find out how to read more online.
Which county is healthiest in Southwest Florida?
Thu  Mar 30 2017 08:30AM
The 2017 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps have been released. A collaboration between Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, the rankings, in their eighth year, … Find out how to read more online.
Sweet tea latest rush for Mammina
Wed  Mar 29 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — From speeding around a racetrack at 80 mph to jumping out of a plane at 1,800 feet, Laura Mammina could be called an adrenaline junkie. Since graduating … Find out how to read more online.
Case pits woman against Gardens of Gulf Cove association
Wed  Mar 29 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Christine Marfut left the courtroom flustered on Tuesday. She thought her case would be moving forward, but now she has to begin all over again. Marfut filed … Find out how to read more online.
Prices vary from store to store
Tue  Mar 28 2017 08:30AM
While supermarkets are adding smartphone apps and curbside service to lure customers with streamlined service, the Sun took a look at grocery prices at several stores in the area to … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Mar 29 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Vanessa Lyn Morin, 22, 20 block of White Marsh Lane, Rotonda West. Charge: out of county warrant. Bond: $200. • … Find out how to read more online.
Elks bocce tournament has drama
Wed  Mar 29 2017 08:30AM
The Elks 10th annual bocce tournament had the most exciting ending ever. On Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m., the Punta Gorda Elks hosted their 10th annual bocce tournament at their … Find out how to read more online.
Oh, baby!
Tue  Mar 28 2017 03:02PM
NORTH PORT — Cynthia Holbrook had originally wanted an at-home birth, but she managed to have an even more unusual kind of delivery, in a parking lot. “I originally wanted … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda man was in Patton’s famed unit
Mon  Mar 27 2017 08:30AM
Former Sgt. Ed Strnad pulled a massive 8-inch artillery piece behind a modified Sherman tank through Europe during World War II as part of Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army. The … Find out how to read more online.
Teen charged with DUI manslaughter in Port Charlotte wreck
Mon  Mar 27 2017 08:30AM
An 18-year-old North Port woman was charged Sunday with DUI manslaughter in connection with a deadly October traffic crash in Port Charlotte. Kelsi Lanier was allegedly under the influence of … Find out how to read more online.
An F for Enterprise Florida?
Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
After perfecting their line of all-natural body products for years, Jamie and D.J. Lovern opened Lolablue eight years ago. The Loverns were denied a bank loan and funded the business using credit … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte County births There were no births reported this week in Charlotte County. Charlotte County marriages • Paul Aviles of Hammonton, N.J., and Stacey Lee Jester of Hammonton, N.J. • … Find out how to read more online.
Sea Grape Gallery announces two guest artists featured for April
Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
Sea Grape Gallery is proud to announce that they will be showcasing the works of two guest artists, Barbara Archer-Baldwin, Pastel Paintings artist, and Joan Heggemeier, Mixed Media artist, during … Find out how to read more online.
Fundraiser supports Animal Welfare League
Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
Canines, Cats, and Cocktails was held on Thursday at TT’s Tiki Bar at Four Points by Sheraton Punta Gorda Harborside to raise funds for the Animal Welfare League. The idea … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
The American Czech and Slovak Club of Southwest Florida The American Czech and Slovak Club of Southwest Florida was created to provide the residents of the Florida Gulf Coast of … Find out how to read more online.
Trump’s proposed afterschool budget cuts discussed
Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
Local school officials say President Donald Trump’s proposed afterschool program cuts are unfair. Trump’s Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney recently said there was no evidence these programs … Find out how to read more online.
Fascinating foxes
Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
The red fox (Vulpes vulpes) has the widest geographic distribution of any carnivore in the world today. Although not native to southwest Florida, the red fox has expanded its range … Find out how to read more online.
Poet Reggie Young to visit State College of Florida Venice
Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
VENICE — American poet and New College of Florida writer-in- residence Reggie Young will share his work at State College of Florida’s Venice campus. Young will read from his book … Find out how to read more online.