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Winners circle
Sat  May 27 2017 06:12PM
American Legion Post 103 • Sunday Darts winners May 21: Round 1: 1-Christy Buzzell, Bruce Buzzell; 2-Judy Tilly, Bill Tilly; 3-C.W. Clark, Dale McDaniels. Round 2: 1-Nancy Heder, Dave Heder; … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Players host tourney
Sat  May 27 2017 06:12PM
Charlotte Players held another successful fundraising golf scramble on Saturday, May 6, at Kingsway Country Club. Clawford, the Charlotte Stone Crabs’ new mascot, came out to mingle with golfers and … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  May 27 2017 06:12PM

Holiday Closures

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, all Charlotte County and Sarasota County government business offices along with North Port and Punta Gorda city offices will be closed …

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Pre-Memorial Day tribute honors service, sacrifice
Sat  May 27 2017 06:28PM
EL JOBEAN — Each and every Memorial Day holds both memories and meaning for Gerd Fagerholm. Before her husband, John, passed away six years ago, the World War II veteran … Find out how to read more online.
Woodcarvers practice their craft
Sat  May 27 2017 06:10PM
Members of the Charlotte County Woodcarving Club gathered Tuesday to do what they do best — craft intricate woodcarvings. From the Cristo Redentor statue (in Rio de Janeiro) to detailed … Find out how to read more online.
Helping newcomers fit in
Sat  May 27 2017 06:08PM
NORTH PORT — The nonprofit Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County is in need of tutors to help teach adult students English as a second language and improve their reading … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  May 27 2017 06:28PM

Memorial Day services

Englewood

• Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony sponsored by Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Homes and Cremation Services from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Gulf Pines Memorial …

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Specht leaving Pirates for coaching hiatus
Sat  May 27 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Bill Specht isn’t calling it “retirement.” It’s more of a hiatus. But no matter how you classify it, Specht won’t be coaching Port Charlotte High School’s basketball … Find out how to read more online.
How Airbnb says it contributes to the community
Sat  May 27 2017 06:37PM
Although Airbnb largely does not contribute toward Charlotte’s tourist development tax, it notes that its homes host visitors who spend money locally. According to the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor and … Find out how to read more online.
Attorney wants no mention of Knowlton’s death in police chief’s trial
Sat  May 27 2017 08:30AM
The defense attorney representing Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis wants evidence of Mary Knowlton’s death kept out of the chief’s jury trial. Lewis is charged with culpable negligence, a … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda OKs designs for Veterans Park project
Sat  May 27 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Council members recently gave a nod of approval for project designs at Veterans Park that will include memorials, plazas, parking and a mural. Initial estimates for Phase … Find out how to read more online.
Local defense attorney accused of tampering with a witness
Sat  May 27 2017 08:30AM
A local attorney was arrested Thursday for allegedly tampering with a witness in a narcotics case. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit received a phone call on April 25 … Find out how to read more online.
sharing hits home
Sat  May 27 2017 06:44PM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Quaint, one-bedroom, resort home in Punta Gorda with heated pool, hot tub and clubhouse. The 400-square-foot residence, available for $55 a night, comes with a few rules … Find out how to read more online.
Economic development discussion yields few results
Fri  May 26 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — The Sarasota County Board of Commissioners held its long-sought workshop on economic development — at least by one commissioner — with few results Wednesday afternoon. “It’s absolutely critical … Find out how to read more online.
Stump Pass nearing completion
Fri  May 26 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Stump Pass dredging project should be completed in about a week. Due to the inclement weather Wednesday, Great Lakes Dredging and Docks Company postponed work on the … Find out how to read more online.
Sunshine expected for Memorial Day weekend
Fri  May 26 2017 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians will see the rain clear out for Memorial Day weekend to make way for mostly sunny skies, according to the forecast. “It should be pretty nice,” said National … Find out how to read more online.
City Manager upholds PGPD officer Coel’s firing
Fri  May 26 2017 08:30AM
Lee Coel is officially fired from the Punta Gorda Police Department. City Manager Howard Kunik upheld the decision of Human Resources Manager Phil Wickstrom to terminate the former officer’s employment … Find out how to read more online.
Young actor works both sides of the camera
Fri  May 26 2017 08:30AM
When the third and final season of the hit Netflix series “Bloodline” debuts today, Port Charlotte’s Kevin Moody will take particular notice. The 19-year-old Charlotte High School graduate, who has … Find out how to read more online.
Deputy fired in connection with attempted murder cover-up
Thu  May 25 2017 08:30AM
A Sarasota County deputy was fired Wednesday following a monthslong investigation regarding an attempted murder. Carson Plank was placed on leave Feb. 9 after being charged with giving false information … Find out how to read more online.
Injured horse heals on Crestwood Road
Fri  May 26 2017 01:38PM
ENGLEWOOD — Two weeks ago, Skye Grissinger went about her morning routine, feeding horses at her Crestwood Road home. Then, “my heart skipped two beats,” she recalled. Grissinger, a riding … Find out how to read more online.
Weekly record
Sat  May 27 2017 06:12PM
Charlotte County marriages • Brian Patrick Lejman of Louisville, Ky., and Bethanie Michelle Fentress of Louisville, Ky. • John Elsworth Gillman of New Albany, Ohio, and Elizabeth Gale Kennedy of … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda founder’s family fights for parks
Sat  May 27 2017 06:44PM
PUNTA GORDA — Descendants of the founder of Punta Gorda are suing the city in 20th Judicial Circuit court for rightful ownership of 20 waterfront parks, including ones that house … Find out how to read more online.
Anglers compete in World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament
Sat  May 27 2017 06:12PM
Boca Grande was the hot spot this weekend as anglers converged to compete in the 2017 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament. According to the website, http://worlds richesttarpon.com, the “tournament attracted anglers … Find out how to read more online.
Traffic enforcement locations set
Sat  May 27 2017 06:12PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Beginning Monday, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office will increase traffic enforcement at the following locations: Speed enforcement: • Seasons Drive, Deep Creek. • Edgewater Drive, Port Charlotte. … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  May 27 2017 06:10PM
‘Annie Jr.’ brings ‘Tomorrow’ to school
Sat  May 27 2017 06:08PM
The popular character Annie and her adventures were brought to Cranberry Elementary School in North Port this week. Originally a Broadway play, the production of “Annie Jr.” was presented by … Find out how to read more online.
Watch out for motorcycles
Fri  May 26 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Michael Nicholas cruises down the road on his Harley-Davidson with enough lights to look like a spaceship. A rider for 58 years, he’s has never been in … Find out how to read more online.
Veterans care for Wall before Memorial Day
Sat  May 27 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Members of Charlotte County’s Vietnam Veterans of America gathered at Laishley Park early Friday to scrub clean the Vietnam Wall memorial. With buckets and rags in hand, … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  May 27 2017 08:30AM
Calvary Baptist Church • Calvary Baptist Church, 75 Pine St., Englewood: “Pirates of Englewood” - The Bible Tells No Tales. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., June 19-22. Something for the whole family: … Find out how to read more online.
Deputies find grow house while searching for suspect
Sat  May 27 2017 08:30AM
The suspect in multiple Charlotte County burglaries has been arrested and taken into custody. And, while searching for Blake Guild, CCSO deputies also stumbled onto an unrelated cannabis grow house, … Find out how to read more online.
Man crosses center line, dies in 2-car crash
Sat  May 27 2017 08:30AM
A Port Charlotte man died and a North Port woman seriously injured in a crash on Gasparilla Road, the Florida Highway Patrol reported Friday. According to FHP reports: The crash … Find out how to read more online.
Port Charlotte man arrested in fatal wreck
Sat  May 27 2017 08:30AM
A Port Charlotte man was arrested on the charge of vehicular homicide Friday following a three-month criminal investigation into a fatal traffic wreck, Florida Highway Patrol said. Stephen W. Lawrence, … Find out how to read more online.
top notch
Thu  May 25 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Marissa Nash said working out the mystery plots in Nancy Drew books, as well as her family’s work in the medical field, inspired her. Nash, who ranked … Find out how to read more online.
North Port commissioners take on medical task force, delay other topics
Fri  May 26 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port City Commissioner checked things off the agenda as its nighttime meeting ran past 1 a.m. on Wednesday. In addition to terminating the city attorney … Find out how to read more online.
Woman pulled from Stump Pass current
Fri  May 26 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Emergency workers were sent to rescue a woman who was caught in the currents near Stump Pass on Thursday evening. A Charlotte County Fire Rescue boat was sent … Find out how to read more online.
Mixed emotions on last day of school
Fri  May 26 2017 08:30AM
Thursday was the last day of school for Charlotte County students. The last day for Sarasota students is June 6. … Find out how to read more online.
Deputy ‘slaps gun away’ from homeless man
Fri  May 26 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A homeless man was charged with multiple counts of assault after pulling a gun on a man and his wife Wednesday. The couple told Charlotte County Sheriff’s … Find out how to read more online.
Community pushes back on proposed Human Rights Ordinance changes
Thu  May 25 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — While inclusion was at the forefront of changing the city’s Human Rights Ordinance, officials and residents said that goal was not accomplished. The ordinance was created for … Find out how to read more online.
North Port fires city attorney
Thu  May 25 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Three years after a city attorney left with a cloud of unethical behavior looming over him, his replacement was fired. Mark Moriarty, who came to North Port … Find out how to read more online.
Student video shows bus driver texting at the wheel
Fri  May 26 2017 01:34PM
SARASOTA — A group of Sarasota County students and their parents are concerned about the actions of a school bus driver. The students shot video of what appears to be … Find out how to read more online.


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