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Neighbors irritated by plant’s constant burning
Sun  May 3 2015 07:15PM
PLACIDA — David Tressmer insists he’s not a bad neighbor and does what he can to prevent smoke from his business Charlotte Organix from blowing into the South Gulf Cove … Find out how to read more online.
Spring temperatures bounce back this month
Sun  May 3 2015 07:38PM
Southwest Florida residents will begin feeling “more seasonable temperatures” the first full week of May, according to meteorologist Rodney Wynn of the National Weather Service. “This week we’re getting a … Find out how to read more online.
Accused murderer gets third trial
Sun  May 3 2015 08:30AM
The Second District Court of Appeals granted accused killer John Allen Lee a third trial after his attorneys alleged the state withheld critical evidence during his previous, second, murder trial. … Find out how to read more online.
High-speed hazard
Fri  May 1 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Ramon Merino drives every day from his home off Edgewater Drive to his job in mosquito control at the Charlotte County East Port Environmental Campus on Harborview … Find out how to read more online.
Drug sting yields 17 arrests
Fri  May 1 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office charged 17 individuals as part of a targeted search for suspects who sold heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and prescription drugs locally to … Find out how to read more online.
Kids’ bike rodeo held Saturday
Thu  Apr 30 2015 08:30AM
The Arcadia Elks, in partnership with the Arcadia Police Department, are sponsoring a free Bicycle Rodeo for kids on Saturday, May 2. The event, which starts at 10 a.m. and … Find out how to read more online.
Seniors get help for complaints
Mon  Apr 27 2015 04:08PM
ENGLEWOOD — When told there’s cancer-causing mold growing inside their air-conditioning unit, most people get a second opinion. But elderly residents sometimes get scared they could die from the mold … Find out how to read more online.
Soldier fought Germans during WWII
Mon  Apr 27 2015 08:30AM
Tony Di Gregorio spent the cold, rainy winter of 1944 fighting Germans in the Appian Mountains of Italy during World War II. “We’d go out every night looking for them,” … Find out how to read more online.
Back on the job
Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM

UNRESOLVED PRISON DEATHS

There are more than 200 pending prison inmate death investigations in Florida. Six of them involve Charlotte Correctional Institution:

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Big step forward for home sales
Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM
With home sales already off to a fast start this year, March sales reached even greater levels in Charlotte and Sarasota counties. The Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of Realtors reported … Find out how to read more online.
Local homeless cats find love in UK
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:50AM
Brian and Jenny Port were not looking for a cat. As a matter of fact, the two residents of the United Kingdom were not even supposed to be in Englewood. … Find out how to read more online.
Shop churns up business, despite recall
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:50AM
PUNTA GORDA — In a good month, Harborwalk Scoops + Bites ice cream shop dishes out as much as 120 gallons of ice cream a week. Two-thirds of the sweet … Find out how to read more online.
Last weekend to see The Story of Jesus — ‘Experience of a lifetime’
Thu  Apr 23 2015 08:30AM
You have only one more weekend to see The Story of Jesus this year. The popular passion play is held annually in Wauchula, in Hardee County, and is a spectacular … Find out how to read more online.
Aviation company hopes to land in Arcadia
Thu  Apr 23 2015 08:30AM
Visiting the Sebring airport, it’s easy to miss Eagle Vistas’ headquarters nestled between rows of hangars in the property’s commercial district. A quick glance overhead reveals a seemingly non-stop flow … Find out how to read more online.
Suspected pseudorabies case seen in a dog in DeSoto
Thu  Apr 23 2015 08:30AM
When a hog-hunting dog was brought to Dr. Adam Sorrells on Tuesday, the Animal Ark veterinarian suspected the animal may have had a case of pseudorabies. Although it is quite … Find out how to read more online.
Beauty of nature, art highlight eARTh Day Celebration
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Under a blue sky and a yellow sun wearing sunglasses, the crayon drawing shows Clara Bailey and her two sisters planting a tree amidst a field of … Find out how to read more online.
Gated communities making a comeback
Mon  Apr 20 2015 04:40PM
ENGLEWOOD — Building luxury homes in a gated community in 2006 seemed like the right idea. But for developers Sam Rodgers and Lee Wetherington, it quickly became a nightmare. In … Find out how to read more online.
Area history marches on
Fri  Apr 17 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — With both the county and city history centers in transition, it will be awhile before the displays of a shared, storied past tell their tale. The Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
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Local income$ falling
Sun  May 3 2015 08:30AM
Davis Mead moved to the Englewood area two years ago after selling his high-end restaurant, Siro’s, in Saratoga, N.Y. He quickly found employment at Vino Loco, a wine and tapas … Find out how to read more online.
Jimerson endures tense days
Sun  May 3 2015 07:30PM
Barney Jimerson remembers sleeping in a “little tent” in double sleeping bags with his shoes on in the cold of Germany in January 1956 Jimerson, 81, and a resident of … Find out how to read more online.
$23M malpractice verdict
Fri  May 1 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The recent $23 million award in a medical malpractice lawsuit for a mother whose daughter was born with a severe brain injury is believed to be the … Find out how to read more online.
County sets limits on explosives training
Thu  Apr 30 2015 08:30AM
An otherwise routine rezoning request turned into an in-depth debate over whether ground-shaking explosions would become a routine headache for neighbors surrounding the former G. Pierce Wood property. Power Auto … Find out how to read more online.
School Board OKs 2015-16 schedule
Thu  Apr 30 2015 08:30AM
Classes will start a little earlier for the next school year, but they will end a bit earlier in the year, too, under a new schedule adopted by the DeSoto … Find out how to read more online.
A step toward unity
Sun  Apr 26 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Waving an American flag, and boasting a huge smile and youthful exuberance, 11-year-old Amy Washington led the way during Saturday’s Peace March across the Barron Collier Bridge … Find out how to read more online.
Disabled man seeks aid to fence back yard for service dog
Mon  Apr 27 2015 03:46PM
A Port Charlotte man confined to an electric wheelchair is hoping the community will help him pay for a backyard fence so his service dog-in-training has a place to run … Find out how to read more online.
As CCU director resigns, ‘big challenges’ remain
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:50AM
MURDOCK — Less than two months after receiving the results of a Charlotte County Utilities audit that was critical of several key operations in the department, director Terri Couture has … Find out how to read more online.
Remembering the ‘Forgotten War’
Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Retired U.S. Navy Capt. John W. Arens told the story of an Army combat medic’s heroism during the Korean War. The medic was tending to a wounded … Find out how to read more online.
Tern Bay development stuck in time
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — Purple Emperor Way looks like any other ornately titled street in an exclusive subdivision. Fancy cars in the driveways, flowerbeds blooming with color and flags … Find out how to read more online.
School to start earlier in 2015-16
Thu  Apr 23 2015 08:30AM
The new school year will start a little earlier for 2015-16, thanks to Gov. Rick Scott who signed House Bill 7069 into law on Tuesday. Under the new law, schools … Find out how to read more online.
City chooses five administrator finalists
Thu  Apr 23 2015 08:30AM
Nearly six months after former administrator Tom Slaughter was fired, the Arcadia City Council is poised to hire its next city administrator. The council gathered for a one-item special agenda … Find out how to read more online.
Alexia Clark raising funds to attend journalism conference
Thu  Apr 23 2015 08:30AM
Alexia Clark, 17, says she has always known what career she wants after school — she wants to be a journalist. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” the DeSoto … Find out how to read more online.
Arcadia business opening doors for future growth
Thu  Apr 23 2015 08:30AM
Although Arcadia’s newest business came to town with barely a whisper, it hopes to make a big splash in the near future thanks to a host of innovative products that … Find out how to read more online.
Special Olympians have fun at field day
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
ROTONDA — Skylar Martin lifted the golf club in celebration of making a hole-in-one in front of her friends. The 11-year-old fifth-grader at Peace River Elementary School in Charlotte Harbor … Find out how to read more online.
Private sector eyed for primary care
Fri  Apr 17 2015 10:59AM
The state Department of Health is now beginning to make the necessary moves to transition primary care services for Sarasota County residents into the private sector. Rep. Ken Roberson, District … Find out how to read more online.
County OKs Lettuce Lake grant extension
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to extend a grant agreement with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to finish construction projects as part of the Lettuce … Find out how to read more online.
Community quietly remembers Peeples
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Although Vernon Peeples was passionate as a politician and historian, those who knew him well said he was a quiet man who kept to himself. As such, … Find out how to read more online.
April events raise awareness of sexual assault
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
The Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center will be at SeaCoast Bank April 29 from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. to educate and raise awareness of sexual assault. Not only is it … Find out how to read more online.