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Valuing the environment through a camera
Thu  Jul 21 2016 08:30AM
Thirty-eight years of DeSoto County High School students know Jerry Waters as their chemistry teacher, but now he dons a new title in his retirement. “I still consider myself a … Find out how to read more online.
Library helps kids to eat healthy, fight Zika
Thu  Jul 21 2016 08:30AM
On Saturday, DeSoto County Library held an event geared towards children that taught them about the Zika virus, immunizations, portion control and exercise. The library has been putting on a … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Jul 21 2016 08:30AM
After years of speculation, rumor and impatience, DeSoto residents’ saw their dreams come true when Publix opened its doors July 14 at 8 a.m. Beginning before sunrise, shoppers started lining … Find out how to read more online.
Thu  Jul 21 2016 11:36AM
Steve Gardiner slings a camouflage case across his shoulder as he walks into Paradise Shooter’s Range, careful to shut the door behind him. “You don’t want any noise getting out … Find out how to read more online.
Hypodermic needles found at park in Englewood
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — An Englewood mother of three was mortified to find two hypodermic needles in the park at Englewood Rec Center. Amanda Ball’s Facebook post shows a photo of one … Find out how to read more online.
Meeting delayed by gun thefts
Fri  Jul 15 2016 05:06PM
SARASOTA — Two recent gun thefts from homes in Sarasota prompted the Sarasota Police Department to hold a news conference addressing the recent events, due to the timing of the … Find out how to read more online.
County prepares to mount Zika counter-attack
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Mosquito control is looking to build up resources and manpower in response to the threat posed by the Zika virus, which surfaced in the county last week … Find out how to read more online.
Bank, Team Parkside present Beautification Award winners
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE – The winners of this quarter’s Parkside Beautification Awards created showplaces, albeit on a much different scale. Don Gasgarth Ford is a magnificent structure that commands attention along … Find out how to read more online.
Free bike lights and service with a smile
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — On the night of Oct. 30, a bicyclist was stopped by a Punta Gorda police officer and his K-9 for not having a light. When the 25-year-old … Find out how to read more online.
Accused killer cross-examines detective
Fri  Jul 15 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA — The lead detective tasked with finding a missing German citizen allegedly slain 13 years ago said Wednesday she didn’t leave the country. Retired Sarasota County Sheriff’s Detective Chris … Find out how to read more online.
Tidewell Hospice Wishes program enables circus visit Program
Fri  Jul 15 2016 05:06PM
PUNTA GORDA — Donald L. Smith, 89, of North Port, a young athletic phenom out of Rhode Island and Connecticut in the 1950s, was among the nation’s gifted, albeit relatively … Find out how to read more online.
Port Charlotte is setting for comic book
Tue  Jul 19 2016 12:11PM
A Kickstarter campaign in early 2015 has launched comics writer James Haick into life at full throttle. Haick is signing copies of his six-book series Saturday. The most recent volume … Find out how to read more online.
Former POW honored at Stone Crabs game
Fri  Jul 15 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — World War II veteran Bob Herres had an uneasy feeling when his squadron was briefed on their next mission — the Ploesti Oil Fields in Romania, the … Find out how to read more online.
North Port city clerk contract put on hold
Thu  Jul 14 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port will have to wait a bit longer to get a full-time city clerk. Patsy Adkins is the interim city clerk. She was the deputy city … Find out how to read more online.
New library on Toledo Blade moves forward
Thu  Jul 14 2016 08:30AM
VENICE — A second library for North Port took an almost unnoticed step forward Tuesday. As part of its consent agenda and without comment, Sarasota County Commissioners approved a joint … Find out how to read more online.
Suspect in jail, bunny in treatment
Thu  Jul 14 2016 02:41PM
While Manasseh Walker sits in the Sarasota County Jail, the bunny Thumper he allegedly set on fire continues to need medical attention. The 22-year-old Englewood resident was arrested on June … Find out how to read more online.
Stone Crabs host summer baseball camp
Thu  Jul 14 2016 08:30AM
More than 90 youngsters showed up for this year’s Charlotte Stone Crabs’ three-day Youth Baseball Camp, working directly with the players and coaches at the Charlotte Sports Park. … Find out how to read more online.
Trop rocker Jim Morris suffers brain injury
Thu  Jul 14 2016 04:47PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The community was stunned on Friday when they learned local trop rock musician Jim Morris, a Punta Gorda resident, had suffered a “catastrophic brain injury due to … Find out how to read more online.
Local program wins Florida Wildlife award
Thu  Jul 14 2016 08:30AM
Congratulations to the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) for winning the Florida Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Organization of the Year Award for its “comprehensive and effective outreach programs to school … Find out how to read more online.
City looks at Housing Authority, insurance
Thu  Jul 14 2016 08:30AM
The City of Arcadia is investigating whether to keep the Arcadia Housing Authority employees on their medical insurance account after questions were raised by the insurer. City Administrator Terry Stewart … Find out how to read more online.
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DeSoto rallies around former nurse
Thu  Jul 21 2016 08:30AM
No one ever expects to hear “you’re going to die” from a medical professional. It’s normally something people say when telling a story about someone else. For a former nurse … Find out how to read more online.
SFSC graduates 10 EMT program students
Thu  Jul 21 2016 08:30AM
South Florida State College graduated 10 emergency medical technicians during an evening ceremony on July 14 in the SFSC Public Safety Auditorium, Highlands Campus, in Avon Park. Earning their EMT … Find out how to read more online.
‘Icon’ Wayne Goff dies
Mon  Jul 18 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Wayne Goff, a builder known throughout the area for his generosity and involvement in many community organizations and projects, died Saturday night after battling cancer. He was … Find out how to read more online.
Fewer showers make summer even hotter in South west Florida
Mon  Jul 18 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians will get little relief from the summer heat as temperatures remain a couple degrees above normal. “We’re just in an easterly flow, so it doesn’t really rain until … Find out how to read more online.
State workshops to protect local rookeries
Mon  Jul 18 2016 03:29PM
Florida wildlife officials have long recognized the importance of island bird rookeries, but now they want to protect the Myakka River, Robert’s Bay and other rookeries year-round. They now want … Find out how to read more online.
Christmas in July
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
The 47th Annual Christmas in July Bazaar at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County opened Friday with Santa making a guest appearance around noon. The event continues today from 11 … Find out how to read more online.
Teens relax with yoga at the library
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
T he Mid- County Regional Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte, hosted Yoga for Teens July 14 from 4:30-5:30 p.m., instructed by Linda Perez. Perez has been a yoga … Find out how to read more online.
Coyotes in the neighborhood
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
Like bald eagles, coyotes are residents of Charlotte County. They may not be as pretty or fun to watch, and they may be a clear and present danger to your … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM

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Potential jurors question time frame
Thu  Jul 14 2016 04:47PM
SARASOTA — Potential jurors struggled Wednesday with the length of time it took for investigators to ultimately charge John Alan Mellquist, who allegedly killed his landlord 13 years ago. No … Find out how to read more online.
Police Beat
Fri  Jul 15 2016 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Nicholas Joseph Grochowski, 27, 500 block of Shamrock Drive, Venice. Charges: two counts of failure to appear. Bond: $18,000. • … Find out how to read more online.
Habitat for Humanity holds dedication
Fri  Jul 15 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity hosted a home dedication ceremony Wednesday for Gregory Kadlec for his new Port Charlotte residence. Kadlec also received many gifts, which are given at the … Find out how to read more online.
More hot summer nights ahead for SWFL
Fri  Jul 15 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians may be used to the summer heat, but they’ve seen even hotter than normal summer nights lately. “It’s been a degree or two above normal because overnight lows … Find out how to read more online.
Tentative Sarasota County millage rate OK’d
Thu  Jul 14 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Sarasota County residents will see next month the maximum amount they may pay when they receive their property tax bills in November. By a unanimous vote, county commissioners … Find out how to read more online.
County takes big step toward new fire station
Thu  Jul 14 2016 08:30AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a $750,000 grant agreement for the eventual construction of a new fire station on the corner of U.S. Highway 17 … Find out how to read more online.
Rotonda West bobcat recovery continues to be monitored
Thu  Jul 14 2016 08:30AM
ROTONDA WEST — A bobcat that was hurt in Rotonda West on Tuesday morning is still being monitored at the Peace River Wildlife Center. The female bobcat was believed to … Find out how to read more online.
Single-family home development gets OK
Thu  Jul 14 2016 04:47PM
PUNTA GORDA — The Punta Gorda City Council voted Wednesday to tentatively move forward with a single-family residential development on city-owned property between Henry and Shreve streets. According to the … Find out how to read more online.
New high school principal is a familiar face
Thu  Jul 14 2016 08:30AM
Tod Baldwin just couldn’t stay away from DeSoto County Schools. In June, Baldwin returned to DeSoto County High School to take the helm as principal. In 2013, he served as … Find out how to read more online.
Extension agent feeling at home in DeSoto
Thu  Jul 14 2016 08:30AM
Deanna Thompson jumped into her new job as the extension agent at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences DeSoto County Extension Office two weeks before she … Find out how to read more online.
Youth trek across Mormon pioneers’ trail
Thu  Jul 14 2016 08:30AM
Recently, four Arcadia youth, ages 14 to 18, and their adult leaders, along with scores of others from the Sarasota Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, … Find out how to read more online.