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All that glitters
Tue  Sep 27 2016 11:20AM
One of Mary Knowlton’s last decisions on this earth was to go to a salon and get her nails done. Punta Gorda Chamber President John Wright gets his hair cut … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide, fish kills reported on Gulf beaches
Tue  Sep 27 2016 04:55PM
ENGLEWOOD — A bloom of red tide algae in the Gulf of Mexico and a subsequent fish kill plagued weekend beachgoers and kept many from the beach on Monday. Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Troop 208 crosses the bridge
Tue  Sep 27 2016 11:20AM
Members of Girl Scout Troop 208 recently held a bridging ceremony where they “crossed the bridge” from Girl Scout Seniors to Girl Scout Ambassadors. Ambassadors are at the summit of … Find out how to read more online.
Body Shaping Fitness makes a donation
Tue  Sep 27 2016 11:18AM
Body Shaping Fitness presented Englewood Area Cancer Foundation with a $500 check from their recent Womens Expo. Body Shaping Fitness was host to 14 vendors at the July 28 event. … Find out how to read more online.
Summertime weather pattern hasn’t fallen off yet
Mon  Sep 26 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians are still experiencing summertime weather even though the autumn season has already cooled down in many places to the north. “We’re still in a summertime pattern,” said National … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
American Legion Post 110 • Bridge winners Sept. 19: 1-Bucky Jacques, 3940; 2-Ann Lewis, 3710; 3-Marty DeWitte, 3410; 4-Linda Kopp, 3400. Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club • Ladies Bridge winners Sept. … Find out how to read more online.
Airport Authority election results puzzle candidate
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
More than a week after coming up short in the Aug. 30 Republican primary for Charlotte County Airport Authority District 1, Mark Futch is still insisting backers of incumbent Pam … Find out how to read more online.
Educational signs installed on Harborwalk
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
Local residents and visitors walking along Punta Gorda Harborwalk now have the opportunity to learn about the estuary and mangroves they see on their way, thanks to new Interpretive Natural … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Players present Comedy for a Cause
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
The Charlotte Players presented their fourth annual Comedy for a Cause “Comedy Diner” on Sept. 16 at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center. The comedians are chosen by members … Find out how to read more online.
Rotary helps local nonprofits
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
T he Harbor Heights/Peace River Rotary presented its third annual Charity Games on Sept. 17 at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club. Ten charities were selected as beneficiaries from the event: … Find out how to read more online.

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bridge winners

Sept. 12, 2016

North Port Senior Center

1st: Ann Benmayor and Warren Prince

2nd: Clara and Richard Peters

3rd: Marcia Lanphear and John Herrmann

4th: Jane Rothschild and …

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Raised in Giving Challenge $13.4M
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
Within one hour of a call, trained volunteers of the Peace River Search and Rescue are ready to hunt for a missing person. Working with law enforcement and family members, … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte to work on drainage
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners agreed with Public Works this week that the county should consider taking back easements to stem flooding in Rotonda West — at least on a … Find out how to read more online.
Woman says mental health issues ignored
Fri  Sep 23 2016 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series about Lisa Christopolus, who is serving a 40-year prison sentence after being convicted of aggravated assault for shooting at two Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Pirate Fest expecting 15,000 visitors
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
Punta Gorda residents can see their town inundated with pirates and tourists for the Seventh Annual Fishermen’s Village Pirate Fest, which began Friday and continues through Sunday. Fishermen’s Village received … Find out how to read more online.
Habitat helps another family
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity hosted a dedication ceremony for Jessica Sharp recently for her new Port Charlotte residence. Sharp’s residence marks the 350th house built through Habitat’s program. Sharp … Find out how to read more online.
Tech college has demo for new EMT program
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte Technical College showed off the launch of its new Emergency Medical Technician education program this year with a recent hazmat drill demonstration at Charlotte Sports Park. The new program … Find out how to read more online.
Police use Taser as man walks away from investigation
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Police used a Taser to detain and arrest a man who walked away and disobeyed orders to stop during an investigation in the wee hours Friday while … Find out how to read more online.
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Election winners had deep pockets
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
Roger Eaton says he never equated victory with money in his successful run for Charlotte County clerk of court. But Eaton still spent more than any other Charlotte County candidate … Find out how to read more online.
Community Guide photo contest to begin Oct. 1
Tue  Sep 27 2016 11:20AM
Do you have a great photo that would work as a cover to the chamber’s upcoming Community Guide? As winners of the previous contests, Capt. Ralph Young (2015) from Captiva … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood Cats have a great Sunday
Tue  Sep 27 2016 11:18AM
ENGLEWOOD — Sunday turned out to be a pretty good day for the Englewood Cats Pop Warner teams. After three of their games with the host Fort Myers Firecats were … Find out how to read more online.
Fighting cancer their own way
Mon  Sep 26 2016 02:44PM
Linda Wilson’s youngest daughter, Tara, is too busy with her law practice to worry about breast cancer. But, the idea is always in the back of her mind. You see, … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County births There were no births reported this week in Charlotte County. Charlotte County marriages • Gerald Guy Rodebush of Port Charlotte, and Pamela Ruth Sampson of Port Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
County mulls $2M fence to prevent jail deaths
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Prompted by inmates plunging to death and injury, the County Commission is considering a new, more secure, second-floor barrier at the Charlotte County Jail, at a cost of … Find out how to read more online.
Low supply drives home prices higher
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Home prices across the region took a giant step forward over the past year, as distressed properties continue to have much less market impact. In Charlotte, the … Find out how to read more online.
FHP: Driver perishes in I-75 fuel tanker spill
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A 68-year-old man died in a single-vehicle crash near the Sumter Overpass on Interstate 75 Friday night, with his tanker truck overturning, spilling its contents and blocking … Find out how to read more online.
Nonprofits benefit from grants
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
T he Charlotte Community Foundation held its 2016 Grant Awards Celebration on Sept. 22 at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club. The recipients of this year’s grants are: AMIKids Crossroads, Boys … Find out how to read more online.
Commissioners re-evaluate campaigns as election nears
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — City Commission candidates are looking to reach out to more voters as Election Day nears. “You have nearly 30,000 more people to reach out to,” said former … Find out how to read more online.
The magnificent frigatebird warns of Storms
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
Whenever I spot a magnificent frigatebird I check the weather. Frigatebirds ride weather fronts and often signal changing weather patterns. During storms at sea, I enjoy watching the graceful flights … Find out how to read more online.
Salvation Army begins planning for holidays
Tue  Sep 27 2016 02:01PM
SOUTH GULF COVE — Both the Salvation Army and Pastor Mike Weaver are new to the Englewood area, but they have the same vision. That is to help the people … Find out how to read more online.
Woman’s sentence reduced
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Lisa Christopolus may be released from prison in less than three years, after her 40-year sentence was overturned Friday. Christopolus, 38, maintains she was suicidal in 2012 … Find out how to read more online.
Popeye’s road trip won’t be as long
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
Some Charlotte County residents planning a Popeye’s chicken road trip soon won’t have to make the drive to Lee County or Sarasota any more. The spicy stuff will be a … Find out how to read more online.
TEAM Punta Gorda announces new event
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
T EAM Punta Gorda has announced an exciting new event: Paddle Punta Gorda. This is a kayak event on the beautiful Punta Gorda waterways on Nov. 12 for adults 18 … Find out how to read more online.
Construction begins on new sheriff’s station
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
It’s taken awhile, but Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell cannot wait until his officers will occupy a new District 1 station in Englewood East. “This facility will not just make … Find out how to read more online.
City approves library agreement with County
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
After previously tabling its discussion, the Punta Gorda City Council has approved an interlocal agreement with Charlotte County for soil remediation at the site of the new Shreve Street library. … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
Audubon Society The Peace River Audubon Society meetings are the third Thursday of each month, from September through May at First Alliance Church, 20444 Midway Blvd., Port Charlotte. For more … Find out how to read more online.