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SKY Academy of Englewood approved
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County School Board approved the charter application of SKY Academy of Englewood Tuesday afternoon — the vote was 4-1, with member Shirley Brown dissenting — … Find out how to read more online.

Tue  Oct 21 2014 06:29PM
Charlotte boat race organizers are in deep
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners appeared ready Tuesday to keelhaul organizers of the inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix in April. Race organizers may be able to bail themselves … Find out how to read more online.
Larger voter turnout predicted
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent, said she expects at least a 60 percent voter turnout in the Nov. 4 general election — a higher percentage … Find out how to read more online.
Local group sings, raises scholarships
Mon  Oct 20 2014 06:56PM
ENGLEWOOD — For the past 20 years, Lemon Bay Chord Company members have done more than harmonize, they’ve given more than $100,000 in scholarships to Englewood and North Port students. … Find out how to read more online.
State officials to celebrate Coral Creek
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
ROTONDA WEST — Southwest Florida Water Management District officials want to mark the first phase of habitat restoration along Coral Creek. The water district — commonly known as Swiftmud — … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood CRA prepares for the season
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Sarasota County Englewood Community Redevelopment Area Agency Advisory Board has approved grants to enliven West Dearborn Street this fall. The CRA offers nonprofits and others small grants, … Find out how to read more online.
Local group sings, raises scholarships
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — For the past 20 years, Lemon Bay Chord Company members have done more than harmonize, they’ve given more than $100,000 in scholarships to Englewood and North Port students. … Find out how to read more online.
Vintage Finder’s Warehouse has ‘things worth repeating’
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Kitchenware from the 1970s, a riding lawn mower from the ’50s and typewriters from the ’30s are just a few of the treasures stowed away in Vintage … Find out how to read more online.
Expect seasonal weather, afternoon showers
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — After a dry weekend, residents can expect mostly sunny skies again on Monday, but partly cloudy skies with a chance of showers and thunderstorms are expected after … Find out how to read more online.
New data security for Beef’s post-breach
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The owner of the local Beef ‘O’ Brady’s on Sumter Boulevard has made significant strides toward protecting his restaurant and his customers, following a data breach in … Find out how to read more online.
Open for business
Mon  Oct 20 2014 02:31PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Angel Luna drove two and half hours from Orlando after work on Wednesday to be first in line for the grand opening of the new Mall at … Find out how to read more online.
South Gulf Cove paving heats up
Fri  Oct 17 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — The South Gulf Cove Non-Urban Street and Drainage MSBU Advisory Committee has been mulling over a $24 million repaving program for a year. Questions still are flying as … Find out how to read more online.
Audit shows first boat race lost money
Thu  Oct 16 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK —The inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix in April finds itself swimming $54,511 in the red. According to a Charlotte County Clerk of the Court audit, the boat … Find out how to read more online.
Area medical cannabis company inks deal for smokeless therapies
Tue  Oct 14 2014 01:19AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — If Amendment 2 passes in November, Florida patients, including those in Sarasota County who are qualified to use medical marijuana for a variety of serious illnesses, will … Find out how to read more online.
Venice considers future of Rev3 triathlon event
Tue  Oct 14 2014 08:00AM
Should Rev3 become the signature sports event for Venice? That’s the question city council will address at its regular meeting. City Manager Ed Lavallee will lead the discussion. The city … Find out how to read more online.
Benedetti challenges for fire board
Fri  Oct 17 2014 11:17AM
ENGLEWOOD — Ron Benedetti does not golf or boat, but he wants to serve the Englewood community. Benedetti, 65, is challenging Fire Commissioner Jeff Kern for Seat 3 on the … Find out how to read more online.
Cold front comes this week
Mon  Oct 13 2014 08:00AM
The weather should “cool off a little bit” this week, according to Rodney Wynn of the National Weather Service. This is due to a cold front with showers and thunderstorms … Find out how to read more online.
Pilots fly in for breakfast, fun
Mon  Oct 13 2014 03:23PM
ENGLEWOOD — He stepped off his Harley-Davidson, unfastened the goggles from his eyes and put on his Red Baron cap. Punta Gorda resident Dennis Slaughter adjusted his red scarf and … Find out how to read more online.
Home sales remain solid
Tue  Oct 21 2014 06:08PM
Southwest Florida’s housing market closed September strong with year-over-year gains in virtually every category, the latest housing reports showed. In Charlotte County, there were 374 single-family home sales last month … Find out how to read more online.
Murder charge reduced
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
Prosecutors have reduced the murder charge against one of the men arrested last month in relation to the shooting death of a 40-year-old Port Charlotte man. Freddie Campbell, 27, of … Find out how to read more online.
World champion chef joins BBBS fundraiser
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:00AM
A dedicated group of volunteers for Englewood’s Big Brothers Big Sisters is working to fill the hall at the Englewood Event Center for its signature fundraiser, Chefs Cooking For Kids. Festivities get underway … Find out how to read more online.
Students join third big wave of ukulele craze
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The first time music teacher Jason Osborne showed up in class with his ukulele, students had a puzzled look on their faces. They thought it was a … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County workers to get raises
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — On the last day of the month, Charlotte County employees will receive quite a Halloween treat with their first pay raise in seven years. The 3 percent pay … Find out how to read more online.
District spokesman gets warning for political emails
Tue  Oct 21 2014 03:37PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Gary Leatherman, chief spokesman for the Sarasota County School District, is facing no disciplinary action after using the district’s email system for political purposes earlier this month. … Find out how to read more online.
Waiting for Charlotte’s Web
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
Editor’s note: The Sun periodically will be writing about the Wager family as they try new treatments — possibly medical marijuana — for their son Dylan, who suffers from cerebral … Find out how to read more online.
Man served aboard Bennington during WWII
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
Gene Roaf of Punta Gorda Isles was a plane captain who maintained a single Corsair fighter aboard the carrier USS Bennington during the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa in … Find out how to read more online.
SKY Academy eyes new charter school
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — SKY Academy in Englewood on Tuesday will seek consideration as the newest charter school in Sarasota County. Sarasota County School Board members will hear a proposal from SKY … Find out how to read more online.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s begins with first step
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Melissa Vanderbilt-Bestor remembers her grandmother as an outgoing and nurturing woman. Pearl Peeler, now 95, used to invite patients from the mental hospital, where she worked, to … Find out how to read more online.
Czech-Slovak Club begins new season
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The American Czech and Slovak Club of Southwest Florida will hold its first meeting of the 2014-2015 season at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Family Table Restaurant, … Find out how to read more online.
Doctors urge caution
Mon  Oct 13 2014 08:00AM
Upon returning to Punta Gorda from his homeland in Nigeria, where he is helping to support a local hospital, retired physician Dr. Olawale Idewu had his Atlanta-bound plane diverted out … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged with vehicular homicide
Mon  Oct 20 2014 02:31PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A local man has been arrested in connection with a crash that killed a bicyclist in the Parkside area of Port Charlotte in June. David McGovern, 24, … Find out how to read more online.
Constance calls for authority chief’s ouster
Thu  Oct 16 2014 08:00AM
BRADENTON — Charlotte County Commissioner Chris Constance called for the termination of Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority’s Executive Director Pat Lehman on Wednesday, claiming that Lehman constantly abused … Find out how to read more online.
Write a letter to a veteran
Tue  Oct 14 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The new Charlotte County L.O.V.E. (Love Our Veterans Endlessly) Project is encouraging residents and their families to offer a small token of recognition and appreciation to members … Find out how to read more online.
Kern seeks another term on fire board
Fri  Oct 17 2014 11:17AM
ENGLEWOOD — Jeff Kern wants to serve another term as the Englewood Area Fire Control District Seat 3 commissioner. Kern, 63, now serves as fire board chairman. If re-elected, he … Find out how to read more online.
New UTC Mall opening this week
Mon  Oct 13 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — As the clock winds down to the grand opening of the Mall at University Town Center on Thursday, constructions crews, retailers and restaurateurs are all working feverishly … Find out how to read more online.
Resources help abuse victims reclaim power
Mon  Oct 13 2014 03:24PM
The color purple is taking on new meaning after cities statewide have proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Several organizations in Sarasota and Charlotte counties are using purple ribbons … Find out how to read more online.
Serving lunch to 700 students
Sun  Oct 12 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — When asked to spend a day in the shoes of someone who works in Charlotte County Public Schools, I was given the choice of being a principal … Find out how to read more online.