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City’s ‘HEARTS’ participants enjoy a Thanksgiving lunch
Thu  Nov 23 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Mandy Lorenz spent her Wednesday greeting participants of the city’s HEARTS program at VFW Post 8203. Lorenz, the telecommunications supervisor at North Port Police Department, oversees the … Find out how to read more online.
Mom-and-pop stores ready for Small Business Saturday
Thu  Nov 23 2017 08:30AM
Karen Tyree is using Small Business Saturday to showcase her new fashions from Italy and help a local charity. On Saturday, Tyree, owner of Ivy’s on Dearborn, 446 W. Dearborn … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Nov 23 2017 08:30AM

THANKSGIVING Closures

In observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday, all Charlotte and Sarasota County government business offices, North Port and Punta Gorda city offices, along with the county and circuit …

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Annual art festival returns to Englewood this weekend
Thu  Nov 23 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Annual Englewood Bank & Trust Thanksgiving Art Festival is all set for Saturday and Sunday on the grounds of Englewood Bank & Trust’s main branch, 1111 S. … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Nov 23 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Christal Lynn Boothe, 31, 300 block of Fitzhugh Ave., Punta Gorda. Charges: possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, … Find out how to read more online.
Winter camp registration open
Wed  Nov 22 2017 08:02PM
NORTH PORT — While kids may be off from school, parents still have the chance to get them out of the house. Registration for the Winter Break Camp through North … Find out how to read more online.
Shoppers gear up for Black Friday
Wed  Nov 22 2017 08:30AM
Jodee Armstrong already scoped out Black Friday sales and is ready to shop from Thanksgiving evening into Friday afternoon. In less than 24 hours, the Black Friday veteran can be … Find out how to read more online.
North Port prepares for Braves
Tue  Nov 21 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Mike Dunn has begun filling boxes, throwing away old items and saying goodbye to friends as he leaves Atlanta to move to sunny North Port. Moving is … Find out how to read more online.
Clues to area’s Native American history found in ‘Garbage’
Mon  Nov 20 2017 08:30AM
They powered their canoes swiftly and mightily, their skin glistening with the water’s spray. Their muscles alternately flexed and relaxed as they paddled. There was no time to spare if … Find out how to read more online.
Clues to area’s Native American history found in ‘Garbage’
Mon  Nov 20 2017 02:39PM
They powered their canoes swiftly and mightily, their skin glistening with the water’s spray. Their muscles alternately flexed and relaxed as they paddled. There was no time to spare if … Find out how to read more online.
Local monopoly on nudity
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
Self-proclaimed workaholic Kipp Whaley is at his gentlemens club almost every night. He compares himself to a drill sergeant making sure rules are followed by his staff and customers. After … Find out how to read more online.
Local monopoly on nudity
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
Self-proclaimed workaholic Kipp Whaley is at his gentlemens club almost every night. He compares himself to a drill sergeant making sure rules are followed by his staff and customers. After … Find out how to read more online.
Local monopoly on nudity
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
Self-proclaimed workaholic Kipp Whaley is at his gentlemens club almost every night. He compares himself to a drill sergeant making sure rules are followed by his staff and customers. After … Find out how to read more online.
Free festival highlights natural environment
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — At Saturday’s Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival, Nate Barron wanted to educate and fascinate his two girls on the wonderful wilds of Southwest Florida. Actually, the expedition was … Find out how to read more online.
Free Thanksgiving Dinners
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
• Sonrise Baptist Church is inviting those who are alone, unable to cook, etc., to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal in its Fellowship Hall on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 2 to 6 p.m. … Find out how to read more online.
Funeral services set for 13-year-old
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Funeral services are set as the community mourns the loss of Dylan Rose, 13, who was struck from behind by a car while riding his bike Wednesday … Find out how to read more online.
Bridge results
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
BRIDGE RESULTS AT NORTH PORT SENIOR CENTER Nov. 13, 2017: North/South — 1st: Marcia Lanphear and John Herrmann; 2nd: Ella Richard and Sue Hummer; 3rd: Carol Schuldt and Homer Baxter. … Find out how to read more online.
One generous couple gives back
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
Initially reluctant to come forward, Erik and Diane Hoffer decided to publicly declare their support to the Charlotte Community Foundation (CCF) in hopes of influencing others to step up. “I … Find out how to read more online.
‘Fall into Fun’ kicks off season at Atwater
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
Atwater Elementary School hosted its fall festival recently, called “Fall into Fun” Bounce House Spirit Night. The afternoon was filled with bounce houses, pizza, treats, ice cream and children. … Find out how to read more online.
Weekly record
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte County marriage licenses • Marlin Maurice Meyette of Punta Gorda, and Shirley Ann Robinson of Punta Gorda • Thien Cong Huynh Truong of Punta Gorda, and Thi Minh Phan … Find out how to read more online.
Gulf Cove Methodists ready with the turkey
Thu  Nov 23 2017 08:30AM
GULF COVE — No one needs to go hungry today or be alone on Thanksgiving. A long-standing tradition, Gulf Cove United Methodist Church invites the community to enjoy a free … Find out how to read more online.
Crime decreasing locally, statewide
Thu  Nov 23 2017 08:30AM
Crime in Charlotte County for the first half of 2017 has decreased by more than 10 percent compared to the same time period last year, according to the Florida Department … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Father arrested after daughter nearly drowns
Thu  Nov 23 2017 08:30AM
A Punta Gorda man was arrested Tuesday after his 2-year-old daughter nearly drowned in a lake at the Seven Palms Apartments on Slash Pine Circle, according to the Punta Gorda … Find out how to read more online.
One hole-in-one, two holes-in-one
Thu  Nov 23 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Do you know what the odds are of hitting a hole-in-one during a golf game? They’re about 12,000 to 1 for an average, amateur player, according to the … Find out how to read more online.
Bed tax collections surpass 2016
Thu  Nov 23 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Tourism officials in Sarasota County have a lot to celebrate this Thanksgiving. According to a recent report release by Tax Collector Barbara Ford-Coates, collection of the local tourist … Find out how to read more online.
North Port promotes gift program
Wed  Nov 22 2017 08:02PM
NORTH PORT — With Thanksgiving kicking off the holiday season, city officials are hoping residents will get involved to help the growing number of people in need. Program involvement is … Find out how to read more online.
North Port prepares for Braves
Tue  Nov 21 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Mike Dunn has begun filling boxes, throwing away old items and saying goodbye to friends as he leaves Atlanta to move to sunny North Port. Moving is … Find out how to read more online.
North Port prepares for Braves
Wed  Nov 22 2017 12:47PM
NORTH PORT — Mike Dunn has begun filling boxes, throwing away old items and saying goodbye to friends as he leaves Atlanta to move to sunny North Port. Moving is … Find out how to read more online.
Clues to area’s Native American history found in ‘Garbage’
Mon  Nov 20 2017 08:30AM
They powered their canoes swiftly and mightily, their skin glistening with the water’s spray. Their muscles alternately flexed and relaxed as they paddled. There was no time to spare if … Find out how to read more online.
Airman and his guard dog took on enemy in Vietnam
Mon  Nov 20 2017 08:30AM
Airman 2nd Class John Langley was a member of the 377th Security Police (K-9) when he arrived at Tan Son Nhut Air Force Base outside Saigon South Vietnam in 1967. … Find out how to read more online.
Lewis receives pay bump
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — With a new title slightly three weeks away, Assistant Sarasota County Administrator Jonathan Lewis will also be receiving a pay raise. During its meeting Tuesday, county commissioners unanimously … Find out how to read more online.
Lewis receives pay bump
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — With a new title slightly three weeks away, Assistant Sarasota County Administrator Jonathan Lewis will also be receiving a pay raise. During its meeting Tuesday, county commissioners unanimously … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
AARP Charlotte Chapter 80 The AARP Charlotte Chapter 80 meets meets on the third Thursday of every month at 9 a.m. at the Royal Palm Retirement Center, 2500 Aaron St., Port … Find out how to read more online.
Waterfest world championship racing ends today
Tue  Nov 21 2017 06:41PM
The announcer told the crowd to go to the water with their beverage and get ready for the fastest race boats in the Offshore Powerboat Association world championship here at … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM

THANKSGIVING Closures

In observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday, all Charlotte County government business offices and Punta Gorda city offices, along with the county and circuit courts, will be closed …

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Traffic enforcement locations set
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Beginning Monday, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office will increase traffic enforcement at the following locations: Speed enforcement: • State Road 776, from Gasparilla Road to Beach Road, … Find out how to read more online.
Lewis receives pay bump
Mon  Nov 20 2017 02:30PM
SARASOTA — With a new title slightly three weeks away, Assistant Sarasota County Administrator Jonathan Lewis will also be receiving a pay raise. During its meeting Tuesday, county commissioners unanimously … Find out how to read more online.
SR 776 Corridor plan advances to Sarasota County Commission
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
VENICE — The Sarasota County planning commission gave the revised State Road 776 Corridor Plan a thumbs up for consideration by the county commission Thursday evening. After 90 minutes of … Find out how to read more online.
Strip club owner gets into stripper poles, billboards and beyond
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
When Kipp Whaley isn’t overseeing his bikini bar or gentlemens club, he is usually tinkering in his workshop next door. Charlotte County’s only nude strip club owner has branched out … Find out how to read more online.
Winners circle
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
American Legion Post 103 • Sunday Darts winners Nov. 12: Round 1: 1-Nancy Heder, Kim Toney; 2-Pam Kirkaldy, Henry Tropea; 3-Dave Heder, Dale McDaniel. American Legion Post 110 • Bridge … Find out how to read more online.


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