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Weatherman: nice shopping weather expected
Fri  Nov 28 2014 08:30AM
Black Friday (and weekend) shoppers in Charlotte County should be able to make their rounds in comfortable weather. “After some cold temperatures in the mornings, it will be a pleasant … Find out how to read more online.
Financial planner features local artists’ work
Thu  Nov 27 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Using Spanish moss, shells, sea sponges and sand from Englewood Beach, artist Rita Schwab creates paintings from what she calls “earth elements.” “I’m always collecting things from the … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Drunken driver hits 13-year-old
Thu  Nov 27 2014 08:30AM
ROTONDA WEST — Anthony Eklund loves to run. But after Tuesday night, it might be a while before the local 13-year-old can even walk without any trouble. A suspected drunken … Find out how to read more online.
Police: 17-year-old organized alleged prostitution ring
Tue  Nov 25 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Two people were charged Friday, including a 17-year-old girl, in connection with a prostitution ring that used underage girls from area high schools, according to the Venice … Find out how to read more online.
Manatees moving into winter waters
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
With the onset of cold fronts, manatees are heading to their warm water havens. Manatees seek out creeks, canals and other warm waters in Lemon Bay, the Myakka River, Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Retailers, shoppers prep for holiday sales
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:30AM
Getting in line at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day for a wristband for a $115 television or a $399 PlayStation at Walmart may be way too late. Although wristbands will be distributed … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County widens utilities audit
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County is expanding the outside audit that will look into the operations of the utilities department. On Tuesday, commissioners unanimously agreed to add two risk areas to … Find out how to read more online.
Manatees moving into winter waters
Wed  Nov 26 2014 03:42PM
With the onset of cold fronts, manatees are heading to their warm water havens. Manatees seek out creeks, canals and other warm waters in Lemon Bay, the Myakka River, Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota Schools employee charged with computer crimes
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A Sarasota County School District employee has been charged with allegedly causing nearly three days of disruptions to district computer systems last month. Michael A. Levanti, 28, … Find out how to read more online.
New Suncoast Technical College logo unveiled
Wed  Nov 26 2014 03:43PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Suncoast Technical College, formerly Sarasota County Technical Institute, unveiled its new logo at a pep rally this week. The two-hour celebration Monday included games, a photo booth, … Find out how to read more online.
‘Wheel of Fortune’ … or Not?
Fri  Nov 28 2014 02:15PM
When Patty Jo Hill-Ferraro, of Venice, joins millions of other people watching “Wheel of Fortune” Thursday night, she’ll have one more thing to be thankful for than most of them … Find out how to read more online.
Local nonprofit for visually impaired makes ‘desperate’ plea
Tue  Nov 25 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — David Wilson, a secretary of the board for Visually Impaired Persons of Charlotte County, has macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. A year ago, he felt like his … Find out how to read more online.
State corrections chief steps down
Tue  Nov 25 2014 08:30AM
Gov. Rick Scott’s corrections chief, Mike Crews, announced Monday he is stepping down from the agency grappling with reports of abuse by guards in Charlotte County and other prisons, allegations … Find out how to read more online.
Sellers grab upper hand
Sun  Nov 23 2014 08:30AM
With single-family homes posting strong gains in both sales and median sales prices over the last year, the region has emerged as a seller’s market for the first time since … Find out how to read more online.
Artistic weekend planned for Englewood
Tue  Nov 25 2014 01:33PM
ENGLEWOOD — Arts and crafts will adorn Englewood over the Dec. 6-7 weekend — with a little pickleball thrown in on the side. The Olde Englewood Village Association will hold its … Find out how to read more online.
Turkey day weather dries out
Mon  Nov 24 2014 08:30AM
The sun should come out on Thanksgiving Day after being wet and soggy earlier in the week. Today, the forecast is partly sunny skies with highs in the mid 80s … Find out how to read more online.
Local man served with 104th Timberwolf Division during WWII
Mon  Nov 24 2014 12:47PM
Ralph Cook of Venice ended up a chaplain’s assistant serving with the 104th “Timberwolf Division” in Europe during World War II after flunking an eye exam to enter pilot training … Find out how to read more online.
‘Small Business Saturday’ promotes shop-local culture
Sun  Nov 23 2014 08:30AM
Small-business owners agree that creativity and inspiration are two ingredients that set local businesses apart from their larger, corporate competitors. “There are a lot of creative things going on locally,” … Find out how to read more online.
Big raise for airport chief
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — It was perhaps the longest discussion the Charlotte County Airport Authority has had in years. But when it was all said and done, authority commissioners agreed Punta … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Drunken driver hits teen
Wed  Nov 26 2014 03:52PM
ROTONDA WEST — Anthony Eklund loves to run. But after Tuesday night, it might be a while before the local 13-year-old can even walk without any trouble. A suspected drunken … Find out how to read more online.
Let’s talk turkey … and all the fixin’s
Thu  Nov 27 2014 08:30AM
When is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? It begins at 9 a.m. on NBC. This year’s theme is “Let’s Have a Parade,” which may be problematic for parade participant Meghan … Find out how to read more online.
Second student arrested in prostitution ring
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Fifteen-year-old Julian Luis Mathena of Nokomis is the third person to be arrested in connection with a student-led prostitution “business” at local high schools, authorities say. Mathena, … Find out how to read more online.
County widens utilities audit
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County is expanding the outside audit that will look into the operations of the utilities department. On Tuesday, commissioners unanimously agreed to add two risk areas to … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota Schools employee charged with computer crimes
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A Sarasota County School District employee has been charged with allegedly causing nearly three days of disruptions to district computer systems last month. Michael A. Levanti, 28, … Find out how to read more online.
Small town, big stars
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — Three of the biggest names in country music are coming to town for Florida Tracks and Trails’ first major music event. Hank Williams Jr., Charlie … Find out how to read more online.
‘Giving’ back in Thanksgiving
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:30AM
If you’re thankful this Thanksgiving season, Sue MacNamara has a suggestion for how you can “pay back” by helping others. “Gather up all the clothes and stuff laying around the … Find out how to read more online.
Ricaltini’s helps homeless, needy
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A check for $1,500 will go far for Pat Knox and her volunteers trying to help about 300 families for the holidays. “Without people like Lauri sponsoring a … Find out how to read more online.
Mobile health services offered at South Sarasota County sites
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County Health in Motion Mobile Medical Unit staff will provide free and low-cost health services at South County sites during December. … Find out how to read more online.
Car salesman shares 'miraculous' life story
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:30AM
At 6 a.m. on Oct. 29, 1976, Gene Gorman, age 30, a homeless, penniless drunk straight out of alcohol detox in a mental hospital, walked into a 7-Eleven convenience store … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte to vote on water authority deal
Tue  Nov 25 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners will vote today on an agreement that will finally put to rest a long-standing dispute between the county and the Peace River Manasota Regional Water … Find out how to read more online.
Swift, Rendell move up ranks of School Board again
Tue  Nov 25 2014 08:30AM
Lee Swift, a 20-year veteran of the Charlotte County School Board, has taken over as board chairman again. “I think this is the sixth or seventh time I sat in … Find out how to read more online.

Tue  Nov 25 2014 08:30AM
Correction Charlotte County Utilities offers free turn-off and turn-on of water meters for customers who go away for three months or more. Customers who are away fewer than three months … Find out how to read more online.
No decision on Morningside rezoning
Tue  Nov 25 2014 10:21AM
The Sarasota County Planning Commission found itself in a conundrum last week. The members of the advisory commission wouldn’t vote to disapprove nor approve a rezoning plan that would allow … Find out how to read more online.
Officials offer holiday safety tips
Mon  Nov 24 2014 08:30AM
Flames shot through the rooftops of two Los Angeles homes last Thanksgiving as firefighters arrived. Cooking the turkey had gone terribly wrong, sending an elderly woman to the hospital. Witnesses … Find out how to read more online.
Mud run, festival get folks back to ‘Nature’
Sun  Nov 23 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — At a recent get-together in Englewood, Ann Gillis resolved that it was time to try her first long-distance run ever. But, like many post-cocktail decisions, it was … Find out how to read more online.
THURSDAY is the new BLACK FRIDAY
Sun  Nov 23 2014 08:30AM
There’s no turning back for bargain hunter Melanie White. “I have shopped Black Friday every year since I was 16,” she said. “I am almost 40. I do it because … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood turkey trot to fight cancer
Sat  Nov 22 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A 5K run on Thanksgiving Day will help build an appetite for a turkey dinner and aid those battling cancer. “This is a family fun run, so if … Find out how to read more online.