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Blaze a trail
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — If you enjoy biking on trails through pristine wilderness, Mark Paquin would like to enlist your help. Paquin, 51, is an Englewood resident. He and his wife … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Man stalked Venice mayor
Fri  Apr 18 2014 06:11PM
A North Port man was charged with stalking Venice Mayor John Holic after he discovered that Holic had an affair with his wife, according to the Venice Police Department. David … Find out how to read more online.
Grant funds available for homeless veterans
Fri  Apr 18 2014 05:39PM
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez recently announced a grant competition that will award 24 Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program grants totaling about $6 million to provide an estimated 2,000 … Find out how to read more online.
Open mic marks poetry month
Fri  Apr 18 2014 03:52PM
The Peace River Center for Writers hosted its monthly Open Mic Night at Fishermen’s Village on Monday evening. Avid writers, members of PRWC, and students at Edison State College gather … Find out how to read more online.
Kitchen fires all too common
Fri  Apr 18 2014 06:16PM
ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Area Fire Control District quickly put out a kitchen fire Tuesday in an apartment complex at 1601 Placida Road. Unfortunately, residential kitchen fires are all too … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless numbers hold steady
Fri  Apr 18 2014 06:11PM
The region’s unemployment rate in March showed little change from the previous month but continued its steady decline from a year ago. The state Department of Economic Opportunity reported that … Find out how to read more online.
Spring Spectacular this weekend
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:00AM
This year more than ever, Jodi Kremiller is hoping for a good turnout for the fourth annual Spring Spectacular, being held Saturday and Sunday at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds off … Find out how to read more online.
Passing on a passion for books
Thu  Apr 17 2014 03:40PM
PUNTA GORDA — Volunteers in a reading program at Port Charlotte High School plan to give away more than just books at the end of the month. They are passing … Find out how to read more online.
Weekend may start off wet
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:00AM
Southwest Florida residents are looking at a wet weekend with a possibility of thunderstorms and even some high wind and hail. A low-pressure system was expected to move into Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Rice guilty of murder, gets life
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — It took a 12-member jury more than six hours of deliberations to find Michael W. Rice guilty of the first-degree murder of Philippe Nahon, 48, a decision … Find out how to read more online.
Habitat for Humanity helped by Eagle Scout
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:00AM
SOUTH COUNTY — Peter Cornetet knows the proceeds from each recycled soda can buy more nails for volunteers to build homes for Habitat for Humanity. That’s why the longtime Boy … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County school officials worried about bills
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — The legislative lobbyist for the Charlotte County School Board informed members Tuesday that a state bill that would allow specified individuals to carry a concealed weapon into schools … Find out how to read more online.
Rotonda West lends support to the Stone Crabs
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
Spirits were high in Sections 216 and 217 at Charlotte Sports Park on April 4 as a large contingent of Rotonda West fans cheered on the Charlotte Stone Crabs. It … Find out how to read more online.
Venice PediCabs debuting this weekend
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
This weekend, yet another new form of transportation makes its debut, the Venice PediCabs, operating from the Venice Skin Studio at 125 West Miami Ave. “This is a pretty neat … Find out how to read more online.
Ex-officios are out, liaisons are in
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
Ex-officio members on city of Venice advisory boards are being eliminated to make it easier for city council members to converse with them. Currently an ex-officio member — a council … Find out how to read more online.
Drama focuses on resurrection
Wed  Apr 16 2014 01:01PM
ENGLEWOOD — West Coast Church Pastor Nancy Turpin was all over the place Sunday evening as she coached a few dozen performers through dress rehearsal for this week’s “The Living … Find out how to read more online.
Compromise reached on bill
Tue  Apr 15 2014 08:00AM
Ashley Lotempio’s son was just 18 months old when he first began showing signs of a mental illness. At first, the Texas native was told her son was simply being … Find out how to read more online.
Keller Williams partners with Marketplace Home Mortgage
Tue  Apr 15 2014 08:00AM
Keller Williams Realty Englewood has announced a new partnership with Marketplace Home Mortgage and their business builder program. Marketplace Home Mortgage will bring a marketing coordinator and a loan officer … Find out how to read more online.
Soggy week on tap
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
A front moving through Southwest Florida will bring with it rain for the majority of the week. The front will begin moving into the area Tuesday afternoon, bringing with it … Find out how to read more online.
Inmates recognized for success
Fri  Apr 18 2014 05:39PM
PUNTA GORDA — Andron Cain admits he wasted a large part of his life, disappointing both himself and his mother. The 33-year-old has been serving out a six-year prison sentence … Find out how to read more online.
Visani comedy king selling his castle
Fri  Apr 18 2014 04:22PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — While a “For Sale” sign sometimes means a business is closing its doors, that is not the case with Visani Restaurant and Dinner Theater on Kings Highway. … Find out how to read more online.
InStride Equine Therapy co-founder retires
Fri  Apr 18 2014 04:59PM
Amid plenty of hugs and tears, InStride Equine Assisted Therapy co-founder and executive director Donna Blem embarked upon her next venture at a retirement party last week. Twenty years ago, … Find out how to read more online.
Two file for vacant School Board seat
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Two candidates have filed to run for the recently vacated Sarasota County School Board District 1 seat. Carol Todd, first elected to the board in 1998, resigned … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Caregiver steals piles of painkillers
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A local woman is accused of stealing hydrocodone pills nearly seven dozen times since mid-January from patients at a local assisted-living facility where she worked. The 37-year-old … Find out how to read more online.
Season’s final Placida Art Market Saturday
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:00AM
PLACIDA — Garry and Margaret Albritton like artists whose work reflects originality, and they have given those artists a venue at their Placida art markets at the Fishery. “We have … Find out how to read more online.
Tea Party stalwart makes commission run
Fri  Apr 18 2014 07:06PM
Embarking on her very first campaign for elective office at age 68, it would be easy to dismiss the grandmother of five as a serious candidate for Charlotte County District … Find out how to read more online.
Hooked on Englewood
Wed  Apr 16 2014 01:01PM
ENGLEWOOD — The 58th Pioneer Days Parade Committee wants to hook people into thinking about what floats they want to enter into this year’s parade. Englewood’s annual Pioneer Days festivities … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota School Board ponders lobbyist hire
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — During a workshop Tuesday afternoon, members of the Sarasota County School Board agreed they would like to pursue hiring a lobbyist to speak on their behalf in … Find out how to read more online.
‘A nice first impression’
Tue  Apr 15 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — At Englewood Beach Monday, Bruce Tobiassen prepared the Miss Geico powerboat for its trip back to Riviera Beach. Miss Geico blew a drive shaft, sustained other damage, and … Find out how to read more online.
SCF student named Ms. Congeniality in Ms. Wheelchair pageant
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — When State College of Florida Venice student Cody Bowman took the stage in the Ms. Wheelchair Florida pageant April 4-6, in Orlando, she realized her dream of advocating … Find out how to read more online.
Thompson joined the Navy in 1945, at age 17
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
It was July 22, 1945, when Earl Thompson, a Navy fireman who now lives in Port Charlotte, sailed into Buckner Bay aboard a transport ship that dropped anchor off Okinawa. … Find out how to read more online.
Postal workers deal with Easter, Tax Day
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
Between customers with tax returns and Easter eggs, it was double trouble early this week for local postal workers. But they were ready for it. “It’s kind of like a … Find out how to read more online.
Golf Fooooore Kids’ Sake
Wed  Apr 16 2014 01:01PM
Golfers who love the game rarely need an excuse to play. But when you combine springtime on the course with the chance to benefit area kids, it’s a hole-in-one for … Find out how to read more online.
Authorities report few incidents at boat races
Tue  Apr 15 2014 08:00AM
Crowds in the Englewood Beach area for the inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix were mostly relaxed, despite a handful of weekend arrests and a half-dozen medical 911 calls … Find out how to read more online.
Fans flock to Englewood for fun, sun and high-speed boats
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dave Sharpnack would likely never have made it to the white sand beach on Manasota Key if it hadn’t been for the powerboat races held in Englewood Sunday. … Find out how to read more online.
Behind in the count
Sun  Apr 13 2014 08:00AM
Charlotte County school district officials are concerned about an assessment showing that a low percentage of children entering kindergarten demonstrate basic math skills. However, representatives with the Early Learning Coalition of … Find out how to read more online.
Big beer vs. small craft brewers
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Bill Frazer has been working for months to transform a Charlotte Street warehouse space into Fat Point Brewing Company, marking the first microbrewery in Charlotte County. The … Find out how to read more online.