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New year offers promise
Mon  Dec 22 2014 08:30AM
Southwest Florida — particularly Charlotte, Sarasota and DeSoto counties — is shedding its reputation as the bingo and shuffleboard capital of the world. New entertainment venues and exciting attractions offer … Find out how to read more online.
Trying to help a friend
Wed  Dec 24 2014 08:30AM
Dear Dave: I have a friend who is experiencing financial problems. She is between real jobs at the moment and only bringing in about $600 a month. But even when … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Burglar used trick to find targets
Wed  Dec 24 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A local construction worker is ac cused of going door-to-door soliciting work from residents, and then trying to break into houses where no one came to answer … Find out how to read more online.
Have you seen the lights?
Wed  Dec 24 2014 11:18AM
Port Charlotte area • 23306 Freeport Ave.: 8-foot Ferris wheel with characters; reindeer and others out front; huge Christmas tree inside that can be seen from the road. • 21459 … Find out how to read more online.
Imagine School shows financial improvement
Wed  Dec 24 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — In 2014, Imagine School at North Port tightened its belt to make up for some past excesses that were the legacy of a previous administration, and it … Find out how to read more online.
Welcome to the Cultural Center
Wed  Dec 24 2014 08:30AM
A s promised, we are adding some new exciting events to our theater schedule. On Jan. 9, 2015 , we will be having our Welcome Back event at the Cultural … Find out how to read more online.
Tourism boom impacting area
Sun  Dec 21 2014 08:30AM
Rentals are booked, events are sold out and tourist revenues are at all-time highs in the Southwest corner of the state, which local and regional tourism experts say quickly is … Find out how to read more online.
‘Unsettled weather pattern’ clears out by Christmas
Mon  Dec 22 2014 08:30AM
A white Christmas is unlikely, but Southwest Florida weather should be chillier Christmas Day. Andrew McKaughan of the National Weather Service said residents will see warmer weather earlier this week … Find out how to read more online.
Complaint filed against Positive Bounds
Sun  Dec 21 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Four local business members have filed a complaint through the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce and the state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services against the … Find out how to read more online.
Hands-on science makes cents
Sun  Dec 21 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — The Academy Worm Farm is officially open and ready for harvest, thanks to science teacher Deb Kindle and math teacher Jeremy Bunk. And according to Sean Moore, president … Find out how to read more online.
Cuban-Americans wary of détente
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
Julio Morales was part of the Mariel boatlift in 1980, when more than 100,000 Cubans made the treacherous crossing to Florida — and freedom. But as a boy growing up … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood launches ‘Waterfest’ plans
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Planning for the Englewood Beach Waterfest in November 2015 is on its way. The goal is for the Offshore Powerboat Association to stage powerboats qualifying and racing off … Find out how to read more online.
Cold front may come in chilly or wet Christmas package
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
Although it’s highly unlikely to see a White Christmas in Southwest Florida, meteorologist Robert Garcia with the National Weather Service said he and his colleagues “never rule it out.” While … Find out how to read more online.
Fishermen’s Village looking to expand
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — In the 36 years since Fishermen’s Village entered into a land lease with the city, the visitor outpost has grown from a sleepy spot on the harbor … Find out how to read more online.
Students shop with cops
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — “Do you know your grandfather’s shoe size?” Charlotte County Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Cignarale asked 10-year-old Tyler Odom. “Yes, it’s a 10 and a half,” the Peace River Elementary … Find out how to read more online.
Respect for patients key to better hospital care
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
According to a new study by Consumer Reports, a key component in achieving the best outcome from a hospital stay is making sure you’re treated with respect. The study, “How … Find out how to read more online.
Perkins re-elected RWA president
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
Glynn S. Perkins was re-elected President of the Board of Directors of the Rotonda West Association at a special meeting on Dec. 9. He will serve his fifth consecutive term, … Find out how to read more online.
‘Dancing Lessons’ is thought-provoking
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
At Friday night’s performance of “Dancing Lessons” by Mark St. Germain, in the Keating Theatre at Florida Studio Theatre, heat was an issue — onstage and off. The room temperature … Find out how to read more online.

Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Katelyn Dawn Lewis, 23, 1400 block of Achilles St., Port Charlotte. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. • Anderson Lee … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood boat race’s new course
Thu  Dec 25 2014 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Despite community consternation and fiscal issues in its execution, the Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix proved successful in April. The organizers ran aground with Charlotte County commissioners, … Find out how to read more online.
County eyes energy savings
Wed  Dec 24 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Under a new program proposed in Charlotte County, renovations aimed at improving the energy efficiency of homes and businesses could qualify for up to 100 percent financing. State … Find out how to read more online.
Botanical gardens project gets boost from grant
Wed  Dec 24 2014 08:30AM
The Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens Inc. recently received a $10,000 matching grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. This grant will fund many of the expenses associated with … Find out how to read more online.
Garden wows day and night
Wed  Dec 24 2014 08:30AM
The year 2014 was a great one for the Naples Botanical Garden. With the help of a $500,000 grant from the state’s Division of Cultural Affairs along with donations, Naples … Find out how to read more online.
Sued church seeks new trial
Wed  Dec 24 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The local church that was successfully sued for $1.2 million earlier this month — after a jury found it mostly at fault for the death of a … Find out how to read more online.
Vietnam Wall group nears its goal
Wed  Dec 24 2014 01:55PM
PUNTA GORDA — This year marked a major milestone for the Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida committee. Just eight months after kicking off their campaign, the group managed to raise … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Dec 24 2014 08:30AM
HOLIDAY CLOSURES In observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays, all Charlotte County government business offices, Punta Gorda city offices and county courts will be closed today, Thursday … Find out how to read more online.
Shelter seeks homes for pets
Mon  Dec 22 2014 08:30AM
He was either hit with a bat or used as bait to taunt another dog — either way, Mojo’s jaw was dislocated and he would die without medical treatment. Seeing … Find out how to read more online.
Christmas Truce re-enactment canceled in Englewood
Sun  Dec 21 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Two local groups planned to re-enact the Christmas Truce of 1914 on Monday at a local park. The soldier actors would learn that the enemy shared their same … Find out how to read more online.
App targets Brazilian tourists
Sun  Dec 21 2014 08:30AM
Chip Futch, marketing director for the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau, said a future iPhone and Android application may bring millions more tourists to Southwest Florida. The app, currently … Find out how to read more online.
Area high school grades news mixed
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
Grades for Charlotte County Public Schools’ three major high schools dipped, while two in Sarasota County leaped from a B to an A, according to a state report released Thursday. … Find out how to read more online.
Church reaches out to those feeling ‘blue’
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
Darlene Plank won’t see her daughter Lisa on Christmas or New Year’s. The pair won’t celebrate or exchange gifts. Plank’s daughter is in prison in Homestead, Fla. “It makes the … Find out how to read more online.
Denise Amber Lee Foundation has new role
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Any time Nathan Lee gets to thank the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, he doesn’t hesitate. Although he’s said it dozens of times, he believes the foundation is one … Find out how to read more online.
WWII veteran receives high school diploma
Fri  Dec 19 2014 03:16PM
A few weeks ago, 90-year-old Port Charlotte resident Mike Humenansky was sitting at home with his wife Rosalie and reflecting on his life. He had been married fairly young to … Find out how to read more online.
Morningside rezoning to be reconsidered
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A developer hopes to break the Sarasota County Planning Commission’s impasse Thursday. The developer, GBU Ventures LLC, hopes more buffering will sway the advisory commission to pass on … Find out how to read more online.
New football, cheer association seeks supporters
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Mike Cody believes there is room for more youth football and cheerleading in North Port. Cody, who coached Pop Warner and North Port Huskys football locally for over … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay ‘elves’ party with preschoolers
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM

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Building a kayak with wings
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
At age 81, Skip Rasmussen, of Punta Gorda, is flying headlong into a new life venture. He’s building a twin-engine airplane in his Punta Gorda Isles garage. In life, he’s … Find out how to read more online.
Boats twinkle in 25th Annual Lighted Boat Parade
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
The 25th annual Punta Gorda Lighted Boat Parade, planned and carried out by the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, lit the harbor with dazzling displays of holiday decorations Sunday night. … Find out how to read more online.