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US 41 widening begins
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The widening of U.S. 41 in north Charlotte County to North Port begins today, as part of a two-year, $31 million project. Also known as Tamiami Trail, … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County sees crime drop in 2014
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Crime in unincorporated Sarasota County fell nearly 10 percent overall in 2014 compared to the previous year, Sheriff Tom Knight reported Wednesday. Major crimes — known as part … Find out how to read more online.
Florida first lady visits Lamarque
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
NORTH PORT — Florida First Lady Ann Scott visited Lamarque Elementary School Tuesday afternoon, reading to two classes as part of Celebrate Literacy Week. Monday, Scott, the wife of Gov. … Find out how to read more online.
Residents get heated over gun law
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
NORTH PORT — Emotions ran high Monday night as city commissioners listened to a number of North Port Estates residents asking for safety restrictions concerning the firing of guns in … Find out how to read more online.
City pushing for more at tech college site
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
NORTH PORT — A fire tower, bistro and conference center were all thrown out as possibilities to be tacked on to the $15 million Suncoast Technical College North Port campus … Find out how to read more online.
Deadline to apply for the 2015 Citizens Public Safety Academy is Friday
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
NORTH PORT — The city is accepting applications for the 2015 Citizens Public Safety Academy, hosted by the North Port Police Department and North Port Fire Rescue, through Friday. “This is … Find out how to read more online.
City fire employees under investigation
Tue  Jan 27 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Three employees of North Port Fire Rescue have been put on paid administrative leave pending an ongoing investigation, according to Fire Chief Bill Taaffe. Taaffe referred to … Find out how to read more online.
Walton Ranch hearing planned for North Port
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County commissioners took one step closer Tuesday to designating Walton Ranch an Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program site. County staff were authorized to advertise a public … Find out how to read more online.
Officials talk transit
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
VENICE — For years, there’s been talk of linking transportation services from North Port and Englewood to Charlotte County. But the obstacles remain how to fund new bus services, as … Find out how to read more online.
Skimming device found at Mobil in North Port
Tue  Jan 27 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Random inspections done by the North Port Police Department, in collaboration with the Florida Department of Agriculture, revealed a credit card skimming device at a gas station … Find out how to read more online.
SCOPE Community Report Card in North Port today
Tue  Jan 27 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The 2014 Community Report Card, a data-rich snapshot of community well-being, is coming to North Port today. SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence, a community engagement … Find out how to read more online.
North Port steps up ATV enforcement
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — ATV enforcement and off-road riding have become a balancing act for the North Port community. The North Port Police Department released a statement that several “enforcement waves” … Find out how to read more online.
Front brings twister
Sun  Jan 25 2015 08:30AM
MYAKKA STATE FOREST — Seven-year-old Anneliese Corgnell can’t ride to her grandma’s house in Polk County to camp in style anymore. With only a two-minute warning blaring over cellphones inside … Find out how to read more online.
Driver seriously injured in I-75 rollover
Sun  Jan 25 2015 03:48PM
NORTH PORT — A 47-year-old man was seriously injured Saturday when his SUV rolled over several times on Interstate 75, throwing him from the vehicle. According to a Florida Highway … Find out how to read more online.
Planning Parkside’s Parks
Sun  Jan 25 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Parkside Citizens’ Master Plan beholds a glorious future. A livable and walkable neighborhood, where miles of broad pathways, sheltered by an unending canopy of trees, would … Find out how to read more online.
North Port reinstates impact fees
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Construction fees for builders will rise in North Port once a moratorium on city impact fees expires on Jan. 31. A unanimous vote in favor of taking … Find out how to read more online.
Police: Animal blood found outside Health Dept.
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Blood found outside the Sarasota County Health Department building in North Port Friday morning closed the facility to clients while police investigated. North Port Police Capt. Chris … Find out how to read more online.
Missing North Port teen found under bridge
Fri  Jan 23 2015 08:30AM
Christine Wurst was grocery shopping Tuesday night when she got a phone call from a woman in Atlanta, Ga., who said she had found Wurst’s 15-year-old daughter, who had been … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Student pulled gun in school parking lot
Fri  Jan 23 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A North Port High School senior was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly pulled out a handgun in the parking lot of Charlotte High School following a basketball … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: No charges in child drowning
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday it will not charge the woman who was caring for her 6-year-old special-needs grandson when he fell in the swimming … Find out how to read more online.
Mooring not on Charlotte’s horizon — for now
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners want to delve in a bit deeper before they consider establishing a designated mooring field in Lemon Bay or elsewhere. Commissioners, however, want to do … Find out how to read more online.
SCOPE: Youth bring new voice
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — About 20 of the 30 residents that participated in the SCOPE Community Report Card meeting Tuesday evening were North Port High School students from Flint Shoop’s sophomore-level … Find out how to read more online.
Two area prescribed burns today; large smoke columns will likely be visible
Wed  Jan 28 2015 11:52AM
NORTH PORT — Rangers from the Florida Forest Service will be conducting a 200-acre prescribed burn today, Wednesday, Jan. 28, on the south end of the Myakka State Forest. Also, … Find out how to read more online.
A fight for survival that inspires
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:32AM
On the evening of Nov. 19, 2009, Paul Rigatti of Port Charlotte was taking his one-hour bicycle ride that took him through North Port. As he approached the corner of … Find out how to read more online.
Teacher charged with pawning school laptops
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:32AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested an art teacher at Pine View School for reportedly pawning laptop computers belonging to the Sarasota County School Board. Adam M. … Find out how to read more online.
EcoFest returns to North Port next month
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
NORTH PORT— The World Wellness EcoFest returns Feb. 7-8 to educate citizens and promote healthy living on a healthy planet. Previously held at Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa, the two-day EcoFest … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:05PM
FAIR SCHEDULE The Charlotte County Fair runs from Friday through Feb. 8 at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds, 2333 El Jobean Road (State Road 776), Port Charlotte. For more information, call 941-629-4252, … Find out how to read more online.
River Road remains a priority; funding is a problem
Tue  Jan 27 2015 03:54PM
River Road widening is a big deal. Nearly everyone around the table Monday morning agreed: The time to get a realistic plan and funding for River Road is now. During … Find out how to read more online.
Former North Port city commissioner Rothschild dies
Tue  Jan 27 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Former city commissioner Norvin Rothschild, who served North Port from 1980-1983, died Saturday in Venice. Rothschild was elected by city residents in a huge victory over two … Find out how to read more online.
North Port High grad releases first album
Tue  Jan 27 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Francesco Maceri, 23, a 2010 North Port High School graduate, recently released his first album. The eight-song CD, “Falling Together,” features lyrics Maceri has worked on, some … Find out how to read more online.
More cold fronts ahead, but not much rain
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
A couple more cold fronts are headed to Southwest Florida, but the work week should be mostly dry except for Monday, according to Nicole Carlisle, meteorologist with the National Weather … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda man recalls time in German POW camp
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part story. While serving as a 57 mm gunner in the 106th Infantry Division, part of Gen. Omar Bradley’s 1st Army, in … Find out how to read more online.
Donations sought to restore firefighting relic
Sun  Jan 25 2015 10:42AM
NORTH PORT—  Richard Yarnall, a North Port firefighter and commander of the North Port Honor Guard, is heading up an effort to raise $25,000 to restore a 1946 Seagrave Pumper … Find out how to read more online.
Abbe’s Donuts
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — “It’s like ‘Cheers.’” Doug Fleming, a longtime regular at Abbe’s Donuts in North Port, equated the shop to the sitcom bar “where everybody knows your name” and, … Find out how to read more online.
Area jobless rates recede
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
As an improving economy rolls on, jobless numbers across the region are following suit, dropping significantly in one month and over the past year. The unemployment rate in Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
NPHS Key Club holding jeans drive
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Beginning Tuesday, the North Port High School Key Club will begin collecting gently worn jeans to help the homeless. Members also hope to earn money for their … Find out how to read more online.
Murder charge filed in Calif. after local man’s death
Fri  Jan 23 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A murder charge has been filed in California against a man accused of killing Ricky Platt, 34, who left Punta Gorda four years ago without telling his … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Huskys begin spring signups
Fri  Jan 23 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port Huskys youth football finished off an outstanding fall season in December, with a third-place finish in the 14-year-old-and-under division game in the national tournament in … Find out how to read more online.
Advocates push to have killer’s case reheard
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — At 17, Steven Castanedo of Gulf Cove was arrested and charged with the second-degree murder of his friend Juan Tavares. When he gets out of prison, he will … Find out how to read more online.
Flood maps may cause real estate ‘crisis’
Wed  Jan 21 2015 01:12PM
NORTH PORT — The city historically has been the low-cost option for people looking to buy a home, but the updated floodplain maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency could … Find out how to read more online.