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Construction impacting drivers
Mon  May 2 2016 01:00AM
Denise Ellis of Port Charlotte Florist said the business — at 900 Tamiami Trail — has been “in the zone” of the U.S. 41 widening project for a while. “There were … Find out how to read more online.
Cooler weather should arrive with mid-week front
Mon  May 2 2016 01:00AM
Southwest Floridians have coped with hot and sticky weather with little relief from spring showers, but a front coming in on Wednesday should bring some cooler and less humid weather … Find out how to read more online.
Sun wins Pulitzer Prize
Thu  Apr 28 2016 04:33PM
When Monday’s Pulitzer Prize winners were announced, the small market Sun newspapers emerged from the giants to capture a first place for Editorial Writing. The Sun newspapers, which covers Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Dunn-Rankin a true patriarch
Thu  Apr 28 2016 04:33PM
Maybe once every generation or so, a man and a place come together in perfect symmetry. He fits the place. The place fits him. So it was with Derek Dunn-Rankin … Find out how to read more online.
Dry weather expected until later in the week
Mon  Apr 11 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians can expect the pleasant weekend weather to continue at least through the early part of this week. “It looks like we’ll have a dry start to the week,” … Find out how to read more online.
North Port man killed in US 41 wreck
Mon  Apr 4 2016 08:30AM
MANATEE COUNTY — A 23-year-old North Port man died early Sunday morning when he reportedly lost control of his motorcycle and struck another vehicle. The wreck happened shortly after 2 … Find out how to read more online.
Fundraiser crosses $1 million mark for Semper Fi Fund
Sun  Apr 3 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — After seven years of events, the Boca Royale Golf and Country Club Semper Fi fundraiser has topped $1 million for the Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit that helps … Find out how to read more online.
WWII vet named ‘Knight of Legion of Honor’ by France
Mon  Apr 4 2016 02:36PM
ENGLEWOOD — Art Nicholas of Englewood received France’s highest military decoration, the “Knight of the Legion of Honor,” at a ceremony held Saturday at Boca Royale Golf & Country Club … Find out how to read more online.
Motorcycle accident seriously injures two
Sun  Apr 3 2016 08:30AM
COLLIER COUNTY — Two teenagers were seriously injured in a motorcycle crash late Friday night. At about 12:20 a.m., driver Alezandre Almarel, 19, of Arcadia, was traveling southbound on County … Find out how to read more online.
Army sergeant maintained secret electronics in WWII
Mon  Mar 28 2016 08:30AM
John Adams had a top secret security clearance in the Army Air Corps because he worked for the Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner to the Central Intelligence Agency. He … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Chorale benefits from Papa G’s luncheon
Sun  Mar 27 2016 08:30AM
The Charlotte Chorale recently hosted a benefit luncheon at Papa G’s restaurant, which is a part of Charlotte Technical Center’s culinary arts program. Chef Jason Osborne and his assistants and … Find out how to read more online.
South County Library options unveiled
Sun  Mar 27 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — At the initial public workshop in January to plan the South County Library, architects listened as people voiced their ideas on what the new community resource should … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Mar 27 2016 08:30AM

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Each week in Sunday’s Sun, we run free birthday announcements, along with a photo. Email your .jpg photo of the birthday boy or girl of any age, …

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Dr. Mark Asperilla puts others first
Sun  Mar 20 2016 08:30AM
Dr. Mark Asperilla figures God has more tasks for him. How else, he asked himself, do you explain an incident a few weeks ago when he suffered a heart attack … Find out how to read more online.
Submariner recalls silent service
Mon  Mar 21 2016 08:30AM
Most of Stephen Worden’s missions aboard nuclear subs were spent in the cold, choppy waters of the North Atlantic. “The North Atlantic in the winter was a bad place to … Find out how to read more online.
Florida, area set for ‘barn burner’ election in November
Wed  Apr 27 2016 02:38PM
The November presidential election is going to be a “barn burner,” and Florida will be an integral part of the fire. That’s the estimation of retiring state Rep. Ken Roberson, … Find out how to read more online.
Burnt Store Isles residents clash over dredging project
Thu  Mar 17 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Residents of Burnt Store Isles appear to agree that areas of the rim canal in the community need dredging, but the matter of paying for the project … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County employee dies following accident
Fri  Mar 18 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — A county building inspector died this week after falling from the roof of Kane’s Furniture in Port Charlotte earlier this month. Richard “Ric” Towne passed away at … Find out how to read more online.
Lawson is new North Port Sun editor
Wed  Mar 16 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Scott Lawson, a 20-year journalism veteran, has taken over leadership of the North Port Sun. Lawson, 43, began his new job as editor of the North Port … Find out how to read more online.
AP Video
Alleged murder-suicide in Port Charlotte
Fri  Apr 29 2016 09:30PM
At 7:02 p.m., Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputies responded to multiple 911 calls reporting multiple shots fired in the vicinity of McDonald’s, 3232 Tamiami Trail, by the Promenades Mall in Port … Find out how to read more online.
Students walk in their parents’ shoes for a day
Fri  Apr 29 2016 08:30AM
At 14, Kayla Vaughan is a veteran worker at Bealls. Since she was 8, Vaughan has been going to the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day with her … Find out how to read more online.

Mon  Apr 25 2016 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Jerrud Lee Johnson, 40, 22300 block of Lehigh Ave., Port Charlotte. Charge: DUI, and three counts of off bond. Bond: … Find out how to read more online.
Buster Longino keeps ‘old Florida’ alive
Fri  Apr 15 2016 03:45PM
Clad in a cowboy hat, lived-in flannel shirt and dusty jeans, 90-year-old Berryman “Buster” Longino is the epitome of “old Florida” — history that is rapidly vanishing in these times … Find out how to read more online.
Marine battled Chinese troops, freezing conditions in Korea
Mon  Apr 11 2016 08:30AM
The Korean War began the week before James Hawn, now of Port Charlotte, graduated from Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., in June 1950. He became part of … Find out how to read more online.
Mostly sunny and dry week with cool breeze expected
Mon  Apr 4 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians can look forward to a calm work week weather- wise with no severe weather projected. “It looks pretty nice,” said meteorologist Andrew McKaughan of the National Weather Service … Find out how to read more online.
North Port officials, residents to meet, discuss hospital
Tue  Mar 29 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city is on a quest to procure a Certificate of Need for a hospital in North Port, and city officials are meeting today to discuss the … Find out how to read more online.
Kiwanis KidFest features thrilling Duck Race
Sun  Apr 3 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — As hundreds of plastic ducks bobbed their way down the home stretch during the Duck Race at Saturday’s inaugural KidFest in Kiwanis Park, Sean Lorenz, 8, cheered … Find out how to read more online.
Carusone wins battle to run for re-election
Wed  Apr 27 2016 02:38PM
NORTH PORT — The public will be seeing former commissioner Vanessa Carusone’s name on the ballot for North Port City Commission again in the August primary, after she and her … Find out how to read more online.
Rainy week ahead for Charlotte County
Mon  Mar 28 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents should be prepared to pack their umbrellas this week, as much of it will be soggy across the county. According to Ryan LaMarre of the National Weather … Find out how to read more online.
‘Defenders’ bikers ride as one to assist Fallen Heroes
Sun  Mar 27 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — After Scott Black retired from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, he wanted to pursue his passion for motorcycles with a group of like-minded riders. But he wanted … Find out how to read more online.
Traffic enforcement locations set
Sun  Mar 27 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Beginning Monday, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office will increase traffic enforcement at the following locations: Speed enforcement: Entire length of Rampart Boulevard, Port Charlotte. Entire length of … Find out how to read more online.
Peace River Audubon Society hosts 39th Annual Banquet
Sun  Mar 27 2016 08:30AM
The Peace River Audubon Society held its 39th Annual Banquet and Fundraiser on March 24 at the Twin Isles Country Club. The event benefited the Peace River Audubon Society’s Environmental … Find out how to read more online.
Controlled burn season extended
Fri  Mar 25 2016 02:33PM
Controlled burns are typically conducted around the region from November to March, but this year burns are going to go on into April. Forest Area Supervisor Rick Christman — he … Find out how to read more online.
Annual juried show spotlights national, local art
Sun  Mar 20 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Some wide-eyed onlookers at Saturday’s Peace River National Art Festival searched for colorful adornments for their home, unique gifts for others, or precious keepsakes for themselves. But … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda won’t prohibit toys
Wed  Apr 27 2016 02:38PM
PUNTA GORDA — The City Council has opted to let them play. The issue of large recreational toys, such as trampolines and playscapes, in front yards recently became an issue … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda man injured in crash
Thu  Mar 17 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A 34-year-old man is listed in stable condition following a one-vehicle accident on West Marion Avenue, according to Punta Gorda Police. At about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, John … Find out how to read more online.
Fun for all at San Pedro fest
Sun  Mar 13 2016 08:30AM
The San Pedro Catholic Church Community Festival is going on this weekend in North Port, and continues from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday on the church grounds, 14380 Tamiami Trail. … Find out how to read more online.
Cook files for re-election
Wed  Mar 16 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — City Commissioner Cheryl Cook submitted forms to run for re-election after rounding out her first four-year term with North Port, according to documents released by the city. … Find out how to read more online.