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Exploring the city’s many blueways
Sat  Jul 23 2016 11:52AM
NORTH PORT — A Kayak Excursion last week launched from Marina Park and traveled about 3 miles up the Myakkahatchee Creek. The excursion was organized by People For Trees along … Find out how to read more online.
Area rates well in latest crash report summary
Sat  Jul 23 2016 11:50AM
Only one road in Venice gets a mention in the just-released 2015 Crash Report Summary for Sarasota County. But a lot of roads and intersections near the city appear in … Find out how to read more online.
Police department blessed by church
Sat  Jul 23 2016 11:48AM
NORTH PORT — Following the tragic killings of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, a North Port church held a ceremony to pray for the local department. Five officers were … Find out how to read more online.
Crowded field faces questions at forum
Thu  Jul 21 2016 09:10AM
NORTH PORT — A candidate forum for the North Port city commissioner hopefuls will be held tonight and give voters the opportunity to become more informed on those running. “We’re … Find out how to read more online.
Jury: Man guilty of landlord’s murder
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Deliberating for a little more than an hour, a jury found John Alan Mellquist guilty of second-degree murder in connection with the slaying of his landlord 13 years … Find out how to read more online.
County ready to purchase Myakka River Oyster Bar
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
The details may not be solidified nor a purchase price announced, but it appears Sarasota County is on the verge of purchasing the Myakka River Oyster Bar, according to a … Find out how to read more online.
GOP convention: Day 1 drama
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
Bill Folchi heard the speech. Charlotte County’s delegate to the Republican National Convention was on the floor in Cleveland on Monday night when Melania Trump gave a speech supporting her … Find out how to read more online.
‘Icon’ Wayne Goff dies
Mon  Jul 18 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Wayne Goff, a builder known throughout the area for his generosity and involvement in many community organizations and projects, died Saturday night after battling cancer. He was … Find out how to read more online.
Fewer showers make summer even hotter in South west Florida
Mon  Jul 18 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians will get little relief from the summer heat as temperatures remain a couple degrees above normal. “We’re just in an easterly flow, so it doesn’t really rain until … Find out how to read more online.
State workshops to protect local rookeries
Mon  Jul 18 2016 03:29PM
Florida wildlife officials have long recognized the importance of island bird rookeries, but now they want to protect the Myakka River, Robert’s Bay and other rookeries year-round. They now want … Find out how to read more online.
Christmas in July
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
The 47th Annual Christmas in July Bazaar at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County opened Friday with Santa making a guest appearance around noon. The event continues today from 11 … Find out how to read more online.
Teens relax with yoga at the library
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
T he Mid- County Regional Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte, hosted Yoga for Teens July 14 from 4:30-5:30 p.m., instructed by Linda Perez. Perez has been a yoga … Find out how to read more online.
Coyotes in the neighborhood
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
Like bald eagles, coyotes are residents of Charlotte County. They may not be as pretty or fun to watch, and they may be a clear and present danger to your … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM

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Potential jurors question time frame
Thu  Jul 14 2016 04:47PM
SARASOTA — Potential jurors struggled Wednesday with the length of time it took for investigators to ultimately charge John Alan Mellquist, who allegedly killed his landlord 13 years ago. No … Find out how to read more online.
Police Beat
Fri  Jul 15 2016 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Nicholas Joseph Grochowski, 27, 500 block of Shamrock Drive, Venice. Charges: two counts of failure to appear. Bond: $18,000. • … Find out how to read more online.
Habitat for Humanity holds dedication
Fri  Jul 15 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity hosted a home dedication ceremony Wednesday for Gregory Kadlec for his new Port Charlotte residence. Kadlec also received many gifts, which are given at the … Find out how to read more online.
More hot summer nights ahead for SWFL
Fri  Jul 15 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians may be used to the summer heat, but they’ve seen even hotter than normal summer nights lately. “It’s been a degree or two above normal because overnight lows … Find out how to read more online.
Tentative Sarasota County millage rate OK’d
Thu  Jul 14 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Sarasota County residents will see next month the maximum amount they may pay when they receive their property tax bills in November. By a unanimous vote, county commissioners … Find out how to read more online.
Freak accident claims the life of 7-year-old boater
Mon  Jul 11 2016 08:21PM
PLACIDA — A 7-year-old boy died Saturday morning in a freak boating accident near Stump Pass Marina, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The boy, whose name … Find out how to read more online.
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Voter registration ends Aug. 1
Sat  Jul 23 2016 11:50AM
SARASOTA — County officials are reminding residents that registration for the Aug. 30 primary election ends Monday, Aug. 1. Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent noted that’s also the … Find out how to read more online.
Spring Haven extension meeting set
Sat  Jul 23 2016 11:50AM
NORTH PORT — North Port officials and its Department of Public Works is hosting a meeting next month about the Spring Haven extension project. The meeting takes place from 5 … Find out how to read more online.
Dentist to provide free services in Saint Lucia
Fri  Jul 22 2016 09:24AM
NORTH PORT — Dr. Kevin Schapley, a North Port dentist, is heading to Saint Lucia today — not for the white sands and blue water, but to help those in … Find out how to read more online.
North Port High School principal leaving
Thu  Jul 21 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — After four years at North Port High School, Principal David Jones is heading back to Sarasota High School to serve as principal. Jones, whose career in Sarasota … Find out how to read more online.
Massive children’s park planned in South County
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
A destination children’s park in South County — called Tuscano Park — is becoming a reality. “It will be a children’s park with very creative equipment,” said Joan Piper, a … Find out how to read more online.
County could see lower mill rate
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA — With the release of the tentative budget for Sarasota County Schools, Sarasota County residents could pay less in school district millage rates in fiscal year 2016-17. Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.
Boys & Girls Club raffling off vintage car
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — One of the Corvette pace cars seen zooming around the track during the 1990 Indianapolis 500 is now up for the winning in a raffle put on … Find out how to read more online.
Thu  Jul 21 2016 11:36AM
Steve Gardiner slings a camouflage case across his shoulder as he walks into Paradise Shooter’s Range, careful to shut the door behind him. “You don’t want any noise getting out … Find out how to read more online.
Hypodermic needles found at park in Englewood
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — An Englewood mother of three was mortified to find two hypodermic needles in the park at Englewood Rec Center. Amanda Ball’s Facebook post shows a photo of one … Find out how to read more online.
Meeting delayed by gun thefts
Fri  Jul 15 2016 05:06PM
SARASOTA — Two recent gun thefts from homes in Sarasota prompted the Sarasota Police Department to hold a news conference addressing the recent events, due to the timing of the … Find out how to read more online.
County prepares to mount Zika counter-attack
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Mosquito control is looking to build up resources and manpower in response to the threat posed by the Zika virus, which surfaced in the county last week … Find out how to read more online.
Bank, Team Parkside present Beautification Award winners
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE – The winners of this quarter’s Parkside Beautification Awards created showplaces, albeit on a much different scale. Don Gasgarth Ford is a magnificent structure that commands attention along … Find out how to read more online.
Free bike lights and service with a smile
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — On the night of Oct. 30, a bicyclist was stopped by a Punta Gorda police officer and his K-9 for not having a light. When the 25-year-old … Find out how to read more online.
Accused killer cross-examines detective
Fri  Jul 15 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA — The lead detective tasked with finding a missing German citizen allegedly slain 13 years ago said Wednesday she didn’t leave the country. Retired Sarasota County Sheriff’s Detective Chris … Find out how to read more online.
Tidewell Hospice Wishes program enables circus visit Program
Fri  Jul 15 2016 05:06PM
PUNTA GORDA — Donald L. Smith, 89, of North Port, a young athletic phenom out of Rhode Island and Connecticut in the 1950s, was among the nation’s gifted, albeit relatively … Find out how to read more online.
Port Charlotte is setting for comic book
Tue  Jul 19 2016 12:11PM
A Kickstarter campaign in early 2015 has launched comics writer James Haick into life at full throttle. Haick is signing copies of his six-book series Saturday. The most recent volume … Find out how to read more online.
Former POW honored at Stone Crabs game
Fri  Jul 15 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — World War II veteran Bob Herres had an uneasy feeling when his squadron was briefed on their next mission — the Ploesti Oil Fields in Romania, the … Find out how to read more online.
North Port city clerk contract put on hold
Thu  Jul 14 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port will have to wait a bit longer to get a full-time city clerk. Patsy Adkins is the interim city clerk. She was the deputy city … Find out how to read more online.
New library on Toledo Blade moves forward
Thu  Jul 14 2016 08:30AM
VENICE — A second library for North Port took an almost unnoticed step forward Tuesday. As part of its consent agenda and without comment, Sarasota County Commissioners approved a joint … Find out how to read more online.
Suspect in jail, bunny in treatment
Thu  Jul 14 2016 02:41PM
While Manasseh Walker sits in the Sarasota County Jail, the bunny Thumper he allegedly set on fire continues to need medical attention. The 22-year-old Englewood resident was arrested on June … Find out how to read more online.