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Planned Parenthood evacuation: Cleaning supplies caused fumes
Mon  May 23 2016 01:40PM
Sarasota emergency officials are putting the initial blame on a Monday morning evacuation of Planned Parenthood on improperly stowed cleaning supplies. Seven people were taking to a hospital Monday morning … Find out how to read more online.
Marine joined up shortly before Pearl Harbor attack
Mon  May 23 2016 08:30AM
When Carl Corwin sailed into Pearl Harbor he was a scared, 17-year-old Marine. The Japanese had just bombed Pearl, and almost all of the battleships in America’s Pacific Fleet were … Find out how to read more online.
1,302 years of combined life celebrated
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Millie Peck tap-danced her way down the aisle during a centenarian celebration at North Port Pines retirement center, honoring its residents who are 100 years old or … Find out how to read more online.
Water main break affects 1,700 homes
Sat  May 28 2016 03:07PM
NORTH PORT — What officials deemed a “very rare” type of water main break dried up faucets in two West Villages communities Saturday, affecting about 1,700 homes. The break occurred … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane Expo: Prepare, plan, do it now
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
Preparedness and planning were the watchwords at the Hurricane and Business Expo 2016 Saturday at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda. The expo, sponsored by Sun … Find out how to read more online.
Sailor’s ship nearly hit by kamikaze at Okinawa
Mon  May 16 2016 08:30AM
Okinawa, the largest and deadliest battle in the Pacific during World War II, began Easter Sunday morning, April 1, 1945. When it was over 82 days later on June 22 — … Find out how to read more online.
Hotter and stickier weather expected by mid week
Mon  May 9 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians in a couple areas of eastern Sarasota and Lee counties dealt with some red flags for fire hazards this weekend due to dry weather, but the humidity will … Find out how to read more online.
Sailor made 5 combat cruises aboard sub USS Spearfish
Tue  May 10 2016 10:14AM
Tony Faella, now of Venice, made five combat tours in the Pacific aboard the submarine USS Spearfish (SS-190) during World War II — from 1942 until war’s end in ’45. … Find out how to read more online.
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.
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WMU receives tentative OK to start aviation program here
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Western Michigan University is a step closer to establishing pilot training and other programs in Charlotte County after securing a provisional license. In a unanimous vote Wednesday, … Find out how to read more online.
Hot and mostly dry weather expected
Mon  May 23 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians will get warm weather with sunshine and clear skies this week, but they’ll also get a bit of relief from humidity. Behind the front that came in over … Find out how to read more online.
Imagine, NPHS excel in applying for financial aid
Sat  May 28 2016 03:07PM
SARASOTA — Two North Port schools were recognized this week for improving the percentage of high school seniors who apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Imagine School … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless rate decreases as income inequality increases
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — The optimistic labor market news generated by persistently falling unemployment numbers is somewhat offset by a report drawing attention to the shrinking middle class. A new study … Find out how to read more online.
Suspect charged in DUI manslaughter
Mon  May 9 2016 11:27AM
The State Attorney’s Office charged a former Sarasota County School District employee this month with vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter after his purported suicide attempt in March resulted in the … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte losing students to Sarasota
Mon  May 9 2016 11:27AM
Charlotte County Public Schools lost more than 700 students this school year to student transfers, district data shows. This is the biggest loss of students in four years. The district … Find out how to read more online.
School in mourning
Mon  May 2 2016 01:56PM
NORTH PORT — Students, staff and residents gathered Sunday at North Port High School to remember Antoinette “Ann” Gordon, who was gunned down Friday in Port Charlotte in what police … Find out how to read more online.
Construction impacting drivers
Mon  May 2 2016 08:30AM
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 08:30AM
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.