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Crime rate hits low
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:00AM
The total number of serious crimes in Charlotte, DeSoto and Sarasota counties dropped from 2012 to 2013, and all three counties saw the lowest number of index crimes per 100,000 … Find out how to read more online.
False robbery report leads to arrest
Thu  Apr 24 2014 02:14PM
PUNTA GORDA — A 16 year-old female on Tuesday reported to the Punta Gorda Police Department that her backpack had been snatched as she walked through Punta Gorda. After being … Find out how to read more online.
Country Fest to take over Fairgrounds
Fri  Apr 25 2014 01:20AM
Don your favorite hat and pull on your boots — Country Fest is back in town. Only a few VIP tickets remain for Sunday’s Country Fest 2014 at the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
‘Postcard weather’ over weekend
Fri  Apr 25 2014 01:20AM
Patchy and possibly dense fog should give way to sunny skies and almost perfect beach weather well before the morning commute hours, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Tampa … Find out how to read more online.
Sunshine Lake testing to begin
Fri  Apr 25 2014 01:15AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Buddy DiPalma bought his home on the shores of Sunshine Lake for the view: crystal-clear water teeming with fish, water fowl and other aquatic life. That was … Find out how to read more online.
Two charged with manufacturing meth
Thu  Apr 24 2014 10:12AM
PUNTA GORDA — Deputies called to investigate people trespassing on private property wound up arresting two people on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine on Tuesday. Deputies were called to an area … Find out how to read more online.
Making the grade
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:00AM
Two area high schools again received academic accolades from U.S. News & World Report, improving over last year’s rankings. The online magazine ranks public high schools in every state and … Find out how to read more online.
New jail program blossoming
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Michele Mills spent her Earth Day — as she does most days — working to rejuvenate flowers, trees and plants that have been discarded by a local … Find out how to read more online.
Season of kittens
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
Kittens may be cuddly and adorable, but officials say too much cuteness isn’t necessarily a good thing. This year, thousands of wild kittens will be born in Charlotte County alone. … Find out how to read more online.
Web of fear
Thu  Apr 24 2014 06:54PM
Mike Desjardins believes he is seeing a slight increase in the number of cyberbullying cases being reported to Charlotte County school district officials. However, the director of student services for … Find out how to read more online.
Domestic dispute results in firearms charges
Mon  Apr 21 2014 04:38PM
PUNTA GORDA — A Harbour Heights man was arrested early this morning after deputies responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in which it turned out that shots were … Find out how to read more online.
Teens charged in multiple vehicle thefts
Mon  Apr 21 2014 03:00PM
PUNTA GORDA — Three area teens — two juveniles and one adult — were arrested Friday on charges ranging from pettit theft to grand theft of a motor vehicle after … Find out how to read more online.
Pair charged with theft of puppy
Mon  Apr 21 2014 01:36PM
PUNTA GORDA — A Punta Gorda man and woman were charged Saturday with theft as a result of a woman reporting that her 10-week-old puppy had been stolen. On Saturday, … Find out how to read more online.
Forecast calls for sunny skies
Mon  Apr 21 2014 08:00AM
Southwest Florida residents should see sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s for the majority of the week. “We’re going to have really nice weather all week,” said Andrew … Find out how to read more online.
High cost of living
Mon  Apr 21 2014 08:00AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Eye doctors account for nearly half of the 100 physicians nationwide who receive the largest reimbursements from Medicare, newly released data show. And, not surprisingly, a significant … Find out how to read more online.
Inaction bogs homeowner
Tue  Apr 22 2014 06:28PM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — Patricia Fountain’s property at the end of Little Farm Road in eastern Charlotte County — a rural outpost if ever there was one — is … Find out how to read more online.
Family traditions
Tue  Apr 22 2014 06:28PM
Brenda Reyes remembers fondly the Easter traditions she celebrated as a child growing up in the Philippines. Good Friday, Christianity’s most solemn day of observance, was always a time for … Find out how to read more online.
Statute offers differing views on transparency
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
Florida Statute 112.533 governs the way law enforcement agencies receive and process complaints against their own officers. The statute allows for agencies like the North Port Police Department to withhold the … Find out how to read more online.
Water district nixes city request
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA — Southwest Florida Water Management District officials listened to nearly an hour of pleas from city leaders before rejecting their request to prioritize Punta Gorda’s grant application for a … Find out how to read more online.
All hail the (new) chief
Mon  Apr 21 2014 01:59PM
When Marianne Taylor was a little girl, her family lived next door to the local fire chief in Point Lookout, N.Y. “He was great,” she said. “But even back then, … Find out how to read more online.
Good Samaritans pull woman from canal
Fri  Apr 25 2014 01:15AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — When Daron Woods was driving on Rampart Boulevard on Thursday morning, he was shocked to see a motorist ahead of him crash into a canal. “I was … Find out how to read more online.
Area technical college changes name
Fri  Apr 25 2014 01:21AM
Southern Technical College in Port Charlotte, formerly Southwest Florida College, an accredited private institution offering career education through bachelor, associate and diploma programs since 1974, has been acquired by Southern … Find out how to read more online.
Technical college changes name
Fri  Apr 25 2014 01:15AM
Southern Technical College in Port Charlotte, formerly Southwest Florida College, an accredited private institution offering career education through bachelor, associate and diploma programs since 1974, has been acquired by Southern … Find out how to read more online.
‘Postcard weather’ expected this weekend
Fri  Apr 25 2014 01:15AM
Patchy and possibly dense fog should give way to sunny skies and almost perfect beach weather well before the morning commute hours, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Tampa … Find out how to read more online.
Council hopes to increase healthy assets for youth
Fri  Apr 25 2014 01:15AM
Funding from a Florida agency could help improve the lifestyles for Charlotte County youth. The Children’s Services Council received a $24,000 grant from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, said … Find out how to read more online.
Lake cleanup halted
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — The saga of Sunshine Lake has taken another unexpected — and expensive — turn. With the discovery of Little Blue Heron nests on the lake, up to $368,900 … Find out how to read more online.
Area housing trends continue strong
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
Residential real estate in Southwest Florida is heating up as more homes continue to sell faster and fetch strong prices, according to March real estate reports. Charlotte and Sarasota counties … Find out how to read more online.
Roadside rescue
Thu  Apr 24 2014 06:54PM
A dead doe lay on the side of a busy road Saturday night in North Port. Her fawn, believed to be just a few weeks old, wouldn’t leave his mother’s … Find out how to read more online.
Marine check on hazardous houseboat results in drug arrests
Tue  Apr 22 2014 11:36AM
PUNTA GORDA — Two people were arrested Monday on drug charges as the result of the Marine Patrol Unit checking on the safety of a houseboat moored behind a Punta … Find out how to read more online.
Commissioners mull buying property
Thu  Apr 24 2014 06:54PM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners will discuss the possibility of purchasing property originally bought by an individual using loans from the county’s Housing Rehabilitation Program. The item will be up … Find out how to read more online.
Jail inmates graduate from programs
Tue  Apr 22 2014 08:00AM
A total of 44 individual inmates from the Charlotte County Jail graduated Monday from five different programs they attended while at the jail. Several of the graduates received multiple certificates … Find out how to read more online.
Suspect in bike theft caught napping at Walmart
Mon  Apr 21 2014 01:12PM
ENGLEWOOD — An Englewood man was arrested Sunday on a variety of charges, including theft of a bicycle, when he was found sleeping on bean bag chairs in the local … Find out how to read more online.
Hundreds attend annual outdoor service
Mon  Apr 21 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA —The sounds of praise blended with the noises of nature as the sun rose over Ponce de Leon Park Easter Morning. The Knights of Columbus Ponce de Leon … Find out how to read more online.
Man struck, killed on I-75
Mon  Apr 21 2014 08:00AM
A St. Petersburg man was killed late Saturday night when he was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 75 near North Port. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, around … Find out how to read more online.
Recycling efforts working in Charlotte and Sarasota
Mon  Apr 21 2014 08:00AM
Recycling in Charlotte County has improved since new recycle carts were introduced to residents late last year, officials say. Unlike Sarasota County, where recycling is mandatory, Charlotte County doesn’t make … Find out how to read more online.
‘Spring’ into family fun
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — With arts and crafts, bounce houses and all-day Easter egg hunts, the annual Spring Spectacular is a haven for young tots. But it’s not for kids only. … Find out how to read more online.
Cheap thrills
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
For the tens of thousands of fans who turned out for last weekend’s inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix, the experience was marked by exciting races, perfect weather and … Find out how to read more online.
Businesses want changes for next Grand Prix
Tue  Apr 22 2014 06:28PM
ENGLEWOOD — If things don’t change for next year’s boat race, one local business owner is going to rally others and complain to Charlotte County commissioners. Jill Hemmes, owner of … Find out how to read more online.
Penny priorities
Thu  Apr 17 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK —The Charlotte County Commission on Tuesday tentatively selected projects that would be funded with passage of a sales-tax referendum in November. The list of community initiatives will serve an … Find out how to read more online.
His final words
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
Bethel A.M.E. Church in Punta Gorda held a Good Friday service that focused on the “Seven Last Words” of Jesus, on the way to, and on, the cross. The featured … Find out how to read more online.