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Charlotte Schools’ pools face refurbishing after violations
Tue  Aug 22 2017 01:00AM
Charlotte County Public Schools is pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into refurbishing its pools, following a string of violations identified by the Florida Department of Health since at least … Find out how to read more online.
One dead in Port Charlotte crash
Tue  Aug 22 2017 01:00AM
A 64-year-old man died from injuries sustained in a Saturday crash in Port Charlotte, the Florida Highway Patrol reported Monday. Wade Martin Byington, 64, of Port Charlotte, was driving a … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: One dead in ‘disturbance’
Mon  Aug 21 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office investigators spent Sunday conducting a death investigation at a home on the 2700 block of Eleventh Avenue in Grove City. Deputies were dispatched to … Find out how to read more online.
Florida fourth in pending immigration cases
Mon  Aug 21 2017 08:30AM
Between Charlotte, Sarasota and DeSoto counties, 263 individuals have pending cases in immigration court, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, an online data tool maintained by Syracuse University. Sixteen … Find out how to read more online.
Florida State League offers everyday history
Sun  Aug 20 2017 08:30AM
A league with a long history is the scene right now of history in the making. The Florida State League, with roots in post-World War I Florida, is smack dab in … Find out how to read more online.
Barefoot Trader owner has plans for Old Florida Outdoor Center
Sun  Aug 20 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The building that houses Old Florida Outdoor Center and Gallery has been a mainstay in the Englewood community since the early days of West Dearborn Street. Since its … Find out how to read more online.
North Port roads may expand pedestrian-friendly efforts
Sun  Aug 20 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — As the city’s population will grow — and age — North Port staffers are working to make the streets more accessible for all. City planner Chris Whittaker … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Aug 20 2017 08:30AM
American Legion Post 110 • Bridge winners Aug. 14: 1-Tom Zinneman, 4450; 2-Nancy Nagrant, 3480; 3-Jean Pilon, 3390; 4-Jackie Benson, 2910. Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club • Ladies Bridge winners Aug. … Find out how to read more online.
Local doctor recalls operating on Son of Sam victim
Sun  Aug 20 2017 08:30AM
Forty years ago, Dr. David Klein’s phone rang in the middle of the night. He picked it up and heard the words, “The Son of Sam has struck again.” Klein, … Find out how to read more online.
State tells kids: Go out and play
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
Children can play freely for recess this school year due to a new Florida mandate. A new law requires schools to provide 20 minutes of consecutive “free-play recess” for K-5 … Find out how to read more online.
A century of baseball in Florida
Sun  Aug 20 2017 08:30AM
Despite some obvious obstacles such as weather, Florida seemed as good a place as any to start a minor league. Hence, the Florida State League emerged almost 100 years ago. … Find out how to read more online.
Stranger danger reported in Charlotte
Sun  Aug 20 2017 08:30AM
A suspicious man was accused of trying to lure students into his car Friday afternoon, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office said. The incidents happened in the area of Peachland Boulevard … Find out how to read more online.
Locals seek state help with derelict vessels
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
VENICE — Don Schilke was pleased with the West Coast Navigation District Friday. The district’s board — made up of Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee county commissioners — agreed to … Find out how to read more online.
Schools take precautions for Monday’s solar eclipse
Fri  Aug 18 2017 08:30AM
In an effort to keep children safe from the rays of Monday’s solar eclipse, area schools are joining school districts statewide in canceling outdoor activities. “There are going to be … Find out how to read more online.
Service held for former North Port volunteer fire chief
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — A service with honors took place for William “Bill” Moore Jr., 69, Thursday. Moore worked for the North Port Volunteer Fire Department for about 20 years and served, … Find out how to read more online.
Local unemployment rate levels off
Mon  Aug 21 2017 05:20PM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Steady as she goes. That sums up the July unemployment rate in both Charlotte and Sarasota counties, each posting identical numbers for the second consecutive month. In … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff’s Office Interactive Learning Trailer hits the road for crime prevention
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office unveiled an Interactive Learning Trailer on Saturday at a Back to School Bash held at the Tringali Center. This new tool in safety education and … Find out how to read more online.

Fri  Aug 18 2017 08:08PM
Air Show adds aviation-themed 5K
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Providing a unique experience for runners, Florida International Air Show is adding its first ever 5K to this year’s lineup. The race will navigate runners around an … Find out how to read more online.
Bayfront Health celebrates 70th birthday
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
Bayfront Health Punta Gorda celebrated its 70th birthday Thursday with various activities and events held throughout the day. The hospital offered a live radio remote broadcast, a tour of the … Find out how to read more online.
My junior high has been written out of history
Tue  Aug 22 2017 01:00AM
The history of the world never changes. But our opinion and understanding of it evolves over time. When I was younger, my family moved from Delaware to Orlando. I was … Find out how to read more online.
Signs, signs everywhere
Mon  Aug 21 2017 08:30AM
Like weeds, signs advertising everything from “We buy cheap houses” to “We buy junk cars” have sprung up throughout the nation along highways, byways and even residential streets. Snipe signs … Find out how to read more online.
Man received two Purple Hearts in WWII
Mon  Aug 21 2017 08:30AM
Pfc. Joe Steimel of Holiday Park in North Port was a twice-wounded mortarman who served in the 29th Infantry Division that fought its way through France and Germany during the … Find out how to read more online.
Forecast partly cloudy for eclipse
Mon  Aug 21 2017 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians may be disappointed that the partial eclipse isn’t coming earlier in the day when the skies are more clear. The eclipse will start at around 1:18 p.m. today with … Find out how to read more online.
Little princesses and princes crowned in pageant
Sun  Aug 20 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Five-year-old Madison Milam cried when she came off stage. She was afraid she didn’t do well. Little did she know she would win her category of Little Miss … Find out how to read more online.
Officials need to choose a new Sarasota County administrator
Sun  Aug 20 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — They’ve had five weeks — while they were on break — to think about it. Now it’s time to consider how they want to proceed. On Monday, as … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Solid Waste wins for outreach
Sun  Aug 20 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city has a better understanding of what exactly the Solid Waste Department does, thanks to some North Port employees who were honored for their efforts. On … Find out how to read more online.
Weekly record
Sun  Aug 20 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte County marriages • Brent Michael Watson of Punta Gorda, and Juana Maria Ireland of Punta Gorda • Melissa Lyn Frey of Port Charlotte, and Javed Kani Omphrey of Port … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte: Welcome to Purple Heart County
Sun  Aug 20 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — It was in the early morning light on Nov. 16, 1951, that machine gunner Bob Bostwick, fiercely fighting off the enemy from his outpost high on a … Find out how to read more online.
Tebow jerseys at FSL games mark various phases of career
Sun  Aug 20 2017 08:30AM
Prior to this week’s Port Charlotte return of Tim Tebow, his fans had came out in droves during an 11-day stint through Tampa Bay cities that ends today in Dunedin … Find out how to read more online.
Local elementary schools value homework
Sun  Aug 20 2017 08:30AM
The elimination of homework for elementary students in one Florida school district this year is unlikely to happen locally anytime soon. Instead of daily homework assignments for elementary children in … Find out how to read more online.
Braves good neighbors? Too early to tell
Sun  Aug 20 2017 08:30AM
The Atlanta Braves are casting their shadow long before they actually step into the Southwest Florida sun. The Braves, a National League team with a national following, are planning to … Find out how to read more online.
A new turtle nesting record
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
Nearly every day now, there are newborn sea turtles crawling down to the Gulf of Mexico from the several thousand nests that dot beaches from Venice northward to Anna Maria … Find out how to read more online.
Keep PACE with home energy bills
Mon  Aug 21 2017 04:58PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Local homeowners have the opportunity to make energy-efficient improvements through low-interest financing that can be added to their annual tax bills. Charlotte County is currently ramping up … Find out how to read more online.
North Port welcomes publishing house
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — While publishing houses are typically thought of as being surrounded by books with a large printing press tucked away in the back, Tiny Fox Publishing is taking … Find out how to read more online.
Four arrested in Englewood drug bust
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Four people were arrested Friday after a narcotics search warrant was served at their home in Englewood East. This is the second time in six months a warrant … Find out how to read more online.
One injured in boat canopy collapse
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
A man in his 60s was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital Tuesday after being injured by the collapse of a boat canopy in the 24300 block of Pirate Harbor Boulevard, … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Joshua Aaron Biddle, 39, 500 block of Pompano Terrace, Punta Gorda. Charge: nonsupport of dependents. Bond: $310. • Sharon Elaine … Find out how to read more online.
An overworked cobbler wanting to sell
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
One of the oldest trades still operating in Venice is unlikely to continue into the future unless a craftsman buyer snatches it up. Since the invention of the shoe and … Find out how to read more online.
Marijuana dispensaries move on to North Port commission
Fri  Aug 18 2017 02:00PM
NORTH PORT — A North Port board wants the city to move forward to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries the same as it would with pharmacies, in keeping with the latest … Find out how to read more online.


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