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Ranchin’
Mon  Jan 23 2017 08:30AM
It’s easy to forget there is a real ranch at Babcock Ranch. While most of the publicity centers on the huge, first-of-its-kind solar city, there are more than 73,000 acres … Find out how to read more online.
Witness testifies about smoking crack
Tue  Jan 24 2017 01:00AM
Dawn Fancher spent most of the weekend before Tara Sidarovich’s disappearance smoking crack cocaine with David McMannis and Phillip Barr, according to her testimony Monday. McMannis has been charged with … Find out how to read more online.
Popular dog park to close for renovations
Mon  Jan 23 2017 08:30AM
Lisa Vasquez is a regular at the Hounds on Henry dog park in Punta Gorda. She comes with Prada, her 9-year-old Corgi, “every day, sometimes twice a day,” said the … Find out how to read more online.
New batting cages await Snowbird teams
Mon  Jan 23 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — In time for the Feb. 10 opener, two additional batting cages will welcome college players from around the country to this year’s Snowbird Baseball Classic. This annual … Find out how to read more online.
Palm Auto Mall sale finalized
Fri  Jan 20 2017 08:30AM
Negotiations were concluded Wednesday for the sale of Palm Auto Mall, a landmark Punta Gorda business for 61 years on Tamiami Trail, to the Gettel Automotive Group of Bradenton. Gettel, … Find out how to read more online.
Denise Amber Lee left a legacy
Thu  Jan 19 2017 08:30AM
John Walsh said, “If you are given the opportunity to change things, then how can you not at least try?” The quote reminds Nathan Lee of the importance of sharing … Find out how to read more online.
Mother of victim testifies in murder trial
Thu  Jan 19 2017 08:30AM
Sharon McPhillips cried on the witness stand as she identified her daughter’s belongings. Tara Sidarovich’s purse, wallet, sunglasses, keys, cigarettes and credit cards were left behind on the day she … Find out how to read more online.
King waiting on death row
Thu  Jan 19 2017 08:30AM
Nearly a year ago, an attorney for Michael King argued the convicted killer shouldn’t be sentenced to death and instead spend his life in prison. Attorney Maria Perinetti told Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Palm Auto Mall to be sold to Bradenton franchise
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
Punta Gorda’s Palm Auto Mall, a burgeoning business emblem along Tamiami Trail for 61 years, was in negotiations late Tuesday to be sold to the Gettel Automotive Group of Bradenton, … Find out how to read more online.
Second trial underway in Sidarovich killing
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — After Tara Sidarovich’s death, David McMannis began acting strangely, according to the state’s opening statement at the start of his murder trial Tuesday. Just five hours after … Find out how to read more online.
final ride
Wed  Jan 18 2017 03:16PM
Everyone who knew Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy First Class Norman C. Lewis describes him the same way. They call him “Big Norm” — a gentle giant, always smiling, full of … Find out how to read more online.
MLK parade/rally speakers: His dream lives on
Tue  Jan 17 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Representing the Charlotte County Democratic Party, Betty Gissendanner yelled out to the crowd watching the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade, “We’re keeping the dream alive!” For … Find out how to read more online.
Public budget meeting carries on without public
Mon  Jan 16 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — At a public meeting designed to explain the county’s budget process, no one attended. But officials gamely proceeded to offer insight into how the financial blueprint determines planning … Find out how to read more online.
Woman tells husband’s story of shooting at enemy; saving orphans
Mon  Jan 16 2017 08:30AM
Frank Riposta of Deep Creek, a Punta Gorda subdivision, was a loader in a 105 mm Howitzer artillery unit during the Korean War in 1952-53. When he wasn’t firing his … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Jan 15 2017 08:30AM

bridge winners

North Port Senior Center

Group A

North/South

1st: Diana Prince and Judy Foster; 2nd: Doree and Rik Jimison; 3rd: Helen Norris and Dave Johnson

East/West

1st: Ann Benmayor …

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New library construction on schedule
Tue  Jan 17 2017 07:08PM
NORTH PORT — Barring any potential hindrances, weather related or otherwise, North Port should see the opening of a second library on the city’s southern end this August. This past … Find out how to read more online.
Palm Beach County nixes some funds for Braves stadium
Tue  Jan 17 2017 07:08PM
WEST PALM BEACH — Funding uncertainties cast a heavy shadow as the Atlanta Braves eye Palm Beach County as a future home for its spring training complex. Collier County bowed … Find out how to read more online.
Opioid abuse
Sat  Jan 14 2017 08:30AM
It’s called the worst drug abuse epidemic in history. It’s a rapidly increasing heroin abuse death rate, exponentially exacerbated by synthetic derivatives like fentanyl and carfentanil. This escalating epidemic is … Find out how to read more online.
Photographer, guide Dunson plans nature outings
Sun  Jan 15 2017 08:30AM
Dr. Bill Dunson, an expert on local ecology, will be leading outings, sponsored by the Lemon Bay Conservancy: • Feb. 7, Backyard Wildlife Gardening, Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park … Find out how to read more online.
Local CAP Cadet Squadron moves into 2017
Sun  Jan 15 2017 08:30AM
The Cadet Squadron of the Charlotte County Composite Squadron, headquartered at the Punta Gorda Airport, did not skip a beat just because it was a new year. The Christmas holiday … Find out how to read more online.
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Teachers, staff honored at celebration
Tue  Jan 24 2017 01:00AM
The Charlotte Local Education Foundation, along with Fawcett Memorial Hospital, sponsors, school staff and community leaders, held the annual teacher and support employee recognition event, now called Golden Apple Teacher … Find out how to read more online.
One dead, one injured in head-on collision
Mon  Jan 23 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — One woman died and another woman suffered serious injuries from a head-on collision early Sunday morning. The collision occurred at 12:47 a.m. at the intersection of Veterans … Find out how to read more online.
Housing board member resigns to resolve dispute
Fri  Jan 20 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A Punta Gorda Housing Authority board member has resigned to resolve a conflict of interest that could have resulted in the eviction of two formerly homeless veterans. … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County presents wish list to state delegates
Fri  Jan 20 2017 08:30AM
Water, sand, ink and alcohol. Those were some of the elements brought before state representatives at Charlotte County’s annual Legislative Delegation meeting Thursday at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association. … Find out how to read more online.
Thrills, concerns linger over Braves decision
Thu  Jan 19 2017 03:13PM
NORTH PORT — While the region is buzzing with news that the Atlanta Braves has set its sights on Sarasota County, more specifically West Villages, as a future spring training … Find out how to read more online.
For wildlife center, another step in move
Thu  Jan 19 2017 08:30AM
As the Punta Gorda City Council unanimously decided to set aside $750,000 from the reserve fund to pay for refurbishing Ponce de Leon Park, officials from the Peace River Wildlife … Find out how to read more online.
Grand Slam
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The region slugged a home run Tuesday, beating out Palm Beach and Collier counties as Sarasota County secured exclusive negotiation rights as the Atlanta Braves’ spring training … Find out how to read more online.
After 61 years, JoAnn is ‘unemployed’
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
When JoAnn Helphenstine and her husband, Bob, married nine months, arrived in Punta Gorda in 1955, there was a traffic backup, of sorts, at Marion Avenue. A bait and tackle … Find out how to read more online.
Local chiropractor killed in crash
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
William “Rocky” Aker, 47, whose hands touched the lives of many in Charlotte and Sarasota counties, died in a three- vehicle crash Monday in Manatee County. According to the Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Pursuing the ‘Dream’
Mon  Jan 16 2017 08:30AM
Margaret Spann remembers the dogs that attacked her, and the disrespect, as she marched for civil rights in Florida decades ago. Spann, 82, is the grand marshal of the Martin … Find out how to read more online.
For now, library project on shelf
Mon  Jan 16 2017 08:30AM
Don’t misinterpret those really big shovels digging in the dirt at the site of a new county library proposed for Punta Gorda. The heavy equipment is doing remedial work — … Find out how to read more online.
No rain on MLK parade expected
Mon  Jan 16 2017 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents enjoying outdoor activities for Martin Luther King Jr. Day don’t have to worry about weather. “A few people might notice their cars are a little wet because … Find out how to read more online.
Shark Tank event lures entrepreneurs
Fri  Jan 20 2017 12:53PM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Budding entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to realize their dreams at a Shark Tank-style event sponsored by local investors. Three to five contestants will compete for $50,000 … Find out how to read more online.
Motorist loses control, drives into pond
Sun  Jan 15 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A motorist lost control of a van while driving Friday, veering off Sumter Boulevard and into a retention pond. The driver, a male, ramped off a concrete … Find out how to read more online.
New library construction on schedule
Tue  Jan 17 2017 07:08PM
NORTH PORT — Barring any potential hindrances, weather related or otherwise, North Port should see the opening of a second library on the city’s southern end this August. This past … Find out how to read more online.
Shark Tank event lures entrepreneurs
Sun  Jan 15 2017 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Budding entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to realize their dreams at a Shark Tank-style event sponsored by local investors. Three to five contestants will compete for $50,000 … Find out how to read more online.
Palm Beach County nixes some funds for Braves stadium
Tue  Jan 17 2017 07:08PM
WEST PALM BEACH — Funding uncertainties cast a heavy shadow as the Atlanta Braves eye Palm Beach County as a future home for its spring training complex. Collier County bowed … Find out how to read more online.
CHEC provides guided island cruises
Sun  Jan 15 2017 08:30AM
Learn about wildlife and local history on these travels through mangrove and beach ecosystems. The Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center has partnered with Captiva Cruises to provide narrated cruises through Lemon … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Jan 15 2017 08:30AM

Holiday Closures

In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, all Charlotte County government offices, Punta Gorda City offices, and courts will be closed Jan. 16. Post offices and …

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