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Rain, thunderstorms possible this week
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:14PM
Southwest Florida residents experiencing weather in spring that feels more like summertime can expect more of the same this week. Based on temperatures at the Charlotte County Airport, meteorologist Rodney … Find out how to read more online.
Incorporation push goes public
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:32PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — About 50 residents and business people turned out Thursday for the initial public meeting regarding a possible incorporation drive for Port Charlotte. And many were as anxious … Find out how to read more online.
Tern Bay development stuck in time
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — Purple Emperor Way looks like any other ornately titled street in an exclusive subdivision. Fancy cars in the driveways, flowerbeds blooming with color and flags … Find out how to read more online.
Beauty of nature, art highlight eARTh Day Celebration
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Under a blue sky and a yellow sun wearing sunglasses, the crayon drawing shows Clara Bailey and her two sisters planting a tree amidst a field of … Find out how to read more online.
Gated communities making a comeback
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Building luxury homes in a gated community in 2006 seemed like the right idea. But for developers Sam Rodgers and Lee Wetherington, it quickly became a nightmare. In … Find out how to read more online.
Delivering smiles for 36 years
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Ask any of the hundreds of residents who live within the Old Sailboat section of Punta Gorda Isles, and they’ll say U.S. Postal Service mail carrier Sharon Winesett … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless rate, season wind down
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
The waning weeks of season continue to bring the unemployment rate down across Southwest Florida. The jobless rate in Charlotte County fell to an even 6 percent in March, down from … Find out how to read more online.
Prison inmate to remain behind bars
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — A local prisoner will remain behind bars for violating his parole, after an appellate court said he failed to prove the state Parole Commission was required to … Find out how to read more online.
Fishermen’s Village hooked
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — In a unanimous move that drew rounds of applause from several local residents and business owners, the City Council on Wednesday agreed to sell two parcels of … Find out how to read more online.
Warbirds use PGD for flight practice
Fri  Apr 17 2015 08:30AM
Wondering what all that buzzing is in the skies above Charlotte County? The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has received several 911 calls this week from curious or concerned residents near … Find out how to read more online.
County adopts new impact fee schedule
Wed  Apr 15 2015 12:06PM
MURDOCK — After years of delay and debate, the County Commission on Tuesday approved a new impact fee rate schedule, one brought forth by the building industry. In reviewing a … Find out how to read more online.
Morgan Stanley cleans up space
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Work has started on financial powerhouse Morgan Stanley’s new digs downtown. After years of negotiations, the company last month signed a deal with the city to lease some … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County on worldwide stage
Wed  Apr 15 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Vange Tapia ran her feet through the cool, soft sand at Stump Pass Beach Tuesday morning, looked into the camera and said, “Es muy bonito.” Tapia, an actress … Find out how to read more online.
Next school year may start earlier
Wed  Apr 15 2015 12:06PM
School districts can choose to get an earlier start on the next school year, thanks to a bill signed into law this week by Gov. Rick Scott. Florida House Bill … Find out how to read more online.
Vernon Peeples dies at 85
Mon  Apr 13 2015 11:00AM
Long-time leader, author and historian Vernon Peeples, 85, has passed away . Peeples was a member of the state House of Representatives from 1982 to 1996. His countless contributions to … Find out how to read more online.
Cost of CCU audit raises ante, concerns
Tue  Apr 14 2015 04:18PM
MURDOCK — The firm that conducted the operational audit of Charlotte County Utilities is asking for up to $500,000 more to implement its recommendations. Charlotte County commissioners expressed initial resistance … Find out how to read more online.
‘The death of this gentleman is a tragedy’
Sun  Apr 12 2015 08:30AM

Timeline and excerpts from 911 calls obtained by the Sun in the death of a man who was having chest pains on March 20:

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Scouts tangle with seaweed
Sat  Apr 18 2015 04:57PM
There’s nothing like wrestling with mounds of messy, smelly seaweed to make your Monday evening complete. But that’s exactly how members of Boy Scout Troop 37 from Port Charlotte and … Find out how to read more online.
Baptized by fire in Vietnam, Army Airborne officer planned Reagan’s 2nd inauguration
Mon  Apr 13 2015 01:01PM
The most danger Dominic Ruggerio faced during his 30-year Army career came in Vietnam — he arrived with the 101st Airborne Division just ahead of the Tet Offensive — when … Find out how to read more online.
Survey reveals support for incorporation
Sun  Apr 12 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Like many respondents to a recent Sun survey on the possible incorporation of Port Charlotte, Addie Parnell doesn’t really have a problem with the level of services … Find out how to read more online.
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Day on the water a way to say thanks
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:13PM
Lorraine Geiser, commodore of the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, stood at a podium on the grounds Saturday and addressed the 20 local veterans who were about to be treated to … Find out how to read more online.
Special Olympians have fun at field day
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
ROTONDA — Skylar Martin lifted the golf club in celebration of making a hole-in-one in front of her friends. The 11-year-old fifth-grader at Peace River Elementary School in Charlotte Harbor … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County to hire 16 new employees
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County will be adding 16 full-time positions in the coming weeks, responding to a glut of capital projects on the horizon. The new positions will be added … Find out how to read more online.
Counties assail state’s primary care plan for underserved
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — One day after the Florida Department of Health confirmed that primary care services for the underserved will be switched over to the private sector in Sarasota County, commissioners … Find out how to read more online.
Jobs outlook bright
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County will be adding 16 full-time positions in the coming weeks, responding to a glut of capital projects on the horizon. The new positions will be added … Find out how to read more online.
Private sector eyed for primary care
Fri  Apr 17 2015 10:59AM
The state Department of Health is now beginning to make the necessary moves to transition primary care services for Sarasota County residents into the private sector. Rep. Ken Roberson, District … Find out how to read more online.
Library users voice likes, dislikes
Fri  Apr 17 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Some residents haven’t held back in asserting what is needed to create a better library system — more books, staff and hours of operation. Forums and focus … Find out how to read more online.
Expect more showers than usual
Fri  Apr 17 2015 08:30AM
As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. But, as we know, summer is actually Southwest Florida’s rainy season. “Surprisingly, April is usually one of our driest months, and … Find out how to read more online.
Area history marches on
Fri  Apr 17 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — With both the county and city history centers in transition, it will be awhile before the displays of a shared, storied past tell their tale. The Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Community quietly remembers Peeples
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Although Vernon Peeples was passionate as a politician and historian, those who knew him well said he was a quiet man who kept to himself. As such, … Find out how to read more online.
Man gets 10 years for DUI manslaughter
Wed  Apr 15 2015 12:06PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The Port Charlotte man who drove into two roadside workers while intoxicated last summer, killing one, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Christ-opher Best, 27, … Find out how to read more online.
A historic loss
Tue  Apr 14 2015 04:18PM
PUNTA GORDA — With the passing of Vernon Peeples Sr., the community lost more than a historian. It lost part of its history. “A lot is lost that was in … Find out how to read more online.
NAACP task force plans march for peace
Wed  Apr 15 2015 08:30AM
The Charlotte County NAACP Branch 5093 organized a task force of community leaders due to concerns about racial profiling after the shooting deaths of young black men across the country. … Find out how to read more online.
Bone to pick over fish guts
Tue  Apr 14 2015 04:18PM
The crime occurred March 12. 5:26 p.m., according to a later report. The place: a dock on a canal behind a home on Mississippi Avenue in Englewood, an easy-going town, … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Republicans celebrate Lincoln-Reagan Day
Tue  Apr 14 2015 08:30AM
Some 150 members of the Charlotte County Republican Club attended the party’s Lincoln-Reagan Day Celebration over the weekend at the Isles Yacht Club in Punta Gorda, as speakers covered the … Find out how to read more online.
‘Summer weather trend’ continues
Mon  Apr 13 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents can expect the “summer weather trend” to continue this week with warmer than normal weather and possible afternoon showers and thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service. … Find out how to read more online.
Volunteers put their ‘Hearts’ into it
Sun  Apr 12 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Bessie Bryant watches with a mix of joy and satisfaction as volunteers give her home a fresh face-lift during Saturday’s all-volunteer Paint Your Heart Out, Punta Gorda … Find out how to read more online.
Airport hits record high
Sat  Apr 11 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — March was a record-breaking month for the Punta Gorda Airport, as traffic counts soared to never-before-seen heights during its busiest season ever. More than 93,000 passengers used … Find out how to read more online.