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Low pressure area south of Florida Keys monitored; Election Day to be wet
Mon  Aug 29 2016 08:30AM
The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area of low pressure between the Florida Keys and Cuba for tropical storm development this week. The low-pressure area is likely to move … Find out how to read more online.
Meals on Wheels is a blessing
Mon  Aug 29 2016 08:30AM
Adele Fairchild gets lonely. So the 83-year-old former elementary teacher prays a lot. And, for her, one of the answers to those prayers has been Meals on Wheels. Her cur-chow … Find out how to read more online.
Jail officer fired
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County Corrections Deputy Michael Burnette was fired Friday following an internal investigation into allegations he bullied and mistreated an inmate. Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell said Saturday that, although … Find out how to read more online.
Airport wants better public relations
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Punta Gorda Airport is an airport on the move, enjoying growth that may become more than a spurt if its low-cost offerings continue to draw ultra-low-cost flights. But some on … Find out how to read more online.
Prummell’s statement
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Editor’s Note: This is the complete statement issued by Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell Saturday. “I don’t usually respond to articles in the Sun, but because it was so egregious … Find out how to read more online.
FHP: Man, 70, injured in two-car crash
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — An Englewood man was seriously injured in a Saturday morning crash at U.S. 41 and Ortiz Boulevard. Robert J. Havard, 70, was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, … Find out how to read more online.
Understanding a complex primary ballot is just a few clicks away
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County voters will face a complex list of 15 different primary election ballots awaiting Republican, Democrat and Libertarian party members, as well as those with no party affiliation, on … Find out how to read more online.
Robinson: ‘Allegations are offensive’
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
Former North Port city attorney Robert Robinson, facing allegations he abused his position to create new government jobs for himself, admitted Friday that according to city charter verbiage he was … Find out how to read more online.
Chance of tropical storm decreases
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
Chances of a tropical storm impacting Southwest Florida are steadily decreasing. According to the National Hurricane Center, chances of formation in the next two days are 20 percent, with a … Find out how to read more online.
CCSO staff inspector’s daughter receives $1,000 scholarship
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Karis, the daughter of James Lilly, a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office staff inspector and retired major from Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is one of nine winners of … Find out how to read more online.
Jay Carlson to be inducted into the Florida Housing Hall of Fame
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
Jay Carlson, President of Carlson & Soforth will be inducted this November by the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) to the Florida Housing Hall of Fame for unwavering dedication and … Find out how to read more online.
Early voting urged as storm nears
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
Officials are urging registered voters to get to the polls before Election Day, but not just to get a high voter turnout — a storm may also dampen day-of voting, … Find out how to read more online.
Learning experience
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
O ne of the pluses of doing a column like this is hearing from people willing to share their stories. An example is Jeanie Mikutis, who wrote to me earlier … Find out how to read more online.
Teen tests positive for travel-related Zika after trip
Fri  Aug 26 2016 08:30AM
A Southwest Florida teenager received positive test results this week for Zika after a trip to Nicaragua this summer and developing tell tale symptoms of the mosquito-based illness, according to … Find out how to read more online.
‘Surprise’ findings helped save officer’s job
Sun  Aug 28 2016 02:40PM
PUNTA GORDA — Although city and police officials came under intense pressure from the public to terminate officer Lee Coel earlier this summer after the officer’s K-9 mauled a suspect, … Find out how to read more online.
Dogs removed by Animal Control return home
Fri  Aug 26 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Linda Maggi has been taking care of others her entire adult life. For 33 years, Linda provided daily support to her father, who was diagnosed with throat … Find out how to read more online.
North Port in Top 10 Forbes’ list for job growth
Thu  Aug 25 2016 10:44AM
NORTH PORT — North Port is receiving some national recognition for job growth, even if many feel discontent with the types of jobs that are being brought in. Forbes named … Find out how to read more online.
Former city attorney to face judge
Thu  Aug 25 2016 10:44AM
NORTH PORT — Embattled former city attorney Robert Robinson will face a Florida Division of Administrative Hearings judge today, stemming from allegations he violated state law by creating new government … Find out how to read more online.
Residents want access to transportation, health services
Thu  Aug 25 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — In a perfect world, Englewood would have busses that crossed the county line. There would be no homeless people or children going to bed hungry. Englewood would have … Find out how to read more online.
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Some laws are stranger than fiction
Mon  Aug 29 2016 08:30AM
The Answer Man was amused recently reading about weird laws in force around this nation of ours. Like in Kentucky, it’s illegal to throw eggs at a public speaker. In … Find out how to read more online.
Zika Hope targets mosquitoes
Mon  Aug 29 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — In embarking on an ambitious, communitywide campaign to stop the Zika virus from infecting the local mosquito population, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County decided to … Find out how to read more online.
No easy fix for affordable housing shortage
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Justin Willis grew up in North Port and owned a few businesses there before taking his family out of state to “see if the grass was greener.” Living in Washington, … Find out how to read more online.
The place is smoking
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
The new Fedora’s Cigar Bar, 209 Wood St., in Punta Gorda, held a recent grand opening celebration. The newly renovated establishment has an assortment of wine, beer and cigars, catering … Find out how to read more online.
Allegations of torture in jail surface
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office may be facing litigation stemming from the alleged torture of an inmate at the county jail. The allegedly abused inmate, 57-year-old Mark … Find out how to read more online.
Got a slogan?
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Much like “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” or “Orlando makes me smile,” Punta Gorda will be constructing its identity through city branding in future months. The City Council … Find out how to read more online.
Mural Society dedicates 28th installment in Punta Gorda
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
The Punta Gorda Historical Mural Society dedicated its 28th mural painted by Charles Peck on the Amberg Insurance Agency in Punta Gorda on Thursday. The mural, Bayshore Lodge, was owned … Find out how to read more online.
Dance star charged with murder
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
Former Port Charlotte resident and 32-year-old Broadway dancer Marcus Bellamy was arrested after confessing to the murder of his boyfriend Aug. 19. Law enforcement told the New York Daily News … Find out how to read more online.
Judge finds dog owner in contempt for disobeying
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Friday’s second custody hearing for dogs previously removed from a home for neglect, but are now unlawfully back with their owners, wasn’t about the love two sisters … Find out how to read more online.
Owner of animal hoarding house will clean up property
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
The house that was home to 35 cats, including nine that ended up dead, has been ordered to be cleaned, before foreclosure, due to the public nuisance the stench is … Find out how to read more online.
Zika Hope screen project spreads awareness
Sun  Aug 28 2016 02:40PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — John Neely is concerned about preventing a homegrown case of Zika in Charlotte County. Neely, a retired vector-borne disease epidemiologist with decades of experience in federal, state, … Find out how to read more online.
On the menu: Restaurants undergo facelifts
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
Happens all the time during offseason. You pull into your favorite restaurant’s parking lot, only to find figurative tumbleweeds blowing through, and no sign of life but a sign taped … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
Fate of police K-9 team hangs on inquiry
Thu  Aug 25 2016 02:59PM
PUNTA GORDA — The tragic shooting of a civilian during a public training demonstration two weeks ago has the city’s police K-9 team on the sidelines. Since pulling the trigger … Find out how to read more online.
Tropical wave likely to cause heavy rainstorms
Sun  Aug 28 2016 02:40PM
The seventh named storm of the hurricane season, Gaston, is not expected to be a threat to Florida, but forecasters are watching another tropical wave closely in the next few … Find out how to read more online.
Area residents recall Italian region hit by quake
Fri  Aug 26 2016 08:30AM
The earthquake that hit Italy this week struck a region that may struggle to recover from the devastation, say area residents familiar with that section of the country. Julie Glenn, … Find out how to read more online.
Ukrainians celebrate 25 years of independence
Thu  Aug 25 2016 10:44AM
NORTH PORT — With the American flag hanging in front of City Hall, the Ukrainian national anthem swelled as the yellow and blue Ukrainian flag rose to sway side by … Find out how to read more online.
More dogs, cats from flooded Louisiana
Thu  Aug 25 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Marion Lutz hasn’t had much time for sleep these last few days. Lutz, who is the director of the Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary, has had a busy weekend, … Find out how to read more online.
No questions raised by Punta Gorda City Council
Thu  Aug 25 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — At the first City Council meeting since the death of Mary Knowlton at the Punta Gorda Police Department’s Citizens Academy, Mayor Rachel Keesling gave a brief statement, … Find out how to read more online.