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With more flights on the horizon, airport plans to add parking
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
More flights means more passengers means more trouble finding a place to park at Punta Gorda Airport. But drivers soon may be wandering less through the lots, hunting for that … Find out how to read more online.
Feedback sought for next principal
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — About 40 people gathered Tuesday night to discuss what traits they hope to find in the next principal at North Port High School. The group of mainly … Find out how to read more online.
Coyote sightings reported across region
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County has seen a considerable increase in coyote populations over the past 20 years. It is not uncommon to see coyotes in all urban, rural and suburban areas of … Find out how to read more online.
Graffiti binge targets food truck, park
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Vandals who spray-painted obscene graffiti on a popular food truck cost the owners of The Ravenous Rhino a full day’s work Wednesday. Lee Caglioti and her husband, … Find out how to read more online.
The sound of a glass ceiling shattering
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
Lucy Huyke Garner summed it up in one word, althought many followed. “Finally.” Finally, a woman had been nominated to run for president of the United States by a major … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
School Board moves budget one step forward
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — School Board members recently approved the 2016-2017 tentative budget for advertising purposes at a special board meeting. The $247 million proposed tentative budget for the 2016-2017 school … Find out how to read more online.
In Philadelphia, the calm after the storm
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:00PM
Michelle made it better. After all the hootin’ and hollerin’ about biased emails — at least they weren’t plagiarized — disruptive Bernie Sanders disciples and resignations by the party elite, … Find out how to read more online.
Braves planning coming along; other teams in mix
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
While finalizing terms with the Atlanta Braves on a proposed spring break facility in the region is top priority, West Villages general manager Marty Black reaffirmed Tuesday there are other … Find out how to read more online.
Five mass shootings in 10 months Can wave of violent crime in adjacent Lee County roll here?
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:00PM
PUNTA GORDA — Laishley Park is a symbolic landmark of this warm and seemingly carefree coastal town and its surrounding area. On a hot, sunny Monday afternoon, children cooled off … Find out how to read more online.
Blue Water Navy fights for benefits
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
Last October, I wrote a column pertaining to the Blue Water Navy, sailors who were stationed off the coast during the Vietnam War providing naval gunfire and close air support. … Find out how to read more online.
SKY YMCA eyes merger with Charlotte
Tue  Jul 26 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The SKY YMCA of Venice’s leadership team has been contracted to take over Charlotte County Family YMCA’s operations, effective Aug. 1. SKY Family YMCA currently has operations … Find out how to read more online.
Woman accused of roughing up ‘longtime friend’
Tue  Jul 26 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A 34-year-old Englewood woman was being held Monday at the Charlotte County Jail on $63,000 bond for allegedly assaulting a man whom she described to law enforcement as … Find out how to read more online.
Convicted killer gets new trial
Mon  Jul 25 2016 08:30AM
A Charlotte County jury found Eddie McNealy guilty of second-degree murder with a firearm and sent him to prison for the rest of his natural life, after he was accused … Find out how to read more online.
Ushering in ‘remarkable change’
Mon  Jul 25 2016 04:46PM
Bill Folchi felt it. As he listened to Donald Trump speak to close the Republican National Convention very late Thursday night in Cleveland, he was struck with a sense of … Find out how to read more online.
Sports bar entrepreneurs
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
The old Sportsman’s Lounge sat on the outskirts, low slung, set back from the road. In those days, the sportsmen in question were more likely hunters and fishermen than football … Find out how to read more online.
Tensions rise at seven-hour sewer hearing
Fri  Jul 22 2016 05:16PM
PUNTA GORDA — At a protracted public hearing that started Wednesday and extended into Thursday morning, residents and business owners continued to push back against planned sewer expansions across Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Sexual predator charged with lewd battery on teen
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A 25-year-old registered sexual predator found himself Friday at the Charlotte County Jail on $1 million bond after sheriff’s office investigators charged him with lewd and lascivious … Find out how to read more online.
The Fabric of Our Faith: Outrunning the rain
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
The recent rains reminded me of Elijah’s 1 Kings 17 and 18 prophesy to King Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be … Find out how to read more online.
Meet the candidates
Thu  Jul 21 2016 06:28PM
PUNTA GORDA — At this month’s Third Wednesday Coffee, sponsored by the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, a candidate forum gave the public a chance to informally talk with a … Find out how to read more online.
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City to hold attorney talks
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Legality became the point of contention among the North Port city commissioners Tuesday as they discussed the city attorney’s contract. During the City Commission meeting in City … Find out how to read more online.
Miami woman accused of prescription drug fraud
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A Miami area woman is facing criminal charges after she was arrested this week at a local pharmacy for what authorities said was attempting to obtain a … Find out how to read more online.
iHeart forum to connect candidates, voters
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte County residents and property owners near and far have the opportunity to hear from candidates competing in eight different races today. The event starting at 6 … Find out how to read more online.
Garbage collection costs jump 16.49 percent
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County residents will see an increase in their Solid Waste Assessment rates from $148.04 to $172 annually, starting Oct. 1. The Board of County Commissioners approved the decision unanimously … Find out how to read more online.
Candidates audition at GOP function
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
LAKE SUZY — By the way everyone greeted each other at a candidates’ forum hosted by the DeSoto-Charlotte Republican Club, there appeared to be few strangers at the stylish Kingsway … Find out how to read more online.
Snorkel in seagrass
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
The first time I snorkled, I freaked out when fish began touching me. Naturally, I lifted my head out of the water as if that would make the rest of … Find out how to read more online.
PGD: The little economic engine that could
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
In 1990, the total operating revenue for the Punta Gorda Airport was $1 million. In 2015, it was $8.5 million and climbing. In 2009, Allegiant Airlines’ first year flying into and … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County Chamber preps for busy August
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
As July comes to a close, grab your calendar and mark down dates in a very busy August. We start on Tuesday with the New Teachers’ Breakfast where we’ll meet … Find out how to read more online.
The most fun two dollars can buy
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
What can you buy with two dollars? The answer today is not much. Two bucks can’t even buy a premium ice cream cone. But here’s a secret many don’t know: … Find out how to read more online.
District approves proposed millage rate
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
The Governing Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District adopted a proposed FY2016-17 millage rate of 0.3317 mill, 4.9 percent lower than the current fiscal year. For the owner … Find out how to read more online.
Frontier soars to Punta Gorda Airport with three nonstop routes
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
After years of trying, Punta Gorda Airport has landed service from a second commercial carrier. On Oct. 30, Denver-based Frontier Airlines will launch nonstop flights between Punta Gorda and Chicago-O’Hare, … Find out how to read more online.
New state law takes aim at ‘Spice’ drugs
Mon  Jul 25 2016 01:27PM
Wobbly, Jello-like legs, the feeling someone is chasing you, a racing heartbeat and instant dizziness describe what it feels like for some seconds after smoking or vaping synthetic drugs, like … Find out how to read more online.
Cavanagh spent time in Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima
Mon  Jul 25 2016 08:30AM
Tom Cavanagh Jr. of Deep Creek arrived at Pearl Harbor aboard a troop transport with thousands of other Marines. World War II was 10 months from being over. “Pearl Harbor … Find out how to read more online.
Nuisance pigs = profitable pork
Mon  Jul 25 2016 08:30AM
Florida is trying to build a new meat industry with a problematic animal. Wild pigs damage land when digging for food, and repairs can get costly for property owners. So, … Find out how to read more online.
Trip to Charlotte beach to become more complicated in August
Mon  Jul 25 2016 04:46PM
Sometimes it’s not easy to get to the beach if you live in Port Charlotte or Punta Gorda. If you go toward Fort Myers Beach, you never really know if … Find out how to read more online.
The advantages of verbal negotiations
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
Q: I’ve sold quite a few homes, but none in Florida. In my experience, the offers and counteroffers were always in writing. The Realtor who listed my Florida home a … Find out how to read more online.
Attention caregivers
Mon  Jul 25 2016 04:46PM
Consulate Health Care of Port Charlotte is teaming with Tidewell Hospice to present a free “self-care” seminar for professional caregivers Wednesday at Consulate, 18480 Cochran Blvd., Port Charlotte. The hour-long … Find out how to read more online.
Survey seeks victims of freshwater releases
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
The Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University has partnered with the Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center to conduct a … Find out how to read more online.
Home sales total $100 million in value
Fri  Jul 22 2016 05:16PM
PUNTA GORDA — With the first half of 2016 in the books, real estate professionals in Charlotte County have reason to be celebrating. Realtors have been reaping the rewards of … Find out how to read more online.
Newt gobbles up Cruz for breakfast
Fri  Jul 22 2016 08:30AM
Newt Gingrich cut Ted Cruz down to size, and his words were balm to Bill Folchi. Folchi, a delegate representing District 17 at the Republican National Convention, attended a breakfast … Find out how to read more online.