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Report: Drunken driver hits 13-year-old
Thu  Nov 27 2014 12:30AM
ROTONDA WEST — Anthony Eklund loves to run. But after Tuesday night, it might be a while before the local 13-year-old can even walk without any trouble. A suspected drunken … Find out how to read more online.
Second student arrested in prostitution ring
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Fifteen-year-old Julian Luis Mathena of Nokomis is the third person to be arrested in connection with a student-led prostitution “business” at local high schools, authorities say. Mathena, … Find out how to read more online.
Manatees moving into winter waters
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
With the onset of cold fronts, manatees are heading to their warm water havens. Manatees seek out creeks, canals and other warm waters in Lemon Bay, the Myakka River, Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
A whole new ‘Spirit’
Mon  Nov 24 2014 08:30AM
Before hitting the road, Punta Gorda Police Officer Lee Coel always makes sure his partner is equally as ready for the eight-hour — or sometimes longer — workday. “I always … Find out how to read more online.
Police: Teen organized prostitution ring
Tue  Nov 25 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Two people were charged Friday, including a 17-year-old girl, in connection with a prostitution ring that used underage girls from area high schools, according to the Venice … Find out how to read more online.
Officials offer holiday safety tips
Mon  Nov 24 2014 08:30AM
Flames shot through the rooftops of two Los Angeles homes last Thanksgiving as firefighters arrived. Cooking the turkey had gone terribly wrong, sending an elderly woman to the hospital. Witnesses … Find out how to read more online.
Mud run, festival get folks back to ‘Nature’
Sun  Nov 23 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — At a recent get-together in Englewood, Ann Gillis resolved that it was time to try her first long-distance run ever. But, like many post-cocktail decisions, it was … Find out how to read more online.
THURSDAY is the new BLACK FRIDAY
Sun  Nov 23 2014 08:30AM
There’s no turning back for bargain hunter Melanie White. “I have shopped Black Friday every year since I was 16,” she said. “I am almost 40. I do it because … Find out how to read more online.
Area man recalls Warren Commission assignment
Sat  Nov 22 2014 08:30AM
When Harold Rydberg was 22, he was tapped by the Warren Commission to make three sketches of wounds President John F. Kennedy sustained in his assassination. The only problem: It … Find out how to read more online.
Judge denies bond request
Sat  Nov 22 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — North Porter Ivy Meadows wasn’t planning to decorate her home for the holidays this year. That role traditionally was handled by her son, Howard Tomlin. But he … Find out how to read more online.
Inmate injured in prison transport crash
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Martina Tatarcyk was horrified when she got a call saying her son was in surgery following a crash on Interstate 4 while being transported from prison back to … Find out how to read more online.
Herald-Tribune newspaper sold again
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
New Media Investment Group, the parent company of GateHouse Media, said Thursday that it had acquired “substantially all of the assets” of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the other newspapers in … Find out how to read more online.
Schools, some parents unite on testing concerns
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Jerry Beard saw his 9-year-old son curled up on the floor a few weeks ago. “(He said) he’d rather kill himself than go back to class the … Find out how to read more online.
2015 legislative wish lists
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The county, the city of Punta Gorda and the school district are busy finalizing their legislative priorities this week, in anticipation of next year’s state legislative session, … Find out how to read more online.
Hire pending for new SCAT chief
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Rocky A. Burke of Lexington, Ky., has been offered the position as the new director of Sarasota County Area Transit. Burke, 59, has more than 15 years … Find out how to read more online.
Groups keep the ‘giving’ in Thanksgiving
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Pat Knox is already giving thanks for Thanksgiving. “Right now, we’ve been blessed, blessed,” Knox said. Donations from the Lemon Bay Sunrise and Englewood rotaries, the Englewood Lions … Find out how to read more online.
Chilly streak: It’s colder than January outside
Fri  Nov 21 2014 01:24PM
The Sunshine State is known for its largely year-round seasonal temperatures, beaches and casual dressing in flip-flops, but the cold wave that’s hit the rest of the country is causing … Find out how to read more online.
On ‘Track’ for the big time
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — Three of the biggest names in country music are coming to town for Florida Tracks and Trails’ first major music event. Hank Williams Jr., Charlie … Find out how to read more online.
County widens utilities audit
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County is expanding the outside audit that will look into the operations of the utilities department. On Tuesday, commissioners unanimously agreed to add two risk areas to … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota Schools employee charged with computer crimes
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A Sarasota County School District employee has been charged with allegedly causing nearly three days of disruptions to district computer systems last month. Michael A. Levanti, 28, … Find out how to read more online.
Retailers, shoppers prep for holiday sales
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
Getting in line at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day for a wrist-band for a $115 television or a $399 PlayStation at Walmart may be way too late. Although wristbands will be distributed … Find out how to read more online.
Turkey day weather dries out
Mon  Nov 24 2014 08:30AM
The sun should come out on Thanksgiving Day after being wet and soggy earlier in the week. Today, the forecast is partly sunny skies with highs in the mid 80s … Find out how to read more online.
Local man served with 104th Timberwolf Division during WWII
Mon  Nov 24 2014 12:47PM
Ralph Cook of Venice ended up a chaplain’s assistant serving with the 104th “Timberwolf Division” in Europe during World War II after flunking an eye exam to enter pilot training … Find out how to read more online.
One child at a time
Mon  Nov 24 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Since its inception in 1947, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots Program has distributed more than 469 million toys to an estimated 216 million less … Find out how to read more online.
Sellers grab upper hand
Sun  Nov 23 2014 08:30AM
With single-family homes posting strong gains in both sales and median sales prices over the last year, the region has emerged as a seller’s market for the first time since … Find out how to read more online.
‘Small Business Saturday’ promotes shop-local culture
Sun  Nov 23 2014 08:30AM
Small-business owners agree that creativity and inspiration are two ingredients that set local businesses apart from their larger, corporate competitors. “There are a lot of creative things going on locally,” … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless rate dips
Sat  Nov 22 2014 08:30AM
Area unemployment numbers continued their downward trend in October, aided by the triple threat of an improving economy, returning snowbirds and the approaching holidays. The unemployment rate in Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
Big raise for airport chief
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — It was perhaps the longest discussion the Charlotte County Airport Authority has had in years. But when it was all said and done, authority commissioners agreed Punta … Find out how to read more online.
Judge denies bond request
Sat  Nov 22 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — North Porter Ivy Meadows wasn’t planning to decorate her home for the holidays this year. That role traditionally was handled by her son, Howard Tomlin. But he … Find out how to read more online.
Block Party canceled for 2015
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Punta Gorda Block Party, one of the largest street festivals in Southwest Florida, has been canceled for 2015. Punta Gorda Days Inc., the nonprofit group that … Find out how to read more online.
Outside law firm investigates internal North Port complaint
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port city officials have confirmed that an outside law firm has been hired to investigate a “hostile workplace” complaint made toward aquatics technician Rich Tirado. City … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Man made porn of friend’s son, 12
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A local man is accused of having sexual contact with a 12-year-old boy, and taking pornographic pictures of him while his mother was in jail, according to … Find out how to read more online.
Housing Authority seeks SHIP funding
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — When Hurricane Charley steam-rolled over Charlotte County in 2004, the storm decimated the city’s affordable housing stock. Of the 184 low-income housing units built by the U.S. … Find out how to read more online.
Bombs away
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — In a desolate part of Charlotte County near the Zemel Road Landfill, temperatures lingered in the 40s Wednesday morning. But there was plenty of heat. … Find out how to read more online.
County reaches water deal
Tue  Nov 18 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Charlotte County ratepayers will benefit from a resolution reached Monday between the county and its water provider. Charlotte County and the Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply … Find out how to read more online.
Chilly streak: It’s colder than January outside
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
The Sunshine State is known for its largely year-round seasonal temperatures, beaches and casual dressing in flip-flops, but the cold wave that’s hit the rest of the country is causing … Find out how to read more online.