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Teen testifies about alleged sexual abuse
Fri  Feb 27 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A 16-year-old girl took the stand Thursday in the sexual battery trial of Anthony James Jacot, revealing three incidents in which he allegedly raped the teen, once … Find out how to read more online.
On board with suspended tests
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:31AM
Representatives from the Sarasota and Charlotte county school districts endorsed Gov. Rick Scott’s executive order Tuesday to suspend a standardized test that Florida 11th-graders would have to take this spring, … Find out how to read more online.
Fisheries forum wants your input
Tue  Feb 24 2015 03:46PM
What do you know about our local waters? Whether it’s a lot or a little, someone would like to pick your brain. The Charlotte Harbor Fisheries Forum is a fledgling … Find out how to read more online.
Home prices rising
Tue  Feb 24 2015 08:30AM
Early-year home sales and prices are up significantly from a year ago, giving local real estate agents something to smile about in 2015. “I think people are realizing if they … Find out how to read more online.
Guitarist electrifies crowd at symphony
Tue  Feb 24 2015 08:30AM
Classical guitarist Gerardo Perez Capdevila electrified the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Sunday evening at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda with a virtuoso performance on his nine-string acoustical Spanish … Find out how to read more online.
Jail to use new video visitation vendor
Tue  Feb 24 2015 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is switching vendors for its video visitation service, which allows jail inmates to communicate with loved ones or attorneys through a program similar to Skype. … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte to memorialize all-black cemetery
Mon  Feb 23 2015 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — It might be considered pushing one’s luck to conduct a cemetery tour on Friday the 13th, but that’s exactly what historian Scot Shively lives for, … Find out how to read more online.
Cwiklinski shook hands with Gen. MacArthur during WWII
Mon  Feb 23 2015 08:30AM
Henry Cwiklinski of Indigo Isles manufactured home park in Englewood was in the second wave that attacked the Japanese-held island of Leyte in the Philippines on Oct. 20, 1944, during … Find out how to read more online.
Wine & Jazz in perfect harmony
Sun  Feb 22 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — It was their shared free spirit in life and song that brought Sheri Lenora and Larry Levi all the way from Austin, Texas, to Saturday’s 10th Annual … Find out how to read more online.
Readers find inspiration at book fest
Sun  Feb 22 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Four years ago, Terri and John Gance’s Yorkie/Maltese mix, Pedie, became paralyzed from the neck down. Distraught by their news, the couple found a way to help Pedie … Find out how to read more online.
County eyes beautification of U.S. 41
Sat  Feb 21 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Improving the attractiveness of the U.S. 41 corridor, from Charlotte Harbor to State Road 776, will be a major thrust of next week’s Charlotte County Commission meeting. On Tuesday, … Find out how to read more online.
Officials mum ahead of crucial hearing
Thu  Feb 19 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office have refrained from commenting about the recording and distribution of privileged attorney-client conversations, despite new allegations surfacing … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff’s report sparks case reviews
Tue  Feb 17 2015 03:59PM
PUNTA GORDA — A Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office investigation recently concluded that the recording of privileged conversations between attorneys and their jailed clients was caused by a malfunction with video-chat … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte, Sarasota schools receive good scores from online survey
Tue  Feb 17 2015 03:59PM
Charlotte County Public Schools ranked ninth in the state in a new survey from Niche.com. “It’s a comprehensive assessment that covers more than just an FCAT test,” said school district … Find out how to read more online.
Year-end housing review draws raves
Mon  Feb 16 2015 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — With Sarasota County enjoying a record-setting number of home sales in 2014 and Charlotte boasting a banner year as well, local Realtors are ecstatic about the performance … Find out how to read more online.
Hepatitis C Clinic treats poor, achieves success
Thu  Feb 19 2015 03:11PM
MURDOCK — With a broad spectrum of past and present drug users, from Vietnam-era veterans to young people who share needles despite the risks, Charlotte County has one of the … Find out how to read more online.
Local woman turns 105-years-old
Tue  Feb 17 2015 08:30AM
Village Place Nursing and Rehabilitation in Port Charlotte often schedules entertainment for their residents. So last week, the room was packed with people ready to hear The Dunnemans’ unique style … Find out how to read more online.
Showcase India food brings back memories
Mon  Feb 16 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Born to missionary parents in Lahore, Pakistan, Eleene Martin, 90, left at 16, but she said the aroma of the food on Sunday at Showcase India brought … Find out how to read more online.
Tatko received Distinguished Service Cross, destroyed two German halftracks in WWII
Tue  Feb 17 2015 05:55PM
Walter Tatko, now of Venice, was serving in Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army in France during World War II when he and a buddy, Pfc. Frank Zalewski, knocked out a … Find out how to read more online.
County explores future funding solutions
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:31AM
MURDOCK — During an extended discussion about Charlotte’s 20-year building program, county commissioners emphasized the dire funding shortage they face, as well as potential solutions, which generally translate into tax … Find out how to read more online.
Construction booming in Punta Gorda
Tue  Feb 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — If there were any doubts the city has pulled through the great recession, look no further than the construction boom happening around town. From single-family homes to … Find out how to read more online.
Fisheries forum wants your input
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
What do you know about our local waters? Whether it’s a lot or a little, someone would like to pick your brain. The Charlotte Harbor Fisheries Forum is a fledgling … Find out how to read more online.
Second home blues
Mon  Feb 23 2015 02:26PM
Owners of second homes in Florida will be paying more for flood insurance than those who live here full time. “In addition to whatever the rate increases are, owners of … Find out how to read more online.
Warmer weather expected mid week
Mon  Feb 23 2015 08:30AM
“Southerly winds,” should bring warmer temperatures to Southwest Florida residents this week, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures should rise a few degrees above normal today with mostly sunny … Find out how to read more online.
Habitat builds better lives
Mon  Feb 23 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dave Sanborn was floundering, bumbling and stumbling through life. “My friend tried to help me by telling me about Habitat for Humanity and the house he was having … Find out how to read more online.
Silent passenger a welcome passenger?
Sun  Feb 22 2015 08:30AM
The most critical evidence so far against a Port Charlotte man awaiting trial for a vehicular homicide charge has come from a silent witness many drivers don’t know exists. But … Find out how to read more online.
CCSO, prosecutors testify about jail recordings
Sat  Feb 21 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Jail commander was among those on the stand Friday defending the handling of recorded attorney-client conversations. “I never gave any order to cover any … Find out how to read more online.
One dead, two injured in fiery I-75 crash
Sat  Feb 21 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A section of Interstate 75 through North Port was closed for five hours Friday after a fatal crash near mile marker 187 left one person dead and … Find out how to read more online.
Funding for county’s $1B building plan falls far short
Wed  Feb 18 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Engineer Ken Doherty was in Minneapolis in the summer of 2007, working on the design plans for Target Field, which would become the new home of the Major … Find out how to read more online.
SUV crashes into home near school
Wed  Feb 18 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Alyssa Szeztaye said she’ll never forget the sound of the SUV smashing into the house next door. “I was sleeping and heard a bang,” the 22-year-old said … Find out how to read more online.
Tobacco trial sparks drama
Wed  Feb 18 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Donald McMannis — the plaintiff in the middle of a complex lawsuit — claims his wife died from lung cancer caused by smoking addictive cigarettes made by … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda, the place for pickleball
Tue  Feb 17 2015 03:59PM
PUNTA GORDA — When pickleball pro Scott Tingley started playing the sport three years ago, he was one of a handful of people who could be found swinging a paddle at … Find out how to read more online.
Local man’s novel picked for Hollywood movie
Tue  Feb 17 2015 02:07PM
GULF COVE — Cornel Dolana hasn’t thought of which actor would play him if his true story of escaping from prisons in Yugoslavia was produced in Hollywood. Now the 76-year-old … Find out how to read more online.
Cool front expected later in the week
Mon  Feb 16 2015 08:30AM
The week ahead will start out sunny and warm, but another cold front is expected to cause “a drastic cool down,” by the middle of the week, said Rodney Wynn, … Find out how to read more online.
The road to cityhood
Sun  Feb 15 2015 08:30AM
ESTERO — With typical homeowner concerns, Bee Nelson arrives early and takes a seat up front for the first candidate forum leading up to the inaugural election in the newly … Find out how to read more online.