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Where are the cooks?
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
Sooner or later, conversation with local restaurant owners turns to the employment picture, and it’s not pretty. “It’s hard to find good help,” they complain. “They don’t show up if … Find out how to read more online.
Grant plans to open funding spigot to local water-quality projects
Wed  Feb 22 2017 07:00PM

State Representative Mike Grant is back for a return engagement in the Florida House, previously serving two terms from 2004-2008. He then lost Republican primary races for a Senate seat …

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Englewood residents charged with manufacturing cocaine
Wed  Feb 22 2017 07:00PM
ENGLEWOOD — Two Englewood individuals were arrested Tuesday for manufacturing and trafficking cocaine, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. Andrea Gluschenko, 26, and Evan Colby Thomassen, 25, were taken … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota School Board celebrates Lori White’s legacy
Wed  Feb 22 2017 06:56PM
SARASOTA — The Sarasota County School Board meeting Tuesday had its standard approvals, but also focused on a farewell for Lori White. White, who retires March 1, has worked for … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Man arrested with 15 fake debit cards
Wed  Feb 22 2017 06:44PM
NORTH PORT — A Tampa man has been arrested after attempting to buy Wal-Mart gift cards with multiple fake debit cards, according to North Port Police Depart-ment reports. Terrell Taylor, … Find out how to read more online.
What they’ll make
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
There will be plenty of cooks’ jobs in Florida. But, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, entry-level cook positions still pay only $18,000 to $20,000 — far less … Find out how to read more online.
Some relief seen from red tide toxins
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A cloudy morning sky, more than toxic red tide algae, may have kept crowds down at local beaches Tuesday. But as long as winds come from the east, … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Couple arrested for child endangerment
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — An Englewood couple was arrested after officers found them passed out in their car at a major intersection with a 2-year-old child in the backseat, according to … Find out how to read more online.
A walk to remember
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
The 8th Annual St. Vincent de Paul Walk for the Poor, a fundraiser to help the needy in Charlotte County, started out at Laishley Park in Punta Gorda on a … Find out how to read more online.
Giddyup at the horse show
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
The Punta Gorda Horseman’s Association Speed Show, held at the PGHA Arena, started with Poles and Barrels and a wide range of riders from Pee Wees (beginners) to Silver Spurs … Find out how to read more online.
County mulls sales tax to fund sewers
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — A highly anticipated consultant’s report on how to pay for the Charlotte County sewer expansion program has tabbed potential sales tax revenue as the missing piece of the … Find out how to read more online.
Babcock Ranch partners with CenturyLink
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
CenturyLink Inc. and Kitson & Partners this week announced they will provide one of the fastest residential internet speeds available in the U.S. to residents of the new, solar-powered town … Find out how to read more online.
Longtime pastor’s anniversary celebrated
Tue  Feb 21 2017 08:30AM
A celebration called “Honoring Our Faithful Shepherd” was held at First Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Punta Gorda on Sunday to honor the 37th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Carl … Find out how to read more online.
One dead in single-vehicle crash
Tue  Feb 21 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A single-vehicle crash ended in one fatality Sunday night when a 2010 Infiniti G37 crashed into a utility pole and caught fire. The Florida Highway Patrol reported … Find out how to read more online.
Hundreds remember North Port teacher at service
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:30AM
Not many people can recall Holly Morgan Fisher without smiling. “You would see her smile a mile before you would see her,” said former classmate and Heron Creek substitute teacher … Find out how to read more online.

Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:30AM

Englewood a model for sewer expansion?

Facing much the same dilemma that now confronts Charlotte County, the Englewood Water District embarked on a widespread, septic-to-sewer expansion project in 1996. Besides …

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Bucket list trip will take them around the world
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:30AM
Dan and Agnes Long are serious about their bucket list. So serious, to hear Agnes tell it, the couple put up their life savings, took out a second mortgage and … Find out how to read more online.
Solar energy surging, from the ground up
Mon  Feb 20 2017 10:41AM
On the ground, Florida Power & Light Co. tripled its solar output this year with the installation of a million photo voltaic solar panels at new solar energy centers in Charlotte, … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
American Legion Post 110 • Bridge winners Feb. 13: 1-Lucia Kelly, 4230; 2-Barb Lutz, 3740; 3-Fred Kuss, 3700; 4-Alfi Yanchik, 3540. Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club • Partners Bridge winners Feb. … Find out how to read more online.
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Housing sales slow to take off in 2017
Wed  Feb 22 2017 07:00PM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — The new year got off to a slow start across the region, with January home sales falling off considerably from the previous month. In Charlotte, single-family closed … Find out how to read more online.
The future of solar is in young hands
Wed  Feb 22 2017 07:00PM
Florida Power & Light formally commissioned its three new solar power facilities in ceremonies before an audience of dignitaries in Manatee County Monday. The event officially welcomed one million solar … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood woman dies after being hit by SUV
Wed  Feb 22 2017 06:56PM
ENGLEWOOD — Linda Zoellner died doing something she enjoyed. While gardening at noon Tuesday near her Lemon Bay Breeze Condo, witnesses say Zoellner was likely bent down near the corner … Find out how to read more online.
Push renews for River Road funding
Wed  Feb 22 2017 07:02PM
TALLAHASSEE — In a crowded meeting room Wednesday, state senators heard a pitch from one of their own to gain state dollars to repair River Road. State Sen. Greg Steube … Find out how to read more online.
‘Karaoke for a Cure’ event set for Friday
Wed  Feb 22 2017 07:02PM
NORTH PORT — Mark McKinley believes fighting cancer is a community event. While his mother has fought two types of cancer three times, McKinley has raised money in North Port … Find out how to read more online.
Morgan candidacy rumblings draw response
Tue  Feb 21 2017 08:30AM
He brings visibility, results and cash. That’s how political observers in the area characterize Orlando personal injury attorney John Morgan, who is considering a run for governor next year. According … Find out how to read more online.
North Port city manager to take Sarasota County spot
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city will soon be on the hunt for a new city manager. Jonathan Lewis, who has been in the position since May 2011, will be taking … Find out how to read more online.
Family Fitness highlights weekend
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Families looking for healthy fun can come to the Fitness Festival on Saturday from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Port Charlotte Anytime Fitness, 24001 Peachland Blvd. … Find out how to read more online.
A hoedown to support the troops
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
Many were using innovative ways to stay dry during the Punta Gorda Downtown Hoedown Concert to Support the Troops on Saturday evening. … Find out how to read more online.
AMIKids is now Crossroads Hope Academy
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
There’s a new name — and independence — for the former AMIKids Crossroads foster care program for teenage boys in eastern Charlotte County. It is amicably separating from the national … Find out how to read more online.
Former prosecutor to campaign for State Attorney
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
Chris Crowley has formally announced his candidacy for State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit. The State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit is the chief local prosecutor for Lee, … Find out how to read more online.
CCSO: Port Charlotte man arrested with 8 pounds of pot
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
A Port Charlotte man was arrested Tuesday after being found in possession of nearly eight pounds of cannabis, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. During a traffic stop, Anthony … Find out how to read more online.
Student is first in Charlotte to receive fellowship
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Anthony Vigliotti is the first student in Charlotte County to receive a prestigious Take Stock in Children fellowship, which will allow him to be the first in … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte imposes new regulations for abandoned boats
Tue  Feb 21 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — A new Charlotte County ordinance will make it easier for officials to remove abandoned boats from all public waterways. The updated measure clarifies regulations dealing with abandoned vehicles … Find out how to read more online.
Whether with Trump or in local circles
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:30AM
At one point, President Donald Trump was considering several members of his family for top government jobs. As the topic of nepotism became part of a national discussion, Trump settled … Find out how to read more online.
Southwest Florida goes into moderate drought
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:30AM
Lack of winter rain and warmer-than-normal temperatures have pushed Southwest Florida from abnormally dry into moderate drought. “Southwest Florida is officially in a moderate drought,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist … Find out how to read more online.
‘The real question is affordability’
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK— At this week’s workshop session, county commissioners are expected to receive a consultant’s report on how to fund the wastewater expansion project, leading to a crucial decision on how … Find out how to read more online.
Education runs through family trees
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:30AM
For many years, Marcia and Mike Louden worked together. The couple moved from Colorado to Englewood in 1983, after they were offered jobs at Lemon Bay High. Mike retired as … Find out how to read more online.
Ann Mercer, Cape Haze- Pioneer Trail advocate, died
Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
GROVE CITY — Bicyclists or runners along the Cape Haze-Pioneer Trail should stop a moment and think of Ann Mercer. She saw a battered and defunct railroad bed and envisioned … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte County births There were no births reported this week in Charlotte County. Charlotte County marriages • Ashley Constant Hathaway of Pawtucket, R.I., and Kyle Martin Lamoureux of Pawtucket, R.I. … Find out how to read more online.