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Derelict vessels: Money to combat the problem drying up
Fri  Mar 24 2017 08:30AM

A newer source for addressing abandoned boats

Last year, the West Coast Inland Navigation District began to address the issue of funding derelict vessel removal in the region — including …

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Toddler airlifted to hospital after falling in a pool
Sat  Mar 25 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD EAST — A female toddler was found floating in a pool at a home on Lighthouse Drive in Englewood East, according to reports released Friday. According to Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
Fewer unemployed in region
Fri  Mar 24 2017 08:54PM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — The jobless rate took a sharp turn downward across the region, revving up a winter season to near peak performance. In Charlotte County, February’s unemployment rate of … Find out how to read more online.
Audit to check jail’s sex abuse prevention
Sat  Mar 25 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office will begin its Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Audit beginning Monday. The audit will determine if the jail meets the required standards set by the … Find out how to read more online.
Bridge work stacking up Englewood traffic
Fri  Mar 24 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Patience is what’s needed to get onto or off Manasota Key via Beach Road. But patience is what’s running thin as traffic backs up onto South McCall Road … Find out how to read more online.
Officials crack down on abandoned boats before arrival of birds
Fri  Mar 24 2017 08:30AM
KEY WEST, Fla. — Marine salvors have been racing to get 32 abandoned boats off the bottom in Marquesas Keys waters before birds arrive. A crew removed seven deteriorating vessels, … Find out how to read more online.
Baby boomers tackle tech
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
Tony Adams would normally lean on his family — “technical support team” — if he has questions about his iPad or cellphone. But Adams, 72, is visiting Florida from Ohio, … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Sheriff’s Office holds free self-defense class for women
Fri  Mar 24 2017 08:30AM
Fifty-two women shouted, “Leave me alone!” while striking a punching bag with one knee, held by a partner. It was part of a free self-defense class and hosted by the … Find out how to read more online.
I-75 traffic delayed after seven-vehicle collision
Fri  Mar 24 2017 08:30AM
The Florida Highway Patrol is searching for a hit-and-run driver who rear-ended a Hyundai XG350 stopped in traffic on southbound Interstate 75 on Thursday around 7:05 a.m. Multiple collisions followed, … Find out how to read more online.
Water Authority plans for increased demand
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — With continued growth meaning an increased demand for water, the Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority has a plan to meet that demand. Representatives of the authority … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County School Board moves to approve proposed budget
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — The Sarasota County School Board approved its proposed budget 4-1 late Tuesday. The 2017-18 budget will have a 4 percent increase from the 2016-17 budget of $421.9 million, … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Woman returns for children after attack
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A man was arrested after choking and beating a woman known to him, according to North Port Police officials. Dana Robinson, 37, 3200 block of Lullaby Road, … Find out how to read more online.
Trail Boss
Wed  Mar 22 2017 08:30AM
“No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” – Winston Churchill Tales have long been told about the relationship between horses and humans. Both on an … Find out how to read more online.
Chambers celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, members of local Chambers of Commerce — including Charlotte, Englewood, North Port and Punta Gorda — gathered for fun in the sun to watch a Tampa … Find out how to read more online.
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Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Melody Boykin, 56, 24500 block of Airport Road. Charges: two counts of violation of probation. Bond: none. • Alisa Katherine … Find out how to read more online.
Something’s brewing at Off The Wagon
Wed  Mar 22 2017 08:30AM
SOUTH VENICE — There’s nothing like it in Venice. There’s nothing like it in any neighboring town, for that matter. Sure, there are indie brewpubs in Sarasota, Bradenton, Fort Myers … Find out how to read more online.
Phantoms of the Orchestra Mad Hatter Sunday brunch
Wed  Mar 22 2017 08:30AM
On Sunday, March 12, The Phantoms of the Orchestra sponsored a “Mad Hatter” Sunday brunch at the Twin Isles Country Club, Madrid Road, Punta Gorda. … Find out how to read more online.
Crime rate up 4 percent in Charlotte
Wed  Mar 22 2017 08:30AM
The crime rate in Charlotte County increased in 2016 by 4.6 percent, according to data released Tuesday by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. The total index crimes in the county, … Find out how to read more online.
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Contentious religious freedom bill gets Senate blessing
Sat  Mar 25 2017 08:30AM
Some Democrats condemned a bill in Tallahassee that seeks to clarify the state and U.S. Constitution on freedom of religion in public schools, calling it unnecessary. The measure — S.B. … Find out how to read more online.
Cindy Solomon is Teacher of the Month
Sat  Mar 25 2017 08:30AM
Fawcett Memorial Hospital presented Cindy Solomon, a kindergarten teacher at Myakka River Elementary School, with the February “Teacher of the Month” award. Solomon was nominated by her peers for her … Find out how to read more online.
First Englewood Edible Garden Tour opens today
Sat  Mar 25 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Having a yard that does more than look nice is why Greg Nelson and his wife Linda decided to start The Englewood Edible Landscaping Tour. The tour, which … Find out how to read more online.
Taking aim for education
Sat  Mar 25 2017 08:30AM
Port Charlotte High School and the Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis recently held a dart tournament at Ice House Pub in Punta Gorda. The fundraising tournament, “Pirate Challenge for Education,” was … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Mar 25 2017 08:30AM
CLARIFICATION The Tom Adams Bridge will be closed completely for seven days, between June 15 to July 15, to allow construction crews to pour and set new concrete slabs at … Find out how to read more online.
Derelict vessels: Money to combat the problem drying up
Fri  Mar 24 2017 08:30AM
Time is running out for state grant funding for derelict boat removal from Florida waters. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission only has about 20 percent or less of … Find out how to read more online.
Another kind of pollution in the waters
Fri  Mar 24 2017 08:30AM
Ask most people about pollution, and they will think of rubbish, plastic, oil, smog and chemicals. After some thought, most folks might also suggest noise pollution. We’re all familiar with … Find out how to read more online.
United Way honors ‘Hearts of Gold’
Fri  Mar 24 2017 08:30AM
The United Way of Charlotte County held a cocktail reception at South Port Square in Port Charlotte, “Hearts of Gold,” for their volunteers. Dozens of volunteers attended and shared some … Find out how to read more online.
Brush fire shuts down Harborview Road
Fri  Mar 24 2017 08:30AM
A brush fire shut down Harborview Road west of Interstate 75 for a few hours on Thursday afternoon. The flames moved quickly across an estimated seven acres, a Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota county commissioners expand the county seat
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — A pending move by Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight of his administrative offices put the county at odds with a state statute, which Sarasota County Commissioners corrected Wednesday … Find out how to read more online.
GOP pushes through Steube’s gun bill despite criticism
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
State Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, took aim at an NRA-backed gun bill sponsored by Sarasota Sen. Greg Steube on Wednesday during a committee meeting in Tallahassee, saying it “sends … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Man stole nearly $435,000 from woman with dementia
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A man was arrested after stealing thousands of dollars from his elderly friend who had dementia, according to Sarasota County Sheriff’s Officials. Robert Atwater, 65, 7400 block … Find out how to read more online.
Improvements on the way for Placida Road
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
PLACIDA — Construction crews are geared up for improvements along Placida Road from Rotonda Boulevard West to the Boca Grande Causeway. The $13.4-million construction project, paid with Charlotte County’s 1 … Find out how to read more online.
As housing supply grows, so does buyer’s market
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Charlotte County home sales rebounded last month after a disappointing, double-digit dip in January. The most impressive advance, however, may have been in condo median sales prices, … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte cold case to air on ‘Dateline NBC’
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
An episode of “Dateline NBC” will feature the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit and the team of prosecutors who worked together to bring resolution to the 2001 murder … Find out how to read more online.
Can you pass a citizenship test? Learning Civics beyond the classroom
Tue  Mar 21 2017 03:10PM
Many Americans of a certain age can recall singing along to “Schoolhouse Rock!” and learning a little about government between cartoon shows. Others can recall days spent learning about civics … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Symphony ends season on a high note
Wed  Mar 22 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte Symphony orchestra ended its season Sunday evening at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda the same way it began in November, with a cheering, shouting audience … Find out how to read more online.
Coronado Drive to close for construction
Wed  Mar 22 2017 08:30AM
On March 29, Coronado Drive in Punta Gorda will be closed while Florida Power & Light contract crews install a new concrete pole. Coronado will be closed from West Marion … Find out how to read more online.
Attorney charged with DUI
Wed  Mar 22 2017 08:30AM
A local attorney was charged with a DUI and leaving the scene of a crash on Sunday. William Kevin Russell, 65, of Port Charlotte, was driving a 1998 Honda Accord … Find out how to read more online.