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Discussing next steps on River Road
Sun  May 20 2018 01:00AM
SARASOTA — With Sarasota County commissioners already accepting the offer from the Florida Department of Transportation, this Tuesday they will discuss the next steps that will turn River Road into … Find out how to read more online.
Celebrating North Port’s ‘Voices’
Sun  May 20 2018 01:00AM
The North Port High School Choirs presented its Spring Concert, “Voices in the Night”, at the Performing Arts Center, on May 10, under the direction of David Summer. … Find out how to read more online.
Winners circle
Sun  May 20 2018 01:00AM
American Legion Post 103 • Sunday Dart s winners May 6: Round 1: Donna Branscome and Linda Crawford; 2-Bill Kirkaldy and George Stern III; 3-Margaret Baldwin and John Seaman. Round … Find out how to read more online.
Annual Hurricane and Business Expo draws 2,000
Sun  May 20 2018 01:00AM
Some 2,000 people thronged through the 2018 Hurricane and Business Expo Saturday at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda, presented by WINK News and sponsored by … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane Expo
Sun  May 20 2018 01:00AM
The 2018 Charlotte County Hurricane Expo was held May 19 to educate the public about hurricane season. A panel consisted of Charlotte County Emergency Management Director Jerry Mallet and WINK … Find out how to read more online.
DEP orders corrective actions from Charlotte County Utilities
Sun  May 20 2018 01:00AM
With the next Hurricane Season less than two weeks from now, Charlotte County Utilities is on track to complete a list of corrective actions required by the Florida Department of … Find out how to read more online.
Second suspect arrested in North Port murder
Sun  May 20 2018 01:00AM
Another arrest was made in the murder of Trent Joseph Bartol-Thomas. For weeks, law enforcement has been looking for 22-year-old Tyrik Bell of North Port for his alleged role in … Find out how to read more online.
SCAT set for hurricane evacuations
Sat  May 19 2018 08:30AM
SARASOTA — For residents with transportation issues, the probability of a hurricane striking the county can be frightening. But looking back on lessons learned from Hurricane Irma, Sarasota County officials … Find out how to read more online.
‘Willing to take risks’
Sat  May 19 2018 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Imagine School in North Port held its commencement ceremony Thursday night at Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center. A total of 58 seniors accepted their high school … Find out how to read more online.
Agency: Cats from hoarding house up for adoption
Sat  May 19 2018 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Thirty-three cats rescued from a hoarding situation in North Port are available for adoption, according to The Cat Depot. A total of 37 cats were taken from a … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: North Port man arrested for sexual battery on a teen
Sat  May 19 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port man was arrested after selling marijuana and sexually battering a teen boy multiple times, according to North Port Police Department reports. Richard Stephenson, 28, … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda sets Emerald Pointe up for upgrades
Sat  May 19 2018 08:30AM
A lot has changed since 1978 when construction began on Emerald Pointe Condominiums, including Punta Gorda’s land development regulations. As a result, the city has rezoned the Emerald Pointe district … Find out how to read more online.
Blast from the past: Peace River Elementary students hold “Living History Day”
Sat  May 19 2018 08:30AM
Fifth-graders at Peace River Elementary School donned costumes and fake hair Wednesday morning as part of their Living History Day event. Each student was responsible for picking a significant historical … Find out how to read more online.
Suspect in vehicle burglaries arrested
Sat  May 19 2018 08:30AM
A Punta Gorda man was arrested in connection with multiple car burglaries Thursday, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported. Deputies first responded to Deep Creek Gardens on the 25100 block … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota lifts no-swim order
Sat  May 19 2018 08:30AM
Sarasota County health officials lifted the no-swim order for public beaches Friday. Health officials had issued a “no-swim” order Thursday from Manasota Beach in Englewood all the way up to … Find out how to read more online.
LB Rotary installs new clock at park
Sat  May 19 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — If you have a few minutes, it may be worth your time to check out Englewood’s newest landmark. The members of the Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary Club have … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood Junior Mantas play in final tournament
Sat  May 19 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Junior Mantas boys basketball eighth- and sixth-grade teams are competing in this weekend’s Best of the Best Tournament in Fort Lauderdale. The tournament is the final … Find out how to read more online.
Southwest Florida at the forefront of transportation innovation
Thu  May 17 2018 08:30AM
Lawrence D. Burns has a vision: Some day in the not-too-far distant future, residents of Babcock Ranch may never need to own an automobile. No garages, parking spaces, gas and … Find out how to read more online.
Authorities looking for armed suspect
Fri  May 18 2018 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating an armed-and-dangerous suspect. Salvatore Lacerenza, 33, is wanted on charges of armed burglary with battery, aggravated assault … Find out how to read more online.
Bridging the gap: Peace and unity walk scheduled for weekend
Fri  May 18 2018 08:30AM
The fourth annual “Bridging the Gap” march will be held in downtown Punta Gorda on Saturday morning. The goal of the walk is to emphasize a continued need for peace, … Find out how to read more online.
School Board denies charter school
Sun  May 20 2018 01:00AM
SARASOTA — Members of Protect Our Public Schools Manasota protested against a charter school that applied to Sarasota County Schools for a location near Palmer Ranch in southern Sarasota. The … Find out how to read more online.
Driveway parking rules back on North Port agenda
Sun  May 20 2018 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — After several meetings and hours of fine tuning, the City Commission will once again review what vehicles — and how many — are allowed to be parked … Find out how to read more online.
Weekly record
Sun  May 20 2018 01:00AM
Charlotte County marriage licenses • Cali Heather Balala of Solon, Ohio, and Ryan Jerome Vance of Solon, Ohio • Laura Anne Victor of Sammamish, Wash., and Jacob Byron Kiehle of … Find out how to read more online.
Pomp and Circumstance
Sat  May 19 2018 08:30AM
Not even the pouring rain and gloomy clouds could lower the spirits of Charlotte County high school seniors this week as they took the final steps towards their diplomas and … Find out how to read more online.
Serial burglary suspects apprehended by CCSO
Sun  May 20 2018 01:00AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit, with assistance from the Strategic Targeted Area Response (STAR) Team, located and arrested two burglary suspects Friday night. The arrested subjects are … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  May 20 2018 01:00AM

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Charlotte opens new West County annex in Englewood
Sun  May 20 2018 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Charlotte County’s new West County Annex is open and serving residents. The county opened the annex at 6868 San Casa Drive this week. County officials describe the new … Find out how to read more online.
Blue Jays win Border opener over Angels
Sat  May 19 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Blue Jays stamped themselves as one of the favorites for the Battle of the Border Little League major division championship when they opened the … Find out how to read more online.
North Port High School bids farewell to the class of 2018
Sat  May 19 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — After an afternoon of storms, the North Port High School class of 2018 graduated at the football stadium right on time. The class of 520 students walked … Find out how to read more online.
North Port wants to evaluate its buildings, parks
Sat  May 19 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — With many aging buildings and more than a dozen parks, the City Commission is considering hiring a firm to help evaluate the city’s facilities and create a … Find out how to read more online.
Program names overall winners
Sat  May 19 2018 08:30AM
Ryan Stites thought he was going to work. The 18-year-old EMT for Ambitrans had been told by his supervisor to report Thursday afternoon to the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County unrolls a royally easy wedding app
Sat  May 19 2018 08:30AM
Prospective brides and grooms in Charlotte County can now apply for a marriage license and schedule a courthouse wedding from their phones. Earlier this week, the Clerk of Court announced … Find out how to read more online.
Missed school could lead to big consequences
Fri  May 18 2018 10:58AM
Missing school could lead to a decrease in grades, no diploma and — for the parents of the absent student — truancy could lead to jail. The North Port Police … Find out how to read more online.
New Springs apartments to open in fall
Sat  May 19 2018 08:30AM
By this fall, new residents will be moving into the Springs at Port Charlotte apartments, a new multifamily residential community currently under construction in the Charlotte Commons development across from … Find out how to read more online.
Agency: Cats from hoarding house up for adoption
Sat  May 19 2018 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Thirty-three cats rescued from a hoarding situation in North Port are available for adoption, according to The Cat Depot. A total of 37 cats were taken from a … Find out how to read more online.
READY TO LAUNCH
Sat  May 19 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — With 328 seniors, the Lemon Bay High School class of 2018 is the largest graduating in 11 years. As commencement ceremonies approached Friday night, the students completed their last … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood’s Phillies defeat Venice in Border opener
Sat  May 19 2018 08:30AM
VENICE — The Key Agency Phillies were the only Englewood Little League major division team to win in the first round of the Battle of the Border Tournament. The Phillies … Find out how to read more online.
Local veterans take Honor Flight
Fri  May 18 2018 08:30AM
On May 5, nearly 70 veterans and an additional 70 guardians, plus staff, traveled to Washington, D.C., to visit the city and view the monuments dedicated to their service. The … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda ready for construction of new RO water treatment plant
Fri  May 18 2018 08:30AM
Construction can finally begin at Punta Gorda’s new groundwater reverse osmosis water treatment plant. The almost decade-long project began in 2009 when the city began its engineering analysis for the … Find out how to read more online.
‘Dispatch, 2247: Final call’
Tue  May 15 2018 05:36PM
SEBRING — Deputy Sheriff William J. Gentry Jr. didn’t like rain much, but clouds threatened his End of Watch Call ceremony Tuesday. Shortly after six police helicopters flew over the … Find out how to read more online.


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