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Fawcett nurses rally in front of hospital
Fri  Sep 4 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Nurses and their supporters rallied in front of Fawcett Memorial Hospital Wednesday night to demand safer staffing conditions for their patients and a decent wage. “We can’t … Find out how to read more online.
Despite market flux, gas prices could drop below $2
Wed  Sep 2 2015 03:30PM
Fueling up a “Land Yacht 35” is like feeding a monster. Thirty-five feet long, from grill to exhaust, the mammoth Airstream devours 90 gallons of gas at a single meal, … Find out how to read more online.
Citizens cut into WMU aviation debate
Thu  Sep 3 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Charlotte leaders remain mum on a letter sent by private citizens to a stakeholder negotiating a game-changing accord with the county. The letter, addressed to the Western … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff’s deputy accused of misconduct fired, arrested
Thu  Sep 3 2015 08:30AM
A Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputy was fired and arrested Wednesday for alleged misconduct. Eric Ireland, 31, of North Port, was being booked into the Charlotte County Jail late in the … Find out how to read more online.
Property has deep roots in the community
Wed  Sep 2 2015 03:30PM
PUNTA GORDA — In 1883, Isaac Trabue, a Kentucky attorney and developer, bought a stretch of pristine land along the city’s waterfront that he planned to convert into miles of … Find out how to read more online.
Making the rounds
Mon  Aug 31 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Most inmates at Charlotte Correctional Institution rise before the sun does; breakfast is served early. But the warden usually wakes up first. He’s alert at the crack … Find out how to read more online.
Stripper gets prison for luring client to beating
Tue  Sep 1 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — A former exotic dancer is heading to prison for her role in a robbery that almost killed a client. Jamie Yell was working at Emerald City Gentlemens … Find out how to read more online.
Local nonprofits look to Giving Challenge
Mon  Aug 31 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Hitting the donate button at 2:26 a.m. could mean an extra $5,000 added to one lucky supporter’s charity during the upcoming Giving Challenge. The Giving Challenge is … Find out how to read more online.
Erika’s remains may bring rains
Sun  Aug 30 2015 08:30AM
Erika is kaput. Downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm to a trough of low pressure, Erika, which claimed at least 20 lives as it passed over the Caribbean … Find out how to read more online.
CCSO: Bank robber sought
Sun  Aug 30 2015 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit currently is investigating a bank robbery at the Charlotte State Bank, 1100 Tamiami Trail, Murdock. At approximately 11:20 a.m. Saturday, a suspect … Find out how to read more online.
Residents deal with incinerator business
Fri  Aug 28 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH GULF COVE — At least one resident grabbed the microphone and said she didn’t want a business like Charlotte Organix in her neighborhood. However, others at a recent meeting … Find out how to read more online.
Inmate sent to hospital; jail investigation underway
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed there is an investigation underway at the local jail, after a 47-year-old inmate was rushed to the hospital Monday. A … Find out how to read more online.
Animal deaths remain a mystery
Wed  Aug 26 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Authorities are still trying to decide who or what is to blame for a bizarre incident that left eight deer and a dog dead. Charlotte County Animal … Find out how to read more online.
City mulls wildlife center options
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — City leaders all agree that the Peace River Wildlife Center should remain at Ponce de Leon Park. How to accomplish that, though, is still very much a … Find out how to read more online.
Life after child abuse
Mon  Aug 24 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part series. Blame. Guilt. Isolation. All three negative feelings are commonly felt by victims of child abuse — or any abuse — … Find out how to read more online.
Danny weakened, no threat to area expected
Mon  Aug 24 2015 08:30AM
Hurricane Danny weakened to a tropical storm over the weekend, and is now unlikely to have any impact at all on Southwest Florida. “It just won’t effect this area,” said … Find out how to read more online.
Airman helped woman recapture world speed flying record
Mon  Aug 24 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is the second of two parts of French’s story. George E. French of Venice Golf & Country Club was a B-24 “Liberator” bomber pilot in the Pacific … Find out how to read more online.
Now Showing: Safety first at Regal Cinemas
Sun  Aug 23 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Duewa Zimbi hasn’t been to the movies in years. But she was ready for some big-screen entertainment Saturday at the Port Charlotte Town Center mall. And that’s … Find out how to read more online.
Home sales rise and shine
Fri  Aug 21 2015 08:30AM
Typically sleepy movement in the summer housing market awakened in July, when single-family home sales shot up 9.9 percent in just one month and 37.7 percent from a year ago in the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Turtle nests keep on hatching
Mon  Aug 24 2015 03:03PM
ENGLEWOOD — Linda Soderquist had a welcomed surprise this week. “A couple of new nests and ‘surprise hatches’ this week boosted our numbers,” she said. She’s the primary permit holder … Find out how to read more online.
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Cop killer’s family wants property returned
Fri  Sep 4 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — After he fatally shot Sheriff’s deputy Sgt. Mike Wilson, Jay Vanko turned the gun on himself. That was Aug. 5, 2013 — a little more than two years ago. … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood Water District to seek Gonzalez’ help with sewer funding
Fri  Sep 4 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Englewood Water District supervisors voted unanimously Thursday to work with state Rep. Julio Gonzalez, R-Venice, for funding to offset the costs of its sewer expansion. Gonzalez and EWD … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda signs deal with Fishermen’s Village
Thu  Sep 3 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — In a move that’s poised to change the face of the waterfront for years to come, the city finally inked a deal Wednesday with the owners of Fishermen’s … Find out how to read more online.
Local officials present Visitor Center idea
Tue  Sep 1 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Charlotte officials have gone to Tallahassee, presenting their case for establishing a visitor center on Interstate 75. In separate meetings with staff from the Secretary of Agriculture’s … Find out how to read more online.
Giving Challenge ramps up community spirit
Wed  Sep 2 2015 03:30PM
As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, more than $2 million had been raised for nonprofits in Charlotte, DeSoto, Sarasota and Manatee counties during this year’s Giving Challenge — and it’s not too late for … Find out how to read more online.
Bravo, Prado
Tue  Sep 1 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — On any given evening in the early 1950s, people would visit Belle Isles Park in Detroit and listen to the many Doo Wop groups practicing there. Among … Find out how to read more online.
Heavy rains expected
Mon  Aug 31 2015 08:30AM
Tropical Storm Erika lost steam over the weekend as it collided with Hispaniola’s mountainous terrain and Cuba tore it apart. The storm claimed at least 20 lives and caused widespread … Find out how to read more online.
Former airman refueled planes in flight
Mon  Aug 31 2015 08:30AM
Mike Raymond, commander of Post 110 American Legion in Port Charlotte, contends he had “the best job in the Air Force” as a boom operator on a 707 jet refueling … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff: ‘I’m not hiding anything’ about jail death
Thu  Aug 27 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Officials are still conducting a criminal investigation to determine if there was any wrongdoing surrounding an incident that left jail inmate Gregg Ireland unresponsive Monday, and later … Find out how to read more online.
crisis
Sun  Aug 30 2015 08:30AM
While like-minded politicians in Tallahassee shrug off proposals for health care solutions, there are patients in the tricounty area dying of curable diseases. “It’s heartbreaking to watch a 21-year-old with … Find out how to read more online.
Closing in on Fishermen’s Village deal
Thu  Aug 27 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — After months of lengthy negotiations, Fishermen’s Village and the city finally settled on language Wednesday that spells out the conditions of a complicated land deal that, if … Find out how to read more online.
AMIkids Crossroads moving to charter school status
Wed  Aug 26 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A residential group home and on-site school for foster boys located on 20 acres of land in eastern Charlotte County is close to becoming a charter school. … Find out how to read more online.
Gleason to leave Sun for county position
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
Award-winning Sun editorial page editor Brian Gleason is leaving the newspaper to accept a job as communications manager with Charlotte County. County Administrator Ray Sandrock said Gleason will fill a … Find out how to read more online.
Slain firefighter’s family posts ‘call for action’
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The family of Charlotte County firefighter Sam Presley Dreher will not quit until they see Danielle Dreher, Sam’s ex-wife, behind bars for good. Danielle, a 43-year-old North … Find out how to read more online.
Wrongly jailed man says he’s not alone
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
A Punta Gorda man who spent four days in the Charlotte County Jail last week after police arrested him on a false warrant may not be the only one being … Find out how to read more online.
Area rates among highest in FLORIDA
Sun  Aug 23 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series. Rebecca L. Edwards said she was 6 when her stepfather began to sexually abuse her — a crime Edwards said … Find out how to read more online.
Child Protection Center notes growing needs of North Port
Sun  Aug 23 2015 08:30AM
A butterfly garden and bronze statue of children swinging from tree limbs welcomes families into the Child Protection Center in Sarasota who feel less than welcome in their own homes. … Find out how to read more online.
Bailey Brothers Park to debut soon
Sun  Aug 23 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The new Bailey Brothers Park in the Trabue Woods section of Punta Gorda is nearing completion. The park, which is funded through community development block grant funds … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane Danny develops, but no threat to Florida expected
Fri  Aug 21 2015 07:00PM
The National Hurricane Center upgraded tropical storm Danny to the first hurricane of the Atlantic season at 11 a.m. Thursday with sustained winds of 75 mph and higher wind gusts … Find out how to read more online.