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Tourism numbers continue to climb
Fri  Mar 27 2015 09:34AM
As winter storms dumped feet of snow up north, another kind of tempest was brewing in Southwest Florida. “I call it GES,” Charlotte County Tourism Director Lorah Steiner said Thursday. … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless rate falls as snowbirds come to nest
Sat  Mar 28 2015 01:00AM
Fueled by a record-breaking number of seasonal visitors, and the jobs they bring, hiring increased across the board and across the region last month. The jobless rate in Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
A healthy showing
Fri  Mar 27 2015 02:17PM
Sarasota County is one of the healthiest places to live in Florida, but overall quality of life takes a back seat to DeSoto County. Charlotte County is showing improvement but … Find out how to read more online.
Doctor left legacy as ‘pioneer’
Fri  Mar 27 2015 09:34AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Dr. Melvyn Katzen, a radiologist known for bringing major diagnostic technology to the area, died recently following a brief illness. He was 79. “He was very instrumental … Find out how to read more online.
The month’s ‘strongest cold front’ arriving
Fri  Mar 27 2015 09:34AM
PORT CHARLOTTE _ Stormy weather today likely will precede a cold front this weekend, said Rick Davis, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. He urged locals and spring breakers … Find out how to read more online.
Financial infusion
Wed  Mar 25 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — A Vietnam-era veteran, Leonard Leary contracted the hepatitis C virus while sharing a razor among his Navy buddies. But the symptoms didn’t surface until 1992, when little was … Find out how to read more online.
Officials: Parking lot not best use for waterfront property
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — City housing leaders have reached consensus on a minimum price they want for prime waterfront property on East Marion Avenue that county officials have been eying for … Find out how to read more online.
Giving a voice to Holocaust victims
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Max Weisglass was 6 years old when he experienced the horrors of the Holocaust. He’s 78 now. He hasn’t forgotten. He sat in a conference room Tuesday … Find out how to read more online.
Teen crash victim back home
Tue  Mar 24 2015 10:06AM
Brad Baker couldn’t help but cry when he looked at photos from the motorcycle accident that landed him in the hospital for three weeks. The 17-year-old Port Charlotte High School … Find out how to read more online.
Veterans Affairs revises eligibility standards
Tue  Mar 24 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The Department of Veterans Affairs issued a statement last week, stating they are eliminating the use of net worth for veterans. “Instead of combining the sum of … Find out how to read more online.
Petition filed for accused murderer
Tue  Mar 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Dwayne Johnson had been scheduled to go to trial Monday for a second-degree murder charge, but his day in court has been delayed. Assistant public defender Toby … Find out how to read more online.
A big place for a big crowd on a big issue
Mon  Mar 23 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The city council has taken a cautious yet decisive step forward on a controversial plan to connect Punta Gorda Isles to Alligator Creek. Council members have agreed … Find out how to read more online.
Services struggle to help area homeless
Mon  Mar 23 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — While the state is gearing up to pull funding from the local health department providing primary care services to the most needy, Englewood is seeing an influx in … Find out how to read more online.
Forecast: chance for early-week showers
Mon  Mar 23 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Spring, which began Friday, is a traditionally rainy season. And Southwest Florida’s spring is off to a traditional start. “A few showers make Monday,” said WINK-TV Chief … Find out how to read more online.
Homestead fraud gig may be up
Sun  Mar 22 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The number of people claiming homestead exemptions on their property tax bill is on the rise, and so is fraud. Now, Sarasota County is gearing up to … Find out how to read more online.
‘Foreclosure’ troubles continue, despite apologies
Sat  Mar 21 2015 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — On the eve of the appointed sale of their home as a foreclosure, Valerie and Ken Cruttenden still had not received word from Bank of … Find out how to read more online.
Honoring ‘Rosie’ and women in the military
Sat  Mar 21 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — While serving aboard the hospital ship USS Sanctuary, U.S. Navy nurse Laurie Druyor went on deck to get a breath of fresh air. But the air was anything … Find out how to read more online.
Homeowner headache
Thu  Mar 19 2015 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — The Cruttendens reacted with a mix of shock and disbelief when, in 2013, they saw a foreclosure for sale on Zillow, an online real estate … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte may start to buy, preserve scrub jay land
Fri  Mar 20 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — At next week’s regular meeting, the Charlotte County Commission is expected to take the first big step in implementing the county’s newly adopted Habitat Conservation Plan by pursuing … Find out how to read more online.
Fat Point apologizes for ‘Car Bomb’
Wed  Mar 18 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A local brewery is donating more than $3,000 to charity as a sign of amends, after several people took offense to the name selected for a specially … Find out how to read more online.
CNN Top Stories
Lawsuit: Hospital security inadequate
Sat  Mar 28 2015 01:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The children of an elderly woman who had a valuable diamond stolen from her wedding ring while she was a patient at Fawcett Memorial Hospital are suing … Find out how to read more online.
Latino group evolves with its goals
Sat  Mar 28 2015 01:00AM
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Latinos are the most populous minority currently living in this country. Since 1970, the Hispanic population has increased sixfold, from 9.1 million to 53 million by … Find out how to read more online.
Is this a Census scam?
Fri  Mar 27 2015 09:34AM
Frank Robinson thought it was a scam. So did Gene Broecker. Each just received letters from the U.S. Census Bureau in the mail addressed to “Resident.” Frank said the letter … Find out how to read more online.
Opus closes, Subway prepares to move out
Fri  Mar 27 2015 09:34AM
PUNTA GORDA — After nearly four years in business, the owner of Opus restaurant has closed the doors. Employees of the downtown eatery were notified via text Wednesday that they … Find out how to read more online.
Pedal and Play is Saturday
Fri  Mar 27 2015 09:34AM
PUNTA GORDA — Team Punta Gorda and the Isles Yacht Club invite bicyclists of all skill levels to Pedal and Play in Paradise, with proceeds to benefit the Leukemia & … Find out how to read more online.
A full circle
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
A hometown advantage means a lot in any sport. Just ask any professional ballplayer at the Charlotte Sports Park this spring. They’ll tell you it means a lot. The same … Find out how to read more online.
Do-it-yourself project goes wrong
Fri  Mar 27 2015 05:40PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Some jobs should be left to the experts. A 61-year-old woman was rushed to Fawcett Memorial Hospital after inhaling chemicals Tuesday afternoon because a man tried to … Find out how to read more online.
City manager staying put
Wed  Mar 25 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — What do Aiken, S.C., and Punta Gorda, Fla., have in common? Well, for a fleeting moment, City Manager Howard Kunik. Kunik was on a short list of … Find out how to read more online.
Redneck Yacht Club event keeps EMS, police busy
Tue  Mar 24 2015 10:06AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — Fourteen people were sent to the hospital and one person was sent to jail during a three-day spring break bash that concluded Sunday at the … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte demands access to low-cost medication
Mon  Mar 23 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County is putting pressure on Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida to improve pharmacy services to needy residents in its role as a federally qualified health center. … Find out how to read more online.
March baseball an economic home run
Sun  Mar 22 2015 08:30AM
For Keith Lewis, spring is the perfect time to fly down from Owings Mills, Md., to hang out with family in Englewood and Sarasota and enjoy the warmer weather. But … Find out how to read more online.
Motorcycle club stands for ‘Fallen Heroes’
Mon  Mar 23 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The close-knit fraternity of retired police, fire and military talk casually before taking off Saturday on the Ninth Annual Darla Lathrem Fallen Heroes BBQ and Poker Run. … Find out how to read more online.
Art fest offers variety
Mon  Mar 23 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — As a freelance photographer in New York City during the 1980s, Steven Daniel’s work appeared in The New York Times, USA Today and People Magazine. He later … Find out how to read more online.
Public still in the dark on six local prison deaths
Sat  Mar 21 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Almost a year has passed since inmate Matthew Walker died after a struggle with correctional officers at Charlotte Correctional Institution. Ten employees ultimately were fired for allegedly participating … Find out how to read more online.
Data on the fly
Fri  Mar 20 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — For years, Punta Gorda Airport officials have touted the airport’s economic benefits to Charlotte County. But little data, if any, exists to quantify those claims. Now officials want … Find out how to read more online.
Fire chief celebrates 25 years of service
Sat  Mar 21 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Ray Briggs is full of stories — funny stories, tragic stories, hard-to-believe, no-way-on-Earth-did-that-happen kind of stories. Pitch a topic and, chances are, Briggs has a story about … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay freshman on fast track to fame
Fri  Mar 20 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Most ninth-graders can’t say they have backup dancers for their music videos. They also don’t have to go shopping for a red-carpet dress for a major music awards … Find out how to read more online.
Placida Seafood Fest: A taste of Florida
Fri  Mar 20 2015 08:30AM
PLACIDA — Garry Albritton spent Thursday morning mapping out the locations for the 70 or more vendors who will sell their wares at the annual Placida Seafood Festival Saturday and … Find out how to read more online.
Family-run eatery looking to expand, support community
Thu  Mar 19 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — David and his dad, Brian Bourlier, debuted their Buffalo Wings & Rings in North Port in June 2009, at the official end of the Great Recession but still in … Find out how to read more online.