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Gov. Scott to make stop in Punta Gorda today
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:33PM
PUNTA GORDA — In an effort to shore up early votes in a race that’s down to the wire, Gov. Rick Scott today will campaign in the city during his … Find out how to read more online.
2 confirmed dead in shooting near Peace River
Tue  Oct 21 2014 03:16PM
Two are confirmed dead Tuesday in what authorities are calling a domestic disturbance. The Charlotte County sheriff’s office won’t go as far as calling it a murder-suicide at this point, … Find out how to read more online.
Study: Sunshine Lake algae due to natural causes
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — An ongoing study of the Sunshine Lake/Sunrise Waterway has determined the likely cause of the algae contamination to be a natural occurrence. With more than 80 percent of … Find out how to read more online.
Students join ukulele craze
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
The first time music teacher Jason Osborne showed up in class with his ukulele, students had a puzzled look on their faces. They thought it was a toy. Then the … Find out how to read more online.
Vintage Finder’s Warehouse has ‘things worth repeating’
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Kitchenware from the 1970s, a riding lawn mower from the ’50s and typewriters from the ’30s are just a few of the treasures stowed away in Vintage … Find out how to read more online.
Expect seasonal weather, afternoon showers
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — After a dry weekend, residents can expect mostly sunny skies again on Monday, but partly cloudy skies with a chance of showers and thunderstorms are expected after … Find out how to read more online.
New data security for Beef’s post-breach
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The owner of the local Beef ‘O’ Brady’s on Sumter Boulevard has made significant strides toward protecting his restaurant and his customers, following a data breach in … Find out how to read more online.
Missing woman found
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — A week ago, Katy McDonald’s mother and brother went to see her at her apartment on Sibley Bay Street. Nobody was home. According to an incident report, … Find out how to read more online.
Getting ‘Dizzy’ for a good cause
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Although they have aged out of regular recess, kids at Punta Gorda Middle School’s first Track and Field Fun Day showed you’re never really too old to … Find out how to read more online.
Open for business
Mon  Oct 20 2014 02:31PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Angel Luna drove two and half hours from Orlando after work on Wednesday to be first in line for the grand opening of the new Mall at … Find out how to read more online.
Section 23 election results: Nobody wins
Fri  Oct 17 2014 08:00AM
DEEP CREEK — Speaking to a large crowd of 200 mostly exasperated residents attending the Deep Creek Section 23 Property Owners Association annual meeting, Robert Keller was explaining the reason … Find out how to read more online.
Teachers get raises
Thu  Oct 16 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Two weeks after it decided to hold off on teacher raises until the middle of the school year, the Charlotte County School Board has reversed its stance. … Find out how to read more online.
Constance calls for authority chief’s ouster
Thu  Oct 16 2014 08:00AM
BRADENTON — Charlotte County Commissioner Chris Constance called for the termination of Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority’s Executive Director Pat Lehman on Wednesday, claiming that Lehman constantly abused … Find out how to read more online.
Babcock Ranch Community gets energized
Wed  Oct 15 2014 04:07PM
MURDOCK — Developer Syd Kitson’s Babcock Ranch Community cleared a major hurdle this week after an independent special district approved an agreement that allows Kitson to move forward with ambitious … Find out how to read more online.
Judge: Alleged teen robber to stay in jail
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Matthew Wesley Roberts was just 17 years old when he was arrested in May 2013 for allegedly knocking over two area convenience stores. He’s been locked up … Find out how to read more online.
Memorial within reach
Tue  Oct 14 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Plenty of folks doubted it could be done, but Bill Akins, director of fundraising for the Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida committee, knew better. “I’ve said at … Find out how to read more online.
Breaking the cycle of homelessness
Mon  Oct 13 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Jerilee Doyle was homeless for a short time three years ago, and she never believed it could ever happen to her again. But after being laid off … Find out how to read more online.
Doctors urge caution
Mon  Oct 13 2014 08:00AM
Upon returning to Punta Gorda from his homeland in Nigeria, where he is helping to support a local hospital, retired physician Dr. Olawale Idewu had his Atlanta-bound plane diverted out … Find out how to read more online.
Serving lunch to 700 students
Sun  Oct 12 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — When asked to spend a day in the shoes of someone who works in Charlotte County Public Schools, I was given the choice of being a principal … Find out how to read more online.
Officials quiet about fatal shooting
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:33PM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Few details were unveiled in an incident report released Wednesday by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office about this week’s fatal shooting at Charlotte Harbor RV Park. Residents … Find out how to read more online.
Halloween treat for county workers: A pay raise . . . finally
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — On the last day of the month, Charlotte County employees will receive quite a Halloween treat with their first pay raise in seven years. The 3 percent pay … Find out how to read more online.
Murder charge reduced
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
Prosecutors have reduced the murder charge against one of the men arrested last month in relation to the shooting death of a 40-year-old Port Charlotte man. Freddie Campbell, 27, of … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte gets fingerprint tool
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
Ron Mueller spends many a day studying bifurcations, ridge endings and pores. And he’s good at it; analyzing fingerprints is one of the crime scene technician’s specialties. But the practice … Find out how to read more online.
Man served aboard Bennington during WWII
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
Gene Roaf of Punta Gorda Isles was a plane captain who maintained a single Corsair fighter aboard the carrier USS Bennington during the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa in … Find out how to read more online.
Waiting for Charlotte’s Web
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
Editor’s note: The Sun periodically will be writing about the Wager family as they try new treatments — possibly medical marijuana — for their son Dylan, who suffers from cerebral … Find out how to read more online.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s begins with first step
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Melissa Vanderbilt-Bestor remembers her grandmother as an outgoing and nurturing woman. Pearl Peeler, now 95, used to invite patients from the mental hospital, where she worked, to … Find out how to read more online.
Czech-Slovak Club begins new season
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The American Czech and Slovak Club of Southwest Florida will hold its first meeting of the 2014-2015 season at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Family Table Restaurant, … Find out how to read more online.
A healthy fall
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
As the region welcomes cooler temperatures, jobless numbers are also falling, both tied to the changing of seasons. While employment typically picks up this time of year, last month’s jobless … Find out how to read more online.
‘Uber-casual’ event takes on breast cancer
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — On a recent day, a woman stumbled across the new Komen’s Boutique and office at the Port Charlotte Town Center mall. She had just found out that morning … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged with vehicular homicide
Mon  Oct 20 2014 02:31PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A local man has been arrested in connection with a crash that killed a bicyclist in the Parkside area of Port Charlotte in June. David McGovern, 24, … Find out how to read more online.
County says ‘No’ to medical marijuana
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Opponents of the proposed medical marijuana amendment to the Florida Constitution have portrayed the initiative as reefer madness, unleashing a Pandora’s box of evils that run counter to … Find out how to read more online.
Audit shows first boat race lost money
Thu  Oct 16 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK —The inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix in April finds itself swimming $54,511 in the red. According to a Charlotte County Clerk of the Court audit, the boat … Find out how to read more online.
Shortening a 90-minute school bus ride
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
Scott Coovert spoke at a School Board meeting last month about his son riding the bus 90 minutes on a meandering route that takes the child through about one-third of … Find out how to read more online.
8-month-old baby survives dog attack
Tue  Oct 14 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A baby boy bitten in the face by the family dog Monday is expected to live. However, the animal responsible might not. The 8-month-old boy was reaching … Find out how to read more online.
Bitten baby improving
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The local baby bitten in the face by a family dog Monday morning was taken to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg for surgery, but he was … Find out how to read more online.
Baby survives dog attack
Tue  Oct 14 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A baby boy bitten in the face by the family dog Monday is expected to live. However, the animal responsible might not. The 8-month-old boy was reaching … Find out how to read more online.
New UTC Mall opening this week
Mon  Oct 13 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — As the clock winds down to the grand opening of the Mall at University Town Center on Thursday, constructions crews, retailers and restaurateurs are all working feverishly … Find out how to read more online.
Cold front comes this week
Mon  Oct 13 2014 08:00AM
The weather should “cool off a little bit” this week, according to Rodney Wynn of the National Weather Service. This is due to a cold front with showers and thunderstorms … Find out how to read more online.
Keeping up with the third-graders
Sun  Oct 12 2014 08:00AM
DEEP CREEK — “Ms. Staik, I just don’t get it.” Those words, whined by a third-grade student at Deep Creek Elementary School, just about broke my heart. And the worst … Find out how to read more online.