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Developer withdraws PGI application
Tue  Sep 23 2014 07:54PM
PUNTA GORDA — In an anticlimactic about-face, the developer of a proposed three-story condo community in Punta Gorda Isles withdrew its application for a height variance that would have doubled … Find out how to read more online.
County launches utilities audit
Tue  Sep 23 2014 08:42PM
MURDOCK — Commissioners on Tuesday ordered an audit of Charlotte County Utilities, to ensure the department operates in an efficient and timely manner. The County Commission at its regular meeting … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Homicide witness hid in back seat
Tue  Sep 23 2014 08:00AM
Charlotte County Sheriff’s investigators were able to identify a pair of homicide suspects shortly after the recent killing of Kello Bonhomme, thanks to a witness who had been hiding in … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Homicide witness hid in back seat
Tue  Sep 23 2014 08:00AM
Charlotte County Sheriff’s investigators were able to identify a pair of homicide suspects shortly after the recent killing of Kello Bonhomme, thanks to a witness who had been hiding in … Find out how to read more online.
Shelter on shaky ground
Mon  Sep 22 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — In 1987, the city agreed to lease land to the Peace River Wildlife Center to run a rescue shelter and animal hospital that grew into a successful … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte chamber lauds commitment
Mon  Sep 22 2014 08:00AM
The Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce recognized W. Kevin Russell with the Pacesetter Award Saturday evening at its 89th annual banquet, held at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center. … Find out how to read more online.
Is that fall in the air?
Mon  Sep 22 2014 08:00AM
Pumpkin ale is on tap, college football match-ups are getting more intriguing, and it’s almost time to buy Halloween costumes. Today is, indeed, the first day of fall. However, as … Find out how to read more online.
Bavarian Bash set to take the stage
Sun  Sep 21 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Bavarian Bash is coming to town, promising to live up fully to the title’s dual nature. The weekend celebration of family fun arrives Friday at the City … Find out how to read more online.
Fertilizer vs. environment
Sun  Sep 21 2014 08:00AM
As a man haphazardly sprinkles fertilizer on the lawn of his waterfront home, he’s tackled by a swamp monster. A clueless woman flinging chemicals on her flowers also is taken … Find out how to read more online.
County first in Fla. to honor wounded combat veterans
Sun  Sep 21 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — When local veterans gathered at a County Commission meeting some months back to support a veterans park if the penny sales-tax extension is passed, Commissioner Chris Constance … Find out how to read more online.
Ellie needs ‘forever’ home
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Ellie was in bad shape when her foster parents first got her. She was skinny and weak, and suffered from various ailments. But she’s doing a lot … Find out how to read more online.
Biggest show in town today
Fri  Sep 19 2014 08:00AM
The scores have faded over the decades. Yes, Charlotte beat Venice — Paul DeGaeta and Dale Russell know this for sure. The memories, however, are still there in vivid color. … Find out how to read more online.
Shoes for Kids can be something special
Fri  Sep 19 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Barbara Holt has given hundreds of pairs of shoes to students over the years, but one pair stands out. “He was a little kindergartner,” the guidance counselor … Find out how to read more online.
‘Fishy’ reunion
Fri  Sep 19 2014 08:00AM
Two and a half years ago, artist Tania Begg felt like a fish out of water after someone stole one of her cherished beaded sculptures — “Harry the Nassau Grouper.” … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Sep 18 2014 01:26PM
PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte County school officials are investigating a security breach after a man reportedly accessed the cafeteria at Punta Gorda Middle School Tuesday and told an officer he … Find out how to read more online.
Today is National Cheeseburger Day
Thu  Sep 18 2014 01:26PM
A teriyaki-glazed pineapple-mango combination dripped onto Ashley McCalley’s hand while attempting to bite into her Tiki burger at Flounders Restaurant and Tiki Bar. With a half pound of beef, salsa, … Find out how to read more online.
Publix spirit drives Day of Caring
Thu  Sep 18 2014 01:26PM
MURDOCK — When about 30 Publix employees turned out early Wednesday morning to fix up the grounds at the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition, they were met by rain, 100 percent … Find out how to read more online.
Manes ’n Reins means fun ’n prizes ’n ribbons
Tue  Sep 16 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Jocelyn Jennings, 19, sat up on her horse, Tiny Dancer, and beamed with pride. She was showing off her prize ribbon. Jennings, a Florida Atlantic University senior … Find out how to read more online.
Jail seeks new infirmary
Tue  Sep 16 2014 08:00AM
Just like other residents of Charlotte County, inmates at the local jail have medical needs. But, contrary to those on the outside, the men and women behind bars must rely … Find out how to read more online.
All Faiths vegetables coming to Englewood
Mon  Sep 15 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA — More than 30 people stood in line Wednesday morning in the parking lot of the Sarasota Hope Center waiting for fresh vegetables from All Faiths’ Sprout program. “It’s … Find out how to read more online.
Gatorz in Port Charlotte closes after four decades
Tue  Sep 23 2014 08:40PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Gatorz Bar & Grill, a landmark local dining and drinking establishment that spanned four decades, closed Tuesday. “I’ve been turning people away all day long,” said Dave … Find out how to read more online.
County launches utilities audit
Tue  Sep 23 2014 06:57PM
MURDOCK — Commissioners on Tuesday ordered an audit of Charlotte County Utilities, to ensure the department operates in an efficient and timely manner. The County Commission at its regular meeting … Find out how to read more online.
Impact-fee moratorium extended
Tue  Sep 23 2014 08:02PM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to keep the impact-fee moratorium in effect at least until April 27, 2015. Since 2008, due to the recession’s impact on the … Find out how to read more online.
Housing continues momentum
Tue  Sep 23 2014 08:00AM
Real estate across Southwest Florida continues to boom. According to the latest local housing reports, prices and closed sales for existing single-family homes in Charlotte and Sarasota counties continue to … Find out how to read more online.
Dick Trott worked with ‘Navajo code talkers’ during Battle of Iwo Jima
Mon  Sep 22 2014 08:00AM
Dick Trott, who lives at Jacaranda Trace in Venice, came ashore on Feb. 19, 1945, in the second wave with the 5th Marine Division during the Battle of Iwo Jima. … Find out how to read more online.
Corrections crackdown
Sun  Sep 21 2014 08:00AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — Nine more local correctional officers have been fired following the death of a Charlotte Correctional Institution inmate earlier this year, according to a statement issued … Find out how to read more online.
‘Never Forgotten’: POW/MIA ceremony remembers those missing from America’s wars
Mon  Sep 22 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — When U.S. Army Capt. Luis Chirichigno was held captive by the North Vietnamese at Plantation Gardens, a prison camp just outside of Hanoi, he was approached one … Find out how to read more online.
Cleanup crew rescues castaways
Sun  Sep 21 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Searching along the shoreline of Bayshore Live Oak Park, Mark Long spies something small that, although familiar, doesn’t belong. He picks up the bottle cap, gives it … Find out how to read more online.
2 charged in homicide
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men in connection with last week’s killing of a Port Charlotte man, in what was described as a drug-related case. Dwayne Jarrel … Find out how to read more online.
Area towns make most boring list
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
If you think the area is boring, well, you’re not the only one. Friday, San Mateo, Calif.-based Movoto.com, an online real estate brokerage, released a list of the 50 Most … Find out how to read more online.
Area jobless numbers flat
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
The unemployment rates in Charlotte, Sarasota and DeSoto counties held firm in August, as construction jobs across the state continue to lead the way in growth. Construction jobs grew by … Find out how to read more online.
2 charged in homicide
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men in connection with last week’s killing of a Port Charlotte man, in what was described as a drug-related … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Sep 18 2014 07:03PM
Sculpture mysteriously returned to local owner after 2 years
Fri  Sep 19 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Two and a half years ago, artist Tania Begg felt like a fish out of water after someone stole one of her cherished beaded sculptures — “Harry … Find out how to read more online.
Leaders push forward on $28M water plant
Thu  Sep 18 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — City leaders have decided to push ahead with plans to construct a $28 million reverse-osmosis water-treatment plant, despite an ongoing tug-of-war with the Southwest Florida Water Management District … Find out how to read more online.
Local man wants to help bucket prank victim
Thu  Sep 18 2014 02:51PM
PUNTA GORDA — Lonnie Brick has never met Noah Menson, nor does he have any ties to Bay Village, Ohio, where the 15-year-old boy lives with his family. But when … Find out how to read more online.
County seeks funding advice from state lobbyist
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County’s state lobbyist offered commissioners a political primer Tuesday on how to effectively request legislative funding for local projects. During a county workshop, Cari L. Roth, an … Find out how to read more online.
CERT-ified citizens wanted
Tue  Sep 16 2014 08:00AM
When the James River overflowed near Chesterfield, Va., about eight years ago, Rick Mathis was ready to help. “For two days, we passed out blankets and gave people hot beverages,” … Find out how to read more online.
Environmental center gets new CEO
Mon  Sep 15 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Thomas Hecker is a self-described nature nerd. As one of seven children — the son of a hunter/fisherman — the Naples man and newly appointed CEO of … Find out how to read more online.
Sun wins top award
Mon  Sep 15 2014 08:00AM
The Charlotte Sun won the top award — the Pinnacle Business of the Year Award — at a spirited Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce awards banquet Saturday evening at the … Find out how to read more online.