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Diversity largely missing in school ranks
Mon  Jun 27 2016 08:30AM
(Editor’s note: A racial academic achievement gap in standardized testing exists in Charlotte County schools, according to Florida Department of Education data. This is Part One of a series exploring … Find out how to read more online.
Overall crime down, violent offenses up
Tue  Jun 28 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Crime statistics recently released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement present a mixed bag in Charlotte County. On the one hand, 2015 saw the overall crime … Find out how to read more online.
Teen arrived at Pearl Harbor days before attack
Mon  Jun 27 2016 08:30AM
When the Japanese bombed America’s Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor shortly before 8 a.m., Dec. 7, 1941, “Bud” Whitney was a 19-year-old electrician’s helper working at the Navy Yard in … Find out how to read more online.
Teen looks to rebound after coma
Mon  Jun 27 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — After nearly seven months in a coma, Deshawn “Shawnee” Thompson, 17, of Port Charlotte, woke up and started signing and mouthing some words. The next morning, he … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda Police Department receives second Excelsior Accreditation Recognition
Fri  Jun 24 2016 08:30AM
The Punta Gorda Police Department has been awarded Excelsior Status by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) for a second time. The Commission convened at the ChampionsGate Resort … Find out how to read more online.
‘They got it wrong’
Fri  Jun 24 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The first thing that jumped out at Tom Ireland when he read a recently released State Attorney’s Office report on the death of his son at the … Find out how to read more online.
Inmate hurt after second-tier jump at jail
Fri  Jun 24 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A Charlotte County Jail inmate suffered minor injuries after jumping from the second tier of his housing pod to the concrete floor Thursday, according to the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Sellers take advantage of rising home sales
Thu  Jun 23 2016 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Home prices across the region continue to climb, but their favorable impact on sellers may be curbing interest among buyers. In Charlotte County, the median sales price … Find out how to read more online.
Church welcomes Patch our Planet with open arms
Tue  Jun 21 2016 03:36PM
Murdock Baptist Church was alive with an emotional concert on June 5, when they were joined by the organization Patch our Planet, which seeks to help churches make a plan … Find out how to read more online.
Candidate with historic roots in council race
Tue  Jun 21 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Vice Mayor Kim Devine, 58, announced she will not seek re-election, but someone with deep family roots in the city, Jaha Cummings, has stepped up as a … Find out how to read more online.
Drier, less humid weather expected
Mon  Jun 20 2016 08:30AM
Early this week, Southwest Floridians will get a break from the wet season’s usual high humidity and rainy afternoons. “We’ve got a pretty good area of high pressure, and it’s … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood Dads doing it right
Sun  Jun 19 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Kale Dailey has dedicated himself to supporting his kids. But it’s not just his kids he’s working for. Over the last two decades, Dailey has given his time … Find out how to read more online.
Drop-off locations announced for Shoes For Kids
Sun  Jun 19 2016 08:30AM
The Sunrise Kiwanis Shoes for Kids Project, which runs from June 19 to July 24, collects new sneakers for local youth in the Charlotte County Public School System. The goal … Find out how to read more online.
CCSO conducting death investigation
Sun  Jun 19 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Few details were available Saturday regarding the death of an unidentified person found at a business in a Charlotte Harbor industrial park. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office … Find out how to read more online.
K-9 incident getting worldwide attention
Fri  Jun 17 2016 08:30AM
For more than an hour this week, radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge dissected the police car dash cam video of a man repeatedly being bitten by Punta Gorda Police … Find out how to read more online.
Grief never ends in teen’s death
Wed  Jun 22 2016 07:05PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Roger Krajcik lives in a different home now. He and his 14-year-old stepson, Devin, had long talked about moving to a larger place, one that would hold … Find out how to read more online.
Locals donate blood to Orlando victims
Mon  Jun 13 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Following the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history Sunday, many area residents felt compelled to help by donating blood. Several people lined up at a One Blood Mobile … Find out how to read more online.
Groups tackle teen suicide
Sun  Jun 12 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Concerned there shouldn’t be any more moments of silence for teens who’ve taken their own lives before graduation, some local groups say more needs to be done to … Find out how to read more online.
Little Salt Spring educational event Saturday
Mon  Jun 13 2016 04:56PM
NORTH PORT — On Saturday, June 18, anyone who wants to learn more about Little Salt Spring is invited to a workshop at the Morgan Family Community Center. The event, … Find out how to read more online.
Sugar Bert Qualifier brings boxers of all ages
Sun  Jun 12 2016 08:30AM
The Sugar Bert Boxing Title Belt National Qualifier Tournament, a two-day national qualifier boxing tournament attracted more than 500 local, national and international boxers who competed Saturday at the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
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Parents petition for new bus stop
Tue  Jun 28 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Parents are pleading with school officials to provide safe bus transportation in the city’s historic district. Janice and Paul Chupka, parents of 8-year-old twins at Sallie Jones … Find out how to read more online.
Thunderstorms continue this week
Mon  Jun 27 2016 08:30AM
Thunderstorms are likely to continue across Southwest Florida this week, with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s near the coast and low to mid 90s farther inland, according to … Find out how to read more online.
Coast Guard finds second body in search for missing family
Mon  Jun 27 2016 04:47PM
ENGLEWOOD — The U.S. Coast Guard found a second body and part of a sailboat during their search for the missing Kimberly family of Sarasota on Thursday, the second full … Find out how to read more online.
Coast Guard finds body in search for missing family
Thu  Jun 23 2016 08:30AM
Authorities searching the Gulf of Mexico for a missing family found one person’s body late Wednesday. “At about 4:30 this afternoon one of the Coast Guard helicopters located a deceased … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda bank robbery suspect arrested
Fri  Jun 24 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A North Fort Myers man made his first appearance in court Thursday after he was arrested and charged in the Nov. 30, 2015, robbery of Busey Bank, … Find out how to read more online.
Fawcett hospital announces $21M expansion
Fri  Jun 24 2016 08:30AM
The Fawcett Memorial Hospital has announced a $21 million expansion and renovation project to begin later this fall. The project will add 20 additional private patient rooms on the second floor, expand … Find out how to read more online.
Weekend temps may feel hotter than 100 degrees
Fri  Jun 24 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians may want to get out their sunscreen for outdoor activities and try to stay in the shade and drink plenty of water this weekend, as the typical summertime … Find out how to read more online.
The Vietnam Wall arrives
Tue  Jun 21 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — For Mitch Mesenburg, the arrival of the east portion of the granite for the Southwest Florida Vietnam Memorial Wall is bittersweet. His brother Terrance Mesenburg was killed … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte auto dealers thrive
Mon  Jun 20 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Auto dealers are reaping record sales these days and Port Charlotte is accumulating a larger share of the profits, with more on the way. With a grand … Find out how to read more online.
Officials warn: Remain vigilant after gator attacks
Wed  Jun 22 2016 07:05PM
Alligators have become as synonymous with the state of Florida as sunshine and oranges, but officials say their presence is not being respected — which is causing the creatures to … Find out how to read more online.
Smartphones not helping sea turtles
Mon  Jun 20 2016 08:59PM
ENGLEWOOD — Smartphones may be discouraging nesting sea turtles. Linda Soderquist — the state primary permit holder overseeing volunteer sea turtle patrols on Little Gasparilla Island — expects “false crawls,” … Find out how to read more online.
Family-owned restaurant-bakery creates ‘sense of community’
Mon  Jun 20 2016 11:54AM
PUNTA GORDA — William Levi grew up in his parents’ restaurant and bakery in Brooklyn, where he not only learned the business but also their philosophy of taking care of … Find out how to read more online.
Police: Teen missing, last seen in North Port
Sat  Jun 18 2016 08:30AM
North Port Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing teenager. Natalie LeBlanc, 15, of Arcadia, was reported missing in early June. Authorities say she was last … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda police dog mauling lights up YouTube
Mon  Jun 20 2016 06:04PM
PUNTA GORDA — A dashcam video showing the vicious mauling of a bicyclist by a Punta Gorda Police K-9 is trending on YouTube. The take-down by K-9 Spirit of 25-year-old … Find out how to read more online.
LGBT community: Hate will not win
Mon  Jun 20 2016 06:04PM
Local members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Charlotte and Sarasota counties are shocked and saddened by the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Still, … Find out how to read more online.
Typical summer weather returns
Mon  Jun 13 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians will get relief from the all-day cloudiness that accompanied Tropical Storm Colin last week. Instead, “it’s going to be a mix of clouds and sun,” said Meteorologist Nicole … Find out how to read more online.
Creating a community
Sun  Jun 12 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Every Tuesday night, Barbara Thompson and about 30 others meet for card night, which lately has included a game of “Hand-and-Foot.” Thompson, who moved to Florida from … Find out how to read more online.
Ali’s spirit lifts local boxing tourney
Sun  Jun 12 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Larry Willis attended Baker Academy and Sallie Jones Elementary School in Punta Gorda before his real-life education began. When his family moved to Fort Myers, the skinny … Find out how to read more online.
Deadly Elkcam crash ends in conviction
Thu  Jun 9 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE ­— After rejecting a plea deal prior to the start of his vehicular homicide trial this week, 25-year-old David McGovern heard the word he hoped not to hear … Find out how to read more online.