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Military sexual trauma linked to female suicide rate
Tue  Aug 30 2016 08:04PM
In 2009, veteran Sara Leatherman was discharged from the military because of a back injury, according to a 2015 Los Angeles Times story. The following year, suffering from chronic post-traumatic … Find out how to read more online.
Students can apply for Junior Leadership Charlotte
Tue  Aug 30 2016 08:04PM
Well, here we go with a day early from the September calendar. Applications for the Junior Leadership Charlotte class of 2017 are in the guidance offices at all the high … Find out how to read more online.
Election Day almost here
Mon  Aug 29 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — There are several heated primary races on tap as voters head to the polls Tuesday, none of which is more contested than the three GOP candidates vying … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte home sales down from last month and last year
Tue  Aug 30 2016 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — With inventory drying up during the hot summer season, home sales and prices in Charlotte County are receding as well. In Charlotte, the median sales price and … Find out how to read more online.
Low pressure area south of Florida Keys monitored; Election Day to be wet
Mon  Aug 29 2016 08:30AM
The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area of low pressure between the Florida Keys and Cuba for tropical storm development this week. The low-pressure area is likely to move … Find out how to read more online.
Meals on Wheels is a blessing
Mon  Aug 29 2016 08:30AM
Adele Fairchild gets lonely. So the 83-year-old former elementary teacher prays a lot. And, for her, one of the answers to those prayers has been Meals on Wheels. Her cur-chow … Find out how to read more online.
Jail officer fired
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County Corrections Deputy Michael Burnette was fired Friday following an internal investigation into allegations he bullied and mistreated an inmate. Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell said Saturday that, although … Find out how to read more online.
Airport wants better public relations
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Punta Gorda Airport is an airport on the move, enjoying growth that may become more than a spurt if its low-cost offerings continue to draw ultra-low-cost flights. But some on … Find out how to read more online.
Prummell’s statement
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Editor’s Note: This is the complete statement issued by Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell Saturday. “I don’t usually respond to articles in the Sun, but because it was so egregious … Find out how to read more online.
FHP: Man, 70, injured in two-car crash
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — An Englewood man was seriously injured in a Saturday morning crash at U.S. 41 and Ortiz Boulevard. Robert J. Havard, 70, was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, … Find out how to read more online.
Understanding a complex primary ballot is just a few clicks away
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County voters will face a complex list of 15 different primary election ballots awaiting Republican, Democrat and Libertarian party members, as well as those with no party affiliation, on … Find out how to read more online.
Robinson: ‘Allegations are offensive’
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
Former North Port city attorney Robert Robinson, facing allegations he abused his position to create new government jobs for himself, admitted Friday that according to city charter verbiage he was … Find out how to read more online.
Chance of tropical storm decreases
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
Chances of a tropical storm impacting Southwest Florida are steadily decreasing. According to the National Hurricane Center, chances of formation in the next two days are 20 percent, with a … Find out how to read more online.
CCSO staff inspector’s daughter receives $1,000 scholarship
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Karis, the daughter of James Lilly, a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office staff inspector and retired major from Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is one of nine winners of … Find out how to read more online.
Jay Carlson to be inducted into the Florida Housing Hall of Fame
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
Jay Carlson, President of Carlson & Soforth will be inducted this November by the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) to the Florida Housing Hall of Fame for unwavering dedication and … Find out how to read more online.
Early voting urged as storm nears
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
Officials are urging registered voters to get to the polls before Election Day, but not just to get a high voter turnout — a storm may also dampen day-of voting, … Find out how to read more online.
Learning experience
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
O ne of the pluses of doing a column like this is hearing from people willing to share their stories. An example is Jeanie Mikutis, who wrote to me earlier … Find out how to read more online.
Teen tests positive for travel-related Zika after trip
Fri  Aug 26 2016 08:30AM
A Southwest Florida teenager received positive test results this week for Zika after a trip to Nicaragua this summer and developing tell tale symptoms of the mosquito-based illness, according to … Find out how to read more online.
‘Surprise’ findings helped save officer’s job
Sun  Aug 28 2016 02:40PM
PUNTA GORDA — Although city and police officials came under intense pressure from the public to terminate officer Lee Coel earlier this summer after the officer’s K-9 mauled a suspect, … Find out how to read more online.
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The Wotitzky family legacy
Tue  Aug 30 2016 08:04PM
Good day to all! Did you know that Jacob Wotitzky, an early merchant in Trabue (Punta Gorda), initiated a unique “home delivery” system? Born in Prague, Czech Republic, Oct. 26, … Find out how to read more online.
Allegiant adds Dayton route
Tue  Aug 30 2016 08:30AM
Beginning Nov. 17, Allegiant Air will offer travelers a new, nonstop route to Punta Gorda from Dayton, Ohio. To celebrate, the company will offer fares starting at $51. “Allegiant is … Find out how to read more online.
Elephant in the room
Tue  Aug 30 2016 08:30AM
Tom Lewis leaned over and kissed his wife, Amanda. They were waiting for their celebrity waiter to deliver their spaghetti. There was a lot of love and a big giant … Find out how to read more online.
Allegiant adds Dayton route
Tue  Aug 30 2016 08:30AM
Beginning Nov. 17, Allegiant Air will offer travelers a new, nonstop route to Punta Gorda from Dayton, Ohio. To celebrate, the company will offer fares starting at $51. “Allegiant is … Find out how to read more online.
Some laws are stranger than fiction
Mon  Aug 29 2016 08:30AM
The Answer Man was amused recently reading about weird laws in force around this nation of ours. Like in Kentucky, it’s illegal to throw eggs at a public speaker. In … Find out how to read more online.
Zika Hope targets mosquitoes
Mon  Aug 29 2016 03:38PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — In embarking on an ambitious, communitywide campaign to stop the Zika virus from infecting the local mosquito population, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County decided to … Find out how to read more online.
No easy fix for affordable housing shortage
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Justin Willis grew up in North Port and owned a few businesses there before taking his family out of state to “see if the grass was greener.” Living in Washington, … Find out how to read more online.
The place is smoking
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
The new Fedora’s Cigar Bar, 209 Wood St., in Punta Gorda, held a recent grand opening celebration. The newly renovated establishment has an assortment of wine, beer and cigars, catering … Find out how to read more online.
Allegations of torture in jail surface
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office may be facing litigation stemming from the alleged torture of an inmate at the county jail. The allegedly abused inmate, 57-year-old Mark … Find out how to read more online.
Got a slogan?
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Much like “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” or “Orlando makes me smile,” Punta Gorda will be constructing its identity through city branding in future months. The City Council … Find out how to read more online.
Mural Society dedicates 28th installment in Punta Gorda
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
The Punta Gorda Historical Mural Society dedicated its 28th mural painted by Charles Peck on the Amberg Insurance Agency in Punta Gorda on Thursday. The mural, Bayshore Lodge, was owned … Find out how to read more online.
Dance star charged with murder
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
Former Port Charlotte resident and 32-year-old Broadway dancer Marcus Bellamy was arrested after confessing to the murder of his boyfriend Aug. 19. Law enforcement told the New York Daily News … Find out how to read more online.
Judge finds dog owner in contempt for disobeying
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Friday’s second custody hearing for dogs previously removed from a home for neglect, but are now unlawfully back with their owners, wasn’t about the love two sisters … Find out how to read more online.
Owner of animal hoarding house will clean up property
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
The house that was home to 35 cats, including nine that ended up dead, has been ordered to be cleaned, before foreclosure, due to the public nuisance the stench is … Find out how to read more online.
Zika Hope screen project spreads awareness
Sun  Aug 28 2016 02:40PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — John Neely is concerned about preventing a homegrown case of Zika in Charlotte County. Neely, a retired vector-borne disease epidemiologist with decades of experience in federal, state, … Find out how to read more online.
On the menu: Restaurants undergo facelifts
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
Happens all the time during offseason. You pull into your favorite restaurant’s parking lot, only to find figurative tumbleweeds blowing through, and no sign of life but a sign taped … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
Fate of police K-9 team hangs on inquiry
Thu  Aug 25 2016 02:59PM
PUNTA GORDA — The tragic shooting of a civilian during a public training demonstration two weeks ago has the city’s police K-9 team on the sidelines. Since pulling the trigger … Find out how to read more online.
Tropical wave likely to cause heavy rainstorms
Sun  Aug 28 2016 02:40PM
The seventh named storm of the hurricane season, Gaston, is not expected to be a threat to Florida, but forecasters are watching another tropical wave closely in the next few … Find out how to read more online.
Area residents recall Italian region hit by quake
Fri  Aug 26 2016 08:30AM
The earthquake that hit Italy this week struck a region that may struggle to recover from the devastation, say area residents familiar with that section of the country. Julie Glenn, … Find out how to read more online.