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No one’s ‘getting rich’
Mon  Aug 6 2018 06:03PM
North Port Deputy Police Chief Chris Morales says officers go to work “knowing in the back of their mind they may not come home. You can’t put a price tag … Find out how to read more online.
Steady showers, storms forecast for SW Florida all week
Mon  Aug 6 2018 08:30AM
Southwest Florida weather is nothing if not consistent lately. According to the National Weather Service, showers and thunderstorms are expected on a daily basis this week with temperatures reaching as … Find out how to read more online.
Collision of old & new values
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
When Mike Haymans moved to Punta Gorda as a first- grader with his family in 1960, only 12,000 people lived in all of Charlotte County and less than 200 in … Find out how to read more online.
Curmudgeons meet the candidates in Charlotte
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
It started with a prayer to “keep our politicians honest.” On Wednesday night at the Charlotte County Cultural Center, the Charlotte County Curmudgeon Club invited the community to a “Meet … Find out how to read more online.
Rescued Lemon Bay manatee dies at SeaWorld in Orlando
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
A sick manatee that was removed from Lemon Bay has died, officials at SeaWorld in Orlando said Thursday. The manatee was lying immobile on a sandbar Wednesday when Cpl. Brad … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide hangs onto coastal waters
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Manasota Key may have seen a “very, very slight” reprieve from toxic red tide early Thursday morning. The operative words are “very, very slight.” “There’s no smell, no … Find out how to read more online.
Boom time returns
Sun  Jul 29 2018 08:30AM
Having seen its population double in each decade of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, Charlotte County isn’t new to exponential growth. This time, however, a combination of political, economic and … Find out how to read more online.
Deputy, boater help rescue red-tide stricken manatee in Lemon Bay
Fri  Aug 3 2018 10:57AM
ENGLEWOOD — A manatee stricken by red tide was clinging to life on a sandbar Wednesday morning, when a deputy and a local boater came to its rescue. Cpl. Brad … Find out how to read more online.
Homeless man charged in Englewood burglary spree
Wed  Aug 1 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Deputies arrested a homeless man Monday afternoon in connection with a string of burglaries in Englewood, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported. Officers found Matthew O’Connor, 26, soaking … Find out how to read more online.
State allocates extra funds to protect elections
Mon  Jul 30 2018 08:30AM
Will the Russians interfere in this election? Nyet, Florida’s Division of Election hopes. After 12 Russian operatives were indicted for allegedly interfering with the 2016 election, Florida state legislators voted … Find out how to read more online.
Report: North Port man dies from wreck injuries
Mon  Jul 30 2018 08:30AM
A 57-year-old North Port man died from injuries he suffered in a wreck on Interstate 75 Saturday. The wreck happened around 12:40 p.m. in the southbound lanes near mile marker … Find out how to read more online.
Local red tide has a long, complex history
Mon  Jul 30 2018 11:14AM
The simple answer about toxic red tide blooms is that there’s no simple answer. “People like simple answers, but it’s not that simple,” said Quay Dortch, coordinator of the Ecology … Find out how to read more online.
Election 2018: Money’s talking
Fri  Aug 3 2018 10:48AM
Thirteen local candidates for Charlotte County and Punta Gorda offices have collectively raised almost $200,000 to gain influence in the community. More than $93,000 of this has been raised by … Find out how to read more online.
New treadmill makes CCSO K-9s mightier
Sat  Jul 28 2018 08:30AM
It’s a dog’s world at the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, where the K-9s now have their own treadmill. Called a “Dog Trotter,” the new dog-powered treadmill will help K-9s train … Find out how to read more online.
Bacteria at the beach Beach advisory for Port Charlotte, Boca Grande underway
Sat  Jul 28 2018 08:30AM
High levels of bacteria have prompted a beach advisory for Port Charlotte Beach West and Boca Grande. The beaches were open on Friday, but swimming is not recommended by the … Find out how to read more online.
Bacterial contamination prompts beach advisory
Fri  Jul 27 2018 08:30AM
The Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County issued a beach advisory for Port Charlotte Beach West and Boca Grande on Thursday night as a precaution. “This area should be … Find out how to read more online.
‘Stinking mess’: More red tide, more turtle deaths
Fri  Jul 27 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Special kudos are going out for those who volunteer for morning sea turtle nesting patrols. “Our volunteers are amazing,” Zoe Bass said of the Coastal Wildlife Club volunteers. … Find out how to read more online.
‘Veterans attacking veterans’
Fri  Jul 27 2018 04:33PM
Three veterans. Two rival events. The race for retiring U.S. House Rep. Tom Rooney’s seat got heated Monday night in Charlotte County. Concerned Veterans for America-Florida (CVA) had announced a … Find out how to read more online.
Everywhere but here?
Tue  Jul 24 2018 08:30AM
More and more young people are registering to vote statewide, but not in Charlotte and Sarasota counties. By now it’s well-known that voter turnout was notoriously low in 2016 — … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda man was ‘Walking Dead’ in Vietnam
Mon  Jul 23 2018 08:30AM
Bob Hayes was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division when he got to Vietnam in 1966. As an 18-year-old gun-toter, it didn’t take … Find out how to read more online.
G.I. Bill made difference in veteran’s life
Mon  Aug 6 2018 08:30AM
Bob Schrock missed the war in Europe, and when he ended up in the Philippines, the war in the Pacific Theatre of Operations was over, too. Shortly after graduating from … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide on their radar
Sat  Aug 4 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Rotonda resident Hanna Territ and Grove City resident Emily Mozzicato enjoyed an early morning Loving Light Yoga class at Englewood Beach on Friday. “I didn’t smell any red … Find out how to read more online.
Trump rally ‘emotional’
Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:30AM
Joann Dillon stood in pouring rain and heat Tuesday, singing the “Star Spangled Banner” with thousands of President Trump supporters. “It was so emotional,” said Dillon, an executive assistant for … Find out how to read more online.
Rescued Lemon Bay manatee dies at SeaWorld in Orlando
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
A sick manatee that was removed from Lemon Bay has died, officials at SeaWorld in Orlando said Thursday. The manatee was lying immobile on a sandbar Wednesday when Cpl. Brad … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide hangs onto coastal waters
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Manasota Key may have seen a “very, very slight” reprieve from toxic red tide early Thursday morning. The operative words are “very, very slight.” “There’s no smell, no … Find out how to read more online.
Curmudgeons meet the candidates in Charlotte
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
It started with a prayer to “keep our politicians honest.” On Wednesday night at the Charlotte County Cultural Center, the Charlotte County Curmudgeon Club invited the community to a “Meet … Find out how to read more online.
Area Realtor boards to merge
Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:30AM
The feedback has been positive since the Englewood Board of Realtors announced its intended merger with the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port board. Once it’s formally approved among the Englewood Area … Find out how to read more online.
Voter Registration: More voters, same voting pattern
Wed  Aug 1 2018 12:58PM
Among a drama-filled election season, the one thing that proved not to be so shocking is primary voter registration. Though the amount of registered voters increased significantly in Charlotte and … Find out how to read more online.
Man killed in four-car wreck on I-75
Tue  Jul 31 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A four-car crash left one person dead Monday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The chain-reaction wreck happened at 4:45 a.m. Monday along Interstate 75 near … Find out how to read more online.
IslandWalk man received Silver Star for heroism
Tue  Jul 31 2018 11:03AM
After graduating from Southern Illinois University in 1964, Byron Hill, of IslandWalk in West Villages, found his name at the top of the list to be drafted and sent to … Find out how to read more online.
‘We want our beach back’
Mon  Jul 30 2018 11:13AM
Instead of renting chairs on Englewood Beach, Mark Timchula spent Saturday on a street corner in Sarasota fighting for clean water and his livelihood. Known as The Beach Guy, Timchula, … Find out how to read more online.
What’s the local conviction rate?
Sun  Jul 29 2018 08:30AM
In the race for State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit, the area’s conviction rate has taken center stage as one of the most contested topics. On one hand, candidate … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte school board opposes Amendment 8
Sat  Jul 28 2018 07:33PM
A proposal with the Florida Constitution Revision Committee could take some local control away from school boards, and not everyone agrees that’s a good idea. Amendment 8 — which will … Find out how to read more online.
Cooler heads prevail
Fri  Jul 27 2018 08:30AM
As high school football practice ramps up, area players will face new rules designed to protect their brains from harm. The concussion protocol that kicks in next week is part … Find out how to read more online.
Are you a star of these paintings? Business owner wants to give subjects their portraits
Tue  Jul 31 2018 11:56AM
Pamela Trout has boxes in her garage filled with nearly 150 portraits she’s hoping to reunite with their subjects. She just needs to find them first. Captured in oil paint, … Find out how to read more online.
‘Shark Week’ begins with a big loss
Thu  Jul 26 2018 12:05PM
A young, male whale shark washed up on Sanibel Beach last weekend. With no signs of trauma, cuts or gashes, Dr. Bob Hueter, senior scientist and director of the Center … Find out how to read more online.
Mosaic seals sinkhole, plans no new gypstacks
Sat  Jul 28 2018 08:32PM
The Mosaic Company has finished sealing off a large sinkhole that gaped open under a gypstack in 2016. Gypstacks are large piles of phosphogypsum — which is a byproduct from … Find out how to read more online.
Weather Service sees red tide threat
Wed  Jul 25 2018 11:40AM
ENGLEWOOD — There’s no rest yet for those on Manasota Key who are weary of red tide. On Tuesday, the U.S. Weather Service issued precautionary warnings of the toxic red … Find out how to read more online.
‘Skip the Straw’ gains momentum
Tue  Jul 24 2018 02:59PM
The next time you visit a restaurant, the drinking implement that comes with your beverage could literally be your last straw. Or at least the last plastic one you get. … Find out how to read more online.
Rainy days in the forecast for SW Florida
Mon  Jul 23 2018 08:30AM
More rain, more heat in the weather forecast for this week. According to the National Weather Service, scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected every day throughout the week. For today, … Find out how to read more online.


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