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You Auto Know: Gift cars from caring husbands
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
When those of you who follow this column read today’s article about two very different ladies with very different cars, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. The oldest automobile is a 1995 … Find out how to read more online.
Medical marijuana dispensary eyes Charlotte County
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
Charlotte County could get its first medical marijuana dispensary within the next few months. VidaCann Vice President of Product Development Peyton Moseley confirmed Friday the company is finalizing a lease … Find out how to read more online.
Memorial service honors fallen officers
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
A memorial service Tuesday evening, hosted by the Fraternal Order of Police, honored law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. A Port Charlotte native, Orange County Sheriff’s Office … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, all Charlotte and Sarasota County government business offices along with North Port and Punta Gorda city offices will be closed May 28. All … Find out how to read more online.
North Port escheated lots, Buchan Airport part of surplus lands discussion
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
SARASOTA — For old-timers watching a portion of the Sarasota County commissioners’ budget workshop Friday, they may have felt a sense of déjà vu, at least on one item. Listed … Find out how to read more online.
Dump truck mishap causes power outage
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Officials worked throughout Friday morning to ensure power and communication lines were up and running, after a dump truck knocked them down Thursday. According to FPL spokesperson … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Commission makes progress on updated parking regulations
Fri  May 25 2018 07:52PM
NORTH PORT — Commissioners are one step closer to creating new regulations for parking in and around residences. But at the Tuesday night meeting, one thing put their progress on … Find out how to read more online.
Memorial Day concert helps area emergency responders, pets
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
For those looking for something to do this Memorial Day weekend, the Starlight Singers, a Sarasota-based troupe of entertainers, will host a benefit concert for a great cause. The event, … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay Woman’s Club sips to 100 years
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
Members of the Lemon Bay Woman’s Club continued their year-long celebration of the club’s 100th anniversary with a celebratory Ladies Tea on May 20. The club was formed in 1918, … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood Little League to pick junior all-stars
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — The junior division Little League baseball season has ended, but the all-star district tournament is coming up quick. The Englewood all-stars will be picked from the Rangers and … Find out how to read more online.
Locals grapple with possible voting change
Fri  May 25 2018 10:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port and Sarasota County officials and involved residents are pushing back against a proposed amendment that could change the way the Sarasota County Commission is structured. … Find out how to read more online.
Homicide charges dropped for man
Wed  May 23 2018 04:14PM
NORTH PORT — While charges have been dropped for one man in connection to a North Port homicide, another suspect was arrested. Dontae Lamar Stanley Jr., 21, was originally arrested … Find out how to read more online.
Former chief sends public corruption complaint to FBI
Tue  May 22 2018 02:23PM
Former Punta Gorda police chief Tom Lewis is bringing in the feds — or at least trying to. Claiming the Punta Gorda Police Department refused to investigate his allegations of … Find out how to read more online.
Veterans job fair set in North Port
Tue  May 22 2018 12:32PM
NORTH PORT — Memorial Day weekend may bring celebrations and reflection, but in North Port, it will also bring a job fair. “I had someone asking me if we had … Find out how to read more online.
City of North Port opens two new camps
Mon  May 21 2018 04:36PM
NORTH PORT — As the end of school quickly approaches, kids are getting ready for summer camp and other activities. Throughout North Port and the surrounding areas there is a … Find out how to read more online.
Forecast: A week of rain and thunder
Mon  May 21 2018 04:34PM
Don’t put away the umbrellas any time soon. According to the National Weather Service, showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast everyday this week for Southwest Florida, with the heaviest … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda comes together for Emancipation Day
Sun  May 20 2018 08:30AM
From the steps of the Blanchard House Museum there rang a proclamation of freedom Saturday morning. Retired Lt. Col. Scot Shively reenacted the role of Union General Edward M. McCook, … Find out how to read more online.
School Board denies charter school
Sun  May 20 2018 01:14PM
SARASOTA — Members of Protect Our Public Schools Manasota protested against a charter school that applied to Sarasota County Schools for a location near Palmer Ranch in southern Sarasota. The … Find out how to read more online.
Driveway parking rules back on North Port agenda
Sun  May 20 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — After several meetings and hours of fine tuning, the City Commission will once again review what vehicles — and how many — are allowed to be parked … Find out how to read more online.
Weekly record
Sun  May 20 2018 08:30AM
Charlotte County marriage licenses • Cali Heather Balala of Solon, Ohio, and Ryan Jerome Vance of Solon, Ohio • Laura Anne Victor of Sammamish, Wash., and Jacob Byron Kiehle of … Find out how to read more online.
A soggy weekend awaits; Alberto forms
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
Residents of Southwest Florida might want to consider hosting Memorial Day festivities indoors this weekend. The National Weather Service is expecting anywhere from three to six inches of rain between … Find out how to read more online.
Businesses collect retired American flags
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
With Memorial Day approaching, local businesses want to remind residents of the proper way to dispose of their American flags. Flags that have been worn down or desecrated — by … Find out how to read more online.
Workforce ready
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
More than 200 students graduated from a variety of programs at the Charlotte Technical College earlier this week. The college offers courses in everything from Computer Systems and Information Technology … Find out how to read more online.
‘Backpage’ website is back with local listings
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
Despite a federal shutdown of the website backpage.com over accusations it facilitated prostitution and sex trafficking, another site with a similar name is operating internationally with some local listings. Backpage.com … Find out how to read more online.
Will City Commission race need a primary?
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — With the qualifying period coming to a close a month from now for the nonpartisan North Port City Commission race, there is a chance the race could … Find out how to read more online.
A Memorial Moment for area veterans
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Area residents and workers are honoring veterans as the nation prepares to recognize Memorial Day on Monday. Memorial Day is dedicated to soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines … Find out how to read more online.
North Port athletes sign letters of intent
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
N orth Port High School Letter of Intent signing ceremony included four seniors: Devon Allen, Carthage College, football; Daniel Gonzalez, track, Coffeyville Community College; Aryanna Hough, Colby Community College, basketball, … Find out how to read more online.
City Commission round up
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port City Commission packed in heavy-hitting topics at their Road and Drainage meeting, along with regular City Commission meeting Tuesday night. Despite removing some topics, … Find out how to read more online.
Kimberlin to serve on Englewood fire board
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Five months ago, Billy Kimberlin retired as a lieutenant with the Englewood Area Fire Control District. Thursday, the fire district’s attorney Lori Emery swore in Kimberlin as the … Find out how to read more online.
Calm before the storm Mother Nature vs. Memorial Day
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
The week’s daily downpours are only the start of the storm season for Southwest Florida. The area’s chance of rain and thunderstorms will only increase for Memorial Day weekend, according … Find out how to read more online.
Crime rate drops locally, statewide
Wed  May 23 2018 04:02PM
From 2016 to 2017, crime in Charlotte County decreased by more than 12 percent, according to the Uniform Crime Report released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tuesday. Likewise, … Find out how to read more online.
Surterra in support of Medical Cannabis Research Act
Wed  May 23 2018 04:14PM
NORTH PORT — Surterra Wellness founder Jake Bergmann will address Congress in regards to U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz’s bill, the Medical Cannabis Research Act. Gaetz represents Florida’s 1st District, which … Find out how to read more online.
North Port resident to run for School Board
Tue  May 22 2018 12:32PM
NORTH PORT — North Port resident Justin Cody Willis, 31, announced he’ll be running for the Sarasota County School Board. Willis will be running against incumbent Jane Goodwin, who represents … Find out how to read more online.
Local BSA reps weigh in on Boy Scouts evolution
Tue  May 22 2018 01:55PM
Despite a name and policy change allowing girls to join the Cub and Boy Scouts, local representatives for Boy Scouts of America admit that not much is really changing. “Girls … Find out how to read more online.
Volunteers needed for summer programs
Tue  May 22 2018 12:00PM
NORTH PORT — It’s the same all across North Port; organizations are struggling to find volunteers. From the school district to the library, groups are having a hard time finding … Find out how to read more online.
North Port man fired atomic cannon
Mon  May 21 2018 08:30AM
Army Specialist-3rd Class Marvin Kelly was listed as assistant gunner on a 280 millimeter atomic cannon. It was the biggest and baddest artillery piece the U.S. Army every produced during … Find out how to read more online.
Discussing next steps on River Road
Sun  May 20 2018 08:30AM
SARASOTA — With Sarasota County commissioners already accepting the offer from the Florida Department of Transportation, this Tuesday they will discuss the next steps that will turn River Road into … Find out how to read more online.
Celebrating North Port’s ‘Voices’
Tue  May 22 2018 09:27AM
The North Port High School Choirs presented its Spring Concert, “Voices in the Night”, at the Performing Arts Center, on May 10, under the direction of David Summer. … Find out how to read more online.
Winners circle
Sun  May 20 2018 08:30AM
American Legion Post 103 • Sunday Dart s winners May 6: Round 1: Donna Branscome and Linda Crawford; 2-Bill Kirkaldy and George Stern III; 3-Margaret Baldwin and John Seaman. Round … Find out how to read more online.
Annual Hurricane and Business Expo draws 2,000
Sun  May 20 2018 08:30AM
Some 2,000 people thronged through the 2018 Hurricane and Business Expo Saturday at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda, presented by WINK News and sponsored by … Find out how to read more online.


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