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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.
State Attorney candidates clash over issues
Fri  May 25 2018 08:30AM
Candidates for State Attorney faced off at the Charlotte County Republican Club’s monthly dinner at the Isle Yacht Club Wednesday. Amira Fox and Chris Crowley, both Republicans vying for 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.
Charlotte approves new storm shutter ordinance
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
This year, homeowners have just 30 days after the end of hurricane season to take down any unpermitted storm shutters before incurring a code violation. The new ordinance was approved … Find out how to read more online.
Police adding 2 positions for ‘hot spots’
Wed  May 23 2018 08:30AM
Punta Gorda Police Chief Pam Davis wants to hire two new officers to patrol “hot spots” with the goal of stopping trouble before it happens. Davis said the department often … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County lifts burn ban
Wed  May 23 2018 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Commission voted to lift the burn ban Tuesday which has been in place since the start of April. The ban prohibited all open burning and the discharge … Find out how to read more online.
Animal Welfare League searches for new director
Wed  May 23 2018 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Animal Welfare League and its one-time executive director, Sharon Thomas, have parted ways after 10 years. “We were all in a good position. It was an amicable … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte kicks off centennial plans
Mon  May 21 2018 08:30AM
From a train to a salute. Ideas for ways to mark Charlotte County’s centennial, which will fall on April 23, 2021, flowed freely among those who took part in the … Find out how to read more online.
Forecast: A week of rain and thunder
Mon  May 21 2018 08:30AM
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.
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.
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.
New Marine 1 christened with a splash of champagne
Fri  May 25 2018 08:30AM
Charlotte County Commission Chairman Ken Doherty smashed a bottle of champagne on the Fire/EMS Marine 1 rescue boat Thursday in a ceremonial dedication ceremony. “I have seen a lot of … Find out how to read more online.
CCI inmate punches female correctional officer
Fri  May 25 2018 08:30AM
An inmate at the Charlotte Correctional Institution picked up a new charge Wednesday after sending a female correctional officer to the hospital with serious head injuries, the Florida Department of … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto Sheriff: Probation officer arrested on child porn charges
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
A DeSoto County probation officer is accused of having child pornography on his work computer. Ruben Martinez, 53, of Arcadia, was arrested Friday on six charges of possessing child pornography. … 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.
‘Twisted Fork’ restaurant coming to Harley-Davidson dealership
Wed  May 23 2018 08:30AM
Bert’s Black Widow Harley-Davidson has announced the name of the new restaurant which will be going up as part of its new entertainment complex later this year. Twisted Fork will … 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.
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.
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.
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.


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