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Sarasota County district to review policy handbook
Sun  Feb 18 2018 12:10AM
SARASOTA — The School Board will discuss a variety of topics during its monthly work session and regular meeting Tuesday. During its afternoon regular meeting, it will be looking at … Find out how to read more online.
Talent4Tomorrow Partnership to offer free FAFSA labs
Sun  Feb 18 2018 12:10AM
NORTH PORT — North Port High School students and their families will have an opportunity to sit down Tuesday with financial aid counselors. The Talent4Tomorrow Partnership is hosting Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.
Zumba toward fitness with Romi
Sat  Feb 17 2018 06:58PM
Another fitness class has been added to weekly exercise programs at Gran Paradiso. Zumba with Romi is held every Monday and Wednesday morning from 11 a.m. - noon. The one-hour … Find out how to read more online.
Winners circle
Sun  Feb 18 2018 12:10AM
American Legion Post 103 • Sunday Darts winners Feb. 11: Round 1: 1-Nancy Heder, Mike Vest; 2-Pat Seaman, Kim Toney; 3-Nancy N.J. Anderson, John Seaman. Round 2: 1-Barbara Carroll, Kim … Find out how to read more online.
Worker shortage forces compromise Employer, employees find common ground in a competitive workplace
Sun  Feb 18 2018 12:10AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The lack of a skilled workforce is prompting local business owners to employ their own methods, and instincts, to fill their needs. When looking for a new … Find out how to read more online.
Candlelight vigil for Parkland
Sun  Feb 18 2018 12:10AM
ENGLEWOOD — A candlelight vigil will be held today in Englewood for people to come together and show solidarity following a Florida school shooting that killed 17 people. “Everybody is … Find out how to read more online.
Gulfcoast Girl Scouts honor FSW senior
Sun  Feb 18 2018 12:10AM
After volunteering more than 500 hours since starting high school, Englewood teen Anne LeVasseur has been named a nominee for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for the Girl Scouts … Find out how to read more online.
Traffic enforcement locations set
Sun  Feb 18 2018 12:10AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Beginning Monday, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office will increase traffic enforcement at the following locations: Speed enforcement: • State Road 31, east of Punta Gorda. T op … Find out how to read more online.
Local law enforcement, schools have plans in place
Fri  Feb 16 2018 04:57PM
Hours after posting threats about shooting North Port High School students, Forest Malone was arrested. According to detectives, the state may charge the 17-year-old NPHS student as an adult for … Find out how to read more online.
Online dating turns to lasting marriages
Wed  Feb 14 2018 10:49AM
His willingness to fly 1,170 miles to take her to dinner convinced Erin Heaps that she wanted to become Mrs. Anthony Aleo. “We had an amazing dinner at The Columbia,” … Find out how to read more online.
L&E Club enjoys hilarious book review
Thu  Feb 15 2018 08:30AM
The L&E Club met Feb. 6 at the lovely home of Nancy Ambler. Co-hostesses were Edith Wildt and Sheila Knoche. They welcomed members and guests and invited everyone in for a Valentine-themed … Find out how to read more online.
Fossil Hunting on the Peace River
Thu  Feb 15 2018 08:30AM
I was excited as I drove to Brownville Park to meet Mark Renz and his group of fossil hunters. I’m finding that Arcadia is full of talented and interesting people … Find out how to read more online.
Bluegrass jam in Arcadia
Thu  Feb 15 2018 08:30AM
On Feb. 9-11, a bluegrass jam camp took place in Arcadia. Two instructors, Gilbert and Leigh Nelson, came from Boiling Springs. South Carolina, to help more than 20 students learn … Find out how to read more online.
Hops & Horns a blend of bands and beer
Wed  Feb 14 2018 08:30AM
The Hops & Horns event, held recently in downtown Punta Gorda, brought out 10 craft beer companies, five food trucks, three craft vendors and a wine sampling distributor. Live music … Find out how to read more online.
Environmental groups appealing Florida mining decision
Wed  Feb 14 2018 08:30AM
Four environmental groups plan to appeal a recent ruling against a lawsuit they filed, which had sought to stop the government’s permitting of more mining by Mosaic in central Florida. … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Feb 14 2018 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Jesse Rey Solomon, 19, 11000 block of Pendelton St., Port Charlotte. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: $600. • Tiffany Lynn … Find out how to read more online.
PCHS band carries a tune to Savannah
Wed  Feb 14 2018 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Port Charlotte High School is adding another accomplishment to its long list of successes. They will be going to Savannah, Georgia, to perform in the third-largest St. … Find out how to read more online.
‘It all starts with a block of wood’
Wed  Feb 14 2018 08:30AM
“They are meant for people who are going through chemotherapy, dialysis, are depressed, in recovery, have anxiety, cancer or are wounded veterans.” — Bill Mazzola, Englewood Wood Carving Club … Find out how to read more online.
AMVETS seeks sponsors for Bike Show
Sun  Feb 18 2018 12:10AM
NORTH PORT — AMVETS Post 2000 is looking for a few good men and women to sponsor its March 10 Bike Show to raise money for the Saratoga WarHorse Project. Holly … Find out how to read more online.
Course continues to help grow area businesses
Sun  Feb 18 2018 12:10AM
NORTH PORT — North Port staffers are trying to grow businesses and that includes ones run by entrepreneurs. The city has teamed up with Achieva Credit Union and the North … Find out how to read more online.
Bridge Club plays for fun
Sun  Feb 18 2018 12:10AM
The Englewood Bridge Club was started more than two decades ago by an enthusiastic group of folks looking to have some fun and camaraderie playing contract bridge. The current members … Find out how to read more online.
Weekly record
Sun  Feb 18 2018 12:10AM
Charlotte County marriage licenses • David Gene Pancoast of Port Charlotte, and Ermelinda Aleman Delgado of Port Charlotte • Ann Sharon Cooney of Ile Bizard, Montreal, Quebec, and Robert Earl … Find out how to read more online.
The college alternative
Sun  Feb 18 2018 12:10AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — After taking over the Village Fish Market & Restaurant 15 years ago, and building on the success of the Fishermen’s Village landmark that first opened in 1981, … Find out how to read more online.
Crossroads Hope Academy hosts annual Sweetheart Ball
Sun  Feb 18 2018 12:10AM
Crossroads Hope Academy recently held its third annual Sweetheart Ball at the Cultural Center of Port Charlotte. Guests enjoyed a champagne toast, photo area, a silent auction and dancing, as … Find out how to read more online.
Legislature wants more God in schools
Sun  Feb 18 2018 12:10AM
The Florida Legislature is making moves to require all Florida school districts to prominently display “In God We Trust” in schools. The bill will be a lesson to children, said … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Feb 18 2018 12:10AM

Contact for birthdays

Each week in Sunday’s Sun, we run free birthday announcements, along with a photo. Email your .jpg photo of the birthday boy or girl of any age, …

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Play Ball!
Thu  Feb 15 2018 08:30AM
Tampa Bay Rays opened their tenth spring training in Port Charlotte with pitchers and catchers holding their first workout Wednesday at Charlotte Sports Park. Wednesday may have been Valentine’s Day, … Find out how to read more online.
Arcadia Rodeo readies for March 8-11 grand opening
Thu  Feb 15 2018 08:30AM
This place will be nothing like what you’re used to. As workers like bees scramble to complete the new Mosaic Arena, Katie Marks walked the perimeter seats of the giant … Find out how to read more online.
Nocatee (New) Old Timers Reunion 2018
Thu  Feb 15 2018 08:30AM
When I arrived after lunch at the Nocatee Old Timers Reunion this past Saturday at the Nocatee Community Center, I was told that the Old Timers had already left, and … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Feb 15 2018 08:30AM
DeSoto commissioners set date for Mosaic rezoning
Thu  Feb 15 2018 08:30AM
A tentative date was set Tuesday for the first public hearing to rezone farmland in DeSoto County owned by Mosaic Fertilizer, the giant phosphate mining company. The DeSoto Board of … Find out how to read more online.
HCW Foundation’s first Black History Month program
Thu  Feb 15 2018 08:30AM
“More often than not, our story has not been told, and this is the season for us to tell our story because only we can tell it,” said Brenda Johnson, … Find out how to read more online.
Family Services Center debate rolls on
Wed  Feb 14 2018 08:30AM
MURDOCK — More than three years after voters approved the Family Services Center sales tax project, county commissioners are still unsure how to proceed. Passed in 2014, the 1 percent … Find out how to read more online.
City settles discrimination case with former cop
Wed  Feb 14 2018 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The city of Punta Gorda has reached a severance agreement for over $100,000 with a former female police officer, settling a gender discrimination claim and avoiding a … Find out how to read more online.
104 and counting …
Sat  Feb 17 2018 08:30AM
Mary Dal Pian has a smile that lights up the proverbial room, and perhaps a couple more nearby. She’s been enjoying life, and smiling, since 1914. Her 104th birthday was … Find out how to read more online.
YOUR VALENTINE ISN’T KEEN ON ADDING TO YOUR DEBT
Wed  Feb 14 2018 10:49AM
Surveys show you don’t need money to have a good time on Valentine’s Day. A survey of 1,200 Americans over 18 by Debt.com asked how they intended to spend money … Find out how to read more online.


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