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County sets tentative millage, assessments
Thu  Jul 28 2016 01:00AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 to set tentative millage and assessment rates that will appear on taxpayers’ Truth in Millage notices next month. The Board approved a … Find out how to read more online.
Feedback sought for next principal
Thu  Jul 28 2016 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — About 40 people gathered Tuesday night to discuss what traits they hope to find in the next principal at North Port High School. The group of mainly … Find out how to read more online.
Coyote sightings reported across region
Thu  Jul 28 2016 01:00AM
Charlotte County has seen a considerable increase in coyote populations over the past 20 years. It is not uncommon to see coyotes in all urban, rural and suburban areas of … Find out how to read more online.
Graffiti binge targets food truck, park
Thu  Jul 28 2016 01:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Vandals who spray-painted obscene graffiti on a popular food truck cost the owners of The Ravenous Rhino a full day’s work Wednesday. Lee Caglioti and her husband, … Find out how to read more online.
The sound of a glass ceiling shattering
Thu  Jul 28 2016 01:00AM
Lucy Huyke Garner summed it up in one word, althought many followed. “Finally.” Finally, a woman had been nominated to run for president of the United States by a major … Find out how to read more online.
Gap shortens between police, community
Thu  Jul 28 2016 01:00AM
Arcadia residents and law enforcement officers came together for a peaceful meeting to open the lines of communication in an event called Bridging the Gap Tuesday hosted by the Arcadia … Find out how to read more online.
New state law takes aim at ‘Spice’ drugs
Mon  Jul 25 2016 01:27PM
Wobbly, Jello-like legs, the feeling someone is chasing you, a racing heartbeat and instant dizziness describe what it feels like for some seconds after smoking or vaping synthetic drugs, like … Find out how to read more online.
Nuisance pigs = profitable pork
Mon  Jul 25 2016 08:30AM
Florida is trying to build a new meat industry with a problematic animal. Wild pigs damage land when digging for food, and repairs can get costly for property owners. So, … Find out how to read more online.
Valuing the environment through a camera
Thu  Jul 21 2016 08:30AM
Thirty-eight years of DeSoto County High School students know Jerry Waters as their chemistry teacher, but now he dons a new title in his retirement. “I still consider myself a … Find out how to read more online.
Library helps kids to eat healthy, fight Zika
Thu  Jul 21 2016 08:30AM
On Saturday, DeSoto County Library held an event geared towards children that taught them about the Zika virus, immunizations, portion control and exercise. The library has been putting on a … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Jul 21 2016 08:30AM
After years of speculation, rumor and impatience, DeSoto residents’ saw their dreams come true when Publix opened its doors July 14 at 8 a.m. Beginning before sunrise, shoppers started lining … Find out how to read more online.
Targeted
Thu  Jul 21 2016 11:36AM
Steve Gardiner slings a camouflage case across his shoulder as he walks into Paradise Shooter’s Range, careful to shut the door behind him. “You don’t want any noise getting out … Find out how to read more online.
Hypodermic needles found at park in Englewood
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — An Englewood mother of three was mortified to find two hypodermic needles in the park at Englewood Rec Center. Amanda Ball’s Facebook post shows a photo of one … Find out how to read more online.
Meeting delayed by gun thefts
Fri  Jul 15 2016 05:06PM
SARASOTA — Two recent gun thefts from homes in Sarasota prompted the Sarasota Police Department to hold a news conference addressing the recent events, due to the timing of the … Find out how to read more online.
County prepares to mount Zika counter-attack
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Mosquito control is looking to build up resources and manpower in response to the threat posed by the Zika virus, which surfaced in the county last week … Find out how to read more online.
Bank, Team Parkside present Beautification Award winners
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE – The winners of this quarter’s Parkside Beautification Awards created showplaces, albeit on a much different scale. Don Gasgarth Ford is a magnificent structure that commands attention along … Find out how to read more online.
Free bike lights and service with a smile
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — On the night of Oct. 30, a bicyclist was stopped by a Punta Gorda police officer and his K-9 for not having a light. When the 25-year-old … Find out how to read more online.
Accused killer cross-examines detective
Fri  Jul 15 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA — The lead detective tasked with finding a missing German citizen allegedly slain 13 years ago said Wednesday she didn’t leave the country. Retired Sarasota County Sheriff’s Detective Chris … Find out how to read more online.
Tidewell Hospice Wishes program enables circus visit Program
Fri  Jul 15 2016 05:06PM
PUNTA GORDA — Donald L. Smith, 89, of North Port, a young athletic phenom out of Rhode Island and Connecticut in the 1950s, was among the nation’s gifted, albeit relatively … Find out how to read more online.
Port Charlotte is setting for comic book
Tue  Jul 19 2016 12:11PM
A Kickstarter campaign in early 2015 has launched comics writer James Haick into life at full throttle. Haick is signing copies of his six-book series Saturday. The most recent volume … Find out how to read more online.
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City to hold attorney talks
Thu  Jul 28 2016 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Legality became the point of contention among the North Port city commissioners Tuesday as they discussed the city attorney’s contract. During the City Commission meeting in City … Find out how to read more online.
Miami woman accused of prescription drug fraud
Thu  Jul 28 2016 01:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A Miami area woman is facing criminal charges after she was arrested this week at a local pharmacy for what authorities said was attempting to obtain a … Find out how to read more online.
iHeart forum to connect candidates, voters
Thu  Jul 28 2016 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte County residents and property owners near and far have the opportunity to hear from candidates competing in eight different races today. The event starting at 6 … Find out how to read more online.
Garbage collection costs jump 16.49 percent
Thu  Jul 28 2016 01:00AM
Charlotte County residents will see an increase in their Solid Waste Assessment rates from $148.04 to $172 annually, starting Oct. 1. The Board of County Commissioners approved the decision unanimously … Find out how to read more online.
Board sets precedent on expulsion, transfers
Thu  Jul 28 2016 01:00AM
DeSoto County School Board members debated an expelled student’s transfer to another district during Tuesday’s regular board meeting. While voting to approve the District Reassignment Summary, board member Karen Chancey … Find out how to read more online.
2016 Brotherhood Ride stops in Arcadia
Thu  Jul 28 2016 01:00AM
Thirty bicyclists arrived at the Elks Lodge in Arcadia at around 6 p.m. on Saturday. They got off their bikes, which were still wet from the rain they biked through … Find out how to read more online.
Cavanagh spent time in Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima
Mon  Jul 25 2016 08:30AM
Tom Cavanagh Jr. of Deep Creek arrived at Pearl Harbor aboard a troop transport with thousands of other Marines. World War II was 10 months from being over. “Pearl Harbor … Find out how to read more online.
Council clashes over airport committee
Thu  Jul 21 2016 08:30AM
After several months of quiet, peaceful deliberations, the Arcadia City Council reverted back to its old ways Tuesday, as fiery discussions erupted over renewing the terms of two Airport Advisory … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto rallies around former nurse
Thu  Jul 21 2016 08:30AM
No one ever expects to hear “you’re going to die” from a medical professional. It’s normally something people say when telling a story about someone else. For a former nurse … Find out how to read more online.
SFSC graduates 10 EMT program students
Thu  Jul 21 2016 08:30AM
South Florida State College graduated 10 emergency medical technicians during an evening ceremony on July 14 in the SFSC Public Safety Auditorium, Highlands Campus, in Avon Park. Earning their EMT … Find out how to read more online.
‘Icon’ Wayne Goff dies
Mon  Jul 18 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Wayne Goff, a builder known throughout the area for his generosity and involvement in many community organizations and projects, died Saturday night after battling cancer. He was … Find out how to read more online.
Fewer showers make summer even hotter in South west Florida
Mon  Jul 18 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians will get little relief from the summer heat as temperatures remain a couple degrees above normal. “We’re just in an easterly flow, so it doesn’t really rain until … Find out how to read more online.
State workshops to protect local rookeries
Mon  Jul 18 2016 03:29PM
Florida wildlife officials have long recognized the importance of island bird rookeries, but now they want to protect the Myakka River, Robert’s Bay and other rookeries year-round. They now want … Find out how to read more online.
Christmas in July
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
The 47th Annual Christmas in July Bazaar at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County opened Friday with Santa making a guest appearance around noon. The event continues today from 11 … Find out how to read more online.
Teens relax with yoga at the library
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
T he Mid- County Regional Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte, hosted Yoga for Teens July 14 from 4:30-5:30 p.m., instructed by Linda Perez. Perez has been a yoga … Find out how to read more online.
Coyotes in the neighborhood
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
Like bald eagles, coyotes are residents of Charlotte County. They may not be as pretty or fun to watch, and they may be a clear and present danger to your … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM

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Potential jurors question time frame
Thu  Jul 14 2016 04:47PM
SARASOTA — Potential jurors struggled Wednesday with the length of time it took for investigators to ultimately charge John Alan Mellquist, who allegedly killed his landlord 13 years ago. No … Find out how to read more online.
Police Beat
Fri  Jul 15 2016 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Nicholas Joseph Grochowski, 27, 500 block of Shamrock Drive, Venice. Charges: two counts of failure to appear. Bond: $18,000. • … Find out how to read more online.
Habitat for Humanity holds dedication
Fri  Jul 15 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity hosted a home dedication ceremony Wednesday for Gregory Kadlec for his new Port Charlotte residence. Kadlec also received many gifts, which are given at the … Find out how to read more online.