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Cops: Bloodied man found in North Port neighborhood
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A man was arrested for beating a North Port man after the victim allegedly used racial slurs, according to North Port Police Department reports. Bobby Richardson, 32, … Find out how to read more online.
Walmart launches online grocery pickup
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Cathy Peterson is excited about helping busy customers shop at the Englewood Walmart without ever getting out of their car. On Wednesday, Peterson joined co-workers Jackie Miller and … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Man stopped in razor raid
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
A Port Charlotte man was arrested Wednesday after attempting to leave Walmart on Murdock Circle with more than $1,600 of electric razors and razor refills, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office … Find out how to read more online.
CCSO to host Teen Driver Challenge Course
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
Teen driving habits are being showcased this week to boost awareness and safety as National Teen Safety Driving week. To further educate teens on driving, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office … Find out how to read more online.
Dollars for Mammograms and Bert’s Black Widow raise money
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
Rita Bertler of Dollars for Mammograms recently collected money at Bert’s Black Widow Harley-Davidson in Port Charlotte to help with the program that helps women and men get mammograms at … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte School Board OKs new teacher contract
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County School Board approved a new contract for teachers and support personnel at Tuesday’s board meeting. After two years of bargaining, the board’s approval allows for teachers and … Find out how to read more online.
GUILTY
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
The man accused of killing 3-year-old Pilar Rodriguez in 1999 was declared guilty of second- degree murder by a six-person jury Wednesday afternoon after about two hours of deliberation. Keith … Find out how to read more online.
Dollars for Mammograms and Bert’s Black Widow raise money
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
Rita Bertler of Dollars for Mammograms recently collected money at Bert’s Black Widow Harley-Davidson in Port Charlotte to help with the program that helps women and men get mammograms at … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte School Board OKs new teacher contract
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County School Board approved a new contract for teachers and support personnel at Tuesday’s board meeting. After two years of bargaining, the board’s approval allows for teachers and … Find out how to read more online.
GUILTY
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
The man accused of killing 3-year-old Pilar Rodriguez in 1999 was declared guilty of second- degree murder by a six-person jury Wednesday afternoon after about two hours of deliberation. Keith … Find out how to read more online.
Local 211 program dissolving in Sarasota, DeSoto
Fri  Oct 20 2017 10:09AM
Workers with nonprofit agencies learned this week that a valuable public information resource for people in need of help in Sarasota and DeSoto counties will be shutting down at the … Find out how to read more online.
Dollars for Mammograms and Bert’s Black Widow raise money
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
Rita Bertler of Dollars for Mammograms recently collected money at Bert’s Black Widow Harley-Davidson in Port Charlotte to help with the program that helps women and men get mammograms at … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte School Board OKs new teacher contract
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County School Board approved a new contract for teachers and support personnel at Tuesday’s board meeting. After two years of bargaining, the board’s approval allows for teachers and … Find out how to read more online.
Woman dies in condominium pool
Fri  Oct 20 2017 10:12AM
ENGLEWOOD — An 85-year-old woman was found dead Tuesday in a condominium pool. Sarasota County Emergency Services and the Englewood Area Fire Control District responded to a call shortly after … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County discusses changes to communications
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — The Sarasota County School Board is talking communications. During its work session Tuesday, the discussion was raised while considering the now-fired public relations firm Three Six Oh. The … Find out how to read more online.
North Port city staffers set for salary increase
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — After a dozen years, the North Port employees received an in-depth look at their salaries. And the North Port City Commission’s worries were confirmed; most positions are … Find out how to read more online.
Celebrating 125 years at historic Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
At the time the first organized basketball game was played at a YMCA gymnasium and Thomas Edison was given a patent for a telegraph device, a small group of devout … Find out how to read more online.
Saturday Night Lights, downtown fun and a movie under the stars
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
Saturday Night Lights is celebrated on the second Saturday of each month through March in downtown Arcadia. Volunteers with the city, West Elementary and Strolling 4 A Cure brought games, … Find out how to read more online.
Arcadian teen uses social media in campaign to help others
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
What started out for one local teen as an effort to help meet personal-care needs for others hit hardest by Hurricane Irma, became a cross-country, dress-collection campaign to benefit girls. … Find out how to read more online.
Irma brings volunteers to Lions, Tigers & Bears
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
Irma doubled the workload at the Lions, Tigers & Bears sanctuary in Arcadia. And not the kind of cleaning usually required at a place with 150 or so rescued animals, … Find out how to read more online.
Peace River Botanical Gardens opens to the public today
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
After 12 years in the making, the new botanical garden opened Friday in Punta Gorda. To prepare for the opening, the Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens held an invitation-only … Find out how to read more online.
Home rule, opioids key issues at Legislative Delegation
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A pair of Charlotte County commissioners spoke out Thursday against state preemption, a long-running concern that local officials say restricts their ability to effectively govern at the … Find out how to read more online.
Man sentenced to nine years in Lakes of Tuscana rape case
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
The man accused of raping a stranger at the Lakes of Tuscana apartments in Port Charlotte in July entered a plea agreement this week and received a nine-year prison sentence. … Find out how to read more online.
GUILTY
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
The man accused of killing 3-year-old Pilar Rodriguez in 1999 was declared guilty of second- degree murder by a six-person jury Wednesday afternoon after about two hours of deliberation. Keith … Find out how to read more online.
Local 211 program dissolving in Sarasota, DeSoto
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
Workers with nonprofit agencies learned this week that a valuable public information resource for people in need of help in Sarasota and DeSoto counties will be shutting down at the … Find out how to read more online.
Local authorities to assist with security at UF rally
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
Members of the Charlotte and Sarasota sheriff’s offices are expected to assist with security at the University of Florida, after Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency ahead … Find out how to read more online.
Local 211 program dissolving in Sarasota, DeSoto
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
Workers with nonprofit agencies learned this week that a valuable public information resource for people in need of help in Sarasota and DeSoto counties will be shutting down at the … Find out how to read more online.
Local authorities to assist with security at UF rally
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
Members of the Charlotte and Sarasota sheriff’s offices are expected to assist with security at the University of Florida, after Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency ahead … Find out how to read more online.
Arcadia moves forward on fixing city sanitary system
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
City Council on Tuesday sorted through an agenda packed with proclamations, appreciation awards and the formal swearing in of new Councilman Jerry Alexander. Then the members got into the nitty-gritty … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Michael John Meacham, 27, 500 block of Lagosce Drive, Venice. Charges: violation of probation. Bond: none. • Adam Page Wornica, … Find out how to read more online.
Local authorities to assist with security at UF rally
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
Members of the Charlotte and Sarasota sheriff’s offices are expected to assist with security at the University of Florida, after Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency ahead … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County district OKs joining consortium
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — The Sarasota County School Board approved two new items Tuesday afternoon and celebrated head custodians in the district with its annual White Glove Award presentation. The approval Tuesday … Find out how to read more online.
Crash results in charges
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port woman was charged after her car rear-ended another vehicle, according to North Port Police Department reports. Joan Foxworthy, 26, was charged with driving with … Find out how to read more online.
Arcadia Lions Club salutes America with home flag project
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
Imagine having an American flag fluttering in the breeze at your home or business for the most important holiday celebrations. And you don’t have to lift a finger to make … Find out how to read more online.
4-H youth swine project begins, sign that fall is here
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
As we start feeling fall in the air, DeSoto County 4-H youth involved in the swine clubs know that it is time to begin their 4-H Swine Project. This project, … Find out how to read more online.
Best In Show, Greater Naples Dog Club visits Turner Center
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
The American Kennel Club dog show hosted by the Greater Naples Dog Club ran last weekend at the Turner Agri-Civic Center in Arcadia. More than 700 dogs in top breeds … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto County to add Halloween patrols
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office deputies will place added patrols on the streets to better protect Halloween trick or treaters. Deputies will watch more closely for certain violations that include: • … Find out how to read more online.
Precious Pearls’ goal is empowering teen girls
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
The idea was to visit new places and to meet role models outside of their small social circle. Ultimately, girls accepted into The Precious Pearls Project would acquire the social … Find out how to read more online.


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