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EARS expecting more animals from Louisiana
Wed  Aug 24 2016 12:45AM
Marion Lutz has had a busy few days this week, and things are about to get busier. Lutz, who is the director for the Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary, spent Sunday … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Man attempts to kill ex-girlfriend’s co-worker
Wed  Aug 24 2016 12:45AM
A Port Charlotte man has been charged with attempted murder after shooting at a North Port man while they were driving on U.S. 41. Darrell Concepcion-Padilla, 30, 2400 block of … Find out how to read more online.
Candidates up close and personal
Mon  Aug 22 2016 08:30AM
Iam not sure you can really know a person after an hour or so of conversation. But, our editorial board members would likely agree with me that you sure get … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
A final nod Thursday morning from Charlotte County Airport Authority board members made it official — the thrill of Saturday night car racing will return to Punta Gorda this winter. … Find out how to read more online.
Florida Southwestern Collegiate High hosts Mentor Day
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
Florida Southwestern Collegiate High School held their “Mentor Day” at the Charlotte Campus. The Mentor day was a chance for the upper classmen, juniors and seniors, to help prepare freshmen … Find out how to read more online.
Tournament benefits Charlotte County Young Life
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
A double-elimination, cornhole tournament, a total of 29 games, was held inside the gym at Community Christian Church, in Port Charlotte, on Saturday. The event was a benefit for the … Find out how to read more online.
County, School District to exchange Murdock Village land
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County and the School Board have agreed to swap parcels in Murdock Village, making it easier for the county to entice a major development to the long-dormant … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
The Symons step up for Waterfest
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Greg and Brenda Symons want to see a successful launch of the second annual Englewood Beach Waterfest in November. The Symons donated $25,000 to Waterfest, for which organizers … Find out how to read more online.
Commissioners to conduct final budget workshop
Mon  Aug 22 2016 10:04AM
SARASOTA — Sarasota County Commissioners return to work this week after their traditional four-week summer break, and their first item of business is a final budget workshop Monday morning. The … Find out how to read more online.
North Port site of travel-related Zika case
Sat  Aug 20 2016 08:30AM
A Zika diagnosis in a North Port woman has left officials calm but urging community members to take precautions. “Everything is of concern,” said Laurie Tarleton, community outreach specialist for … Find out how to read more online.
They always come home
Sat  Aug 20 2016 08:30AM
Englewood’s Pioneer Days — today through Labor Day — celebrates Englewood. Today, so does this column. Transplants now operate most Englewood eateries. But two places have pioneer owners with roots … Find out how to read more online.
DUI charge in 2015 death of motorcyclist
Sat  Aug 20 2016 08:30AM
Nearly a year after Johnny Martin was killed while driving his Harley-Davidson, 77-year-old Michael Laucik was arrested on the charge of driving under the influence homicide manslaughter. Laucik of Englewood, … Find out how to read more online.
City offers administrator raise
Thu  Aug 18 2016 08:30AM
The Arcadia City Council praised the work of City Administrator Terry Stewart by offering him a five percent raise to his yearly salary at Tuesday night’s meeting. Councilwoman Judy Wertz … Find out how to read more online.
Troopers on DUI patrol through Labor Day
Sat  Aug 20 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Florida Highway Patrol issued a statewide advisory informing motorists that the agency will concentrate its enforcement efforts on drunk driving over the next two weeks. The … Find out how to read more online.
Paving progress in plain sight
Thu  Aug 18 2016 08:30AM
Hello Arcadia. It is my pleasure to once again bring you some information about your city that will help you better understand the progress we are making on improving city … Find out how to read more online.
Twelfth Circuit holds meetings on judge vacancy
Thu  Aug 18 2016 08:30AM
The Twelfth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is holding two meetings related to the vacancy of a county judgeship in DeSoto County. The vacancy is the result of Judge Don Hall’s … Find out how to read more online.
Community unites for equality
Thu  Aug 18 2016 08:30AM
The newly created organization Equally United held their first event on Saturday, Aug. 13, as a peace rally, inviting the whole community to come together, eat and hang out as … Find out how to read more online.
Judges selected for Pioneer Days Parade
Wed  Aug 17 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Pioneer Days Committee announced the judges for the 2016 parade. They will be Tammy Birdsong, Midge Orren and Esther Horton. The parade, whose theme is “Englewood … Find out how to read more online.
Lightning strike victim still hospitalized
Wed  Aug 17 2016 08:30AM
Friends of William Coty Steffanni are asking for prayers for the 22-year-old who was struck by lightning and is now in critical condition. Steffanni was pulled out of Lemon Bay … Find out how to read more online.
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Wed  Aug 24 2016 12:45AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Rony P. Medina, 43, 200 block of Rotonda Blvd. W., Rotonda. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. • Steven Kent … Find out how to read more online.
Fiona weakens as two other disturbances develop
Mon  Aug 22 2016 08:30AM
Tropical Storm Fiona hadn’t been downgraded to a depression as expected over the weekend, remaining very weak but posing no threat to Florida. Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center is tracking … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
Most people on New Year’s Eve were waiting for the ball to drop. About that same time, Terry Smith was allegedly on the run after robbing Tom’s Discount, a convenience … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM

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Traffic enforcement locations set
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Beginning Monday, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office will increase traffic enforcement at the following locations: Speed enforcement: • Entire length of Gasparilla Road, Port Charlotte. • State … Find out how to read more online.
Drug Free Punta Gorda meeting focuses on solutions
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Malaina Mote was away at college when she heard the heartbreaking news. A 23-year-old drunk driver had crashed into the car carrying her mother and two brothers, … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County births There were no births reported this week in Charlotte County. Charlotte County marriages • Nathaniel Ford Benson of Fort Garland, Colo., and Aleksandra Dmitruk of Fort Garland, … Find out how to read more online.
Winners crowned in Little Miss Englewood pageant
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Cradled in her daddy Drew’s arms, little Ariana Shirback slept through the Little Miss Englewood awards presentation. On Saturday morning, the 2-month-old was one of three daintily dressed … Find out how to read more online.
Persisting problem on Panacea
Mon  Aug 22 2016 10:04AM
NORTH PORT — The contentious Panacea Boulevard has brought headaches to the city and residents alike, but a recent chop in the grass may cut some complaints. “We want a … Find out how to read more online.
Unemployment levels finding stability
Sat  Aug 20 2016 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Although the month-to-month jobless rate climbed upward in July across the region, the gap is narrowing between peak tourism season and the typically slower summer months, heralding … Find out how to read more online.
Early voting, absentee ballots available
Sat  Aug 20 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — With early voting in full swing, and absentee ballots also flying in, the Aug. 30 primary election already is taking shape. It will be days before we … Find out how to read more online.
Community speaking out on police shooting
Sat  Aug 20 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — It’s been more than 10 days since this waterfront enclave was thrust onto the national and international spotlight because of the tragic fatal shooting of a 73-year-old … Find out how to read more online.
Sun Coast Media adds daily in Highlands County
Sat  Aug 20 2016 08:30AM
Sun Coast Media Group continues to expand throughout central Florida as it becomes the new owner of the daily newspaper in Highlands County. A deal was completed Friday to purchase … Find out how to read more online.
A dream come true
Sat  Aug 20 2016 08:30AM
A dedication ceremony for Bradley Rossip was held at his new Port Charlotte residence this week, hosted by Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity. Rossip’s home is the third of three … Find out how to read more online.
Florida reaffirms security of voting systems
Thu  Aug 18 2016 08:30AM
Recently there have been several stories regarding potential vulnerabilities of U.S. voting systems to cyber attacks. This issue is a matter of national security, however it is important to note … Find out how to read more online.
Lake Suzy Forums highlight primary
Thu  Aug 18 2016 08:30AM
On Wednesday of last week, the Alliance of Lake Suzy Homeowners Associations sponsored an informal meet-and-greet for candidates running for contested local offices in the Aug. 30 DeSoto County primary … Find out how to read more online.
One last word from Mary: ‘Forgive’
Wed  Aug 17 2016 08:30AM
A prayer went up in Punta Gorda. It soared from the First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, packed with people there to memorialize Mary Knowlton, a kindhearted soul who had … Find out how to read more online.
Pirates host NJROTC Cadet Orientation graduation
Wed  Aug 17 2016 08:30AM
The new NJROTC Cadet Orientation graduation ceremony for Port Charlotte High’s NJROTC was held Aug. 5. Each new member received their Seaman Apprentice pin and Certificate of Appointment. … Find out how to read more online.