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Wrongful death suit filed over inmate’s suicide
Thu  May 28 2015 12:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — The family of a mentally ill man who killed himself while incarcerated in the local jail has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Charlotte County Sheriff’s … Find out how to read more online.
Tough decisions loom on county budget
Thu  May 28 2015 12:00AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners got its first peek at budget projections for next year during a workshop Tuesday, and the numbers aren’t pretty. The board held a workshop … Find out how to read more online.
Student numbers rising; district wins health award
Thu  May 28 2015 12:00AM
Student enrollment figures for the DeSoto County School District are growing, and portable classrooms will be needed next year to accommodate some of the students. The School Board learned during … Find out how to read more online.
Wall donation honors fallen ‘brother’
Thu  May 28 2015 12:00AM
GULF COVE — Art and Maureen Cronk donated $5,000 to see the construction of a permanent Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida in Punta Gorda. But the Gulf Cove couple didn’t … Find out how to read more online.
Island grieves over fire victims
Tue  May 26 2015 08:30AM
KNIGHT ISLAND — Tyler and Peggy Erickson brought flowers Monday to pay their respects for the two Knight Island residents who lost their lives in a fire Sunday. A dozen … Find out how to read more online.
Homeless man charged with murder
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Police Department is investigating a homicide near the Warm Mineral Springs community after first locating a suspect covered in blood, then finding the victim’s … Find out how to read more online.
‘This situation cannot be ignored’
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
An expert hired to study Sarasota County’s homeless issues said the recent slaying of a 43-year-old allegedly by a homeless man was “predictable.” Texas-based Dr. Robert Marbut, founder of Marbut … Find out how to read more online.
Home sales, prices maintain strong showing
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
The Southwest Florida real estate market had another stellar month in April, making it the second highest month for sales in the last 12. According to the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North … Find out how to read more online.
Motorists must be vigilant on air bag recall
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
Limited updates are prompting panicked calls to local car dealerships from motorists seeking information about the massive air bag recall impacting perhaps 34 million drivers. The recall has Bill Nelson, Florida’s … Find out how to read more online.
Emergency Operations gearing up for hurricane season
Thu  May 21 2015 08:30AM
With hurricane season just around the corner, the DeSoto County Emergency Operations Center held an exercise Monday with the county departments and other organizations that respond during emergencies. Among those … Find out how to read more online.
Study: Future looks bright for Blue Economy
Thu  May 21 2015 10:34AM
For generations, our local economy relied on the bounty of the Gulf of Mexico. “At the turn of the last century, commercial fishing was ‘king,’ the leading industry in Southwest … Find out how to read more online.
Rising fast in a fast-rising sport
Mon  May 18 2015 08:30AM
Scott Tingley had just finished giving a free pickleball clinic to members of the YMCA in Punta Gorda on a recent Tuesday and was headed down to Gilchrist Park. Workers … Find out how to read more online.
Local economies benefit from oil spill settlement
Mon  May 18 2015 08:30AM
Sarasota and Charlotte counties may not have taken a direct hit from the 2010 oil spill that polluted much of the Gulf Coast, but the impact was still felt. The … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane Expo blows through town
Sun  May 17 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Unlike many in the area, Pam Socha’s story about Hurricane Charley has a happy ending. She was down here with her husband in 2004, looking to buy … Find out how to read more online.
3-D camp offered to students
Sun  May 17 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Up to 18 students have the opportunity to learn to make products with 3-D printers this summer. Don Musilli, president of the Englewood Incubation Center, says only four … Find out how to read more online.
Peace River water authority: Planning for the future
Thu  May 14 2015 08:30AM


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Project Grad holds volunteer meeting May 21
Thu  May 14 2015 08:30AM
The Project Graduation Committee will sponsor the 8th Annual Project Graduation Celebration following the graduation ceremonies on June 5. Project Graduation is a celebration that focuses on the safety of … Find out how to read more online.
Jails target taboo subject
Mon  May 11 2015 08:30AM
“Being sexually abused or molested or raped in prison or jail is not a punishment doled out by the court of law.” — Maj. Earl Goodwyne, Charlotte County Jail Commander … Find out how to read more online.
Six months in Vietnam, seven Purple Hearts
Mon  May 11 2015 08:30AM
In 1968, during the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, Randy McConnell of Nokomis received seven Purple Hearts in six months of intensive fighting with the 101st Airborne Division. He was also … Find out how to read more online.
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Southwest Florida pays tribute
Tue  May 26 2015 08:30AM
Thousands of people across Southwest Florida turned out Monday to honor America’s fallen soldiers at Memorial Day ceremonies throughout the region. In Punta Gorda, more than 100 people paid their … Find out how to read more online.
Fla. hospital group president speaks to DMH board tonight
Thu  May 28 2015 12:00AM
Bruce Rueben, president of the Florida Hospital Association Inc., will speak at tonight’s meeting of the DeSoto Memorial Hospital Board of Directors. Rueben will address the challenges all Florida hospitals … Find out how to read more online.
Funeral director bids fond farewell
Thu  May 28 2015 12:00AM
Sometimes saying goodbye can be difficult for even the professional whose career centers around farewells. Such is the case of Christi Gill, licensed funeral director and embalmer. Gill is leaving … Find out how to read more online.
Program teaches teens to sail
Thu  May 28 2015 12:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Demetrius Brown, 15, slides into a blue life jacket and snaps shut the black buckles along the front, just before gliding his small sailboat into the tranquil … Find out how to read more online.
Two dead in house fire
Mon  May 25 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Two bodies were found in a home destroyed by fire early Sunday morning, according to Charlotte County Fire/EMS. The home was located in a remote area of Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Emancipation Day frees the spirit
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — At the Blanchard House Museum’s annual Emancipation Day celebration Saturday, folks donned Civil War-era garb and real-life roles to tell the human story behind the abolishment of … Find out how to read more online.
1 dead, 1 injured in ‘Yacht Club’ ATV crash
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — One young man is dead, and his young female companion seriously injured, after an ATV crash midday Saturday on Redneck Yacht Club property. The approximately … Find out how to read more online.
Stewart tabbed as next city administrator
Thu  May 21 2015 08:30AM
A united Arcadia City Council wasted little time voting unanimously to offer the permanent administrator position to Terry Stewart during a special meeting Friday. The council has been working with … Find out how to read more online.
Summer camp will offer healthcare careers experience
Thu  May 21 2015 08:30AM
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to be a doctor, a nurse, or an X-ray technician? Do you think you might be interested in a career in … Find out how to read more online.
Summerlike weather continues
Mon  May 18 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents can expect some temperatures in the 90s and rainy afternoons this week, making it feel like summertime. Temperatures are “a little bit above normal” Monday through Friday … Find out how to read more online.
Sailor dodged kamikazes while on destroyer duty in WWII
Mon  May 18 2015 08:30AM
Glen Johnson spent two years as the throttleman in the forward engine room of the USS John Rodgers (DD-574), a Fletcher-Class destroyer, that took part in many of the major … Find out how to read more online.
Two boaters found dead in Charlotte Harbor
Sun  May 17 2015 09:56PM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — The bodies of a man and his nephew were recovered late Friday night in Charlotte Harbor, near the mouth of the Myakka River, both Charlotte County Fire/EMS … Find out how to read more online.
Power Auto one step closer
Thu  May 14 2015 08:30AM
The DeSoto County Commissioners approved an amendment to the Future Land Use Map for property on State Road 31 that is slated to become the site for Power Auto Corp., … Find out how to read more online.
Accommodations already filling up for 2015-16
Sun  May 17 2015 08:30AM
Tourism in Southwest Florida is hot. And hotel and condo owners are noticing. This past season, a hotel room in Sarasota County averaged $260 a night, according to Visit Sarasota … Find out how to read more online.
Pseudorabies in DeSoto dog confirmed
Thu  May 14 2015 08:30AM
Dr. Adam Sorrells of Animal Ark in Arcadia said that test results confirmed a case of pseudorabies in a hunting dog in DeSoto County. “The test results just came back … Find out how to read more online.
Meet city administrator hopefuls today
Thu  May 14 2015 08:30AM
The City of Arcadia encourages residents to take part in the search for your next City Administrator. Starting at 9 a.m. today, two of the four top candidates will be … Find out how to read more online.
Spring-like temperatures, but summertime rain expected
Mon  May 11 2015 08:30AM
It may not feel as warm yet, but Southwest Florida residents are likely to see the afternoon rain showers typical of summertime this week. National Weather Service meteorologist Rodney Wynn … Find out how to read more online.
Mom to another generation
Sun  May 10 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Although she’s not really a fan of the game, Mary Jane Hayes jokes that she thought she’d be playing bingo by now. Instead, the longtime North Port … Find out how to read more online.