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Recovery vigil slated for survivors and families on Friday
Thu  Sep 21 2017 08:30AM
A pregnant woman in Philadelphia overdosed twice in 45 minutes at a train station earlier this week. Police officers were alerted Monday when a witness said there was an unconscious … Find out how to read more online.
FPL restores power to most of its Irma-impacted areas
Thu  Sep 21 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Most homes and businesses in Florida Power and Light’s power grid went dark on Sept. 10 as Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity to nearly 5 million customers. … Find out how to read more online.
Mary Brown’s restaurant is ready, but waiting for FPL help
Thu  Sep 21 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Paul Shelley is ready and willing, but not yet able to serve the customers of Mary Brown’s Diner. “We will open ASAP,” said Shelley, owner of the Canadian-based … Find out how to read more online.
Port Charlotte man accused of raping 10-year-old girl
Thu  Sep 21 2017 08:30AM
A Port Charlotte man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly raping a girl known to him multiple times, beginning when she was 10 years old. After a family vacation, the victim … Find out how to read more online.
Linemen appreciate Englewood hospitality
Thu  Sep 21 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — It’s been 11 years since a group of residents thanked Karl Reid with a home-cooked meal for restoring their power. “The entire town of Princeton, Kentucky, lost power … Find out how to read more online.
Offer to FGCU from Babcock Ranch still stands
Thu  Sep 21 2017 08:30AM
Ten years ago, a commitment of about $3 million and 70 acres of land at Babcock Ranch was extended to Florida Gulf Coast University. And today, the offer still stands, said … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte delays action on Murdock Village sale
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — County officials have postponed the proposed sale of Murdock Village property to a developer for a water park/hotel complex, after requesting a change that would impact the … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood Taco Bell still closed
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — No esta bien for Englewood’s Taco Bell. The Taco Bell — located at Palm Plaza on State Road 776 and Placida Road — remains closed in the wake … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda council OKs plans at Ponce de Leon Park
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The City Council approved conceptual plans at a recent meeting for a redesign of Ponce de Leon Park, a waterfront park in Punta Gorda Isles. The upgrades, … Find out how to read more online.
Raffle to help fight breast cancer
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Breast Cancer Awareness month is right around the corner and Dr. Eric-John Claessens and his team are having a raffle in which all proceeds will go to … Find out how to read more online.
Fired after Irma? Help is available
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
Jacob Kozee said evacuating his family before Hurricane Irma hit cost him his job with Ambitrans Medical Transport. Kozee said he was warned if he didn’t show up for his … Find out how to read more online.
Who’s got the lucky ticket?
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — William Ogle Jr. hopes some luck will help him recover from Irma, which uprooted some trees in the yard of his Port Charlotte home. He purchased a … Find out how to read more online.
Venice man helped keep Navy flying
Tue  Sep 19 2017 10:11AM
John Denike worked as an aviation repair sheet metal worker for Schweitzer Aviation in the Elmira, New York, area building glider planes before World War II. So when he joined … Find out how to read more online.
Irma left destruction, and lessons for life
Mon  Sep 18 2017 08:30AM
I am more than ready to put Hurricane Irma behind me. But, before I do, I have a few observations about the storm, the reactions, the comeback and the stories … Find out how to read more online.
Irma aftermath: Peace River floods DeSoto County
Tue  Sep 19 2017 03:14PM
Unprecedented. It’s a term that was rarely used until the pending arrival of the record-breaking storm churning in the Atlantic just a week ago. Although Hurricane Irma is long gone … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Police Beat
Sun  Sep 17 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Marsha Kay Boggs, 45, 100 block of Caddy Road, Rotonda West. Charge: battery on person 65 years or older. Bond: … Find out how to read more online.
Fraud task forces in place to protect residents, businesses after the hurricane
Sun  Sep 17 2017 08:30AM
After receiving more than 400 complaints, government agencies want to protect hurricane victims from fraudulent and illegal activity. The National Center for Disaster Fraud in Washington, D.C., joined U.S. Attorney … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Sep 17 2017 08:30AM

WINNERS CIRCLE

Bridge Winners - Sept. 4

North Port Senior Center

1st: Helen Norris and Dave Johnson; 2nd: Ann Benmayor and Warren Prince; 3rd: Carol Schuldt and Homer Baxter; 4th: …

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Hurricane Irma Recovery Information
Sun  Sep 17 2017 08:30AM
Boil water notice in Burnt Store area Charlotte County Utilities has declared a precautionary boil water notice for all Charlotte County Utility customers in the Burnt Store service area. The … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County eyes same tax rate for 2018
Thu  Sep 21 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — After previously expressing hope that the millage rate could be reduced for fiscal year 2018, Charlotte commissioners on Tuesday tentatively kept the same rate, citing added costs … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda condo complex clears first hurdle
Thu  Sep 21 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Facing heavy criticism from residents opposing growth and traffic, the City Council approved an effort Wednesday to rezone one of the largest undeveloped areas in Punta Gorda. … Find out how to read more online.
North Port seeks to clean up code
Thu  Sep 21 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Commissioners are seeking consultants to clean up city code after a year of waiting. “Being here for seven years, I can tell you it’s been a very … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte adds school days in Hurricane Irma’s wake
Thu  Sep 21 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Regional schools are having to take different actions for days lost due to Hurricane Irma. Sarasota County School District Superintendent Todd Bowden announced Tuesday at the district’s School … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane Irma death count rising statewide
Thu  Sep 21 2017 08:30AM
More than three-dozen deaths throughout Florida have been tied to Hurricane Irma, but none yet from Charlotte, DeSoto or Sarasota counties. “So far, we haven’t been able to attribute any … Find out how to read more online.
Job and Education Fair rebuilds workforce after Irma
Thu  Sep 21 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — In the aftermath of Irma, Charlotte County human resources professionals are moving forward with rebuilding the workforce. A second Job and Education Fair will be held from … Find out how to read more online.
Gov. Scott: Nursing homes must follow new emergency guidelines
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
Following the deaths of eight people at a Florida rehab center, Gov. Rick Scott ordered all assisted living facilities and nursing homes to have a generator and fuel to sustain … Find out how to read more online.
Locals help Irma-battered island
Tue  Sep 19 2017 08:30AM
Lee Marteeny, 72, sat on his battered Plantation Island porch, a cane beside him. It seemed like any other morning — except that he’d been hosing off the same mud-soaked … Find out how to read more online.
Budget gets tentative approval after struggle
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:36AM
VENICE — When Susan McManus presented the results of the latest residents survey to Sarasota County commissioners in August, she observed that residents seemed to have little appetite for increasing … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Tyler Pasho, 21, 26400 block of Notre Dame Blvd., Punta Gorda. Charges: two counts of violation of probation. Bond: none. … Find out how to read more online.
Leadership dedicates renovations
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Leadership Class of 2017 hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its inaugural project recently. The group teamed up to assist Gene Matthews Boys & Girls … Find out how to read more online.
North Port OKs Braves stadium
Wed  Sep 20 2017 10:48AM
NORTH PORT — The city is stepping up to the plate with a contract deal by being the latest city to play ball with the Atlanta Braves. In less than … Find out how to read more online.
‘We are a Phoenix’
Mon  Sep 18 2017 11:48AM
SEBRING — Among the ruins strewn along State Road 64 as it crosses into Highlands County stands the ghost of a colossus. The remains of a tree more than a … Find out how to read more online.
Returning to NORMAL
Mon  Sep 18 2017 03:33PM
Port Charlotte resident Jim Ford has not slept well since Irma raged through his neighborhood a week ago, Sunday. His days have been stressful in an unfamiliar way, overcome by … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota, Charlotte residents grateful as schools reopen today
Mon  Sep 18 2017 03:13PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Sally Lutz remembers Hurricane Charley ripping through the ceiling in 2004 when she worked at Neil Armstrong Elementary. Now an assistant principal at Port Charlotte Middle School, … Find out how to read more online.
Locals donate water, supplies to Irma victims
Sun  Sep 17 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — As an electrician, Alex Baldwin has traveled the state and seen firsthand the devastation Hurricane Irma has caused. Navigating the back roads from Cape Coral to Arcadia, … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Estates dealing with high water left by Irma
Sun  Sep 17 2017 08:30AM
Flooding continues to be an issue along many roadways and the canal system in North Port Estates, affected by rising waters at Myakkahatchee Creek due to Hurricane Irma. … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood restaurant owner delivers to Hurricane Irma victims
Tue  Sep 19 2017 07:38PM
ENGLEWOOD — Despite all challenges, the owners of Rob’s Pizzeria delivered hot meals to people who lost power due to Hurricane Irma. Rob and Mik’el Lee were relieved to see … Find out how to read more online.
‘Chasing Coral’ to be shown Saturday
Sun  Sep 17 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, North Port Friends of Wildlife and the North Port Democratic Club are hosting a free showing of the documentary “Chasing Coral.” This … Find out how to read more online.
POWER RANGERS
Sat  Sep 16 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Cheryl Reas came all the way from Indiana for the massive cookout. It wasn’t really a choice, though, because Reas is with Storm Services, a firm contracted … Find out how to read more online.


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