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Englewood, Sarasota hospitals earn high marks
Fri  Jul 29 2016 01:00AM
Two area hospitals earned high marks from the federal agency that oversees the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Sarasota Memorial Hospital was one of only two state hospitals — the other … Find out how to read more online.
Church food pantry serving homeless burglarized
Fri  Jul 29 2016 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — In 10 years, Pat Knox has served thousands of homeless individuals at the Jubilee Center pantry and never had any problems. That was until July 14, when the … Find out how to read more online.
No. 1 in recycling
Thu  Jul 28 2016 03:32PM
It didn’t take Nancy Gibson long to see how easy it was to recycle in her new Rotonda West home. “Unlike in Pennsylvania where I am from, recycling is much … Find out how to read more online.
Republicans on the menu at Democratic Convention?
Fri  Jul 29 2016 01:00AM

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Churches call for exemption from tax assessments
Fri  Jul 29 2016 01:00AM
Frustrated pastors recently brought a complaint to the Charlotte County Commission, claiming the county is one of the few places in the nation to tax churches, while the county holds … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Hottest July on record so far
Fri  Jul 29 2016 01:00AM
Southwest Floridians are used to July being hot and humid, but it has been even hotter and stickier than normal. National Weather Service Meteorologist Dustin Norman said reports averaging highs … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Jul 28 2016 05:55PM
LBTD Club fishing tourney The Lemon Bay Touchdown Club will have its fifth annual In-Shore Off-Shore Fishing Tournament Aug. 6 at Gasparilla Marina in Placida. Payout is $12,000 based on 70 … Find out how to read more online.
School supply drive to help foster children
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Many times when foster children arrive at a home, they have the clothing on their backs, maybe some broken school supplies and a favorite toy, stuffed animal or … Find out how to read more online.
The willingness to serve
Thu  Jul 28 2016 03:32PM
As a newspaper, our goal is to help you work through the differences and unique qualities of the candidates hoping to win political office. As you have seen, our team … Find out how to read more online.
Frontier soars to Punta Gorda Airport with three nonstop routes
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
After years of trying, Punta Gorda Airport has landed service from a second commercial carrier. On Oct. 30, Denver-based Frontier Airlines will launch nonstop flights between Punta Gorda and Chicago-O’Hare, … Find out how to read more online.
Feedback sought for next principal
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
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 08:30AM
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 08:30AM
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 03:32PM
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.
Snorkel in seagrass
Thu  Jul 28 2016 11:12AM
The first time I snorkled, I freaked out when fish began touching me. Naturally, I lifted my head out of the water as if that would make the rest of … Find out how to read more online.
Bridge closure canceled
Tue  Jul 26 2016 10:28AM

To keep updated with all the closures and work being done on the Tom Adams Bridge visit www.tomadamsbridge.com.

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Garden Club celebrates project with ribbon-cutting
Tue  Jul 26 2016 09:24AM
Members of the Lemon Bay Garden Club celebrated the completion of driveway repairs with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the clubhouse, 480 Yale St., Olde Englewood. Driveway improvements were funded, in … Find out how to read more online.
5 mass shootings, 10 months Can wave of violent crime in adjacent Lee County roll here?
Tue  Jul 26 2016 09:22AM
PUNTA GORDA — Laishley Park is a symbolic landmark of this warm and seemingly carefree coastal town and its surrounding area. On a hot, sunny Monday afternoon, children cooled off … 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.
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North Port ranks high for retirement
Fri  Jul 29 2016 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Living in southern Rhode Island in 2008, Jim and Cindy Brady took a trip to sunny St. Petersburg to check the area out. They loved it. Over … Find out how to read more online.
Dearman gets 20 years
Fri  Jul 29 2016 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A judge said he could only imagine the last moments and breaths of little Jimmy Dearman, who couldn’t comprehend why his father was suffocating the life out … Find out how to read more online.
Republicans on the menu at Democratic Convention?
Fri  Jul 29 2016 01:00AM

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See USA Today for more Democratic Convention coverage

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Relay for Life Craft Fair at Port Charlotte High
Fri  Jul 29 2016 01:00AM
The new gym at Port Charlotte High School was filled with craftsmen and local vendors recently to support the Relay for Life of Port Charlotte Craft Fair benefit. … Find out how to read more online.
Arrest made in bloody Punta Gorda drug buy
Fri  Jul 29 2016 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — A 24-year-old Punta Gorda man remained Thursday at the Charlotte County Jail on $70,000 bond after he was charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm. Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Learning how to catch fish
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
It’s easy to find excuses, but successful individuals look for solutions instead. If you know how to catch fish, a boat offers better access to more areas. But if you … Find out how to read more online.
Amberjack, too? Say it isn’t so …
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
NOAA Fisheries Service announced on July 14 that the recreational season for gray triggerfish in federal waters of the Gulf would remain closed for the remainder of the year. The … Find out how to read more online.
No. 1 in recycling
Thu  Jul 28 2016 03:32PM
It didn’t take Nancy Gibson long to see how easy it was to recycle in her new Rotonda West home. “Unlike in Pennsylvania where I am from, recycling is much … Find out how to read more online.
POLICE BEAT
Thu  Jul 28 2016 07:38AM
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Brian Chuchro, 43, 150 block of E Venice Blvd., Venice. Charges: possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of … Find out how to read more online.
City to hold attorney talks
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
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 08:30AM
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 08:30AM
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 08:30AM
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.
Braves planning coming along; other teams in mix
Thu  Jul 28 2016 11:15AM
NORTH PORT — While finalizing terms with the Atlanta Braves on a proposed spring break facility in Sarasota County is top priority, West Villages general manager Marty Black reaffirmed Tuesday … Find out how to read more online.
Women’s Expo focuses on mind, body and soul
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Paige Lis is offering free massages and an evening of relaxation at a Women’s Expo in Englewood. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, ladies of all ages … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood fired up over fire referendum
Thu  Jul 28 2016 11:13AM
ENGLEWOOD — Englewood Fire Chief Scott Lane found himself quelling the fears of property owners who were upset with the fire district proposing a referendum to raise their assessment rates. … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood is about to get ‘Extreme’
Tue  Jul 26 2016 09:24AM
What happens when you introduce 18 individuals to each other, then once a month require them to spend a full day together, traveling around the area in a tour bus, … Find out how to read more online.
Delegates respond to Philly ‘boo birds’
Thu  Jul 28 2016 03:32PM
The “boo birds” landed in Philadelphia. That would be no great shakes if they had perched at any Philly sporting event, where they have a long, loud history. This time, … Find out how to read more online.
SKY YMCA eyes merger with Charlotte
Tue  Jul 26 2016 10:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The SKY YMCA of Venice’s leadership team has been contracted to take over Charlotte County Family YMCA’s operations, effective Aug. 1. SKY Family YMCA currently has operations … 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.