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State firm on health care funding stance
Mon  Mar 30 2015 08:30AM
Despite letters explaining the local health department provides outstanding primary care services to Sarasota and Charlotte county residents, the Florida Surgeon General’s office claims the private sector might still do … Find out how to read more online.
Warm and mostly dry weather expected this week
Mon  Mar 30 2015 08:30AM
Residents celebrating the upcoming holiday with Easter egg hunts or other outdoor activities aren’t likely to have any weather problems. “It looks like a nice spring week across all of … Find out how to read more online.
Buffered impact
Sun  Mar 29 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — As Charlotte County, once again, extended the moratorium on nontransportation impact fees, a split within the commission continues, delaying a long-term solution. Citing the ongoing need to stimulate … Find out how to read more online.
A healthy showing
Fri  Mar 27 2015 02:17PM
Sarasota County is one of the healthiest places to live in Florida, but overall quality of life takes a back seat to DeSoto County. Charlotte County is showing improvement but … Find out how to read more online.
A full circle
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
A hometown advantage means a lot in any sport. Just ask any professional ballplayer at the Charlotte Sports Park this spring. They’ll tell you it means a lot. The same … Find out how to read more online.
Services struggle to help area homeless
Mon  Mar 23 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — While the state is gearing up to pull funding from the local health department providing primary care services to the most needy, Englewood is seeing an influx in … Find out how to read more online.
Homestead fraud gig may be up
Sun  Mar 22 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The number of people claiming homestead exemptions on their property tax bill is on the rise, and so is fraud. Now, Sarasota County is gearing up to … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay freshman on fast track to fame
Fri  Mar 20 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Most ninth-graders can’t say they have backup dancers for their music videos. They also don’t have to go shopping for a red-carpet dress for a major music awards … Find out how to read more online.
HOME FOR BASEBALL; FANS AND TEAMS DRAWN TO AREA
Fri  Mar 20 2015 05:44PM
It’s no surprise this area is a good fit for baseball. There are any number of reasons. Foremost, of course, is the weather. Nothing beats playing ball here when there’s … Find out how to read more online.
Placida Seafood Fest: A taste of Florida
Fri  Mar 20 2015 08:30AM
PLACIDA — Garry Albritton spent Thursday morning mapping out the locations for the 70 or more vendors who will sell their wares at the annual Placida Seafood Festival Saturday and … Find out how to read more online.
Warm and sunny weather expected this week
Mon  Mar 16 2015 08:30AM
This may be a good week for Southwest Florida residents to get out and about with partly sunny to sunny skies and no rain in the forecast, according to the … Find out how to read more online.
‘Sunshine’ allows for open meetings, records
Mon  Mar 16 2015 08:30AM
When residents wanted to speak out about not wanting a sidewalk installed near Stump Pass in Englewood, a county employee wanted to close public comment to move the meeting along. … Find out how to read more online.
Neighbors jump to the call of Englewood fire
Fri  Mar 13 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Helen Moore decided to take an afternoon nap Thursday while her husband, Michael, went fishing. It didn’t last long, as Moore was abruptly awakened when someone called out … Find out how to read more online.
Counties eye visitors center
Fri  Mar 13 2015 03:20PM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — At a recent summit meeting of officials from six Southwest Florida counties, the Charlotte delegation broached the subject of turning the former Jones Loop rest … Find out how to read more online.
Some help for hep C clinic
Thu  Mar 12 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — After struggling to find a sympathetic yet sensible solution to the plight of the Hepatitis C Clinic, the Charlotte Commission seemed willing to extend a financial lifeline to … Find out how to read more online.
Forecast: ‘Spring-like’ weather expected
Mon  Mar 9 2015 08:30AM
As the clock springs forward, it will also feel much like spring. Southwest Florida residents can expect slightly warmer than normal weather and a chance of showers each day this … Find out how to read more online.
Adjusting satellites and running nukes, he did it all
Mon  Mar 9 2015 08:30AM
Capt. Willard “Bill” Reddel helped usher in the space-age era of satellite communications, but first he had to paint his gray ship white to appease the Nigerian government. Reddel, 93, … Find out how to read more online.
Mom whose son OD’d starts support group
Sun  Mar 8 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — It’s been nearly a year since Laura Ray’s son died in rehab from an accidental heroin overdose. The tough-as-nails New Jersey native and local businesswoman has some rough … Find out how to read more online.
Hundreds turn out for ‘Bird Pass’ plan
Sat  Mar 7 2015 10:24AM
PUNTA GORDA — A standing-room crowd of more than 500 people packed the Isles Yacht Club recently to hear about a proposed $1.5 million “cut-through” plan that would link the Punta … Find out how to read more online.
CNN Top Stories
Williams: Carriers were hazardous, even during peacetime
Mon  Mar 30 2015 08:30AM
An aircraft carrier deck can be a dangerous place, especially at night, when the blackness is filled with the sounds of planes unseen — the whir of propellers, like a … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay theater to get overhaul
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Lemon Bay High School parents recently were told about tentative plans to renovate the school’s theater. Members of the School Advisory Council learned there will be upgrades and … Find out how to read more online.
People from around the world are drawn to Southwest Florida
Sun  Mar 29 2015 08:30AM
Millions of people find themselves drawn to Florida’s white sand beaches and sunny skies each year for vacations and school breaks, but a growing percentage have come to call the … Find out how to read more online.
March baseball an economic home run
Sun  Mar 22 2015 08:30AM
For Keith Lewis, spring is the perfect time to fly down from Owings Mills, Md., to hang out with family in Englewood and Sarasota and enjoy the warmer weather. But … Find out how to read more online.
Giving a voice to Holocaust victims
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Max Weisglass was 6 years old when he experienced the horrors of the Holocaust. He’s 78 now. He hasn’t forgotten. He sat in a conference room Tuesday … Find out how to read more online.
Forecast: chance for early-week showers
Mon  Mar 23 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Spring, which began Friday, is a traditionally rainy season. And Southwest Florida’s spring is off to a traditional start. “A few showers make Monday,” said WINK-TV Chief … Find out how to read more online.
Local teen to compete in Ireland dance contest
Mon  Mar 23 2015 11:45AM
ENGLEWOOD — Alexis Worth began dancing at 4. After 11 years, she’s a veteran Irish dancer who’s competed against others around the world. Alexis, 15, of Englewood, a member of … Find out how to read more online.
Data on the fly
Fri  Mar 20 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — For years, Punta Gorda Airport officials have touted the airport’s economic benefits to Charlotte County. But little data, if any, exists to quantify those claims. Now officials want … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte may start to buy, preserve scrub jay land
Fri  Mar 20 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — At next week’s regular meeting, the Charlotte County Commission is expected to take the first big step in implementing the county’s newly adopted Habitat Conservation Plan by pursuing … Find out how to read more online.
Family-run eatery looking to expand, support community
Thu  Mar 19 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — David and his dad, Brian Bourlier, debuted their Buffalo Wings & Rings in North Port in June 2009, at the official end of the Great Recession but still in … Find out how to read more online.
Caho survived bloody Pacific fights
Mon  Mar 16 2015 08:30AM
Bobbie Caho saw it almost too late. He was on patrol in Okinawa — and admittedly “scared” — when he looked down and spotted a “Japanese soldier with a rifle … Find out how to read more online.
Fishin’ Frank’s reels in top names in fishing gear
Sun  Mar 15 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Gary Loomis, a big fish in the watery realm of fishing tackle design, flew in from Washington state just to attend Saturday’s eighth annual Tent Event at … Find out how to read more online.
CHAT seeks help for area veterans
Fri  Mar 13 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port’s Community Health Action Team had its monthly meeting Wednesday, and community members already were finding ways to help with what new Chairman Sam George said … Find out how to read more online.
Concerns brewing over loss of Medicaid dollars
Fri  Mar 13 2015 10:48AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Dr. Marguerite Malone returned from Tallahassee recently with limited hope for Florida’s alternative to expanding Medicaid by the July 1 deadline. During the Council of Governments meeting Thursday … Find out how to read more online.
Tackle shop to play host to top fishing execs
Thu  Mar 12 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — What if you could get the top management from the top fishing tackle companies together in one place? It would be a fascinating opportunity to talk with … Find out how to read more online.
New flood zones a wash for some
Sun  Mar 8 2015 08:30AM
Not all of the news arising from the remapping of local floodplains is bad for local homeowners. A few weeks ago, Don and Deb Brincken wondered if the changes would … Find out how to read more online.
Obee’s Charlotte Harbor still alive — and thriving!
Sun  Mar 8 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — With a pressing day and not much time to eat, Stewart Conover of Suncoast Credit Union considered his options for lunch on Friday. It didn’t take him … Find out how to read more online.
Rays fans take detour from traffic woes
Fri  Mar 6 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Tom Robertson was planning to play a little hooky from work Friday to watch the first spring training game of the Tampa Bay Rays. What he didn’t … Find out how to read more online.
Sign of the car-pocalypse?
Thu  Mar 5 2015 02:53PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Transit manager Rick Kolar was among those able to exhale Wednesday, after a nine-car fatal pileup on the interstate the day before virtually gridlocked traffic in the … Find out how to read more online.