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Inmate injured in prison transport crash
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Martina Tatarcyk was horrified when she got a call saying her son was in surgery following a crash on Interstate 4 while being transported from prison back to … Find out how to read more online.
Herald-Tribune newspaper sold again
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
New Media Investment Group, the parent company of GateHouse Media, said Thursday that it had acquired “substantially all of the assets” of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the other newspapers in … Find out how to read more online.
Public Works inspects South Gulf Cove roads
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
SOUTH GULF COVE — Max Circle, a small cul-de-sac in South Gulf Cove in western Charlotte County, is surrounded by undeveloped properties and sees no traffic. Weeds grow between many … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Man made porn of friend’s son, 12
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A local man is accused of having sexual contact with a 12-year-old boy, and taking pornographic pictures of him while his mother was in jail, according to … Find out how to read more online.
Hire pending for new SCAT chief
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Rocky A. Burke of Lexington, Ky., has been offered the position as the new director of Sarasota County Area Transit. Burke, 59, has more than 15 years … Find out how to read more online.
Groups keep the ‘giving’ in Thanksgiving
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Pat Knox is already giving thanks for Thanksgiving. “Right now, we’ve been blessed, blessed,” Knox said. Donations from the Lemon Bay Sunrise and Englewood rotaries, the Englewood Lions … Find out how to read more online.
Temperatures dip to coldest of the year
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
The Sunshine State is known for its largely year-round seasonal temperatures, beaches and casual dressing in flip-flops, but the cold wave that’s hit the rest of the country is causing … Find out how to read more online.
FPL issue leaves courthouse in the dark
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Justice Center was different Tuesday afternoon. It was dark, the computers were off, and an unusual amount of people were using stairs in the … Find out how to read more online.
Unlicensed contractors ‘stung’
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that a special operation that targeted unlicensed contractors resulted in 20 arrests. Among them was North Port resident Eric Larson, 48, of the … Find out how to read more online.
Pie Lady’s confections take the cake
Fri  Nov 21 2014 10:51AM
Alice White calls herself the Pie Lady, and with good reason. White, who lives in North Port and is a teacher at Vineland Elementary School in Rotonda West, is on … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
CORRECTION Tommy D’Aprile is manager of Access Able Mobility Products, which is owned by his parents, Tom D’Aprile Sr. and his wife, Deloris. An incorrect title was used in a … Find out how to read more online.
Advocate for mental health dies
Tue  Nov 18 2014 08:30AM
Framed in Dr. Gerald Ross’ small office at Beacon Clinic in Port Charlotte is an excerpt of a speech given by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1910 that reads: “It is … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota Memorial unveils new surgical robot
Tue  Nov 18 2014 06:35PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A two-foot incision? Or two inches? Surgeons who performed esophagectomies using their hands would always have to rely on the former method, an incredibly invasive technique that … Find out how to read more online.
Social media danger zone
Sun  Nov 16 2014 08:30AM
When two young Port Charlotte women drove to the Miami area recently, they met up with a couple of men they had been talking to online. Those men have been … Find out how to read more online.
Traveling from N.Y. to Venice — on bikes
Tue  Nov 18 2014 08:30AM
Most people would consider a bicycle ride to be long if the length was more than 20 miles. After the amount of time it takes to ride that distance, a … Find out how to read more online.
Venice considers downtown parking garage
Tue  Nov 18 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Recently, there has been some general discussion within the city of Venice about the possibility of constructing a parking garage there, primarily as a solution to handling … Find out how to read more online.
Local nurse returns from Ukraine
Tue  Nov 18 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — During a recent visit to her native Ukraine, Alena Christian wanted to aid her countrymen in any way possible in their fight against Russia. Because she is … Find out how to read more online.
LBHS grad helps to save three friends’ lives
Mon  Nov 17 2014 11:32AM
ENGLEWOOD — Over the car radio, Lance Cpl. Taylor Reilly heard his friend’s car get hit by a truck with no lights on. He jumped out of the vehicle and … Find out how to read more online.
Damn the torpedoes!
Sat  Nov 15 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Even though Charlotte County commissioners bailed out on financial support for a second Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix, organizers aren’t ready to go down with the ship. … Find out how to read more online.
Retired educators help grads come back home
Sat  Nov 15 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Hayley Bunnell, an education scholarship recipient, cherishes her roots. “I was born here, raised here,” she said. “I guess there is just a part of me that … Find out how to read more online.
Block Party canceled for 2015
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Punta Gorda Block Party, one of the largest street festivals in Southwest Florida, has been canceled for 2015. Punta Gorda Days Inc., the nonprofit group that … Find out how to read more online.
Outside law firm investigates internal North Port complaint
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port city officials have confirmed that an outside law firm has been hired to investigate a “hostile workplace” complaint made toward aquatics technician Rich Tirado. City … Find out how to read more online.
Schools, some parents unite on testing concerns
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Jerry Beard saw his 9-year-old son curled up on the floor a few weeks ago. “(He said) he’d rather kill himself than go back to class the … Find out how to read more online.
Sand and complaints pile up in Stump Pass
Tue  Nov 18 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Ken Stead alerted Charlotte County commissioners last week to deteriorating conditions in Stump Pass. “It is a serious problem,” Stead told commissioners last week. As general manager of … Find out how to read more online.
Bombs away
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — In a desolate part of Charlotte County near the Zemel Road Landfill, temperatures lingered in the 40s Wednesday morning. But there was plenty of heat. … Find out how to read more online.
Plaza drama for Project Phoenix
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Bobbi Sue Burton is backed into a corner. The founder of Project Phoenix either can move her business and storage unit somewhere else or close her doors and … Find out how to read more online.
2015 legislative wish lists
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The county, the city of Punta Gorda and the school district are busy finalizing their legislative priorities this week, in anticipation of next year’s state legislative session, … Find out how to read more online.
School board discusses transgender policy
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA — On Tuesday, the Sarasota County School Board discussed whether or not they needed a policy specifically geared toward transgender individuals or those transitioning from one gender to another. … Find out how to read more online.
Down on the farms
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Su Young likes her lifestyle but feels it’s being threatened by a proposed residential development at the corner of Morningside Drive and Pine Street. Like other Morningside residents, … Find out how to read more online.
Orchestra ‘strings’ new season along
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra opened its 2014-15 season before a sold-out, standing, cheering audience Sunday evening at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda. It was the debut of … Find out how to read more online.
Enjoy a free guided walk
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
I usually worry about 18-legged, venom-oozing snakes that have so many large, blood-dripping fangs they would be called alli-conda-monsters. This is what I picture every time I hear the rustling … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County reaches water deal
Tue  Nov 18 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Charlotte County ratepayers will benefit from a resolution reached Monday between the county and its water provider. Charlotte County and the Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply … Find out how to read more online.
Family still searching for answers after son’s death
Tue  Nov 18 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Ronnie Knight doesn’t have closure. His son Jason has been dead a year and nine months, following a fateful night in 2013 when he went on a … Find out how to read more online.
Access Able owner paid with thanks
Tue  Nov 18 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The 38-year-old paraplegic has learned to do things for himself, learning and coping with his disability as best he can. But there was a problem he could … Find out how to read more online.
Prepare for cooler weather, thunderstorms
Mon  Nov 17 2014 08:30AM
Residents may want to bundle up and stay inside once a stronger cold front hits the area. The cold front that is moving through is stronger than the one that … Find out how to read more online.
Growing sentiment: Charlotte’s economic health will be hurt if free-falling school scores continue
Sun  Nov 16 2014 08:30AM
Leaders are worried about the economic health of Charlotte County as the school district moves closer to the state’s bottom in rankings. Young professionals, for example, already bypass Charlotte for … Find out how to read more online.
Music City concert continues today
Sat  Nov 15 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — If French horns weren’t donated to L.A. Ainger Middle School, Tim Ostrow couldn’t lead a 160-student band. Without the donated instruments, students such as Megan Bosley couldn’t compete … Find out how to read more online.
Water issues shutter 2 schools Friday
Sat  Nov 15 2014 08:30AM
Port Charlotte High School officials said there was a water main break on the second floor of the school, and no classes will be held there today. See Saturday’s Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.