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Historic church hosts Civil War presentation
Thu  Apr 24 2014 02:48PM
ENGLEWOOD — Reliving the Civil War era has become a passion for Tom and Dolly Geffert of Punta Gorda. A chance meeting over 10 years ago with an active Civil War reenactment “veteran” piqued … Find out how to read more online.
Big Brothers Big Sisters receives donation
Thu  Apr 24 2014 02:44PM
Curt Cooke, of Generous Property, recently presented a donation to Erin Ives development associate for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast (BBBSSC), a local non-profit organization that helps … Find out how to read more online.
Int’l Chalk Festival coming to Venice
Thu  Apr 24 2014 02:44PM
Venice city leaders voted unanimously this week to officially approve bringing the Sarasota Chalk Festival to South County. The international festival, which attracts thousands and is expected to have a … Find out how to read more online.
Making the grade
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:00AM
Two area high schools again received academic accolades from U.S. News & World Report, improving over last year’s rankings. The online magazine ranks public high schools in every state and … Find out how to read more online.
Artist reception set for Saturday
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — An Italian artist known as “Penelope” is fascinated how nature can be worked into architecture. The award-winning artist Chiara Cocchi, who goes by “Penelope,” created a new series … Find out how to read more online.
Theater summer camp offered for students
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — For 20 children, the summer will be filled with tongue twisters, puppettering and acting like cats. For the second year, the Lemon Bay Playhouse, 96 W. Dearborn St., … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Woman takes ambulance, asks for beer
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
ARCADIA — Angela Thresher wandered into a quiet fire station in downtown Arcadia Monday afternoon. She spotted a fire jacket and tried it on. Then grabbed an air mask and … Find out how to read more online.
Manta Pride Ride set for May 10
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
Want to get some good exercise, meet new friends, and help your high school football team? The Manta Pride Ride may be just the thing. The Lemon Bay Touchdown Club … Find out how to read more online.
Chalk Festival nearly set in stone
Tue  Apr 22 2014 06:58PM
VENICE — Moving the internationally acclaimed Sarasota Chalk Festival to Venice is looking more like a reality, according to festival organizers. Denise Koval, the festival’s founder and director, was in … Find out how to read more online.
County orders mangrove replacement
Tue  Apr 22 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Sarasota County on Friday outlined the plans and set the pace for restoration work a Manasota Key property owner must complete on a mangrove wetland he clear-cut and … Find out how to read more online.
Sentencing delayed in Englewood doc fraud case
Tue  Apr 22 2014 08:00AM
FORT MYERS — Sentencing for an Englewood doctor found guilty of tax fraud last year was delayed Monday as defense attorneys scrutinized the language of a document that outlined the maximum … Find out how to read more online.
Boat race bust?
Tue  Apr 22 2014 06:29PM
ENGLEWOOD — If things don’t change for next year’s boat race, one local business owner is going to rally others and complain to Charlotte County commissioners. Jill Hemmes, owner of … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood’s Earth Day going 3-D
Tue  Apr 22 2014 05:40PM
ENGLEWOOD — Don Musilli wants to introduce Englewood to technology that will soon be as common as smartphones are today. Musilli, president of the Englewood Incubation Center, plans to demonstrate … Find out how to read more online.
Cyberbullying cases continue to climb
Tue  Apr 22 2014 08:00AM
Mike Desjardins believes he is seeing a slight increase in the number of cyberbullying cases being reported to Charlotte County school district officials. However, the director of student services for … Find out how to read more online.
Earth Day Festival promotes healthy living
Tue  Apr 22 2014 08:00AM
Since 1970, millions of people around the world have celebrated Earth Day on April 22 by learning how to promote sustainability and protect their environment. Englewood’s organizers, The Open Studio and Mango … Find out how to read more online.
Forecast calls for sunny skies
Mon  Apr 21 2014 08:00AM
Southwest Florida residents should see sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s for the majority of the week. “We’re going to have really nice weather all week,” said Andrew … Find out how to read more online.
High cost of living
Mon  Apr 21 2014 08:00AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Eye doctors account for nearly half of the 100 physicians nationwide who receive the largest reimbursements from Medicare, newly released data show. And, not surprisingly, a significant … Find out how to read more online.
Inaction bogs homeowner
Tue  Apr 22 2014 06:29PM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — Patricia Fountain’s property at the end of Little Farm Road in eastern Charlotte County — a rural outpost if ever there was one — is … Find out how to read more online.
Venice mayor gets taste of Meals on Wheels
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
Ninety-one-year-old Armando Guerrero was at his front door when Venice Mayor John Holic handed him two containers that included spaghetti and meatballs, macaroni salad and a chocolate éclair. One meal … Find out how to read more online.
Council hopes to increase healthy assets for youth
Thu  Apr 24 2014 02:46PM
Funding from a Florida agency could help improve the lifestyles for Charlotte County youth. The Children’s Services Council received a $24,000 grant from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, said … Find out how to read more online.
Clearing ditches an ongoing task in Charlotte
Thu  Apr 24 2014 02:44PM
ENGLEWOOD — A wall of cattails 10 or more feet tall almost stands like a privacy fence in the drainage ditch behind Alice Kelsey’s home on Denmark Street in Englewood … Find out how to read more online.
Three shots in the dark
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Two repo men were allegedly shot at Monday night after a 63-year-old wouldn’t allow them to repossess his neighbor’s vehicle. Robert J. Bornhorst of the 300 block of … Find out how to read more online.
Winchester South loading traffic on Fruitland
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD EAST — Allan and Lori Marchand like what was a once-quiet neighborhood on Fruitland Avenue. But Fruitland is no longer a quiet residential street. The Marchands have numerous photographs … Find out how to read more online.
Officials get closer to homeless facility decision
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota county and city leaders are roughly 60 days from choosing the location of an adult homeless shelter, following a joint meeting Tuesday. Unless they decide to … Find out how to read more online.
Area housing trends continue strong
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
Residential real estate in Southwest Florida is heating up as more homes continue to sell faster and fetch strong prices, according to March real estate reports. Charlotte and Sarasota counties … Find out how to read more online.
Sunshine Lake cleanup halted
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — The saga of Sunshine Lake has taken another unexpected — and expensive — turn. With the discovery of Little Blue Heron nests on the lake, up to $368,900 … Find out how to read more online.
Caught napping
Tue  Apr 22 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Roy Peter Hornjak had a rude awakening Sunday. The 19-year-old was rousted from a long nap on bean bag chairs at Walmart and told to move on. And … Find out how to read more online.
Season of kittens
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
Kittens may be cuddly and adorable, but officials say too much cuteness isn’t necessarily a good thing. This year, thousands of wild kittens will be born in Charlotte County alone. … Find out how to read more online.

Tue  Apr 22 2014 08:00AM
A dead doe lay on the side of a busy road Saturday night in North Port. Her fawn, believed to be just a few weeks old, wouldn’t leave his mother’s … Find out how to read more online.
Bicyclist killed on U.S. 41
Tue  Apr 22 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A 41-year-old man was killed Sunday night after being struck by a minivan while he was pushing his bicycle across U.S. 41, according to the Florida Highway … Find out how to read more online.
Commissioners mull buying property
Tue  Apr 22 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners will discuss the possibility of purchasing property originally bought by an individual using loans from the county’s Housing Rehabilitation Program. The item will be up … Find out how to read more online.
Jail inmates graduate from programs
Tue  Apr 22 2014 08:00AM
A total of 44 individual inmates from the Charlotte County Jail graduated Monday from five different programs they attended while at the jail. Several of the graduates received multiple certificates … Find out how to read more online.
TerraNichol children to celebrate Earth Day
Tue  Apr 22 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Young preschoolers will use creative recycling to celebrate Earth Day, turning plastic bottles into noise makers. Teachers at the TerraNichol Academy plan lots of fun activities today including … Find out how to read more online.
Earth Day Festival promotes healthy living
Mon  Apr 21 2014 03:13PM
Since 1970, millions of people around the world have celebrated Earth Day on April 22 by learning how to promote sustainability and protect their environment. Englewood's organizers, The Open Studio and Mango … Find out how to read more online.
Hail the (new) chief
Tue  Apr 22 2014 08:00AM
When Marianne Taylor was a little girl, her family lived next door to the local fire chief in Point Lookout, N.Y. “He was great,” she said. “But even back then, … Find out how to read more online.
Man struck, killed on I-75
Mon  Apr 21 2014 08:00AM
A St. Petersburg man was killed late Saturday night when he was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 75 near North Port. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, around … Find out how to read more online.
Recycling efforts working in Charlotte and Sarasota
Mon  Apr 21 2014 08:00AM
Recycling in Charlotte County has improved since new recycle carts were introduced to residents late last year, officials say. Unlike Sarasota County, where recycling is mandatory, Charlotte County doesn’t make … Find out how to read more online.
Family traditions
Tue  Apr 22 2014 06:29PM
Brenda Reyes remembers fondly the Easter traditions she celebrated as a child growing up in the Philippines. Good Friday, Christianity’s most solemn day of observance, was always a time for … Find out how to read more online.
Mayday call spurs Gulf search effort
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
A mayday call from a man and a woman who said they were on a boat 17 miles west of Venice Beach had Coast Guard crews searching the Gulf of … Find out how to read more online.