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Forecast calls for sunny skies
Mon  Apr 21 2014 01:20AM
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 01:15AM
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
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
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.
Cheap thrills
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
For the tens of thousands of fans who turned out for last weekend’s inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix, the experience was marked by exciting races, perfect weather and … Find out how to read more online.
Inmates recognized for success
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Andron Cain admits he wasted a large part of his life, disappointing both himself and his mother. The 33-year-old has been serving out a six-year prison sentence … Find out how to read more online.
Visani comedy king selling his castle
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — While a “For Sale” sign sometimes means a business is closing its doors, that is not the case with Visani Restaurant and Dinner Theater on Kings Highway. … Find out how to read more online.
InStride Equine Therapy co-founder retires
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
Amid plenty of hugs and tears, InStride Equine Assisted Therapy co-founder and executive director Donna Blem embarked upon her next venture at a retirement party last week. Twenty years ago, … Find out how to read more online.
Two file for vacant School Board seat
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Two candidates have filed to run for the recently vacated Sarasota County School Board District 1 seat. Carol Todd, first elected to the board in 1998, resigned … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Caregiver steals piles of painkillers
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A local woman is accused of stealing hydrocodone pills nearly seven dozen times since mid-January from patients at a local assisted-living facility where she worked. The 37-year-old … Find out how to read more online.
Season’s final Placida Art Market Saturday
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:00AM
PLACIDA — Garry and Margaret Albritton like artists whose work reflects originality, and they have given those artists a venue at their Placida art markets at the Fishery. “We have … Find out how to read more online.
Tea Party stalwart makes commission run
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
Embarking on her very first campaign for elective office at age 68, it would be easy to dismiss the grandmother of five as a serious candidate for Charlotte County District … Find out how to read more online.
Hooked on Englewood
Wed  Apr 16 2014 01:01PM
ENGLEWOOD — The 58th Pioneer Days Parade Committee wants to hook people into thinking about what floats they want to enter into this year’s parade. Englewood’s annual Pioneer Days festivities … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota School Board ponders lobbyist hire
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — During a workshop Tuesday afternoon, members of the Sarasota County School Board agreed they would like to pursue hiring a lobbyist to speak on their behalf in … Find out how to read more online.
‘A nice first impression’
Tue  Apr 15 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — At Englewood Beach Monday, Bruce Tobiassen prepared the Miss Geico powerboat for its trip back to Riviera Beach. Miss Geico blew a drive shaft, sustained other damage, and … Find out how to read more online.
SCF student named Ms. Congeniality in Ms. Wheelchair pageant
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — When State College of Florida Venice student Cody Bowman took the stage in the Ms. Wheelchair Florida pageant April 4-6, in Orlando, she realized her dream of advocating … Find out how to read more online.
Thompson joined the Navy in 1945, at age 17
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
It was July 22, 1945, when Earl Thompson, a Navy fireman who now lives in Port Charlotte, sailed into Buckner Bay aboard a transport ship that dropped anchor off Okinawa. … Find out how to read more online.
Man struck, killed on I-75
Mon  Apr 21 2014 01:15AM
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 01:20AM
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
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
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.
Locals find nothing to love about lovebugs
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
Karen Schroering and her boyfriend were enjoying a leisurely Sunday afternoon on their houseboat off Englewood Beach watching the Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix when they noticed they suddenly … Find out how to read more online.
Blaze a trail
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — If you enjoy biking on trails through pristine wilderness, Mark Paquin would like to enlist your help. Paquin, 51, is an Englewood resident. He and his wife … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Man stalked Venice mayor
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
A North Port man was charged with stalking Venice Mayor John Holic after he discovered that Holic had an affair with his wife, according to the Venice Police Department. David … Find out how to read more online.
Grant funds available for homeless veterans
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez recently announced a grant competition that will award 24 Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program grants totaling about $6 million to provide an estimated 2,000 … Find out how to read more online.
Open mic marks poetry month
Fri  Apr 18 2014 03:52PM
The Peace River Center for Writers hosted its monthly Open Mic Night at Fishermen’s Village on Monday evening. Avid writers, members of PRWC, and students at Edison State College gather … Find out how to read more online.
Kitchen fires all too common
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Area Fire Control District quickly put out a kitchen fire Tuesday in an apartment complex at 1601 Placida Road. Unfortunately, residential kitchen fires are all too … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless numbers hold steady
Sun  Apr 20 2014 09:33PM
The region’s unemployment rate in March showed little change from the previous month but continued its steady decline from a year ago. The state Department of Economic Opportunity reported that … Find out how to read more online.
Spring Spectacular this weekend
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:00AM
This year more than ever, Jodi Kremiller is hoping for a good turnout for the fourth annual Spring Spectacular, being held Saturday and Sunday at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds off … Find out how to read more online.
Passing on a passion for books
Thu  Apr 17 2014 03:40PM
PUNTA GORDA — Volunteers in a reading program at Port Charlotte High School plan to give away more than just books at the end of the month. They are passing … Find out how to read more online.
Weekend may start off wet
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:00AM
Southwest Florida residents are looking at a wet weekend with a possibility of thunderstorms and even some high wind and hail. A low-pressure system was expected to move into Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Rice guilty of murder, gets life
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — It took a 12-member jury more than six hours of deliberations to find Michael W. Rice guilty of the first-degree murder of Philippe Nahon, 48, a decision … Find out how to read more online.
Habitat for Humanity helped by Eagle Scout
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:00AM
SOUTH COUNTY — Peter Cornetet knows the proceeds from each recycled soda can buy more nails for volunteers to build homes for Habitat for Humanity. That’s why the longtime Boy … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County school officials worried about bills
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — The legislative lobbyist for the Charlotte County School Board informed members Tuesday that a state bill that would allow specified individuals to carry a concealed weapon into schools … Find out how to read more online.
Rotonda West lends support to the Stone Crabs
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
Spirits were high in Sections 216 and 217 at Charlotte Sports Park on April 4 as a large contingent of Rotonda West fans cheered on the Charlotte Stone Crabs. It … Find out how to read more online.
Venice PediCabs debuting this weekend
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
This weekend, yet another new form of transportation makes its debut, the Venice PediCabs, operating from the Venice Skin Studio at 125 West Miami Ave. “This is a pretty neat … Find out how to read more online.