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Low pressure area south of Florida Keys monitored; Election Day to be wet
Mon  Aug 29 2016 08:30AM
The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area of low pressure between the Florida Keys and Cuba for tropical storm development this week. The low-pressure area is likely to move … Find out how to read more online.
Airport wants better public relations
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Punta Gorda Airport is an airport on the move, enjoying growth that may become more than a spurt if its low-cost offerings continue to draw ultra-low-cost flights. But some on … Find out how to read more online.
Prummell’s statement
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Editor’s Note: This is the complete statement issued by Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell Saturday. “I don’t usually respond to articles in the Sun, but because it was so egregious … Find out how to read more online.
FHP: Man, 70, injured in two-car crash
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — An Englewood man was seriously injured in a Saturday morning crash at U.S. 41 and Ortiz Boulevard. Robert J. Havard, 70, was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, … Find out how to read more online.
Understanding a complex primary ballot is just a few clicks away
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County voters will face a complex list of 15 different primary election ballots awaiting Republican, Democrat and Libertarian party members, as well as those with no party affiliation, on … Find out how to read more online.
Robinson: ‘Allegations are offensive’
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
Former North Port city attorney Robert Robinson, facing allegations he abused his position to create new government jobs for himself, admitted Friday that according to city charter verbiage he was … Find out how to read more online.
Zika Hope screen project spreads awareness
Sun  Aug 28 2016 02:40PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — John Neely is concerned about preventing a homegrown case of Zika in Charlotte County. Neely, a retired vector-borne disease epidemiologist with decades of experience in federal, state, … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood shelter takes in animals rescued from Louisiana flood
Mon  Aug 22 2016 04:53PM
ENGLEWOOD — Nine dogs and five cats, rescued from the St. Landry Parish animal shelter in Louisiana due to flooding, arrived at the Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary early Saturday evening … Find out how to read more online.
Tropical wave likely to cause heavy rainstorms
Sun  Aug 28 2016 02:40PM
The seventh named storm of the hurricane season, Gaston, is not expected to be a threat to Florida, but forecasters are watching another tropical wave closely in the next few … Find out how to read more online.
Area residents recall Italian region hit by quake
Fri  Aug 26 2016 08:30AM
The earthquake that hit Italy this week struck a region that may struggle to recover from the devastation, say area residents familiar with that section of the country. Julie Glenn, … Find out how to read more online.
Ukrainians celebrate 25 years of independence
Thu  Aug 25 2016 10:44AM
NORTH PORT — With the American flag hanging in front of City Hall, the Ukrainian national anthem swelled as the yellow and blue Ukrainian flag rose to sway side by … Find out how to read more online.
More dogs, cats from flooded Louisiana
Thu  Aug 25 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Marion Lutz hasn’t had much time for sleep these last few days. Lutz, who is the director of the Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary, has had a busy weekend, … Find out how to read more online.
No questions raised by Punta Gorda City Council
Thu  Aug 25 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — At the first City Council meeting since the death of Mary Knowlton at the Punta Gorda Police Department’s Citizens Academy, Mayor Rachel Keesling gave a brief statement, … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Aug 25 2016 08:30AM
EARS expecting more animals from Louisiana
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
Marion Lutz has had a busy few days this week, and things are about to get busier. Lutz, who is the director for the Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary, spent Sunday … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Man attempts to kill ex-girlfriend’s co-worker
Wed  Aug 24 2016 11:04AM
A Port Charlotte man has been charged with attempted murder after shooting at a North Port man while they were driving on U.S. 41. Darrell Concepcion-Padilla, 30, 2400 block of … Find out how to read more online.
Turtle numbers up, nests hatching
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — This year has been a banner year — if not record breaking — for sea turtle nesting from Longboat Key south to Little Gasparilla Island. “The numbers still … Find out how to read more online.
Public invited to community conversation
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s Corps of Discovery Expedition, a band of 29 steadfast explorers who trekked 8,000 miles through the vast western wilderness of the Louisiana … Find out how to read more online.
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No easy fix for affordable housing shortage
Wed  Aug 31 2016 10:10AM
Justin Willis grew up in North Port and owned a few businesses there before taking his family out of state to “see if the grass was greener.” Living in Washington, … Find out how to read more online.
The place is smoking
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
The new Fedora’s Cigar Bar, 209 Wood St., in Punta Gorda, held a recent grand opening celebration. The newly renovated establishment has an assortment of wine, beer and cigars, catering … Find out how to read more online.
Allegations of torture in jail surface
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office may be facing litigation stemming from the alleged torture of an inmate at the county jail. The allegedly abused inmate, 57-year-old Mark … Find out how to read more online.
Got a slogan?
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Much like “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” or “Orlando makes me smile,” Punta Gorda will be constructing its identity through city branding in future months. The City Council … Find out how to read more online.
Mural Society dedicates 28th installment in Punta Gorda
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
The Punta Gorda Historical Mural Society dedicated its 28th mural painted by Charles Peck on the Amberg Insurance Agency in Punta Gorda on Thursday. The mural, Bayshore Lodge, was owned … Find out how to read more online.
Dance star charged with murder
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
Former Port Charlotte resident and 32-year-old Broadway dancer Marcus Bellamy was arrested after confessing to the murder of his boyfriend Aug. 19. Law enforcement told the New York Daily News … Find out how to read more online.
Judge finds dog owner in contempt for disobeying
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Friday’s second custody hearing for dogs previously removed from a home for neglect, but are now unlawfully back with their owners, wasn’t about the love two sisters … Find out how to read more online.
Owner of animal hoarding house will clean up property
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
The house that was home to 35 cats, including nine that ended up dead, has been ordered to be cleaned, before foreclosure, due to the public nuisance the stench is … Find out how to read more online.
Teen tests positive for travel-related Zika after trip
Fri  Aug 26 2016 08:30AM
A Southwest Florida teenager received positive test results this week for Zika after a trip to Nicaragua this summer and developing tell tale symptoms of the mosquito-based illness, according to … Find out how to read more online.
‘Surprise’ findings helped save officer’s job
Sun  Aug 28 2016 02:40PM
PUNTA GORDA — Although city and police officials came under intense pressure from the public to terminate officer Lee Coel earlier this summer after the officer’s K-9 mauled a suspect, … Find out how to read more online.
Dogs removed by Animal Control return home
Fri  Aug 26 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Linda Maggi has been taking care of others her entire adult life. For 33 years, Linda provided daily support to her father, who was diagnosed with throat … Find out how to read more online.
North Port in Top 10 Forbes’ list for job growth
Thu  Aug 25 2016 10:44AM
NORTH PORT — North Port is receiving some national recognition for job growth, even if many feel discontent with the types of jobs that are being brought in. Forbes named … Find out how to read more online.
Former city attorney to face judge
Thu  Aug 25 2016 10:44AM
NORTH PORT — Embattled former city attorney Robert Robinson will face a Florida Division of Administrative Hearings judge today, stemming from allegations he violated state law by creating new government … Find out how to read more online.
Residents want access to transportation, health services
Thu  Aug 25 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — In a perfect world, Englewood would have busses that crossed the county line. There would be no homeless people or children going to bed hungry. Englewood would have … Find out how to read more online.
Aid on the way to Louisiana
Thu  Aug 25 2016 08:30AM
Jana-Lee Bair, of North Port, received a grief-stricken email last week from her 82-year-old cousin, Lynne Ferdon, in Prairieview, Louisiana. Lynne’s parish had been obliterated by 35 inches of rain. … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane Charley, 12 years later
Thu  Aug 25 2016 08:30AM
This August marks 12 years since Hurricane Charley hit, and while the storm remains fresh in some minds, Charlotte County Emergency Management Director Wayne Sallade says Florida is suffering from … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Rony P. Medina, 43, 200 block of Rotonda Blvd. W., Rotonda. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. • Steven Kent … Find out how to read more online.
Pioneer Days underway in Englewood
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
Deadline is coming soon for the Pioneer Days photo contest. The contest remains open until Friday. Anyone can enter a photograph they have taken and all have a chance of … Find out how to read more online.
Supposed to be an easy day at the polls
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
It’s a good thing I was never in the military; I’d probably be dead, for I’ll volunteer for about anything. So, recently, when a particular political party asked me if … Find out how to read more online.
Fiona weakens as two other disturbances develop
Mon  Aug 22 2016 08:30AM
Tropical Storm Fiona hadn’t been downgraded to a depression as expected over the weekend, remaining very weak but posing no threat to Florida. Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center is tracking … Find out how to read more online.