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Bondi speaks to local Republican base
Tue  Sep 2 2014 05:51PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi made a Labor Day visit to Port Charlotte, drumming up support for her campaign and the GOP cause at an outdoor rally … Find out how to read more online.

Tue  Sep 2 2014 04:20PM
CORRECTION Harvey Goldstein is president of the Deep Creek Section 23 POA. An article in Tuesday’s Sun stated otherwise. … Find out how to read more online.
Beach it early to avoid holiday rain
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE— Beachgoers and grill masters should get the holiday fun started early Labor Day if they want to avoid those pesky afternoon Florida showers and downpours throughout the area … Find out how to read more online.
Governor visits Vineland
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
ROTONDA WEST — “If you like lots of pizza and ice cream, and want to eat dinner with the President and First Lady once a year, you could be the … Find out how to read more online.
Hot topic
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Area Fire Control District is fine tuning its budget and intends to propose slight hikes to its residential and commercial assessment rates. The fire district will … Find out how to read more online.
Area attorney disbarred
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A Sarasota attorney with North Port ties was disbarred by the Florida Supreme Court in July, after an investigation revealed a host of violations, including taking money … Find out how to read more online.
Rotonda III takes its turn
Sun  Aug 31 2014 03:09PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — While the two sides mull possible appeals in the Rotonda II sewer case, the wheels of justice continue to grind in the next Rotonda lawsuit. Rotonda III … Find out how to read more online.
Duplex fire kills dog; family unharmed
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Lisa Burleson awoke Wednesday evening to neighbors banging on her windows as the adjoining unit to her duplex on Manor Road was consumed by flames. Burleson and her … Find out how to read more online.
Farm animals find greener pastures
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — When Charlotte County Animal Control Officer Reannon Juergensen visited a property off Little Farm Road earlier this month, she found horses and other animals that … Find out how to read more online.
Typical summer weather pattern continues
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
Average summer temperatures will continue this weekend, National Weather Service meteorologist Rodney Wynn predicts. Locals in Sarasota and Charlotte counties who are out and about will experience highs in the … Find out how to read more online.
Some hope for short Springs outage
Sun  Aug 31 2014 03:09PM
NORTH PORT — Although the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa will close at 5 p.m. Sunday, staff said the city’s plan to obtain full ownership of the Springs could allow … Find out how to read more online.
Nevins, first bishop of Venice diocese, dies
Sun  Aug 31 2014 03:09PM
VENICE — The Most Rev. John Nevins, founding bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida, died Tuesday. He was 82. The death was announced in a press statement from … Find out how to read more online.
Maulucci wins 12th Circuit judge race
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
Susan Maulucci resigned from her job as a court magistrate to run for the 12th Circuit judgeship. She had no plan B for what she would do if she didn’t … Find out how to read more online.
Swift gets one more term on Charlotte School Board
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
Charlotte County voters have given longtime School Board member Lee Swift the chance to serve what the 66-year-old has said will be his sixth and last term. The incumbent of … Find out how to read more online.
Caragiulo, Maio win Sarasota County primaries
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Results of the Republican primary for two Sarasota County Commission seats were one-sided affairs, with two candidates easily besting their opponents to reach the general election in … Find out how to read more online.
Government offices to close for Labor Day
Thu  Aug 28 2014 12:54PM
Sarasota County government offices, including libraries, recreation centers and Historical Resources, will be closed Monday, Sept. 1 for the Labor Day holiday. Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) bus service will … Find out how to read more online.
South Florida couple charged in car-ramming incident
Tue  Aug 26 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A South Florida couple is being held without bond after a Sunday incident in which they twice rammed a car carrying two women, according to the North … Find out how to read more online.
High stakes in Cultural Center card games
Tue  Aug 26 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — It’s six o’clock, and euchre players are arriving for their regular Friday evening card game at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. But on this night, as … Find out how to read more online.
The old ball game keeps them young
Tue  Aug 26 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Hugh Brotherton runs, swims, goes to the gym for exercise, does yard work and makes his own home repairs. All of these things are typical for an active … Find out how to read more online.
Safety officials, caller differ on 911 experience
Sat  Aug 23 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — EJ Kelly grew agitated as the 911 call taker kept asking him questions he couldn’t answer. “My friend George (who is in his 80s) is passed out flat on … Find out how to read more online.
Kia raffle a lemon; money, car to be returned
Tue  Sep 2 2014 05:19PM
NORTH PORT — A Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa activist group announced Tuesday it will scrap its Kia raffle, return the car to the dealership and refund all ticket sales. … Find out how to read more online.
Bill Willis had extensive Army career before heading to Vietnam
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:00AM
Editor’s note: This story is the first of two parts. Billy Willis was a command sergeant major, a 30-year man in the U.S. Army — a lifer. The 84-year-old retired … Find out how to read more online.
Fewer students seek careers in construction
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:00AM
In “The Graduate,” Dustin Hoffman’s character, who just graduated from college, was told to shape his future around one word: “Plastics.” Barney Duffy has two words for high school graduates: … Find out how to read more online.
Locals react to gay marriage ruling
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
If someone had asked retired state attorney Erica Raffel a year ago if gay couples in Florida ever would enjoy the same right to marriage as straight couples in the … Find out how to read more online.
After-school program seeks community support
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — In the Tiffany Square Shopping Plaza, just out of view on the corner of a corridor, there is an office building that is an oasis of relative quiet. … Find out how to read more online.
Governor visits Vineland
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
ROTONDA WEST — “If you like lots of pizza and ice cream, and want to eat dinner with the President and First Lady once a year, you could be the … Find out how to read more online.
Woman believes in doing good for others
Fri  Aug 29 2014 02:18PM
ENGLEWOOD — Kathy Weichmann was destitute, extremely ill and feeling like she was dying. Then her back door broke and fell off her house. “I thought, what more could happen … Find out how to read more online.
Man faces new child sex charges
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A Port Charlotte man faces four counts of lewd or lascivious exhibition after authorities say he repeatedly masturbated in front of a teenage girl, according to the … Find out how to read more online.
Let’s celebrate Englewood Pioneer Days
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — This year’s 58th Pioneer Days Parade Monday will be the largest seen in six years. The entire weekend on West Dearborn Street will be a celebration of what’s … Find out how to read more online.
Baby Landyn is in remission
Thu  Aug 28 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Little Landyn, the infant many were praying for, has come home to Englewood and is doing well. Diagnosed with leukemia shortly after he was born Jan. 20, Landyn Bannan, … Find out how to read more online.
Swift gets one more term on School Board
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
Charlotte County voters have given longtime School Board member Lee Swift the chance to serve what the 66-year-old has said will be his sixth and last term. The incumbent of … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte commissioners conquer
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Despite several controversial votes in the months leading up to Tuesday’s primary election, both Charlotte County Commission incumbents were victorious Tuesday in their respective Republican races. District … Find out how to read more online.
Brown, Goodwin retain School Board seats; Marsh, Ziegler advance
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — In the wake of Tuesday’s primary election, the contest for the Sarasota County School Board District 1 seat dropped from a four-way race to a two-way race, … Find out how to read more online.
Swift maintains School Board post
Tue  Aug 26 2014 09:52PM
Charlotte County School Board veteran Lee Swift had plenty of votes to retain his seat for a sixth term with 66.3 percent (11,842) of the vote. Anthony Verdin had 33.6 … Find out how to read more online.
Always digging
Sun  Aug 24 2014 08:00AM
Mike Gandy, Kurt Mehl and Mike Vogel technically hold part-time positions, but their jobs never stop. The three detectives — with more than 100 years of combined experience in various … Find out how to read more online.
Pets, owners can breathe easier
Tue  Aug 26 2014 08:00AM
Charlotte County pet owners can breathe a sigh of relief now that all fire engines will carry pet oxygen masks. “In my 20 years in the fire service, I’ve seen … Find out how to read more online.
Doctors bartending the Rx for free clinic
Tue  Aug 26 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Ordering a dry martini will help the free Englewood Community Clinic keep its doors open and serve those who can ill-afford medical care. Dr. Joe Chirillo — one … Find out how to read more online.
Remembering Owens, 68, a veteran's veteran
Tue  Aug 26 2014 08:00AM
When U.S. Air Force retired Senior Master Sgt. Richard F. “Rich” Owens passed away in Port Charlotte last Friday, his wife of 47 years, Donna, placed his obituary on her … Find out how to read more online.
Wyld served 41 years in Navy Reserve aboard 21 ships
Mon  Aug 25 2014 08:00AM
During his 41 years in the Naval Reserve, Chief Warrant Officer-4 Bill Wyld Jr. may have served on more ships than just about anyone in the service. From 1948 until … Find out how to read more online.
Student enrollment gap closing
Sat  Aug 23 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Student numbers are climbing for Sarasota County schools, with many reporting higher enrollment as the first week of school came to an end Friday. Day five numbers … Find out how to read more online.