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What they’ll make
Wed  Feb 22 2017 01:00AM
There will be plenty of cooks’ jobs in Florida. But, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, entry-level cook positions still pay only $18,000 to $20,000 — far less … Find out how to read more online.
Some relief seen from red tide toxins
Wed  Feb 22 2017 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — A cloudy morning sky, more than toxic red tide algae, may have kept crowds down at local beaches Tuesday. But as long as winds come from the east, … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Couple arrested for child endangerment
Wed  Feb 22 2017 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — An Englewood couple was arrested after officers found them passed out in their car at a major intersection with a 2-year-old child in the backseat, according to … Find out how to read more online.
A walk to remember
Wed  Feb 22 2017 01:00AM
The 8th Annual St. Vincent de Paul Walk for the Poor, a fundraiser to help the needy in Charlotte County, started out at Laishley Park in Punta Gorda on a … Find out how to read more online.
Giddyup at the horse show
Wed  Feb 22 2017 01:00AM
The Punta Gorda Horseman’s Association Speed Show, held at the PGHA Arena, started with Poles and Barrels and a wide range of riders from Pee Wees (beginners) to Silver Spurs … Find out how to read more online.
County mulls sales tax to fund sewers
Wed  Feb 22 2017 01:00AM
MURDOCK — A highly anticipated consultant’s report on how to pay for the Charlotte County sewer expansion program has tabbed potential sales tax revenue as the missing piece of the … Find out how to read more online.
Babcock Ranch partners with CenturyLink
Wed  Feb 22 2017 01:00AM
CenturyLink Inc. and Kitson & Partners this week announced they will provide one of the fastest residential internet speeds available in the U.S. to residents of the new, solar-powered town … Find out how to read more online.
Whether with Trump or in local circles
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:30AM
At one point, President Donald Trump was considering several members of his family for top government jobs. As the topic of nepotism became part of a national discussion, Trump settled … Find out how to read more online.
Southwest Florida goes into moderate drought
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:30AM
Lack of winter rain and warmer-than-normal temperatures have pushed Southwest Florida from abnormally dry into moderate drought. “Southwest Florida is officially in a moderate drought,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist … Find out how to read more online.
Bucket list trip will take them around the world
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:30AM
Dan and Agnes Long are serious about their bucket list. So serious, to hear Agnes tell it, the couple put up their life savings, took out a second mortgage and … Find out how to read more online.
Solar energy surging, from the ground up
Mon  Feb 20 2017 10:41AM
On the ground, Florida Power & Light Co. tripled its solar output this year with the installation of a million photo voltaic solar panels at new solar energy centers in Charlotte, … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
American Legion Post 110 • Bridge winners Feb. 13: 1-Lucia Kelly, 4230; 2-Barb Lutz, 3740; 3-Fred Kuss, 3700; 4-Alfi Yanchik, 3540. Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club • Partners Bridge winners Feb. … Find out how to read more online.
HOW TO: Plan, buy and use solar energy
Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
There are two kinds of solar installation. Thermal radiation to heat water for pools and hot water systems — usually indicated by large, black rooftop installations. And, there is photo … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM

Holiday Closures

In observance of the Presidents Day holiday, all Charlotte County government offices and Punta Gorda city offices will be closed Feb. 20. Post offices and banks also will …

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Sweethearts helping Crossroads
Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
The second annual Sweetheart Celebration recently was held at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County to benefit AMIkids Crossroads. Guests were treated to a champagne toast, along with dinner and … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
CLARIFICATION: An infobox in Saturday’s paper about John Davidson referenced an event in his honor as the Wall of Honorees banquet; the correct name of the event is the Wall … Find out how to read more online.
Big Storm Brewery alliance may keep Fat Point open
Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
It’s been a whirlwind nine days for Fat Point Brewing. Just last week co-owner and brewmaster Bill Frazer sat down with his 15 employees to tell them the Punta Gorda … Find out how to read more online.
Club News
Mon  Feb 20 2017 03:20PM
The American Czech and Slovak Club of Southwest Florida The American Czech and Slovak Club of Southwest Florida was created to provide the residents of the Florida Gulf Coast of … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
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Morgan candidacy rumblings draw response
Tue  Feb 21 2017 08:30AM
He brings visibility, results and cash. That’s how political observers in the area characterize Orlando personal injury attorney John Morgan, who is considering a run for governor next year. According … Find out how to read more online.
North Port city manager to take Sarasota County spot
Wed  Feb 22 2017 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — The city will soon be on the hunt for a new city manager. Jonathan Lewis, who has been in the position since May 2011, will be taking … Find out how to read more online.
Family Fitness highlights weekend
Wed  Feb 22 2017 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Families looking for healthy fun can come to the Fitness Festival on Saturday from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Port Charlotte Anytime Fitness, 24001 Peachland Blvd. … Find out how to read more online.
A hoedown to support the troops
Wed  Feb 22 2017 01:00AM
Many were using innovative ways to stay dry during the Punta Gorda Downtown Hoedown Concert to Support the Troops on Saturday evening. … Find out how to read more online.
AMIKids is now Crossroads Hope Academy
Wed  Feb 22 2017 01:00AM
There’s a new name — and independence — for the former AMIKids Crossroads foster care program for teenage boys in eastern Charlotte County. It is amicably separating from the national … Find out how to read more online.
Former prosecutor to campaign for State Attorney
Wed  Feb 22 2017 01:00AM
Chris Crowley has formally announced his candidacy for State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit. The State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit is the chief local prosecutor for Lee, … Find out how to read more online.
CCSO: Port Charlotte man arrested with 8 pounds of pot
Wed  Feb 22 2017 01:00AM
A Port Charlotte man was arrested Tuesday after being found in possession of nearly eight pounds of cannabis, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. During a traffic stop, Anthony … Find out how to read more online.
Student is first in Charlotte to receive fellowship
Wed  Feb 22 2017 01:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Anthony Vigliotti is the first student in Charlotte County to receive a prestigious Take Stock in Children fellowship, which will allow him to be the first in … Find out how to read more online.
Hundreds remember North Port teacher at service
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:30AM
Not many people can recall Holly Morgan Fisher without smiling. “You would see her smile a mile before you would see her,” said former classmate and Heron Creek substitute teacher … Find out how to read more online.

Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:30AM

Englewood a model for sewer expansion?

Facing much the same dilemma that now confronts Charlotte County, the Englewood Water District embarked on a widespread, septic-to-sewer expansion project in 1996. Besides …

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Education runs through family trees
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:30AM
For many years, Marcia and Mike Louden worked together. The couple moved from Colorado to Englewood in 1983, after they were offered jobs at Lemon Bay High. Mike retired as … Find out how to read more online.
Ann Mercer, Cape Haze- Pioneer Trail advocate, died
Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
GROVE CITY — Bicyclists or runners along the Cape Haze-Pioneer Trail should stop a moment and think of Ann Mercer. She saw a battered and defunct railroad bed and envisioned … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte County births There were no births reported this week in Charlotte County. Charlotte County marriages • Ashley Constant Hathaway of Pawtucket, R.I., and Kyle Martin Lamoureux of Pawtucket, R.I. … Find out how to read more online.
GROWING
Sat  Feb 18 2017 08:30AM
PLACIDA — Boca Grande fishing guide Cappy Joiner tipped his hat to the Lemon Bay Conservancy for its efforts to improve habitat for juvenile tarpon at the Wildflower Preserve. He … Find out how to read more online.
Volunteers paint their hearts out
Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Feverish and unable to eat or breathe without difficulty, Davie Levi tried for years to have medical professionals tell her what was wrong. Eventually, she sought help … Find out how to read more online.
Senior Games offers test, fun
Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
Steve Van Dyke knew he needed to find a way to stay active. The Lake Suzy resident had undergone bypass surgery back in Minnesota — his onetime summer home — … Find out how to read more online.
Luck of the Irish
Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
It all began like “Angela’s Ashes,” Frank McCourt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir of growing up Irish in the 1940s. Except Kevin Doyle’s dad didn’t drink all his wages. The Celtic Ray … Find out how to read more online.
FHP: Tanker truck slams into vehicles; two hurt
Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Two Punta Gorda women were seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash Friday morning on State Road 31, south of Bermont Road. Patricia P. Gilreath, 67, who was … Find out how to read more online.
Black history film sheds light on slavery’s legacy
Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — In the epic, multi-award-winning documentary, “500 Years Later,” Andrew Mitchell, a Chicago community activist, states: “We might think we are done with slavery, but I tell you … Find out how to read more online.
‘Justice has been served’
Fri  Feb 17 2017 08:30AM
After nearly six weeks in trial, accused killer David McMannis was pronounced guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday, after less than an hour of jury deliberation. Like his co-defendant, Phillip … Find out how to read more online.