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#Harmony brightens our day
Fri  Feb 12 2016 01:16PM
This barbershop quartet from the Lemon Bay Chord Company — who call themselves #Harmony — stopped in to the Englewood Sun on Friday to serenade the office, just in time … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay Fest Photo Contest final-week winners
Fri  Feb 12 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The final week of the Lemon Bay Photo Contest, sponsored by Englewood Camera Club, is complete. More than 1,000 images were reviewed by three judges over the past … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood riders fare well after bus accidents
Tue  Feb 9 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Englewood residents could have suffered much worse from two separate bus accidents. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a Charlotte County school bus was picking up Lemon Bay … Find out how to read more online.
Open carry bill triggers debate
Mon  Feb 8 2016 08:30AM
On Wednesday, the Florida House of Representatives approved legislation that will allow Floridians with a concealed weapons license to carry their guns out in the open and in public places. … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay women carry on Cracker traditions
Tue  Feb 9 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Terri Powell, along with sisters-in-law Ginny and Mary Ellen McLeod, carefully stitched colorful palm trees, starfish and other representations of beach life onto aqua-blue patches of cloth at … Find out how to read more online.
King’s defense continues to appeal death sentence
Tue  Feb 9 2016 08:30AM
An attorney for Michael King says the convicted killer should not be sentenced to death and instead should spend his life in prison. King’s attorney Maria Perinetti recently told Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Parents react to recent student deaths
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Three young people have died since Christmas Eve. And that’s three too many, according to a group of concerned Englewood mothers who want to take action as quickly … Find out how to read more online.
Grand Champion her ‘dream come true’
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — It was a couple of hours before the steer show Friday night, and Alexis Burkett was busy grooming her steer, Slugger. In fact, the area behind the … Find out how to read more online.
Rotonda II court appeal fought to near draw
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Neither the property owners who filed the “Rotonda II” suit nor Charlotte County can feel like total victors. The Second District Court of Appeal denied both of their … Find out how to read more online.
Forbes: North Port MSA 12th in real estate value
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city has made yet another list that indicates real estate investment values can be found here. The North Port metropolitan statistical area placed 12 in Forbes … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Fewer local ‘highly effective’ teachers
Wed  Feb 3 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County Public Schools has fewer “highly effective” teachers than the state average, according to Florida Department of Education data released this week. However, critics of the new system say … Find out how to read more online.
Attorney presents Danielle Dreher’s side of story
Fri  Feb 5 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Tonight when “Dateline” airs an episode about local firefighter Sam Presley Dreher’s murder, someone not interviewed was his ex-wife Danielle Dreher, who is in prison. Sam — … Find out how to read more online.
Worries over Placida’s future
Tue  Feb 2 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County allows the transfer of residential development from one property to another. The county’s advisory Planning and Zoning Board unanimously recommended last month that county commissioners approve … Find out how to read more online.
Local attorney ‘disbarred,’ has pending charges
Tue  Feb 2 2016 05:28PM
ENGLEWOOD — Englewood attorney John Charles Archer essentially was disbarred for five years by the Florida Bar Association in January amid several allegations he defrauded clients through foreclosure scams. According … Find out how to read more online.
Local attorney ‘disbarred,’ has pending charges
Thu  Feb 4 2016 03:18PM
ENGLEWOOD — Englewood attorney John Charles Archer essentially was disbarred for five years by the Florida Bar Association in January amid several allegations he defrauded clients through foreclosure scams. According … Find out how to read more online.
El Jobean residents question sewer fees
Tue  Feb 2 2016 08:30AM
EL JOBEAN — Elizabeth Wong’s home sits on three lots in El Jobean. One parcel, fronting the Myakka River on River Beach Drive, is too small to even build a … Find out how to read more online.
Vineland fifth-grader plans pet-adoption event
Mon  Feb 1 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Feeling down about being bullied, Iris Tufano decided to do something to cheer herself up. The 11-year-old took all $100 of her Christmas money and headed to the … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay Fest Photo Contest 2nd-week winners
Tue  Feb 2 2016 02:40PM
ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Camera Club is sponsoring the Lemon Bay Photo Contest, which began Jan. 11. More than 400 images have been submitted so far. The contest runs for … Find out how to read more online.
Sailor helped find secret Russian undersea cable, disarm nuclear bomb
Mon  Feb 1 2016 08:30AM
Walter Kaiser’s 26-year career in the Navy was pretty eventful. During his first decade, he served in the submarine service, searching for secret Soviet transmission cables on the sea floor … Find out how to read more online.
Gambling crackdown
Sun  Jan 31 2016 08:30AM
There were more than 1,000 gambling- related arrests in Florida between 2011 and 2014. None were from Charlotte County. Now, after recent state probes, there have been six people from … Find out how to read more online.
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Fifth-grader wins big
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A simple question about barnacles earned one Englewood Elementary School student top honors in the science fair. Nathan Coffey not only won first place of all fifth-graders in … Find out how to read more online.
Less growth, water use in Charlotte’s future
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — In coming up with their estimated water demands for the next 20 years, Charlotte officials had a difficult time understanding county population projections that were used as the … Find out how to read more online.
Manasota Key activist Carroll dies
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Betty Sue Carroll has always been a strong and active voice on the issues facing South Manasota Key. That voice is now silent. Carroll, after fighting what her … Find out how to read more online.
Reverse mortgages could signal return to home defaults
Tue  Feb 9 2016 08:30AM
It was back in October when Kristen Conti, a broker-owner of Golf Breeze Realty in Port Charlotte, received special training on reverse mortgages from Fannie Mae. As a direct broker … Find out how to read more online.
King’s defense continues to appeal death sentence
Tue  Feb 9 2016 08:30AM
An attorney for Michael King says the convicted killer should not be sentenced to death and instead should spend his life in prison. King’s attorney Maria Perinetti recently told Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood students’ art gets ‘Fair’ reviews
Tue  Feb 9 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Camera Club is sponsoring the Lemon Bay Photo Contest, which began Jan. 11. Almost 700 images have been submitted so far. The contest runs for four … Find out how to read more online.
LBHS offers flight training, shark research
Sat  Feb 6 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Jasmine Fraser had no idea she could fly an airplane upside down. The 13-year-old was given the controls of a flight simulator while at the recent Lemon Bay … Find out how to read more online.
Open Studio celebrates 5 years with free events
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Open Studio is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a fun-filled day of free activities, live entertainment, classes and tours, and the public is invited! All festivities will … Find out how to read more online.
Residential development transfers in the works
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Two property owners want Charlotte County commissioners to let them take their residential development rights elsewhere. The requests are listed among the items on the commission’s consent agenda … Find out how to read more online.
Airport fuels area’s economic engine
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Punta Gorda Airport finished up another banner year in 2015, setting a personal-best mark for the third consecutive year with 836,472 travelers and realizing new revenue … Find out how to read more online.
Fairgoers can expect chillier weather
Fri  Feb 5 2016 08:30AM
With temperatures jumping back into the 80s this work week, it may have felt like spring to some Southwest Floridians, but temperatures will soon drop back down. Charlotte County fairgoers … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide fish kill dribbling onto Manasota Key
Fri  Feb 5 2016 11:35AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dead fish continue to wash up onto Manasota Key, according to reports received by the Sun Thursday. Earlier this week, dead fish appeared along the Manasota Key shorelines … Find out how to read more online.
River Road talks headed to capital
Wed  Feb 3 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The proposed River Road widening took another step toward reality Friday with state Rep. Jim Boyd of Bradenton sponsoring the project as a House budget issue. Elected … Find out how to read more online.
Conservancy ready for Wildflower restoration
Wed  Feb 3 2016 08:30AM
CAPE HAZE — Even Lemon Bay Conservancy president Jim Cooper is a bit surprised at the pace the conservancy is taking with its Wildflower restoration efforts. “This is a giant … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Sun editor leaving for Venice job
Wed  Feb 3 2016 08:30AM
The city of Venice has hired Lorraine Schneeberger Anderson, longtime editor of the North Port Sun, as its public information officer. “I’ve lived in this area for most of my … Find out how to read more online.
Lennon Sisters still offering an escape
Tue  Feb 2 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — When we were kids, my wife Sandy and I were held hostage by our parents. We grew up in different communities, and our parents didn’t know each other, … Find out how to read more online.
Lennon Sisters still offering an escape
Tue  Feb 2 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — When we were kids, my wife Sandy and I were held hostage by our parents. We grew up in different communities, and our parents didn’t know each other, … Find out how to read more online.
Warmer weather expected, but also maybe some rain
Mon  Feb 1 2016 08:30AM
Over the weekend, the weather may have gotten a bit chilly for Southwest Floridians, but they can now look forward to more moderate temperatures this week. The average high for … Find out how to read more online.
‘Invitation’ to inspiration
Mon  Feb 1 2016 08:30AM
More than 60 artists displayed their homemade artwork at the 30th Annual Englewood Bank & Trust Invitational Art Festival Saturday and Sunday. The show is organized by local artist Carroll … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County Fair is reborn
Sun  Jan 31 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte County Fair was about to be born again at about 5 Friday evening. Out in the ticket line, Amber and Robert Kaleda and their daughter, … Find out how to read more online.