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LBHS seniors celebrate baccalaureate
Fri  May 29 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — In seventh grade, a silly dare created a lasting friendship between who are now Lemon Bay High School seniors Matthew Cartland and Stephen Swierkosz. Stephen recalled how Matthew … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte casts critical eye at mishmash of U.S. 41 signs
Fri  May 29 2015 12:07PM
MURDOCK — At a recent Charlotte County Commission workshop, a wide-ranging discussion of signs covered current standards, as well as possible changes, for advertising displays that some see as distracting … Find out how to read more online.
Southwest Florida pays tribute
Tue  May 26 2015 08:30AM
Thousands of people across Southwest Florida turned out Monday to honor America’s fallen soldiers at Memorial Day ceremonies throughout the region. In Punta Gorda, more than 100 people paid their … Find out how to read more online.
Island grieves over fire victims
Tue  May 26 2015 08:30AM
KNIGHT ISLAND — Tyler and Peggy Erickson brought flowers Monday to pay their respects for the two Knight Island residents who lost their lives in a fire Sunday. A dozen … Find out how to read more online.
‘This situation cannot be ignored’
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
An expert hired to study Sarasota County’s homeless issues said the recent slaying of a 43-year-old allegedly by a homeless man was “predictable.” Texas-based Dr. Robert Marbut, founder of Marbut … Find out how to read more online.
Homeless man charged with murder
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Police Department is investigating a homicide near the Warm Mineral Springs community after first locating a suspect covered in blood, then finding the victim’s … Find out how to read more online.
Marbut to garner public input on homeless
Thu  May 28 2015 04:48PM
SARASOTA COUNTY —The community will have two opportunities this week to join in on the conversation about homelessness in Sarasota County. Last year, Texas-based consultant Dr. Robert Marbut recommended a … Find out how to read more online.
Study: Future looks bright for Blue Economy
Thu  May 21 2015 10:34AM
For generations, our local economy relied on the bounty of the Gulf of Mexico. “At the turn of the last century, commercial fishing was ‘king,’ the leading industry in Southwest … Find out how to read more online.
Youth, adult sailing camps offered
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — For youths age 10-17 interested in boat rigging and handling, and the fundamentals of sailing, there’s a summer camp program available. During camp, students track tides and forecasts, … Find out how to read more online.
Summerlike weather continues
Mon  May 18 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents can expect some temperatures in the 90s and rainy afternoons this week, making it feel like summertime. Temperatures are “a little bit above normal” Monday through Friday … Find out how to read more online.
Sailor dodged kamikazes while on destroyer duty in WWII
Mon  May 18 2015 08:30AM
Glen Johnson spent two years as the throttleman in the forward engine room of the USS John Rodgers (DD-574), a Fletcher-Class destroyer, that took part in many of the major … Find out how to read more online.
Two boaters found dead in Charlotte Harbor
Sun  May 17 2015 09:56PM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — The bodies of a man and his nephew were recovered late Friday night in Charlotte Harbor, near the mouth of the Myakka River, both Charlotte County Fire/EMS … Find out how to read more online.
SCSO: Sibling shoots baby at day care
Sat  May 16 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH VENICE — A 1-year-old girl was accidentally shot Friday by an older sibling outside the Sonshine Learning Center, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. SCSO Lt. Vince Mayer … Find out how to read more online.
Accommodations already filling up for 2015-16
Sun  May 17 2015 08:30AM
Tourism in Southwest Florida is hot. And hotel and condo owners are noticing. This past season, a hotel room in Sarasota County averaged $260 a night, according to Visit Sarasota … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood mooring raises concerns
Fri  May 15 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Charlotte County has been dealing for a while with those anchoring or living aboard boats in Chadwick Cove on Lemon Bay. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office’s marine unit … Find out how to read more online.
Six months in Vietnam, seven Purple Hearts
Mon  May 11 2015 08:30AM
In 1968, during the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, Randy McConnell of Nokomis received seven Purple Hearts in six months of intensive fighting with the 101st Airborne Division. He was also … Find out how to read more online.
Pride Fest weds spirit of celebration, accomplishment
Sun  May 10 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Cindy Barnes showed up early Saturday for the start of Charlotte County Pride Fest Weekend, ready to celebrate the life-changing progress achieved by the gay liberation movement … Find out how to read more online.
$26M Midway road project set to begin
Fri  May 8 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — With the microtunnel dig under U.S. 41 nearly complete and the expansion of Edgewater Drive well underway, Charlotte County is looking ahead to its next multiyear construction project. … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood sewers get green light
Fri  May 8 2015 10:57AM
ENGLEWOOD — Englewood Water District voted Thursday to move forward with its V-9C sewer expansion — much to the dismay of at least 60 residents attending the board meeting. After … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County backs I-75 visitor center
Mon  May 4 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Sarasota County commissioners have responded with a high level of excitement and expectation after hearing the latest proposal for a Southwest Florida Visitor Center. The regional visitor center … Find out how to read more online.
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Sheriff sues boat-race organizer
Fri  May 29 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office still has not been paid for three days of traffic control and security it provided for the Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand … Find out how to read more online.
Wrongful death suit filed over inmate’s suicide
Thu  May 28 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The family of a mentally ill man who killed himself while incarcerated in the local jail has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Charlotte County Sheriff’s … Find out how to read more online.
Program teaches teens to sail
Thu  May 28 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Demetrius Brown, 15, slides into a blue life jacket and snaps shut the black buckles along the front, just before gliding his small sailboat into the tranquil … Find out how to read more online.
Two dead in house fire
Mon  May 25 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Two bodies were found in a home destroyed by fire early Sunday morning, according to Charlotte County Fire/EMS. The home was located in a remote area of Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Emancipation Day frees the spirit
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — At the Blanchard House Museum’s annual Emancipation Day celebration Saturday, folks donned Civil War-era garb and real-life roles to tell the human story behind the abolishment of … Find out how to read more online.
1 dead, 1 injured in ‘Yacht Club’ ATV crash
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — One young man is dead, and his young female companion seriously injured, after an ATV crash midday Saturday on Redneck Yacht Club property. The approximately … Find out how to read more online.
Home sales, prices maintain strong showing
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
The Southwest Florida real estate market had another stellar month in April, making it the second highest month for sales in the last 12. According to the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North … Find out how to read more online.
Motorists must be vigilant on air bag recall
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
Limited updates are prompting panicked calls to local car dealerships from motorists seeking information about the massive air bag recall impacting perhaps 34 million drivers. The recall has Bill Nelson, Florida’s … Find out how to read more online.
Rising fast in a fast-rising sport
Mon  May 18 2015 08:30AM
Scott Tingley had just finished giving a free pickleball clinic to members of the YMCA in Punta Gorda on a recent Tuesday and was headed down to Gilchrist Park. Workers … Find out how to read more online.
Local economies benefit from oil spill settlement
Mon  May 18 2015 08:30AM
Sarasota and Charlotte counties may not have taken a direct hit from the 2010 oil spill that polluted much of the Gulf Coast, but the impact was still felt. The … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane Expo blows through town
Sun  May 17 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Unlike many in the area, Pam Socha’s story about Hurricane Charley has a happy ending. She was down here with her husband in 2004, looking to buy … Find out how to read more online.
3-D camp offered to students
Sun  May 17 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Up to 18 students have the opportunity to learn to make products with 3-D printers this summer. Don Musilli, president of the Englewood Incubation Center, says only four … Find out how to read more online.
Jails target taboo subject
Mon  May 11 2015 08:30AM
“Being sexually abused or molested or raped in prison or jail is not a punishment doled out by the court of law.” — Maj. Earl Goodwyne, Charlotte County Jail Commander … Find out how to read more online.
Spring-like temperatures, but summertime rain expected
Mon  May 11 2015 08:30AM
It may not feel as warm yet, but Southwest Florida residents are likely to see the afternoon rain showers typical of summertime this week. National Weather Service meteorologist Rodney Wynn … Find out how to read more online.
Mom to another generation
Sun  May 10 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Although she’s not really a fan of the game, Mary Jane Hayes jokes that she thought she’d be playing bingo by now. Instead, the longtime North Port … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte advisory board tabs RESTORE projects
Sun  May 10 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Four local projects are tentatively recommended for funding from Charlotte County’s share of the initial payout stemming from the Gulf oil spill in 2010. After learning that the … Find out how to read more online.
Locals making more money
Sun  May 10 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s Note: This story is being published as a retraction to a May 3 article that contained errors. People in Sarasota and Charlotte counties made more money in 2013 than in … Find out how to read more online.
Arrest made in Parkside shooting
Thu  May 7 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Authorities have charged a man in connection with a shooting Tuesday in the Parkside area of town. Khalil Bynum, 19, said he was riding his bicycle down … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood firefighters to salute Breton
Thu  May 7 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Paul Breton first served with Englewood’s volunteer fire department before becoming a full-time professional firefighter with the Englewood Area Fire Control District, retiring as a deputy chief in … Find out how to read more online.