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Construction impacting drivers
Mon  May 2 2016 08:30AM
Denise Ellis of Port Charlotte Florist said the business — at 900 Tamiami Trail — has been “in the zone” of the U.S. 41 widening project for a while. “There were … Find out how to read more online.
Cooler weather should arrive with mid-week front
Mon  May 2 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians have coped with hot and sticky weather with little relief from spring showers, but a front coming in on Wednesday should bring some cooler and less humid weather … Find out how to read more online.
Sun wins Pulitzer Prize
Thu  Apr 28 2016 04:33PM
When Monday’s Pulitzer Prize winners were announced, the small market Sun newspapers emerged from the giants to capture a first place for Editorial Writing. The Sun newspapers, which covers Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Dunn-Rankin a true patriarch
Thu  Apr 28 2016 04:33PM
Maybe once every generation or so, a man and a place come together in perfect symmetry. He fits the place. The place fits him. So it was with Derek Dunn-Rankin … Find out how to read more online.
Dry weather expected until later in the week
Mon  Apr 11 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians can expect the pleasant weekend weather to continue at least through the early part of this week. “It looks like we’ll have a dry start to the week,” … Find out how to read more online.
Rockstars of Bluegrass
Sat  Apr 9 2016 08:50AM
They’re not exactly strictly bluegrass — they have a drummer and an electric bass player — but Dailey & Vincent will certainly “grass it up” at the Englewood Event Center … Find out how to read more online.
New group aims to Brush Up Englewood
Sat  Apr 9 2016 08:50AM
ENGLEWOOD — If you see a group of people sitting underneath benches on West Dearborn Street, don’t be alarmed — they’re only trying to tidy things up a bit! The … Find out how to read more online.
The JOY FM grants wishes for local family
Mon  Apr 11 2016 02:00PM
ENGLEWOOD — It had been six months since Jennifer Overfield had been able to get a day off work. However, work would have to wait after Overfield received a call … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte digs for ‘Beach Guy’ solution
Sat  Apr 9 2016 08:42AM
ENGLEWOOD — Charlotte County officials are trying to find ways to allow Mark Timchula — known as the “Beach Guy” — to use his all-terrain vehicle for his rental business … Find out how to read more online.
Buster Longino keeps ‘old Florida’ alive
Fri  Apr 15 2016 03:45PM
Clad in a cowboy hat, lived-in flannel shirt and dusty jeans, 90-year-old Berryman “Buster” Longino is the epitome of “old Florida” — history that is rapidly vanishing in these times … Find out how to read more online.
Mostly sunny and dry week with cool breeze expected
Mon  Apr 4 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians can look forward to a calm work week weather- wise with no severe weather projected. “It looks pretty nice,” said meteorologist Andrew McKaughan of the National Weather Service … Find out how to read more online.
Couple denies outdoor display has political theme
Fri  Apr 1 2016 09:44AM
ENGLEWOOD — Cars creep slowly as motorists do a double take at the fake head wedged in a guillotine at a Pine Street home. Some can’t figure out why a … Find out how to read more online.
Kiwanis KidFest features thrilling Duck Race
Sun  Apr 3 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — As hundreds of plastic ducks bobbed their way down the home stretch during the Duck Race at Saturday’s inaugural KidFest in Kiwanis Park, Sean Lorenz, 8, cheered … Find out how to read more online.
What would Jesus do?
Sun  Mar 27 2016 08:30AM
Healing the sick, feeding the hungry and clothing the needy are all what Jesus would do. These are also ideals local nonprofit agencies follow year-round to help some of the … Find out how to read more online.
Rainy week ahead for Charlotte County
Mon  Mar 28 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents should be prepared to pack their umbrellas this week, as much of it will be soggy across the county. According to Ryan LaMarre of the National Weather … Find out how to read more online.
‘Defenders’ bikers ride as one to assist Fallen Heroes
Sun  Mar 27 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — After Scott Black retired from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, he wanted to pursue his passion for motorcycles with a group of like-minded riders. But he wanted … Find out how to read more online.
Traffic enforcement locations set
Sun  Mar 27 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Beginning Monday, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office will increase traffic enforcement at the following locations: Speed enforcement: Entire length of Rampart Boulevard, Port Charlotte. Entire length of … Find out how to read more online.
AP Video
Alleged murder-suicide in Port Charlotte
Fri  Apr 29 2016 09:30PM
At 7:02 p.m., Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputies responded to multiple 911 calls reporting multiple shots fired in the vicinity of McDonald’s, 3232 Tamiami Trail, by the Promenades Mall in Port … Find out how to read more online.
Students walk in their parents’ shoes for a day
Fri  Apr 29 2016 08:30AM
At 14, Kayla Vaughan is a veteran worker at Bealls. Since she was 8, Vaughan has been going to the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day with her … Find out how to read more online.

Mon  Apr 25 2016 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Jerrud Lee Johnson, 40, 22300 block of Lehigh Ave., Port Charlotte. Charge: DUI, and three counts of off bond. Bond: … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte digs for ‘Beach Guy’ solution
Sat  Apr 9 2016 08:48AM
ENGLEWOOD — Charlotte County officials are trying to find ways to allow Mark Timchula — known as the “Beach Guy” — to use his all-terrain vehicle for his rental business … Find out how to read more online.
Shooting victim arrested
Sun  Apr 17 2016 08:30AM
Shooting victim Travis Wright recently underwent several surgeries to save his arm before he was arrested again. Authorities say, the 26-year-old North Port man shouldn’t have been at Blue Ridge … Find out how to read more online.
Marine battled Chinese troops, freezing conditions in Korea
Mon  Apr 11 2016 08:30AM
The Korean War began the week before James Hawn, now of Port Charlotte, graduated from Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., in June 1950. He became part of … Find out how to read more online.
‘The Voice’ contestant to perform at Ricaltini’s today
Sat  Apr 9 2016 08:50AM
ENGLEWOOD — A member of Team Blake from “The Voice” is coming to Englewood to perform tonight. Angie Keilhauer, a 24-year-old country singer from Georgia, is making her second appearance … Find out how to read more online.
Merchants don’t like code enforcement
Sat  Apr 9 2016 08:50AM
ENGLEWOOD — A sign at Babe’s Hardware store on North Indiana Avenue says it all: “Due to a Sarasota County law — we can no longer display outside. Beach chairs, … Find out how to read more online.
Family of shooting victim speaks out
Sat  Apr 9 2016 08:48AM
SARASOTA — Rita Roberts and her 17-year-old daughter Sylest Bell walked into the courtroom Friday wearing necklaces bearing the ashes of shooting victim Jalen Bell. The pair joined nearly a … Find out how to read more online.
North Port man killed in US 41 wreck
Mon  Apr 4 2016 08:30AM
MANATEE COUNTY — A 23-year-old North Port man died early Sunday morning when he reportedly lost control of his motorcycle and struck another vehicle. The wreck happened shortly after 2 … Find out how to read more online.
Fundraiser crosses $1 million mark for Semper Fi Fund
Sun  Apr 3 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — After seven years of events, the Boca Royale Golf and Country Club Semper Fi fundraiser has topped $1 million for the Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit that helps … Find out how to read more online.
WWII vet named ‘Knight of Legion of Honor’ by France
Mon  Apr 4 2016 02:36PM
ENGLEWOOD — Art Nicholas of Englewood received France’s highest military decoration, the “Knight of the Legion of Honor,” at a ceremony held Saturday at Boca Royale Golf & Country Club … Find out how to read more online.
Motorcycle accident seriously injures two
Sun  Apr 3 2016 08:30AM
COLLIER COUNTY — Two teenagers were seriously injured in a motorcycle crash late Friday night. At about 12:20 a.m., driver Alezandre Almarel, 19, of Arcadia, was traveling southbound on County … Find out how to read more online.
Could you run an extra mile and still win the race?
Sun  Apr 3 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — After a 1 hour and 16 minute finish time, Shelly Hawk-McKay realized she ran a mile extra and still won the 8K race Saturday morning. The 41-year-old mom … Find out how to read more online.
Army sergeant maintained secret electronics in WWII
Mon  Mar 28 2016 08:30AM
John Adams had a top secret security clearance in the Army Air Corps because he worked for the Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner to the Central Intelligence Agency. He … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Chorale benefits from Papa G’s luncheon
Sun  Mar 27 2016 08:30AM
The Charlotte Chorale recently hosted a benefit luncheon at Papa G’s restaurant, which is a part of Charlotte Technical Center’s culinary arts program. Chef Jason Osborne and his assistants and … Find out how to read more online.
South County Library options unveiled
Sun  Mar 27 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — At the initial public workshop in January to plan the South County Library, architects listened as people voiced their ideas on what the new community resource should … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Mar 27 2016 08:30AM

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Each week in Sunday’s Sun, we run free birthday announcements, along with a photo. Email your .jpg photo of the birthday boy or girl of any age, …

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