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Friends mourn teen
Sat  Nov 18 2017 01:00AM
About 100 people came to light Chinese lanterns on Dorchester Street Thursday night, where 13-year-old Dylan Rose was struck by a car while riding his bike the night before. After … Find out how to read more online.
Public comment invited for CCSO accreditation assessment
Sat  Nov 18 2017 01:00AM
As part of a three-year accreditation process, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is inviting the public to comment on its services and operations. CCSO is renewing its accreditation through the … Find out how to read more online.
Consultant scraps Manasota sand plan
Fri  Nov 17 2017 02:53PM
ENGLEWOOD — Peter Ravella was ready to present Charlotte County commissioners with his funding strategy for Manasota Key beach renourishment. That’s not going to happen. “We are not going back … Find out how to read more online.
FHP: 13-year-old bicyclist struck by motorist
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
A 13-year-old bicyclist is in critical condition after a Charlotte County crash, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. Around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, Dylan Rose, 13, of Port Charlotte, was riding his … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County addresses chronic homelessness
Fri  Nov 17 2017 02:57PM
SARASOTA — Four years after they began discussing the problem of chronic homelessness, particularly in county parks, Sarasota County commissioners now have a plan in place. A new quality of … Find out how to read more online.
Jail deaths raise questions
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
Gregg Ireland’s death at the Charlotte County Jail isn’t the only one that has raised questions over the years. In 2013, Thomas Andreasen, a 48-year-old homeless man, also died while … Find out how to read more online.
Keesling remains as Punta Gorda mayor
Thu  Nov 16 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Punta Gorda City Council opted to maintain the status quo Wednesday, keeping Rachel Keesling as mayor during a reorganizational meeting. Keesling was the unanimous choice to serve … Find out how to read more online.
No deal: Punta Gorda takes no action on land dispute claim
Thu  Nov 16 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Fueling his argument, Punta Gorda’s city attorney cited a recent Florida Supreme Court opinion in recommending Wednesday the City Council take no action in a land dispute … Find out how to read more online.
YMCA pool closed again
Thu  Nov 16 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — After almost a year of being open despite the odds, the North Port YMCA pool has shut down once again. On Monday, officials announced the pool’s water … Find out how to read more online.
Grant’s bill looks to boost patient information
Thu  Nov 16 2017 08:30AM
TALLAHASSEE — Would-be patients would have the benefit of knowing whether health care providers working at hospitals and outpatient surgery centers go to their own facilities to seek treatment, under … Find out how to read more online.
FHP: 19-year-old dies in motorcycle crash
Thu  Nov 16 2017 08:30AM
A 19-year-old motorcyclist died in a fatal crash on El Jobean Road Tuesday evening, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. Nicholas Novak, of Port Charlotte, was traveling west on El Jobean … Find out how to read more online.
Pickleball’s serve is good
Wed  Nov 15 2017 08:30AM
Pickleball is like Chinese food. Sink your teeth into it, and you’ll be hungry for more, two hours later. But it’s not a strangely named condiment. It’s a paddle game that … Find out how to read more online.
North Port City Commission flips mayor seat
Tue  Nov 14 2017 03:06PM
NORTH PORT — The city is getting a new mayor. Every year, the North Port City Commission votes for a new mayor and vice mayor. The mayor does not have … Find out how to read more online.
Long trips, short flights
Tue  Nov 14 2017 08:30AM
With a lot of fanfare, United Airlines just started offering the nation’s longest non-stop trip, from Los Angeles to Singapore. At the same time, Punta Gorda Airport quietly is setting … Find out how to read more online.

Mon  Nov 13 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Sifting through a stack of old documents detailing a blockbuster — yet clandestine — development deal between the United States and Soviet Union at the height of … Find out how to read more online.

Mon  Nov 13 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Sifting through a stack of old documents detailing a blockbuster — yet clandestine — development deal between the United States and Soviet Union at the height of … Find out how to read more online.
Veterans Day Ceremony at Laishley Park
Sun  Nov 12 2017 08:30AM
A Veterans Day Ceremony sponsored by the Military Heritage Museum and the Charlotte County Veterans Council was held on Saturday at the Gazebo at Laishley Park. … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Players hosts auditions for ‘Noises Off’
Sun  Nov 12 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte Players is hosting auditions for the play “Noises Off” at 7 p.m. today and Monday at 1182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte. Actors should prepare a short (one minute) … Find out how to read more online.
Veterans Day: A time to honor, reflect
Sun  Nov 12 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Carlotta Hays and her brother were just kids in 1964, when her sibling went off to fight in Vietnam. George Kinnett was not an aggressive type of … Find out how to read more online.
Mid-County Regional Library opens WGCU/PBS Reading Nook
Sun  Nov 12 2017 08:30AM
The Mid-County Regional Library at 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd., in Port Charlotte, is now home to a WGCU Public Media /PBS Reading Nook thanks to support from Arthrex. WGCU and … Find out how to read more online.
Failure to treat
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
Editor’s note — This story was reported after a joint investigation between the Sun Newspapers and WINK News. When Rob Tigro came into the medical wing of the jail on … Find out how to read more online.
Military museum fires executive director
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — During a closed-door board meeting Monday, the Military Heritage Museum terminated its executive director. After less than a year, Lori Howard was dismissed from her duties at … Find out how to read more online.
Bounty hunter holds burglary suspect at gunpoint — again
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
For the second time in four years, Dalton Cage Emory held a burglary suspect at gunpoint on Saturday. A professional bounty hunter, Emory is not one to let criminals get … Find out how to read more online.
School officials, cops talk teen pot use
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
While the nation focuses on the opioid crisis, Drug Free Punta Gorda held a panel this week to discuss teen marijuana abuse. For John Macy, the issue is personal. “I … Find out how to read more online.
Learning about paddle craft
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Area residents have a chance to learn about safety when it comes to paddle craft in a course in North Port. The monthly paddle craft class takes … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood ready for Waterfest
Thu  Nov 16 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A flotilla of powerboat racing teams are on course to Englewood. The nine-time world champion Miss Geico offshore racing team will be among the teams competing in the … Find out how to read more online.
Big Brothers Big Sisters saddened by the loss of Jim Laurent
Thu  Nov 16 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — His stories about spying on the Russians as a radio expert weren’t what Jim Laurent talked about while spending time with local teenagers as a Big Brother. The … Find out how to read more online.
Bus crash hospitalizes 5 students, 2 drivers
Thu  Nov 16 2017 11:35AM
NORTH PORT — Five North Port High School students and two vehicle drivers were transported to the hospital after a collision between a car and a school bus. Around 7 … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte considers Gulf beach future
Thu  Nov 16 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Hurricane Irma caused limited erosion on Manasota Key. What concerned Charlotte County commissioners more Tuesday is the future preservation of Manasota Key’s Gulf shoreline. Coastal Engineering Consultants has … Find out how to read more online.
Local schools help in Feed the Hungry program
Thu  Nov 16 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Kids across Sarasota County Schools are learning about giving back ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. One way is through the Mayors Feed the Hungry Program. Two local … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Nov 16 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Cody Drew Conlin, 23, 400 block of Briarwood Road, Venice. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: $2,500. • Vance Douglas Blinn, … Find out how to read more online.
Long trips, short flights
Tue  Nov 14 2017 08:30AM
With a lot of fanfare, United Airlines just started offering the nation’s longest non-stop trip, from Los Angeles to Singapore. At the same time, Punta Gorda Airport quietly is setting … Find out how to read more online.
Heron Creek Community Foundation gives back
Tue  Nov 14 2017 01:40PM
NORTH PORT — Members of the Heron Creek Community Foundation eagerly waited for the All Faiths Food Bank truck Monday morning. The group donated boxes and bags of food following … Find out how to read more online.
Long trips, short flights
Tue  Nov 14 2017 01:08PM
With a lot of fanfare, United Airlines just started offering the nation’s longest non-stop trip, from Los Angeles to Singapore. At the same time, Punta Gorda Airport quietly is setting … Find out how to read more online.

Mon  Nov 13 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Sifting through a stack of old documents detailing a blockbuster — yet clandestine — development deal between the United States and Soviet Union at the height of … Find out how to read more online.
Lessons from Loss
Sun  Nov 12 2017 08:30AM
Christine and Dennis Hunt were at their RV site in Charlotte County when they got a call last winter that changed their family forever. The youngest of their three adult … Find out how to read more online.
Keep Charlotte Beautiful cleans up waterways
Sun  Nov 12 2017 08:30AM
The International Coastal Cleanup happened this year despite Hurricane Irma’s best effort. Volunteers have been cleaning up litter and debris from Cedar Point out in Englewood to the canals in … Find out how to read more online.
Veterans honored with two special visits
Sun  Nov 12 2017 08:30AM
T he Douglas T. Jacobson State Veterans Home began Veteran s Day Celebrations on Thursday with two special visits: Women With A Mission and the Island Coast High School Army … Find out how to read more online.
Celebrating the season at The Academy
Sun  Nov 12 2017 08:30AM
Recently students at The Academy, an alternative high school housed beside the Charlotte Technical Center on Cochran Boulevard, celebrated their annual Spirit Week, culminating with a Friday afternoon Fall Festival. … Find out how to read more online.
Sun hosts Welcome Back Open House and Collector Car Show
Sun  Nov 12 2017 08:30AM
On Saturday, the Sun Newspaper s Welcome Back Open House and Collector Car Show, coordinated by the Veteran Motor Car Club of America, was held at the Charlotte Sun office … Find out how to read more online.


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