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Ziegler battles union over emails
Sat  Oct 25 2014 01:00AM
Sarasota County School Board member and candidate Bridget Ziegler insists she did nothing wrong by sending emails to school principals and teachers regarding her campaign. On Thursday, the Sarasota Classified/Teachers … Find out how to read more online.
Man who lost twins works to save lives
Sat  Oct 25 2014 01:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Watching children grow up can bring tremendous joy to parents. Taking their first step, opening birthday and Christmas gifts, first day of kindergarten and driving home the … Find out how to read more online.
Police catch alleged sandwich thief
Sat  Oct 25 2014 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — The local man accused of shoplifting a sandwich from a grocery store Wednesday was back for more the following day. And he wasn’t going to be caught … Find out how to read more online.
School district email system back up
Sat  Oct 25 2014 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — According to Sarasota County Schools staff, computer problems that plagued the district this week have been resolved. Early Friday afternoon, district spokesman Scott Ferguson said teaching applications … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte’s comp plan changes challenged
Sat  Oct 25 2014 01:00AM
MURDOCK — Local environmental groups are taking legal action to block proposed changes to Charlotte County’s 2050 comprehensive plan. Charlotte County commissioners voted unanimously last month to follow county staff … Find out how to read more online.
Detective buys sneakers for boy in need
Sat  Oct 25 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — A father has expressed gratitude to the North Port Police Department after being notified that a detective bought his son a new pair of sneakers. NPPD Detective … Find out how to read more online.
Volunteers, donations sought for community Thanksgiving meal
Sat  Oct 25 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — New Hope Community Church already is planning for its annual Thanksgiving Day meal and festival. This will be the eighth year New Hope has offered the free … Find out how to read more online.
Youth football funds sacked
Fri  Oct 24 2014 05:35PM
ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Cats football season may have wrapped up last weekend, but officials are still trying to tackle an expensive off-field issue. The Englewood Area Athletic Association is … Find out how to read more online.
County pledges more funds to homeless family haven
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — County commissioners pledged $4.8 million worth of funding to a host of area nonprofit agencies on Tuesday, based on recommendations made by the county’s Human Services Advisory … Find out how to read more online.
RV park shooting victim remains hospitalized
Fri  Oct 24 2014 01:00AM
The woman who was shot this week inside a trailer at Charlotte Harbor RV Park remained in the intensive care unit at Lee Memorial Hospital late Thursday, according to a … Find out how to read more online.
Halloween display ‘all in good fun’
Thu  Oct 23 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — One Halloween house in North Port has attracted both complaints from neighbors and support from other residents for the home’s front-yard display of horrors. The home, at … Find out how to read more online.
2 die in trailer park shooting
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Authorities have been dispatched to a small trailer park off Tamiami Trail more than two dozen times since the beginning of the year. But none of the … Find out how to read more online.
NPPD receives mostly high praise in report
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — An 80-page report released Monday by the North Port Police Department details that the agency is mostly succeeding in its law enforcement efforts, but does offer recommendations … Find out how to read more online.
City truck search complaint deemed inconclusive
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A city employee’s August complaint that two of his department supervisors rummaged through his personal vehicle during the workday was deemed inconclusive, according to an investigation report … Find out how to read more online.
Murder charge reduced
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
Prosecutors have reduced the murder charge against one of the men arrested last month in relation to the shooting death of a 40-year-old Port Charlotte man. Freddie Campbell, 27, of … Find out how to read more online.
Waiting for Charlotte’s Web
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
Editor’s note: The Sun periodically will be writing about the Wager family as they try new treatments — possibly medical marijuana — for their son Dylan, who suffers from cerebral … Find out how to read more online.
Man served aboard Bennington during WWII
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
Gene Roaf of Punta Gorda Isles was a plane captain who maintained a single Corsair fighter aboard the carrier USS Bennington during the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa in … Find out how to read more online.
Czech-Slovak Club begins new season
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The American Czech and Slovak Club of Southwest Florida will hold its first meeting of the 2014-2015 season at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Family Table Restaurant, … Find out how to read more online.
County dropped from Springs suit
Mon  Oct 20 2014 11:34AM
NORTH PORT — The Friends of Warm Mineral Springs voluntarily dismissed their lawsuit against Sarasota County this week that alleges pollutants have been placed in the Springs that should be … Find out how to read more online.
Architectural firm sought for SCTI North Port
Sat  Oct 25 2014 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County School District has begun advertising for architectural firms to provide design and construction services for the Sarasota County Technical Institute North Port campus. According … Find out how to read more online.
Challenges to the Charlotte’s comp plan
Sat  Oct 25 2014 01:00AM
MURDOCK — Local environmental groups are taking legal action to block proposed changes to Charlotte County’s 2050 comprehensive plan. Charlotte County commissioners voted unanimously last month to follow county staff … Find out how to read more online.
Winning the F18 Americas
Sat  Oct 25 2014 01:00AM
For Charlotte Harbor Regatta, the journey to winning the 2015 F18 Americas Championship began with losing out on a less prestigious regional regatta in a different class. The loss reinforced … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota school district struggles with computer issues
Fri  Oct 24 2014 05:35PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — On Wednesday night, one Woodland Middle School teacher posted on his personal Facebook page that he hadn’t been able to access his district email account for two … Find out how to read more online.
Carlos & Jimmy’s Tacos now open
Sat  Oct 25 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Carlos and Jimmy Fillis are hoping the third time will be the charm. After popular Jimmy’s Tacos locations in both Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte — where … Find out how to read more online.
Code Enforcement moves toward proactivity
Sat  Oct 25 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Vice Mayor Rhonda DiFranco has taken many rides through the streets of North Port, keeping an eye on properties and growing code violations as the city transitions … Find out how to read more online.
Prosecutors charge second murder suspect
Fri  Oct 24 2014 01:00AM
The State Attorney’s Office on Thursday charged Dwayne Johnson, 32, of Port Charlotte, with one count of second-degree murder with a firearm, a life felony, for allegedly killing Kello Bonhomme, … Find out how to read more online.
Beat it, clouds, the sun is back
Fri  Oct 24 2014 01:00AM
OK. Sing along. Sunny days are here again. After a few cloudy days, the sun is expected to be back in full force. And yes, thank you, dryness, too. Jennifer … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota School Board votes to maintain impact fee moratorium
Fri  Oct 24 2014 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County School Board members hope their support will encourage the Sarasota County Commission to extend a moratorium on education system impact fees. During their regular meeting … Find out how to read more online.
City: Pot dispensary a go; growing a no
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — If Amendment 2 passes in November, medical marijuana will be regulated thoroughly in North Port, and commissioners are looking for ways to keep the drug restricted to … Find out how to read more online.
Area home sales remain solid
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
Southwest Florida’s housing market closed September strong with year-over-year gains in virtually every category, the latest housing reports showed. In Charlotte County, there were 374 single- family home sales last … Find out how to read more online.
Tour de North Port is Sunday
Fri  Oct 24 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — People for Trees Inc., a nonprofit native tree advocacy group, will hold its annual Tour de North Port this Sunday. This year’s event is themed “It’s the … Find out how to read more online.
North Port commissioners to talk pot
Mon  Oct 20 2014 06:26PM
NORTH PORT — City commissioners want to be on the proactive side of Florida’s marijuana issue as election day approaches. On Tuesday, a special meeting will tackle the uncertainties that … Find out how to read more online.
District spokesman gets warning for political emails
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Gary Leatherman, chief spokesman for the Sarasota County School District, is facing no disciplinary action after using the district’s email system for political purposes earlier this month. … Find out how to read more online.
Vintage Finder’s Warehouse has ‘things worth repeating’
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Kitchenware from the 1970s, a riding lawn mower from the ’50s and typewriters from the ’30s are just a few of the treasures stowed away in Vintage … Find out how to read more online.
Expect seasonal weather, afternoon showers
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — After a dry weekend, residents can expect mostly sunny skies again on Monday, but partly cloudy skies with a chance of showers and thunderstorms are expected after … Find out how to read more online.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s begins with first step
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Melissa Vanderbilt-Bestor remembers her grandmother as an outgoing and nurturing woman. Pearl Peeler, now 95, used to invite patients from the mental hospital, where she worked, to … Find out how to read more online.
New data security for Beef’s post-breach
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The owner of the local Beef ‘O’ Brady’s on Sumter Boulevard has made significant strides toward protecting his restaurant and his customers, following a data breach in … Find out how to read more online.
SCAT drivers retested after cheating allegations
Mon  Oct 20 2014 11:37AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A third-party tester of Sarasota County Area Transit bus drivers was suspended earlier this year after a state inspector found he was allowing drivers to cheat on … Find out how to read more online.