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His final words
Fri  Apr 18 2014 04:51PM
Bethel A.M.E. Church in Punta Gorda held a Good Friday service that focused on the “Seven Last Words” of Jesus, on the way to, and on, the cross. The featured … Find out how to read more online.
Nixle free alert system to start in two weeks
Fri  Apr 18 2014 03:20PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Want to get a personal alert when there is a major road closure in Charlotte County? Or how about learning when someone has been reported as a … Find out how to read more online.
Search warrant results in narcotics, firearms charges
Fri  Apr 18 2014 09:40AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Members of the Narcotics Unit arrested two people Thursday on narcotics and firearms charges as the result of a search warrant served at their address. Members of … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Caregiver steals piles of painkillers
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A local woman is accused of stealing hydrocodone pills nearly seven dozen times since mid-January from patients at a local assisted-living facility where she worked. The 37-year-old … Find out how to read more online.
Tea Party stalwart makes commission run
Thu  Apr 17 2014 04:14PM
Embarking on her very first campaign for elective office at age 68, it would be easy to dismiss the grandmother of five as a serious candidate for Charlotte County District … Find out how to read more online.
Ogden’s Office Bar & Lounge to host kickback night for Leadership Charlotte
Thu  Apr 17 2014 12:00PM
As an early salute to Cinco de Mayo, Ogden’s Office Bar & Lounge in downtown Punta Gorda will be hosting a fundraiser for the Leadership Charlotte Class of 2014 on … Find out how to read more online.
Open mic marks poetry month
Fri  Apr 18 2014 03:52PM
The Peace River Center for Writers hosted its monthly Open Mic Night at Fishermen’s Village on Monday evening. Avid writers, members of PRWC, and students at Edison State College gather … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County teacher placed on leave
Thu  Apr 17 2014 08:00AM
A second-grade teacher at Deep Creek Elementary School has been placed on administrative leave with pay while Charlotte County school district officials investigate an allegation that she grabbed a child … Find out how to read more online.
Rice guilty of murder, gets life
Wed  Apr 16 2014 01:01PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — It took a 12-member jury more than six hours of deliberations to find Michael W. Rice guilty of the first-degree murder of Philippe Nahon, 48, a decision … Find out how to read more online.
Detectives seek ID in gaming equipment thefts
Tue  Apr 15 2014 03:52PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Detectives are asking for assistance in identifying two men who are suspects in the theft of more than $4,000 worth of gaming merchandise from a local Walmart. … Find out how to read more online.
‘Friday’s Tears’ a moving presentation of the Passion
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
Jesus had to work late and couldn’t be there on time. Soldiers weren’t on the right path and the lepers were chased away too early. “It’s pure chaos,” said Jean … Find out how to read more online.
School official: Tech college bill has pros, cons
Thu  Apr 17 2014 03:47PM
Chastity Greek obtained her education in the culinary arts at Charlotte Technical Center, and she believes the center can provide a viable career path for many students. Greek, 38, of … Find out how to read more online.
Fans flock to Englewood for fun, sun and high-speed boats
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dave Sharpnack would likely never have made it to the white sand beach on Manasota Key if it hadn’t been for the powerboat races held in Englewood Sunday. … Find out how to read more online.
50th egg hunt rolls out Saturday
Tue  Apr 15 2014 08:00AM
Ready, set, go! Toddlers chasing brightly colored eggs, egged on by their parents who are almost more excited. Five-year-olds who, after several years, know what’s up and eagerly sprint off … Find out how to read more online.
Parkside Community Garden grows and grows
Mon  Apr 14 2014 01:34PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — For years and years each summer, Claudia Richardson grew bushels of vegetables up North, canning them for the long winter ahead. The secret to her success was … Find out how to read more online.
Soggy week on tap
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
A front moving through Southwest Florida will bring with it rain for the majority of the week. The front will begin moving into the area Tuesday afternoon, bringing with it … Find out how to read more online.
Freeman remembers Tet Offensive in 1969
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
Tet was the big battle former Air Force Sgt. Jack Freeman of Port Charlotte recalls most vividly from his year-long deployment to Vietnam. Some 80,000 North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and … Find out how to read more online.
Farewell to a brother
Sat  Apr 12 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Ahead of Friday’s funeral for his co-worker and friend, Sgt. Karl Steele of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office described Brad Murray as a “hell of a man.” … Find out how to read more online.
Insanity defense trial expected to wrap Monday
Sat  Apr 12 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The first-degree murder trial of Michael W. Rice, the South Carolina man charged with the first-degree murder of Philippe Nahon in 2012, should be winding down next … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless numbers hold steady
Fri  Apr 18 2014 04:10PM
The region’s unemployment rate in March showed little change from the previous month but continued its steady decline from a year ago. The state Department of Economic Opportunity reported that … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless numbers hold steady
Fri  Apr 18 2014 04:06PM
The region’s unemployment rate in March showed little change from the previous month but continued its steady decline from a year ago. The state Department of Economic Opportunity reported that … Find out how to read more online.
Water district nixes city request
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA — Southwest Florida Water Management District officials listened to nearly an hour of pleas from city leaders before rejecting their request to prioritize Punta Gorda’s grant application for a … Find out how to read more online.
The construction of Women Build
Fri  Apr 18 2014 03:17PM
Last fall, Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity was toying with the idea of participating in Women Build, a program put forth by Habitat for Humanity International. It requires local women … Find out how to read more online.
A little more legroom
Fri  Apr 18 2014 03:16PM
PUNTA GORDA — The Punta Gorda Airport is getting a new terminal. By a 5-0 vote, the Charlotte County Airport Authority on Thursday gave the takeoff signal for a 60,000-square-foot … Find out how to read more online.
Weekend may start off wet
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:00AM
Southwest Florida residents are looking at a wet weekend with a possibility of thunderstorms and even some high wind and hail. A low-pressure system was expected to move into Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Identification needed in credit card case
Thu  Apr 17 2014 10:52AM
ENGLEWOOD — Economic Crimes detectives need assistance in identifying a man who fraudulently used a credit card at several locations in Charlotte County earlier this month. A Lee County man … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda to lobby for funding from Swiftmund
Thu  Apr 17 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — City leaders will travel to Sarasota County today to lobby the Southwest Florida Water Management District for grant dollars to fund a proposed $28 million reverse-osmosis water-treatment … Find out how to read more online.
‘A nice first impression’
Mon  Apr 14 2014 04:46PM
ENGLEWOOD — At Englewood Beach Monday, Bruce Tobiassen prepared the Miss Geico power boat for its trip back to Rivera Beach. Miss Geico blew a drive shaft, sustained other damage, … Find out how to read more online.
School officials concerned about bills
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — The legislative lobbyist for the Charlotte County School Board informed members Tuesday that a state bill that would allow specified individuals to carry a concealed weapon into schools … Find out how to read more online.
Two charged during alcohol compliance check
Tue  Apr 15 2014 02:28PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Clerks at two local businesses were issued citations last week for selling alcoholic beverages to underage patrons during an alcohol and tobacco compliance check. On April 9, … Find out how to read more online.
Double trouble
Wed  Apr 16 2014 01:01PM
Between customers with tax returns and Easter eggs, it was double trouble early this week for local postal workers. But they were ready for it. “It’s kind of like a … Find out how to read more online.
Authorities: Few incidents at boat races
Mon  Apr 14 2014 06:10PM
Crowds in the Englewood Beach area for the inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix were mostly relaxed, despite a handful of weekend arrests and a half-dozen medical 911 calls … Find out how to read more online.
Compromise reached on bill
Tue  Apr 15 2014 08:00AM
Ashley Lotempio’s son was just 18 months old when he first began showing signs of a mental illness. At first, the Texas native was told her son was simply being … Find out how to read more online.
Block Party offers good time, worthy purpose
Sun  Apr 13 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — On Saturday morning in downtown Punta Gorda, before the day’s events were certain to draw a huge crowd, Matthew Knighting and his two girls, Zsazsa, age 10, … Find out how to read more online.
Big beer vs. small craft brewers
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Bill Frazer has been working for months to transform a Charlotte Street warehouse space into Fat Point Brewing Company, marking the first microbrewery in Charlotte County. The … Find out how to read more online.
Grand Prix makes splash
Sun  Apr 13 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Keyleigh Lambert spent her 25th birthday on Englewood beach in a bikini, a sash and tiara cheering along with thousands of others watching powerboats race along the shoreline. … Find out how to read more online.
Port Charlotte Relay for Life steps out
Sun  Apr 13 2014 08:00AM
With 63 teams, the most ever, the Port Charlotte Relay for Life officially started their all-night event with the Survivor Lap after opening ceremonies on Saturday, walking along the track … Find out how to read more online.
A Grand Prix weekend arrives
Sat  Apr 12 2014 05:34PM
ENGLEWOOD — With good weather in the forecast, boat racers are anticipating a big weekend of racing and fun at Englewood Beach. “Excitement for the sport is building,” said Chuck … Find out how to read more online.