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Fire veteran retires after 30 years
Sat  Aug 2 2014 01:00AM
In 1963, the year before Gregg Bala was born, his father and grandfather helped to start a volunteer fire department in Punta Gorda, at the site that is now Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Sales-tax holiday is time to shop
Sat  Aug 2 2014 01:00AM
The sales-tax holiday is in full swing through midnight Sunday, and shoppers across the state are celebrating the savings. Florida families will get a break on sales taxes this weekend … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Port Charlotte man caught with child porn
Sat  Aug 2 2014 01:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A 36-year-old local man has been arrested for allegedly possessing child pornography. Again. Daniel Edward Palmer — a sex offender, having been convicted of 12 counts of possessing … Find out how to read more online.
Aeromed to the rescue
Fri  Aug 1 2014 08:00AM
Laurie Duppenthaler said she will never forget helping a little boy in Charlotte County who was involved in a lawn mower accident last year. “The lawn mower ran over his … Find out how to read more online.
Roadside worker killed
Fri  Aug 1 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — A Port Charlotte man has been charged with DUI manslaughter after striking and killing a roadside worker Wednesday night on northbound U.S. 41, just north of the … Find out how to read more online.
Jail gripes gobble staff time
Thu  Jul 31 2014 08:00AM
Inmates at the Charlotte County Jail file thousands of grievances each year. But while the facility’s population has risen to record numbers this month, the amount of complaints and lawsuits … Find out how to read more online.
Man killed in plane crash was on anniversary trip
Mon  Jul 28 2014 06:48PM
VENICE — On the same day he died, Ommy Irizarry wrote this Facebook love note to his wife. “Today, 9 years ago, I tied my life to my beautiful wife, … Find out how to read more online.
Community ties apparent in School Board race
Tue  Jul 29 2014 08:00AM
Though Lee Swift has held his position on the Charlotte County School Board since 1994 without much opposition, he doesn’t take campaign season lightly. “If you want to do something, … Find out how to read more online.
Hospital sparks protest
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — “Jennifer is not alone” read one of the brightly colored signs held by protesters at Bayfront Health Port Charlotte Sunday morning. Mothers, friends and supporters — nearly … Find out how to read more online.
Keith Jones fought in ‘Battle of the Bulge’
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM
Keith Jones was too skinny to get in the Navy in 1942, but the Army took him anyway despite his lack of weight. He became a member of the 87th … Find out how to read more online.
Pirate Flotilla Invasion exchanges fire, fun
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — As the Pirate Flotilla Invasion pulled up along the west dock of Fishermen’s Village, they let loose with a barrage of water guns and good-natured taunts, with … Find out how to read more online.
A winning moment
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — A young man, smaller than all his peers but proudly sporting the light blue team jersey, dribbles the ball down the court. He steps up to the … Find out how to read more online.
Same name, different game
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
David Price has never played baseball, but he did coach a youth team in Minneapolis, Minn., for a decade. So the current Charlotte Harbor resident became a fan of the … Find out how to read more online.
Hot, hot, hot
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
The recovery of the area’s real estate market is best illustrated by the shortages it’s created. “We’re having trouble getting listings, because everybody knows (values are rising). Some of the … Find out how to read more online.
PGPD: Armed robber strikes area bank
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Authorities were investigating a suspected armed robbery at a local bank late Friday afternoon. Around 4:30 p.m., a white man wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses walked into … Find out how to read more online.
Tax holiday eases back-to-school fiscal pinch
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
From Friday through Aug. 3, merchants won’t collect sales tax on any article of clothing, wallet, handbag, backpack and diaper bag costing $100 or less per item. During the three-day … Find out how to read more online.
Facebook pic leads to cat flap
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Less than 24 hours after posting a Facebook photo of himself holding a gun up to a cat on Thursday, Thomas McGuinness made national headlines and received … Find out how to read more online.
In terrupted
Fri  Jul 25 2014 10:43PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — About 20,000 residents and businesses lost power Thursday afternoon when a crane toppled over onto some power lines. The incident happened in a construction zone for a … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda continues bicycle-friendly initiative
Fri  Jul 25 2014 08:00AM
In its ongoing efforts to make the city an attractive place for cyclists, Punta Gorda is pushing for cleaner, safer bike paths along the U.S. 41 bridges. This week, the … Find out how to read more online.
City continues bicycle-friendly initiatives
Fri  Jul 25 2014 10:43PM
PUNTA GORDA — In its ongoing efforts to make the city an attractive place for cyclists, Punta Gorda is pushing for cleaner, safer bike paths along the U.S. 41 bridges. … Find out how to read more online.
Sales-tax holiday is time to shop
Sat  Aug 2 2014 01:00AM
The sales-tax holiday is in full swing through midnight Sunday, and shoppers across the state are celebrating the savings. Florida families will get a break on sales taxes this weekend … Find out how to read more online.
Crash claims roadside worker
Fri  Aug 1 2014 08:00AM
A Port Charlotte man has been charged with DUI manslaughter after striking and killing a roadside worker Wednesday night on northbound U.S. 41, just north of the Barron Collier Bridge, … Find out how to read more online.
Winners ‘Show Us’ nature’s beauty
Sat  Aug 2 2014 01:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — For Rick Fried, being among the first winners of the local tourism bureau’s photography contest was gratifying, but not as rewarding as being out on upper Shell … Find out how to read more online.
Thunderstorms on tap this weekend
Fri  Aug 1 2014 08:00AM
The last few days have been drier than normal around Southwest Florida, but expect things to change heading into the weekend. According to Tyler Fleming, a meteorologist with the National … Find out how to read more online.
Beach bacteria claims life
Thu  Jul 31 2014 10:10AM
A middle-aged patient died in Sarasota County after contracting an ocean-borne bacterial infection through an open wound, according to the Florida Department of Health. The bacteria, Vibrio vulnificus, is present … Find out how to read more online.
Bids fly in for terminal expansion
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Airport Authority received a more-than-expected response from companies interested in taking on the multimillion-dollar terminal expansion at the Punta Gorda Airport. Authority Executive Director … Find out how to read more online.
CHS grad on ‘Quest’ for success
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
After Christian Sochor graduated from Charlotte High School in 2009, the drama student followed the advice of some friends and applied to an acting school in New York City. He … Find out how to read more online.
Mother won’t drop legal action
Tue  Jul 29 2014 08:00AM
The Cape Coral woman who claims Bayfront Health Port Charlotte infringed on her rights as a female and as a mother by only offering to deliver her baby via c-section … Find out how to read more online.
One dead after plane crashes at beach
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM
A plane making an emergency landing crashed at Caspersen Beach in Venice Sunday, killing a man on the beach and critically injuring his daughter. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office was … Find out how to read more online.
Standing for something special
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM

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Cyclists ride to remember fallen ‘Brothers’
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Training Sgt. Billy Gorman has bicycled in two Brotherhood Rides — including from Naples to New York City in 2011 for the somber 10th anniversary of … Find out how to read more online.
Cyclists ride to remember fallen ‘Brothers’
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Training Sgt. Billy Gorman has bicycled in two Brotherhood Rides — including from Naples to New York City in 2011 for the somber 10th anniversary of … Find out how to read more online.
PGPD: Armed robber strikes local bank
Sat  Jul 26 2014 11:18AM
PUNTA GORDA — Authorities were investigating a suspected armed robbery at a local bank late Friday afternoon. Around 4:30 p.m., a white man wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses walked … Find out how to read more online.
Facebook pic leads to cat flap
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Less than 24 hours after posting a Facebook photo of himself holding a gun up to a cat on Thursday, Thomas McGuinness made national headlines and received … Find out how to read more online.
Construction powers forward
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — County officials have determined that the incident in which a crane fell onto some power lines alongside U.S. 41 Thursday afternoon was just an accident, and the … Find out how to read more online.
PGPD: Armed robber strikes local bank
Sat  Jul 26 2014 11:05AM
PUNTA GORDA — Authorities were investigating a suspected armed robbery at a local bank late Friday afternoon. Around 4:30 p.m., a white man wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses walked … Find out how to read more online.
Cultural Center’s Hageman to retire — again
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — When Jim Hageman retires next month from his post as executive director of the Cultural Center of Charlotte County, it will mark his third retirement in a … Find out how to read more online.
Airport races run lean
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
Of the five candidates vying for commission seats on the Charlotte County Airport Authority this year, incumbent Kathleen Coppola leads the pack in money so far. According to the latest … Find out how to read more online.
Beat goes on for Port Charlotte cityhood
Fri  Jul 25 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Like a political candidate, Denise Garbacz is canvassing her Port Charlotte neighborhood, asking folks about the community in which they live and what future they envision. But … Find out how to read more online.
Stormy dispute rages on
Thu  Jul 24 2014 02:00PM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County again is rattling its sabers over its share of the cost to reconstruct the Peace River water plant. Having already raised the specter of a legal … Find out how to read more online.