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Historical plaque pays homage to Bailey Cemetery
Sun  Mar 1 2015 01:00AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — At a historical marker dedication for Lt. Carl Bailey Cemetery on Friday, re-enactors of the 2nd Infantry, United States Colored Troops, also paid tribute to … Find out how to read more online.
River Road expansion awaits funding
Sun  Mar 1 2015 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Only two obstacles are standing in the way of widening River Road to four lanes from the Tamiami Trail intersection to the interstate — the land to … Find out how to read more online.
Carrs inducted into Wall of Warriors
Sun  Mar 1 2015 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — When retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Dick Carr first met his wife Jean, a U.S. Air Force nurse, she just had a wisdom tooth extracted. A … Find out how to read more online.
Judge to go on record
Fri  Feb 27 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A judge will soon decide whether an accused killer’s rights were violated after a conversation between him and his lawyer was recorded and sent by jail staff … Find out how to read more online.
Deep Creek MSBU rates will double
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Promising residents will pay now or pay more later, Charlotte County commissioners have approved a street repaving program that will boost Deep Creek annual assessments by more than … Find out how to read more online.
Detert to champion bill for elder guardianship
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
State Sen. Nancy Detert plans to push for a bill in the next legislative session — which gets underway next week — that will reform Florida’s elder guardianship system. Detert’s … Find out how to read more online.
Teen testifies about alleged sexual abuse
Fri  Feb 27 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A 16-year-old girl took the stand Thursday in the sexual battery trial of Anthony James Jacot, revealing three incidents in which he allegedly raped the teen, once … Find out how to read more online.
On board with suspended tests
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:31AM
Representatives from the Sarasota and Charlotte county school districts endorsed Gov. Rick Scott’s executive order Tuesday to suspend a standardized test that Florida 11th-graders would have to take this spring, … Find out how to read more online.
Fisheries forum wants your input
Tue  Feb 24 2015 03:46PM
What do you know about our local waters? Whether it’s a lot or a little, someone would like to pick your brain. The Charlotte Harbor Fisheries Forum is a fledgling … Find out how to read more online.
Home prices rising
Tue  Feb 24 2015 08:30AM
Early-year home sales and prices are up significantly from a year ago, giving local real estate agents something to smile about in 2015. “I think people are realizing if they … Find out how to read more online.
Guitarist electrifies crowd at symphony
Fri  Feb 27 2015 01:11PM
Classical guitarist Gerardo Perez Capdevila electrified the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Sunday evening at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda with a virtuoso performance on his nine-string acoustical Spanish … Find out how to read more online.
Jail to use new video visitation vendor
Tue  Feb 24 2015 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is switching vendors for its video visitation service, which allows jail inmates to communicate with loved ones or attorneys through a program similar to Skype. … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte to memorialize all-black cemetery
Mon  Feb 23 2015 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — It might be considered pushing one’s luck to conduct a cemetery tour on Friday the 13th, but that’s exactly what historian Scot Shively lives for, … Find out how to read more online.
Cwiklinski shook hands with Gen. MacArthur during WWII
Mon  Feb 23 2015 08:30AM
Henry Cwiklinski of Indigo Isles manufactured home park in Englewood was in the second wave that attacked the Japanese-held island of Leyte in the Philippines on Oct. 20, 1944, during … Find out how to read more online.
Wine & Jazz in perfect harmony
Sun  Feb 22 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — It was their shared free spirit in life and song that brought Sheri Lenora and Larry Levi all the way from Austin, Texas, to Saturday’s 10th Annual … Find out how to read more online.
Readers find inspiration at book fest
Sun  Feb 22 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Four years ago, Terri and John Gance’s Yorkie/Maltese mix, Pedie, became paralyzed from the neck down. Distraught by their news, the couple found a way to help Pedie … Find out how to read more online.
County eyes beautification of U.S. 41
Sat  Feb 21 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Improving the attractiveness of the U.S. 41 corridor, from Charlotte Harbor to State Road 776, will be a major thrust of next week’s Charlotte County Commission meeting. On Tuesday, … Find out how to read more online.
Officials mum ahead of crucial hearing
Thu  Feb 19 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office have refrained from commenting about the recording and distribution of privileged attorney-client conversations, despite new allegations surfacing … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff’s report sparks case reviews
Tue  Feb 17 2015 03:59PM
PUNTA GORDA — A Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office investigation recently concluded that the recording of privileged conversations between attorneys and their jailed clients was caused by a malfunction with video-chat … Find out how to read more online.
Spring fever
Sat  Feb 28 2015 05:22PM
Saturday was the Tampa Bay Rays’ first full-squad spring training workout at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte. … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Heart Walk: exercise in self-help
Sun  Mar 1 2015 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Gary Barker had all the warning signs of heart disease before undergoing a bypass in September. And the precautions he took as a result of this forewarning … Find out how to read more online.
Injured baseball player begins road to recovery
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
There may be six weeks left in the local high school baseball season, but the Port Charlotte Pirates already have suffered its worst loss of the year. Senior outfielder Brad … Find out how to read more online.
County reconsidering Harbour Heights sidewalk project
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County is taking a second look at perhaps funding a sidewalk project in Harbour Heights. Citing child safety as a main consideration, District 1 Charlotte County Commissioner … Find out how to read more online.
1 dead in explosion, fire at Sarasota house
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — One person was killed late Thursday in an explosion and fire at a Sarasota home that remain under investigation, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said Friday. About … Find out how to read more online.
County explores future funding solutions
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:31AM
MURDOCK — During an extended discussion about Charlotte’s 20-year building program, county commissioners emphasized the dire funding shortage they face, as well as potential solutions, which generally translate into tax … Find out how to read more online.
Construction booming in Punta Gorda
Tue  Feb 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — If there were any doubts the city has pulled through the great recession, look no further than the construction boom happening around town. From single-family homes to … Find out how to read more online.
Fisheries forum wants your input
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
What do you know about our local waters? Whether it’s a lot or a little, someone would like to pick your brain. The Charlotte Harbor Fisheries Forum is a fledgling … Find out how to read more online.
Second home blues
Mon  Feb 23 2015 02:26PM
Owners of second homes in Florida will be paying more for flood insurance than those who live here full time. “In addition to whatever the rate increases are, owners of … Find out how to read more online.
Warmer weather expected mid week
Mon  Feb 23 2015 08:30AM
“Southerly winds,” should bring warmer temperatures to Southwest Florida residents this week, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures should rise a few degrees above normal today with mostly sunny … Find out how to read more online.
Habitat builds better lives
Mon  Feb 23 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dave Sanborn was floundering, bumbling and stumbling through life. “My friend tried to help me by telling me about Habitat for Humanity and the house he was having … Find out how to read more online.
Silent passenger a welcome passenger?
Sun  Feb 22 2015 08:30AM
The most critical evidence so far against a Port Charlotte man awaiting trial for a vehicular homicide charge has come from a silent witness many drivers don’t know exists. But … Find out how to read more online.
CCSO, prosecutors testify about jail recordings
Sat  Feb 21 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Jail commander was among those on the stand Friday defending the handling of recorded attorney-client conversations. “I never gave any order to cover any … Find out how to read more online.
One dead, two injured in fiery I-75 crash
Sat  Feb 21 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A section of Interstate 75 through North Port was closed for five hours Friday after a fatal crash near mile marker 187 left one person dead and … Find out how to read more online.
Funding for county’s $1B building plan falls far short
Wed  Feb 18 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Engineer Ken Doherty was in Minneapolis in the summer of 2007, working on the design plans for Target Field, which would become the new home of the Major … Find out how to read more online.
SUV crashes into home near school
Wed  Feb 18 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Alyssa Szeztaye said she’ll never forget the sound of the SUV smashing into the house next door. “I was sleeping and heard a bang,” the 22-year-old said … Find out how to read more online.
Tobacco trial sparks drama
Wed  Feb 18 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Donald McMannis — the plaintiff in the middle of a complex lawsuit — claims his wife died from lung cancer caused by smoking addictive cigarettes made by … Find out how to read more online.