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Englewood, Sarasota hospitals earn high marks
Fri  Jul 29 2016 09:00AM
Two area hospitals earned high marks from the federal agency that oversees the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Sarasota Memorial Hospital was one of only two state hospitals — the other … Find out how to read more online.
Church food pantry serving homeless burglarized
Fri  Jul 29 2016 09:06AM
ENGLEWOOD — In 10 years, Pat Knox has served thousands of homeless individuals at the Jubilee Center pantry and never had any problems. That was until July 14, when the … Find out how to read more online.
No. 1 in recycling
Thu  Jul 28 2016 03:32PM
It didn’t take Nancy Gibson long to see how easy it was to recycle in her new Rotonda West home. “Unlike in Pennsylvania where I am from, recycling is much … Find out how to read more online.
Republicans on the menu at Democratic Convention?
Fri  Jul 29 2016 08:30AM

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Churches call for exemption from tax assessments
Fri  Jul 29 2016 09:06AM
Frustrated pastors recently brought a complaint to the Charlotte County Commission, claiming the county is one of the few places in the nation to tax churches, while the county holds … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Hottest July on record so far
Fri  Jul 29 2016 09:06AM
Southwest Floridians are used to July being hot and humid, but it has been even hotter and stickier than normal. National Weather Service Meteorologist Dustin Norman said reports averaging highs … Find out how to read more online.
City to hold attorney talks
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Legality became the point of contention among the North Port city commissioners Tuesday as they discussed the city attorney’s contract. During the City Commission meeting in City … Find out how to read more online.
Miami woman accused of prescription drug fraud
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A Miami area woman is facing criminal charges after she was arrested this week at a local pharmacy for what authorities said was attempting to obtain a … Find out how to read more online.
iHeart forum to connect candidates, voters
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte County residents and property owners near and far have the opportunity to hear from candidates competing in eight different races today. The event starting at 6 … Find out how to read more online.
Garbage collection costs jump 16.49 percent
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County residents will see an increase in their Solid Waste Assessment rates from $148.04 to $172 annually, starting Oct. 1. The Board of County Commissioners approved the decision unanimously … Find out how to read more online.
Candidates audition at GOP function
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
LAKE SUZY — By the way everyone greeted each other at a candidates’ forum hosted by the DeSoto-Charlotte Republican Club, there appeared to be few strangers at the stylish Kingsway … Find out how to read more online.
Snorkel in seagrass
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
The first time I snorkled, I freaked out when fish began touching me. Naturally, I lifted my head out of the water as if that would make the rest of … Find out how to read more online.
PGD: The little economic engine that could
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
In 1990, the total operating revenue for the Punta Gorda Airport was $1 million. In 2015, it was $8.5 million and climbing. In 2009, Allegiant Airlines’ first year flying into and … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County Chamber preps for busy August
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
As July comes to a close, grab your calendar and mark down dates in a very busy August. We start on Tuesday with the New Teachers’ Breakfast where we’ll meet … Find out how to read more online.
The most fun two dollars can buy
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
What can you buy with two dollars? The answer today is not much. Two bucks can’t even buy a premium ice cream cone. But here’s a secret many don’t know: … Find out how to read more online.
District approves proposed millage rate
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
The Governing Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District adopted a proposed FY2016-17 millage rate of 0.3317 mill, 4.9 percent lower than the current fiscal year. For the owner … Find out how to read more online.
Frontier soars to Punta Gorda Airport with three nonstop routes
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
After years of trying, Punta Gorda Airport has landed service from a second commercial carrier. On Oct. 30, Denver-based Frontier Airlines will launch nonstop flights between Punta Gorda and Chicago-O’Hare, … Find out how to read more online.
New state law takes aim at ‘Spice’ drugs
Mon  Jul 25 2016 01:27PM
Wobbly, Jello-like legs, the feeling someone is chasing you, a racing heartbeat and instant dizziness describe what it feels like for some seconds after smoking or vaping synthetic drugs, like … Find out how to read more online.
Cavanagh spent time in Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima
Mon  Jul 25 2016 08:30AM
Tom Cavanagh Jr. of Deep Creek arrived at Pearl Harbor aboard a troop transport with thousands of other Marines. World War II was 10 months from being over. “Pearl Harbor … Find out how to read more online.
Nuisance pigs = profitable pork
Mon  Jul 25 2016 08:30AM
Florida is trying to build a new meat industry with a problematic animal. Wild pigs damage land when digging for food, and repairs can get costly for property owners. So, … Find out how to read more online.
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North Port ranks high for retirement
Fri  Jul 29 2016 09:04AM
NORTH PORT — Living in southern Rhode Island in 2008, Jim and Cindy Brady took a trip to sunny St. Petersburg to check the area out. They loved it. Over … Find out how to read more online.
Dearman gets 20 years
Fri  Jul 29 2016 09:47AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A judge said he could only imagine the last moments and breaths of little Jimmy Dearman, who couldn’t comprehend why his father was suffocating the life out … Find out how to read more online.
Republicans on the menu at Democratic Convention?
Fri  Jul 29 2016 08:30AM

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See USA Today for more Democratic Convention coverage

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Relay for Life Craft Fair at Port Charlotte High
Fri  Jul 29 2016 08:30AM
The new gym at Port Charlotte High School was filled with craftsmen and local vendors recently to support the Relay for Life of Port Charlotte Craft Fair benefit. … Find out how to read more online.
Arrest made in bloody Punta Gorda drug buy
Fri  Jul 29 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A 24-year-old Punta Gorda man remained Thursday at the Charlotte County Jail on $70,000 bond after he was charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm. Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
With more flights on the horizon, airport plans to add parking
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
More flights means more passengers means more trouble finding a place to park at Punta Gorda Airport. But drivers soon may be wandering less through the lots, hunting for that … Find out how to read more online.
Feedback sought for next principal
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — About 40 people gathered Tuesday night to discuss what traits they hope to find in the next principal at North Port High School. The group of mainly … Find out how to read more online.
Coyote sightings reported across region
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County has seen a considerable increase in coyote populations over the past 20 years. It is not uncommon to see coyotes in all urban, rural and suburban areas of … Find out how to read more online.
Graffiti binge targets food truck, park
Thu  Jul 28 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Vandals who spray-painted obscene graffiti on a popular food truck cost the owners of The Ravenous Rhino a full day’s work Wednesday. Lee Caglioti and her husband, … Find out how to read more online.
The sound of a glass ceiling shattering
Thu  Jul 28 2016 03:32PM
Lucy Huyke Garner summed it up in one word, althought many followed. “Finally.” Finally, a woman had been nominated to run for president of the United States by a major … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
School Board moves budget one step forward
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — School Board members recently approved the 2016-2017 tentative budget for advertising purposes at a special board meeting. The $247 million proposed tentative budget for the 2016-2017 school … Find out how to read more online.
In Philadelphia, the calm after the storm
Thu  Jul 28 2016 03:32PM
Michelle made it better. After all the hootin’ and hollerin’ about biased emails — at least they weren’t plagiarized — disruptive Bernie Sanders disciples and resignations by the party elite, … Find out how to read more online.
Braves planning coming along; other teams in mix
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
While finalizing terms with the Atlanta Braves on a proposed spring break facility in the region is top priority, West Villages general manager Marty Black reaffirmed Tuesday there are other … Find out how to read more online.
Five mass shootings in 10 months Can wave of violent crime in adjacent Lee County roll here?
Thu  Jul 28 2016 03:32PM
PUNTA GORDA — Laishley Park is a symbolic landmark of this warm and seemingly carefree coastal town and its surrounding area. On a hot, sunny Monday afternoon, children cooled off … Find out how to read more online.
Blue Water Navy fights for benefits
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
Last October, I wrote a column pertaining to the Blue Water Navy, sailors who were stationed off the coast during the Vietnam War providing naval gunfire and close air support. … Find out how to read more online.
SKY YMCA eyes merger with Charlotte
Tue  Jul 26 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The SKY YMCA of Venice’s leadership team has been contracted to take over Charlotte County Family YMCA’s operations, effective Aug. 1. SKY Family YMCA currently has operations … Find out how to read more online.
Woman accused of roughing up ‘longtime friend’
Tue  Jul 26 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A 34-year-old Englewood woman was being held Monday at the Charlotte County Jail on $63,000 bond for allegedly assaulting a man whom she described to law enforcement as … Find out how to read more online.
Convicted killer gets new trial
Mon  Jul 25 2016 08:30AM
A Charlotte County jury found Eddie McNealy guilty of second-degree murder with a firearm and sent him to prison for the rest of his natural life, after he was accused … Find out how to read more online.
Ushering in ‘remarkable change’
Mon  Jul 25 2016 04:46PM
Bill Folchi felt it. As he listened to Donald Trump speak to close the Republican National Convention very late Thursday night in Cleveland, he was struck with a sense of … Find out how to read more online.