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Reverse mortgages: More home defaults on the way?
Tue  Feb 9 2016 01:00AM
It was back in October when Kristen Conti, a broker-owner of Golf Breeze Realty in Port Charlotte, received special training on reverse mortgages from Fannie Mae. As a direct broker … Find out how to read more online.
Rain and cold don’t stop fairgoer fun
Mon  Feb 8 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Bad weather didn’t stop folks from coming out to the Charlotte County Fair to get in some funnel cake, cotton candy and rides before the annual event … Find out how to read more online.
Wife and community members rally to free inmate
Mon  Feb 8 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Angela Evans fears her husband will die in prison. Her husband, Jerome Platt, of Punta Gorda, is recovering from throat cancer. The chemotherapy and radiation controlled the … Find out how to read more online.
Parents react to recent student deaths
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Three young people have died since Christmas Eve. And that’s three too many, according to a group of concerned Englewood mothers who want to take action as quickly … Find out how to read more online.
Rotonda II court appeal fought to near draw
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Neither the property owners who filed the “Rotonda II” suit nor Charlotte County can feel like total victors. The Second District Court of Appeal denied both of their … Find out how to read more online.
Forbes: North Port MSA 12th in real estate value
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city has made yet another list that indicates real estate investment values can be found here. The North Port metropolitan statistical area placed 12 in Forbes … Find out how to read more online.
PGI canal cut-through route chosen
Fri  Feb 5 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — City Council members are moving forward on a long-awaited project to increase Punta Gorda Isles boaters’ access to Charlotte Harbor. A cut-through, via Alligator Creek, would shorten … Find out how to read more online.
Chamber expo ‘Super Bowl’ scores again
Fri  Feb 5 2016 08:30AM
The Super Bowl came three days early Thursday for the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, halftime show and all. It was the chamber’s fifth annual Business Expo trade show and … Find out how to read more online.
Attorney presents Danielle Dreher’s side of story
Fri  Feb 5 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Tonight when “Dateline” airs an episode about local firefighter Sam Presley Dreher’s murder, someone not interviewed was his ex-wife Danielle Dreher, who is in prison. Sam — … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Fewer local ‘highly effective’ teachers
Wed  Feb 3 2016 08:30AM
The Charlotte County school district has fewer “highly effective” teachers than the state average, according to Florida Department of Education data released this week. However, critics of the new system … Find out how to read more online.
Residents question sewer fees
Tue  Feb 2 2016 08:30AM
EL JOBEAN — Elizabeth Wong’s home sits on three lots in El Jobean. One parcel, fronting the Myakka River on River Beach Drive, is too small to even build a … Find out how to read more online.
Gambling crackdown
Sun  Jan 31 2016 08:30AM
There were more than 1,000 gambling- related arrests in Florida between 2011 and 2014. None were from Charlotte County. Now, after recent state probes, there have been six people from … Find out how to read more online.
Sailor helped find secret Russian undersea cable, disarm nuclear bomb
Mon  Feb 1 2016 08:30AM
Walter Kaiser’s 26-year career in the Navy was pretty eventful. During his first decade, he served in the submarine service, searching for secret Soviet transmission cables on the sea floor … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County Fair is reborn
Sun  Jan 31 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte County Fair was about to be born again at about 5 Friday evening. Out in the ticket line, Amber and Robert Kaleda and their daughter, … Find out how to read more online.
Rehabbed white pelican released off Stump Pass
Sun  Jan 31 2016 08:30AM
STUMP PASS — A mature American white pelican — rescued almost a month ago in Stump Pass while in distress — was released back to the wild Thursday by volunteers … Find out how to read more online.
Fairgoers to get plenty of sunshine
Fri  Jan 29 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians looking forward to the Charlotte County Fair this weekend may have been worried about the onslaught of rain in the past couple of days, but the forecast shows … Find out how to read more online.
Fair is about family
Thu  Jan 28 2016 08:30AM
Tammy Hendricks has been going to the Charlotte County Fair for so long, she well could have been one of its first patrons when it debuted 27 years ago. She … Find out how to read more online.
County adopts new utilities connection fees
Wed  Jan 27 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — When Ed Pazmino’s leach field went bad at his home on Salyers Street, he decided to think long term and hook up to the county’s low-pressure sewer system. … Find out how to read more online.
Authorities ID woman found in woods
Wed  Jan 27 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Authorities identified a woman whose body was found in a wooded area south of Punta Gorda over the weekend as Eleanor Josephine Jones. Jones, 33, was last … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Body found in woods
Mon  Jan 25 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after the body of an unidentified female was found in a wooded area Saturday afternoon. Neighbors say a teenager made … Find out how to read more online.
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Open carry bill triggers debate
Mon  Feb 8 2016 08:30AM
On Wednesday, the Florida House of Representatives approved legislation that will allow Floridians with a concealed weapons license to carry their guns out in the open and in public places. … Find out how to read more online.
Fair auction bittersweet for some
Mon  Feb 8 2016 08:30AM
It was Saturday afternoon, the next-to-last day of the Charlotte County Fair, and its agricultural program was showing both of its faces as it came to an end with its … Find out how to read more online.
Airport fuels area’s economic engine
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Punta Gorda Airport finished up another banner year in 2015, setting a personal-best mark for the third consecutive year with 836,472 travelers and realizing new revenue … Find out how to read more online.
Grand Champion her ‘dream come true’
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — It was a couple of hours before the steer show Friday night, and Alexis Burkett was busy grooming her steer, Slugger. In fact, the area behind the … Find out how to read more online.
Residential development transfers in the works
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Two property owners want Charlotte County commissioners to let them take their residential development rights elsewhere. The requests are listed among the items on the commission’s consent agenda … Find out how to read more online.
Fair has some bite to it
Thu  Feb 4 2016 08:30AM
When it comes to funnel cake, Anna Pool is old-school. It’s deep-fried dough and powdered sugar. Period. No muss, no fuss. Just dig your fingers into the doughy sweetness, smack … Find out how to read more online.
Fairgoers can expect chillier weather
Fri  Feb 5 2016 08:30AM
With temperatures jumping back into the 80s this work week, it may have felt like spring to some Southwest Floridians, but temperatures will soon drop back down. Charlotte County fairgoers … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide fish kill dribbling onto Manasota Key
Fri  Feb 5 2016 11:35AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dead fish continue to wash up onto Manasota Key, according to reports received by the Sun Thursday. Earlier this week, dead fish appeared along the Manasota Key shorelines … Find out how to read more online.
Teachers take on testing
Mon  Feb 1 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — George Muentes doesn’t believe it’s right for a single test to have so much impact on a student’s future. “You go out trying to make a change, … Find out how to read more online.
Fair out to deliver bang for buck
Tue  Feb 2 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte County Fair never sneaks up on Doug Clark. “I pull up the schedule, look for gate-entrance fees, and try to go when the kids are … Find out how to read more online.
Warmer weather expected, but also maybe some rain
Mon  Feb 1 2016 08:30AM
Over the weekend, the weather may have gotten a bit chilly for Southwest Floridians, but they can now look forward to more moderate temperatures this week. The average high for … Find out how to read more online.
Vineland fifth-grader plans pet-adoption event
Mon  Feb 1 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Feeling down about being bullied, Iris Tufano decided to do something to cheer herself up. The 11-year-old took all $100 of her Christmas money and headed to the … Find out how to read more online.
Fundraising on foot, churchgoers walk for poor
Sun  Jan 31 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA –– More than a hundred volunteers gathered at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Saturday morning to raise money for the area’s less fortunate. “We’re here to support St. Vincent … Find out how to read more online.
Gas prices stay low, for now
Fri  Jan 29 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Relief for Florida drivers at the gas pumps continues, even after crude oil prices began to recover last week. The national average price for a gallon of … Find out how to read more online.
Local man poised to pilot PG Airport
Fri  Jan 29 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Opting not to go with a national search, the Charlotte County Airport Authority Thursday selected assistant executive director James Parish to assume the top spot at Punta … Find out how to read more online.
Commissioner Constance questions Charlotte County’s role with events
Fri  Jan 29 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Charlotte County Commissioner Chris Constance questions whether the county should re-examine its support of events. “We’re very fortunate to have partners like yourselves,” Constance told those attending the … Find out how to read more online.
FDLE investigates inmate death at prison
Wed  Jan 27 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been called in to investigate the death of an inmate at Charlotte Correctional Institution. Reginald Davis, 34, died Monday afternoon … Find out how to read more online.
Autopsy may provide answers to discovered body
Tue  Jan 26 2016 08:30AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — The unidentified, female body found in a wooded area over the weekend is being treated as a suspicious death, awaiting the results of an autopsy, … Find out how to read more online.
‘Titan’ performance by orchestra
Tue  Jan 26 2016 08:30AM
The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra segued from little known pieces of Giacomo Puccini’s operas to Gustav Mahler’s majestic “Titan” — “Symphony No.1 in D major” — with both delighting the audience … Find out how to read more online.