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Body found in harbor identified as missing boater
Tue  May 3 2016 08:30AM
A body pulled from the waters at Burnt Store Marina near Punta Gorda was identified late Monday as a missing boater who had not been seen since last week, authorities … Find out how to read more online.
Edgewater widening faces delays
Mon  May 2 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — From their home on Edgewater Drive, Jamie and Rich Stone have a front-row seat to the long-running saga of the road-expansion project. And there has been plenty … Find out how to read more online.
Alleged murder-suicide in Port Charlotte
Fri  Apr 29 2016 09:30PM
At 7:02 p.m., Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputies responded to multiple 911 calls reporting multiple shots fired in the vicinity of McDonald’s, 3232 Tamiami Trail, by the Promenades Mall in Port … Find out how to read more online.
Cooler weather should arrive with mid-week front
Mon  May 2 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians have coped with hot and sticky weather with little relief from spring showers, but a front coming in on Wednesday should bring some cooler and less humid weather … Find out how to read more online.
Great expectations meet budget restraints
Fri  Apr 29 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — The community’s desire for an architecturally distinctive South County Library, with plenty of room for cultural programming and art exhibits, is receiving some pushback from Charlotte officials who … Find out how to read more online.
Students will get free meals
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. That won’t be the case for the majority of Charlotte County students when they return to school … Find out how to read more online.
Hundreds of students called in sick
Tue  Apr 26 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — About 200 students were absent from Peace River Elementary School on Friday after reports of a gastrointestinal illness, according to Charlotte County Public Schools spokesman Mike Riley. … Find out how to read more online.
Oaks on Henry nears completion
Tue  Apr 26 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — One of the largest construction projects since Hurricane Charley is nearing its Phase I completion — The Oaks on Henry — a two-story complex with one- and … Find out how to read more online.

Mon  Apr 25 2016 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Jerrud Lee Johnson, 40, 22300 block of Lehigh Ave., Port Charlotte. Charge: DUI, and three counts of off bond. Bond: … Find out how to read more online.
Sun founder dies
Tue  Apr 26 2016 01:20PM
Derek Dunn-Rankin, founder and chairman of the Sun Coast Media Group, which publishes the Sun newspapers, died this past weekend at his home in Venice. He was 88. Dunn-Rankin’s career … Find out how to read more online.

Fri  Apr 15 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The prosecution proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that Michael Christopher Sheeley is a liar and a thief. The question the jury took into deliberations late … Find out how to read more online.
Vinyl rocks on
Fri  Apr 15 2016 08:30AM
There’s an international vinyl record rebirth going on, from major music labels throughout the country, to pressing plant logjams nationally and in far-off locales like Japan and the Czech Republic, … Find out how to read more online.
Pitch perfect
Wed  Apr 27 2016 02:39PM
Alexandra Quantz, a 2013 Charlotte High School graduate, loves music. While a student there, she was the president of the Drama Club Troupe 0922 and an active member in Charisma, … Find out how to read more online.
Goodwill shorted employees’ paychecks
Wed  Apr 20 2016 09:18PM
Some current and former employees of a Goodwill Industries store in Port Charlotte say pay was scalped from their checks last year, and the Wage and Hour Division of the … Find out how to read more online.
Short on space
Sun  Apr 10 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Two years ago this month, a consultant’s report minced no words about the current overcrowding and future gridlock facing the Charlotte County Justice Center. The strategic space … Find out how to read more online.
Blanchard House Museum honors pioneers of past and present
Sat  Apr 30 2016 03:52PM
PUNTA GORDA — Robert “Jimmy” Fulton remembers the time, in the early 1950s, when Cornell and Clifford Smith, members of the all-black Dunbar High School band, were marching through the … Find out how to read more online.
Arrest made in 7-Eleven homicide
Wed  Apr 6 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Punta Gorda Police Department announced an arrest Tuesday night in last year’s homicide of a convenience store clerk. Authorities charged Michael Russo, 28, with murder and … Find out how to read more online.
Burnt Store Isles revisits underground utilities
Wed  Apr 6 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — In picturesque Burnt Store Isles, property owners enjoy resort-like amenities in a tropical setting. With the Twin Isles Country Club as its centerpiece, and a majority of … Find out how to read more online.
Beach Guy being sunk on Englewood Beach
Tue  Apr 5 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Life may no longer be a beach for Mark Timchula. Better known as the “Beach Guy,” Timchula has rented umbrellas, lounge chairs, beach chairs and other items for … Find out how to read more online.
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School in mourning
Mon  May 2 2016 01:56PM
NORTH PORT — Students, staff and residents gathered Sunday at North Port High School to remember Antoinette “Ann” Gordon, who was gunned down Friday in Port Charlotte in what police … Find out how to read more online.
Construction impacting drivers
Mon  May 2 2016 08:30AM
Denise Ellis of Port Charlotte Florist said the business — at 900 Tamiami Trail — has been “in the zone” of the U.S. 41 widening project for a while. “There were … Find out how to read more online.
Midway project rolls on — below ground
Tue  May 3 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — With still another two and a half years left on the Midway Boulevard widening project, no one is yet making plans for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. But county officials … Find out how to read more online.
Students walk in their parents’ shoes for a day
Fri  Apr 29 2016 08:30AM
At 14, Kayla Vaughan is a veteran worker at Bealls. Since she was 8, Vaughan has been going to the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day with her … Find out how to read more online.
South of Edgewater next up for sewers
Thu  Apr 28 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — It was just last year when Paul Huckestein had to replace his septic system at a cost of $4,000. This week he learned that his area, south … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte to settle juvenile justice suit
Tue  Apr 26 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners today are expected to accept the terms of new legislation, settling a long-standing dispute between about three dozen counties and the Florida Department of Juvenile … Find out how to read more online.
Spring Lake sewers to connect
Mon  Apr 25 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — As Charlotte officials prepare to launch the second stage of the Mid-County sewer expansion project, the initial phase is set to begin home connections next month. The … Find out how to read more online.
Sun wins Pulitzer Prize
Thu  Apr 28 2016 04:33PM
When Monday’s Pulitzer Prize winners were announced, the small market Sun newspapers emerged from the giants to capture a first place for Editorial Writing. The Sun newspapers, which covers Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Dunn-Rankin a true patriarch
Thu  Apr 28 2016 04:33PM
Maybe once every generation or so, a man and a place come together in perfect symmetry. He fits the place. The place fits him. So it was with Derek Dunn-Rankin … Find out how to read more online.
Democrats grab a slice of ‘Blue’ heaven
Mon  Apr 18 2016 08:30AM
LAKE SUZY – There is more than one face to the Democratic Party in Charlotte County. But they gathered as one Saturday at Kingsway County Club for their annual Blue … Find out how to read more online.
State rests in Sheeley murder trial
Wed  Apr 27 2016 02:39PM
PUNTA GORDA — On a day dominated by testimony from expert witnesses and law enforcement personnel, prosecutors brought to the stand someone who is neither an expert nor on the … Find out how to read more online.
County gives thumbs-up to $50K for air show
Wed  Apr 13 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — County officials are giving a thumbs-up to a funding request from organizers of the Florida International Air Show, which after one year’s hiatus is preparing for another takeoff. … Find out how to read more online.
Gateway Harbor Walk soon to finish long trek
Tue  Apr 12 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — As the initial phase of the Gateway Harbor Walk project nears completion, replacing an unusable expanse of broken concrete with a waterfront park, officials are taking a … Find out how to read more online.
Citizen charter rule changes may be relaxed
Tue  Apr 12 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — The Charlotte County Charter Review Commission is endorsing a citizen-driven amendment to the home-rule document. The proposal would lower the standard for citizens to initiate or repeal county … Find out how to read more online.
Dry weather expected until later in the week
Mon  Apr 11 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians can expect the pleasant weekend weather to continue at least through the early part of this week. “It looks like we’ll have a dry start to the week,” … Find out how to read more online.
Marine battled Chinese troops, freezing conditions in Korea
Mon  Apr 11 2016 08:30AM
The Korean War began the week before James Hawn, now of Port Charlotte, graduated from Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., in June 1950. He became part of … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte digs for ‘Beach Guy’ solution
Sat  Apr 9 2016 08:42AM
ENGLEWOOD — Charlotte County officials are trying to find ways to allow Mark Timchula — known as the “Beach Guy” — to use his all-terrain vehicle for his rental business … Find out how to read more online.
County Commission favors low impact fees
Wed  Apr 6 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — At the corner of Olean and Harbor boulevards, work crews are building a new $8.8 million assisted care living facility. When construction of the three-story, 56,000-square-foot structure began … Find out how to read more online.
Foreclosures take big dip in shrinking inventory pool
Tue  Apr 5 2016 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Foreclosure starts dropped 18 percent in March from the previous month in both Charlotte and Sarasota counties, according to new numbers released Monday. Last month saw 36 foreclosure … Find out how to read more online.
Group campaigns against smoking while pregnant
Wed  Apr 20 2016 09:18PM
The Charlotte County Community Health Improvement Partnership has ramped up its efforts to prevent pregnant women from smoking, after an assessment last year showed the rate of expectant mothers who … Find out how to read more online.