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More cheating probed in North Port
Fri  Jan 30 2015 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — North Port Fire Chief Bill Taaffe has declined to comment on allegations of cheating in an investigation into three fire employees — two of whom resigned Wednesday … Find out how to read more online.
Social activist promotes peace in Middle East
Fri  Jan 30 2015 01:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Since Hasan Hammami struggled to get an education and establish his career after becoming a “stateless refugee” from Palestine as a teenager, he feels a responsibility to … Find out how to read more online.
Mooring not on Charlotte’s horizon — for now
Thu  Jan 29 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners want to delve in a bit deeper before they consider establishing a designated mooring field in Lemon Bay or elsewhere. Commissioners, however, want to do … Find out how to read more online.
Airport OKs money for improvements
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:32AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Airport Authority Tuesday accepted state transportation dollars to fund a portion of a multimillion-dollar construction project that will help pilots land better and reduce … Find out how to read more online.
River Road remains a priority; funding is a problem
Tue  Jan 27 2015 08:30AM
River Road widening is a big deal. Nearly everyone around the table Monday morning agreed: The time to get a realistic plan and funding for River Road is now. During … Find out how to read more online.
One-stop shop for brides
Tue  Jan 27 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Lynne Matthews, a member of the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, started a bridal expo to get more wedding business at the club. Now the event is on … Find out how to read more online.
Purple Heart van rolls into town
Tue  Jan 27 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Last October, Charlotte County Veterans Service Officer Dave Donohew attended a re-certification conference in Cocoa Beach. While there, he saw the new van wrap for Polk County … Find out how to read more online.
More cold fronts ahead, but not much rain
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
A couple more cold fronts are headed to Southwest Florida, but the work week should be mostly dry except for Monday, according to Nicole Carlisle, meteorologist with the National Weather … Find out how to read more online.
Front brings twister
Sun  Jan 25 2015 08:30AM
MYAKKA STATE FOREST — Seven-year-old Anneliese Corgnell can’t ride to her grandma’s house in Polk County to camp in style anymore. With only a two-minute warning blaring over cellphones inside … Find out how to read more online.
Remembering a true Marine hero
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
Paul Carpentier is dead. I can’t believe he’s gone. He had been battling cancer for quite some time. But Paul was no stranger to battles. As a rifleman with Kilo … Find out how to read more online.
Friends show support for cancer victim
Sun  Jan 25 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — As is their family tradition, Kerri Kaminski and her two sons were at the movies on Christmas Day, watching the latest installment of “The Hobbit.” But reality … Find out how to read more online.
More homes selling faster, at higher prices
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
Season is in full swing, and so is Southwest Florida’s real estate market, with both home sales and prices surging. The latest housing reports released Friday showed closed sales and … Find out how to read more online.
County worker ‘hogs’ national spotlight
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
Charlotte County’s carefully crafted image as a coastal community, where the outdoor lifestyle is in harmony with its natural surroundings, took a major hit recently when an investigation was launched … Find out how to read more online.
Superintendent makes plea to community
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Superintendent Doug Whittaker asked the community to help Charlotte County Public Schools return to its former glory in his “State of Education” address Wednesday. “It’s important to … Find out how to read more online.
Murder charge filed in Calif. after local man’s death
Fri  Jan 23 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A murder charge has been filed in California against a man accused of killing Ricky Platt, 34, who left Punta Gorda four years ago without telling his … Find out how to read more online.
Advocates push to have killer’s case reheard
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — At 17, Steven Castanedo of Gulf Cove was arrested and charged with the second-degree murder of his friend Juan Tavares. When he gets out of prison, he will … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: No charges in child drowning
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday it will not charge the woman who was caring for her 6-year-old special-needs grandson when he fell in the swimming … Find out how to read more online.
58 cats removed from home
Wed  Jan 21 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — After removing about five dozen pet cats — including many that were sick or infected — from a home on Kerrville Circle last week, officials aren’t ruling … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County sees tourism surge
Mon  Jan 19 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Tourism officials are expecting record numbers this year in Charlotte County, following two previous years that also achieved all-time highs. “After three very painful years, we have bounced … Find out how to read more online.
Keeping the Dream alive
Tue  Jan 20 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Twelve-year-old Alex Foley stood next to his church-going friends Monday, holding a sign with a picture of Martin Luther King Jr. emblazoned with the word “FAITH.” Foley … Find out how to read more online.
40 years for teacher, 50 for head start
Fri  Jan 30 2015 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Teresa Scurry did not expect her Thursday morning to turn into a celebration of her 40 years at the Baker Center. “It’s phenomenal,” Scurry said after friends, … Find out how to read more online.
US 41 widening begins
Thu  Jan 29 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The widening of U.S. 41 in north Charlotte County to North Port begins today, as part of a two-year, $31 million project. Also known as Tamiami Trail, … Find out how to read more online.
Harbour Heights rates could skyrocket
Tue  Jan 27 2015 08:30AM
HARBOUR HEIGHTS — The lion’s share of residents have bared their claws when presented with a proposed Harbour Heights street paving and sidewalk project that would nearly triple their MSBU … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:05PM
FAIR SCHEDULE The Charlotte County Fair runs from Friday through Feb. 8 at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds, 2333 El Jobean Road (State Road 776), Port Charlotte. For more information, call 941-629-4252, … Find out how to read more online.
Officials talk transit
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
VENICE — For years, there’s been talk of linking transportation services from North Port and Englewood to Charlotte County. But the obstacles remain how to fund new bus services, as … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Symphony leaves them standing
Tue  Jan 27 2015 08:30AM
When the performance was over, and even after an encore, patrons were still on their feet demanding more from the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Sunday night. Maestro Raffaele Ponti had to … Find out how to read more online.

Tue  Jan 27 2015 08:33AM
CORRECTION: A column by Michael Barone that ran on Sunday’s Viewpoint page, ‘Obama’s undermined by policy failures,” was incorrectly attributed to Michael Gerson. … Find out how to read more online.
A Charlotte jewel gets some polish
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
Harbour Heights Park is one of those little jewels that quietly adorn Charlotte County. The eight-acre site, tucked at the foot of Voyageur Drive on the Peace River, is a … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda man recalls time in German POW camp
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part story. While serving as a 57 mm gunner in the 106th Infantry Division, part of Gen. Omar Bradley’s 1st Army, in … Find out how to read more online.
Planning Parkside’s Parks
Sun  Jan 25 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Parkside Citizens’ Master Plan beholds a glorious future. A livable and walkable neighborhood, where miles of broad pathways, sheltered by an unending canopy of trees, would … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless rates recede
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
As an improving economy rolls on, jobless numbers across the region are following suit, dropping significantly in one month and over the past year. The unemployment rate in Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
Pot case grows longer
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The couple accused of running one of the largest local marijuana grow houses in recent history did not reach a plea deal as scheduled Friday because one … Find out how to read more online.
Report: ‘Doggie door’ burglar steals Yorkie
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — When Tammie Mercer comes home, her 3-year-old teacup Yorkshire terrier Gracie is always happy to greet her. Actually, the little dog is so excited, Mercer usually can … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte county sets sales-tax project priorities
Fri  Jan 23 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — For residents anxious to see the glut of impressive facilities produced by the 1 percent sales tax extension, take a breath, because it will be awhile. In some … Find out how to read more online.
Parents sue following daughter’s fatal boat accident
Fri  Jan 23 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A local couple hope to emulate their daughter’s gift of giving after she was killed in a boating accident last July on Lake Washington, near Seattle. A … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda opposes changes to Charlotte comp plan
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — City leaders banded together this week to keep Charlotte County from loosening its regulations on mining operations, which they believe could threaten the city’s potable water supply. … Find out how to read more online.
58 cats removed from home
Tue  Jan 20 2015 05:58PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — After removing about five dozen pet cats — including many that were sick or infected — from a home on Kerrville Circle last week, officials aren’t ruling … Find out how to read more online.
Groups target textbooks
Tue  Jan 20 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Nearly 100 parents and other concerned citizens gathered recently to protest the Charlotte County school district’s use of two history textbooks they claim are promoting Islamic history … Find out how to read more online.
Mothers pleading for daughters’ return
Tue  Jan 20 2015 08:30AM
Authorities Monday were continuing the search for two local 15-year-old girls who reportedly went missing last week, and the teens’ mothers were pleading for their return. Christine Wurst said she … Find out how to read more online.
Seasonal weather expected with rain
Mon  Jan 19 2015 08:30AM
With “pretty seasonal temperatures,” Southwest Florida residents can look forward to a “great week,” as far as the weather goes, according to meteorologist Rodney Wynn of the National Weather Service. … Find out how to read more online.