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Cavanagh spent time in Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima
Sun  Jul 24 2016 07:19PM
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
Sun  Jul 24 2016 08:16PM
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.
Trip to Charlotte beach to become more complicated in August
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
Sometimes it’s not easy to get to the beach if you live in Port Charlotte or Punta Gorda. If you go toward Fort Myers Beach, you never really know if … Find out how to read more online.
The advantages of verbal negotiations
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
Q: I’ve sold quite a few homes, but none in Florida. In my experience, the offers and counteroffers were always in writing. The Realtor who listed my Florida home a … Find out how to read more online.
Attention caregivers
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
Consulate Health Care of Port Charlotte is teaming with Tidewell Hospice to present a free “self-care” seminar for professional caregivers Wednesday at Consulate, 18480 Cochran Blvd., Port Charlotte. The hour-long … Find out how to read more online.
Survey seeks victims of freshwater releases
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
The Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University has partnered with the Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center to conduct a … Find out how to read more online.
Home sales total $100 million in value
Fri  Jul 22 2016 05:16PM
PUNTA GORDA — With the first half of 2016 in the books, real estate professionals in Charlotte County have reason to be celebrating. Realtors have been reaping the rewards of … Find out how to read more online.
Newt gobbles up Cruz for breakfast
Fri  Jul 22 2016 08:30AM
Newt Gingrich cut Ted Cruz down to size, and his words were balm to Bill Folchi. Folchi, a delegate representing District 17 at the Republican National Convention, attended a breakfast … Find out how to read more online.
Buyer beware if sale ‘as-is’
Fri  Jul 22 2016 05:16PM
Barbara Hewitt didn’t just want a bigger TV, she needed one. That’s because the 77-year-old Englewood resident is legally blind. While she still has some usable vision, by definition, Barbara … Find out how to read more online.
Murder-suicide rears its head, again
Wed  Jul 20 2016 06:01PM
PUNTA GORDA — The white stone bust of a majestic lion rests next to a column of an archway framing the front entrance to the million-dollar home belonging to Urte … Find out how to read more online.
Family Services Center gets another look
Wed  Jul 20 2016 06:01PM
MURDOCK — With the recent purchase of an adjacent church property, creating a sizable campus ripe with opportunity, the county also is expanding its future vision for the Family Services … Find out how to read more online.
Making an impact on the community
Tue  Jul 19 2016 08:30AM
Here’s the thing about the Riley Award: It has real impact on the community. That’s because of the way it’s set up. Every year — and it’s been seven now … Find out how to read more online.
‘Icon’ Wayne Goff dies
Mon  Jul 18 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Wayne Goff, a builder known throughout the area for his generosity and involvement in many community organizations and projects, died Saturday night after battling cancer. He was … Find out how to read more online.
Reef restoration brings big oyster numbers
Mon  Jul 18 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Just nine months after the creation of a new oyster habitat off Punta Gorda’s shoreline, some sections of the reefs have attracted over 1,300 new oysters per … Find out how to read more online.
Hypodermic needles found at park in Englewood
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — An Englewood mother of three was mortified to find two hypodermic needles in the park at Englewood Rec Center. Amanda Ball’s Facebook post shows a photo of one … Find out how to read more online.
Stabbed in drunken rage
Sat  Jul 16 2016 08:30AM
Based on lengthy conversations spanning months, two inmates testified in court Friday that, in a drunken fit of rage, John Alan Mellquist stabbed his landlord to death, cleaned the crime … Find out how to read more online.
County prepares to mount Zika counter-attack
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Mosquito control is looking to build up resources and manpower in response to the threat posed by the Zika virus, which surfaced in the county last week … Find out how to read more online.
Bank, Team Parkside present Beautification Award winners
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE – The winners of this quarter’s Parkside Beautification Awards created showplaces, albeit on a much different scale. Don Gasgarth Ford is a magnificent structure that commands attention along … Find out how to read more online.
Free bike lights and service with a smile
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — On the night of Oct. 30, a bicyclist was stopped by a Punta Gorda police officer and his K-9 for not having a light. When the 25-year-old … Find out how to read more online.
HipNotique receives second international award
Sat  Jul 16 2016 08:30AM
HipNotique, located on 111 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, recently received the second international award in 2016 from Coobie Seamless Bras. HipNotique shared first place for their Outstanding Fourth of … Find out how to read more online.
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Convicted killer gets new trial
Sun  Jul 24 2016 08:16PM
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’
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
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.
Sports bar entrepreneurs
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
The old Sportsman’s Lounge sat on the outskirts, low slung, set back from the road. In those days, the sportsmen in question were more likely hunters and fishermen than football … Find out how to read more online.
Tensions rise at seven-hour sewer hearing
Fri  Jul 22 2016 05:16PM
PUNTA GORDA — At a protracted public hearing that started Wednesday and extended into Thursday morning, residents and business owners continued to push back against planned sewer expansions across Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Sexual predator charged with lewd battery on teen
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A 25-year-old registered sexual predator found himself Friday at the Charlotte County Jail on $1 million bond after sheriff’s office investigators charged him with lewd and lascivious … Find out how to read more online.
The Fabric of Our Faith: Outrunning the rain
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
The recent rains reminded me of Elijah’s 1 Kings 17 and 18 prophesy to King Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be … Find out how to read more online.
Meet the candidates
Thu  Jul 21 2016 06:28PM
PUNTA GORDA — At this month’s Third Wednesday Coffee, sponsored by the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, a candidate forum gave the public a chance to informally talk with a … Find out how to read more online.
Expect scattered summertime showers
Fri  Jul 22 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians may be walking through puddles of rain this weekend in some areas, while other parts of the region stay dry. “Summertime rain is so variable, one place can … Find out how to read more online.
Drug arrest made at popular Punta Gorda park
Fri  Jul 22 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Paramedics and police responding to a call that a man was reportedly “shaking badly” inside a parked truck near the interactive fountain at Laishley Park led to … Find out how to read more online.
Pokemon Go, stop, play safe
Thu  Jul 21 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Concerned with the climbing number of injuries, and even deaths sustained by partakers of the Pokemon Go craze, local law enforcement officials are offering players safety tips … Find out how to read more online.
Sallie’s success story
Wed  Jul 20 2016 06:03PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Sallie Jones Elementary School moved up from a C to an A school grade this year, state education data shows. This 2016 Preliminary School Grade is based … Find out how to read more online.
Local delegates settle in as RNC opens
Wed  Jul 20 2016 06:03PM
Local delegates began following busy agendas Monday as the Republican National Convention opened in Cleveland. Bill Folchi, chairman of the Republican Party in Charlotte County, is representing Florida’s District 17, … Find out how to read more online.
Targeted
Thu  Jul 21 2016 11:36AM
Steve Gardiner slings a camouflage case across his shoulder as he walks into Paradise Shooter’s Range, careful to shut the door behind him. “You don’t want any noise getting out … Find out how to read more online.
Fewer showers make summer even hotter in South west Florida
Mon  Jul 18 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians will get little relief from the summer heat as temperatures remain a couple degrees above normal. “We’re just in an easterly flow, so it doesn’t really rain until … Find out how to read more online.
State workshops to protect local rookeries
Mon  Jul 18 2016 03:29PM
Florida wildlife officials have long recognized the importance of island bird rookeries, but now they want to protect the Myakka River, Robert’s Bay and other rookeries year-round. They now want … Find out how to read more online.
Christmas in July
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
The 47th Annual Christmas in July Bazaar at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County opened Friday with Santa making a guest appearance around noon. The event continues today from 11 … Find out how to read more online.
Teens relax with yoga at the library
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
T he Mid- County Regional Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte, hosted Yoga for Teens July 14 from 4:30-5:30 p.m., instructed by Linda Perez. Perez has been a yoga … Find out how to read more online.
Coyotes in the neighborhood
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
Like bald eagles, coyotes are residents of Charlotte County. They may not be as pretty or fun to watch, and they may be a clear and present danger to your … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM

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Bobcat’s health continues to improve
Sat  Jul 16 2016 08:30AM
The bobcat who ran into a car this week in Charlotte County continues to improve. Following the incident on Placida Road, just north of the bridge and Rotonda West Boulevard, … Find out how to read more online.