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No relief yet from oncoming red tide epidemic
Thu  Jul 19 2018 09:12AM
ENGLEWOOD — An ominous clump of dead fish floated onto Englewood Beach late Tuesday, but by Wednesday the beach was clean again. Mark Timchula, known as the Beach Guy for … Find out how to read more online.
Child dies after being found in North Port canal
Wed  Jul 18 2018 03:11PM
NORTH PORT — North Port Police are investigating how a child ended up in a canal on Tuesday morning. Authorities found 20-month-old Ava Natalia Perry floating in the canal, close … Find out how to read more online.
Whistleblower lawsuit is targeting Health Dept.
Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:30AM
Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County’s former leader is mentioned in a lawsuit, which claims he intended to falsify information on federal grant applications. Dr. Frank Lepore separated suddenly … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Fleeing felon crashes into squad cars
Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:30AM
NOKOMIS — Fleeing deputies, a convicted felon smashed into two squad cars and caused a head-on collision on Interstate 75, deputies reported Wednesday. At about 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.
Addition of PG assistant city manager discussed
Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:30AM
Punta Gorda Council Member Jaha Cummings has suggested hiring an assistant city manager. The goal of adding the position would be to ease the transition from current City Manager Howard … Find out how to read more online.
Campaign coffers swell in race for Rooney’s seat
Wed  Jul 18 2018 08:30AM
On paper, the House of Representatives District 17 election seems like a two-man race. Local Republicans Rep. Julio Gonzalez (R-Venice) and State Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) are hoping to trade … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda is now a prize from Allegiant
Wed  Jul 18 2018 03:27PM
A prize in Allegiant Travel Company’s Coast to Coast summer giveaway is now Punta Gorda. The airline’s summer giveaway includes destinations it flies to spanning other states as well, such … Find out how to read more online.
County: Flooding minimal despite rains
Wed  Jul 18 2018 08:30AM
Rains have been heavy, but reports of home flooding have been limited to a few driveways and a garage, according to Charlotte County officials. Specifically, the county received reports about … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda meeting to further master plan process
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:37PM
The Punta Gorda City Council had a special meeting Wednesday to potentially move forward with the development of the Citywide Master Plan. The master plan is a revamp of the … Find out how to read more online.
Six arrested in counterfeit currency investigation
Wed  Jul 18 2018 04:08PM
Inside a Port Charlotte residence on the 1400 block of Woodlawn Avenue, investigators found all the items needed to counterfeit U.S. currency. Those items included a scanner, printer, modem, latex … Find out how to read more online.
Bay scallops and septic tank removal paid for by Deepwater Horizon settlement
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:39PM
Some of the first projects to be funded by Deepwater Horizon settlement funds have begun in Charlotte Harbor. Drawing from an initial $1.1 million fund, Charlotte County has already removed … Find out how to read more online.
Fear of AIDS drove family from schools, town
Sun  Jul 15 2018 08:30AM
In 1986, three young Arcadia brothers with hemophilia since birth tested positive for HIV. An ugly battle, complete with international headlines, ensued with the school system and many townsfolk who … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood Beach triathlon unhampered by red tide
Wed  Jul 18 2018 02:06PM
ENGLEWOOD — Plenty of winners took home medals at Saturday’s triathlon, but red tide didn’t even get an honorable mention. The blotchy brownish water plaguing beachgoers for weeks didn’t deter … Find out how to read more online.
Convoy from Punta Gorda protests for clean water
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:36PM
A convoy of cars and motorcycles left Punta Gorda and drove to Clewiston to rally on Saturday for cleaner waterways. Josh Greer, owner of West Wall Outfitters in Port Charlotte, … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte offered freebies for Parks and Rec Month
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:07PM
Saturday morning was the perfect day to soak up summer sun before heading back to school or work. Charlotte County celebrated Parks and Recreation Month by offering free admission to … Find out how to read more online.
Old grudges surface
Sun  Jul 15 2018 08:30AM
The race for state attorney pits a former employee against a current one, in campaigns where the past is becoming as important as the future. On one side is Amira … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte, North Port efforts: Cops partnering with mental health experts
Fri  Jul 13 2018 08:30AM
Local law enforcement officers are teaming up with mental health/substance abuse experts in an attempt to prevent untreated illnesses from spiraling out of control. Cops can involuntarily admit people who … Find out how to read more online.
Trabue lawsuit may settle soon, Punta Gorda attorney ‘cautiously optimistic’
Sat  Jul 14 2018 08:30AM
The land dispute between the city of Punta Gorda and descendants of the city’s founder might finally be coming to a close. In January 2017, the family of Col. Isaac … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte educator Cathy Janiak vies for school board
Sat  Jul 14 2018 03:02PM
Long-time Charlotte County teacher and guidance counselor Cathy Janiak is running for the District 1 School Board seat. With Lee Swift retiring this year, his seat is open to an … Find out how to read more online.
Building association endorses candidates
Wed  Jul 18 2018 12:29PM
It’s all about growth. For Charlotte County’s schools, airports, businesses and budget, the Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association’s political action committee has decided which candidates they find will grow the area … Find out how to read more online.
‘It happened so fast’
Thu  Jul 19 2018 09:12AM
NORTH PORT — After his truck crushed an oncoming SUV and flipped, a Port Charlotte man rushed to the vehicle he’d struck — pulling out a man from it as … Find out how to read more online.
Conviction rate disagreement dominates State Attorney debate
Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:30AM
The conviction rate for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit once again took center stage in a debate between State Attorney candidates Wednesday. At a forum held by the Charlotte County Bar … Find out how to read more online.
Whistleblower lawsuit is targeting Health Dept.
Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:34AM
Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County’s former leader is mentioned in a lawsuit, which claims he intended to falsify information on federal grant applications. Dr. Frank Lepore separated suddenly … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Fleeing felon crashes into squad cars
Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:34AM
NOKOMIS — Fleeing deputies, a convicted felon smashed into two squad cars and caused a head-on collision on Interstate 75, deputies reported Wednesday. At about 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.
Finding money for beach sand
Wed  Jul 18 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Manasota Key, Knight and Don Pedro islands will learn how much money it will take to keep their beaches sandy. The Charlotte County Commission has set a public … Find out how to read more online.
New hotel opening along Charlotte Harbor
Wed  Jul 18 2018 03:27PM
A new hotel is scheduled to open this week in Punta Gorda. SpringHill Suites by Marriott will start renting out its 104 suites at 101 Harborside Ave. on Thursday, according … Find out how to read more online.
Who owns the beach?
Mon  Jul 16 2018 08:30AM
Good deal, bad deal. Take your pick on a new Florida beach access law that caused so much confusion that Gov. Rick Scott issued a moratorium late Thursday affecting the … Find out how to read more online.
Local dogs found dead in animal traps
Wed  Jul 18 2018 04:08PM
They were meant to catch something much larger, and much more dangerous. Two dogs in the Cleveland area of Punta Gorda were found dead in a privately owned snare, Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Woman, 75, dies from June crash injuries
Wed  Jul 18 2018 04:08PM
A 75-year-old Englewood woman succumbed to injuries after being struck by a car on June 22, the Florida Highway Patrol reported Monday. Louise Hoffman was walking east across Ceres Street … Find out how to read more online.
Forecast: More rain, more thunder, more heat
Mon  Jul 16 2018 08:30AM
Not to any surprise, another hot and rainy week is in the weather forecast. According to the National Weather Service, Southwest Floridians should expect more showers and thunderstorms in the … Find out how to read more online.
Local marijuana arrests on the rise
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:02PM
Despite growing acceptance of marijuana use across the country, Southwest Florida law enforcement are still cracking down on the drug. In fact, local agencies have reported growing numbers of misdemeanor … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Harbor estuary program gets money from Mosaic
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:36PM
Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, an organization formed to protect waterways, is getting some funding through the Mosaic Company. That matters especially right now, as federal funding for CHNEP — … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide lurks in area waters
Sat  Jul 14 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Beach Guy Mark Timchula posted a video on Facebook Friday morning showing a change in the water color at Englewood Beach. It was brownish, not clear or bluish-green … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte commissioners reluctantly approve bat survey
Sun  Jul 15 2018 08:30AM
For some Charlotte County commissioners last week, red tide seemed to be the more pressing concern than an endangered bat. The elusive Bonneted Bat got a cold reception from at … Find out how to read more online.
Apples to Apples to spices?
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:01PM
Mark Osterhaus, the co-creator of some popular board and card games, is now living comfortably in Punta Gorda and moving on to other exciting ventures. In 1998, Osterhaus and his … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte fights for Hurricane Charley funds
Sat  Jul 14 2018 08:30AM
Almost fourteen years after Hurricane Charley, Charlotte County is disputing $1.2 million in disaster funds withheld by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA believes that Charlotte County was already paid … Find out how to read more online.
Save Our Fisheries convoy leaves Punta Gorda to rally
Sat  Jul 14 2018 08:30AM
Floridians fed up with what has been described as a “dismal condition” of public waterways will ride to rally in Clewiston today. Hundreds are expected to gather for the Save … Find out how to read more online.
Sun’s out, tongue’s out at fundraiser Record-setting dog raises awareness about pet adoption
Sun  Jul 15 2018 01:13PM
Mochi has the longest tongue of any dog in the world. It’s official — Guinness World Records official. She’s also a rescue dog, and her owner, Carla Rickert, believes her … Find out how to read more online.
Former cop recovering from grill accident
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:30PM
When Brian LaRussa went out to his lanai to check the boneless beef ribs on the grill, he noticed they weren’t cooking. He checked that the knobs were properly positioned. … Find out how to read more online.
Vote-by-mail ballots start going out today
Fri  Jul 13 2018 08:30AM
The first set of vote- by-mail ballots for the Aug. 28 primary election will go out today. In Sarasota County, the first set of more than 1,400 ballots will be … Find out how to read more online.


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