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Thu  May 25 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Marissa Nash said working out the mystery plots in Nancy Drew books, as well as her family’s work in the medical field, inspired her. Nash, who ranked … Find out how to read more online.
North Port commissioners take on medical task force, delay other topics
Thu  May 25 2017 06:46PM
NORTH PORT — The North Port City Commissioner checked things off the agenda as its nighttime meeting ran past 1 a.m. on Wednesday. In addition to terminating the city attorney … Find out how to read more online.
Woman pulled from Stump Pass current
Thu  May 25 2017 06:46PM
ENGLEWOOD — Emergency workers were sent to rescue a woman who was caught in the currents near Stump Pass on Thursday evening. A Charlotte County Fire Rescue boat was sent … Find out how to read more online.
Mixed emotions on last day of school
Thu  May 25 2017 06:46PM
Thursday was the last day of school for Charlotte County students. The last day for Sarasota students is June 6. … Find out how to read more online.
Deputy ‘slaps gun away’ from homeless man
Thu  May 25 2017 06:46PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A homeless man was charged with multiple counts of assault after pulling a gun on a man and his wife Wednesday. The couple told Charlotte County Sheriff’s … Find out how to read more online.
Community pushes back on proposed Human Rights Ordinance changes
Thu  May 25 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — While inclusion was at the forefront of changing the city’s Human Rights Ordinance, officials and residents said that goal was not accomplished. The ordinance was created for … Find out how to read more online.
North Port fires city attorney
Thu  May 25 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Three years after a city attorney left with a cloud of unethical behavior looming over him, his replacement was fired. Mark Moriarty, who came to North Port … Find out how to read more online.
Student video shows bus driver texting at the wheel
Thu  May 25 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — A group of Sarasota County students and their parents are concerned about the actions of a school bus driver. The students shot video of what appears to be … Find out how to read more online.
Initiative targets safer roads for bicyclists, pedestrians
Thu  May 25 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — An official from the Florida Department of Transportation will speak tonight at a meeting on transportation safety and the agency’s Complete Streets initiative. The meeting is slated … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Mother in jail after taking son from father
Thu  May 25 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The mother who caused panic after snatching her son from his biological father earlier this month has been booked into the Charlotte County Jail after her arrest … Find out how to read more online.
Making school lunch great
Tue  May 23 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte and Sarasota schools: Not lowering standards The White House may drop its standards, but not in Charlotte County and Sarasota County lunchrooms. This month’s announcement won’t change much for … Find out how to read more online.
Nickerson to return to Sun; Lee to take new position
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
Longtime Sun Coast Media Group employee Glen Nickerson will return to Charlotte County as publisher of all Sun newspapers, and current publisher Rob Lee will take on a new challenge … Find out how to read more online.
School tax referendum moving forward
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — School officials are moving ahead with placing a tax referendum on the November 2018 ballot despite some residents’ objections. “We’ve already decided that we’re going to go … Find out how to read more online.
City signs pool contract
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — In two years, the city will have an aquatic center — or sooner, if the City Commission has a say in it. “It’s not just a community … Find out how to read more online.
Assisted living facility gets green light
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Facing criticism and jeers from a standing-room-only crowd Monday, Punta Gorda’s Planning Commission moved unanimously to OK a special exception, allowing an assisted living facility to be … Find out how to read more online.
Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School grads get their night
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
On Friday evening at the Charlotte Harbor Event Center, the Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School, Charlotte Campus, graduating Class of 2017 received their diplomas. Many of the graduates completed the … Find out how to read more online.
Tourism office on the move
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — After another lengthy discussion, marking the third such exchange in three weeks, Charlotte commissioners unanimously approved relocating the tourism office into a larger, more visible space along U.S. … Find out how to read more online.
Interstate shuts down after bridge damage
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
Southbound Interstate 75 was shut down briefly Tuesday morning at Kings Highway after a truck trailering a back hoe struck the top of the overpass bridge. Florida Department of Transportation … Find out how to read more online.
Neighbors blue over bayou silt
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Brucewood Bayou might not be what most people would picture as a bayou. Located just off South McCall Road, across from the Community Presbyterian Church, the Brucewood … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte searching for burglary suspect
Tue  May 23 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is searching for the suspect in more than 10 residential burglaries that have occurred since mid-April. Blake Guild, 27, has no current known address, but … Find out how to read more online.
Economic development discussion yields few results
Thu  May 25 2017 06:46PM
SARASOTA — The Sarasota County Board of Commissioners held its long-sought workshop on economic development — at least by one commissioner — with few results Wednesday afternoon. “It’s absolutely critical … Find out how to read more online.
Stump Pass nearing completion
Thu  May 25 2017 06:46PM
ENGLEWOOD — The Stump Pass dredging project should be completed in about a week. Due to the inclement weather Wednesday, Great Lakes Dredging and Docks Company postponed work on the … Find out how to read more online.
Sunshine expected for Memorial Day weekend
Thu  May 25 2017 06:46PM
Southwest Floridians will see the rain clear out for Memorial Day weekend to make way for mostly sunny skies, according to the forecast. “It should be pretty nice,” said National … Find out how to read more online.
City Manager upholds PGPD officer Coel’s firing
Thu  May 25 2017 06:46PM
Lee Coel is officially fired from the Punta Gorda Police Department. City Manager Howard Kunik upheld the decision of Human Resources Manager Phil Wickstrom to terminate the former officer’s employment … Find out how to read more online.
Young actor works both sides of the camera
Thu  May 25 2017 06:44PM
When the third and final season of the hit Netflix series “Bloodline” debuts today, Port Charlotte’s Kevin Moody will take particular notice. The 19-year-old Charlotte High School graduate, who has … Find out how to read more online.
Deputy fired in connection with attempted murder cover-up
Thu  May 25 2017 08:30AM
A Sarasota County deputy was fired Wednesday following a monthslong investigation regarding an attempted murder. Carson Plank was placed on leave Feb. 9 after being charged with giving false information … Find out how to read more online.
Injured horse heals on Crestwood Road
Thu  May 25 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Two weeks ago, Skye Grissinger went about her morning routine, feeding horses at her Crestwood Road home. Then, “my heart skipped two beats,” she recalled. Grissinger, a riding … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay grad part of Preakness-winning team
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
Saturday’s 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes had a little more interest to those in Englewood who might recall a pretty fair softball and volleyball player at Lemon Bay around … Find out how to read more online.
Crossroads Hope Academy celebrates first graduate
Thu  May 25 2017 08:30AM
The world revolved around a beaming Felix Valdez last week at the First United Methodist Church in Punta Gorda. It had been just a year since his mother died and … Find out how to read more online.
9 busted in undercover alligator investigation
Thu  May 25 2017 08:30AM
Nine individuals were arrested on 44 felony violations in an undercover alligator poaching investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The suspects include one Punta Gorda man and … Find out how to read more online.
World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament, art festival this week
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
BOCA GRANDE — Excitement is brewing as our fishing community prepares for the 2017 Tarpon Festival held each year on Gasparilla Island. This year’s festival is set for 10 a.m. … Find out how to read more online.
Facility agreement with Braves approved
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — The road to bringing Major League Baseball to North Port and Sarasota County became a little bumpier Tuesday — unlike two weeks ago — but the project continues … Find out how to read more online.
Prison well goes dry; officials say water project not to blame
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
Six times the amount of water that Charlotte Correctional Institution is permitted to withdraw annually from the ground has been pumped from a Charlotte County mine and sent to Cape … Find out how to read more online.
District tightens water restrictions throughout 16-county region
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board voted Tuesday to increase water restrictions throughout the region. The modified Phase III water shortage order affects counties throughout the district’s boundaries … Find out how to read more online.
Lunafest event celebrates women’s voices
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
The Punta Gorda Civic Association was the site for the 2017 Lunafest traveling film festival of short films by, for and about women. The nine films were filled with stories … Find out how to read more online.
Bikers gather to help children
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
Ninety-eight riders gathered at the Wal-Mart on Kings Highway over the weekend for the Fifth Annual Charity Bike Run for drowning prevention sponsored by the Just Against Children Drowning Foundation. … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Jose Israel Rodas Jr., 18, 28000 block of Cleveland Ave., Punta Gorda. Charges: failure to appear and underlying charge. Bond: … Find out how to read more online.
The Academy graduates shine at ceremony
Thu  May 25 2017 04:40PM
The seniors of The Academy celebrated their graduation Friday at Charlotte Performing Arts Center. … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte High’s choice enrollment closed this year
Tue  May 23 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte High School will shut its doors to incoming freshmen who live outside its boundaries next school year. In the past, parents of children who lived in … Find out how to read more online.
State temporarily closes Sunset Grill
Tue  May 23 2017 08:30AM
It was Friday night — normally a fine time for an adult beverage, a 10-for-$10 special, live entertainment and sundown at Sunset Grill on the Harbor. But loyal regulars, who … Find out how to read more online.


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