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Music fest doesn’t get too rowdy
Tue  Apr 28 2015 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — CountryLife Music Festival’s first event in Punta Gorda was not without some issues, but that didn’t stop local fans from enjoying it. Two-time Grammy-award winner … Find out how to read more online.
Seniors get help for complaints
Mon  Apr 27 2015 04:08PM
ENGLEWOOD — When told there’s cancer-causing mold growing inside their air-conditioning unit, most people get a second opinion. But elderly residents sometimes get scared they could die from the mold … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte debates state lobbyist contract
Mon  Apr 27 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners will consider extending the contract of their state lobbyist for another year Tuesday. But one commissioner is against the move, saying the county is not … Find out how to read more online.
Soldier fought Germans during WWII
Mon  Apr 27 2015 08:30AM
Tony Di Gregorio spent the cold, rainy winter of 1944 fighting Germans in the Appian Mountains of Italy during World War II. “We’d go out every night looking for them,” … Find out how to read more online.
Firefight gets a little too close for CCSO
Sun  Apr 26 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — A small electrical fire forced a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office helicopter to land while fighting a Gulf Cove brush fire Friday, Sheriff Bill Prummell confirmed Saturday morning. … Find out how to read more online.
Back on the job
Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM

UNRESOLVED PRISON DEATHS

There are more than 200 pending prison inmate death investigations in Florida. Six of them involve Charlotte Correctional Institution:

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Charles …

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As CCU director resigns, ‘big challenges’ remain
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:50AM
MURDOCK — Less than two months after receiving the results of a Charlotte County Utilities audit that was critical of several key operations in the department, director Terri Couture has … Find out how to read more online.
Remembering the ‘Forgotten War’
Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Retired U.S. Navy Capt. John W. Arens told the story of an Army combat medic’s heroism during the Korean War. The medic was tending to a wounded … Find out how to read more online.
‘Sopranos’ comment irks Italian-Americans
Mon  Apr 27 2015 04:14PM
Norma Oliva is proud of her heritage. “Italians work hard for everything,” the 69-year-old Punta Gorda resident said, using her ancestors — immigrants from Sicily — as an example. “My … Find out how to read more online.
Economic chief to give up post
Mon  Apr 27 2015 04:14PM
MURDOCK — Tom Patton, Charlotte County Economic Development director, has announced his intention to leave his job, citing the need for new challenges as well as a negative campaign led … Find out how to read more online.
Hop on board: ‘Try Transit Day’ today
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County will be offering free rides today as part of “Try Transit Day,” a statewide initiative for public transit services. Everyone is invited to take the transit … Find out how to read more online.
Privileged recording issues won’t go away in courts
Mon  Apr 27 2015 04:14PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — A murder trial that had been scheduled to start last month could be delayed for more than a year because the defendant is asking an appellate court to … Find out how to read more online.
She’s on the run
Mon  Apr 20 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — There was a time in Sherri Lennon’s adult life when she could barely walk, let alone run. Today, the Punta Gorda woman will be competing in her … Find out how to read more online.
Day on the water a way to say thanks
Mon  Apr 20 2015 08:30AM
Lorraine Geiser, commodore of the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, stood at a podium on the grounds Saturday and addressed the 20 local veterans who were about to be treated to … Find out how to read more online.
Special Olympians have fun at field day
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
ROTONDA — Skylar Martin lifted the golf club in celebration of making a hole-in-one in front of her friends. The 11-year-old fifth-grader at Peace River Elementary School in Charlotte Harbor … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County to hire 16 new employees
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County will be adding 16 full-time positions in the coming weeks, responding to a glut of capital projects on the horizon. The new positions will be added … Find out how to read more online.
Counties assail state’s primary care plan for underserved
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — One day after the Florida Department of Health confirmed that primary care services for the underserved will be switched over to the private sector in Sarasota County, commissioners … Find out how to read more online.
Jobs outlook bright
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County will be adding 16 full-time positions in the coming weeks, responding to a glut of capital projects on the horizon. The new positions will be added … Find out how to read more online.
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Kidneys, all in the family
Tue  Apr 28 2015 08:30AM
Don Lutz has always been a healthy guy. But in 2004, after changing jobs, he decided life insurance would be a smart way to protect his family. So he signed … Find out how to read more online.
With tears of joy, she said yes
Tue  Apr 28 2015 08:30AM
During a 15-month storybook romance that began with a power outage, Dan Poitras and Stephanie Rioux had often talked of becoming engaged, but the Port Charlotte couple agreed to wait … Find out how to read more online.
A step toward unity
Sun  Apr 26 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Waving an American flag, and boasting a huge smile and youthful exuberance, 11-year-old Amy Washington led the way during Saturday’s Peace March across the Barron Collier Bridge … Find out how to read more online.
Disabled man seeks aid to fence back yard for service dog
Mon  Apr 27 2015 03:46PM
A Port Charlotte man confined to an electric wheelchair is hoping the community will help him pay for a backyard fence so his service dog-in-training has a place to run … Find out how to read more online.
Officials: Fine Skidmore $10K
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The Florida Commission on Ethics has issued a final order that former county commissioner Robert Skidmore III misused his public position on two occasions. Skidmore was found … Find out how to read more online.
Fire grounds sheriff’s chopper
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A fire on the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office helicopter forced the aircraft to land at the Punta Gorda Airport late Friday afternoon. The chopper landed safely, and … Find out how to read more online.
Big step forward for home sales
Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM
With home sales already off to a fast start this year, March sales reached even greater levels in Charlotte and Sarasota counties. The Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of Realtors reported … Find out how to read more online.
Local homeless cats find love in UK
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:50AM
Brian and Jenny Port were not looking for a cat. As a matter of fact, the two residents of the United Kingdom were not even supposed to be in Englewood. … Find out how to read more online.
Shop churns up business, despite recall
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:50AM
PUNTA GORDA — In a good month, Harborwalk Scoops + Bites ice cream shop dishes out as much as 120 gallons of ice cream a week. Two-thirds of the sweet … Find out how to read more online.
Fired deputy could face criminal charges
Tue  Apr 21 2015 03:20PM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is pursuing criminal charges against a deputy fired for publicly associating with criminals and potentially exposing at least one confidential informant. Elio Santana, who had … Find out how to read more online.
Man could break color barrier at local cemetery
Mon  Apr 27 2015 04:14PM
PUNTA GORDA — Attending last month’s dedication of a historical marker at Lt. Carl Bailey Cemetery, Mark English was impressed by the stories of the two Civil War veterans buried … Find out how to read more online.
Festival to boost local tourism
Tue  Apr 21 2015 03:20PM
PUNTA GORDA — Kelly Williamson handles marketing for the waterfront hotel, Four Points by Sheraton, in the city’s downtown. Normally, the popular hotel has no problem accommodating guests this time … Find out how to read more online.
Rain, thunderstorms possible this week
Mon  Apr 20 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents experiencing weather in spring that feels more like summertime can expect more of the same this week. Based on temperatures at the Charlotte County Airport, meteorologist Rodney … Find out how to read more online.
Incorporation push goes public
Mon  Apr 20 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — About 50 residents and business people turned out Thursday for the initial public meeting regarding a possible incorporation drive for Port Charlotte. And many were as anxious … Find out how to read more online.
Tern Bay development stuck in time
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — Purple Emperor Way looks like any other ornately titled street in an exclusive subdivision. Fancy cars in the driveways, flowerbeds blooming with color and flags … Find out how to read more online.
Beauty of nature, art highlight eARTh Day Celebration
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Under a blue sky and a yellow sun wearing sunglasses, the crayon drawing shows Clara Bailey and her two sisters planting a tree amidst a field of … Find out how to read more online.
Gated communities making a comeback
Mon  Apr 20 2015 04:40PM
ENGLEWOOD — Building luxury homes in a gated community in 2006 seemed like the right idea. But for developers Sam Rodgers and Lee Wetherington, it quickly became a nightmare. In … Find out how to read more online.
Delivering smiles for 36 years
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Ask any of the hundreds of residents who live within the Old Sailboat section of Punta Gorda Isles, and they’ll say U.S. Postal Service mail carrier Sharon Winesett … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless rate, season wind down
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
The waning weeks of season continue to bring the unemployment rate down across Southwest Florida. The jobless rate in Charlotte County fell to an even 6 percent in March, down from … Find out how to read more online.