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New parking restrictions in Charlotte residential districts
Sun  Aug 2 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners on Tuesday adopted new rules for the parking of boats, recreational vehicles, trucks and trailers in residential areas. Claire Jubb, interim community development director for … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda, a voting anomaly in the South
Sun  Aug 2 2015 08:30AM
Johnny Lloyd Jr. was just a little boy when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a landmark piece of legislation that struck down … Find out how to read more online.
Truck hits cable pole; interrupts local service
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A truck knocked down a fiber optic cable in the early morning hours Thursday, interrupting service for Comcast customers in North Port, just north of the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Local credit card debt among lowest in state
Fri  Jul 31 2015 04:19PM
People in Sarasota and Charlotte counties have some of the lowest credit card debt in Florida, and that bodes well for the financial health of the area, according to a … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood man charged with attempted murder
Fri  Jul 31 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A local man is facing a slew of charges — including attempted murder — after what the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office describes as a “vicious attack on two … Find out how to read more online.
County votes to keep Patton
Wed  Jul 29 2015 10:49AM
MURDOCK — Following a lengthy debate at Tuesday’s commission meeting on whether the county and its economic development director should go their separate ways, it appears Tom Patton is here … Find out how to read more online.
Low-income housing for seniors rebuilt
Wed  Jul 29 2015 10:49AM
PUNTA GORDA — Some senior residents may have moved on, and others may have died since their homes were destroyed by Hurricane Charley in 2004. Still, some never gave up … Find out how to read more online.
Old murder case finally heading for trial
Tue  Jul 28 2015 08:30AM
Phillip Barr spent his 46th birthday in jail over the weekend. The man, charged in the 2001 murder of Tara Sidarovich, soon should learn if he gets to spend his … Find out how to read more online.
Residents react to prospect of Midway expansion
Tue  Jul 28 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — While motorists anxiously await the widening of Midway Boulevard, with roadwork set to begin next month, residents remain wary of the three-year construction schedule. “It will be … Find out how to read more online.
Hired Guns
Sun  Jul 26 2015 08:30AM
Local law enforcement members are always looking to help their community — and make some extra cash at the same time. And they’re certainly getting the chance to do so. … Find out how to read more online.
Corporal dodged enemy, friendly fire in Korea
Mon  Jul 27 2015 12:51PM
Robert Borboro, of Cross Creek RV Park north of Arcadia, spent the better part of two years in Korea during that war. While it’s been 60 years since he was … Find out how to read more online.
‘Bulk’ mail?
Sun  Jul 26 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH GULF COVE — After he allegedly sent thousands of steroids from his South Gulf Cove home and the Englewood post office, federal agents arrested Robert G. Gregory on multiple … Find out how to read more online.
DCSO: Additional victims sought in child porn case
Mon  Jul 27 2015 11:53AM
DESOTO COUNTY — A Tampa man is facing numerous charges related to child pornography, and authorities fear there may be more victims who’ve not yet been identified. The DeSoto County … Find out how to read more online.
GOP weighs in on incorporation
Sun  Aug 2 2015 05:03PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Going into Thursday’s meeting with the Charlotte County Republican Executive Committee, Denise Garbacz knew she would face a tough crowd. With a basic tenet of the GOP … Find out how to read more online.
Moving to Charlotte
Sun  Aug 2 2015 05:03PM
While New York continues to send the highest number of its residents to live in Florida, most of the Yankees coming to Charlotte County between 2011 and 2013 were Red … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte sets higher MSBU rates
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — About 200 residents turned out for a public hearing on proposed tax increases to pay for road maintenance. Three different municipal service benefit units were represented, each … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda attorney puts area police force on notice
Fri  Jul 24 2015 12:52PM
PUNTA GORDA — A Punta Gorda lawyer and former judge candidate has notified the City of Venice that he plans to sue its police department. Steven Leskovich, of Leskovich Law … Find out how to read more online.
Housing market slows in Charlotte
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
The Charlotte County housing market shifted into reverse last month, with both the number of home sales and median sale prices in decline. The Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of … Find out how to read more online.
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Beauty and the (US 41) beast
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — In North Port, motorists drive along the beautifully landscaped corridors of Sumter and Toledo Blade boulevards, where lush greenery eases the daily commute. To the south, in Punta … Find out how to read more online.
Despite tiff, county affirms support for Patton
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — When Western Michigan University officials visit Charlotte to further explore the feasibility of establishing an aviation program here, and they have made the trip at least 20 times, … Find out how to read more online.
Dragon boat racing is back at Laishley Park
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
The Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club Harbor Dragons has partnered with the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, and the Charlotte Local Education Foundation, to bring back the popular dragon boat races. … Find out how to read more online.
Former Englewood man’s novel to become movie
Fri  Jul 31 2015 04:22PM
ENGLEWOOD — When Ransom Riggs learned Samuel L. Jackson is playing a character in his young-adult novel turned movie, he freaked out. Novelist Riggs, who grew up in a little … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte gives free clinics shot in the arm
Thu  Jul 30 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Emergency funding is going to free health clinics in Charlotte County to fill a giant hole in their budget and keep them from turning away patients. But local … Find out how to read more online.
Officials: Sticker could help save pets’ lives
Wed  Jul 29 2015 10:49AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Pet owners can help potentially save their furry friend’s lives just by obtaining a sticker. County safety officials on Tuesday announced the launch of their latest sticker … Find out how to read more online.
Getting out the word on the arts
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Tish Sheesley sees herself as sort of a town crier for the arts community. “Our mission is to promote and advocate,” the new executive director of the Arts & Humanities … Find out how to read more online.
Bike Boca’s beautiful path
Wed  Jul 29 2015 10:49AM

Bicycle safety tips

• Wear a properly fitted helmet

• Adjust your bicycle to fit

• Check your equipment. Before riding, inflate tires properly and check that your brakes work. …

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County sues tree service
Tue  Jul 28 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County has filed suit against a local tree service after the company was cited for cutting down trees without a permit. Brown’s Budget Tree Service, a family-run … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte eyes next septic-to-sewer project
Mon  Jul 27 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — With the Spring Lakes sewer expansion project flowing along, county officials are already planning the next stage of their wastewater master plan. The next step in the county’s … Find out how to read more online.
New American with a Southern flair
Mon  Jul 27 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Lee Richardson likes to describe himself as a local boy. Born and raised in Punta Gorda, he got into the restaurant business as a teenager working as … Find out how to read more online.
Up in Smoke
Sun  Aug 2 2015 05:03PM
PUNTA GORDA — Rhett Anderson is a big man with a big job. At any given moment, a call can come in, often in the middle of the night, and … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte man investigated for out-of-state government job
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
Gary Grosskopf’s home is in Port Charlotte. But his office is 1,300 miles away. Some people have a problem with that, especially considering Grosskopf’s position as Oswego Township (Ill.) Highway … Find out how to read more online.
Jury: Driver not at fault for backing over child
Sun  Aug 2 2015 05:03PM
PUNTA GORDA — A Charlotte County jury has decided an elderly man was not driving negligently in his driveway in Port Charlotte when he backed over a 7-year-old boy more … Find out how to read more online.
Ex-toll collector gains worldwide support
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
BOCA GRANDE — Until recently, 77-year-old Vladislav “Sam” Samsonov didn’t know what the words “trending” or “viral” meant. Now, all he knows is his story is doing both — worldwide. … Find out how to read more online.
Front expected to bring wet weather
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents may want to stay inside, rent movies and eat popcorn this weekend with the rainy weather expected. “There could be some breaks with a little bit of … Find out how to read more online.
Men still in critical condition after shooting
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The two men injured in a shooting early Wednesday morning were still in critical condition Thursday afternoon, according to North Port Police Chief Kevin Vespia. Just before … Find out how to read more online.
Wednesday crashes leave 2 critically injured
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH SARASOTA COUNTY — Two separate area accidents Wednesday resulted in two critically injured victims, according to Florida Highway Patrol reports. The FHP has not yet released the name of … Find out how to read more online.