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Parkside projects inch ahead
Wed  Mar 4 2015 08:31AM
MURDOCK — In addressing upcoming Parkside Community Redevelopment Area projects, the County Commission on Tuesday approved funding for some, set priorities for others, and reallocated money to make more improvements … Find out how to read more online.
Tracks and Trails on track
Mon  Mar 2 2015 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — It’s the biggest music festival to come to Charlotte County. And with showtime just a few weeks away, tickets for the Country Life Music Festival … Find out how to read more online.
Flag day is every day for one veteran
Tue  Mar 3 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — George Combs, 84, is very proud of his military service. The Kentucky native enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1949 and attended airborne school in Fort Benning, … Find out how to read more online.
‘Tropical air mass’ causes warmer weather this week
Mon  Mar 2 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents can expect warmer weather all week, even with a weak front coming through toward the end of it. After the last cool front came through a few … Find out how to read more online.
Jim Julian launched first wave of Navy drones
Mon  Mar 2 2015 08:30AM
When Jim Julian flipped the switch, cranking up a small remote-controlled helicopter on the deck of a Navy destroyer, he became a part of history that stretches to the increasing … Find out how to read more online.
Edgewater Drive to close for two years
Mon  Mar 2 2015 03:10PM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Ken McDonald wasn’t having much luck on Friday, fishing off the pier at Sunrise Park. First, he wasn’t getting any nibbles. And then he learned that Edgewater … Find out how to read more online.
Spring fever
Sat  Feb 28 2015 05:22PM
Saturday was the Tampa Bay Rays’ first full-squad spring training workout at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte. … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Heart Walk: exercise in self-help
Sun  Mar 1 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Gary Barker had all the warning signs of heart disease before undergoing a bypass in September. And the precautions he took as a result of this forewarning … Find out how to read more online.
Injured baseball player begins road to recovery
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
There may be six weeks left in the local high school baseball season, but the Port Charlotte Pirates already have suffered its worst loss of the year. Senior outfielder Brad … Find out how to read more online.
County reconsidering Harbour Heights sidewalk project
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County is taking a second look at perhaps funding a sidewalk project in Harbour Heights. Citing child safety as a main consideration, District 1 Charlotte County Commissioner … Find out how to read more online.
1 dead in explosion, fire at Sarasota house
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — One person was killed late Thursday in an explosion and fire at a Sarasota home that remain under investigation, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said Friday. About … Find out how to read more online.
County explores future funding solutions
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:31AM
MURDOCK — During an extended discussion about Charlotte’s 20-year building program, county commissioners emphasized the dire funding shortage they face, as well as potential solutions, which generally translate into tax … Find out how to read more online.
Construction booming in Punta Gorda
Tue  Feb 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — If there were any doubts the city has pulled through the great recession, look no further than the construction boom happening around town. From single-family homes to … Find out how to read more online.
Fisheries forum wants your input
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
What do you know about our local waters? Whether it’s a lot or a little, someone would like to pick your brain. The Charlotte Harbor Fisheries Forum is a fledgling … Find out how to read more online.
Second home blues
Mon  Feb 23 2015 02:26PM
Owners of second homes in Florida will be paying more for flood insurance than those who live here full time. “In addition to whatever the rate increases are, owners of … Find out how to read more online.
Warmer weather expected mid week
Mon  Feb 23 2015 08:30AM
“Southerly winds,” should bring warmer temperatures to Southwest Florida residents this week, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures should rise a few degrees above normal today with mostly sunny … Find out how to read more online.
Habitat builds better lives
Mon  Feb 23 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dave Sanborn was floundering, bumbling and stumbling through life. “My friend tried to help me by telling me about Habitat for Humanity and the house he was having … Find out how to read more online.
Silent passenger a welcome passenger?
Sun  Feb 22 2015 08:30AM
The most critical evidence so far against a Port Charlotte man awaiting trial for a vehicular homicide charge has come from a silent witness many drivers don’t know exists. But … Find out how to read more online.
Edgewater construction snarls traffic
Tue  Mar 3 2015 08:30AM
Port Charlotte resident Dennis Peck stepped out Monday to run a few errands and barely recognized his own town. It was more reminiscent of a big city than a small … Find out how to read more online.
Glitches delay new test
Tue  Mar 3 2015 08:30AM
The first day of new standardized testing got off to a rocky start in Southwest Florida. School districts across the state were forced to delay or suspend the test, and … Find out how to read more online.
Lawyer for injured teen has questions
Tue  Mar 3 2015 08:30AM
The family of the local prep baseball standout who was seriously injured in a crash last week on his way to a game has retained a prominent area civil attorney, … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota, Charlotte counties seek input on comp plan revisions
Mon  Mar 2 2015 08:30AM
Sarasota and Charlotte counties have begun revamping their comprehensive plans, and there is still plenty of time to have your say. A county’s comp plan is a general policy guidebook … Find out how to read more online.
Historical plaque pays homage to Bailey Cemetery
Sun  Mar 1 2015 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — At a historical marker dedication for Lt. Carl Bailey Cemetery on Friday, re-enactors of the 2nd Infantry, United States Colored Troops, also paid tribute to … Find out how to read more online.
River Road expansion awaits funding
Sun  Mar 1 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Only two obstacles are standing in the way of widening River Road to four lanes from the Tamiami Trail intersection to the interstate — the land to … Find out how to read more online.
Carrs inducted into Wall of Warriors
Sun  Mar 1 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — When retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Dick Carr first met his wife Jean, a U.S. Air Force nurse, she just had a wisdom tooth extracted. A … Find out how to read more online.
Judge to go on record
Fri  Feb 27 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A judge will soon decide whether an accused killer’s rights were violated after a conversation between him and his lawyer was recorded and sent by jail staff … Find out how to read more online.
Deep Creek MSBU rates will double
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Promising residents will pay now or pay more later, Charlotte County commissioners have approved a street repaving program that will boost Deep Creek annual assessments by more than … Find out how to read more online.
Detert to champion bill for elder guardianship
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
State Sen. Nancy Detert plans to push for a bill in the next legislative session — which gets underway next week — that will reform Florida’s elder guardianship system. Detert’s … Find out how to read more online.
Teen testifies about alleged sexual abuse
Fri  Feb 27 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A 16-year-old girl took the stand Thursday in the sexual battery trial of Anthony James Jacot, revealing three incidents in which he allegedly raped the teen, once … Find out how to read more online.
On board with suspended tests
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:31AM
Representatives from the Sarasota and Charlotte county school districts endorsed Gov. Rick Scott’s executive order Tuesday to suspend a standardized test that Florida 11th-graders would have to take this spring, … Find out how to read more online.
Fisheries forum wants your input
Tue  Feb 24 2015 03:46PM
What do you know about our local waters? Whether it’s a lot or a little, someone would like to pick your brain. The Charlotte Harbor Fisheries Forum is a fledgling … Find out how to read more online.
Home prices rising
Tue  Feb 24 2015 08:30AM
Early-year home sales and prices are up significantly from a year ago, giving local real estate agents something to smile about in 2015. “I think people are realizing if they … Find out how to read more online.
Guitarist electrifies crowd at symphony
Fri  Feb 27 2015 01:11PM
Classical guitarist Gerardo Perez Capdevila electrified the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Sunday evening at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda with a virtuoso performance on his nine-string acoustical Spanish … Find out how to read more online.
Jail to use new video visitation vendor
Tue  Feb 24 2015 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is switching vendors for its video visitation service, which allows jail inmates to communicate with loved ones or attorneys through a program similar to Skype. … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte to memorialize all-black cemetery
Mon  Feb 23 2015 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — It might be considered pushing one’s luck to conduct a cemetery tour on Friday the 13th, but that’s exactly what historian Scot Shively lives for, … Find out how to read more online.
Cwiklinski shook hands with Gen. MacArthur during WWII
Mon  Feb 23 2015 08:30AM
Henry Cwiklinski of Indigo Isles manufactured home park in Englewood was in the second wave that attacked the Japanese-held island of Leyte in the Philippines on Oct. 20, 1944, during … Find out how to read more online.
Wine & Jazz in perfect harmony
Sun  Feb 22 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — It was their shared free spirit in life and song that brought Sheri Lenora and Larry Levi all the way from Austin, Texas, to Saturday’s 10th Annual … Find out how to read more online.