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Charlotte Transit may lower fares
Tue  May 24 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County Transit will be dropping the basic price of a one-way ride from $3 to $2 if the County Commission approves the proposal today. The fare reduction … Find out how to read more online.
Surviving suicide
Mon  May 23 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — After losing his youngest son to suicide six years ago, Paul Andrews said he received support at first, but later some people told him to get over … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda wants new garbage collection system
Mon  May 23 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — City staff got its “marching orders” to come up with a plan for the sanitation department to switch from its rear-loader garbage trucks to new multi-pack garbage … Find out how to read more online.
Hot and mostly dry weather expected
Mon  May 23 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians will get warm weather with sunshine and clear skies this week, but they’ll also get a bit of relief from humidity. Behind the front that came in over … Find out how to read more online.
Imagine, NPHS excel in applying for financial aid
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Two North Port schools were recognized this week for improving the percentage of high school seniors who apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Imagine School … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless rate decreases as income inequality increases
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — The optimistic labor market news generated by persistently falling unemployment numbers is somewhat offset by a report drawing attention to the shrinking middle class. A new study … Find out how to read more online.
Watching your back
Thu  May 19 2016 08:30AM
Editor’s note: As part of the Sun’s coverage for National Police Week, Sun correspondent Al Hemingway went on a ride-a-long with Punta Gorda Police Officer Joe Trufan. PUNTA GORDA — … Find out how to read more online.
‘It’s not justice’
Tue  May 17 2016 08:30AM
A Port Charlotte father is concerned that a defamation lawsuit filed against his son, who was a witness in a criminal case, will discourage the public from giving statements to … Find out how to read more online.
Nine ESE liaisons lose jobs
Mon  May 16 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — A loss in federal funding has led the Charlotte County school district to cut nine exceptional student education liaison positions. The ESE liaisons assist schools with special-needs … Find out how to read more online.
Sailor’s ship nearly hit by kamikaze at Okinawa
Mon  May 16 2016 08:30AM
Okinawa, the largest and deadliest battle in the Pacific during World War II, began Easter Sunday morning, April 1, 1945. When it was over 82 days later on June 22 — … Find out how to read more online.
Second-graders learn to swim — free
Sat  May 14 2016 08:30AM
Thanks to a $25,000 grant by Gulf Coast Community Foundation, more than 800 second-grade students in Charlotte County are getting free swim lessons. The Gulf Coast Community Foundation launched a … Find out how to read more online.
Commissioners glance at San Sebastian sewer project
Sat  May 14 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners got a look at the preliminary assessment for the San Sebastian Harbor sewer project during a workshop this week at the County Administration Building. Gordon … Find out how to read more online.
Award: Sarasota County water more tasty than Charlotte’s
Sat  May 14 2016 08:30AM
In at least one respect, Charlotte and DeSoto counties have to play second fiddle to Sarasota County. Sarasota County was named among the 12 finalists for the year in the … Find out how to read more online.
Defendant pleads not guilty in deadly ‘suicide’ wreck
Tue  May 10 2016 08:30AM
Clutching his wife’s hand outside the Charlotte County Justice Center on Monday, Anatoli Melnitchouk said he felt sorry for the man accused of vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter in the … Find out how to read more online.
Suspect charged in DUI manslaughter
Mon  May 9 2016 11:27AM
The State Attorney’s Office charged a former Sarasota County School District employee this month with vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter after his purported suicide attempt in March resulted in the … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte losing students to Sarasota
Mon  May 9 2016 11:27AM
Charlotte County Public Schools lost more than 700 students this school year to student transfers, district data shows. This is the biggest loss of students in four years. The district … Find out how to read more online.
LEAGUE OF HER OWN
Sat  May 7 2016 08:30AM
At 82, Sue Zipay’s vision is clear — she wants to build the nation’s first interactive women’s sports museum. Zipay played several positions on the Rockford Peaches professional baseball team … Find out how to read more online.
Former WWE Wrestling Champion to speak
Fri  May 6 2016 05:52PM
Former WWE Wrestling Champion Marc Mero will be speaking today about his career and life choice. This event starts with a barbecue at 4 p.m. at the Venice Community Center. … Find out how to read more online.
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CEO resigns from Charlotte Community Foundation
Tue  May 24 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Julia Steele resigned last week as chief executive officer of the Charlotte Community Foundation. “She’s primarily moving on to pursue other opportunities,” said CCF Board Chairwoman Mary … Find out how to read more online.
WMU receives tentative OK to start aviation program here
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Western Michigan University is a step closer to establishing pilot training and other programs in Charlotte County after securing a provisional license. In a unanimous vote Wednesday, … Find out how to read more online.
Marine joined up shortly before Pearl Harbor attack
Mon  May 23 2016 08:30AM
When Carl Corwin sailed into Pearl Harbor he was a scared, 17-year-old Marine. The Japanese had just bombed Pearl, and almost all of the battleships in America’s Pacific Fleet were … Find out how to read more online.
1,302 years of combined life celebrated
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Millie Peck tap-danced her way down the aisle during a centenarian celebration at North Port Pines retirement center, honoring its residents who are 100 years old or … Find out how to read more online.
Water main break affects 1,700 homes
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — What officials deemed a “very rare” type of water main break dried up faucets in two West Villages communities Saturday, affecting about 1,700 homes. The break occurred … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane Expo: Prepare, plan, do it now
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
Preparedness and planning were the watchwords at the Hurricane and Business Expo 2016 Saturday at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda. The expo, sponsored by Sun … Find out how to read more online.
Charter review hearing draws little interest
Tue  May 17 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Famed local developer Robert “Bucky” McQueen doesn’t care much for municipal service benefit units, those pesky taxing districts that carve up the county into geographic enclaves. Although … Find out how to read more online.
Burnt Store Isles votes on underground utilities
Sat  May 14 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Burnt Store Isles residents are digging in their heels regarding a plan to bury overhead electric lines. This week the city of Punta Gorda started mailing out … Find out how to read more online.
Airport wants Uber to pay fees
Mon  May 16 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Bill Mader believes he is being harassed by workers at the Punta Gorda Airport. Mader, 83, is an Uber driver and was informed by several employees that … Find out how to read more online.
Southern Technical College continues to evolve
Sat  May 14 2016 08:30AM
Southern Technical College had a brainstorming session with the community and its Program Advisory Committee this week at its Port Charlotte campus. The Program Advisory Committee includes department heads and … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  May 14 2016 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Deborah Anne Razo, 53, 26300 block of Guayaquil Drive, Punta Gorda. Charge: violation of probation (original charge: possession of less … Find out how to read more online.
Southwest Florida doctor accompanying athletes to Rio 2016
Sun  May 15 2016 08:30AM
The Olympics are nearing and one Southwest Florida doctor is going to Rio de Janeiro knowing he won’t win a medal, but he just might be able to help the … Find out how to read more online.
Sons of AMVETS offers free membership
Sat  May 14 2016 08:30AM
Sons of AMVETS Post 312 is offering a way to recharge life and join 20,000 men in the organization for free, the group said. Now through July 4, Sons of … Find out how to read more online.
Sewer project divides neighborhood
Tue  May 10 2016 08:30AM
San Sebastian Harbor is an enclave of 51 waterfront homes that sits off U.S. 41 South in unincorporated Punta Gorda. Singapore Road is the only way in, and the only … Find out how to read more online.
Hotter and stickier weather expected by mid week
Mon  May 9 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians in a couple areas of eastern Sarasota and Lee counties dealt with some red flags for fire hazards this weekend due to dry weather, but the humidity will … Find out how to read more online.
Sailor made 5 combat cruises aboard sub USS Spearfish
Tue  May 10 2016 10:14AM
Tony Faella, now of Venice, made five combat tours in the Pacific aboard the submarine USS Spearfish (SS-190) during World War II — from 1942 until war’s end in ’45. … Find out how to read more online.
Report: County park cleanup includes arrest of sex ‘ring leader’
Thu  May 5 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — A registered sex offender has been arrested, caught on a surveillance camera exposing himself and performing sex acts in a public park, authorities said. Elwood Bruce Gifford, … Find out how to read more online.
SCORE Small Business Talk: A postcard in every box the easy way
Sat  May 7 2016 08:30AM
In yesteryears, mailboxes were so stuffed with advertising materials that we took to calling it junk mail. The volume has declined so much that it is hardly worth going to … Find out how to read more online.