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Complaint filed against Positive Bounds
Sat  Dec 20 2014 06:21PM
NORTH PORT — Four local business members have filed a complaint through the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce and the state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services against the … Find out how to read more online.
App targets Brazilian tourists
Sat  Dec 20 2014 06:21PM
Chip Futch, marketing director for the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau, said a future iPhone and Android application may bring millions more tourists to Southwest Florida. The app, currently … Find out how to read more online.
State board OKs Babcock deal
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — The Florida Public Service Commission has signed off on a deal that will allow Florida Power & Light to be the sole power utility to … Find out how to read more online.
Children’s Network lauds local foster homes
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
In the last three years, Lourdes Otero and her life partner Tarsha Voyer have opened up their hearts and their home to 31 foster children. Their household is now bustling … Find out how to read more online.
Cuban-Americans wary of détente
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
Julio Morales was part of the Mariel boatlift in 1980, when more than 100,000 Cubans made the treacherous crossing to Florida — and freedom. But as a boy growing up … Find out how to read more online.
Cold front may come in chilly or wet Christmas package
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
Although it’s highly unlikely to see a White Christmas in Southwest Florida, meteorologist Robert Garcia with the National Weather Service said he and his colleagues “never rule it out.” While … Find out how to read more online.
Fishermen’s Village looking to expand
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — In the 36 years since Fishermen’s Village entered into a land lease with the city, the visitor outpost has grown from a sleepy spot on the harbor … Find out how to read more online.
County offers plans for Jones Loop rest area
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte County has sent a letter to the state expressing interest in taking over the Jones Loop Road rest area when it closes in January. … Find out how to read more online.
Crossroads hosts WinterFest
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — It’s being dubbed the world’s shortest parade, and judging by the route, that’s no hyperbole. Punta Gorda’s inaugural Santa Parade to benefit the AMIKids Crossroads’ group foster … Find out how to read more online.
Building a kayak with wings
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
At age 81, Skip Rasmussen, of Punta Gorda, is flying headlong into a new life venture. He’s building a twin-engine airplane in his Punta Gorda Isles garage. In life, he’s … Find out how to read more online.
Boats twinkle in 25th Annual Lighted Boat Parade
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
The 25th annual Punta Gorda Lighted Boat Parade, planned and carried out by the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, lit the harbor with dazzling displays of holiday decorations Sunday night. … Find out how to read more online.
‘Happy Neuter Year’ campaign for dogs and cats
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
Pet owners in Charlotte and DeSoto counties can have their male dog or cat neutered as part of a special Animal Rescue Coalition program. The “Happy Neuter Year” campaign sponsored … Find out how to read more online.
Area has $3 million lottery winner
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
A stop at an Englewood convenience store has made someone a lot richer. Monday, the Florida Lottery identified Mark Lewis as the Dearborn Corner Market customer whose purchase of a … Find out how to read more online.
Santa takes a ‘Paws’ for a very good cause
Mon  Dec 15 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Families with kids lining up to get their pictures taken with Santa Claus are not the only ones. These days, four-legged children also are getting in on … Find out how to read more online.
‘Shop’ fund honors late NPPD sergeant
Mon  Dec 15 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — This week, North Port police will team up to make sure area kids have a great Christmas. The annual “Shop with a Cop” event pairs officers and … Find out how to read more online.
Boil water notice issued for Harbour Heights
Mon  Dec 15 2014 08:30AM
HARBOUR HEIGHTS — Residents are advised of a 6-inch main line break at 2 a.m. Sunday on the corner of Broadpoint Drive and Sunnybrook Road. As a precaution, the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood boat race plans solidifying
Mon  Dec 15 2014 02:44PM
ENGLEWOOD — A few more t’s need to be crossed and i’s dotted, but the Offshore Powerboat Association is prepared to stage a race off Manasota Key in November. “It … Find out how to read more online.
Crash victim meets man who helped him
Sat  Dec 13 2014 08:30AM
ROTONDA WEST — Anthony Eklund really wanted to meet the man who helped to save him after he was hit by an alleged drunken driver on Nov. 25. He got his … Find out how to read more online.
Hands-on science makes cents
Sat  Dec 20 2014 06:21PM
MURDOCK — The Academy Worm Farm is officially open and ready for harvest, thanks to science teacher Deb Kindle and math teacher Jeremy Bunk. And according to Sean Moore, president … Find out how to read more online.
Holiday bustle lowers area jobless rates
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
With seasonal activity in high gear, hiring is up across Southwest Florida, resulting in a corresponding shrinkage in the number of unemployed. The jobless rate in Charlotte County fell to … Find out how to read more online.
Area high school grades news mixed
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
Grades for Charlotte County Public Schools’ three major high schools dipped, while two in Sarasota County leaped from a B to an A, according to a state report released Thursday. … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood launches ‘Waterfest’ plans
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Planning for the Englewood Beach Waterfest in November 2015 is on its way. The goal is for the Offshore Powerboat Association to stage powerboats qualifying and racing off … Find out how to read more online.
Sewer hardship program OK’d
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — At a County Commission special meeting on Tuesday, commissioners approved a revised hardship program for the East and West Spring Lake sewer project, providing grant money to help … Find out how to read more online.
WWII veteran receives high school diploma
Fri  Dec 19 2014 03:16PM
A few weeks ago, 90-year-old Port Charlotte resident Mike Humenansky was sitting at home with his wife Rosalie and reflecting on his life. He had been married fairly young to … Find out how to read more online.
Suncoast Humane opens local thrift store
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A short line formed outside the Suncoast Humane Society thrift store before the shop made its debut this week. Sheila Crouch, one of the first customers, was … Find out how to read more online.
Boil water alert scheduled to end today for Harbour Heights
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
HARBOUR HEIGHTS — A boil water alert resulting from Sunday’s water main break remains in effect until 2 p.m. today, according to the Charlotte Harbor Water Association. The pipes were … Find out how to read more online.

Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Katelyn Dawn Lewis, 23, 1400 block of Achilles St., Port Charlotte. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. • Anderson Lee … Find out how to read more online.
A bus is a bus, not a bad ride
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
You can look at the reality of a broken-down truck as an excuse to discard hundreds of used dollars at a repair shop, or you can view it as an … Find out how to read more online.
North Port population expected to double by 2040
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
North Port’s population is expected to soar to 111,300 by 2040, according to figures released Monday in an economic forecast plan. There are currently 56,800 residents in North Port. Projected … Find out how to read more online.
Commission plans meeting today
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
Intermittent lane closures on Burnt Store Intermittent lane closures on Burnt Store Road, from Zemel Road south to Vincent Street, are expected to continue through Thursday. Drainage and utility work … Find out how to read more online.
Sewer bids sky high
Mon  Dec 15 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — When bids for the East and West Spring Lake sewer project were opened last week, the news was worse than expected. While the ceiling on anticipated costs already … Find out how to read more online.
Clothing from days gone by back in demand
Mon  Dec 15 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Vintage clothing represents life from another time, and probably is less indicative of the person who originally wore it than of the era itself. The fact that … Find out how to read more online.
Law enforcement agencies use results in crime investigations
Sun  Dec 14 2014 08:30AM
A bill the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office received from DNA Labs International reflected about $2,000 in DNA testing for one recent case. The law enforcement agency paid the private lab … Find out how to read more online.
Ceremony message: ‘Remember, Honor, Teach’
Sun  Dec 14 2014 01:22PM
SARASOTA — Saturday morning, Debbie Upchurch drove more than 50 miles to attend the Wreaths Across America ceremony at Sarasota National Cemetery. For the Port Charlotte resident, it had a … Find out how to read more online.
Local recycling surges
Sat  Dec 13 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — In the past year, Waste Management has witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of households joining its expanded residential recycling program. In 2013, 39 percent of Charlotte households … Find out how to read more online.
El Jobean parade canceled
Sat  Dec 13 2014 08:30AM
EL JOBEAN — For more than 10 years, the residents of El Jobean have celebrated Christmas by holding a community parade. Participants would decorate golf carts, walkers would wear costumes, … Find out how to read more online.