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Waterfest to pitch for help from Charlotte County Commission
Thu  Jul 20 2017 07:38PM
ENGLEWOOD — Englewood Beach Waterfest 2017 is starting its engines. Organizers hope Charlotte County commissioners will want to pitch in and make Waterfest, now in its third year, a success. … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay to decide on repaving assessment change
Thu  Jul 20 2017 07:51PM
ENGLEWOOD — Property owners in the Lemon Bay Municipal Service Benefit Unit will see a hike to their assessments to repave 37.5 miles of roads. But Charlotte County is taking … Find out how to read more online.
Forecast: Hot and muggy weekend with ‘pop-up showers’
Thu  Jul 20 2017 07:16PM
Southwest Floridians can expect another hot weekend with some “pop-up showers and storms,” according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Stephen Shiveley. Shiveley said weekend rain chances are about 40 to … Find out how to read more online.
Three arrested in North Port man’s shooting death
Thu  Jul 20 2017 07:21PM
Three people have been arrested in connection with the death of North Port native Jonathan Delices. Delices was a student at Florida Gulf Coast University. He was a graduate of … Find out how to read more online.
Guns seized from convicted felon
Thu  Jul 20 2017 07:16PM
Members of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office seized two firearms from a convicted felon during a traffic stop leading to arrest Wednesday. Detectives observed Bo Cleveland, 31, of Port Charlotte, … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda man charged with child abuse
Thu  Jul 20 2017 07:14PM
PUNTA GORDA — A Punta Gorda man was charged with child abuse Thursday. The child’s guidance counselor contacted the school resource officer about a student having marks on his face … Find out how to read more online.
North Port man arrested after 24-hour standoff
Thu  Jul 20 2017 07:12PM
NORTH PORT — While waving a white T-shirt to show surrender, officials arrested a man who created a standoff situation for a full 24 hours. The man, 24, has not … Find out how to read more online.
Medical marijuana rules, access hazy in Southwest Florida
Tue  Jul 18 2017 01:59PM
Venice’s Compassionate Care Clinic is busy. Dr. Barry Gordon, laptop in hand, bounds around the tiny, three-room office space just off I-75 meeting with patients. Gordon, along with executive director … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte eyes millage-rate reduction
Thu  Jul 20 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — At a Charlotte County workshop this week, there was just one citizen who addressed next year’s proposed budget and millage rate. But his knowledge of the subject was … Find out how to read more online.
Convicted Punta Gorda killer pleads guilty in Vermont case
Thu  Jul 20 2017 08:30AM
The man convicted in a Charlotte County 2001 cold case homicide pleaded guilty Tuesday in the U.S. District Court of Vermont to possessing two firearms as a convicted felon. Phillip … Find out how to read more online.
Former Lemon Bay football players organize jamboree to remember teammate
Thu  Jul 20 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Josh Schulte and Lucas Sparks decided they wanted to do something to remember their late teammate and friend Austin Hirschy and help his family. And they did just … Find out how to read more online.
Leadership North Port applications now available
Thu  Jul 20 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Community leaders will soon have the chance to network while learning about North Port. The applications for the second class of Leadership North Port are now open. … Find out how to read more online.
North Port reminds shoppers of residential variety
Thu  Jul 20 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city has found a new way to market its homes — despite the ever-rising costs. North Port staff created a “Your Home, Your Choice, Your North … Find out how to read more online.
Unwinding at Port Charlotte Beach Complex
Wed  Jul 19 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte County residents and visitors tried to beat the heat at the Port Charlotte Beach Complex Monday morning. … Find out how to read more online.
Officials warn of fake contractors amid recent arrests
Wed  Jul 19 2017 08:30AM
Homeowners with repair needs can breathe a bit easier after the latest Sarasota County Sheriff’s office sting. On Tuesday the office announced nine arrests over a three day period for … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Jul 20 2017 10:46AM
The Charlotte County area has a wide range of volunteer opportunities. Contact one of the following organizations to see how you can get involved and give back to the community. … Find out how to read more online.
Low-cost housing still another option for Family Services Center site
Wed  Jul 19 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — A community group is recommending the Charlotte County Family Services Center be razed and relocated to another site in Parkside, making room for market-rate housing. Together Charlotte representatives … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Jul 19 2017 08:30AM
• Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Junior Law Academy Summer Camp: Murdock Middle School, 17325 Mariner Way, Port Charlotte. 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 27-28. Camp is designed to give … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Jul 19 2017 08:30AM
AARP Charlotte Chapter 80 The AARP Charlotte Chapter 80 meets meets on the third Thursday of every month at 9 a.m. at the Royal Palm Retirement Center, 2500 Aaron St., … Find out how to read more online.
Family, friends gather to remember ‘Gody’
Tue  Jul 18 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Godrien “Gody” Marcelin, 15, a Port Charlotte High School football linebacker, will be remembered for his love for not only the game, but also for people and … Find out how to read more online.
Suicide prevention group seeks plan input Saturday
Thu  Jul 20 2017 07:51PM
Zachary Taylor, an Englewood author and friend to many, died by suicide in 2014. Three years later, his younger brother Travis also took his life. Family and friends of the … Find out how to read more online.
Bald eagle dies of West Nile in Sarasota
Thu  Jul 20 2017 07:38PM
West Nile Virus is blamed for the death of a bald eagle found recently at a Sarasota park, according to a Florida Health Department report. It is the first reported … Find out how to read more online.
‘Ladies Remembered’
Thu  Jul 20 2017 07:01PM
Punta Gorda is the great-great-grandma of communities in Charlotte and south Sarasota counties. North Port, incorporated in 1959, had 178 residents at the time. The area known as Port Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County OKs South Burnt Store MSBU repaving project
Thu  Jul 20 2017 07:14PM
MURDOCK — With most Burnt Store Lakes residents seemingly in support of repaving neighborhood streets, the County Commission on Wednesday tentatively approved the $5.67 million project. Each of the 2,313 … Find out how to read more online.
Zoning board rejects Aldi at Jones Loop
Thu  Jul 20 2017 07:21PM
PUNTA GORDA — City residents hoping to save on groceries may be out of luck. Punta Gorda Board of Zoning Appeals on Tuesday recommended the rejection of a variance appeal … Find out how to read more online.
North Port commissioners will discuss city attorney contract
Thu  Jul 20 2017 07:12PM
NORTH PORT — The North Port City Commission will be looking to fill another city position next week. The board will be reviewing the contract for interim City Attorney Amber … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda sex offender receives 21 months for failing to register
Thu  Jul 20 2017 08:30AM
FORT MYERS — A 45-year-old Punta Gorda man received 21 months in federal prison on Tuesday for failing to register as a sex offender. Eric David Erdmann registered as a … Find out how to read more online.
Two arrested in drug bust at Bayshore Park
Thu  Jul 20 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte County deputies confiscated more than 200 pills during a drug bust at Bayshore Park Monday. The deputies came to the park searching for Hope Jeske, wanted for an out-of-county … Find out how to read more online.
Sprayer is new weapon in war on bugs
Thu  Jul 20 2017 08:30AM
To say controlling disease-carrying mosquitoes is a challenge may be an understatement. One female mosquito can lay up to 500 eggs. She can do it three times before dying. Her … Find out how to read more online.
Kids’ Needs needed more than ever
Thu  Jul 20 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — When Leslie Edwards graduated from Lemon Bay High School in 1988, she never would have imagined that the number of Englewood kids from economically struggling families would grow. … Find out how to read more online.
North Port groups teaming up to talk jobs
Thu  Jul 20 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A few key North Port officials have teamed up to discuss how to improve job growth. “We sent out a questionnaire (to businesses) and one of the … Find out how to read more online.
Area AMVETS leader named state commander
Thu  Jul 20 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The region’s veterans will be well-represented at the state level, thanks to Terry Corson. Corson was chosen as the AMVETS Florida Department’s state commander at its convention … Find out how to read more online.
Learn to Sail on Charlotte Harbor
Wed  Jul 19 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Learn to Sail Inc., a local nonprofit, offers summer sailing courses for ages 8-18 through September at the YMCA Bayfront Center at 750 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta … Find out how to read more online.
Port Charlotte man sentenced for tax, bank fraud
Wed  Jul 19 2017 08:30AM
A Port Charlotte businessman was sentenced to 57 months in prison for conspiring to commit tax and bank fraud Monday. Casey Padula, 48, caused a tax loss of more than … Find out how to read more online.
Man stabbed at Allstar Sports Grill
Wed  Jul 19 2017 08:30AM
A fight outside Allstar Sports Grill in Port Charlotte ended in a stabbing early Monday morning. The victim told members of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office he was stabbed by … Find out how to read more online.
Airport passenger traffic up for 44th straight month
Wed  Jul 19 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Make it 44 months in a row. Charlotte County Airport Authority said Monday that total passenger count at Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) for the 12-month cycle ending in … Find out how to read more online.
Gender Equality: then and now
Thu  Jul 20 2017 07:01PM
This will be a year remembered for women rallying around the region and the country in response to a president they find repulsive. History was made with the Women’s March … Find out how to read more online.
7-Eleven killer gets life
Wed  Jul 19 2017 08:02AM
The man convicted in the 2015 7-Eleven murder and arson case in Punta Gorda was sentenced to life in prison Monday. Last month, a six-person jury found Michael J. Russo, … Find out how to read more online.


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