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Locals seek state help with derelict vessels
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
VENICE — Don Schilke was pleased with the West Coast Navigation District Friday. The district’s board — made up of Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee county commissioners — agreed to … Find out how to read more online.
Schools take precautions for Monday’s solar eclipse
Fri  Aug 18 2017 08:30AM
In an effort to keep children safe from the rays of Monday’s solar eclipse, area schools are joining school districts statewide in canceling outdoor activities. “There are going to be … Find out how to read more online.
Service held for former North Port volunteer fire chief
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — A service with honors took place for William “Bill” Moore Jr., 69, Thursday. Moore worked for the North Port Volunteer Fire Department for about 20 years and served, … Find out how to read more online.
Local unemployment rate levels off
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Steady as she goes. That sums up the July unemployment rate in both Charlotte and Sarasota counties, each posting identical numbers for the second consecutive month. In … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff’s Office Interactive Learning Trailer hits the road for crime prevention
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office unveiled an Interactive Learning Trailer on Saturday at a Back to School Bash held at the Tringali Center. This new tool in safety education and … Find out how to read more online.

Fri  Aug 18 2017 08:08PM
Air Show adds aviation-themed 5K
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Providing a unique experience for runners, Florida International Air Show is adding its first ever 5K to this year’s lineup. The race will navigate runners around an … Find out how to read more online.
Bayfront Health celebrates 70th birthday
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
Bayfront Health Punta Gorda celebrated its 70th birthday Thursday with various activities and events held throughout the day. The hospital offered a live radio remote broadcast, a tour of the … Find out how to read more online.
SCF Venice opens new Gator Den
Fri  Aug 18 2017 01:39PM
VENICE — When State College of Florida Venice students return on Monday, they’ll notice a new space within the Academic Services Building. The building now includes the new University of … Find out how to read more online.
Partly cloudy for eclipse; high humidity over weekend
Fri  Aug 18 2017 08:30AM
Southwest Florida sky watchers viewing the solar eclipse Monday may get a glimpse of it as the clouds move out of the way. “It will be in-and-out cloudiness, but we’re … Find out how to read more online.
Youth smoking less, vaping more
Thu  Aug 17 2017 08:30AM
Sarasota County School Board Chair Shirley Brown hopes a new ban on smoking outside all district property will continue to push down rates of tobacco use among youth. Brown confirmed … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County schools offer online ‘dashboard’
Thu  Aug 17 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Members of the Sarasota County School Board and the public received Tuesday a glimpse of the new online dashboard. The dashboard, available at www. sarasotacountyschools.net, will allow the … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Woman faces neglect charge in 2016 death
Thu  Aug 17 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port woman was charged a year after her actions left another North Port woman dead, according to North Port Police Department reports. Tandra Knoepke, 42, … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: North Port man chased man with knife
Thu  Aug 17 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port man was arrested after chasing a man with a knife and attempting to choke him, according to North Port Police Department reports. Gene Taylor, … Find out how to read more online.
Little Miss Pioneer Days pageant open to ‘Little Misters,’ too
Thu  Aug 17 2017 08:30AM
The Englewood Pioneer Days Committee continues the tradition as we celebrate 61 years of Pioneer Days. The Miss Pioneer Days competition has been going on for years, and we have … Find out how to read more online.
Rooney visits; press excluded
Thu  Aug 17 2017 08:30AM
U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney visited Charlotte County and brought along U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Wednesday. Rooney, however, would not allow media coverage of his visit to Alico … Find out how to read more online.
Allegiant flight attendants picket over low pay
Thu  Aug 17 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — About a dozen unionized Allegiant Air flight attendants picketed at Punta Gorda Airport Wednesday, rallying against low wages and airline maintenance issues. The off-duty flight attendants also … Find out how to read more online.
When cars burn
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
Austin Hirschy only owned his Audi A4 for one month when it burst into flames after an Englewood collision. Just 21, Hirschy and three friends in the car with him, … Find out how to read more online.
Dump truck, SUV crash injures two
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
GULF COVE — An 87-year-old woman was airlifted because of serious injuries after her SUV collided with a dump truck at David Boulevard and State Road 776 Tuesday morning. Bobby … Find out how to read more online.
AAA: More locals cruising to Cuba
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
A recent announcement by the White House to tighten some restrictions on visiting Cuba has not slowed the flow of area residents to the communist country, according to travel industry … Find out how to read more online.
A new turtle nesting record
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
Nearly every day now, there are newborn sea turtles crawling down to the Gulf of Mexico from the several thousand nests that dot beaches from Venice northward to Anna Maria … Find out how to read more online.
Keep PACE with home energy bills
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Local homeowners have the opportunity to make energy-efficient improvements through low-interest financing that can be added to their annual tax bills. Charlotte County is currently ramping up … Find out how to read more online.
North Port welcomes publishing house
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — While publishing houses are typically thought of as being surrounded by books with a large printing press tucked away in the back, Tiny Fox Publishing is taking … Find out how to read more online.
Four arrested in Englewood drug bust
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Four people were arrested Friday after a narcotics search warrant was served at their home in Englewood East. This is the second time in six months a warrant … Find out how to read more online.
One injured in boat canopy collapse
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
A man in his 60s was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital Tuesday after being injured by the collapse of a boat canopy in the 24300 block of Pirate Harbor Boulevard, … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Joshua Aaron Biddle, 39, 500 block of Pompano Terrace, Punta Gorda. Charge: nonsupport of dependents. Bond: $310. • Sharon Elaine … Find out how to read more online.
An overworked cobbler wanting to sell
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
One of the oldest trades still operating in Venice is unlikely to continue into the future unless a craftsman buyer snatches it up. Since the invention of the shoe and … Find out how to read more online.
Marijuana dispensaries move on to North Port commission
Fri  Aug 18 2017 02:00PM
NORTH PORT — A North Port board wants the city to move forward to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries the same as it would with pharmacies, in keeping with the latest … Find out how to read more online.
Cats have football jamborees this weekend
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Cats football teams will get a taste of action today and Sunday at the annual Pop Warner jamboree in Sarasota. The Cats will compete with Sarasota, … Find out how to read more online.
Report: For teachers, degrees pay off more than ‘highly effective’ rating
Fri  Aug 18 2017 08:30AM
In Charlotte and Sarasota counties, teachers get more money for having advanced degrees than for being rated as highly effective. A new report says this violates the spirit of the … Find out how to read more online.
Pedestrian struck, killed in Sarasota
Fri  Aug 18 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — A man was struck and killed Wednesday night by a North Port driver, according to Florida Highway Patrol reports. North Port resident Paul Campoli, 55, was traveling on … Find out how to read more online.
Will schools offer tax-free child care to teachers?
Thu  Aug 17 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Sarasota County teachers may get tax-free child care for Sarasota County educators. A motion was made to research the idea at Tuesday’s Sarasota County School Board meeting. The … Find out how to read more online.
North Port sees spec-tacular turnout for eclipse glasses
Thu  Aug 17 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Hundreds of people who stood in the heat Wednesday morning at the North Port Library can now look directly at the sun come Monday. The library passed … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte begins repaving Winchester Boulevard
Thu  Aug 17 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Winchester Boulevard North is getting a much-needed face-lift — at least from State Road 776 to the Sarasota County line. Ajax repaving crews began early Wednesday stripping away … Find out how to read more online.
Shoplifting suspect resists arrest, jumps into canal
Thu  Aug 17 2017 08:30AM
A homeless man was arrested Tuesday after a failed shoplifting attempt at the Murdock Circle Walmart, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported. Dylan Sage Leslie, 23, was reportedly observed by … Find out how to read more online.
Handful of ‘hate’ groups labeled locally
Thu  Aug 17 2017 09:14PM
Three groups in the area made it on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hate Map,” which shows Florida has the second-most hate groups compared to the rest of the country. … Find out how to read more online.
State, local tourism hits record level
Thu  Aug 17 2017 08:30AM
Florida set a record with the highest number of visitors in any six-month stretch in state history, Gov. Rick Scott announced this week. The state noticed 60.7 million visitors in the … Find out how to read more online.
Airport passenger traffic soars for 45th month
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Punta Gorda Airport has seemingly borrowed the famous “Keep Going and Going” slogan from Energizer. That’s what happens when its growth trend hits 45 straight months. Total … Find out how to read more online.
Summer block party at Fat Point
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
A summer block party was held at Fat Point Brewery on Saturday with live music, food and beer. Three food trucks were parked in the outside beer garden, Mobstah Lobstah, … Find out how to read more online.
FHP searching for driver in double fatal crash
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
New details have emerged about a single-vehicle crash in Port Charlotte in which 2 people were killed last December. Investigators originally thought just the two victims were the only people … Find out how to read more online.


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