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Cops: Robber ditched disguise, returned to murder scene
Wed  Jan 17 2018 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Trent Bartol-Thomas was killed while trying to stop armed robbers, according to North Port Police Department reports. Bartol-Thomas, 19, was shot in the upper left shoulder by … Find out how to read more online.
Knights, Bengals view for top spot in flag football
Wed  Jan 17 2018 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — It looks like it will be a two-team race in the Under Armour flag football upper division. The Bengals and the UCS Knights are both 2-0 in that … Find out how to read more online.
Spring youth tackle football begins soon
Wed  Jan 17 2018 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Youth football is becoming almost a year-round activity in North Port. The North Port Youth Athletic Club’s new spring tackle football season will open with games in … Find out how to read more online.
Flu activity increasing in Charlotte, Sarasota counties
Wed  Jan 17 2018 01:00AM
Influenza activity in Charlotte and Sarasota counties is mild but increasing, Florida Department of Health officials said Tuesday. Hospitals in the area also are seeing more flu cases this year, … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda to decide on Vivante project
Wed  Jan 17 2018 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — In what is expected to be a packed house, the Punta Gorda City Council will hear a proposal this morning to build a navigable canal at a … Find out how to read more online.
Zoning approved for historic church move
Wed  Jan 17 2018 01:00AM
SOUTH VENICE — Without any ado, Sarasota County commissioners approved the zoning change the Lemon Bay Historical Society needed to move the Green Street Church and Museum. Commissioners decided to … Find out how to read more online.
County, city leaders gather Friday
Wed  Jan 17 2018 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — The region’s municipalities will soon be able to experience North Port’s newest addition in the city: the Suncoast Technical College. A slew of boards will come under … Find out how to read more online.
North Port area named among ‘best performing cities’
Wed  Jan 17 2018 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — It is starting to become a theme. Every month the North Port area crops up among a slew of bigger, larger metros on a “best place” list. … Find out how to read more online.
Dancing at the middle school
Wed  Jan 17 2018 01:00AM
Woodland Middle School and its dance director, Andrea Donza, recently presented the school’s “Winter Dance Showcase” at the school cafeteria. Students in all grade levels at the middle school took … Find out how to read more online.
Kiwanis honors North Port fire chief
Wed  Jan 17 2018 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — The Kiwanis Club of North Port lauded North Port Fire Chief William Taaffe for his 15 years of service to the community. Taaffe is retiring from the … Find out how to read more online.
Today’s NAACP
Tue  Jan 16 2018 08:30AM
When white supremacist Richard Spencer spoke at the University of Florida, the president of the Florida State NAACP, Adora Obi Nweze, did not call for members of his organization to … Find out how to read more online.
Making the dream a reality
Mon  Jan 15 2018 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the Civil Rights Movement to crumble legal walls of segregation, but economic barriers remain — along with challenges to diversify the … Find out how to read more online.
Making the dream a reality
Tue  Jan 16 2018 05:22PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the Civil Rights Movement to crumble legal walls of segregation, but economic barriers remain — along with challenges to diversify the … Find out how to read more online.
MLK’s march for social justice lives on
Sun  Jan 14 2018 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Speaking at Saturday’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast, new Florida Gulf Coast University President Michael Martin planned to talk about the significance of renowned civil … Find out how to read more online.
Traffic enforcement locations set
Sun  Jan 14 2018 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Beginning Monday, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office will increase traffic enforcement at the following locations: Speed enforcement: • Midway Boulevard, from U.S. 41 to Ohara Drive, Port … Find out how to read more online.
‘All detriment, no benefit’
Mon  Jan 15 2018 03:12PM
PUNTA GORDA — A proposal to build a navigable canal at a luxury condominium complex will provide “all detriment and no benefit” for nearby properties, an attorney representing a homeowner … Find out how to read more online.
‘Time … and the Winds’ set for Jan. 18
Sun  Jan 14 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Concert Band presents “Time … and the Winds” as its next concert starting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18 at the Performing Arts … Find out how to read more online.
776 Corridor Plan up for final public hearing
Mon  Jan 15 2018 03:13PM
SARASOTA — For owners of problematic parcels along State Road 776 north of Englewood, Tuesday could see the adoption of changes that could spur development of their properties. During its … Find out how to read more online.
Chain looking to hire dozens in Charlotte, Sarasota counties
Mon  Jan 15 2018 03:12PM
The state’s reemployment center in Port Charlotte will be holding a hiring event Tuesday for a chain of convenience stores looking to hire dozens of staff in Charlotte County, Venice … Find out how to read more online.
Masked intruders kill man in North Port home
Thu  Jan 11 2018 03:50PM
NORTH PORT — Two days before his 20th birthday, Trent Bartol-Thomas was working as a manager of a car wash and focusing on his dream of owning a restaurant. That … Find out how to read more online.
Cold shelter opening in Charlotte County
Wed  Jan 17 2018 01:00AM
The Homeless Coalition will be opening up its doors tonight to anyone seeking shelter from the cold. The National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures near to below freezing. Located at … Find out how to read more online.
Ainger volleyball falls to Murdock
Wed  Jan 17 2018 01:00AM
MURDOCK — The L.A. Ainger Middle School girls volleyball team battled with host Murdock in an unusual match Jan. 9. Murdock had the match start at 10:30 a.m. so students … Find out how to read more online.
Youths participate in North Port baseball camp
Wed  Jan 17 2018 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — If anyone doubted that the 2018 North Port Little League season is just around the corner, they could see all the action at the Atwater Community Park … Find out how to read more online.
Two in serious condition following crash
Wed  Jan 17 2018 01:00AM
SOUTH VENICE — Two people were severely injured after a collision on State Road 776 between Englewood and Venice. Shirley Morgan, 79, was driving east on Loyola Road near S.R. … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Symphony, from Rome to Broadway
Wed  Jan 17 2018 01:00AM
The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra took its audience Sunday evening on a symphonic world tour from 19th Century Italy to 20th Century Broadway, traveling among the known and the relatively unknown, … Find out how to read more online.
Local Winn-Dixie raises $10,000 in food for the hungry
Wed  Jan 17 2018 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Palm Plaza Winn-Dixie store held a holiday food drive to help feed local families for the seventh year in a row. The store raised money selling $10 … Find out how to read more online.
Airshow awards three scholarships
Wed  Jan 17 2018 01:00AM
MURDOCK — The Florida International Airshow and Air Trek, Inc. recently awarded three $500 scholarships to three students of Southern Technical College. Dana Carr, president of the Florida International Airshow … Find out how to read more online.
16th Annual Cracker Fair
Wed  Jan 17 2018 01:00AM
The storm was a “litard knot floater.” Mike Miller, with Florida-Backroads-Travel.com, quotes his friend Howard who is a Florida Cracker. A Cracker is a true native Floridian. Mike says Crackers … Find out how to read more online.
Today’s NAACP
Tue  Jan 16 2018 08:30AM
When white supremacist Richard Spencer spoke at the University of Florida, the president of the Florida State NAACP, Adora Obi Nweze, did not call for members of his organization to … Find out how to read more online.
Making the dream a reality
Mon  Jan 15 2018 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the Civil Rights Movement to crumble legal walls of segregation, but economic barriers remain — along with challenges to diversify the … Find out how to read more online.
Keeping their kids
Sun  Jan 14 2018 08:30AM
Wendy Boisclair said she became fearful of her son when knives and scissors started to disappear from their home in Port Charlotte. She worried her teenager would fulfill his threats … Find out how to read more online.
Nav-A-Gator Grill sold, keeping diner’s fun character, energizing the menu
Mon  Jan 15 2018 01:12PM
Port Charlotte’s Jesse and Shauna Shows on Monday took ownership of the Nav-A-Gator Grill in Lake Suzy in northwestern DeSoto County. The young couple and a childhood friend are focused … Find out how to read more online.
Realtor donates Dave Ramsey curriculum to LBHS
Sun  Jan 14 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Realtor Tony Babington is donating Ramsey Solutions’ “Foundations in Personal Finance” curriculum to Lemon Bay High School. “Foundations in Personal Finance is the premier curriculum for teaching financial … Find out how to read more online.
‘Students will be knocking on our doors’
Sun  Jan 14 2018 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The chairman of Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlotte County said Thursday students will be “knocking on our door” to participate following a recent partnership with New … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Jan 14 2018 08:30AM
Peachland Blvd. traffic signal gets green light
Sun  Jan 14 2018 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte officials estimate the new traffic signal at the intersection of Peachland and Loveland boulevards will be installed in early spring. County Public Works Director Danny Quick said … Find out how to read more online.
National Guard soldiers deploying to Middle East
Sun  Jan 14 2018 08:30AM
Sharon Walsh had mixed emotions while watching a Florida National Guard deployment ceremony last weekend involving more than 100 soldiers, including her only son. “I’m very proud of him for … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Jan 14 2018 08:30AM
Charlotte County marriage licenses • Ashley Kathleen Penner of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, and Clint Rivers Ward of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada • Deborah Edith Luke of New Gretna, N.J., … Find out how to read more online.


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