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Man joined Seabees because of girlfriend
Mon  Jun 25 2018 08:30AM
Hank Pruitt, of Port Charlotte, joined the Seabees during the closing days of World War II because of an old flame. “She wrote me every day and then she stopped … Find out how to read more online.
Another hot and rainy week for Southwest Florida
Mon  Jun 25 2018 08:30AM
Showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for this week, offering a small amount of relief from the heat in Southwest Florida. According to the National Weather service, the heat … Find out how to read more online.
State’s best place for jobs is …
Sun  Jun 24 2018 08:30AM
Here’s some advice for job seekers in Port Charlotte: Look in Sarasota. That’s based on to a study from WalletHub, which recently published the results of its 2018 “Best & … Find out how to read more online.
Funding in flux Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program faces federal money cut
Fri  Jun 22 2018 08:30AM
Federal funding used to study and help improve area waterways has been eliminated in the latest budget from the White House. Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) Director Jennifer Hecker … Find out how to read more online.
Wanted in North Port, caught on Saudi prince’s jet
Fri  Jun 22 2018 08:30AM
A Polish man was detained at an airport in Maine after authorities learned he had an outstanding warrant in Sarasota County, according to reports. According to authorities, Mancin Urbanski, 49, … Find out how to read more online.
Smooth sailing as Sarasota County budget workshops begin
Wed  Jun 20 2018 03:36PM
SARASOTA — Compared to 2018, this year’s annual budget workshops for Sarasota County commissioners appear to be a tranquil walk in a county park due to the hard work commissioners … Find out how to read more online.
Candidate: Public needs more info on charter schools
Wed  Jun 20 2018 03:36PM
SARASOTA — Nick Guy, a former Pinellas County teacher, has announced his intent to run for Sarasota County School Board. Guy, 38, is running against incumbent Bridget Ziegler to represent … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: North Port man impregnated minor
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port man was arrested for engaging in a sexual relationship with a minor and ultimately impregnating her, according to North Port Police Department reports. Richard … Find out how to read more online.
Early Bird Kiwanis gets the worm
Wed  Jun 20 2018 03:34PM
NORTH PORT — Kids and parents alike enjoyed a brisk morning Saturday of catching fish at the annual Early Bird Kiwanis Club Fishing Clinic. Held since 1986 at McKibben Park … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Woman beat man after watering plants
Tue  Jun 19 2018 01:38PM
NORTH PORT — A North Port woman was arrested after beating a man for watering her plants, according to North Port Police Department reports. Helena Molnar, 75, 4100 block of … Find out how to read more online.
I’ve got something important to tell you
Tue  Jun 19 2018 05:20PM
‘Hey kids, I’ve got something important to tell you.” It was 1976, our Mom and Dad had gathered the five children around the table. Dad said, “I’ve decided to leave … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff Knight: Sarasota County schools overlook safety costs
Mon  Jun 18 2018 01:48PM
Sheriff Tom Knight told Sarasota County school officials about costs they may be missing in their plan to create a 42-officer security force. Knight and other top law enforcement leaders … Find out how to read more online.
Being a GREAT DAD
Sun  Jun 17 2018 08:30AM
Phil Holloway’s mother ruled her home the same way the nuns in Catholic school did. That is to say she spanked her son. “I was brought up under the premise … Find out how to read more online.
Incumbents are running for Englewood Water District, fire board
Sun  Jun 17 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The state qualifying period opens June 18 for Englewood Area Fire Control District and Englewood Water District board seats. Four fire district commissioners and two water district supervisors … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County School Board continues look at safety, security
Sun  Jun 17 2018 08:30AM
SARASOTA — A week after the district’s safety and security discussion, the Sarasota County Schools board will look at its five-year capital improvement plan Tuesday. The CIP is one several … Find out how to read more online.
Woman burned in cooking fire
Mon  Jun 18 2018 01:44PM
A woman was badly burned in a fire Friday night. Paramedics with the North Port Fire Department assisted the Sarasota County Fire Department at the 6800 block of Willow Creek … Find out how to read more online.
Junior chefs master art of cooking
Sun  Jun 17 2018 08:30AM
T he city of North Port Parks and Recreation is hosting Masterchef Junior Cooking Classes every Saturday from now until July 14 at Morgan Family Community Center. The class, geared … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood all-stars take on Sarasota National
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Englewood Little League’s 10-11 all-stars will take on Sarasota National at 12:30 p.m. today in the first round of the District 16 tournament at North Port’s Atwater Community … Find out how to read more online.
Students show improvement
Mon  Jun 18 2018 06:53PM
SARASOTA — Sarasota County Schools remains one of the top performing school districts in Florida. Charlotte County Schools saw a slight increase in its performance, nudging up a percentage or two … Find out how to read more online.
Area department still runs on volunteer power
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
Soon after a group of Nokomis residents who were concerned about protecting their community’s homes from fire decided to form the Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department in 1949, a brush fire … Find out how to read more online.
Abortion numbers don’t tell real story
Sun  Jun 24 2018 08:30AM
At first glance, it would seem there were no abortions in Charlotte County last year and through at least April this year, despite hundreds in prior years. But numbers painting … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide and dead fish dampen beach fun
Sun  Jun 24 2018 09:00PM
ENGLEWOOD — Englewood Beach resembled more like a doctor’s office during flu season Saturday with lots of people coughing and suffering watery eyes. “It smells out here,” said 8-year-old Jaylah … Find out how to read more online.
Waterfest now a Triple Crown
Sat  Jun 23 2018 10:46AM
ENGLEWOOD — It’s like the Belmont Stakes in the Triple Crown of horse racing. This November, the fourth-annual Englewood Beach Waterfest will be the last leg in the Offshore Powerboat … Find out how to read more online.
Masseuse on the loose
Fri  Jun 22 2018 05:08PM
Only men come and go from Taiji Massage in Port Charlotte, at least according to surrounding business owners. “There were a lot of men,” said Cats n Dogs owner Nancy … Find out how to read more online.
Adams Publishing Group purchases Sun Newspapers
Tue  Jun 19 2018 02:22PM
The Sun is moving from one family to a larger one. Adams Publishing Group announced Monday the purchase of Sun Coast Media Group, which publishes the Sun Newspapers. The Sun … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Atwater Elementary principal named
Wed  Jun 20 2018 03:36PM
NORTH PORT — Atwater Elementary students and families will be greeted by a new principal Aug. 13. Sarasota County Schools has named Cynthia Thro to head up the school. Thro’s … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: North Port woman called victim 22 times from prison
Wed  Jun 20 2018 03:34PM
NORTH PORT — A North Port woman was charged with violating a no-contact order after calling the victim 22 times, according to North Port Police Department reports. Morgan Carle, 35, … Find out how to read more online.
Blood drive doubles down
Wed  Jun 20 2018 03:36PM
NORTH PORT — The 13th annual Boots vs. Badges Blood Drive event, held Saturday at North Port City Hall, brought in 151 units of blood for SunCoast Blood Bank, more … Find out how to read more online.
Hip-Hop takes the dance floor
Wed  Jun 20 2018 03:34PM
Kids interested in learning the basics of Hip-Hop were introduced to the moves during a Hip-Hop Dance Workshop on June 12 at the Shannon Staub Public Library. A similar program for … Find out how to read more online.
Is North Port prepared for hurricanes?
Tue  Jun 19 2018 12:28PM
NORTH PORT — While the region skirted major impact from Hurricane Irma last year, city staffers are still working toward ensuring the community is educated and prepared for hurricanes this … Find out how to read more online.
Any takers? Candidate qualifying period runs this week for local elections
Fri  Jun 22 2018 10:57AM
Dozens of candidates have announced they’re running for local elected offices, including some without opposition, at least yet. Open spots on some community development district boards and city councils, for … Find out how to read more online.
Heat index aims for triple digits
Mon  Jun 18 2018 08:30AM
There’s no mercy this week when it comes to the weather in Southwest Florida. It’s hot, it’s rainy. Then it’s hot and it’s rainy again ... and then there’s the … Find out how to read more online.
Readers asked, here are some answers
Sun  Jun 17 2018 08:30AM
E mail often delivers questions to this columnist. And, just as often, even if she has no satisfactory answers, readers’ questions can prove helpfully thought provoking. Punta Gorda is curious … Find out how to read more online.
Fire flow
Mon  Jun 18 2018 06:36PM
ENGLEWOOD BEACH — As the sun sets beyond the horizon of the Gulf of Mexico, a new fire shines bright and twirling along a local beach. On Thursday evening, Kevin … Find out how to read more online.
Region residents line up for Braves seats
Mon  Jun 18 2018 01:45PM
NORTH PORT — Area Atlanta Braves fans, and people from hundreds of miles away, had an opportunity Saturday to put a deposit down on season tickets. The ticket event was … Find out how to read more online.
Bridge winners
Sat  Jun 16 2018 06:46PM
Bridge winners - June 11, 2018 North Port Senior Center 1st: Marcia Lanphear and John Herrmann; 2nd: Helen Norris and Dave Johnson; 3rd: Ann Benmayor and Warren Prince. … Find out how to read more online.
Leadership Englewood grads shine at graduation
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
The Leadership Englewood Class of 2018 recently graduated with a dinner and awards ceremony at Boca Royale Golf & Country Club. Leadership Englewood is a program of the Englewood Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Longtime doctor joins Englewood hospital board
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dr. Todd Chace found another way to serve his patients. Englewood Community Hospital named Chace, 61, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, as a hospital trustee this week. “The … Find out how to read more online.
Boutique zoning district OK’d in Sarasota County
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
SARASOTA — With little discussion, Sarasota County commissioners approved the creation of a new zoning district within the county’s zoning code Wednesday. At the request of developer Henry Rodriquez, who … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Youth basketball club begins today
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Youth Basketball Club Inc will begin its summer season today at the Morgan Family Center on West Price Boulevard across the street from North … Find out how to read more online.


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