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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.
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.
Punta Gorda Airport looks to reduce security waits
Sun  Jun 24 2018 08:56PM
Punta Gorda Airport is one of just a few airports serving Allegiant, which the airline pinpoints for longer than normal waits at security checkpoints. Since the airport expanded with the … 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.
Midway Boulevard nearing completion
Sat  Jun 23 2018 10:48AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A 2 ¼ mile section of Midway Boulevard will reopen on Tuesday, signaling the last phase of the road’s expansion project. Charlotte County officials are warning motorists … Find out how to read more online.
‘Lee Pitts Live’ spotlights Blanchard House Museum
Sat  Jun 23 2018 10:26AM
With a television crew in tow, “Lee Pitts Live” recently shot on location at the Blanchard House Museum. The 28-year-old program put a spotlight on the history of the museum, … Find out how to read more online.
Let the races begin
Sat  Jun 23 2018 10:20AM
It’s that time of year again. Neighbors are about to declare their support through a red or blue bumper sticker, signs with candidates’ names will multiply along roadsides, and campaign … Find out how to read more online.
Local children join World’s Largest Swim Lesson
Fri  Jun 22 2018 08:30AM
On Thursday morning, children across Charlotte County made a splash and took part in the World’s Largest Swim Lesson. According to a county press release, thousands of people across the … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda woman faces 20 years in fraud case
Fri  Jun 22 2018 08:30AM
A Punta Gorda woman pleaded guilty to wire fraud Thursday, according to a press release from the Department of Justice. Licensed real estate broker Hollie Darlene Dustin, 60, owned Home … Find out how to read more online.
Routine trip ends with $1.3M
Thu  Jun 21 2018 01:39PM
Imagine going on a relatively routine trip to the grocery store. Now, imagine that trip earned you $1.3 million. Jodi Hinand, 56, asked her husband to pick up some last-minute … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda communications manager terminated
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
Punta Gorda leaders were mum this week on why the city’s communication’s manager was fired Tuesday. Lucia Ross had worked for the city since January of this year. In her … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Commissioner Deutsch: Not done yet
Wed  Jun 20 2018 08:30AM
Elected in 2010, Charlotte County Commissioner Stephen R. Deutsch believes his years of service aren’t over. “I think my experience speaks for itself,” Deutsch said. “I think I’ve demonstrated my … Find out how to read more online.
Public Works attempts to triage 1,400 requests
Wed  Jun 20 2018 08:30AM
Charlotte County Public Works crews are facing a backlog of 1,400 drainage requests. The unusually high number comes after a month of heavy rainfall and a dry season spent mostly … Find out how to read more online.
Bike stolen, recovered within minutes
Tue  Jun 19 2018 08:30AM
A Charlotte County man had his bike stolen and recovered within minutes Saturday. A Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputy interviewed Terrence Turner early in the afternoon Saturday and registered his bicycle, … 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.
Big plans with walkways for bicyclists and pedestrians
Tue  Jun 19 2018 07:10PM
An advisory committee heard last week about plans for 53 projects over 20 years to enhance bicycle/pedestrian pathways in Charlotte County. The Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee met to discuss the Charlotte … 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.
Four shot at Harbour Heights party
Mon  Jun 25 2018 08:30AM
Four people were shot and injured at a party early Sunday morning in Harbour Heights, according to authorities. No suspects have been identified. All four victims are expected to make … 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.
New technology eases intubation process
Sun  Jun 24 2018 08:30AM
When trauma, lung disease, or anaphylactic shock cause trouble breathing, Charlotte County paramedics hope to get a tube down patients’ throats in just 15 seconds. Soon, their jobs will be … 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.
Charlotte Player’s Camp lets kids take the stage
Sat  Jun 23 2018 10:56AM
Participants in the Charlotte Player’s Kids OnStage Camp only have good things to say when asked about the program. “I really love being able to meet new people, it opens … Find out how to read more online.
Verdict: Punta Gorda man sexually battered child
Sat  Jun 23 2018 10:46AM
A Punta Gorda man was convicted of sexual battery on a victim less than 12 years old following a four-day trial in Charlotte County late Thursday. John Clarence Thurber Jr., … 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.
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.
‘Deplorable’ living conditions lead to mother’s arrest
Fri  Jun 22 2018 08:30AM
Rotting food, garbage and hundreds of maggots covered the kitchen table. A gallon of bleach sat on the floor near the kitchen. A broken pair of scissors, a knife and … 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.
Hit the road: Fuel prices continue to fall in region
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
Gas prices in Charlotte County have hit a record low for this summer. Following national and statewide trends, local prices are dropping by the day. According to, the current … Find out how to read more online.
Controversial Jamaica Way rezone moving forward
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
Despite resistance from some, the City Council approved the first reading of a rezoning proposal for a lot at 1700 Jamaica Way in Punta Gorda. A second reading of the … Find out how to read more online.
Sun adds folks you should get to know
Wed  Jun 20 2018 08:30AM
A great newsroom staff is getting even better. We’re lucky at the Sun to have some bright, dedicated people who help put this paper out every day with their reporting … Find out how to read more online.
Suspect uses shopping cart to steal batteries
Wed  Jun 20 2018 08:30AM
A Punta Gorda man was arrested Saturday after a short shopping spree in someone else’s truck. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the suspect took four batteries from a parked … 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.
Plattner still in talks with Punta Gorda to save Automax
Tue  Jun 19 2018 01:30PM
It’s foreclosure time for the Plattner’s Palm Automax dealership. The property, which also houses the former Slip-Not Lounge, has been cited multiple times since 2016 for code violations amounting to … 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.
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.