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Clues to area’s Native American history found in ‘Garbage’
Mon  Nov 20 2017 08:30AM
They powered their canoes swiftly and mightily, their skin glistening with the water’s spray. Their muscles alternately flexed and relaxed as they paddled. There was no time to spare if … Find out how to read more online.
Airman and his guard dog took on enemy in Vietnam
Mon  Nov 20 2017 08:30AM
Airman 2nd Class John Langley was a member of the 377th Security Police (K-9) when he arrived at Tan Son Nhut Air Force Base outside Saigon South Vietnam in 1967. … Find out how to read more online.
Lewis receives pay bump
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — With a new title slightly three weeks away, Assistant Sarasota County Administrator Jonathan Lewis will also be receiving a pay raise. During its meeting Tuesday, county commissioners unanimously … Find out how to read more online.
Lewis receives pay bump
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — With a new title slightly three weeks away, Assistant Sarasota County Administrator Jonathan Lewis will also be receiving a pay raise. During its meeting Tuesday, county commissioners unanimously … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Nov 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., Port … Find out how to read more online.
Waterfest world championship racing ends today
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
The announcer told the crowd to go to the water with their beverage and get ready for the fastest race boats in the Offshore Powerboat Association world championship here at … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM

THANKSGIVING Closures

In observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday, all Charlotte County government business offices and Punta Gorda city offices, along with the county and circuit courts, will be closed …

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Traffic enforcement locations set
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Beginning Monday, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office will increase traffic enforcement at the following locations: Speed enforcement: • State Road 776, from Gasparilla Road to Beach Road, … Find out how to read more online.
Lewis receives pay bump
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — With a new title slightly three weeks away, Assistant Sarasota County Administrator Jonathan Lewis will also be receiving a pay raise. During its meeting Tuesday, county commissioners unanimously … Find out how to read more online.
SR 776 Corridor plan advances to Sarasota County Commission
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
VENICE — The Sarasota County planning commission gave the revised State Road 776 Corridor Plan a thumbs up for consideration by the county commission Thursday evening. After 90 minutes of … Find out how to read more online.
Strip club owner gets into stripper poles, billboards and beyond
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
When Kipp Whaley isn’t overseeing his bikini bar or gentlemens club, he is usually tinkering in his workshop next door. Charlotte County’s only nude strip club owner has branched out … Find out how to read more online.
Winners circle
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
American Legion Post 103 • Sunday Darts winners Nov. 12: Round 1: 1-Nancy Heder, Kim Toney; 2-Pam Kirkaldy, Henry Tropea; 3-Dave Heder, Dale McDaniel. American Legion Post 110 • Bridge … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM

birthdays

Each week in Sunday’s Sun, we run free birthday announcements, along with a photo. Email your .jpg photo of the birthday boy or girl of any age, along with …

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Failure to treat
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
Editor’s note — This story was reported after a joint investigation between the Sun Newspapers and WINK News. When Rob Tigro came into the medical wing of the jail on … Find out how to read more online.
Military museum fires executive director
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — During a closed-door board meeting Monday, the Military Heritage Museum terminated its executive director. After less than a year, Lori Howard was dismissed from her duties at … Find out how to read more online.
Bounty hunter holds burglary suspect at gunpoint — again
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
For the second time in four years, Dalton Cage Emory held a burglary suspect at gunpoint on Saturday. A professional bounty hunter, Emory is not one to let criminals get … Find out how to read more online.
School officials, cops talk teen pot use
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
While the nation focuses on the opioid crisis, Drug Free Punta Gorda held a panel this week to discuss teen marijuana abuse. For John Macy, the issue is personal. “I … Find out how to read more online.
Learning about paddle craft
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Area residents have a chance to learn about safety when it comes to paddle craft in a course in North Port. The monthly paddle craft class takes … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood ready for Waterfest
Thu  Nov 16 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A flotilla of powerboat racing teams are on course to Englewood. The nine-time world champion Miss Geico offshore racing team will be among the teams competing in the … Find out how to read more online.
Big Brothers Big Sisters saddened by the loss of Jim Laurent
Thu  Nov 16 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — His stories about spying on the Russians as a radio expert weren’t what Jim Laurent talked about while spending time with local teenagers as a Big Brother. The … Find out how to read more online.
Clues to area’s Native American history found in ‘Garbage’
Mon  Nov 20 2017 08:30AM
They powered their canoes swiftly and mightily, their skin glistening with the water’s spray. Their muscles alternately flexed and relaxed as they paddled. There was no time to spare if … Find out how to read more online.
Local monopoly on nudity
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
Self-proclaimed workaholic Kipp Whaley is at his gentlemens club almost every night. He compares himself to a drill sergeant making sure rules are followed by his staff and customers. After … Find out how to read more online.
Local monopoly on nudity
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
Self-proclaimed workaholic Kipp Whaley is at his gentlemens club almost every night. He compares himself to a drill sergeant making sure rules are followed by his staff and customers. After … Find out how to read more online.
Local monopoly on nudity
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
Self-proclaimed workaholic Kipp Whaley is at his gentlemens club almost every night. He compares himself to a drill sergeant making sure rules are followed by his staff and customers. After … Find out how to read more online.
Free festival highlights natural environment
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — At Saturday’s Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival, Nate Barron wanted to educate and fascinate his two girls on the wonderful wilds of Southwest Florida. Actually, the expedition was … Find out how to read more online.
Free Thanksgiving Dinners
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
• Sonrise Baptist Church is inviting those who are alone, unable to cook, etc., to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal in its Fellowship Hall on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 2 to 6 p.m. … Find out how to read more online.
Funeral services set for 13-year-old
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Funeral services are set as the community mourns the loss of Dylan Rose, 13, who was struck from behind by a car while riding his bike Wednesday … Find out how to read more online.
Bridge results
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
BRIDGE RESULTS AT NORTH PORT SENIOR CENTER Nov. 13, 2017: North/South — 1st: Marcia Lanphear and John Herrmann; 2nd: Ella Richard and Sue Hummer; 3rd: Carol Schuldt and Homer Baxter. … Find out how to read more online.
One generous couple gives back
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
Initially reluctant to come forward, Erik and Diane Hoffer decided to publicly declare their support to the Charlotte Community Foundation (CCF) in hopes of influencing others to step up. “I … Find out how to read more online.
‘Fall into Fun’ kicks off season at Atwater
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
Atwater Elementary School hosted its fall festival recently, called “Fall into Fun” Bounce House Spirit Night. The afternoon was filled with bounce houses, pizza, treats, ice cream and children. … Find out how to read more online.
Weekly record
Sun  Nov 19 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte County marriage licenses • Marlin Maurice Meyette of Punta Gorda, and Shirley Ann Robinson of Punta Gorda • Thien Cong Huynh Truong of Punta Gorda, and Thi Minh Phan … Find out how to read more online.
Toys for Tots anticipates more needs this year
Sat  Nov 18 2017 08:30AM
With Christmas 37 days away, Toys for Tots anticipates more families in need and potentially fewer donations for children. Toys for Tots is a 70-year-old tradition started by the Marine … Find out how to read more online.
Friends mourn teen
Sat  Nov 18 2017 08:30AM
About 100 people came to light Chinese lanterns on Dorchester Street Thursday night, where 13-year-old Dylan Rose was struck by a car while riding his bike the night before. After … Find out how to read more online.
Public comment invited for CCSO accreditation assessment
Sat  Nov 18 2017 08:30AM
As part of a three-year accreditation process, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is inviting the public to comment on its services and operations. CCSO is renewing its accreditation through the … Find out how to read more online.
Consultant scraps Manasota sand plan
Fri  Nov 17 2017 02:53PM
ENGLEWOOD — Peter Ravella was ready to present Charlotte County commissioners with his funding strategy for Manasota Key beach renourishment. That’s not going to happen. “We are not going back … Find out how to read more online.
FHP: 13-year-old bicyclist struck by motorist
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
A 13-year-old bicyclist is in critical condition after a Charlotte County crash, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. Around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, Dylan Rose, 13, of Port Charlotte, was riding his … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County addresses chronic homelessness
Fri  Nov 17 2017 02:57PM
SARASOTA — Four years after they began discussing the problem of chronic homelessness, particularly in county parks, Sarasota County commissioners now have a plan in place. A new quality of … Find out how to read more online.
Jail deaths raise questions
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
Gregg Ireland’s death at the Charlotte County Jail isn’t the only one that has raised questions over the years. In 2013, Thomas Andreasen, a 48-year-old homeless man, also died while … Find out how to read more online.
Keesling remains as Punta Gorda mayor
Thu  Nov 16 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Punta Gorda City Council opted to maintain the status quo Wednesday, keeping Rachel Keesling as mayor during a reorganizational meeting. Keesling was the unanimous choice to serve … Find out how to read more online.
No deal: Punta Gorda takes no action on land dispute claim
Thu  Nov 16 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Fueling his argument, Punta Gorda’s city attorney cited a recent Florida Supreme Court opinion in recommending Wednesday the City Council take no action in a land dispute … Find out how to read more online.


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