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Hurricane leads to free meals for students
Wed  Sep 20 2017 10:48AM
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Sunday students in 48 counties will receive free school meals following Hurricane Irma. That includes Charlotte and Sarasota counties. Students in … Find out how to read more online.
Locals help Irma-battered island
Tue  Sep 19 2017 08:30AM
Lee Marteeny, 72, sat on his battered Plantation Island porch, a cane beside him. It seemed like any other morning — except that he’d been hosing off the same mud-soaked … Find out how to read more online.
Budget gets tentative approval after struggle
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:36AM
VENICE — When Susan McManus presented the results of the latest residents survey to Sarasota County commissioners in August, she observed that residents seemed to have little appetite for increasing … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Tyler Pasho, 21, 26400 block of Notre Dame Blvd., Punta Gorda. Charges: two counts of violation of probation. Bond: none. … Find out how to read more online.
Leadership dedicates renovations
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Leadership Class of 2017 hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its inaugural project recently. The group teamed up to assist Gene Matthews Boys & Girls … Find out how to read more online.
North Port OKs Braves stadium
Wed  Sep 20 2017 10:48AM
NORTH PORT — The city is stepping up to the plate with a contract deal by being the latest city to play ball with the Atlanta Braves. In less than … Find out how to read more online.
‘We are a Phoenix’
Mon  Sep 18 2017 11:48AM
SEBRING — Among the ruins strewn along State Road 64 as it crosses into Highlands County stands the ghost of a colossus. The remains of a tree more than a … Find out how to read more online.
Returning to NORMAL
Mon  Sep 18 2017 03:33PM
Port Charlotte resident Jim Ford has not slept well since Irma raged through his neighborhood a week ago, Sunday. His days have been stressful in an unfamiliar way, overcome by … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota, Charlotte residents grateful as schools reopen today
Mon  Sep 18 2017 03:13PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Sally Lutz remembers Hurricane Charley ripping through the ceiling in 2004 when she worked at Neil Armstrong Elementary. Now an assistant principal at Port Charlotte Middle School, … Find out how to read more online.
Locals donate water, supplies to Irma victims
Sun  Sep 17 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — As an electrician, Alex Baldwin has traveled the state and seen firsthand the devastation Hurricane Irma has caused. Navigating the back roads from Cape Coral to Arcadia, … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Estates dealing with high water left by Irma
Sun  Sep 17 2017 08:30AM
Flooding continues to be an issue along many roadways and the canal system in North Port Estates, affected by rising waters at Myakkahatchee Creek due to Hurricane Irma. … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood restaurant owner delivers to Hurricane Irma victims
Tue  Sep 19 2017 07:38PM
ENGLEWOOD — Despite all challenges, the owners of Rob’s Pizzeria delivered hot meals to people who lost power due to Hurricane Irma. Rob and Mik’el Lee were relieved to see … Find out how to read more online.
‘Chasing Coral’ to be shown Saturday
Sun  Sep 17 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, North Port Friends of Wildlife and the North Port Democratic Club are hosting a free showing of the documentary “Chasing Coral.” This … Find out how to read more online.
POWER RANGERS
Sat  Sep 16 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Cheryl Reas came all the way from Indiana for the massive cookout. It wasn’t really a choice, though, because Reas is with Storm Services, a firm contracted … Find out how to read more online.
Dispatchers, law enforcement help neighboring counties
Sun  Sep 17 2017 08:30AM
As Charlotte County recovers from the minimal damage incurred by Hurricane Irma, its emergency personnel are doing all they can to help areas of the state that suffered greater devastation. … Find out how to read more online.
Executive director leaving United Way
Sun  Sep 17 2017 08:30AM
After eight years of leading the United Way of Charlotte County with a sharp eye for human services and a deft hand for raising the money to make the programs … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Sep 17 2017 08:30AM
Cultural Center of Charlotte County • Duplicate Bridge Club winners Sept. 7: 1-Goran Hanson, Pat Betts; 2-Dave Johnson, Sharon Redmond; 3-Ann Benmayor, Warren Prince. Sept. 12: 1-Mary Revins, Bob Kinghorn; … Find out how to read more online.
Pop Warner football games canceled after hurricane
Sat  Sep 16 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Hurricane Irma hit the Peace River Conference Pop Warner program hard last weekend, and the games that were supposed to be played won’t be rescheduled. This week’s games … Find out how to read more online.
Manasota Key businesses are on their feet after Hurricane Irma
Sat  Sep 16 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — With electrical service returned to Manasota Key, Pat O’Connor was ready to serve his patrons of his White Elephant restaurant and bar on Manasota Key. “We’re open right … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood residents host dinner for linemen following Hurricane Irma
Sat  Sep 16 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The idea came to Amber Wilson and Jennifer Allese just before lunchtime on Thursday. Wilson and Allese had planned to feed the linemen who have been working around … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte delays action on Murdock Village sale
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — County officials have postponed the proposed sale of Murdock Village property to a developer for a water park/hotel complex, after requesting a change that would impact the … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood Taco Bell still closed
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — No esta bien for Englewood’s Taco Bell. The Taco Bell — located at Palm Plaza on State Road 776 and Placida Road — remains closed in the wake … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda council OKs plans at Ponce de Leon Park
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The City Council approved conceptual plans at a recent meeting for a redesign of Ponce de Leon Park, a waterfront park in Punta Gorda Isles. The upgrades, … Find out how to read more online.
Raffle to help fight breast cancer
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Breast Cancer Awareness month is right around the corner and Dr. Eric-John Claessens and his team are having a raffle in which all proceeds will go to … Find out how to read more online.
Fired after Irma? Help is available
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
Jacob Kozee said evacuating his family before Hurricane Irma hit cost him his job with Ambitrans Medical Transport. Kozee said he was warned if he didn’t show up for his … Find out how to read more online.
Who’s got the lucky ticket?
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — William Ogle Jr. hopes some luck will help him recover from Irma, which uprooted some trees in the yard of his Port Charlotte home. He purchased a … Find out how to read more online.
Venice man helped keep Navy flying
Tue  Sep 19 2017 10:11AM
John Denike worked as an aviation repair sheet metal worker for Schweitzer Aviation in the Elmira, New York, area building glider planes before World War II. So when he joined … Find out how to read more online.
Irma left destruction, and lessons for life
Mon  Sep 18 2017 08:30AM
I am more than ready to put Hurricane Irma behind me. But, before I do, I have a few observations about the storm, the reactions, the comeback and the stories … Find out how to read more online.
Irma aftermath: Peace River floods DeSoto County
Tue  Sep 19 2017 03:14PM
Unprecedented. It’s a term that was rarely used until the pending arrival of the record-breaking storm churning in the Atlantic just a week ago. Although Hurricane Irma is long gone … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Police Beat
Sun  Sep 17 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Marsha Kay Boggs, 45, 100 block of Caddy Road, Rotonda West. Charge: battery on person 65 years or older. Bond: … Find out how to read more online.
Fraud task forces in place to protect residents, businesses after the hurricane
Sun  Sep 17 2017 08:30AM
After receiving more than 400 complaints, government agencies want to protect hurricane victims from fraudulent and illegal activity. The National Center for Disaster Fraud in Washington, D.C., joined U.S. Attorney … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Sep 17 2017 08:30AM

WINNERS CIRCLE

Bridge Winners - Sept. 4

North Port Senior Center

1st: Helen Norris and Dave Johnson; 2nd: Ann Benmayor and Warren Prince; 3rd: Carol Schuldt and Homer Baxter; 4th: …

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Hurricane Irma Recovery Information
Sun  Sep 17 2017 08:30AM
Boil water notice in Burnt Store area Charlotte County Utilities has declared a precautionary boil water notice for all Charlotte County Utility customers in the Burnt Store service area. The … Find out how to read more online.
North Port readies for final say on Braves
Tue  Sep 19 2017 07:38PM
NORTH PORT — The City Commission will have the brave final say on a spring training stadium coming to the city. The North Port commissioners will meet on 9 a.m. … Find out how to read more online.
Costs mount as Punta Gorda seawalls fail
Sun  Sep 17 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Early estimates show nearly 10 miles of canal way in Punta Gorda Isles have significant seawall failures thanks to Hurricane Irma, city staff said Friday. Officials surveyed … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Sep 17 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte County marriage licenses • Jacob James Gromoll of Port Charlotte, and Dana Ann Rinehart of Port Charlotte • Jason Robert Root of North Port, and Hope Ann Korte North … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Sep 17 2017 08:30AM

Contact for 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, …

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SCAT buses comforting Englewood residents
Sat  Sep 16 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Sarasota County Area Transit greatly comforted Emily Gough on Friday. SCAT transformed one of its buses into a “comfort station,” parked at the Lemon Bay shopping center across … Find out how to read more online.
Most mobile, manufactured homes fared well locally
Fri  Sep 15 2017 08:30AM
La Casa Mobile Home Park in North Port is like a city within a city with 974 units, sparkling swimming pools, a community clubhouse, a recreation building and an activity … Find out how to read more online.
Myakkahatchee Creek waters begin to recede
Sat  Sep 16 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — For Richard Cruz and his family, it is a waiting game to get back into their home. Cruz and his family returned from Georgia following Hurricane Irma … Find out how to read more online.


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