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Woman, 75, dies from June crash injuries
Tue  Jul 17 2018 01:00AM
A 75-year-old Englewood woman succumbed to injuries after being struck by a car on June 22, the Florida Highway Patrol reported Monday. Louise Hoffman was walking east across Ceres Street … Find out how to read more online.
Local marijuana arrests on the rise
Mon  Jul 16 2018 08:30AM
Despite growing acceptance of marijuana use across the country, Southwest Florida law enforcement are still cracking down on the drug. In fact, local agencies have reported growing numbers of misdemeanor … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Harbor estuary program gets money from Mosaic
Sun  Jul 15 2018 08:30AM
Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, an organization formed to protect waterways, is getting some funding through the Mosaic Company. That matters especially right now, as federal funding for CHNEP — … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide lurks in area waters
Sat  Jul 14 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Beach Guy Mark Timchula posted a video on Facebook Friday morning showing a change in the water color at Englewood Beach. It was brownish, not clear or bluish-green … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte offered freebies for Parks and Rec Month
Sun  Jul 15 2018 08:30AM
Saturday morning was the perfect day to soak up summer sun before heading back to school or work. Charlotte County celebrated Parks and Recreation Month by offering free admission to … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte, North Port efforts: Cops partnering with mental health experts
Fri  Jul 13 2018 08:30AM
Local law enforcement officers are teaming up with mental health/substance abuse experts in an attempt to prevent untreated illnesses from spiraling out of control. Cops can involuntarily admit people who … Find out how to read more online.
Building association endorses candidates
Fri  Jul 13 2018 08:30AM
It’s all about growth. For Charlotte County’s schools, airports, businesses and budget, the Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association’s political action committee has decided which candidates they find will grow the area … Find out how to read more online.
Diver found dead off Manasota Key
Fri  Jul 13 2018 02:45PM
MANASOTA BEACH — Shortly after his fellow divers reported James E. Little missing Thursday morning, Venice firefighters spotted his body in the Gulf of Mexico. The search crew brought the … Find out how to read more online.
Fat Point brews success among stout competition
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Brewers at Fat Point Brewery are hopping practically as high as their beers. After submitting six beers to the 2018 U.S. Open Beer Championship, an international brewing … Find out how to read more online.
Manatee mortalities on the rise as a result of red tide
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
Barry Dyble has lived in the area since 1987 and said he hadn’t ever seen anything like it. A large manatee was floating, lifeless, down a canal off Edgewater Drive … Find out how to read more online.
Governor drops in for coffee
Wed  Jul 11 2018 08:30AM
Charlotte County resident Mike Gillian thought his morning would start with a cup of joe, not meeting the governor. As part of his Senate campaign, Gov. Rick Scott scheduled a … Find out how to read more online.
Tropical storms Beryl and Chris not expected to hit Florida
Mon  Jul 9 2018 08:30AM
The alphabet of storms begins with tropical storms Beryl and Chris. Despite their presence in the Atlantic, neither is expected to hit Florida, according to the National Weather Service. “Beryl … Find out how to read more online.
‘All clear’ on red tide is not so clear
Sun  Jul 8 2018 10:56AM
ENGLEWOOD — Charter captain Chris ONeill remains frustrated with mixed messages about red tide and the toll it’s taking on local beaches and tourism. “The dead fish are gone,” said … Find out how to read more online.
Beryl becomes first hurricane of the season
Sat  Jul 7 2018 08:30AM
It’s that time of the year again. Floridians are once again on high alert for hurricanes. After enduring a very active season last year, many will not be pleased to … Find out how to read more online.
Officer receives Medal of Merit
Sat  Jul 7 2018 08:30AM
A local corrections officer joined the likes of just a handful of Florida veterans, active duty soldiers and exceptional citizens this week. Staff Sgt. Christopher Crites, a Charlotte County Sheriff’s … Find out how to read more online.
What’s that in the water? Pure, grade-A freedom.
Tue  Jul 10 2018 05:29PM
There were flags everywhere. Hundreds of people paddled their kayaks from the shore, securing their precious beers in a cooler. Floaties, noodles, tubes, boats, dogs, superheroes, sunglasses and so many … Find out how to read more online.
Report accuses cop of indecent exposure at eatery
Wed  Jul 4 2018 08:30AM
A recently fired sheriff’s sergeant was investigated for exposing himself to patrons at a Punta Gorda restaurant. Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell fired Sgt. James White recently for violating department … Find out how to read more online.
German shepherds no match for gator
Wed  Jul 4 2018 08:30AM
SOUTH VENICE — The Florida Wildlife Commission is working with Sarasota County officials and animal trappers to find and remove the alligator that attacked two pets in Shamrock Park on … Find out how to read more online.
Swimming with whale sharks
Mon  Jul 2 2018 03:40PM
Capable of growing to more than 50 feet in length and 20 tons in weight, whale sharks truly are the gentle giants of the ocean, and can increasingly be found … Find out how to read more online.
‘Englewood Boys’ remembered
Wed  Jul 4 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — On Sunday, friends and family visited the reef where Dustin Strong’s ashes were scattered almost a year ago. Shortly after, dozens gathered at the salt flats in Englewood … Find out how to read more online.
Forecast: More rain, more thunder, more heat
Mon  Jul 16 2018 08:30AM
Not to any surprise, another hot and rainy week is in the weather forecast. According to the National Weather Service, Southwest Floridians should expect more showers and thunderstorms in the … Find out how to read more online.
Fear of AIDS drove family from schools, town
Sun  Jul 15 2018 08:30AM
In 1986, three young Arcadia brothers with hemophilia since birth tested positive for HIV. An ugly battle, complete with international headlines, ensued with the school system and many townsfolk who … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood Beach triathlon unhampered by red tide
Sun  Jul 15 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Plenty of winners took home medals at Saturday’s triathlon, but red tide didn’t even get an honorable mention. The blotchy brownish water plaguing beachgoers for weeks didn’t deter … Find out how to read more online.
Convoy from Punta Gorda protests for clean water
Sun  Jul 15 2018 08:30AM
A convoy of cars and motorcycles left Punta Gorda and drove to Clewiston to rally on Saturday for cleaner waterways. Josh Greer, owner of West Wall Outfitters in Port Charlotte, … Find out how to read more online.
Old grudges surface
Sun  Jul 15 2018 08:30AM
The race for state attorney pits a former employee against a current one, in campaigns where the past is becoming as important as the future. On one side is Amira … Find out how to read more online.
Save Our Fisheries convoy leaves Punta Gorda to rally
Sat  Jul 14 2018 08:30AM
Floridians fed up with what has been described as a “dismal condition” of public waterways will ride to rally in Clewiston today. Hundreds are expected to gather for the Save … Find out how to read more online.
Vote-by-mail ballots start going out today
Fri  Jul 13 2018 08:30AM
The first set of vote- by-mail ballots for the Aug. 28 primary election will go out today. In Sarasota County, the first set of more than 1,400 ballots will be … Find out how to read more online.
SEEING RED
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD BEACH — Does the freshwater algae from Lake Okeechobee feed the fish-killing red tide bloom in the Gulf of Mexico? Are state and federal officials doing enough to protect … Find out how to read more online.
Veterans, roommates, brothers fight together in life
Wed  Jul 11 2018 08:30AM
John Kaslikowski had a few fights back in the day. Nothing big, mind you. Nothing like a career in boxing. Just seven bouts, maybe eight, as a welterweight. But he … Find out how to read more online.
Millionaire market:
Sun  Jul 8 2018 08:30AM
They’re all unique. They’re way out of reach for most people. And they’re for sale. Properties priced over $10 million boast features like mansions with elevators, lucrative locations, incredible views, … Find out how to read more online.
Trapper grabs alligator suspected in dog attack
Tue  Jul 10 2018 08:30AM
SOUTH VENICE — A state-authorized trapper hauled a 13-foot alligator Sunday out of the same section of canal where a dog was fatally bitten and another went missing in a … Find out how to read more online.
Man flew 9,000 hours as Army pilot
Mon  Jul 9 2018 08:30AM
Randy Laney, of Englewood, flew helicopters for 45 years both in the Army and as a commercial chopper pilot after he was discharged. “I went to Eastern Michigan University in … Find out how to read more online.
‘Gag gift’, not real deal
Sat  Jul 7 2018 08:30AM
The owner of the restaurant where a deputy was accused of exposing himself says Sgt. James White never showed his own genitals — displaying, instead, fake ones. Lee Richardson, the … Find out how to read more online.
Teen faces ‘long road ahead’ Shocked by power line, 17-year-old lost legs, remains in ICU
Fri  Jul 6 2018 12:36PM
With burns over 40 percent of his body, Logan Belisle is lucky to be alive. His injuries are severe, though. The 17-year-old’s legs are gone and months will pass before … Find out how to read more online.
Citizen justice highlights tame Fourth
Fri  Jul 6 2018 08:30AM
Leave it to civilians on the most patriotic day of the year to stop a suspected thief. On the Fourth of July, a Punta Gorda police officer arriving at Laishley … Find out how to read more online.
Mystery surrounds illegal oil dump along U.S. 41
Fri  Jul 6 2018 12:27PM
Several hundred gallons of oil were illegally dumped along U.S. 41 this week. Authorities were notified around noon Wednesday of an approximately 15,000-square-foot pool of oil off U.S. 41 near … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Discarded fireworks cause house fire
Thu  Jul 5 2018 12:02PM
PUNTA GORDA — One minute, it’s a celebration. The next, a house is up in smoke. It’s a story that doesn’t get told often. Among all the glamour of fireworks, … Find out how to read more online.
$5k for fireworks donated at last minute
Wed  Jul 4 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Mike Looney and Keith Rowley had nothing but praise and thanks Tuesday for Brad Fuller’s contribution to Englewood’s annual July 4 fireworks show. Fuller’s donation of $5,000 put … Find out how to read more online.
Storm knocks out power in SWFL
Wed  Jul 4 2018 08:30AM
Power was knocked out in areas of Southwest Florida amid stormy weather Monday evening. In Charlotte County, more than 600 customers were without power around 9:30 p.m. FPL spokesperson Marie … Find out how to read more online.
Lunchtime cookouts are the better bet today
Wed  Jul 4 2018 08:30AM
With Florida’s tropical summertime pattern now underway, Fourth of July weather includes a strong chance of rain. According to National Weather Service Meteorologist Rick Davis, rain chances increase in areas … Find out how to read more online.


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