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Drones quietly becoming part of the environment
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
It rises vertically, buzzing like a beehive. But before long, you can’t hear the quadcopter drone: The sound of hundreds of nesting birds it’s surveilling is more powerful. The drone, … Find out how to read more online.
Port Charlotte man gets life
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
A Port Charlotte man was sentenced to life in prison Monday for capital sexual battery on a victim under 12 years of age, the State Attorney’s Office reported. The case … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • James Giles, 58, 12100 block of Poindexter Ave., Punta Gorda. Charge: violation of condition of pretrial release. Bond: none. • … Find out how to read more online.
Venice coach fired after Twitter ‘like’
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
VENICE — Fresh off a 7A state championship run, Venice High School fired its head football coach Wednesday morning after a rival team’s coach said an exchange on Twitter that … Find out how to read more online.
Police presence set for Heron Creek Middle today
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — There will be an increased police presence at Heron Creek Middle School today after a threat was made on Wednesday. According to North Port authorities, a threat … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County eyes Little Salt Spring, again
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:06PM
SARASOTA — The second time may prove to be more successful for Sarasota County. During her report to her fellow commissioners Tuesday, Commission Chairwoman Nancy Detert raised the prospect of … Find out how to read more online.
Tree Fest grows in North Port
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — More than 200 people attended the 2018 North Port Tree Fair on Saturday sponsored by People for Trees. The annual event unites residents of North Port that … Find out how to read more online.
Little League action continues in North Port
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The Tigers finished an excellent week by defeating the Red Sox 5-2 in North Port major division Little League action Saturday at the Atwater Community Park. The … Find out how to read more online.
Huskies 10-under stay unbeaten
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Huskies 10 and under along with the 14 and under football teams won their final regular season games Saturday against the host Tampa Ravens. … Find out how to read more online.
Eco-Kids to check out Florida fossils
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Eco-Kids Club, a North Port club open to children — recommended 5 and older — will meet from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28 at the Oaks Park … Find out how to read more online.
Cypress Falls holds Variety Show
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
Cypress Falls, a Del Webb community in North Port, recently held its second annual Variety Show. … Find out how to read more online.
SKY softball battles Venice
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
The final softball game of the regular season was a battle between SKY Academy of Englewood and SKY Academy of Venice. Venice SKY held on to win 9-8. The two … Find out how to read more online.
Preparing for population explosion, school safety
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
ROTONDA WEST — “Despite a spike in population growth in 2017, Charlotte County experienced a drop in crime by 14 percent.” So said Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell at the … Find out how to read more online.
Country Liners install new officers
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
Englewood Country Liners recently installed new officers for 2018-2019. Nancy Vargo is president, Margot Kidder is vice president, Jayne Parker is secretary, Melissa Mutkoski is treasurer, and Ann Wagner is … Find out how to read more online.
Junior mantas win eighth grade crown
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Lemon Bay Junior Mantas eighth-grade boys basketball team won the Adidas League championship Sunday in Sarasota. The junior Mantas rolled over the Bradenton Ballers 56-21 in the … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood Hospital gets straight As from Leapfrog
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
Englewood Community Hospital continued a straight A streak since 2015. Hospitals grades were released Tuesday by the Leapfrog Group — a national nonprofit organization that calls itself a patient safety … Find out how to read more online.
EARTH TO KIDS
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dressed in his Troop 26 Boy Scout uniform, Sean Blaney held up a tomato and asked if it is a fruit or vegetable. For those who said it … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte hospitals snag mediocre safety grades from Leapfrog
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
Hospitals in Charlotte County received mostly mediocre grades for hospital safety Tuesday by the Leapfrog Group, which is a national nonprofit organization that has called itself a patient safety watchdog. … Find out how to read more online.
Homeless Coalition hosts Italian Night Fundraiser
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
The Homeless Coalition held its 3rd Annual Italian Night Fundraiser on April 19 at the 24Twenty One Event Center in Port Charlotte. They would like to take the opportunity to thank their … Find out how to read more online.
Air Show, Waterfest awarded in-kind funding
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
Two major Charlotte County tourism events are planning ahead to bring in dollars during the county’s off season. Both the Florida International Air Show held in Punta Gorda in October … Find out how to read more online.
Former PCHS teacher returns to prison
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
A Charlotte County man was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison after failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements. Kenneth Swencki, 48, was adjudicated guilty in … Find out how to read more online.
Drones take insurance industry by storm
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
Southwest Florida companies are among those on the forefront as drones take the insurance industry by storm in the state and beyond. Hurricane Irma, which slammed into the region seven … Find out how to read more online.
Prison inmate sentenced for setting fire in cell
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
A former inmate at the Charlotte Correctional Institution was sentenced to 20 years in prison for setting a fire in his prison cell in 2015, the State Attorney’s Office reported. … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte approves beach taxing units
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
Charlotte County commissioners have approved a taxing methodology to pay for beach renourishment and management. “(Manasota Key) will continue to erode to a point that will drastically change our shoreline,” … Find out how to read more online.
North Port moves forward with apartments
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — As new residents continue to pour into the city, North Port officials are working to create new housing options. The latest effort is approving Kenido Blade Apartments, … Find out how to read more online.
School Board supports administrator pay raises
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:04PM
SARASOTA — Despite complaints from the teachers union, Sarasota County School Board members support administrative pay raises. During a recent School Board meeting, the board passed the motion unanimously, with … Find out how to read more online.
Holly Morgan Fisher run this Saturday
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The second annual race to remember former Heron Creek Middle School teacher Holly Morgan Fisher will be held this Saturday. The 5K will be at 7:08 a.m. … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: North Port man choked victim, refused to let her leave
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port man was arrested after beating a victim and forcing her to stay in a house, according to North Port Police Department reports. Nikko Paez, … Find out how to read more online.
One square at a time at Harbor Cove
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
The Harbor Cove Quilters are a unique group of women. I say this because as you walk by the craft room on a day they gather, it appears to be … Find out how to read more online.
Grappling with protocol of K-9 bites
Wed  Apr 25 2018 03:01PM
NORTH PORT — In 2014, the North Port Police Department realized it had a problem. The dog bites from the department were more than all the other surrounding cities combined. … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota Memorial Hospital keeps A grade from Leapfrog
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
Hospitals in the region received mixed grades for safety Tuesday by the Leapfrog Group — a national nonprofit organization that calls itself a patient safety watchdog. Sarasota Memorial Hospital received … Find out how to read more online.
Local golfers qualify for Under Armour National Championships
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
ROTONDA WEST — On March 10, the Tour Sponsored by Under Armour hosted its South Florida Regional Qualifier at The Long Marsh Golf Club in Rotonda West. The flighted amateur … Find out how to read more online.
Dangerous intersection to get signal
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
Charlotte County commissioners gave a green light Tuesday for a new traffic light at Marathon Boulevard and Gasparilla Road. “You’re giving us fabulous news,” said Vickie Gibson, manager of the … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood’s Reds, Rangers playing tough
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Little League junior division teams, the Reds and the Rangers, are playing well this season. The Rangers are 6-2-2 on the season, and the Rangers are … Find out how to read more online.
Archaeological Society meeting to be held at STC next month
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
The Warm Mineral Springs/Little Salt Spring Archaeological Society meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 8 at Suncoast Technical College, 4901 Cranberry Blvd., North Port. The speaker will … Find out how to read more online.
Schools: No growth means no new facilities
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
In order to get funding from the state to build new schools in Charlotte County, the student population needs to grow. But that isn’t happening, school officials said this week. … Find out how to read more online.
Bike Rescue gives homeless new wheels, hope
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
Don Hair says he was an American picker long before the History Channel series gave him a name for it. Now he can claim to be both a picker and … Find out how to read more online.
Fairgrounds fill up for CountryFest 2018
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
On Saturday April 21, Countryfest 2018, featuring the music of Ayla Lynn, the Jack Michael Band, Logan Dressel and the headliner, Diamond Rio was held at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds. … Find out how to read more online.


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