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Local dogs found dead in animal traps
Tue  Jul 17 2018 01:00AM
They were meant to catch something much larger, and much more dangerous. Two dogs in the Cleveland area of Punta Gorda were found dead in a privately owned snare, Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
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.
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.
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 commissioners reluctantly approve bat survey
Sun  Jul 15 2018 08:30AM
For some Charlotte County commissioners last week, red tide seemed to be the more pressing concern than an endangered bat. The elusive Bonneted Bat got a cold reception from at … Find out how to read more online.
Apples to Apples to spices?
Sun  Jul 15 2018 08:30AM
Mark Osterhaus, the co-creator of some popular board and card games, is now living comfortably in Punta Gorda and moving on to other exciting ventures. In 1998, Osterhaus and his … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte fights for Hurricane Charley funds
Sat  Jul 14 2018 08:30AM
Almost fourteen years after Hurricane Charley, Charlotte County is disputing $1.2 million in disaster funds withheld by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA believes that Charlotte County was already paid … 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.
Sun’s out, tongue’s out at fundraiser Record-setting dog raises awareness about pet adoption
Sun  Jul 15 2018 01:13PM
Mochi has the longest tongue of any dog in the world. It’s official — Guinness World Records official. She’s also a rescue dog, and her owner, Carla Rickert, believes her … Find out how to read more online.
Former cop recovering from grill accident
Sat  Jul 14 2018 08:30AM
When Brian LaRussa went out to his lanai to check the boneless beef ribs on the grill, he noticed they weren’t cooking. He checked that the knobs were properly positioned. … 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.
Updated website aids boaters, birders, campers
Fri  Jul 13 2018 08:30AM
In an effort to keep up with the times, the Southwest Florida Water Management District has launched a new website,, that aims to bring a more user-friendly experience to … Find out how to read more online.
Price tag: $24M
Fri  Jul 13 2018 02:45PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Murdock Circle Apartment Homes, a privately owned, low-income apartment complex, changed hands this month with a sale price of $24.2 million. The buyer was Tralee Affordable Housing … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda to experiment with holding evening meetings
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
Due to complaints from some Punta Gorda residents, the City Council has planned two evening workshops so more people can attend. Some in the community have complained that morning City … 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.
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.
Charlotte schools tax heads toward ballot
Wed  Jul 11 2018 08:30AM
Charlotte County commissioners voted unanimously to allow the first tax referendum for the school district in recent memory to go for a ballot vote on Nov. 6. Commissioners Joseph Tiseo … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda meeting to further master plan process
Tue  Jul 17 2018 01:00AM
The Punta Gorda City Council had a special meeting Wednesday to potentially move forward with the development of the Citywide Master Plan. The master plan is a revamp of the … Find out how to read more online.
Six arrested in counterfeit currency investigation
Tue  Jul 17 2018 01:00AM
Inside a Port Charlotte residence on the 1400 block of Woodlawn Avenue, investigators found all the items needed to counterfeit U.S. currency. Those items included a scanner, printer, modem, latex … Find out how to read more online.
Bay scallops and septic tank removal paid for by Deepwater Horizon settlement
Mon  Jul 16 2018 08:30AM
Some of the first projects to be funded by Deepwater Horizon settlement funds have begun in Charlotte Harbor. Drawing from an initial $1.1 million fund, Charlotte County has already removed … 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.
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.
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.
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.
Trabue lawsuit may settle soon, Punta Gorda attorney ‘cautiously optimistic’
Sat  Jul 14 2018 08:30AM
The land dispute between the city of Punta Gorda and descendants of the city’s founder might finally be coming to a close. In January 2017, the family of Col. Isaac … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte educator Cathy Janiak vies for school board
Sat  Jul 14 2018 03:02PM
Long-time Charlotte County teacher and guidance counselor Cathy Janiak is running for the District 1 School Board seat. With Lee Swift retiring this year, his seat is open to an … 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.
Punta Gorda millage rates stay steady
Fri  Jul 13 2018 08:30AM
Punta Gorda homeowners won’t be seeing much change in millage rates going into 2019. The Punta Gorda City Council moved this week to set the proposed millage rate at 3.1969 … Find out how to read more online.
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.
Charlotte School Board hopefuls set pay, safety as goals
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
Charlotte County School Board candidates zeroed in on local issues, like teacher pay, at Wednesday’s Peace River Federated Republican Women’s Forum. District 1 hopefuls Cara Reynolds, Geri Waksler and Cathy … 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.
Counting the cost of sand
Wed  Jul 11 2018 03:43PM
ENGLEWOOD — Charlotte County is ready to set the assessment Manasota Key property owners will pay for beach sand. Charlotte County property owners on Manasota and Sandpiper Key received a … 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.
1,000 cheaper apartments is the goal
Wed  Jul 11 2018 03:35PM
The Planning and Zoning Board is recommending a move forward with a zone change for up to 1,013 apartment units on Charlotte County-owned land. The land is north of Veterans … Find out how to read more online.