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Safety urged as boating season kicks off
Sun  May 27 2018 06:53PM
Although boating is a year-round activity in Southwest Florida, local law enforcement and boating organizations are taking the opportunity to emphasize safe boating this weekend, since Memorial Day is the … Find out how to read more online.
As hurricane season nears, local emergency managers prepare for worst
Sun  May 27 2018 08:30AM
A year after one of the most active hurricane seasons on record, this year’s Atlantic storm season is expected to be near to slightly above average this year. But that … Find out how to read more online.
Winners circle
Sun  May 27 2018 08:30AM
American Legion Post 103 • Sunday Darts winners May 20: Round 1: 1-Nancy Heder, Barb Carrol; 2-Sarah Martin, Fran Smith; 3-Randy Austin, George Stern Jr. Round 2: 1-Sarah Martin, Justin … Find out how to read more online.
Kids helping kids
Sat  May 26 2018 08:30AM
Tarpon fishing might not be your cup of tea. That’s understandable — not everyone wants to take on big game fishing. But here’s something we can all support: Kids helping … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte’s economic development director ‘cleared for takeoff
Sun  May 27 2018 08:30AM
Charlotte County commissioners this week agreed to let the economic development director travel to the United Kingdom for an international air show. “Participation at this event is in direct support … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  May 27 2018 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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More and more roads under construction in West Villages
Sun  May 27 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Two new roads are underway in West Villages as the area prepares for more traffic and the Atlanta Braves. Along U.S. 41 near the entrance to IslandWalk … Find out how to read more online.
You Auto Know: Gift cars from caring husbands
Sat  May 26 2018 08:30AM
When those of you who follow this column read today’s article about two very different ladies with very different cars, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. The oldest automobile is a 1995 … Find out how to read more online.
Medical marijuana dispensary eyes Charlotte County
Sat  May 26 2018 08:30AM
Charlotte County could get its first medical marijuana dispensary within the next few months. VidaCann Vice President of Product Development Peyton Moseley confirmed Friday the company is finalizing a lease … Find out how to read more online.
Memorial service honors fallen officers
Sat  May 26 2018 08:30AM
A memorial service Tuesday evening, hosted by the Fraternal Order of Police, honored law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. A Port Charlotte native, Orange County Sheriff’s Office … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  May 26 2018 08:30AM
In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, all Charlotte and Sarasota County government business offices along with North Port and Punta Gorda city offices will be closed May 28. All … Find out how to read more online.
North Port escheated lots, Buchan Airport part of surplus lands discussion
Sat  May 26 2018 08:30AM
SARASOTA — For old-timers watching a portion of the Sarasota County commissioners’ budget workshop Friday, they may have felt a sense of déjà vu, at least on one item. Listed … Find out how to read more online.
Dump truck mishap causes power outage
Sat  May 26 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Officials worked throughout Friday morning to ensure power and communication lines were up and running, after a dump truck knocked them down Thursday. According to FPL spokesperson … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Commission makes progress on updated parking regulations
Fri  May 25 2018 07:52PM
NORTH PORT — Commissioners are one step closer to creating new regulations for parking in and around residences. But at the Tuesday night meeting, one thing put their progress on … Find out how to read more online.
Memorial Day concert helps area emergency responders, pets
Sat  May 26 2018 08:30AM
For those looking for something to do this Memorial Day weekend, the Starlight Singers, a Sarasota-based troupe of entertainers, will host a benefit concert for a great cause. The event, … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay Woman’s Club sips to 100 years
Sat  May 26 2018 08:30AM
Members of the Lemon Bay Woman’s Club continued their year-long celebration of the club’s 100th anniversary with a celebratory Ladies Tea on May 20. The club was formed in 1918, … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood Little League to pick junior all-stars
Sat  May 26 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The junior division Little League baseball season has ended, but the all-star district tournament is coming up quick. The Englewood all-stars will be picked from the Rangers and … Find out how to read more online.
Crime rate drops locally, statewide
Wed  May 23 2018 04:02PM
From 2016 to 2017, crime in Charlotte County decreased by more than 12 percent, according to the Uniform Crime Report released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tuesday. Likewise, … Find out how to read more online.
Local BSA reps weigh in on Boy Scouts evolution
Tue  May 22 2018 01:55PM
Despite a name and policy change allowing girls to join the Cub and Boy Scouts, local representatives for Boy Scouts of America admit that not much is really changing. “Girls … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda comes together for Emancipation Day
Sun  May 20 2018 08:30AM
From the steps of the Blanchard House Museum there rang a proclamation of freedom Saturday morning. Retired Lt. Col. Scot Shively reenacted the role of Union General Edward M. McCook, … Find out how to read more online.
Forecast: Soggy Memorial Day
Sun  May 27 2018 06:53PM
As Subtropical Storm Alberto continues its northward path through the eastern Gulf of Mexico, Memorial Day in Southwest Florida is shaping up to be the wettest in recent memory, according … Find out how to read more online.
Marine wanted to fight in Vietnam; ended up fighting in Puerto Rico
Sun  May 27 2018 06:34PM
Keith Connors, of Alameda Isles Mobile Home Park, Englewood, was still in high school when he quit and joined the Marine Corps. He wanted to fight in Vietnam. “I signed … Find out how to read more online.
Weekly record
Sun  May 27 2018 08:30AM
Charlotte County marriage licenses • Michael Alan Sotak of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Valerie Anne McCreadie of Shaker Heights, Ohio • Chelsea Nichole Grant of Shawnee, Kan., and Nicholas Bradley … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  May 27 2018 08:30AM
SUNDAY • Bert’s Patriotic Weekend 10 a.m. Breakfast & Registration at the Widow 11 a.m. Run to the Wall, Kick-stands up • Run to the Wall of Southwest Florida 12:30 … Find out how to read more online.
Traffic enforcement locations set
Sun  May 27 2018 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Beginning Monday, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office will increase traffic enforcement at the following locations: Speed enforcement: • Placida Road Top crash locations: • S. McCall Road/Gasparilla … Find out how to read more online.
Red noses aplenty at Myakka River Elementary School
Sun  May 27 2018 08:30AM
Every year, thousands across America buy Red Noses at Walgreens to help the company’s effort to help end child poverty. This year, the Rotary Club of Englewood bought hundreds of … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Academic Hall of Fame grows
Sun  May 27 2018 08:30AM
North Port High School held its fifth annual Induction Ceremony to the Academic Hall of Fame on May 11. It was a ceremony to recognize the outstanding alumni of the … Find out how to read more online.
A soggy weekend awaits; Alberto forms
Sat  May 26 2018 08:30AM
Residents of Southwest Florida might want to consider hosting Memorial Day festivities indoors this weekend. The National Weather Service is expecting anywhere from three to six inches of rain between … Find out how to read more online.
Businesses collect retired American flags
Sat  May 26 2018 08:30AM
With Memorial Day approaching, local businesses want to remind residents of the proper way to dispose of their American flags. Flags that have been worn down or desecrated — by … Find out how to read more online.
Workforce ready
Sat  May 26 2018 08:30AM
More than 200 students graduated from a variety of programs at the Charlotte Technical College earlier this week. The college offers courses in everything from Computer Systems and Information Technology … Find out how to read more online.
‘Backpage’ website is back with local listings
Sat  May 26 2018 08:30AM
Despite a federal shutdown of the website backpage.com over accusations it facilitated prostitution and sex trafficking, another site with a similar name is operating internationally with some local listings. Backpage.com … Find out how to read more online.
Will City Commission race need a primary?
Sat  May 26 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — With the qualifying period coming to a close a month from now for the nonpartisan North Port City Commission race, there is a chance the race could … Find out how to read more online.
A Memorial Moment for area veterans
Sat  May 26 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Area residents and workers are honoring veterans as the nation prepares to recognize Memorial Day on Monday. Memorial Day is dedicated to soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines … Find out how to read more online.
North Port athletes sign letters of intent
Sat  May 26 2018 08:30AM
N orth Port High School Letter of Intent signing ceremony included four seniors: Devon Allen, Carthage College, football; Daniel Gonzalez, track, Coffeyville Community College; Aryanna Hough, Colby Community College, basketball, … Find out how to read more online.
City Commission round up
Sat  May 26 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port City Commission packed in heavy-hitting topics at their Road and Drainage meeting, along with regular City Commission meeting Tuesday night. Despite removing some topics, … Find out how to read more online.
Kimberlin to serve on Englewood fire board
Sat  May 26 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Five months ago, Billy Kimberlin retired as a lieutenant with the Englewood Area Fire Control District. Thursday, the fire district’s attorney Lori Emery swore in Kimberlin as the … Find out how to read more online.
Calm before the storm Mother Nature vs. Memorial Day
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
The week’s daily downpours are only the start of the storm season for Southwest Florida. The area’s chance of rain and thunderstorms will only increase for Memorial Day weekend, according … Find out how to read more online.
Former chief sends public corruption complaint to FBI
Tue  May 22 2018 02:23PM
Former Punta Gorda police chief Tom Lewis is bringing in the feds — or at least trying to. Claiming the Punta Gorda Police Department refused to investigate his allegations of … Find out how to read more online.
North Port man fired atomic cannon
Mon  May 21 2018 08:30AM
Army Specialist-3rd Class Marvin Kelly was listed as assistant gunner on a 280 millimeter atomic cannon. It was the biggest and baddest artillery piece the U.S. Army every produced during … Find out how to read more online.
Discussing next steps on River Road
Sun  May 20 2018 08:30AM
SARASOTA — With Sarasota County commissioners already accepting the offer from the Florida Department of Transportation, this Tuesday they will discuss the next steps that will turn River Road into … Find out how to read more online.


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