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Islanders to help pay for sand
Sat  Jul 21 2018 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Charlotte County commissioners approved new taxing units Thursday to ensure Gulf beaches stay sandy. “We need to get this program going,” said Damian Ochab, president of the South … Find out how to read more online.
Doctor’s wife pleads guilty to health care fraud
Sat  Jul 21 2018 01:00AM
The wife of a local doctor pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of health care fraud, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. Lisa McLaren Janick, 47, of Port Charlotte, faces … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Baby’s broken bones lead to her mom’s arrest
Sat  Jul 21 2018 01:00AM
A Port Charlotte mother was arrested Thursday after investigators learned she allegedly caused head trauma and multiple fractures to her 4-month-old baby. The girl’s father brought the baby into the … Find out how to read more online.
FPL replacing power poles on River Road
Fri  Jul 20 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — For months, electrical crews will line River Road replacing power poles — so expect delays at times. “The project in Englewood is part of our continued investments in … Find out how to read more online.
Report: After home euthanasia failed, Englewood woman killed dog with crowbar
Fri  Jul 20 2018 08:30AM
An Englewood woman was arrested Wednesday for allegedly beating her dog to death with a crowbar in January. According to the affidavit from Charlotte County Animal Control, Tammy Lyn Ewing, … Find out how to read more online.
Community struggles to cope
Fri  Jul 20 2018 03:45PM
NORTH PORT — Neighbors, volunteers and emergency responders were among those coping with the loss of Ava Natalia Perry a day after she was pronounced dead. Ava, a 20-month-old girl … Find out how to read more online.
‘It happened so fast’
Fri  Jul 20 2018 03:45PM
NORTH PORT — After his truck crushed an oncoming SUV and flipped, a Port Charlotte man rushed to the vehicle he’d struck — pulling out a man from it as … Find out how to read more online.
Conviction rate disagreement dominates State Attorney debate
Fri  Jul 20 2018 03:45PM
The conviction rate for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit once again took center stage in a debate between State Attorney candidates Wednesday. At a forum held by the Charlotte County Bar … Find out how to read more online.
Whistleblower lawsuit is targeting Health Dept.
Fri  Jul 20 2018 03:45PM
Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County’s former leader is mentioned in a lawsuit, which claims he intended to falsify information on federal grant applications. Dr. Frank Lepore separated suddenly … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Fleeing felon crashes into squad cars
Fri  Jul 20 2018 03:45PM
NOKOMIS — Fleeing deputies, a convicted felon smashed into two squad cars and caused a head-on collision on Interstate 75, deputies reported Wednesday. At about 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.
Finding money for beach sand
Wed  Jul 18 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Manasota Key, Knight and Don Pedro islands will learn how much money it will take to keep their beaches sandy. The Charlotte County Commission has set a public … Find out how to read more online.
New hotel opening along Charlotte Harbor
Wed  Jul 18 2018 03:27PM
A new hotel is scheduled to open this week in Punta Gorda. SpringHill Suites by Marriott will start renting out its 104 suites at 101 Harborside Ave. on Thursday, according … Find out how to read more online.
Who owns the beach?
Mon  Jul 16 2018 08:30AM
Good deal, bad deal. Take your pick on a new Florida beach access law that caused so much confusion that Gov. Rick Scott issued a moratorium late Thursday affecting the … Find out how to read more online.
Local dogs found dead in animal traps
Wed  Jul 18 2018 04:08PM
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
Wed  Jul 18 2018 04:08PM
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
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:02PM
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
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:36PM
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.
More sea turtles, two dolphins found dead
Sat  Jul 21 2018 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Coastal Wildlife Club volunteers hope the loggerhead sea turtle they found will survive. Sea turtle patrol volunteers Jodi Knottingham and Steve Warner discovered a large female loggerhead in … Find out how to read more online.
Supply drive underway for Charlotte’s nearly 100 new teachers
Sat  Jul 21 2018 01:00AM
Charlotte County Public Schools is hiring almost 100 new teachers to make up for last school year’s losses. District data shows 36 instructional staff members retired between July 2017 and … Find out how to read more online.
Surprise inspection
Fri  Jul 20 2018 08:30AM
One of Florida’s largest medical marijuana treatment centers had to stop processing cannabis this week because of a food-safety inspection deadline. The Miami Herald reported Thursday that Surterra halted its … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide bad for business
Fri  Jul 20 2018 08:30AM
PLACIDA — Patsey Smith of Patsey’s Blue Crabs at the Fishery expects this time of year to be slow — but not as slow as it has been. She blames … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte’s Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan postponed
Fri  Jul 20 2018 08:30AM
For pedestrians and cyclists in Charlotte County, the road to better pathways may be just around the corner. Proposed adoption of the Charlotte County Regional Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan has been … Find out how to read more online.
No relief yet from oncoming red tide epidemic
Thu  Jul 19 2018 09:12AM
ENGLEWOOD — An ominous clump of dead fish floated onto Englewood Beach late Tuesday, but by Wednesday the beach was clean again. Mark Timchula, known as the Beach Guy for … Find out how to read more online.
Child dies after being found in North Port canal
Wed  Jul 18 2018 03:11PM
NORTH PORT — North Port Police are investigating how a child ended up in a canal on Tuesday morning. Authorities found 20-month-old Ava Natalia Perry floating in the canal, close … Find out how to read more online.
Whistleblower lawsuit is targeting Health Dept.
Fri  Jul 20 2018 03:50PM
Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County’s former leader is mentioned in a lawsuit, which claims he intended to falsify information on federal grant applications. Dr. Frank Lepore separated suddenly … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Fleeing felon crashes into squad cars
Fri  Jul 20 2018 03:50PM
NOKOMIS — Fleeing deputies, a convicted felon smashed into two squad cars and caused a head-on collision on Interstate 75, deputies reported Wednesday. At about 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.
Addition of PG assistant city manager discussed
Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:30AM
Punta Gorda Council Member Jaha Cummings has suggested hiring an assistant city manager. The goal of adding the position would be to ease the transition from current City Manager Howard … Find out how to read more online.
Campaign coffers swell in race for Rooney’s seat
Wed  Jul 18 2018 08:30AM
On paper, the House of Representatives District 17 election seems like a two-man race. Local Republicans Rep. Julio Gonzalez (R-Venice) and State Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) are hoping to trade … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda is now a prize from Allegiant
Wed  Jul 18 2018 03:27PM
A prize in Allegiant Travel Company’s Coast to Coast summer giveaway is now Punta Gorda. The airline’s summer giveaway includes destinations it flies to spanning other states as well, such … Find out how to read more online.
County: Flooding minimal despite rains
Wed  Jul 18 2018 08:30AM
Rains have been heavy, but reports of home flooding have been limited to a few driveways and a garage, according to Charlotte County officials. Specifically, the county received reports about … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda meeting to further master plan process
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:37PM
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
Wed  Jul 18 2018 04:08PM
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
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:39PM
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
Wed  Jul 18 2018 02:06PM
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
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:36PM
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
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:07PM
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.


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