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Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM

Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County area has a wide range of volunteer opportunities. Contact one of the following organizations to see how you can get involved and give back to the community. … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda looks to the future
Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
Punta Gorda has updated the plan that addresses quality of life issues and government’s role in them through 2040. Florida requires cities and counties to maintain a long-range vision of … Find out how to read more online.
Port Charlotte man pleads guilty to tax, bank fraud
Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A Charlotte County businessman pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit tax and bank fraud. Casey Padula, 48, of Port Charlotte, faces a maximum sentence of five … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Mar 26 2017 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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Stump Pass dredging building beaches
Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — More than 40,000 cubic yards of sand has been added to the Gulf shoreline of Stump Pass State Park on Manasota Key. The Stump Pass dredging project, which … Find out how to read more online.
Rotary art festival continues today
Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
Englewood Rotary sponsors an annual art festival which raises thousands of dollars to give to the Englewood Youth Foundation. The Rotary gives $50,000 in scholarships to Lemon Bay High School … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County spurring interest in grant program
Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Sarasota County has a new plan to interest local neighborhood groups and associations in its Neighborhood Initiative Grant Program. Called Share-shop, the new program will be a venue … Find out how to read more online.
City of North Port sponsors health fair
Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
Local health-associated groups gathered Saturday at the George Mullen Community Center in North Port to offer information to the community. … Find out how to read more online.
Job numbers not impressive
Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
To date, the state has paid out $86.8 million in incentives, which has created 23,541 jobs, about 27 percent of the 87,139 pledged, according to Enterprise Florida, Inc. data. Only 13 percent of … Find out how to read more online.
Derelict vessels: Money to combat the problem drying up
Fri  Mar 24 2017 08:30AM

A newer source for addressing abandoned boats

Last year, the West Coast Inland Navigation District began to address the issue of funding derelict vessel removal in the region — including …

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Toddler airlifted to hospital after falling in a pool
Sat  Mar 25 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD EAST — A female toddler was found floating in a pool at a home on Lighthouse Drive in Englewood East, according to reports released Friday. According to Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
Fewer unemployed in region
Fri  Mar 24 2017 08:54PM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — The jobless rate took a sharp turn downward across the region, revving up a winter season to near peak performance. In Charlotte County, February’s unemployment rate of … Find out how to read more online.
Audit to check jail’s sex abuse prevention
Sat  Mar 25 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office will begin its Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Audit beginning Monday. The audit will determine if the jail meets the required standards set by the … Find out how to read more online.
Bridge work stacking up Englewood traffic
Fri  Mar 24 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Patience is what’s needed to get onto or off Manasota Key via Beach Road. But patience is what’s running thin as traffic backs up onto South McCall Road … Find out how to read more online.
Officials crack down on abandoned boats before arrival of birds
Fri  Mar 24 2017 08:30AM
KEY WEST, Fla. — Marine salvors have been racing to get 32 abandoned boats off the bottom in Marquesas Keys waters before birds arrive. A crew removed seven deteriorating vessels, … Find out how to read more online.
Baby boomers tackle tech
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
Tony Adams would normally lean on his family — “technical support team” — if he has questions about his iPad or cellphone. But Adams, 72, is visiting Florida from Ohio, … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Sheriff’s Office holds free self-defense class for women
Fri  Mar 24 2017 08:30AM
Fifty-two women shouted, “Leave me alone!” while striking a punching bag with one knee, held by a partner. It was part of a free self-defense class and hosted by the … Find out how to read more online.
AP Video

Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte County births There were no births reported this week in Charlotte County. Charlotte County marriages • Paul Aviles of Hammonton, N.J., and Stacey Lee Jester of Hammonton, N.J. • … Find out how to read more online.
Sea Grape Gallery announces two guest artists featured for April
Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
Sea Grape Gallery is proud to announce that they will be showcasing the works of two guest artists, Barbara Archer-Baldwin, Pastel Paintings artist, and Joan Heggemeier, Mixed Media artist, during … Find out how to read more online.
Fundraiser supports Animal Welfare League
Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
Canines, Cats, and Cocktails was held on Thursday at TT’s Tiki Bar at Four Points by Sheraton Punta Gorda Harborside to raise funds for the Animal Welfare League. The idea … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
The American Czech and Slovak Club of Southwest Florida The American Czech and Slovak Club of Southwest Florida was created to provide the residents of the Florida Gulf Coast of … Find out how to read more online.
Trump’s proposed afterschool budget cuts discussed
Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
Local school officials say President Donald Trump’s proposed afterschool program cuts are unfair. Trump’s Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney recently said there was no evidence these programs … Find out how to read more online.
Fascinating foxes
Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
The red fox (Vulpes vulpes) has the widest geographic distribution of any carnivore in the world today. Although not native to southwest Florida, the red fox has expanded its range … Find out how to read more online.
Poet Reggie Young to visit State College of Florida Venice
Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
VENICE — American poet and New College of Florida writer-in- residence Reggie Young will share his work at State College of Florida’s Venice campus. Young will read from his book … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM

bridge winners

Bridge Winners - March 20

North Port Senior Center

Group A

North/South

1st: Doree and Rik Jimison; 2nd: Helen Norris and Dave Johnson; 3rd: Sharon Redmond and Phil …

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Officials warn of increased fire risk during dry season
Sun  Mar 26 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — As fires engulf dozens of trees across Harborview Road, first responders rush to the ever-growing familiar scene to save the debris. The firefighters have grown accustomed to … Find out how to read more online.
Not getting any younger
Sat  Mar 25 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte and Sarasota counties’ populations are two of the oldest in the state, and projections point to that trend continuing for decades to come. “I’ve walked, biked and drove every … Find out how to read more online.
Contentious religious freedom bill gets Senate blessing
Sat  Mar 25 2017 08:30AM
Some Democrats condemned a bill in Tallahassee that seeks to clarify the state and U.S. Constitution on freedom of religion in public schools, calling it unnecessary. The measure — S.B. … Find out how to read more online.
Cindy Solomon is Teacher of the Month
Sat  Mar 25 2017 08:30AM
Fawcett Memorial Hospital presented Cindy Solomon, a kindergarten teacher at Myakka River Elementary School, with the February “Teacher of the Month” award. Solomon was nominated by her peers for her … Find out how to read more online.
First Englewood Edible Garden Tour opens today
Sat  Mar 25 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Having a yard that does more than look nice is why Greg Nelson and his wife Linda decided to start The Englewood Edible Landscaping Tour. The tour, which … Find out how to read more online.
Taking aim for education
Sat  Mar 25 2017 08:30AM
Port Charlotte High School and the Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis recently held a dart tournament at Ice House Pub in Punta Gorda. The fundraising tournament, “Pirate Challenge for Education,” was … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Mar 25 2017 08:30AM
CLARIFICATION The Tom Adams Bridge will be closed completely for seven days, between June 15 to July 15, to allow construction crews to pour and set new concrete slabs at … Find out how to read more online.
Derelict vessels: Money to combat the problem drying up
Fri  Mar 24 2017 08:30AM
Time is running out for state grant funding for derelict boat removal from Florida waters. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission only has about 20 percent or less of … Find out how to read more online.
Another kind of pollution in the waters
Fri  Mar 24 2017 08:30AM
Ask most people about pollution, and they will think of rubbish, plastic, oil, smog and chemicals. After some thought, most folks might also suggest noise pollution. We’re all familiar with … Find out how to read more online.
United Way honors ‘Hearts of Gold’
Fri  Mar 24 2017 08:30AM
The United Way of Charlotte County held a cocktail reception at South Port Square in Port Charlotte, “Hearts of Gold,” for their volunteers. Dozens of volunteers attended and shared some … Find out how to read more online.
Brush fire shuts down Harborview Road
Fri  Mar 24 2017 08:30AM
A brush fire shut down Harborview Road west of Interstate 75 for a few hours on Thursday afternoon. The flames moved quickly across an estimated seven acres, a Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.