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Plein Air painting at Green Street Church
Sun  Feb 18 2018 08:30AM
The Englewood Art Center is partnering with the Lemon Bay Historical Society to showcase local artists and help their cause. There will be Plein Air events throughout the season at … Find out how to read more online.
AMVETS seeks sponsors for Bike Show
Sun  Feb 18 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — AMVETS Post 2000 is looking for a few good men and women to sponsor its March 10 Bike Show to raise money for the Saratoga WarHorse Project. Holly … Find out how to read more online.
Course continues to help grow area businesses
Sun  Feb 18 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port staffers are trying to grow businesses and that includes ones run by entrepreneurs. The city has teamed up with Achieva Credit Union and the North … Find out how to read more online.
Bridge Club plays for fun
Sun  Feb 18 2018 08:30AM
The Englewood Bridge Club was started more than two decades ago by an enthusiastic group of folks looking to have some fun and camaraderie playing contract bridge. The current members … Find out how to read more online.
Weekly record
Sun  Feb 18 2018 08:30AM
Charlotte County marriage licenses • David Gene Pancoast of Port Charlotte, and Ermelinda Aleman Delgado of Port Charlotte • Ann Sharon Cooney of Ile Bizard, Montreal, Quebec, and Robert Earl … Find out how to read more online.
The college alternative
Sun  Feb 18 2018 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — After taking over the Village Fish Market & Restaurant 15 years ago, and building on the success of the Fishermen’s Village landmark that first opened in 1981, … Find out how to read more online.
Crossroads Hope Academy hosts annual Sweetheart Ball
Sun  Feb 18 2018 08:30AM
Crossroads Hope Academy recently held its third annual Sweetheart Ball at the Cultural Center of Port Charlotte. Guests enjoyed a champagne toast, photo area, a silent auction and dancing, as … Find out how to read more online.
Legislature wants more God in schools
Sun  Feb 18 2018 08:30AM
The Florida Legislature is making moves to require all Florida school districts to prominently display “In God We Trust” in schools. The bill will be a lesson to children, said … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Feb 18 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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Play Ball!
Thu  Feb 15 2018 08:30AM
Tampa Bay Rays opened their tenth spring training in Port Charlotte with pitchers and catchers holding their first workout Wednesday at Charlotte Sports Park. Wednesday may have been Valentine’s Day, … Find out how to read more online.
Hops & Horns a blend of bands and beer
Wed  Feb 14 2018 08:30AM
The Hops & Horns event, held recently in downtown Punta Gorda, brought out 10 craft beer companies, five food trucks, three craft vendors and a wine sampling distributor. Live music … Find out how to read more online.
Environmental groups appealing Florida mining decision
Wed  Feb 14 2018 08:30AM
Four environmental groups plan to appeal a recent ruling against a lawsuit they filed, which had sought to stop the government’s permitting of more mining by Mosaic in central Florida. … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Feb 14 2018 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Jesse Rey Solomon, 19, 11000 block of Pendelton St., Port Charlotte. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: $600. • Tiffany Lynn … Find out how to read more online.
PCHS band carries a tune to Savannah
Wed  Feb 14 2018 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Port Charlotte High School is adding another accomplishment to its long list of successes. They will be going to Savannah, Georgia, to perform in the third-largest St. … Find out how to read more online.
‘It all starts with a block of wood’
Wed  Feb 14 2018 08:30AM
“They are meant for people who are going through chemotherapy, dialysis, are depressed, in recovery, have anxiety, cancer or are wounded veterans.” — Bill Mazzola, Englewood Wood Carving Club … Find out how to read more online.
Manasota sand funding moves forward
Wed  Feb 14 2018 08:30AM
MURDOCK — After a year of meeting with property owners, crunching and re-crunching the numbers, Peter Ravella presented Charlotte County commissioners Tuesday a funding plan to maintain Gulf beaches. Ravella’s … Find out how to read more online.
Junior Mantas have successful weekend
Wed  Feb 14 2018 08:30AM
The Lemon Bay Junior Mantas boys eighth-grade basketball team had a successful weekend, going 4-1 in two tournaments The Junior Mantas were 2-1 in the Charlotte Shootout Saturday, then went … Find out how to read more online.
Fishery redevelopment plan and rezoning snagged
Wed  Feb 14 2018 03:55PM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County’s Commission chambers proved too small for more than 200 people who wanted to attend the advisory Planning Commission’s review of the redevelopment plan and rezoning for … Find out how to read more online.
Fred McGriff featured at inaugural West Villages golf tournament
Tue  Feb 13 2018 08:20PM
WEST VILLAGES — Atlanta Braves legend Fred McGriff will take part in inaugural West Villages Invitational golf tournament set for Friday at Plantation Golf & Country Club. Proceeds from the … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County district to review policy handbook
Sun  Feb 18 2018 08:30AM
SARASOTA — The School Board will discuss a variety of topics during its monthly work session and regular meeting Tuesday. During its afternoon regular meeting, it will be looking at … Find out how to read more online.
Talent4Tomorrow Partnership to offer free FAFSA labs
Sun  Feb 18 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port High School students and their families will have an opportunity to sit down Tuesday with financial aid counselors. The Talent4Tomorrow Partnership is hosting Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.
Zumba toward fitness with Romi
Sat  Feb 17 2018 06:58PM
Another fitness class has been added to weekly exercise programs at Gran Paradiso. Zumba with Romi is held every Monday and Wednesday morning from 11 a.m. - noon. The one-hour … Find out how to read more online.
Winners circle
Sun  Feb 18 2018 08:30AM
American Legion Post 103 • Sunday Darts winners Feb. 11: Round 1: 1-Nancy Heder, Mike Vest; 2-Pat Seaman, Kim Toney; 3-Nancy N.J. Anderson, John Seaman. Round 2: 1-Barbara Carroll, Kim … Find out how to read more online.
Worker shortage forces compromise Employer, employees find common ground in a competitive workplace
Sun  Feb 18 2018 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The lack of a skilled workforce is prompting local business owners to employ their own methods, and instincts, to fill their needs. When looking for a new … Find out how to read more online.
Candlelight vigil for Parkland
Sun  Feb 18 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A candlelight vigil will be held today in Englewood for people to come together and show solidarity following a Florida school shooting that killed 17 people. “Everybody is … Find out how to read more online.
Gulfcoast Girl Scouts honor FSW senior
Sun  Feb 18 2018 08:30AM
After volunteering more than 500 hours since starting high school, Englewood teen Anne LeVasseur has been named a nominee for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for the Girl Scouts … Find out how to read more online.
Traffic enforcement locations set
Sun  Feb 18 2018 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Beginning Monday, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office will increase traffic enforcement at the following locations: Speed enforcement: • State Road 31, east of Punta Gorda. T op … Find out how to read more online.
Local law enforcement, schools have plans in place
Fri  Feb 16 2018 04:57PM
Hours after posting threats about shooting North Port High School students, Forest Malone was arrested. According to detectives, the state may charge the 17-year-old NPHS student as an adult for … Find out how to read more online.
Online dating turns to lasting marriages
Wed  Feb 14 2018 10:49AM
His willingness to fly 1,170 miles to take her to dinner convinced Erin Heaps that she wanted to become Mrs. Anthony Aleo. “We had an amazing dinner at The Columbia,” … Find out how to read more online.
Family Services Center debate rolls on
Wed  Feb 14 2018 08:30AM
MURDOCK — More than three years after voters approved the Family Services Center sales tax project, county commissioners are still unsure how to proceed. Passed in 2014, the 1 percent … Find out how to read more online.
City settles discrimination case with former cop
Wed  Feb 14 2018 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The city of Punta Gorda has reached a severance agreement for over $100,000 with a former female police officer, settling a gender discrimination claim and avoiding a … Find out how to read more online.
104 and counting …
Sat  Feb 17 2018 08:30AM
Mary Dal Pian has a smile that lights up the proverbial room, and perhaps a couple more nearby. She’s been enjoying life, and smiling, since 1914. Her 104th birthday was … Find out how to read more online.
YOUR VALENTINE ISN’T KEEN ON ADDING TO YOUR DEBT
Wed  Feb 14 2018 10:49AM
Surveys show you don’t need money to have a good time on Valentine’s Day. A survey of 1,200 Americans over 18 by Debt.com asked how they intended to spend money … Find out how to read more online.
Cannabis CURE?
Sun  Feb 11 2018 08:30AM
Dr. Barry Gordon saved lives with paddles in emergency rooms for years in Ohio. But now, in Venice, he said he is looking beyond conventional medicine to help people. And … Find out how to read more online.
Bocilla Islands Conservancy celebrates preservation
Wed  Feb 14 2018 08:30AM
Bocilla Islands Conservancy held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a “Giving is Glamorous” party Feb. 3 on Knight Island, dedicating two parcels the Conservancy recently purchased with the intent to preserve … Find out how to read more online.
Knights edge Bengals in flag thriller
Wed  Feb 14 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The UCF Knights stayed undefeated in Under Armour Englewood flag football upper-division play with an exciting 33-32 victory over the Bengals Friday night at Larry Nicol Field. The … Find out how to read more online.
Waiting for help? Call the Sun
Wed  Feb 14 2018 08:30AM
Are you waiting for elder services, or do you know anyone who is? If so, we’d really like to speak with you. The Sun is working on a story highlighting … Find out how to read more online.
Educators await association explanation
Wed  Feb 14 2018 08:30AM
Sarasota County educators are still awaiting their association’s explanation of a two-year salary pact with the school district that does away with traditional salary schedules. The idea of losing salary … Find out how to read more online.


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