Dump Truck Bridge Damage To Close I-75 Nights

A day after a freak accident backed up traffic for miles and forced motorists into lengthy detours, southbound Interstate 75 through South Sarasota County is expected to reopen for most of today, including the morning rush.  But repair work on the bride damaged by the dump truck Wednesday will close the heavily traveled southbound lanes […]

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Charlotte County School Grades: All A’s

The Florida Department of Education released preliminary high school grades for 2013 Wednesday, and the rankings show Charlotte County high schools all retaining an A rating, while two North Port schools fell from A’s to B’s. The Englewood Sun reports all four Charlotte County high schools — Charlotte, Lemon Bay, Port Charlotte and Edison Collegiate […]

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Lemon Bay Playhouse Starts Capital Campaign

Lemon Bay Play­house is launch­ing a fundrais­ing cam­paign to help pay off the mort­gage on its annex building. For the first phase of the cam­paign, LBP will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “The Gin Game,” at 7:30 p.m. Sat­ur­day, Jan. 18, and 2 p.m. Sun­day, Jan. 19. Vet­eran actors Rita Corn and Jack Rabito have […]

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Prescribed Burns Could Start Today

To decrease the risk of wildfire and increase the quality and health of our natural ecosystems, Charlotte County Parks and Natural Resources Division is planning prescribed burns at Charlotte Flatwoods Environmental Park, Tippecanoe II Scrub-jay Preserve and Tippecanoe Environmental Park. The burns may occur any time in December through February, and as soon as today. […]

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Port Charlotte Fire Ruled Arson

Investigators are after whoever intentionally set fire to a home on Orange Drive in Port Charlotte yesterday. {WENG-121913-Jennings Port Charlotte Arson VO} Authorities say an accelerant was used to start the fire in the home that was the location of a drug bust last week.  WINK’s reporting investigators say so much accelerant was used, the […]

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