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Ross Dress for Less, Skechers, Metro Diner and more coming to Port Charlotte Marketplace

The former Kmart plaza in Port Charlotte is getting a slew of new retail tenants as it nears the end of a $23 million redevelopment. Developer GBT Realty Corp. of Brentwood, Tennessee announced this week that Ross Dress for Less, Skechers, Metro Diner, GNC, T-Mobile, Bento House and Essence Nail Sal


Woman reported missing in Siesta Key has been found

SIESTA KEY, Fla. — UPDATE: Sarasota County deputies say Cynthia Chiu has been found. Sarasota County deputies are appealing to the public to help find a Siesta Key visitor who has been missing since Saturday morning.


Major search underway near Punta Gorda mental health clinic

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office is conducting an extensive search in Punta Gorda. The sheriff's office cold case squad, as well as the major crimes unit, are on scene in a wooded area near the Charlotte Behavioral Health building off of Education Avenue.


Prep roundup: Good weekend on basketball court for Bradenton Christian, Saint Stephen’s

Editor’s note: The prep roundup is compiled from emails sent by coaches or scorekeepers to sports@bradenton.com. Bradenton Christian 60, Imagine Schools North Port 47: The visiting Panthers locked up the top seed in the district tournament with a victory Saturday.


BOYS BASKETBALL: Bobcats storm back at Wally Keller Classic

The North Port High boys basketball team knows only one way to play. “Our guys know nothing other than to play hard,” Bobcats coach Ryan Power said. “Whether we are up 10 or down 10, they’re going to give the same exact amount of effort.”


Rays single-game spring training tickets go on sale Friday

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Single-game spring training tickets for the Tampa Bay Rays go on sale Friday morning. Tickets to see the team at Charlotte Sports Park will be available at 10 a.m.


GIRLS BASKETBALL: Saint Stephen's rolls past Community Christian

Game at: Port Charlotte Community Christian. Top players: SS, Sarah Stevens (19 points), Maria Herrig (14 points), Allie Serterides (9 points). Records: Saint Stephen’s (9-7, 3-3); Community Christian (0-5).


Journey on a ‘Tree Quest’ with Sarasota County for Florida Arbor Day

SARASOTA COUNTY – In celebration of Florida Arbor Day, Sarasota County is inviting the community to once again journey on a “Tree Quest,” during a two-week scavenger hunt at county parks and preserves. Starting on Jan. 18, the scavenger hunt is aimed at highlighting the importance of trees and their