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County ranks high for West Nile
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:22AM
Sarasota County ranks near the top in the state for sentinel chickens infected with West Nile Virus and other diseases this year, according to a report from the Centers for … Find out how to read more online.
Marijuana dispensary ban gets plan board nod
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:22AM
The Venice Planning Commission this week gave its stamp of approval on a draft ordinance implementing a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries within City of Venice boundaries. The board voted … Find out how to read more online.
Anniversary event honors city’s living mayors
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:22AM
The next event in the celebration of Venice’s 90th anniversary as a city is a dinner honoring its five living mayors: Merle Graser, Dean Calamaras, Fred Hammett, Ed Martin and … Find out how to read more online.
Haunted Trails this weekend at Oscar Scherer State Park
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:20AM
Oscar Scherer State Park promises a “frightfully fun time for the howl family” at its fifth annual Haunted Trails Halloween event Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20 and 21, from 8 … Find out how to read more online.
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Wildlife Center offers volunteer classes
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:20AM
The Wildlife Center of Venice held a wildlife rescue class at the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve last Saturday where attendees learned more about the Center and how to volunteer in various ways. The Wildlife Center is located at … Find out how to read more online.

Endorsement heats up Council race
Sat  Oct 14 2017 03:21PM
Venice Council Member Deborah Anderson drew attention at this week’s Republican Party of Sarasota County meeting — and not in a good way. At Thursday’s meeting, before a crowd of around 100 at the South Gate Community Center, Anderson accused … Find out how to read more online.

Sabal Trace’s third owner has no plans yet
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:20AM
The future of Sabal Trace Golf and Country Club is once again unknown as a third owner has stepped in to take over the property. Mark Gerenger, of GNP Development LLC, based in Tampa, is now taking over the property. … Find out how to read more online.

Sun Fiesta opens winter season in Venice
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:20AM
What began in October 1973 as the last hurrah to summer for the year-round residents, The Sun Fiesta is now the herald of Snowbird season, the time when winter residents and Venice visitors head south to escape the dark days … Find out how to read more online.

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Puerto Rico still stumbles in the dark a month after ‘Maria’
Fri  Oct 20 2017 01:19AM
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — One man climbs 24 flights of stairs several times a day alongside dormant elevators. Street vendors hawk plastic washboards for $20. And families outstretch their hands as crews in helicopters drop supplies in communities that … read more.

Target sees new smaller Manhattan store as where it’s headed
Fri  Oct 20 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Target sees its new smaller stores in mainly urban areas as a symbol of its future, hoping that shoppers will step away from online buying for trips to stores tailored to the neighborhood. The two-level store in … read more.

Last-minute rebound lifts S&P 500
Fri  Oct 20 2017 01:19AM
A last-minute surge nudged U.S. stock indexes mostly higher Thursday, barely extending the market’s winning streak and milestone-setting run. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index and Dow Jones industrial average closed higher for the fifth straight day, each posting new … read more.

US government: Inspections show Lake Okeechobee’s dike sound
Fri  Oct 20 2017 01:19AM
CLEWISTON — For the thousands of Floridians who live in the shadow of the 80-year-old dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee, there is always a back-of-the-mind fear that the earthen barrier might fail — a twitch that gets ticked up a … read more.

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