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IDs released in Venice murder-suicide
Mon  Jun 29 2015 07:18PM
VENICE — The identities of the family found dead Friday in what authorities say was a double homicide and suicide at the Fairfield Inn & Suites have been released, but … Find out how to read more online.
Protecting the Peace
Sun  Jun 28 2015 08:30AM
There are times when the Peace River trickles at a pace. Fishermen don’t need anchors as their vessels float in place. Gators can bask along the banks without even the … Find out how to read more online.
Return fire!
Mon  Jun 29 2015 08:04PM
Students are enjoying this year’s Englewood Tennis Club Youth Summer Camp. The club offers weekly summer camps for kids of all ages and experience levels. Each week, there are instructional … Find out how to read more online.
Area ham operators have Field Day with purpose
Sun  Jun 28 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — When Hurricane Charley blew through in August 2004, Dave Hanson was prepared. With not one, but two, solar-powered radio systems at his home, the ham operator was … Find out how to read more online.
Esther Horton is newest ‘Smoked Mullet’ winner
Sat  Jun 27 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Esther Horton grew up barefoot on Englewood Beach. In the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, she could scoop up scallops, water-ski with dolphins and go trick-or-treating on days other … Find out how to read more online.
3 dead in homicide-suicide at Venice hotel
Sat  Jun 27 2015 08:30AM
VENICE — Three people were found dead at the Fairfield Inn & Suites off Interstate 75 Friday morning in what law enforcement officials are calling a double homicide and suicide. … Find out how to read more online.
Quick to be interim EWD chief
Sat  Jun 27 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Rather than go out on a hunt for a new Englewood Water District administrator, supervisors voted Thursday to promote Roger Quick to take over when EWD Administrator Mike … Find out how to read more online.
Expert: Do more for homeless adults
Wed  Jun 24 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– The county had made great strides in combating the homelessness issue, but there are still steps that need to be taken. This was the point made by … Find out how to read more online.
No Walmart at Rotonda Plaza shopping center
Tue  Jun 23 2015 08:30AM
ROTONDA WEST — The rumors of a Walmart Neighborhood Market coming to Rotonda Plaza began swirling around the Placida community soon after the shopping center was purchased by Placida Village … Find out how to read more online.
Denise Lee foundation needs cookbook recipes
Wed  Jun 24 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Peggy Lee hopes locals will want to share their secret family or favorite recipes if they know it’s for a good cause. Lee is the mother-in-law of the … Find out how to read more online.
Turtle nests keep climbing
Mon  Jun 22 2015 06:25PM
ENGLEWOOD — While it’s too early for anyone to predict, Manasota Key and other local Gulf beaches could see record-breaking numbers of sea turtle nests this year. According to the … Find out how to read more online.
Sea turtle nest numbers keep climbing
Tue  Jun 23 2015 03:44PM
ENGLEWOOD — While it’s too early for anyone to predict, Manasota Key and other local Gulf beaches could see record-breaking numbers of sea turtle nests this year. According to the … Find out how to read more online.
Youth set sail
Tue  Jun 23 2015 08:30AM
Thirty children, ages 10-17, participated in an Englewood Youth Sailing Camp recently in the waters just off Indian Mound Park. … Find out how to read more online.
Sunshine State Games help kids stay on track
Sun  Jun 21 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Track coach Jonathan Terry can be heard far and wide across Tarpon Stadium, shouting out encouragement to one of his own sprinters in the 100-meter event at … Find out how to read more online.
Keeping the sky bright over Englewood
Sun  Jun 21 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary still wants to put on the best July Fourth fireworks show it can. This year, the Rotary purchased even larger fireworks to ensure … Find out how to read more online.
Health care grads fuel local job market
Sat  Jun 20 2015 08:30AM
The recent crop of graduates in the health care field is finding success as transplants to the Southwest Florida workforce, helping to offset the sluggish hiring season. Although area unemployment … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood man dies in area wreck
Sat  Jun 20 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Florida Highway Patrol has identified the fatality from a five-car accident Wednesday afternoon as Stanley Blumenthal, 77, of Englewood. The elderly man was driving a Dodge … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County worker counseled for improper license
Sat  Jun 20 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A county parks employee was counseled this week after driving heavy equipment without the proper license. Kyle Barlay, 24, a lead athletic field maintenance employee, has been … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte eyes future of our past
Sat  Jun 20 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — What many Charlotte County residents may not know is that the county was the site of a Civil War skirmish from Dec. 24 to Dec. 30, 1863. County … Find out how to read more online.
YMCA committed to Englewood charter school
Fri  Jun 19 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The SKY Family YMCA of Venice may not have received all the funding it hoped from the Sarasota County School Board on Tuesday, but that hasn’t stopped its … Find out how to read more online.
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New local community in the works on River Road
Mon  Jun 29 2015 08:00PM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– A Fort Myers land developer is eyeing property near Englewood’s Paul Morris Industrial Park for a new residential community. Randy Thibaut with River Road Investor Group said … Find out how to read more online.
An ‘adventure called family’
Mon  Jun 29 2015 08:04PM
The first seven months in her mother’s womb, Jasmine was motionless. Doctors told her mother that even if she lived, she would be in a persistent vegetative state. They urged … Find out how to read more online.
Marauders’ mission: Blow Po River bridge
Mon  Jun 29 2015 10:46AM
The target: a major bridge over the Po River near Pavia in northern Italy used by the Germans in World War II to move men and equipment south to the … Find out how to read more online.
EARS complies with Sarasota County regulations
Sun  Jun 28 2015 03:01PM
ENGLEWOOD — EARS Animal Rescue Sanctuary had until today to relocate more than 40 cats following a zoning complaint that made it stop taking in new felines. Although EARS, at … Find out how to read more online.
Scott budget cuts hurt local free clinics
Fri  Jun 26 2015 08:30AM
Gov. Rick Scott’s budget cut of $9.5 million to charitable clinics will hurt locally. State legislators supported a $9.5 million allocation to the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. The association … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte, Sarasota students best state average on 2 tests
Sat  Jun 27 2015 08:30AM
A higher percentage of students in both Charlotte and Sarasota counties received passing scores on the 10th-grade English Language Arts Florida Standards Assessment and the Algebra 1 end-of-course exam than … Find out how to read more online.
Gasparilla Road construction moving fast
Fri  Jun 26 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH GULF COVE — The expansion of Gasparilla Road is cruising. The 2.5-mile road project calls for the two-lane road to be expanded to four lanes from the Gasparilla Road … Find out how to read more online.
‘Operation Vittles’
Fri  Jun 26 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — At the end of World War II, defeated Germany was divided into four sectors — the American zone, the British zone, the French zone and the Russian zone. Although … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte standardizes golf cart communities
Wed  Jun 24 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — While Charlotte County hasn’t had any new requests from residents wanting to become a “golf cart community,” commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday for an ordinance that sets basic standards … Find out how to read more online.
‘Goooooooooal!’
Wed  Jun 24 2015 08:30AM
The Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp is underway at the Englewood Sports Complex. Thirty kids, ranging in age from 6 to 14, are participating in the camp that teaches a … Find out how to read more online.
Southwest Florida home sales hot
Tue  Jun 23 2015 08:30AM
Home prices sizzled across the region as Southwest Florida’s real estate market continued to heat up in May. According to the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Realtor Association, Charlotte County saw … Find out how to read more online.
Danger in the water
Sun  Jun 21 2015 08:30AM
There have been about a dozen shark attacks off the waters of Florida this year, but health officials recently warned there is something else potentially more dangerous in the water. … Find out how to read more online.
Summertime heat hits with some afternoon showers likely
Mon  Jun 22 2015 08:30AM
It may feel like it’s over 100 degrees some mornings this week, so Southwest Florida residents could be grateful for afternoon showers. Temperatures in the lower 90s are only a … Find out how to read more online.
Grandpa provides ‘Poppa Day Care’
Sun  Jun 21 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Tim Ainscoe sings Kenny Rodgers’ song “The Gambler” to two of his grandchildren, Finnley, 19 months, and Blaine Faris, 9 months, to get them to calm down. … Find out how to read more online.
Marbut to present final plan
Sun  Jun 21 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — In a community report card on homelessness, Sarasota County received one failing grade for not providing or protecting homeless individuals. Tuesday, Dr. Robert Marbut, a Texas-based consultant … Find out how to read more online.
Shell lady still works at 81
Sat  Jun 20 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — When Betty Shook shows the megalodon shark’s tooth for sale at her shop, the fossil covers her entire hand. The 81-year-old also has a gator head, the inner … Find out how to read more online.
Convicted killer rolls the dice
Thu  Jun 18 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A man imprisoned for his role during a double homicide in Englewood is seeking to withdraw the guilty plea that has landed him behind bars until 2032. … Find out how to read more online.
Light on their ‘Toes’
Sat  Jun 20 2015 08:30AM
Twinkle Toes Dance Studio in Englewood studio is offering eight separate weeks of camps throughout the summer. During the camp, participants learn ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary styles of dance. … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota seeks input on future planning
Fri  Jun 19 2015 08:30AM
VENICE — Sondra Guffey wanted to learn how to incorporate ideas from Sarasota County’s Comprehensive Plan into a realistic business model. As the marketing coordinator for the new gated community … Find out how to read more online.
Ex-wife of slain firefighter on trial
Mon  Jun 15 2015 08:30AM
The case of Samuel Dreher, a former Charlotte County firefighter who was murdered in 2012, released a confusing web of controversies that has left all involved, including the Dreher family, … Find out how to read more online.