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Parents: Day care left child’s injury unreported
Fri  Sep 19 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Bobbi and Brian Eichmann’s 2-year-old daughter came home from Building Blocks Children’s Center with a cut and bruised face earlier this month and they had no idea … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Sep 18 2014 01:26PM
PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte County school officials are investigating a security breach after a man reportedly accessed the cafeteria at Punta Gorda Middle School Tuesday and told an officer he … Find out how to read more online.
Veteran chooses jail over giving his disability money to ex-wife
Fri  Sep 19 2014 01:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — A Suncoast veteran went to jail Wednesday in order to keep all of his VA disability check. It’s all because he and his wife are divorcing and … Find out how to read more online.
County appeals Rotonda II
Sat  Sep 13 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The county on Friday appealed the 20th Judicial Circuit Court decision in the Rotonda II case that found the county prevented plaintiffs’ properties from being developed by … Find out how to read more online.
County seeks funding advice from state lobbyist
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County’s state lobbyist offered commissioners a political primer Tuesday on how to effectively request legislative funding for local projects. During a county workshop, Cari L. Roth, an … Find out how to read more online.
Mangrove trimming is on honor system
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — In the past five years, there have been 91 alleged mangrove disturbance cases in Sarasota County. However, it’s not enough for Sarasota County to redirect resources, according to … Find out how to read more online.
Goodwill announces data breach
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
Goodwill Manasota announced that a data breach which stretched over a year and a half has impacted a number of their area stores in four different counties. According to Vice … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay battle
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — While no one has fired cannon broadsides, law enforcement and the folks who live on their vessels in Chadwick Cove remain at odds. “Write me a ticket so … Find out how to read more online.
Correction
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
Correction For more information about Kathy Genth’s miniature horse Hope, a specially trained service animal, call Genth’s Branded Heart Stables at 941-809-6389. A Sun article Monday included an incorrect telephone … Find out how to read more online.
US 41 bypass project still on track
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
MANATEE COUNTY — The U.S. 41 bypass project through Venice is still on track, with construction planned to begin on the northern phase next spring. According to Florida Department of … Find out how to read more online.
Annual Coastal Cleanup returns Saturday
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
Keep Sarasota County Beautiful (KSCB) will help clean coastal and other areas during the 2014 International Coastal Cleanup from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 20, at sites throughout Sarasota County, including … Find out how to read more online.
CERT-ified citizens wanted
Tue  Sep 16 2014 08:00AM
When the James River overflowed near Chesterfield, Va., about eight years ago, Rick Mathis was ready to help. “For two days, we passed out blankets and gave people hot beverages,” … Find out how to read more online.
Bringing Hope to those in need
Tue  Sep 16 2014 04:36PM
ENGLEWOOD — Hope doesn’t appear to be much of a horse at first glance, standing no more than 3 feet tall and weighing 130 pounds. But Hope’s owner, Kathy Genth, … Find out how to read more online.
Bud Gerow served with ‘Merrill’s Marauders’ in Burma during WWII
Tue  Sep 16 2014 02:46PM
“Merrill’s Marauders” is what newspaper reporters who covered their exploits a lifetime ago during World War II called them. Officially they were the “5307th Composite Unit Provisional,” a long-range penetration … Find out how to read more online.
Fire chairman worries over firefighter pensions
Sat  Sep 13 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Jeff Kern expressed his worry over the impact firefighter pension costs are having on the Englewood Area Fire Control District. Kern is now chairman of the fire district … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood fire adopts assessment rates
Sat  Sep 13 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Area Fire Control District adopted its new assessment rates Wednesday. The fire commissioners voted unanimously to raise the residential non-ad valorem assessment rate from $142.92 to … Find out how to read more online.
Mangrove restoration still incomplete
Fri  Sep 12 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — About a dozen pallets of sod sit on Paul Maurer’s Manasota Key Road property. Maurer, who has been fined $250 a day for illegally removing mangroves on his … Find out how to read more online.
Appeal denied for Brucia killer
Fri  Sep 12 2014 08:00AM
The Florida Supreme Court struck down an appeal Thursday for convicted murderer Joseph P. Smith, the Sarasota man who brutally raped and murdered 11-year-old Carlie Brucia in 2004, after his … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay theater needs relief from comedy
Fri  Sep 12 2014 08:00AM
Imagine a mountain range with no valleys. Such a range might be called a plateau or — “too much of a good thing.” That is the problem with the current … Find out how to read more online.
A ‘Fishy’ reunion
Fri  Sep 19 2014 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Two and a half years ago, artist Tania Begg felt like a fish out of water after someone stole one of her cherished beaded sculptures — “Harry … Find out how to read more online.
Local volunteers read to elderly
Fri  Sep 19 2014 01:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Assisted living event staff may be too busy to go out knocking on doors to find people to come in and read to seniors, but a local … Find out how to read more online.
Today is National Cheeseburger Day
Thu  Sep 18 2014 01:26PM
A teriyaki-glazed pineapple-mango combination dripped onto Ashley McCalley’s hand while attempting to bite into her Tiki burger at Flounders Restaurant and Tiki Bar. With a half pound of beef, salsa, … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County man wants to help bucket prank victim
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Lonnie Brick has never met Noah Menson, nor does he have any ties to Bay Village, Ohio, where the 15-year-old boy lives with his family. But when … Find out how to read more online.
Mangrove trimming is on honor system
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — In the past five years, there have been 91 alleged mangrove disturbance cases in Sarasota County. However, it’s not enough for Sarasota County to redirect resources, according to … Find out how to read more online.
Volunteers brush up with distinctive training
Fri  Sep 19 2014 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — More than two dozen volunteers sat around the county’s Emergency Operations Center Tuesday, faced with a challenge: activate, manage and demobilize a Volunteer Reception Center for the … Find out how to read more online.
Small propane fire extinguished at the End Zone
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Televisions were on and the taco specials were being served Tuesday afternoon following a small fire at the End Zone Sports Grille in Englewood. “There was a small … Find out how to read more online.
Legislative Champion Award given to Senator Nancy Detert
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — Each year, the Florida Sheriffs Association recognizes state legislators who have made significant contributions to criminal justice and public safety through their leadership. On Tuesday, Sarasota County Sheriff … Find out how to read more online.
Caretaker charged with exploiting elderly woman
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A North Port woman was charged Saturday with one count of exploiting the elderly for allegedly stealing more than $5,000 from a 87-year-old woman over the course … Find out how to read more online.
Manes ‘n Reins means fun ‘n prizes ‘n ribbons
Tue  Sep 16 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Jocelyn Jennings, 19, sat up on her horse, Tiny Dancer, and beamed with pride. She was showing off her prize ribbon. Jennings, a Florida Atlantic University senior … Find out how to read more online.
School Board to take final millage, budget vote
Tue  Sep 16 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA — The Sarasota County School Board will vote on approval of the 2014-2015 millage rates and budget — both lower than last year — at today’s 3 p.m. regular … Find out how to read more online.
All Faiths vegetables coming to Englewood
Mon  Sep 15 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA — More than 30 people stood in line Wednesday morning in the parking lot of the Sarasota Hope Center waiting for fresh vegetables from All Faiths’ Sprout program. “It’s … Find out how to read more online.
200 years of lyrical pride
Sun  Sep 14 2014 08:00AM
Today is the 200th anniversary of the penning of our national anthem’s words by Francis Scott Key in 1814. The anthem is a staple at patriotic church services, memorial events … Find out how to read more online.
Willkommen!
Fri  Sep 12 2014 08:00AM
The scene opens as an athletic, clean-cut man walks along a Charlotte County beach. He grins, removes his sunglasses, and speaks directly into the camera. “Hallo, ich bin Heiko,” he … Find out how to read more online.
Human trafficking investigation has North Port ties
Sat  Sep 13 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Two teenage girls who were passengers in a car that rammed another vehicle at Price and Sumter boulevards last month were allegedly taken from a children’s shelter … Find out how to read more online.
Reaction mixed to CVS pulling tobacco
Sat  Sep 13 2014 08:00AM
Stacey Saunders, a hotel employee in Port Charlotte, is often seen outside puffing on a cigarette on his lunch break. Still, he can understand why CVS has abandoned cigarette sales. … Find out how to read more online.
Robotics prepare students for future
Fri  Sep 12 2014 08:00AM
Danielle Theriault, 15, wants to be a puppeteer. She grew up watching the Muppets on TV, and said she wants to be just like Jim Henson, American puppeteer and creator … Find out how to read more online.
Classics Steakhouse to feature tribute entertainers
Fri  Sep 12 2014 11:53AM
Opening late next month and introducing a new trend of dining with or without entertainment is Classics Steakhouse & Night Clubs in the former Pineapples Island Grill on the island. … Find out how to read more online.
CCSO confirms victim’s ID
Thu  Sep 11 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Authorities on Wednesday confirmed the identity of the man whose body was found Tuesday on Salisbury Street, but otherwise remained tight-lipped about the ongoing homicide investigation. “Very … Find out how to read more online.