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Ready, set, school
Tue  Aug 19 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Little ones listened to first-day instructions and older students searched for familiar faces in busy hallways as the first day of school arrived on Monday. Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.
Mall turns 25, with little fanfare
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — When the Port Charlotte Town Center debuted 25 years ago this month, with a festive gala, replete with pomp and circumstance, the grand opening of the first indoor mall … Find out how to read more online.
County commissioners get back to work on Wednesday
Tue  Aug 19 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — County commissioners get back to work Wednesday following a monthlong hiatus, set to attack a workshop agenda with a multitude of issues including the fiscal year 2014-2015 … Find out how to read more online.
School’s back in session
Mon  Aug 18 2014 08:00AM
Thousands of students from Charlotte, Sarasota and DeSoto counties are heading back to school today, and authorities are reminding drivers to remain vigilant and watch their speeds. “It can sometimes … Find out how to read more online.
Study reveals families’ desperate choices to avoid hunger
Tue  Aug 19 2014 04:40PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A study of hunger in America with a local report on emergency food assistance in Sarasota County documents the critical role that All Faiths Food Bank and … Find out how to read more online.
Sponsors, volunteers, riders needed for Tour de North Port
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Organizers of the fifth annual People for Trees Tour de North Port bicycle ride are seeking participants, sponsors and volunteers for the event, which this year features a … Find out how to read more online.
Filmmaker hopes for community support
Tue  Aug 19 2014 04:30PM
NORTH PORT — A local filmmaker is looking for businesses and investors to help get his latest project across the finish line, and hopefully highlight the region and all it … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte’s suicide rate alarming
Sun  Aug 17 2014 08:00AM
On a warm, sunny morning in June, an 83-year-old Englewood man walked into Englewood Community Funeral Home on South McCall Road and, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, asked … Find out how to read more online.
Guns and mental illness
Sun  Aug 17 2014 08:00AM
There’s no doubt in 43-year-old Chato B. Stewart’s mind that he’d be dead if he’d had access to a gun that dreadful night in 2004 when he planned to kill … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Bowler strikes alley patron
Sat  Aug 16 2014 02:54PM
MURDOCK — A 53-year-old North Port man is accused of getting physical with a woman in a local bowling alley, after the woman asked why he was cursing at her … Find out how to read more online.
Still no agreement between city, fire union
Sat  Aug 16 2014 02:54PM
NORTH PORT — Local fire union members and city staff have yet to reach an agreement on any of the issues between the two parties, despite months of negotiations and … Find out how to read more online.
Huskys readying for season
Sat  Aug 16 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Huskys youth football teams are just about ready for the jamboree Aug. 23 at Lakewood Ranch. The Huskys went through an extensive workout Thursday evening … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Crash cause not obvious
Fri  Aug 15 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — A preliminary accident report released this week by the National Transportation Safety Board provided more details about the accident scene, but found no obvious mechanical failure in a … Find out how to read more online.
Girls U-8 soccer team wins national tourney
Fri  Aug 15 2014 10:52AM
Mario’s Angels, a three-girl, under-8-years-old team that plays most of its games with the North Port Youth Soccer Association, won the recent Challenge Sports 3v3 national championship tournament at the … Find out how to read more online.
10 years later, 10 times stronger
Thu  Aug 14 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Jeb Bush was live on national television around 3:30 p.m. Aug. 13, 2004 — which happened to be Friday the 13th. The then-governor was addressing Florida residents about Hurricane … Find out how to read more online.
School boards talk new standards
Thu  Aug 14 2014 08:00AM
LAKEWOOD RANCH — School boards and staffs from Sarasota, Charlotte and Manatee counties met Wednesday afternoon and shared similar concerns about preparing teachers to instruct — and educating the community … Find out how to read more online.
FDLE charges North Port man with pill fraud
Wed  Aug 13 2014 01:32PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A North Port man turned himself over to authorities Tuesday after being charged in a 3-year-old scheme to distribute hundreds of prescription pills obtained through fraudulent means, … Find out how to read more online.
Prescribed burns going on now
Wed  Aug 13 2014 03:48PM
Staff from the Southwest Florida Water Management District is conducting a 400-acre prescribed burn on the Deer Prairie Creek Preserve today, Wednesday, Aug. 13. The burn is located in the … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota Down Payment Assistance Program to start next month
Thu  Aug 14 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — In anticipation for the Sarasota Down Payment Assistance Program’s opening on Sept. 2, the Sarasota Office of Housing and Community Development is hosting a workshop at 9:30 … Find out how to read more online.
No injuries in WWII replica plane crash on Siesta Key
Tue  Aug 12 2014 02:12PM
SIESTA KEY — A Bradenton man crashed his replica World War II biplane on Siesta Key Beach Tuesday afternoon, but walked away with only minor injuries, according to the Sarasota … Find out how to read more online.
Breach hits practices, instead of hospitals
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:00AM
Although personal information of 4.5 million people was stolen from Community Health Systems by Chinese hackers in July, the information was taken from patients of physicians whose practices are affiliated with … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged with choking, urinating on woman
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — A registered sex offender was charged Monday with attacking and urinating on a woman after an argument about leaving his car at a nearby 7-Eleven gas station, according … Find out how to read more online.
Report: North Port Man charged with lewd and lascivious molestation
Tue  Aug 19 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — An HIV-positive man already jailed for allegedly performing sex acts on two small boys faces an additional count of lewd and lascivious molestation, according to the North … Find out how to read more online.
Patient info breached
Tue  Aug 19 2014 08:00AM
Community Health Systems Inc., one of the biggest U.S. hospital groups, said on Monday it was the victim of a cyberattack from China, resulting in the theft of Social Security … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Landscaper killed by Osprey driver
Tue  Aug 19 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA — An Osprey man was cited for careless driving Monday morning after hitting and killing a landscaper mowing the median at the intersection of McIntosh Road and Stoneybrook Boulevard … Find out how to read more online.
Joe Comeaux flew C-130 transports in Vietnam
Mon  Aug 18 2014 08:00AM
Joe Comeaux of Punta Gorda got out of high school in ’69, just in time for the last of the Vietnam War. “I was in ROTC in college taking pilot’s … Find out how to read more online.
Early voting underway
Sun  Aug 17 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Early voting in advance of the Aug. 26 primary began Saturday, and a good number of voters were taking advantage of the opportunity to cast their ballots … Find out how to read more online.
Heron Creek Foundation taking grant applications
Sun  Aug 17 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT— The Heron Creek Community Foundation is now accepting applications for grant proposals, due by Sept. 30. In the three years since its origin, the foundation has given over … Find out how to read more online.
Imagine seniors hope to leave their mark
Sat  Aug 16 2014 02:54PM
NORTH PORT — For members of Imagine School at North Port’s first senior class, the coming school year is about building traditions. Friday, several members of the class of 2015 were … Find out how to read more online.
A classroom of her own
Fri  Aug 15 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — As local students head back to class Monday, Kim Bobenmoyer will finally realize her goal of becoming a full-time elementary teacher. Bobenmoyer, 34, will begin her first … Find out how to read more online.
Summer heat slows hiring
Sat  Aug 16 2014 08:00AM
The typically slow summer season has caused hiring to drag across Southwest Florida, but an increase in construction activity holds promise for the future. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity … Find out how to read more online.
County employees fighting fires in California
Sat  Aug 16 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Two Sarasota County employees are helping to battle wildfires in northern California after volunteering to be part of a crew organized by the Florida Fire Service for … Find out how to read more online.
Gov. Scott OKs $32M for US 41
Fri  Aug 15 2014 08:00AM
Drivers traveling along Tamiami Trail in northern Port Charlotte eventually could enjoy a smoother, less-congested ride. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has given the green light to a $32.7 million widening … Find out how to read more online.
North Port man charged with raping two girls
Fri  Aug 15 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A 20-year-old man faces sexual battery charges for reportedly assaulting and raping two girls, one 15 years old at the time, according to the North Port Police Department. … Find out how to read more online.
School boards talk health plans
Fri  Aug 15 2014 08:00AM
LAKEWOOD RANCH — Insurance and health care savings were points of discussion among three school boards and their staffs this week. Wednesday, the Sarasota, Charlotte and Manatee county school boards … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Drunken man wrecks historic chopper
Thu  Aug 14 2014 08:00AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — Almost every day for the last five years, 67-year-old Vietnam War veteran Bill Gard has worked hard to personally restore a piece of history — one … Find out how to read more online.
Party a decade in the making
Thu  Aug 14 2014 08:00AM
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and current state Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam joined the party Wednesday at Hurricane Charley’s Raw Bar & Grill in Punta Gorda, which played host … Find out how to read more online.
Traffic to shift at Price and Sumter on Friday
Thu  Aug 14 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The city’s construction project to finish Sumter Boulevard is one more step closer to being finished. Beginning Friday, traffic on Price Boulevard will be shifted to the … Find out how to read more online.
Charley strengthened FPL grids, relationships
Wed  Aug 13 2014 01:32PM
Ray Briggs will never forget what looked like “an army” of Florida Power & Light vehicles rolling into town the day after Hurricane Charley hit. “It was 2,000, but it … Find out how to read more online.
Local governments updating floodplain mitigation plans
Wed  Aug 13 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — As local governments wait for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to release revised floodplain maps in December, they continue updating a 30-year-old system in hopes of converting … Find out how to read more online.