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Humane Society thrift store moving south
Tue  Sep 2 2014 11:36AM
NORTH PORT — In preparation for its early November relocation to Port Charlotte, the Suncoast Humane Society’s North Port thrift store is holding a moving sale today through Oct. 17. The … Find out how to read more online.
Kia raffle a lemon
Wed  Sep 3 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — A Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa activist group announced Tuesday it will scrap its Kia raffle, return the car to the dealership and refund all ticket sales. … Find out how to read more online.
Swimmers bid Springs adieu
Tue  Sep 2 2014 10:22AM
NORTH PORT — Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa enthusiasts went for one last swim Sunday before the Springs closed for the second time in just over a year. “I hope … Find out how to read more online.
Heron Creek Foundation seeks charities, benefactors
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The Heron Creek Community Foundation has announced it is looking to assist local charitable organizations and is searching for benefactors to help support them. The HCCF is a … Find out how to read more online.
Bill Willis had extensive Army career before heading to Vietnam
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:00AM
Editor’s note: This story is the first of two parts. Billy Willis was a command sergeant major, a 30-year man in the U.S. Army — a lifer. The 84-year-old retired … Find out how to read more online.
Clinic close to newborns’ hearts
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:06AM
NORTH PORT — Visitors to the Hayner home are greeted by the announcement: “Welcome to Toys R Us.” And indeed, the floor is strewn with all manner of mayhem — … Find out how to read more online.
Skilled construction tradesmen
Sun  Aug 31 2014 01:04PM
Finding construction work is no longer a problem — the industry is on the mend after the long recession. But finding skilled and experienced tradesmen is a different story. Marcos … Find out how to read more online.
Fewer students seek careers in construction
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:00AM
In “The Graduate,” Dustin Hoffman’s character, who just graduated from college, was told to shape his future around one word: “Plastics.” Barney Duffy has two words for high school graduates: … Find out how to read more online.
Government offices to close for Labor Day
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:00AM
City of North Port and Sarasota County government offices, including libraries, recreation centers and Historical Resources, will be closed Monday, Sept. 1 for the Labor Day holiday. Sarasota County Area … Find out how to read more online.
No recount in city race
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — There will be no recount for the North Port City Commission Seat 4 race, despite a 34-vote difference between two candidates, Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy … Find out how to read more online.
Chico’s coming to Cocoplum
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Chico’s boutique is the latest store to find a new home in Cocoplum Village Shops, city of North Port Building officials confirmed Friday. Chico’s, a women’s apparel … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County switching gears on roadway fundraising
Thu  Aug 28 2014 11:34AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — County commissioners are hoping to separate fundraising efforts, like those of firefighters who collect funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, from those just looking to panhandle a … Find out how to read more online.
Recount possible for Seat 4 city race
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — On election night, North Port City Commission candidate Lorenzo Whitehead posted on his Facebook page that he would ask for a recount for his Seat 4 race … Find out how to read more online.
Man faces new child sex charges
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A Port Charlotte man faces four counts of lewd or lascivious exhibition after authorities say he repeatedly masturbated in front of a teenage girl, according to the … Find out how to read more online.
Controlled burn today on Deer Prairie Creek Preserve
Thu  Aug 28 2014 12:58PM
NORTH PORT — Staff from the Southwest Florida Water Management District is conducting a 170-acre prescribed burn on the Deer Prairie Creek Preserve today. The burn is located in the … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged with beating, killing small dog
Fri  Aug 29 2014 10:34AM
NOKOMIS — A Nokomis man faces four counts of aggravated animal cruelty for physically abusing and ultimately killing a 12-pound, miniature Dachshund in early August, according to the Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.
Some hope for short Springs outage
Sun  Aug 31 2014 03:09PM
NORTH PORT — Although the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa will close at 5 p.m. Sunday, staff said the city’s plan to obtain full ownership of the Springs could allow … Find out how to read more online.
Nevins, first bishop of Venice diocese, dies
Sun  Aug 31 2014 03:09PM
VENICE — The Most Rev. John Nevins, founding bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida, died Tuesday. He was 82. The death was announced in a press statement from … Find out how to read more online.
Homeless family portal on track; adult site search dropped
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Construction on the new emergency intake portal for homeless families likely will get underway in September at the North Port Family Service Center, according to Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.
Maulucci wins 12th Circuit judge race
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
Susan Maulucci resigned from her job as a court magistrate to run for the 12th Circuit judgeship. She had no plan B for what she would do if she didn’t … Find out how to read more online.
Summer food campaign a success
Wed  Sep 3 2014 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Campaign Against Summer Hunger — a partnership between All Faiths Food Bank, the Sarasota County School District, the Florida Department of Agriculture and a number of … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged with sexually abusing boy, 6
Wed  Sep 3 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — A Fort Myers man faces several charges of lewd and lascivious molestation after sexually abusing a young boy at a Talbot Street home last year, according to … Find out how to read more online.
Register now for ‘Green Pumpkin’ Tour de North Port
Tue  Sep 2 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — People for Trees Inc., a nonprofit native tree advocacy group, will hold its annual Tour de North Port bicycle ride Sunday, Oct. 26. Themed “It’s the Green … Find out how to read more online.
Yates ready for next run
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Though she couldn’t avoid a run-off, North Port City Commission Seat 5 incumbent Linda Yates came away from Tuesday’s primary with 41.74 percent of the vote. “It’s … Find out how to read more online.
Beach it early to avoid holiday rain
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE— Beachgoers and grill masters should get the holiday fun started early Labor Day if they want to avoid those pesky afternoon Florida showers and downpours throughout the area … Find out how to read more online.
Lee vote heard ’round the state
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:00AM
A decision reached earlier this week by the Lee County School Board, in which three of its five members voted to opt out of all statewide standardized tests, elicited strong … Find out how to read more online.
Moore eyes collaborative victory
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Jacqueline Moore isn’t taking too much time to bask in her primary election lead. The contender knows the real work is still to come if she hopes … Find out how to read more online.
City OKs Springs contract
Sun  Aug 31 2014 01:01PM
NORTH PORT — City commissioners unanimously approved Sarasota County’s contract offer to sell its half of Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa for $2.75 million plus closing costs on Friday, a … Find out how to read more online.
Locals react to gay marriage ruling
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
If someone had asked retired state attorney Erica Raffel a year ago if gay couples in Florida ever would enjoy the same right to marriage as straight couples in the … Find out how to read more online.
City to discuss Springs purchase Friday
Thu  Aug 28 2014 06:22PM
NORTH PORT — City commissioners will hold a special meeting today at 1 p.m. Friday to determine whether they should accept Sarasota County’s offer to sell its half of Warm Mineral … Find out how to read more online.
Government offices to close for Labor Day
Sat  Aug 30 2014 11:04AM
City of North Port and Sarasota County government offices, including libraries, recreation centers and Historical Resources, will be closed Monday, Sept. 1 for the Labor Day holiday. Sarasota County Area … Find out how to read more online.
Local attorney disbarred
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A Sarasota attorney with North Port ties was disbarred by the Florida Supreme Court in July, after an investigation revealed a host of violations, including taking money … Find out how to read more online.
Atwater shifting students due to lower enrollment
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Due to lower enrollment numbers, Atwater Elementary is “collapsing” four classrooms and moving students into different classes two weeks into the school year. Projected to have 782 students … Find out how to read more online.
Landscaper struck by forklift on I-75
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A Cape Coral landscaper was injured Thursday on Interstate 75 in North Port after he was struck by a forklift, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Around … Find out how to read more online.
Government offices to close for Labor Day
Fri  Aug 29 2014 02:58PM
City of North Port and Sarasota County government offices, including libraries, recreation centers and Historical Resources, will be closed Monday, Sept. 1 for the Labor Day holiday. Sarasota County Area … Find out how to read more online.
City races head to runoff
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Incumbent Linda Yates dominated the polls in Tuesday’s primary election, racking up 41.70 percent of the vote in the North Port City Commission Seat 5 race. Yates will … Find out how to read more online.
Rotonda III takes its turn
Sun  Aug 31 2014 03:09PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — While the two sides mull possible appeals in the Rotonda II sewer case, the wheels of justice continue to grind in the next Rotonda lawsuit. Rotonda III … Find out how to read more online.
Voters approve districting … again
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Asked about districting for a second time, city residents voted in favor of it by an even stronger majority. In Tuesday’s primary election, 4,344 residents, or 67 … Find out how to read more online.
Gonzalez clinches House District 74 seat
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
Dr. Julio Gonzalez easily won the Republican primary for the Florida House District 74 seat Tuesday. With all 48 Sarasota precincts counted, Gonzalez saw 8,045 votes in the Republican primary Tuesday, … Find out how to read more online.
Brown, Goodwin retain School Board seats; Marsh, Ziegler advance
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — In the wake of Tuesday’s primary election, the contest for the Sarasota County School Board District 1 seat dropped from a four-way race to a two-way race, with … Find out how to read more online.