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Area jobless numbers flat
Fri  Sep 19 2014 05:12PM
The unemployment rates in Charlotte, Sarasota and DeSoto counties held firm in August, as construction jobs across the state continue to lead the way in growth. Construction jobs grew by … Find out how to read more online.
2 charged in homicide
Fri  Sep 19 2014 05:54PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men in connection with last week’s killing of a Port Charlotte man, in what was described as a drug-related … 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.
Rowing component OK’d for new park
Fri  Sep 19 2014 01:00PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The forthcoming Senator Bob Johnson’s Landing park will bring with it an opportunity for North Port to play host to teams practicing for rowing competitions, especially the … 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.
Code enforcement returns to proactive approach
Fri  Sep 19 2014 05:17PM
NORTH PORT — Code enforcement in the city is about to get a lot more proactive with the addition of two new property inspectors in the 2015 proposed budget. The … Find out how to read more online.
SCTI campus, library progress
Fri  Sep 19 2014 05:17PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — During a workshop meeting Tuesday morning, Scott Lempe, deputy superintendent for the Sarasota County School District, updated School Board members on the status of the North Port … Find out how to read more online.
New floodplain maps await final approval
Sun  Sep 14 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The city is waiting for final approval of an updated floodplain map, which ultimately will be used in determining flood insurance rates within the city. The updated … 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.
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.
Police study to finish on time
Sat  Sep 13 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Almost four months into the outside analysis of the North Port Police Department, City Manager Jonathan Lewis said he believes the organization is still on track for … Find out how to read more online.
Robotics prepare students for future
Fri  Sep 12 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — 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 … 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.
Smooth first run for economic board
Thu  Sep 11 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The first meeting for the newly revamped Community Economic Development Advisory Board brought together local minds to talk growth and expansion of the city of North Port … Find out how to read more online.
Archaeological members gather for annual meeting
Thu  Sep 11 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — For its first meeting after the summer break Tuesday night, Warm Mineral Springs/Little Salt Spring Archaeological Society President Steve Koski offered a presentation on this summer’s Florida … Find out how to read more online.
City’s growth calls for PIO
Wed  Sep 10 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — As the population of North Port grows, city officials say they think it is time to bring in employees who will specifically address the media and the … Find out how to read more online.
Questions arise over special magistrate position
Tue  Sep 9 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — City commissioners questioned the legality of city attorney Rob Robinson’s ordinance dissolving North Port’s code enforcement board and creating a special magistrate position during Monday’s regular meeting. … Find out how to read more online.
Budget heads to second hearing
Tue  Sep 9 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — The first of two final budget hearings went smoothly Monday evening at the Robert L. Anderson Administration Center, as Sarasota County Commissioners continue working toward the new budget year, … Find out how to read more online.
Car search sparks complaint in North Port
Tue  Sep 9 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A city employee reported two of his department supervisors to the police for rummaging through his personal vehicle during the workday, sparking a human resources investigation into … Find out how to read more online.
Security breaches plague shoppers
Mon  Sep 8 2014 08:00AM
Home Depot recently announced an increase in unusual activity for some of its credit card users. The Atlanta-based home improvement giant is investigating if hackers are to blame. The difficulty … Find out how to read more online.
North Port labeled ‘boring’
Fri  Sep 19 2014 05:52PM
NORTH PORT — If you think North Port is boring, well, you’re not the only one. For decades, city residents have bemoaned the fact that the city has no movie … Find out how to read more online.
City homeless family portal delayed
Fri  Sep 19 2014 10:45AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The opening of the North Port homeless family emergency intake portal has been pushed back to January or February 2015, according to Jacqueline Crombie, District Director at … Find out how to read more online.
Parents: Day care left child’s injury unreported
Fri  Sep 19 2014 08:00AM
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.
North Port man bags 11 ½-foot gator
Thu  Sep 18 2014 01:26PM
NORTH PORT — Jim Steiner bagged a massive, 11-foot-plus alligator last Friday night after battling it for about two and a half hours. By day, Steiner, 33, is an administrative intern … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota School Board critical of charter applicants
Thu  Sep 18 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County School Board members were not impressed with charter school applicants who appeared before them in a workshop this week. Four applicants were on the agenda … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County business tax deadline nearing
Fri  Sep 19 2014 10:42AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County Tax Collector Barbara Ford-Coates reminds all business owners that Sept. 30 is the last day to pay the 2014-2015 Sarasota County Business Tax. After that … Find out how to read more online.
Local Goodwill stores announce data breach
Fri  Sep 19 2014 05:17PM
NORTH PORT — 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. … 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.
Higher taxes for city
Sat  Sep 13 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Taxes are going up for North Port property owners — but not by much — after the City Commission approved the first reading of a proposed millage … Find out how to read more online.
State denies appeal for Carlie Brucia’s 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.
Quality Health awarded gold seal
Sat  Sep 13 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Quality Health Care Center in North Port has joined the list of long-term health facilities in the state to be awarded the Governor’s Gold Seal Award. The … Find out how to read more online.
Construction to continue after electrical accident
Thu  Sep 11 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Construction workers will be back on the job at the corner of U.S. 41 and Biscayne Drive today after an electrical accident injured four workers from Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Still waiting for Super Boat audit
Thu  Sep 11 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners are hoping to see an audit of the inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix held in April — and they want to see it … Find out how to read more online.
Four workers injured in electrical accident
Wed  Sep 10 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Four construction workers were injured — one critically — in an electrical accident at U.S. 41 and Biscayne Drive Tuesday afternoon that knocked out power to the surrounding … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County earns good marks on survey
Thu  Sep 11 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — Results of a citizens survey released Tuesday showed that a majority of those polled found the quality of life in Sarasota County to be either “good” or “excellent.” … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte sees first homicide in 13 months
Wed  Sep 10 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Authorities say a body found in a roadway Tuesday is Charlotte County’s first homicide in more than a year. Shortly after 6 a.m., a 911 caller reported a man’s … Find out how to read more online.
Car thieves hit brakes
Mon  Sep 8 2014 08:00AM
Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell recently stated he has noticed “a strange phenomenon” — people leaving their keys in the car. “(That behavior is) not really a good idea, as … Find out how to read more online.
Timeline of Springs deal uncertain
Tue  Sep 9 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Though City Commissioners on Monday approved the most final stages of the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa purchase, city officials were still uncertain when the transaction would … Find out how to read more online.
North Port seeks more road bond inspectors
Mon  Sep 8 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Three additional inspectors are being requested for the city’s ongoing road bond project, which is in the middle of its third phase of an estimated three-year effort. … Find out how to read more online.
Bob Weiler was aboard a B-29 bomber shot down over Japan
Mon  Sep 8 2014 08:00AM
Bob Weiler was the left waist-gunner on a B-29 Flying Fortress dubbed “Sky Scrapper,” part of the 44th Bomb Squadron, 40th Bomb Group, 20th Air Force, based on Guam in … Find out how to read more online.