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Boat-race brothers vow to return
Thu  Apr 17 2014 01:15AM
First-time boat racers Ryan and Rick Krizen finished only fifth out of the six entrants in their class of this year’s Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix at Englewood Beach, but … Find out how to read more online.
SCSO offers new credit card option for bail
Thu  Apr 17 2014 01:15AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office unveiled a new option on Wednesday for those arrested on minor offenses to make it easier to bond out of jail, according … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Shoplifting leads to pursuit
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Two men and one woman were arrested Monday after allegedly stealing numerous items from Bealls Outlet and Ross department stores, then fleeing and nearly striking an officer … Find out how to read more online.
Man in ‘Spice’ ring sentenced
Tue  Apr 15 2014 10:40AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A North Port man has been sentenced to a year in prison for his role in a regional synthetic marijuana ring after his arrest in January. Sayed … Find out how to read more online.
Postal workers deal with Easter, Tax Day
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
Between customers with tax returns and Easter eggs, it was double trouble early this week for local postal workers. But they were ready for it. “It’s kind of like a … Find out how to read more online.
City argues over attorney transparency
Tue  Apr 15 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — City Commissioner Linda Yates argued with other board members Monday over whether a consultant company’s in-house attorney position profile should be decided on in a public meeting. … Find out how to read more online.
Fans flock to Englewood for fun, sun and high-speed boats
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dave Sharpnack would likely never have made it to the white sand beach on Manasota Key if it hadn’t been for the powerboat races held in Englewood Sunday. … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood settles down post-boat race
Tue  Apr 15 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — At Englewood Beach Monday, Bruce Tobiassen prepared the Miss Geico powerboat for its trip back to Riviera Beach. Miss Geico blew a drive shaft, sustained other damage, and … Find out how to read more online.
It’s back: Springs reopens
Sun  Apr 13 2014 05:53PM
WARM MINERAL SPRINGS — Lawn chairs and beach towels dotted the shoreline and the smell of sunscreen was in the air as Warm Mineral Springs officially reopened Saturday. The 87-degree, … Find out how to read more online.
Big beer vs. small craft brewers
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Bill Frazer has been working for months to transform a Charlotte Street warehouse space into Fat Point Brewing Company, marking the first microbrewery in Charlotte County. The … Find out how to read more online.
North Porter unveils volunteerism Facebook page
Sun  Apr 13 2014 08:50AM
NORTH PORT — Laurie File knows a thing or two about helping the community, and now she wants to get others involved, too. File, 43, who works for the North Port … Find out how to read more online.
Advocacy group looking for volunteers
Mon  Apr 14 2014 01:23PM
As Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa reopened its doors this week with a short-term operator at the helm, one group is still pushing for a big-picture solution that will protect … Find out how to read more online.
Bud Korte retires luau-style
Sat  Apr 12 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — True to form, Bud Korte rolled into his retirement party Friday at the Olde World Restaurant in a Hawaiian-themed, flowered shirt. Longtime friends drifted in as Bud’s … Find out how to read more online.
Insanity defense trial expected to wrap Monday
Sat  Apr 12 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The first-degree murder trial of Michael W. Rice, the South Carolina man charged with the first-degree murder of Philippe Nahon in 2012, should be winding down next … Find out how to read more online.
New mascot stresses importance of water conservation
Sat  Apr 12 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The city Utilities department has unveiled its first mascot for water conservation and protection, Ricky Raindrop. The community will start to see Ricky Raindrop on material distributed … Find out how to read more online.
Park-and-ride eyed
Wed  Apr 9 2014 11:37AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County officials are ready to work on a partnership with Sarasota Memorial Hospital that could lead to an “official” park-and-ride site on Sumter Boulevard for commuters … Find out how to read more online.
NPHS administrator to head Tuttle Elementary
Fri  Apr 11 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Tomas Dinverno, one of North Port High School’s assistant principals, has been named principal of Tuttle Elementary in Sarasota, effective July 1, pending approval by the Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.
Legacy Trail to be featured on Weather Channel Friday
Thu  Apr 10 2014 11:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The popular Legacy Trail, which stretches from Sarasota to Venice, will be the subject of a feature airing Friday on The Weather Channel. The trail will be … Find out how to read more online.
Attorney: Killer heard voices
Wed  Apr 9 2014 11:37AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — “Kill him, he is a bad man. Kill him, he is a bad man.” Those are the words that were running through Michael Rice’s head just moments … Find out how to read more online.
Inaugural boat race organizers hope for return on investment
Wed  Apr 9 2014 08:00AM
Organizers of the first-ever Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix are hoping the roar of engines and the cheers of the spectators will become a sound heard on Manasota Key … Find out how to read more online.
Bentley’s shooter gets life behind bars
Tue  Apr 15 2014 04:37PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — It took a 12-member jury over six hours to find Michael W. Rice guilty of the first-degree murder of Philippe Nahon. Rice, 25, was sentenced to life … Find out how to read more online.
Price Boulevard widening in works
Wed  Apr 16 2014 01:01PM
NORTH PORT — Although the widening of Price Boulevard has been explored before, city commissioners and staff discussed the potential project with a sense of urgency in a Tuesday workshop. … Find out how to read more online.
School Board ponders lobbyist hire
Wed  Apr 16 2014 01:01PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — During a workshop Tuesday afternoon, members of the Sarasota County School Board agreed they would like to pursue hiring a lobbyist to speak on their behalf in … Find out how to read more online.

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City basketball game to benefit Project Graduation
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The community is invited to a basketball game in which city employees will take on North Port High School seniors to raise funds for Project Graduation. Several … Find out how to read more online.
Jury to continue deliberations today in fatal shooting
Mon  Apr 14 2014 07:01PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Jury deliberations in the insanity defense trial of Michael W. Rice, who is charged with the first-degree murder of Philippe Nahon, are stretching into a second day. … Find out how to read more online.
Authorities: Few incidents at boat races
Tue  Apr 15 2014 08:00AM
Crowds in the Englewood Beach area for the inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix were mostly relaxed, despite a handful of weekend arrests and a half-dozen medical 911 calls … Find out how to read more online.
Compromise reached on bill
Tue  Apr 15 2014 08:00AM
Ashley Lotempio’s son was just 18 months old when he first began showing signs of a mental illness. At first, the Texas native was told her son was simply being a … Find out how to read more online.
Soggy week on tap
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
A front moving through Southwest Florida will bring with it rain for the majority of the week. The front will begin moving into the area Tuesday afternoon, bringing with it … Find out how to read more online.
Freeman remembers Tet Offensive in 1969
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
Tet was the big battle former Air Force Sgt. Jack Freeman of Port Charlotte recalls most vividly from his year-long deployment to Vietnam. Some 80,000 North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and … Find out how to read more online.
Sites set up to help firefighter with leukemia
Sat  Apr 12 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Several donation websites have been set up to help raise money for a 36-year-old North Port firefighter/EMT who is battling leukemia. Christina Doyle is a member of … Find out how to read more online.
New homes spike
Fri  Apr 11 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Permits for new homes in the city rose drastically last month compared to the same time a year ago. In March, 65 new residential permits were issued … Find out how to read more online.
A Grand Prix weekend
Sat  Apr 12 2014 08:00AM
With good weather in the forecast, boat racers are anticipating a big weekend of racing and fun at Englewood Beach. “Excitement for the sport is building,” said Chuck Broaddus of … Find out how to read more online.
Sister City Committee reconvenes
Sat  Apr 12 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The city’s Sister City Advisory Committee came together for the first time in more than a year this week, fueled by concerns for Ukraine. The committee previously … Find out how to read more online.
Doctor: Rice ‘celebrated’ Nahon’s murder
Fri  Apr 11 2014 05:06PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A clinical psychologist testified for over three hours Thursday that he believes Michael W. Rice experienced a lifetime worth of mental health issues so severe, that the … Find out how to read more online.
Funds sought for family of 18-year-old
Fri  Apr 11 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Curt Raby loved the water. His uncle, Charles, was a crabber and commercial fisherman. Curt, who was close to all his relatives, was into fishing, too. But Curt … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County to host World Environment Day
Mon  Apr 14 2014 01:13PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The United Nations Environment Programme’s Regional Office for North America has selected Sarasota County as the official North American host community for World Environment Day, to take place … Find out how to read more online.
Witness describes shooting as ‘tree chopping’
Thu  Apr 10 2014 08:11PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Philippe Nahon died with an empty plastic beer cup in his hand. Forensic photographs taken not long after Michael W. Rice put a single .40-caliber bullet through … Find out how to read more online.
New program makes laptops available at library
Wed  Apr 9 2014 11:37AM
NORTH PORT — Thirty laptops will soon be available for student — and parent — use at the North Port Library through a new digital learning lab. Library manager Carolann … Find out how to read more online.
Weatherman Reif dead at 61
Wed  Apr 9 2014 08:00AM
Longtime Southwest Florida weatherman Jim Reif died late Monday, NBC2 announced. He was 61. Reif, NBC2’s director of meteorology, had suffered traumatic injuries after falling off his bicycle and hitting … Find out how to read more online.