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School bus driver charged with hitting, biting special-needs student
Thu  Mar 26 2015 02:08PM
NORTH PORT — A Sarasota County school bus driver was arrested Wednesday for actions that took place on his bus transporting special-needs students, according to a North Port Police report. … Find out how to read more online.
Police: Convicted felons beat, rob man
Thu  Mar 26 2015 03:37PM
NORTH PORT — Two convicted felons were arrested Wednesday night for an earlier incident where they allegedly pistol-whipped a man and robbed him, according to a North Port police report. … Find out how to read more online.
A healthy showing
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
Sarasota County is one of the healthiest places to live in Florida, but overall quality of life takes a back seat to DeSoto County. Charlotte County is showing improvement but … Find out how to read more online.
A full circle
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
A hometown advantage means a lot in any sport. Just ask any professional ballplayer at the Charlotte Sports Park this spring. They’ll tell you it means a lot. The same … Find out how to read more online.
Springs-area wellness center gets first nod
Thu  Mar 26 2015 01:28PM
NORTH PORT — Dr. Grigory Pogrebinsky won the unanimous support of city commissioners for three ordinances that the Brooklyn-based, and Ukrainian-born, doctor said will contribute to a major development in … Find out how to read more online.
Wellness center near Springs gets initial OK
Tue  Mar 24 2015 10:42AM
NORTH PORT — Dr. Grigory Pogrebinsky won the unanimous support of city commissioners for three ordinances that the Brooklyn-based, and Ukrainian-born, doctor said will contribute to a major development in … Find out how to read more online.
Friends group forming for new library
Tue  Mar 24 2015 05:02PM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Library is holding a meeting today for those interested in joining a new group to benefit the second county library planned for the city. … Find out how to read more online.
Driver, 20, cited in pole crash
Tue  Mar 24 2015 10:07AM
NORTH PORT — Authorities have released more details about the people involved and factors that contributed to a serious crash Friday afternoon at the intersection of Joyce Avenue and Dakota … Find out how to read more online.
March baseball an economic home run
Sun  Mar 22 2015 08:30AM
For Keith Lewis, spring is the perfect time to fly down from Owings Mills, Md., to hang out with family in Englewood and Sarasota and enjoy the warmer weather. But … Find out how to read more online.
Services struggle to help area homeless
Mon  Mar 23 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — While the state is gearing up to pull funding from the local health department providing primary care services to the most needy, Englewood is seeing an influx in … Find out how to read more online.
North Porters encouraged to join economic talks
Mon  Mar 23 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city of North Port will offer a series of conversational meetings, called “Community Conversations on What’s Important to You,” this month and next to open dialogue … Find out how to read more online.
Commissioners bring conversation to community
Sun  Mar 22 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — During the midpoint break in City Commissioner Jackie Moore’s Community Conversation Saturday afternoon, Luis Mendoza and four other Cypress Falls residents took a selfie. “I’m going to … Find out how to read more online.
Senior charged with video voyeurism
Sun  Mar 22 2015 08:30AM
Authorities have arrested an IslandWalk at the West Villages resident for allegedly videotaping naked young girls in his residential bathroom. According to a Sarasota Police Department report, John Palladino, 73, … Find out how to read more online.
North Port officer resigns
Sat  Mar 21 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — An internal affairs investigation conducted by the North Port Police Department after one of its own officers was arrested on a domestic violence charge has ended with … Find out how to read more online.
Davidson, Matthews make Bobcat history
Sat  Mar 21 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — When Aspen Davidson goes to Ave Maria University in the fall, it won’t be a long trip — she won’t even leave Southwest Florida, about 90 minutes … Find out how to read more online.
Funds sought to buy service dog for North Port woman
Sat  Mar 21 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — AMVETS Post 312 will host a late afternoon session of “drag queen bingo” on Sunday as a fundraiser for Milissa Cirillo, who suffers from epilepsy and needs a … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay freshman on fast track to fame
Fri  Mar 20 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Most ninth-graders can’t say they have backup dancers for their music videos. They also don’t have to go shopping for a red-carpet dress for a major music awards … Find out how to read more online.
Family-run eatery looking to expand, support community
Thu  Mar 19 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — David and his dad, Brian Bourlier, debuted their Buffalo Wings & Rings in North Port in June 2009, at the official end of the Great Recession but still in … Find out how to read more online.
$2.3M school whiteboard purchase OK’d
Wed  Mar 18 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Tuesday afternoon, the Sarasota County School Board approved a $2.3 million purchase of replacement technology for district classrooms. In the second phase of a three-and-a-half year project, … Find out how to read more online.
Growth spurs trash-collection-day changes
Wed  Mar 18 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city’s population has grown dramatically in the past decade, which according to city officials has created a need to change garbage collection routes for the approximately … Find out how to read more online.
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Tourism numbers continue to climb
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:23PM
As winter storms dumped feet of snow up north, another kind of tempest was brewing in Southwest Florida. “I call it GES,” Charlotte County Tourism Director Lorah Steiner said Thursday. … Find out how to read more online.
River Road widening now MPO priority
Thu  Mar 26 2015 12:14PM
The long-awaited widening of River Road took one step closer to reality this week. The project has been added to the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning organization’s five-year priority list and the … Find out how to read more online.
Hazardous waste collection event Saturday in North Port
Thu  Mar 26 2015 11:22AM
NORTH PORT — The city of North Port and Sarasota County Hazardous Waste Management are hosting a community household hazardous waste collection event from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at … Find out how to read more online.
Giving a voice to Holocaust victims
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Max Weisglass was 6 years old when he experienced the horrors of the Holocaust. He’s 78 now. He hasn’t forgotten. He sat in a conference room Tuesday … Find out how to read more online.
IRS phone scam reported in area
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Local authorities want to warn citizens of a possible IRS phone scam targeting victims in the area. According to a press release from city of North Port … Find out how to read more online.
Sign ordinance moves forward
Wed  Mar 25 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Despite a resident’s ongoing opposition to the long-debated electronic sign ordinance, North Port city commissioners decided it was time to get it going. In a number of … Find out how to read more online.
River Road widening now MPO priority
Thu  Mar 26 2015 12:01PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The long-awaited widening of River Road took one step closer to reality Monday morning. The project has been added to the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning organization’s five-year priority … Find out how to read more online.
North Port to discuss Springs development proposal
Mon  Mar 23 2015 05:10PM
NORTH PORT — The next chapter in the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa saga may include a major development, including a wellness center if potential investor Dr. Grigory Pogrebinsky gains … Find out how to read more online.
Alleged gunman remains jailed
Tue  Mar 24 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A local man remained behind bars Monday on $700,000 bond after threatening two men with a gun and firing warning shots, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s … Find out how to read more online.
Forecast: chance for early-week showers
Mon  Mar 23 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Spring, which began Friday, is a traditionally rainy season. And Southwest Florida’s spring is off to a traditional start. “A few showers make Monday,” said WINK-TV Chief … Find out how to read more online.
Homestead fraud gig may be up
Sun  Mar 22 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The number of people claiming homestead exemptions on their property tax bill is on the rise, and so is fraud. Now, Sarasota County is gearing up to … Find out how to read more online.
Woman trapped after car hits power pole
Sat  Mar 21 2015 08:30AM
AMVETS 2000 Auxiliary meeting change The Ladies Auxiliary of AMVETS Post 2000 has changed its regular monthly meeting to the first Monday of the month. The meetings will be held … Find out how to read more online.
Data on the fly
Fri  Mar 20 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — For years, Punta Gorda Airport officials have touted the airport’s economic benefits to Charlotte County. But little data, if any, exists to quantify those claims. Now officials want … Find out how to read more online.
County may ask for bond referendum
Tue  Mar 24 2015 12:51PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — County voters may have to decide next year if they are willing to pay more taxes to repair or replace the county’s aging infrastructure. As early as … Find out how to read more online.
Funding sought for South County projects
Mon  Mar 23 2015 01:29PM
SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota County will seek federal funding to begin a subphase of the widening of River Road. But grant review committee members aren’t the only ones who will … Find out how to read more online.
School district to hire more teachers
Wed  Mar 18 2015 02:13PM
SARASOTA COUNTY— During a workshop Tuesday, Sarasota County School Board members agreed they are OK with a “status quo” budget for fiscal year 2015-16 where not much changes, and all … Find out how to read more online.
Placida Seafood Fest: A taste of Florida
Fri  Mar 20 2015 08:30AM
PLACIDA — Garry Albritton spent Thursday morning mapping out the locations for the 70 or more vendors who will sell their wares at the annual Placida Seafood Festival Saturday and … Find out how to read more online.
KDW seeks input in move to FM
Mon  Mar 23 2015 04:10PM
NORTH PORT — KDWRadio, currently broadcasting only online, is poised to soon make the move to FM radio and wants volunteers to help in its funding and daily operations. Station manager … Find out how to read more online.
Explore a Florida forest
Wed  Mar 18 2015 08:30AM
Some of you may have opened a Fitbit for Christmas. Or, perhaps, you purchased one or a similar fitness/activity tracker as part of a New Year’s resolution. I’ve been wearing … Find out how to read more online.
County approves safety enhancement at gun range
Wed  Mar 18 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — County commissioners Tuesday approved spending nearly $600,000 to make the Knight Trail Park Pistol and Rifle Range safer. At their regular board meeting in downtown Sarasota, commissioners … Find out how to read more online.