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North Port ‘Remember the Fallen’ 5K race nears
Fri  Sep 4 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The annual “Remember the Fallen” 5K memorial race is coming Sept. 12, and for Richard Yarnall, North Port firefighter and commander of the North Port Honor Guard, … Find out how to read more online.
One still at large in home invasion by teens
Thu  Sep 3 2015 08:30AM
A North Port couple were sleeping soundly in their bed Tuesday in the early morning hours when they were awakened by their dog barking at four strangers standing in their … Find out how to read more online.
Government offices to be closed Monday for Labor Day
Thu  Sep 3 2015 12:48PM
Charlotte In observance of the Labor Day holiday, all Charlotte County government business offices and Punta Gorda city offices will be closed Sept. 7. All post offices will be closed as … Find out how to read more online.
Gas prices could drop below $2
Wed  Sep 2 2015 08:30AM
Fueling up a “Land Yacht 35” is like feeding a monster. Thirty-five feet long, from grill to exhaust, the mammoth Airstream devours 90 gallons of gas at a single meal, … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Sep 2 2015 04:18PM
FHP seeks driver in River Road hit-and-run SOUTH SARASOTA COUNTY — Authorities are trying to identify the driver of a pickup who hit an SUV while trying to merge onto … Find out how to read more online.
A.D. Morgan tech college decision delayed
Thu  Sep 3 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A special meeting during which Sarasota County School Board members were slated to hear the “entry of final order” in the A.D. Morgan case concerning the North … Find out how to read more online.
Local TV sales/repair business offers bundled services
Wed  Sep 2 2015 09:31AM
NORTH PORT — Mike Morales, owner of Quality TV, has figured out a way to augment his TV sales and repair business by offering custom-designed packages of TV, telephone and Internet … Find out how to read more online.
Motorcyclist fights for life following crash
Tue  Sep 1 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Chris Sacks was set to celebrate his 21st birthday this week, but instead, he will be recovering in the intensive-care unit of Sarasota Memorial Hospital after undergoing … Find out how to read more online.
Female vets retreat to honor warriors
Tue  Sep 1 2015 05:07PM
A female veterans retreat next week will honor 25 area women who have served in the armed forces. Coordinator and military veteran Becky Ludwick said the retreat, sponsored by Goodwill … Find out how to read more online.
Waking up the echoes
Tue  Sep 1 2015 08:30AM
College football returns this week, which means Tom Ortwein will be back within the wide embrace of Touchdown Jesus. Tom may not officially be “the No. 1 Notre Dame football … Find out how to read more online.
Erika’s remains may bring rains
Sun  Aug 30 2015 08:30AM
Erika is kaput. Downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm to a trough of low pressure, Erika, which claimed at least 20 lives as it passed over the Caribbean … Find out how to read more online.
Heavy rains expected
Mon  Aug 31 2015 08:30AM
Tropical Storm Erika lost steam over the weekend as it collided with Hispaniola’s mountainous terrain and Cuba tore it apart. The storm claimed at least 20 lives and caused widespread … Find out how to read more online.
Former airman refueled planes in flight
Mon  Aug 31 2015 08:30AM
Mike Raymond, commander of Post 110 American Legion in Port Charlotte, contends he had “the best job in the Air Force” as a boom operator on a 707 jet refueling … Find out how to read more online.
Police seek man stalking women at shopping centers
Sun  Aug 30 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — An arrest warrant has been issued for a 37-year-old Pennsylvania man who police say has approached multiple women at local shopping centers, asking for phone numbers and … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
It’s hard to tell what impact, if any, Tropical Storm Erika will have on Southwest Florida as it slowly limps across the Caribbean. But one thing’s certain, state and local … Find out how to read more online.
School ends first week with fewer students
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County schools ended the first week of the 2015-16 school year with hundreds of fewer students than district officials originally planned for, according to numbers released … Find out how to read more online.
Young North Port man dies while studying abroad
Fri  Aug 28 2015 08:30AM
Twenty-year-old Luke Ireland was achieving his dream of studying in Germany when he died suddenly last week in his sleep. Ireland, of North Port, was the first Eagle Scout in … Find out how to read more online.
Bobcat freshmen lose season opener
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — When the North Port High School freshman football team opened its season Thursday night against visiting Venice High School, the difference in numbers of players on both … Find out how to read more online.
Local hospitals to be audited by the state
Thu  Aug 27 2015 08:30AM
A spokesman for the parent company of four area hospitals ordered audited this week by Gov. Rick Scott said Hospital Corporation of America is cooperating with the government and going … Find out how to read more online.
Fewer students than projected so far
Mon  Aug 31 2015 11:14AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — On the first two days of the 2015-16 school year, the anticipated higher number of students expected districtwide failed to materialize, at least initially. But that doesn’t … Find out how to read more online.
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Englewood Water District to seek Gonzalez’ help with sewer funding
Fri  Sep 4 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Englewood Water District supervisors voted unanimously Thursday to work with state Rep. Julio Gonzalez, R-Venice, for funding to offset the costs of its sewer expansion. Gonzalez and EWD … Find out how to read more online.
Parking lot ‘stalker’ turns himself in
Fri  Sep 4 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — After a warrant was issued last week for his arrest, a Pennsylvania man accused of approaching women at local shopping centers, asking for phone numbers and trying … Find out how to read more online.
Giving Challenge sets record
Thu  Sep 3 2015 08:30AM
With a total of $3.8 million raised in the 24-hour online Giving Challenge, which ended at noon on Wednesday, gifts towered above last year’s donation totals by over $600,000. Laura Coyle, marketing … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County offers tax refunds in exchange for jobs
Thu  Sep 3 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Last week, Sarasota County commissioners agreed to offer $60,000 in tax incentives to a freight brokerage company in exchange for the creation of 100 new, high-wage jobs. … Find out how to read more online.
Government offices to be closed Monday for Labor Day
Thu  Sep 3 2015 12:46PM
Charlotte In observance of the Labor Day holiday, all Charlotte County government business offices and Punta Gorda city offices will be closed Sept. 7. All post offices will be closed as … Find out how to read more online.
Giving Challenge racking up donations locally
Wed  Sep 2 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Carisa Campanella, North Port-based care adviser for the Neuro Challenge Foundation, had a goal in mind of $30,000 to be raised before matching funds are added through … Find out how to read more online.
Commander posts to replace lieutenants
Wed  Sep 2 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Police Department’s 2015-16 fiscal year budget will be increasing only about 4 percent for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, but the … Find out how to read more online.
Homeless aid given, but not always taken
Mon  Aug 31 2015 12:54PM
NORTH PORT — The old adage, “You can’t help someone who doesn’t want to help themselves,” rings true in many situations, and some good Samaritans may run into the problem … Find out how to read more online.
Trooper doing OK after deadly I-75 wreck
Tue  Sep 1 2015 01:43PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A Florida Highway Patrol trooper is “alert” and “recovering” after his cruiser was hit by a tractor-trailer over the weekend, killing the man in the back of … Find out how to read more online.
Local cop brews community cohesion
Tue  Sep 1 2015 01:37PM
NORTH PORT — North Port Police Lt. Steve Lorenz is a 22-year veteran of the NPPD, and is always working to keep a positive relationship with city residents — including … Find out how to read more online.
North Port small businesses vow comeback
Mon  Aug 31 2015 12:52PM
NORTH PORT — Two small businesses in the city — Lindy Lu’s Hawaiian Sno-Cones, 1402 S. Sumter Blvd.; and Carlos and Jimmy’s Tacos, 13648 Tamiami Trail — recently posted goodbye … Find out how to read more online.
Local nonprofits look to Giving Challenge
Mon  Aug 31 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Hitting the donate button at 2:26 a.m. could mean an extra $5,000 added to one lucky supporter’s charity during the upcoming Giving Challenge. The Giving Challenge is … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County continues to monitor Erika, schools open Monday
Sat  Aug 29 2015 03:22PM
Sarasota County Emergency Management officials continued to monitor Erika’s remnants after the storm dissipated Saturday morning. They urged residents to remain alert and prepared, as increased rainfall and localized flooding … Find out how to read more online.
CCSO: Bank robber sought
Sun  Aug 30 2015 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit currently is investigating a bank robbery at the Charlotte State Bank, 1100 Tamiami Trail, Murdock. At approximately 11:20 a.m. Saturday, a suspect … Find out how to read more online.
crisis
Sun  Aug 30 2015 08:30AM
While like-minded politicians in Tallahassee shrug off proposals for health care solutions, there are patients in the tricounty area dying of curable diseases. “It’s heartbreaking to watch a 21-year-old with … Find out how to read more online.
Blucher drops out of county race
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Former city of North Port mayor Jim Blucher has withdrawn from the race for the Sarasota County Commission District 3 seat. He could not be reached for … Find out how to read more online.
Splash pad opening delayed
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The opening of the splash pad being constructed at Atwater Community Park in eastern North Port has been pushed back to early October due to a manufacturing … Find out how to read more online.
NPPD: Woman charged for having sex outside 7-Eleven
Thu  Aug 27 2015 05:28PM
NORTH PORT — A woman was charged Wednesday in connection with an incident at a North Port gas station in which a father and son witnessed an amorous couple having … Find out how to read more online.
Area schools get $200K for reading program
Fri  Aug 28 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Three elementary schools, including two in North Port, have received $200,000 in grants to support a Reading Recovery program directed toward struggling first-graders, according to the Sarasota … Find out how to read more online.
SCSO: Davie man arrested for beach car burglaries
Wed  Aug 26 2015 05:23PM
MANASOTA KEY — After a nearly 10-month investigation, a 53-year-old man from Davie, Fla., was arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing items from cars at beaches along Manasota Key Road in … Find out how to read more online.