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City extends registration for holiday assistance programs
Thu  Oct 30 2014 12:41PM
NORTH PORT — The city of North Port is extending the days in which families can register for holiday assistance programs. According to North Port Social Services Manager Zulma Solero, … Find out how to read more online.
Library’s Genealogy Club needs new leader
Thu  Oct 30 2014 11:56AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Library is looking for someone to replace the former facilitator of its North Port Genealogy Club. If you use the library’s two genealogy databases, … Find out how to read more online.
Local teacher unveils new invention for caps
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Raul Quinones, a science teacher at Heron Creek Middle School and baseball coach, has invented a device that flattens the brim of a baseball cap. Quinones’ invention, the … Find out how to read more online.
New Dollar General open in North Port
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
The new Dollar General discount store at Cranberry and Price boulevards in North Port opened to customers at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to store employees. … Find out how to read more online.
Halloween portraits, with a heavy heart
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Tammy Grueber will carry through with her pledge to provide free photos of Halloween revelers Friday at Nickolson’s Portrait Studio, to support the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. … Find out how to read more online.
Study: Young families choose North Port
Tue  Oct 28 2014 03:39PM
NORTH PORT — Young families in Florida are trading in ocean views and beach escapes to place their roots in more inland spots, like North Port. The city was ranked … Find out how to read more online.
Park named for state legislator
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
SOUTH SARASOTA COUNTY — In the shade of tall trees along the bank of the Myakka River, about 40 gathered Tuesday morning to express their thanks to former state senator … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Love triangle sparked shooting
Tue  Oct 28 2014 03:39PM
Charlotte Harbor Dateline — A love triangle sparked the quarrel that led to last week’s murder-suicide at a RV park, officials confirmed Monday. Rosemery Martinez, 36, used a .40-caliber handgun … Find out how to read more online.
City: Quick repair followed water main breaks
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Newly appointed Utilities Director Rick Newkirk wants to relay to residents that two water main breaks on Biscayne Drive over three days last week were taken care … Find out how to read more online.
Sister City members want to form nonprofit
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Members of North Port’s Sister City Advisory Committee want commissioners’ blessing to disband the board and form a nonprofit organization that would work to bring cultural awareness … Find out how to read more online.
Tumbling into success
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
Small in stature with bright blue eyes, 9-year-old Faith Deacetis’ shy demeanor doesn’t give outsiders an inkling of her powerhouse skills when she steps on a gym mat. Faith, who … Find out how to read more online.
Senator Bob Johnson’s Landing to be dedicated Tuesday
Sun  Oct 26 2014 11:56AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Senator Bob Johnson’s Landing, a new park located on U.S. 41 just south of River Road, will be dedicated next week by county officials and Bob Johnson … Find out how to read more online.
Architectural firm sought for SCTI North Port
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County School District has begun advertising for architectural firms to provide design and construction services for the Sarasota County Technical Institute North Port campus. According … Find out how to read more online.
Challenges to the Charlotte’s comp plan
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Local environmental groups are taking legal action to block proposed changes to Charlotte County’s 2050 comprehensive plan. Charlotte County commissioners voted unanimously last month to follow county staff … Find out how to read more online.
Winning the F18 Americas
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
For Charlotte Harbor Regatta, the journey to winning the 2015 F18 Americas Championship began with losing out on a less prestigious regional regatta in a different class. The loss reinforced … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota school district struggles with computer issues
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — On Wednesday night, one Woodland Middle School teacher posted on his personal Facebook page that he hadn’t been able to access his district email account for two … Find out how to read more online.
Carlos & Jimmy’s Tacos now open
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Carlos and Jimmy Fillis are hoping the third time will be the charm. After popular Jimmy’s Tacos locations in both Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte — where … Find out how to read more online.
Code Enforcement moves toward proactivity
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Vice Mayor Rhonda DiFranco has taken many rides through the streets of North Port, keeping an eye on properties and growing code violations as the city transitions … Find out how to read more online.
Prosecutors charge second murder suspect
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
The State Attorney’s Office on Thursday charged Dwayne Johnson, 32, of Port Charlotte, with one count of second-degree murder with a firearm, a life felony, for allegedly killing Kello Bonhomme, … Find out how to read more online.
Public Safety Day at Firehouse Subs
Thu  Oct 30 2014 11:56AM
Area law enforcement, firefighters and other first responders are coming together for a “Day of Public Safety Awareness” on Saturday at Firehouse Subs at Heritage Plaza, 18500 Veterans Blvd., Port … Find out how to read more online.
Gaming machines seized
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Authorities — some with their faces masked — confiscated electronic gaming machines and related equipment Tuesday morning at Spin Depot. At 9:13 a.m., detectives and officers with … Find out how to read more online.
Interim North Port Utilities director gets permanent job
Wed  Oct 29 2014 05:40PM
NORTH PORT — Rick Newkirk has been named the new director of North Port Utilities. Newkirk, 58, the acting director of the department since March, was appointed to the new … Find out how to read more online.
Some cry fowl over free turkeys
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Shelomie Francois waited in a line of about 110 people that snaked around the North Port Salvation Army building to get a voucher for a free turkey to feed her … Find out how to read more online.
Lawyers paint 2 pictures of defendant at trial
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Attorneys told two different stories about Jose Rodriguez, the HIV-positive North Port man accused of sexually abusing his two step-grandsons for a number of years. One was … Find out how to read more online.
Property to stay in city’s hands, for now
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Mayor Jim Blucher passed the gavel at Monday night’s City Commission meeting to make a motion that would ensure the city would maintain control of the Myakka … Find out how to read more online.
Imagine cuts staff pay
Mon  Oct 27 2014 01:28PM
NORTH PORT — Imagine School at North Port, in order to save money until enrollment increases, cut salaries of all staff 5.5 percent this year. It’s just one way the … Find out how to read more online.
Sexual battery trial underway for North Port man
Tue  Oct 28 2014 03:39PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Jury selection in the trial of an HIV-positive North Port man accused of sexually abusing two boys got underway Monday at the Sarasota County Justice Center and … Find out how to read more online.
County commissioners push for new I-75 signage
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
Sarasota County commissioners who sit on a regional transportation planning board want signage along Interstate 75 that alerts motorists about Nathan Benderson Park and a new visitors center located inside … Find out how to read more online.
Veterans Legacy Summit set for next month
Sun  Oct 26 2014 11:56AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Patterson Foundation, a Sarasota-based nonprofit, will be hosting the Veterans Legacy Summit in November, a two-day conference to “share ideas, learn about unique partnerships, challenge assumptions … Find out how to read more online.
North Port man still jailed on drug charges
Sun  Oct 26 2014 11:56AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A North Port man remains jailed on $675,000 bond after a 12th Judicial Circuit Court Judge denied his request for a bond reduction last week. Joshua Hearns, … Find out how to read more online.
Ziegler battles union over emails
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
Sarasota County School Board member and candidate Bridget Ziegler insists she did nothing wrong by sending emails to school principals and teachers regarding her campaign. On Thursday, the Sarasota Classified/Teachers … Find out how to read more online.
Man who lost twins works to save lives
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Watching children grow up can bring tremendous joy to parents. Taking their first step, opening birthday and Christmas gifts, first day of kindergarten and driving home the … Find out how to read more online.
Police catch alleged sandwich thief
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The local man accused of shoplifting a sandwich from a grocery store Wednesday was back for more the following day. And he wasn’t going to be caught … Find out how to read more online.
School district email system back up
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — According to Sarasota County Schools staff, computer problems that plagued the district this week have been resolved. Early Friday afternoon, district spokesman Scott Ferguson said teaching applications … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte’s comp plan changes challenged
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Local environmental groups are taking legal action to block proposed changes to Charlotte County’s 2050 comprehensive plan. Charlotte County commissioners voted unanimously last month to follow county staff … Find out how to read more online.
Detective buys sneakers for boy in need
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A father has expressed gratitude to the North Port Police Department after being notified that a detective bought his son a new pair of sneakers. NPPD Detective … Find out how to read more online.
Volunteers, donations sought for community Thanksgiving meal
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — New Hope Community Church already is planning for its annual Thanksgiving Day meal and festival. This will be the eighth year New Hope has offered the free … Find out how to read more online.
Youth football funds sacked
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Cats football season may have wrapped up last weekend, but officials are still trying to tackle an expensive off-field issue. The Englewood Area Athletic Association is … Find out how to read more online.
County pledges more funds to homeless family haven
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — County commissioners pledged $4.8 million worth of funding to a host of area nonprofit agencies on Tuesday, based on recommendations made by the county’s Human Services Advisory … Find out how to read more online.