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Vintage Finder’s Warehouse has ‘things worth repeating’
Mon  Oct 20 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Kitchenware from the 1970s, a riding lawn mower from the ’50s and typewriters from the ’30s are just a few of the treasures stowed away in Vintage … Find out how to read more online.
Expect seasonal weather, afternoon showers
Mon  Oct 20 2014 01:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — After a dry weekend, residents can expect mostly sunny skies again on Monday, but partly cloudy skies with a chance of showers and thunderstorms are expected after … Find out how to read more online.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s begins with first step
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Melissa Vanderbilt-Bestor remembers her grandmother as an outgoing and nurturing woman. Pearl Peeler, now 95, used to invite patients from the mental hospital, where she worked, to … Find out how to read more online.
New data security for Beef’s post-breach
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The owner of the local Beef ‘O’ Brady’s on Sumter Boulevard has made significant strides toward protecting his restaurant and his customers, following a data breach in … Find out how to read more online.
SCAT drivers retested after cheating allegations
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A third-party tester of Sarasota County Area Transit bus drivers was suspended earlier this year after a state inspector found he was allowing drivers to cheat on … Find out how to read more online.
Facebook comments result in suspension
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Scott Titus was suspended without pay for two days after Titus made disparaging comments on a citizen’s Facebook page, according to a disciplinary … Find out how to read more online.
Unemployment rate takes healthy fall
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
As the region welcomes cooler temperatures, jobless numbers are also falling, both tied to the changing of seasons. While employment typically picks up this time of year, last month’s jobless … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A house fire Tuesday morning left six people displaced, including three children. Juan Nieves, a resident of the home on the 6000 block of Lenape Lane, was … Find out how to read more online.
Audit shows first boat race lost money
Thu  Oct 16 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK —The inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix in April finds itself swimming $54,511 in the red. According to a Charlotte County Clerk of the Court audit, the boat … Find out how to read more online.
Springs operations fund to come
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A special fund for the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa is in the works, following a brief discussion during Tuesday’s North Port City Commission meeting. With the … Find out how to read more online.
County pauses on regional transportation funding
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — County commissioners decided Tuesday to hold off paying any more membership fees to the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, a regional board they say hasn’t quite … Find out how to read more online.
‘Dinner’ time
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Ever have an unwanted guest? The North Port High School fall production, “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” centers around just such a situation, albeit on a … Find out how to read more online.
Project Graduation plans fundraiser
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — North Port High School’s Project Graduation is getting an early start on next year’s event with a green fundraiser. Between Nov. 10 and 21, organizers of the … Find out how to read more online.
Drug-free youth urged to join board
Tue  Oct 14 2014 12:44PM
NORTH PORT — Empower, serve, change and equip are the goals of the new youth advisory board being created from the collaboration efforts of the North Port Alliance for Substance … Find out how to read more online.
Procession planned for fallen sergeant
Tue  Oct 14 2014 12:44PM
NORTH PORT — A two-county procession for the late North Port Police Sgt. Scott Graham is planned for Thursday, following a service at San Pedro Catholic Church, according to information … Find out how to read more online.
Doctors urge caution
Mon  Oct 13 2014 08:00AM
Upon returning to Punta Gorda from his homeland in Nigeria, where he is helping to support a local hospital, retired physician Dr. Olawale Idewu had his Atlanta-bound plane diverted out … Find out how to read more online.
Cold front comes this week
Mon  Oct 13 2014 08:00AM
The weather should “cool off a little bit” this week, according to Rodney Wynn of the National Weather Service. This is due to a cold front with showers and thunderstorms … Find out how to read more online.
Getting kids to school safely
Sun  Oct 12 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Before most of us are out of bed, there’s a small army of quick-witted, team-minded, safety-conscious professionals who have a great responsibility twice a day: safely driving … Find out how to read more online.
$83M in funds pledged for new ‘diamond’ interchange
Mon  Oct 13 2014 03:16PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Gov. Rick Scott announced this week $83 million worth of “accelerated funding” for the proposed diverging diamond interchange at University Parkway and Interstate 75 in Sarasota, an … Find out how to read more online.
Springs group still trying to return Kia raffle money
Sun  Oct 12 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The president of the Warm Mineral Springs Patrons Association still is trying to return money to those who bought tickets in the group’s failed Kia raffle. The … Find out how to read more online.
Man served aboard Bennington during WWII
Mon  Oct 20 2014 01:00AM
Gene Roaf of Punta Gorda Isles was a plane captain who maintained a single Corsair fighter aboard the carrier USS Bennington during the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa in … Find out how to read more online.
Czech-Slovak Club begins new season
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The American Czech and Slovak Club of Southwest Florida will hold its first meeting of the 2014-2015 season at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Family Table Restaurant, … Find out how to read more online.
County dropped from Springs suit
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The Friends of Warm Mineral Springs voluntarily dismissed their lawsuit against Sarasota County this week that alleges pollutants have been placed in the Springs that should be … Find out how to read more online.
Buchanan eyes Ebola readiness
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA — U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan toured Sarasota Memorial Hospital Friday afternoon to see if the facility would be prepared if a patient infected with the Ebola virus ever walks … Find out how to read more online.
Open for business
Fri  Oct 17 2014 03:09PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Angel Luna drove two and half hours from Orlando after work on Wednesday to be first in line for the grand opening of the new Mall at … Find out how to read more online.
Four charged in retail theft ring
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office busted a four-person, Miami-area retail theft ring Thursday afternoon when an alert shopper and his wife spotted the suspects at Cocoplum Village … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged with vehicular homicide
Fri  Oct 17 2014 03:09PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A local man has been arrested in connection with a crash that killed a bicyclist in the Parkside area of Port Charlotte in June. David McGovern, 24, … Find out how to read more online.
Constance calls for authority chief’s ouster
Thu  Oct 16 2014 08:00AM
BRADENTON — Charlotte County Commissioner Chris Constance called for the termination of Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority’s Executive Director Pat Lehman on Wednesday, claiming that Lehman constantly abused … Find out how to read more online.
School district receives $1.2M arts grant
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County School District, through Any Given Child Sarasota, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to receive a $1.2 million grant over four … Find out how to read more online.
Local man gets 20 years in child porn case
Tue  Oct 14 2014 12:44PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A North Port man charged last year with 41 counts of possession of child pornography was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison after pleading no contest … Find out how to read more online.
Young Professionals to give away costumes
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Members of the North Port Young Professionals will distribute free Halloween costumes to children at the Gene Matthews Boys & Girls Club beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, … Find out how to read more online.
Commissioners to tackle big money items
Tue  Oct 14 2014 09:22AM
NORTH PORT — Some big numbers will be up for discussion during today’s City Commission meeting, including numerous police vehicle purchases and Mote Marine water quality services for the Utilities … Find out how to read more online.
8-month-old baby survives dog attack
Tue  Oct 14 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A baby boy bitten in the face by the family dog Monday is expected to live. However, the animal responsible might not. The 8-month-old boy was reaching … Find out how to read more online.
New assisted-living facility opens
Tue  Oct 14 2014 12:44PM
NORTH PORT — La Belle La Vie, a five-bed assisted-living facility, recently opened at 3973 Lubec Ave. in North Port. Sterella Abdul, administrator for the facility, said special zoning permission was … Find out how to read more online.
New UTC Mall opening this week
Mon  Oct 13 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — As the clock winds down to the grand opening of the Mall at University Town Center on Thursday, constructions crews, retailers and restaurateurs are all working feverishly … Find out how to read more online.
Resources help abuse victims reclaim power
Mon  Oct 13 2014 03:24PM
The color purple is taking on new meaning after cities statewide have proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Several organizations in Sarasota and Charlotte counties are using purple ribbons … Find out how to read more online.
Health & Fitness Fair celebrates active lifestyle
Sun  Oct 12 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Starting off in Canada, then Wisconsin, and making multiple stops before landing in Punta Gorda and New Mexico, respectively, sisters Lisa Heid and Traci Hegland have known … Find out how to read more online.
NPPD sergeant passes away
Sun  Oct 12 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — North Port Police Sgt. Scott Graham, 59, of Port Charlotte, died Friday after several months spent fighting a critical illness. “He will be missed,” NPPD Chief Kevin … Find out how to read more online.
Camelot shop offers hookahs, water pipes
Sun  Oct 12 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Camelot Super Smoke Shop owners Keven and Lori Knight recently opened their store at 12709 S. Tamiami Trail, in the Springs Plaza, near Paradise Pawn. The store, … Find out how to read more online.