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Plan board to consider pot dispensary ban
Sat  Oct 14 2017 03:21PM
A draft ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries in Venice makes its debut Tuesday at a public hearing before the Planning Commission. The city had put a moratorium on dispensaries in … Find out how to read more online.
Change of the guard at PGT
Sat  Oct 14 2017 03:21PM
The PGT Innovations board of directors has announced Jeff Jackson will become chief executive officer effective Jan. 1. Rod Hershberger is retiring as CEO but will continue serving as the … Find out how to read more online.
Opioid arrests include South County
Sat  Oct 14 2017 08:30AM
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested 11 people in connection with the agency’s ongoing efforts to combat the distribution of illicit narcotics including heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, methamphetamine, morphine and cocaine. … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota narrowly approves energy program
Sat  Oct 14 2017 10:34AM
Despite some misgivings, Sarasota County commissioners gave the go-ahead Wednesday for a Property Assessed Clean Energy program to operate within the county. During a public hearing that began in the … Find out how to read more online.
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Area’s history began in Nokomis
Sat  Oct 14 2017 08:30AM
While ancient Mesopotamia is considered to be the cradle of civilization, modern history in the Venice area actually began in what we today know as Nokomis. The first settlement was located there, as well as the first post office, church, … Find out how to read more online.

Tervis offers do-it-yourself experience
Sat  Oct 14 2017 10:34AM
Since the founders of Tervis created their iconic tumbler 70 years ago, the manufacturing process has been a secret. Now everyone will have the opportunity to not only see how a Tervis is made, but to participate in making their … Find out how to read more online.

Jail, homelessness present budget pressures
Sat  Oct 14 2017 08:30AM
While he hasn’t sounded the alarm yet, Sheriff Tom Knight did alert Sarasota County commissioners to a looming problem during a meeting Tuesday. Knight and his jail commander, Major Jeff Bell, began a dialogue with commissioners about overcrowding at the … Find out how to read more online.

Markets keep things fresh
Sat  Oct 14 2017 03:21PM
Maggie Balch started selling seafood back in 1997 at the Venice Farmers Market. Her stand, Maggie’s Seafood, is one of two at the market that has been there since opening day, so she’s seen managers and booths come and go. … Find out how to read more online.

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State, National and World News
Forest-thinning project saved homes but highlights obstacles
Tue  Oct 17 2017 01:19AM
SISTERS, Ore. — Lightning started a forest fire one August afternoon near this Oregon tourist town, and it was spreading fast. Residents in outlying areas evacuated as flames marched toward their homes. Just a few months earlier, the U.S. Forest … read more.

Crews search by air, water for missing worker after blast
Tue  Oct 17 2017 01:19AM
KENNER, La. — Authorities searched by air and water Monday for a Texas man who disappeared when an oil and gas platform exploded on a lake near New Orleans. Seven people were injured in the Sunday night blast and fire, … read more.

US stock indexes post slight gains
Tue  Oct 17 2017 01:19AM
U.S. stocks posted modest gains Monday, extending a record-setting run into a sixth straight week. Financial and technology companies notched some of the biggest gains. Energy stocks also rose as crude oil prices closed higher. Health care companies declined the … read more.

Ex-hostage tells AP why he had kids in captivity
Tue  Oct 17 2017 01:19AM
TORONTO — Former hostage Joshua Boyle said Monday he and his wife decided to have children even while held captive because they always planned to have a big family and decided, “Hey, let’s make the best of this and at … read more.

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