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There they are!
Fri  Sep 4 2015 01:12PM
The kindergartners of Englewood Elementary School spent the week searching all around the school campus for clues of how to find their missing gingerbread men and women. On Friday, with … Find out how to read more online.
Despite market flux, 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.
Young riders learn from Olympian
Wed  Sep 2 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — At 13, Tatumn Edge has a goal to train with an Olympic coach in Germany. Last week, she inched closer to her dream while working with Olympian competitor … Find out how to read more online.
‘Final four’ round out top 10
Wed  Sep 2 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The judges have selected the final four winners for the Englewood Pioneer Days Photo Contest. They are listed below with the “reason why” the submitter felt the photo … Find out how to read more online.
Female veterans retreat to honor women warriors
Tue  Sep 1 2015 08:30AM
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.
‘Did someone say dinner?’
Tue  Sep 1 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The week-six — and final weekly — winner for the Englewood Pioneer Days Photo Contest is a cute kid who caused the photographer to ask, “Did Someone Say … 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.
Residents deal with incinerator business
Fri  Aug 28 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH GULF COVE — At least one resident grabbed the microphone and said she didn’t want a business like Charlotte Organix in her neighborhood. However, others at a recent meeting … 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.
Locals become Picassos to support foundation
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Sonja Myers added some purple touches to complete her serene sunset painting. She sat back and drank some wine and chatted with friends. Myers was among a few … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County balks at tax to help homeless
Wed  Aug 26 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — While eager to help the homeless, county commissioners don’t like the idea of imposing another 1 percent sales tax to cover the cost. At a recent Florida … Find out how to read more online.
On the flip side
Wed  Aug 26 2015 08:30AM
The Lemon Bay High School cheerleaders had the crowd fired up for the Mantas’ 28-12 victory over visiting East Lee County High School in the Kickoff Classic Friday night in … Find out how to read more online.
Kids in the Kitchen
Mon  Aug 24 2015 10:56AM
In a 1920s bungalow in downtown Sarasota, something exciting is going on. The Kids in the Kitchen Culinary Academy has arrived. Intended as a vehicle to help jump start children’s … Find out how to read more online.
‘Whoooo’s’ the winner?
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — It was a unanimous decision for week five of the Englewood Pioneer Days Photo Contest that “Hidden In Plain Sight” didn’t hide its winning characteristics at all. The … Find out how to read more online.
Little Eagles take flight
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
School is back in session in Sarasota County. Moms and dads flooded Englewood Elementary School’s campus Monday as they dropped their kids off for their first day of school. … Find out how to read more online.
Danny weakened, no threat to area expected
Mon  Aug 24 2015 08:30AM
Hurricane Danny weakened to a tropical storm over the weekend, and is now unlikely to have any impact at all on Southwest Florida. “It just won’t effect this area,” said … Find out how to read more online.
Area rates among highest in FLORIDA
Sun  Aug 23 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series. Rebecca L. Edwards said she was 6 when her stepfather began to sexually abuse her — a crime Edwards said … Find out how to read more online.
Child Protection Center notes growing needs of North Port
Sun  Aug 23 2015 08:30AM
A butterfly garden and bronze statue of children swinging from tree limbs welcomes families into the Child Protection Center in Sarasota who feel less than welcome in their own homes. … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood Elementary parents, students, teachers meet
Sun  Aug 23 2015 08:30AM
Englewood Elementary School held a “Meet Your Teacher Day” this past week. Sarasota County schools resume Monday. … Find out how to read more online.
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Hats off to Englewood’s early pioneer families
Fri  Sep 4 2015 11:46AM
It was 1956 when Jo Cortes, editor of Englewood’s first newspaper, The Englewood Herald, originated the idea of Pioneer Days. Jo said she choose the hot, dog days of summer … Find out how to read more online.
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.
Utility seeks double rates
Tue  Sep 1 2015 01:53PM
PLACIDA — Janice McHenry, Shamrock Shores Homeowner Association president, and Jerry Agamaite believe Utilities Inc. of Sandalhaven is unfair in its request to have the Florida Public Service Commission more … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood firemen join in a good deed
Wed  Sep 2 2015 08:30AM
They call our summer days “scorchers.” Combine the humidity and heat during the dog days of summer, and you have days that challenge activity and ambition. You can get through … 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.
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.
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.
The elegant brown pelican
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
The brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) glides gracefully along the eastern and western coasts of Florida, occasionally dipping the tip of one of its 6- to 7-foot wings in the water. … Find out how to read more online.
Don’t let ‘Time’ slip away
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM

IF YOU GO

What: Release celebration/book-signing for the Rev. Dan Turpin’s book “Capture Time”

When: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday

Where: Westcoast Church, 240 Pine St., Englewood

Cost: the …

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Flavorful Dishes Delight Diners at Baiyoke Thai Bistro
Tue  Sep 1 2015 06:02PM
Natalie Lau, who relocated to North Port from Oklahoma only eight months ago, discovered Venice after walking her two Pomeranians at the Venice Beach doggie park. “My dogs and I … Find out how to read more online.
‘SKY’s’ the limit
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Leyah Ntanyaiga, 11, was nervous as she grabbed her backpack and headed to SKY Academy for her first class Monday morning. Sixth-grader Mark Cicchella didn’t have to pick … Find out how to read more online.
Jailed South Gulf Cove man sent to hospital
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed there is an investigation underway at the local jail, after a 47-year-old inmate was rushed to the hospital Monday. A … Find out how to read more online.
Pageant kicks off Pioneer pomp
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
The annual Little Miss & Mr. Englewood Pageant was held Saturday at the Tringali Recreation Center. … Find out how to read more online.
Life after child abuse
Mon  Aug 24 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part series. Blame. Guilt. Isolation. All three negative feelings are commonly felt by victims of child abuse — or any abuse — … Find out how to read more online.
Airman helped woman recapture world speed flying record
Mon  Aug 24 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is the second of two parts of French’s story. George E. French of Venice Golf & Country Club was a B-24 “Liberator” bomber pilot in the Pacific … Find out how to read more online.
Now Showing: Safety first at Regal Cinemas
Sun  Aug 23 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Duewa Zimbi hasn’t been to the movies in years. But she was ready for some big-screen entertainment Saturday at the Port Charlotte Town Center mall. And that’s … Find out how to read more online.
SKY chef makes food fun and choices healthy
Sat  Aug 22 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — What makes Dino Castellano’s school cafeteria different is he cooks baked salmon and couscous — and kids eat it. At SKY Academy, students don’t have a choice of … Find out how to read more online.
Turtle nests keep on hatching
Mon  Aug 24 2015 03:03PM
ENGLEWOOD — Linda Soderquist had a welcomed surprise this week. “A couple of new nests and ‘surprise hatches’ this week boosted our numbers,” she said. She’s the primary permit holder … Find out how to read more online.