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Homeless adults still underserved
Tue  Mar 31 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County’s efforts to take on the issue of homeless families are making headway, county officials say. But homeless adults have few services and fewer options. Sarasota … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County mulls fees
Wed  Apr 1 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County commissioners got a look Tuesday at a draft of a plan to replace impact fees with a new system that offers the county more flexibility … Find out how to read more online.
Overdue traffic, court fines to see one-day reduction
Wed  Apr 1 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — For the more than 100,000 people who have outstanding and overdue traffic and court fines or fees in the county, a one-day event this month will make … Find out how to read more online.
Homeless adults still underserved
Tue  Mar 31 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County’s efforts to take on the issue of homeless families are making headway, county officials say. But homeless adults have few services and fewer options. Sarasota … Find out how to read more online.
Huskies roll in openers
Tue  Mar 31 2015 08:30AM
The North Port Huskies had a successful spring season opening Saturday, winning three of four games and tying the other against host Lions in Tampa. The youth football organization, which … Find out how to read more online.
North Port considers water, sewer expansion at Springs
Mon  Mar 30 2015 04:18PM
NORTH PORT — With a price tag that could climb to nearly $1 million, the city-owned Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa could see the extension of water and sewer lines … Find out how to read more online.
State firm on health care funding stance
Mon  Mar 30 2015 12:37PM
Despite letters explaining the local health department provides outstanding primary care services to Sarasota and Charlotte county residents, the Florida Surgeon General’s office claims the private sector might still do … Find out how to read more online.
Warm and mostly dry weather expected this week
Mon  Mar 30 2015 08:30AM
Residents celebrating the upcoming holiday with Easter egg hunts or other outdoor activities aren’t likely to have any weather problems. “It looks like a nice spring week across all of … Find out how to read more online.
Tech classes already happening in North Port
Sun  Mar 29 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Although the opening of the North Port campus of Suncoast Technical College is still nearly two years away, the school already offers classes in the city. “Although … Find out how to read more online.
Mobile clinic hits speed bump
Sat  Mar 28 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The mobile clinic operated by the Sarasota County Health Department has suspended operations for several weeks due to an injury to its only bus driver, who also doubles … Find out how to read more online.
Growing region tops national Census
Fri  Mar 27 2015 02:19PM
Southwest Florida’s continual sunshine and “paradise” feel has landed Sarasota and Manatee counties on a top 20 list of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the nation. U.S. Census Bureau population … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless rate falls as snowbirds come to nest
Sat  Mar 28 2015 08:30AM
Fueled by a record-breaking number of seasonal visitors, and the jobs they bring, hiring increased across the board and across the region last month. The jobless rate in Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
School bus driver charged with hitting, biting special-needs student
Thu  Mar 26 2015 02:08PM
NORTH PORT — A Sarasota County school bus driver was arrested Wednesday for actions that took place on his bus transporting special-needs students, according to a North Port Police report. … Find out how to read more online.
Police: Convicted felons beat, rob man
Thu  Mar 26 2015 03:37PM
NORTH PORT — Two convicted felons were arrested Wednesday night for an earlier incident where they allegedly pistol-whipped a man and robbed him, according to a North Port police report. … Find out how to read more online.
A healthy showing
Fri  Mar 27 2015 02:17PM
Sarasota County is one of the healthiest places to live in Florida, but overall quality of life takes a back seat to DeSoto County. Charlotte County is showing improvement but … Find out how to read more online.
A full circle
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
A hometown advantage means a lot in any sport. Just ask any professional ballplayer at the Charlotte Sports Park this spring. They’ll tell you it means a lot. The same … Find out how to read more online.
Springs-area wellness center gets first nod
Thu  Mar 26 2015 01:28PM
NORTH PORT — Dr. Grigory Pogrebinsky won the unanimous support of city commissioners for three ordinances that the Brooklyn-based, and Ukrainian-born, doctor said will contribute to a major development in … Find out how to read more online.
Wellness center near Springs gets initial OK
Tue  Mar 24 2015 10:42AM
NORTH PORT — Dr. Grigory Pogrebinsky won the unanimous support of city commissioners for three ordinances that the Brooklyn-based, and Ukrainian-born, doctor said will contribute to a major development in … Find out how to read more online.
Friends group forming for new library
Tue  Mar 24 2015 05:02PM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Library is holding a meeting today for those interested in joining a new group to benefit the second county library planned for the city. … Find out how to read more online.
Driver, 20, cited in pole crash
Tue  Mar 24 2015 10:07AM
NORTH PORT — Authorities have released more details about the people involved and factors that contributed to a serious crash Friday afternoon at the intersection of Joyce Avenue and Dakota … Find out how to read more online.
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FHP: Wrong-way driver causes I-75 collision
Wed  Apr 1 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Two people were seriously injured Monday night after a Key West man driving south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 near North Port struck two other … Find out how to read more online.
Summer Hunger Campaign has $600K matching challenge
Wed  Apr 1 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — More than 300 local business owners, corporate sponsors, citizens and community leaders came together Tuesday for All Faiths Food Bank’s kick-off event for the 2015 Campaign Against … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota student gets top mark in world on AICE exams
Wed  Apr 1 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sydney Askins, now a junior at Sarasota High School, earned the highest score in the world on two Cambridge International Examinations taken in May 2014. SHS recently … Find out how to read more online.
Puppy shot, owner seeks help
Tue  Mar 31 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The owner of an 8-month-old female puppy is asking for the community’s help in finding those responsible for shooting the dog Sunday morning, and also for help … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota officials: Walton Ranch lands to open to public soon
Mon  Mar 30 2015 04:18PM
NORTH PORT — According to Sarasota County Parks and Recreation employees, the Walton Ranch tract, mostly composed of ranch land, is a big part of what North Port and the … Find out how to read more online.
People from around the world are drawn to Southwest Florida
Sun  Mar 29 2015 08:30AM
Millions of people find themselves drawn to Florida’s white sand beaches and sunny skies each year for vacations and school breaks, but a growing percentage have come to call the … Find out how to read more online.
Williams: Carriers were hazardous, even during peacetime
Mon  Mar 30 2015 08:30AM
An aircraft carrier deck can be a dangerous place, especially at night, when the blackness is filled with the sounds of planes unseen — the whir of propellers, like a … Find out how to read more online.
North Porters urged to join economic talks
Mon  Mar 30 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city of North Port is offering two more conversational meetings, called “Community Conversations on What’s Important to You,” in April to open dialogue and exchange ideas … Find out how to read more online.
City OKs 10-year contract with current Springs operator
Sat  Mar 28 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — City commissioners agreed Friday to a tentative 10-year contract with current Warm Mineral Springs operator National and State Park Concessions, whose current short-term agreement to run the … Find out how to read more online.
Small group brings big budget ideas
Sat  Mar 28 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A modest crowd showed up to the city-hosted “community conversation” Thursday night at the Morgan Family Community Center, but that didn’t stop big ideas and important conversations … Find out how to read more online.
Gun range to close for cleanup in late April
Sat  Mar 28 2015 08:30AM
NOKOMIS — Sarasota County is getting the lead out. Friday, the county announced the pistol and rifle range at Knights Trail Park in Nokomis will be closed to the public … Find out how to read more online.
North Port now has a ‘Little Free Library’
Sat  Mar 28 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Next time you’re at the George Mullen Activity Center, take a look at the newest addition, a “Little Free Library,” which is part of a program that … Find out how to read more online.
Tourism numbers continue to climb
Fri  Mar 27 2015 09:34AM
As winter storms dumped feet of snow up north, another kind of tempest was brewing in Southwest Florida. “I call it GES,” Charlotte County Tourism Director Lorah Steiner said Thursday. … Find out how to read more online.
River Road widening now MPO priority
Thu  Mar 26 2015 12:14PM
The long-awaited widening of River Road took one step closer to reality this week. The project has been added to the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning organization’s five-year priority list and the … Find out how to read more online.
Hazardous-waste collection event today
Sat  Mar 28 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city of North Port and Sarasota County Hazardous Waste Management are hosting a community household hazardous waste collection event from 8 a.m. to noon today at … Find out how to read more online.
Giving a voice to Holocaust victims
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Max Weisglass was 6 years old when he experienced the horrors of the Holocaust. He’s 78 now. He hasn’t forgotten. He sat in a conference room Tuesday … Find out how to read more online.
IRS phone scam reported in area
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Local authorities want to warn citizens of a possible IRS phone scam targeting victims in the area. According to a press release from city of North Port … Find out how to read more online.
Sign ordinance moves forward
Wed  Mar 25 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Despite a resident’s ongoing opposition to the long-debated electronic sign ordinance, North Port city commissioners decided it was time to get it going. In a number of … Find out how to read more online.
River Road widening now MPO priority
Thu  Mar 26 2015 12:01PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The long-awaited widening of River Road took one step closer to reality Monday morning. The project has been added to the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning organization’s five-year priority … Find out how to read more online.
North Port to discuss Springs development proposal
Mon  Mar 23 2015 05:10PM
NORTH PORT — The next chapter in the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa saga may include a major development, including a wellness center if potential investor Dr. Grigory Pogrebinsky gains … Find out how to read more online.