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Hot, humid days expected
Sun  Jul 5 2015 04:24PM
Southwest Florida residents sweltering with a heat index reaching 105 over the weekend should get some relief this work week. The index measuring what the weather feels like with humidity, … Find out how to read more online.
North Port hosts first Paddle-A-Thon
Sun  Jul 5 2015 11:24AM
NORTH PORT — The first Cocoplum 10K Paddle-A-Thon will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The community is encouraged to bring canoes, kayaks or stand-up paddleboards for a day … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Police prep for new Special Response Team
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — An officer-involved shooting in North Port last month that ended with the death of a drunk and mentally unstable man is one of many reasons why North … Find out how to read more online.
SCSO: Practice sparkler safety today
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Every year people are taken to hospital emergency rooms in the United States because of injuries from fireworks. So what can you do to enjoy the Fourth … Find out how to read more online.
Boaters: Keep an eye out for manatees
Fri  Jul 3 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — An aerial survey in February suggested a record number of more than 6,000 manatees swam in Florida waters. But as 2015 progresses, more manatees are dying from watercraft … Find out how to read more online.
Trading places: Hospital, developer to exchange land
Thu  Jul 2 2015 05:01PM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– Sarasota Memorial Hospital is in the midst of finalizing a land deal that could one day bring more health care services to South County. SMH Chief Executive … Find out how to read more online.
SCAT routes to change in November
Tue  Jun 30 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — City residents trickled into the Morgan Family Community Center Monday afternoon to hear the proposed modifications to bus routes in the city and county from Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.
Danielle Dreher requests new trial on burglary, theft charges
Wed  Jul 1 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — After a four-day trial in June that returned a guilty verdict of burglary and theft charges for Danielle Dreher, the former wife of slain Charlotte County firefighter … Find out how to read more online.
SCSO: Practice sparkler safety on July Fourth
Fri  Jul 3 2015 01:07PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Every year people are taken to hospital emergency rooms in the United States because of injuries from fireworks. So what can you do to enjoy the Fourth … Find out how to read more online.
Murder-suicide victims ID’d
Mon  Jun 29 2015 05:44PM
VENICE — The identities of the family found dead Friday in what authorities say was a double homicide and suicide at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Venice have been … Find out how to read more online.
Hospital offers phone app for moms-to-be
Tue  Jun 30 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota Memorial Health Care System recently announced the arrival of SMH Baby, a free app the hospital developed to makes things a little easier for expectant … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Chamber on right track
Mon  Jun 29 2015 03:50PM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce maintained positive momentum and became more financially stable this year with a balanced budget, according to the organization’s leadership. Last … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Man kidnaps, beats woman
Tue  Jun 30 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A 32-year-old North Port man was arrested Sunday night after he allegedly forced a 31-year-old woman into his car, drove her through the city and repeatedly hit, … Find out how to read more online.
Marauders’ mission: Blow Po River bridge
Wed  Jul 1 2015 11:29AM
The target: a major bridge over the Po River near Pavia in northern Italy used by the Germans in World War II to move men and equipment south to the … Find out how to read more online.
EARS complies with Sarasota County regulations
Sun  Jun 28 2015 03:01PM
ENGLEWOOD — EARS Animal Rescue Sanctuary had until today to relocate more than 40 cats following a zoning complaint that made it stop taking in new felines. Although EARS, at … Find out how to read more online.
Goodwill to build new donation center on Toledo Blade
Sun  Jun 28 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Goodwill Manasota, which already operates a retail center at 14879 Tamiami Trail in North Port, plans to open a 2,500-square-foot donation center at 2250 Bobcat Village Center Road … Find out how to read more online.
3 dead in homicide-suicide at Venice hotel
Sat  Jun 27 2015 08:30AM
VENICE — Three people were found dead at the Fairfield Inn & Suites off Interstate 75 Friday morning in what law enforcement officials are calling a double homicide and suicide. … Find out how to read more online.
New fire stations proposed for city
Wed  Jun 24 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Fire Rescue Division had a lot to recommend for the future — including new stations and trucks — at a City Commission budget workshop … Find out how to read more online.
Matthews named 1st Business Advocate Hall of Fame inductee
Fri  Jun 26 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Gene Matthews, affectionately known locally as “Mr. North Port,” was honored Thursday as the inaugural inductee into the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Advocate Hall … Find out how to read more online.
CNN Top Stories
Sailor, cruiser unscathed in Allied invasions
Sun  Jul 5 2015 04:26PM
The USS Philadelphia sailed in convoys to Algeria and Sicily through the treacherous Mediterranean of 1943. It entered Palermo Harbor and struck at enemy shore batteries, and was there when … Find out how to read more online.
City permits rise through summer months
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — City Manager Jonathan Lewis said in his recent “State of the City” address that North Port saw more than $72 million in new construction added to the … Find out how to read more online.
Overtime overreaction?
Sun  Jul 5 2015 08:30AM
Local reaction to an Obama administration proposal to increase eligibility for overtime pay is split. It may mean more money in some people’s pocket, but many say businesses will just … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County property values up for third year
Thu  Jul 2 2015 04:59PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — For the third year in a row, Sarasota County real estate values are on the rise. According to the Sarasota County Property Appraiser’s Office, countywide taxable property … Find out how to read more online.
Elsie Quirk Library looks for new leader
Fri  Jul 3 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Englewood library patrons have been in to say goodbye to a friend and leader who has become a integral part of the community. Jennifer Perry, head librarian, … Find out how to read more online.
City officials aim to improve transportation as population swells
Thu  Jul 2 2015 04:54PM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– Elected officials from every Sarasota County municipality emphasized Wednesday the necessity of being proactive where transportation is concerned. A main point of focus during the joint board … Find out how to read more online.
North Port to meet with surrounding cities today
Wed  Jul 1 2015 12:28PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — North Port city commissioners are meeting today with board members from three surrounding cities — Venice, Longboat Key and Sarasota — to discuss topics of regional concern. … Find out how to read more online.
Area ranks high on small biz list
Thu  Jul 2 2015 04:45PM
NORTH PORT — The North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota metropolitan statistical area has been ranked in the top 100 areas of the country for small businesses. According to WalletHub, a company that compiles … Find out how to read more online.
City clock tower plans move forward
Wed  Jul 1 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Potential visual obstruction to traffic was the main concern as plans for a clock tower to be built in the city moved forward during a joint commission … Find out how to read more online.
Low-cost spay/neutering transport service available
Mon  Jun 29 2015 03:50PM
NORTH PORT — The Animal Rescue Coalition in Sarasota has a new transport van and is now offering shuttle services for local residents seeking low-cost, spay-and-neuter services for their pets. … Find out how to read more online.
New community in the works on River Road
Tue  Jun 30 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– A Fort Myers land developer is eyeing property near Englewood’s Paul Morris Industrial Park for a new residential community. Randy Thibaut with River Road Investor Group said … Find out how to read more online.
Commemorate the Fourth all day Saturday
Tue  Jun 30 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Independence Day on Saturday brings events to the city from morning until night. Kicking off the Fourth of July is the ninth annual Firecracker 5K Run at … Find out how to read more online.
Protecting the Peace
Tue  Jun 30 2015 11:10PM
There are times when the Peace River trickles at a pace. Fishermen don’t need anchors as their vessels float in place. Gators can bask along the banks without even the … Find out how to read more online.
Long key as North Port 13-14 All-Stars win
Tue  Jun 30 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Brandon Long has pitched in plenty of important games. That certainly helped him as he was the winning pitcher in the North Port Area Little League 13-14-year-old … Find out how to read more online.
Area ham operators have Field Day with purpose
Sun  Jun 28 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — When Hurricane Charley blew through in August 2004, Dave Hanson was prepared. With not one, but two, solar-powered radio systems at his home, the ham operator was … Find out how to read more online.
Reminder: North Port emergency alert system available
Sun  Jun 28 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Privacy was the main concern during a City Commission discussion last week of the city’s CodeRED emergency alert system, in which a routine license agreement was approved. … Find out how to read more online.
State of North Port: ‘Much done, much to do’
Fri  Jun 26 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port City Manager Jonathan Lewis stepped up to the lectern Thursday for the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and “State of the City” … Find out how to read more online.
NPPD seeks $600K budget increase
Sat  Jun 27 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city’s non-district departments looked into the future for their proposed fiscal year 2015-2016 budgets, with accommodations for growth as the main directive, and training for a … Find out how to read more online.
Scott budget cuts hurt local free clinics
Fri  Jun 26 2015 08:30AM
Gov. Rick Scott’s budget cut of $9.5 million to charitable clinics will hurt locally. State legislators supported a $9.5 million allocation to the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. The association … Find out how to read more online.
Gasparilla Road construction moving fast
Fri  Jun 26 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH GULF COVE — The expansion of Gasparilla Road is cruising. The 2.5-mile road project calls for the two-lane road to be expanded to four lanes from the Gasparilla Road … Find out how to read more online.