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Shelter pets need a good home
Sun  Aug 2 2015 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Camila Arias doesn’t mind emptying litter boxes, doing dishes and taking out the trash, as long as she gets to play with a few kittens and pet cats. … Find out how to read more online.
North Port ranked in top 10 for job growth
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port — a city that is no stranger to top national rankings — was applauded this week as having one of the highest job growth rates … Find out how to read more online.
Local credit card debt among lowest in state
Fri  Jul 31 2015 04:19PM
People in Sarasota and Charlotte counties have some of the lowest credit card debt in Florida, and that bodes well for the financial health of the area, according to a … Find out how to read more online.
City moves to self-insurance
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city of North Port is implementing risk management self-insurance that will save the city money in a few years’ time, officials say. At this week’s City … Find out how to read more online.
Kid DJ drops the beat in North Port
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — DJ V Boy is a veteran when it comes to the trade — he’s been at it for roughly two and a half years. What sets him … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood man charged with attempted murder
Fri  Jul 31 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A local man is facing a slew of charges — including attempted murder — after what the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office describes as a “vicious attack on two … Find out how to read more online.
Springs drowning victim ID’d as Illinois man
Fri  Jul 31 2015 04:15PM
NORTH PORT — The man who drowned at Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa on Tuesday afternoon has been identified as Bronislaw Pawlikowski, 69, from Illinois, city officials reported. Pawlikowski has … Find out how to read more online.
City residents spending elsewhere
Wed  Jul 29 2015 10:48AM
NORTH PORT — Since 2014, North Port city shoppers have spent nearly $590 million on clothes, furnishings, electronics, sporting goods, entertainment and more. But just over $380 million was spent inside … Find out how to read more online.
School Board OKs lower millage, higher budget
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County School Board members unanimously approved a lower tentative millage rate and a $755 million district budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year during a three-minute meeting … Find out how to read more online.
Site of hospital sewage spill not inspected for month
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
VENICE — Twenty-nine days. That’s the time that elapsed between the day a sewage spill at Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) was reported as having been cleaned up and the … Find out how to read more online.
FHP: Four family members seriously injured in I-75 rollover
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Four members of a family from Winter Park, Fla., were hurt in a rollover wreck Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 75 near Toledo Blade Boulevard, according to the … Find out how to read more online.
Animal services officer removal could bring new costs
Tue  Jul 28 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Come October, city residents will have to pay for Sarasota County for traps to remove armadillos, raccoons, cats and other nuisance animals from their yards, after the … Find out how to read more online.
Community Clothing Closet needs donations
Tue  Jul 28 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT— The Children’s Community Clothing Closet is in need of infant clothing up to size 4T and girls and boys clothing from sizes 4 to 12, says volunteer Charlene … Find out how to read more online.
Imagine School hosting summer barbecue
Sun  Jul 26 2015 12:04PM
NORTH PORT — Imagine School at North Port will be throwing its annual mid-summer barbecue, get-together and uniform sale on Wednesday. “We’re really big on community and family involvement,” said … Find out how to read more online.
New shopping center off Toledo Blade in the works
Sun  Jul 26 2015 12:04PM
NORTH PORT — A new shopping center is moving in on Toledo Blade Boulevard near Price Boulevard, showing more growth and potential revenue for the city. According to information provided … Find out how to read more online.
DCSO: Additional victims sought in child porn case
Mon  Jul 27 2015 11:53AM
DESOTO COUNTY — A Tampa man is facing numerous charges related to child pornography, and authorities fear there may be more victims who’ve not yet been identified. The DeSoto County … Find out how to read more online.
Springs at South Biscayne residents to arrive in august
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Memory boxes line the halls of the memory care unit at the newly opened Springs at South Biscayne senior care center. The boxes, to contain personal belongings, … Find out how to read more online.
Ex-toll collector gains worldwide support
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
BOCA GRANDE — Until recently, 77-year-old Vladislav “Sam” Samsonov didn’t know what the words “trending” or “viral” meant. Now, all he knows is his story is doing both — worldwide. … Find out how to read more online.
Front expected to bring wet weather
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents may want to stay inside, rent movies and eat popcorn this weekend with the rainy weather expected. “There could be some breaks with a little bit of … Find out how to read more online.
Housing market slows in Charlotte
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
The Charlotte County housing market shifted into reverse last month, with both the number of home sales and median sale prices in decline. The Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of … Find out how to read more online.
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City: Tree removal near Morgan Center part of stormwater project
Sun  Aug 2 2015 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Work on the banks of the Myakkahatchee Creek near the Morgan Family Community Center has created some speculation on why the city is removing trees. City of … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda, a voting anomaly in the South
Sun  Aug 2 2015 01:00AM
Johnny Lloyd Jr. was just a little boy when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a landmark piece of legislation that struck down … Find out how to read more online.
Mote among Gulf Coast Innovation Challenge finalists
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — With ongoing projects on cancer therapy, antibiotics, sustainable seafood and water purification, Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota is poised to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in … Find out how to read more online.
Farley to host exhibit honoring fallen in War on Terror
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — “Remembering Our Fallen,” a special traveling exhibit that is a stark reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by 304 Floridians killed in the War on Terror, will … Find out how to read more online.
Former Englewood man’s novel to become movie
Fri  Jul 31 2015 04:22PM
ENGLEWOOD — When Ransom Riggs learned Samuel L. Jackson is playing a character in his young-adult novel turned movie, he freaked out. Novelist Riggs, who grew up in a little … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Chamber members eye new city budget
Fri  Jul 31 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Local business leaders and community front-runners had a chance Thursday morning to see financially where the city of North Port has been and where it is going … Find out how to read more online.
Chipotle Mexican Grill may open doors in North Port
Thu  Jul 30 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — City officials said they are currently reviewing a construction permit application for a new, long-awaited restaurant in North Port that residents have advocated for in recent years. … Find out how to read more online.
Police: Man drowns at Warm Mineral Springs
Wed  Jul 29 2015 10:48AM
NORTH PORT — A 69-year-old man reportedly drowned at Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa Tuesday afternoon, city officials said. “Currently the investigation is going on,” said Jack Bobo, president of … Find out how to read more online.
Drowning reported at Warm Mineral Springs
Tue  Jul 28 2015 02:42PM
NORTH PORT — Around 1:15 p.m. today, North Port Fire Rescue was called to Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa for an apparent drowning of a 69-year-old male from out of … Find out how to read more online.
Detert: Area could be next movie mecca
Wed  Jul 29 2015 10:48AM
NORTH PORT –– North Port and Sarasota County should embrace the movie-making industry and encourage filmmakers to set up shop locally, state Sen. Nancy Detert says. Speaking to the North … Find out how to read more online.
Shopping center plans push on
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A shopping center set for Toledo Blade Boulevard near Price Boulevard was approved to move forward at Monday night’s North Port City Commission meeting, with discussion of … Find out how to read more online.
City OKs flat millage, but taxes still could rise
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city millage rate for fiscal year 2015-16 is set to remain the same as last year, but residents still could see their property taxes go up, … Find out how to read more online.
Corporal dodged enemy, friendly fire in Korea
Mon  Jul 27 2015 12:51PM
Robert Borboro, of Cross Creek RV Park north of Arcadia, spent the better part of two years in Korea during that war. While it’s been 60 years since he was … Find out how to read more online.
‘Bulk’ mail?
Sun  Jul 26 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH GULF COVE — After he allegedly sent thousands of steroids from his South Gulf Cove home and the Englewood post office, federal agents arrested Robert G. Gregory on multiple … Find out how to read more online.
Hired Guns
Sun  Jul 26 2015 08:30AM
Local law enforcement members are always looking to help their community — and make some extra cash at the same time. And they’re certainly getting the chance to do so. … Find out how to read more online.
City seeks advisory board members
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city of North Port is in need of a few good residents. Twenty-six of them, to be exact. There are a total of 26 vacancies — … Find out how to read more online.
North Port holds line on ousting animal services officer
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — After resident Rebecca Cyphert spoke in favor of keeping the city’s animal services officer at Thursday’s budget workshop, she went outside to find a surprise by her … Find out how to read more online.
Two men critically injured in North Port shooting
Fri  Jul 24 2015 12:52PM
NORTH PORT — Two men in their 20s, one of them a father to a young boy, are in critical condition after both were shot at a home in North … Find out how to read more online.
Men still in critical condition after shooting
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The two men injured in a shooting early Wednesday morning were still in critical condition Thursday afternoon, according to North Port Police Chief Kevin Vespia. Just before … Find out how to read more online.
Wednesday crashes leave 2 critically injured
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH SARASOTA COUNTY — Two separate area accidents Wednesday resulted in two critically injured victims, according to Florida Highway Patrol reports. The FHP has not yet released the name of … Find out how to read more online.