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Beat it, clouds. The sun is back.
Thu  Oct 23 2014 04:36PM
OK. Sing along. Sunny days are here again. After a few cloudy days, the sun is expected to be back in full force. And yes, thank you, dryness, too. Jennifer … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota School Board votes to maintain impact fee moratorium
Thu  Oct 23 2014 03:03PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County School Board members hope their support will encourage the Sarasota County Commission to extend a moratorium on education system impact fees. During their regular meeting … Find out how to read more online.
City: Pot dispensary a go; growing a no
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — If Amendment 2 passes in November, medical marijuana will be regulated thoroughly in North Port, and commissioners are looking for ways to keep the drug restricted to … Find out how to read more online.
Area home sales remain solid
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
Southwest Florida’s housing market closed September strong with year-over-year gains in virtually every category, the latest housing reports showed. In Charlotte County, there were 374 single- family home sales last … Find out how to read more online.
Tour de North Port is Sunday
Thu  Oct 23 2014 04:31PM
NORTH PORT — People for Trees Inc., a nonprofit native tree advocacy group, will hold its annual Tour de North Port this Sunday. This year’s event is themed “It’s the … Find out how to read more online.
North Port commissioners to talk pot
Mon  Oct 20 2014 06:26PM
NORTH PORT — City commissioners want to be on the proactive side of Florida’s marijuana issue as election day approaches. On Tuesday, a special meeting will tackle the uncertainties that … Find out how to read more online.
District spokesman gets warning for political emails
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Gary Leatherman, chief spokesman for the Sarasota County School District, is facing no disciplinary action after using the district’s email system for political purposes earlier this month. … Find out how to read more online.
Vintage Finder’s Warehouse has ‘things worth repeating’
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Kitchenware from the 1970s, a riding lawn mower from the ’50s and typewriters from the ’30s are just a few of the treasures stowed away in Vintage … Find out how to read more online.
Expect seasonal weather, afternoon showers
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — After a dry weekend, residents can expect mostly sunny skies again on Monday, but partly cloudy skies with a chance of showers and thunderstorms are expected after … Find out how to read more online.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s begins with first step
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Melissa Vanderbilt-Bestor remembers her grandmother as an outgoing and nurturing woman. Pearl Peeler, now 95, used to invite patients from the mental hospital, where she worked, to … Find out how to read more online.
New data security for Beef’s post-breach
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The owner of the local Beef ‘O’ Brady’s on Sumter Boulevard has made significant strides toward protecting his restaurant and his customers, following a data breach in … Find out how to read more online.
SCAT drivers retested after cheating allegations
Mon  Oct 20 2014 11:37AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A third-party tester of Sarasota County Area Transit bus drivers was suspended earlier this year after a state inspector found he was allowing drivers to cheat on … Find out how to read more online.
Facebook comments result in suspension
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Scott Titus was suspended without pay for two days after Titus made disparaging comments on a citizen’s Facebook page, according to a disciplinary … Find out how to read more online.
Unemployment rate takes healthy fall
Mon  Oct 20 2014 11:32AM
As the region welcomes cooler temperatures, jobless numbers are also falling, both tied to the changing of seasons. While employment typically picks up this time of year, last month’s jobless … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A house fire Tuesday morning left six people displaced, including three children. Juan Nieves, a resident of the home on the 6000 block of Lenape Lane, was … Find out how to read more online.
Audit shows first boat race lost money
Thu  Oct 16 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK —The inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix in April finds itself swimming $54,511 in the red. According to a Charlotte County Clerk of the Court audit, the boat … Find out how to read more online.
Springs operations fund to come
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A special fund for the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa is in the works, following a brief discussion during Tuesday’s North Port City Commission meeting. With the … Find out how to read more online.
County pauses on regional transportation funding
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — County commissioners decided Tuesday to hold off paying any more membership fees to the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, a regional board they say hasn’t quite … Find out how to read more online.
‘Dinner’ time
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Ever have an unwanted guest? The North Port High School fall production, “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” centers around just such a situation, albeit on a … Find out how to read more online.
Project Graduation plans fundraiser
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — North Port High School’s Project Graduation is getting an early start on next year’s event with a green fundraiser. Between Nov. 10 and 21, organizers of the … Find out how to read more online.
Shooting victim remains hospitalized
Thu  Oct 23 2014 04:36PM
The woman who was shot this week inside a trailer at Charlotte Harbor RV Park remained in the intensive care unit at Lee Memorial Hospital late Thursday, according to a … Find out how to read more online.
Halloween display ‘all in good fun’
Thu  Oct 23 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — One Halloween house in North Port has attracted both complaints from neighbors and support from other residents for the home’s front-yard display of horrors. The home, at … Find out how to read more online.
2 die in trailer park shooting
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Authorities have been dispatched to a small trailer park off Tamiami Trail more than two dozen times since the beginning of the year. But none of the … Find out how to read more online.
NPPD receives mostly high praise in report
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — An 80-page report released Monday by the North Port Police Department details that the agency is mostly succeeding in its law enforcement efforts, but does offer recommendations … Find out how to read more online.
City truck search complaint deemed inconclusive
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A city employee’s August complaint that two of his department supervisors rummaged through his personal vehicle during the workday was deemed inconclusive, according to an investigation report … Find out how to read more online.
Murder charge reduced
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
Prosecutors have reduced the murder charge against one of the men arrested last month in relation to the shooting death of a 40-year-old Port Charlotte man. Freddie Campbell, 27, of … Find out how to read more online.
Waiting for Charlotte’s Web
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
Editor’s note: The Sun periodically will be writing about the Wager family as they try new treatments — possibly medical marijuana — for their son Dylan, who suffers from cerebral … Find out how to read more online.
Man served aboard Bennington during WWII
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
Gene Roaf of Punta Gorda Isles was a plane captain who maintained a single Corsair fighter aboard the carrier USS Bennington during the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa in … Find out how to read more online.
Czech-Slovak Club begins new season
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The American Czech and Slovak Club of Southwest Florida will hold its first meeting of the 2014-2015 season at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Family Table Restaurant, … Find out how to read more online.
County dropped from Springs suit
Mon  Oct 20 2014 11:34AM
NORTH PORT — The Friends of Warm Mineral Springs voluntarily dismissed their lawsuit against Sarasota County this week that alleges pollutants have been placed in the Springs that should be … Find out how to read more online.
Buchanan eyes Ebola readiness
Mon  Oct 20 2014 11:33AM
SARASOTA — U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan toured Sarasota Memorial Hospital Friday afternoon to see if the facility would be prepared if a patient infected with the Ebola virus ever walks … Find out how to read more online.
Open for business
Mon  Oct 20 2014 02:31PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Angel Luna drove two and half hours from Orlando after work on Wednesday to be first in line for the grand opening of the new Mall at … Find out how to read more online.
Four charged in retail theft ring
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office busted a four-person, Miami-area retail theft ring Thursday afternoon when an alert shopper and his wife spotted the suspects at Cocoplum Village … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged with vehicular homicide
Mon  Oct 20 2014 02:31PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A local man has been arrested in connection with a crash that killed a bicyclist in the Parkside area of Port Charlotte in June. David McGovern, 24, … Find out how to read more online.
Constance calls for authority chief’s ouster
Thu  Oct 16 2014 08:00AM
BRADENTON — Charlotte County Commissioner Chris Constance called for the termination of Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority’s Executive Director Pat Lehman on Wednesday, claiming that Lehman constantly abused … Find out how to read more online.
School district receives $1.2M arts grant
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County School District, through Any Given Child Sarasota, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to receive a $1.2 million grant over four … Find out how to read more online.
Local man gets 20 years in child porn case
Tue  Oct 14 2014 12:44PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A North Port man charged last year with 41 counts of possession of child pornography was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison after pleading no contest … Find out how to read more online.
Young Professionals to give away costumes
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Members of the North Port Young Professionals will distribute free Halloween costumes to children at the Gene Matthews Boys & Girls Club beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, … Find out how to read more online.
Commissioners to tackle big money items
Tue  Oct 14 2014 09:22AM
NORTH PORT — Some big numbers will be up for discussion during today’s City Commission meeting, including numerous police vehicle purchases and Mote Marine water quality services for the Utilities … Find out how to read more online.