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Front brings twister
Sun  Jan 25 2015 08:30AM
MYAKKA STATE FOREST — Seven-year-old Anneliese Corgnell can’t ride to her grandma’s house in Polk County to camp in style anymore. With only a two-minute warning blaring over cellphones inside … Find out how to read more online.
Driver seriously injured in I-75 rollover
Sun  Jan 25 2015 10:16AM
NORTH PORT — A 47-year-old man was seriously injured Saturday when his SUV rolled over several times on Interstate 75, throwing him from the vehicle. According to a Florida Highway … Find out how to read more online.
Planning Parkside’s Parks
Sun  Jan 25 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Parkside Citizens’ Master Plan beholds a glorious future. A livable and walkable neighborhood, where miles of broad pathways, sheltered by an unending canopy of trees, would … Find out how to read more online.
North Port reinstates impact fees
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Construction fees for builders will rise in North Port once a moratorium on city impact fees expires on Jan. 31. A unanimous vote in favor of taking … Find out how to read more online.
Police: Animal blood found outside Health Dept.
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Blood found outside the Sarasota County Health Department building in North Port Friday morning closed the facility to clients while police investigated. North Port Police Capt. Chris … Find out how to read more online.
Missing North Port teen found under bridge
Fri  Jan 23 2015 08:30AM
Christine Wurst was grocery shopping Tuesday night when she got a phone call from a woman in Atlanta, Ga., who said she had found Wurst’s 15-year-old daughter, who had been … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Student pulled gun in school parking lot
Fri  Jan 23 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A North Port High School senior was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly pulled out a handgun in the parking lot of Charlotte High School following a basketball … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: No charges in child drowning
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday it will not charge the woman who was caring for her 6-year-old special-needs grandson when he fell in the swimming … Find out how to read more online.
City to mull conference center options
Tue  Jan 20 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — As local politicians learned how the new library and technical college are progressing in North Port, city officials inserted a new idea, sparking some conversation about late … Find out how to read more online.
Carved with love
Wed  Jan 21 2015 10:26AM
NORTH PORT — Wood holds art. Char Schnieders started in woodcarving when someone held up a piece of wood and asked her what she saw inside of it. “I saw … Find out how to read more online.
SCOPE Community Report Card making the rounds
Wed  Jan 21 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The 2014 Community Report Card, a data-rich snapshot of community well-being, is coming to North Port and nearby locations. SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence, a … Find out how to read more online.
‘So others may live’
Tue  Jan 20 2015 08:30AM
A child is missing. It’s a parent’s worst nightmare — especially if the child is mentally challenged. Police, fire and other first responders are alerted and establish a base camp … Find out how to read more online.
Oragono’s offers New York-style pizza, more
Wed  Jan 21 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Open for only four months, things at Oragono’s Pizzeria are going “very well,” as word about the eatery has spread mostly by word of mouth, according to … Find out how to read more online.
Mothers pleading for daughters’ return
Tue  Jan 20 2015 08:30AM
Authorities Monday were continuing the search for two local 15-year-old girls who reportedly went missing last week, and the teens’ mothers were pleading for their return. Christine Wurst said she … Find out how to read more online.
Cliff Birdsall was Hitler’s ‘guest’ during WWII
Mon  Jan 19 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part story. During his freshman year at the University of Ohio in 1943, Cliff Birdsall — now of Punta Gorda — was … Find out how to read more online.
Experts: Plenty of water
Mon  Jan 19 2015 01:46PM
Key members in the regional water-resource community differ in their approaches of how best to prepare for projected water demands. Some say conserve and redirect water, and others argue that … Find out how to read more online.
Academy grad: ‘Our futures will be great’
Sun  Jan 18 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — “I hope you have your tissue handy if this is your first commencement exercise at The Academy,” principal Jack Ham said to a packed house Friday afternoon in … Find out how to read more online.
San Pedro’s holding three-day festival
Sat  Jan 17 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — San Pedro Catholic Church will hold a three-day community festival next month that organizers say will have something for everyone. The event, scheduled for Feb. 20-22, will … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte officials tout health savings
Fri  Jan 16 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — At a public hearing this week on the 2015 budget, county officials came to the defense of its employee health plan, saying it has saved millions of dollars, helping … Find out how to read more online.
Donations sought to restore firefighting relic
Sun  Jan 25 2015 10:42AM
NORTH PORT—  Richard Yarnall, a North Port firefighter and commander of the North Port Honor Guard, is heading up an effort to raise $25,000 to restore a 1946 Seagrave Pumper … Find out how to read more online.
Abbe’s Donuts
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — “It’s like ‘Cheers.’” Doug Fleming, a longtime regular at Abbe’s Donuts in North Port, equated the shop to the sitcom bar “where everybody knows your name” and, … Find out how to read more online.
Area jobless rates recede
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
As an improving economy rolls on, jobless numbers across the region are following suit, dropping significantly in one month and over the past year. The unemployment rate in Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
NPHS Key Club holding jeans drive
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Beginning Tuesday, the North Port High School Key Club will begin collecting gently worn jeans to help the homeless. Members also hope to earn money for their … Find out how to read more online.
Murder charge filed in Calif. after local man’s death
Fri  Jan 23 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A murder charge has been filed in California against a man accused of killing Ricky Platt, 34, who left Punta Gorda four years ago without telling his … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Huskys begin spring signups
Fri  Jan 23 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port Huskys youth football finished off an outstanding fall season in December, with a third-place finish in the 14-year-old-and-under division game in the national tournament in … Find out how to read more online.
Advocates push to have killer’s case reheard
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — At 17, Steven Castanedo of Gulf Cove was arrested and charged with the second-degree murder of his friend Juan Tavares. When he gets out of prison, he will … Find out how to read more online.
Flood maps may cause real estate ‘crisis’
Wed  Jan 21 2015 01:12PM
NORTH PORT — The city historically has been the low-cost option for people looking to buy a home, but the updated floodplain maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency could … Find out how to read more online.
School district to dip into reserves
Wed  Jan 21 2015 10:26AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — According to Al Weidner, deputy chief financial officer for the Sarasota County School District, the district will have to use about $6.5 million in reserve funds over … Find out how to read more online.
Area teen found in Ga.; North Port girl still missing
Wed  Jan 21 2015 08:30AM
A 15-year-old Port Charlotte girl who went missing Friday was found early Tuesday in Atlanta. Another 15-year-old girl from North Port who was with her is still missing. “I couldn’t … Find out how to read more online.
North Port 7-Eleven named ‘Exemplary Retailer’
Wed  Jan 21 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention just completed retail checks of 14 stores in the city, and the 7-Eleven at the intersection of Sumter and … Find out how to read more online.
New FEMA floodplain map workshops this week
Mon  Jan 19 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — In anticipation of new floodplain mapping, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is hosting three open houses this week at Sarasota County locations, including North Port — the … Find out how to read more online.
Builder’s goal is to create affordable new housing
Tue  Jan 20 2015 02:02PM
The struggles of the economy have made being a homeowner a fantasy for some, but Homes Made Possible LLC is trying to turn the dream into a reality. Though people … Find out how to read more online.
Seasonal weather expected with rain
Mon  Jan 19 2015 08:30AM
With “pretty seasonal temperatures,” Southwest Florida residents can look forward to a “great week,” as far as the weather goes, according to meteorologist Rodney Wynn of the National Weather Service. … Find out how to read more online.
Business finds saucy success
Mon  Jan 19 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Kevin Harris, owner of Hot Sauce Harry’s, is a prime example of an entrepreneur running a successful business at the local level. Hot Sauce Harry’s offers its customers … Find out how to read more online.
‘Speak Up for Justice’
Sun  Jan 18 2015 08:30AM
“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the vitriolic words and other violent actions of the bad people, but the … Find out how to read more online.
Water authority finds budget savings
Sun  Jan 18 2015 08:30AM
Looking ahead to the Peace River/Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority’s budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, Executive Director Pat Lehman said the authority hopes to save a lot of money. … Find out how to read more online.
Springs revenue holding steady
Sat  Jan 17 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city pays more than $48,000 a month to keep the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa open, and revenue numbers from city Finance Director Peter Lear show … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged with pawning dental gold
Sat  Jan 17 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office took a bite out of crime this week when an Englewood man was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with pawning dental gold. … Find out how to read more online.
Man pleads guilty to stalking Venice mayor
Fri  Jan 16 2015 12:35PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A North Port man received a year probation after pleading guilty to aggravated stalking for harassing Venice Mayor John Holic after he discovered that Holic had an affair with … Find out how to read more online.