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City votes to join U.S. Conference of Mayors
Sat  Feb 13 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The U.S. Conference of Mayors, based out of Washington, D.C., awarded over $2 million in grants to its members in 2015 — which the city of North … Find out how to read more online.
NPPD: Driver on the run after S. River Road crash
Sat  Feb 13 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Authorities are searching for a person who fled from a crash scene Wednesday evening on South River Road, with many questions still left unanswered due to the … Find out how to read more online.
Local man to be featured on World Fishing Network
Fri  Feb 12 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — While Captain Mike Myers was reeling in a tarpon, a 10-foot bull shark wanted it more. The massive shark ate the tarpon. Then it got hooked on Myers’ … Find out how to read more online.
Hunt for hospital could be costly
Thu  Feb 11 2016 09:35AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port City Commission is trying other avenues to procure a hospital in the area by agreeing to write a letter of intent to the Agency … Find out how to read more online.
County, Venice to negotiate Hamilton Building as library site
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
VENICE — Despite some impassioned pleas from a handful of opponents, Sarasota County commissioners voted Tuesday to keep the doors of the Venice Public Library closed due to health concerns … Find out how to read more online.
King’s defense continues to appeal death sentence
Tue  Feb 9 2016 08:30AM
An attorney for Michael King says the convicted killer should not be sentenced to death and instead should spend his life in prison. King’s attorney Maria Perinetti recently told Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Parents react to recent student deaths
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Three young people have died since Christmas Eve. And that’s three too many, according to a group of concerned Englewood mothers who want to take action as quickly … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County commissioners won’t support new tax
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– Sarasota County commissioners have no interest in levying another tax to pay for the care of the county’s mentally ill and homeless. “When they held their retreat … Find out how to read more online.
Permits hold strong for January
Mon  Feb 8 2016 11:36AM
NORTH PORT — The count for city building permits has hovered around similar numbers over the last three months, which is on track with how much development is coming to … Find out how to read more online.
Hamilton Condos could be site of temporary Venice library
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
VENICE — Using the former Hamilton Business Condominium building for a temporary Venice library will be discussed this week by city leaders. The building, purchased by the city last year, … Find out how to read more online.
Time running out for hospital application
Mon  Feb 8 2016 11:36AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — North Port needs to be the site of Sarasota County’s next hospital, but city leaders may need to act quickly to make that happen. That’s the stance … Find out how to read more online.
McDowell takes lead in campaign coffers
Sat  Feb 6 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Though still months away from the election for North Port City Commission, two of the four hopefuls who have filed so far have submitted their quarterly campaign … Find out how to read more online.
Body found off I-75 near Sumter exit
Thu  Feb 4 2016 05:32PM
NORTH PORT — A white male in his 50s was found dead Thursday afternoon in a wooded area near the Interstate 75 southbound off-ramp at exit 182, according to city … Find out how to read more online.
Attorney presents Danielle Dreher’s side of story
Fri  Feb 5 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Tonight when “Dateline” airs an episode about local firefighter Sam Presley Dreher’s murder, someone not interviewed was his ex-wife Danielle Dreher, who is in prison. Sam — … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide fish kill dribbling onto Manasota Key
Fri  Feb 5 2016 11:35AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dead fish continue to wash up onto Manasota Key, according to reports received by the Sun Thursday. Earlier this week, dead fish appeared along the Manasota Key shorelines … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota School Board hears restroom reversal request
Thu  Feb 4 2016 03:37PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County School Board chambers were packed Tuesday night with a sea of white-clad, peaceful protesters — including area pastors — asking the board to reconsider a … Find out how to read more online.
Trial date set in Carusone vs. city case
Wed  Feb 3 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A trial date has been set in the civil case between the city of North Port and a former city commissioner who is again seeking to run … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Regional hires new CEO
Wed  Feb 3 2016 08:30AM
VENICE — A monthslong search has culminated in the hiring of John McLain as chief executive officer of Venice Regional Bayfront Health. The hospital announced the hiring in a press … Find out how to read more online.
City manager evaluations bring high praise
Tue  Feb 2 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port City Manager Jonathan Lewis, who is approaching his five-year anniversary with the city in May, received a plethora of praise from the City Commission in … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota to take input on private Islamic school
Mon  Feb 1 2016 04:36PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A neighborhood workshop will be held Feb. 9 as the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton move forward with plans to open an Islamic school in Sarasota, … Find out how to read more online.
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Chabad groundbreaking set for next month
Sat  Feb 13 2016 08:30AM
At 2 p.m. March 6, Chabad of Venice & North Port will officially break ground on its new 11,000-square-foot center at 1681 Jacaranda Blvd., Venice, which will serve the area’s … Find out how to read more online.
Woodland educator teacher of the year finalist
Wed  Feb 10 2016 02:15PM
NORTH PORT — After a surprise ceremony Tuesday in which Woodland Middle School technology teacher Kristina Beecher was named Sarasota County Middle School Teacher of the Year and a finalist … Find out how to read more online.
Resident helps locate missing North Port woman
Thu  Feb 11 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Even though Rod English isn’t necessarily an NFL fan — he’s dedicated to the University of West Virginia Mountaineers football team — he was watching pre-game coverage … Find out how to read more online.
Open carry bill triggers debate
Mon  Feb 8 2016 08:30AM
On Wednesday, the Florida House of Representatives approved legislation that will allow Floridians with a concealed weapons license to carry their guns out in the open and in public places. … Find out how to read more online.
Funds needed for firetruck restoration
Tue  Feb 9 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — In 1946, Frank Sinatra released his first album, Jackie Robinson made his professional baseball debut and Seagrave pumper firetrucks could be seen racing to fires, speeding past … Find out how to read more online.
Forbes: North Port MSA 12th in real estate value
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city has made yet another list that indicates real estate investment values can be found here. The North Port metropolitan statistical area placed 12 in Forbes … Find out how to read more online.
Grand Champion her ‘dream come true’
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — It was a couple of hours before the steer show Friday night, and Alexis Burkett was busy grooming her steer, Slugger. In fact, the area behind the … Find out how to read more online.
‘Tiny House’ homeless community proposed for South Venice
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
VENICE — Thrift shop owner Marc Marois has a dream, and he’s hoping the wildly popular Tiny House Nation movement will help him achieve it. His idea: to build a … Find out how to read more online.
Airport fuels area’s economic engine
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Punta Gorda Airport finished up another banner year in 2015, setting a personal-best mark for the third consecutive year with 836,472 travelers and realizing new revenue … Find out how to read more online.
State: Sarasota school district background checks incomplete
Fri  Feb 5 2016 11:33AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A report by the State of Florida Auditor General’s office recently found the Sarasota County School District hasn’t been consistently conducting required, five-year, follow-up background checks for … Find out how to read more online.
Springs Daycare Center for adults opening this month
Sat  Feb 6 2016 08:30AM
Springs Daycare Center for adults will hold a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the center’s new home at 866 Tamiami Trail, Suites 6, 7 … Find out how to read more online.
Fairgoers can expect chillier weather
Fri  Feb 5 2016 08:30AM
With temperatures jumping back into the 80s this work week, it may have felt like spring to some Southwest Floridians, but temperatures will soon drop back down. Charlotte County fairgoers … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Police charge Shell robbery suspects
Thu  Feb 4 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Police Department has charged two cousins with armed robbery, aggravated assault and grand theft stemming from an early morning Jan. 15 holdup at the … Find out how to read more online.
‘Dateline’ to air local firefighter’s murder case
Thu  Feb 4 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — When a beloved firefighter is murdered just outside Sarasota, investigators discover a twisted tale of secrets, lies and infidelity. Those are details NBC’s “Dateline” will air at … Find out how to read more online.
No charges expected in motel death
Wed  Feb 3 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — No charges are expected to be filed in the death of Linda Marie Smith at the Budget Inn last Friday, according to city of North Port spokesman … Find out how to read more online.
River Road talks headed to Tallahassee
Thu  Feb 4 2016 03:27PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The proposed River Road widening took another step toward reality Friday with state Rep. Jim Boyd of Bradenton sponsoring the project as a House budget issue. Elected … Find out how to read more online.
Police waiting to question man in motel death
Tue  Feb 2 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT —The North Port Police Department is looking for answers in a bizarre case involving a dead woman, two monkeys and an incoherent man found in a motel room … Find out how to read more online.
US 41-Cranberry development sparks traffic concerns
Sun  Jan 31 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Plans are moving along for a new development off U.S. 41 near Cranberry Boulevard, but a major concern is how it will affect traffic flow in the … Find out how to read more online.
European private investigator expands services to North Port
Mon  Feb 1 2016 04:36PM
NORTH PORT — Contra Risk Consulting, a private investigation firm originally founded in Poland, focuses on intelligence and risk management services, according to company owner and former police officer Artur … Find out how to read more online.