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Memorial planned for plane crash victims
Thu  Jul 31 2014 01:22PM
VENICE — Corrine DeLutis is organizing a memorial service for plane crash victims Ommy and Oceana Irizarry on Saturday. She said everyone is invited to pay their respects at the … Find out how to read more online.
Family’s grief deepens
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — The 9-year-old Georgia girl hit by a small plane Sunday on Caspersen Beach died from her injuries on Tuesday, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Oceana Irizarry … Find out how to read more online.
North Port teen wins national digital arts festival
Thu  Jul 31 2014 08:00AM
Boys & Girls Clubs of America recently named Jasmine Levine of North Port a national winner in its 12th annual Digital Arts Festivals competition supported by Comcast and NBCUniversal, Sony … Find out how to read more online.
City dispatch consolidation over and out
Thu  Jul 31 2014 12:40PM
NORTH PORT — City commissioners voted 4-1 Monday night for the city to retain its police dispatch rather than consolidate it with Sarasota County, with Cheryl Cook dissenting. Consolidating North … Find out how to read more online.
School Board passes lower tentative millage, budget
Wed  Jul 30 2014 02:36PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — In a 10-minute meeting Tuesday evening, the Sarasota County School Board adopted its tentative millage and $704 million budget for the 2014-2015 school year — both lower … Find out how to read more online.
CHS grad on ‘Quest’ for success
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
After Christian Sochor graduated from Charlotte High School in 2009, the drama student followed the advice of some friends and applied to an acting school in New York City. He … Find out how to read more online.
Commission on board with homeless portal
Wed  Jul 30 2014 02:30PM
NORTH PORT — An $800,000 intake portal that will provide assistance to homeless families is in the works, following the North Port City Commission’s unanimous approval Monday night of the … Find out how to read more online.
The Crepe Chef poised to open
Mon  Jul 28 2014 05:50PM
Jon Bierley and his wife, Kimberly Graber, are only about a month away from opening their new restaurant, The Crepe Chef, in north Port Charlotte, but are already drumming up … Find out how to read more online.
Little Salt Spring transfer still in works
Tue  Jul 29 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — As North Port hastens to acquire Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa from Sarasota County, the county is working to acquire another North Port spring. Little Salt Spring, … Find out how to read more online.
One dead after plane crashes at beach
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM
A plane making an emergency landing crashed at Caspersen Beach in Venice Sunday, killing a man on the beach and critically injuring his daughter. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office was … Find out how to read more online.
Standing for something special
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM

To help

Englewood’s Special Olympics stand-up paddleboard team is in need of community support and volunteers. To learn more about how you can help, call SUP Englewood at 941-234-4311.

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A winning moment
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — A young man, smaller than all his peers but proudly sporting the light blue team jersey, dribbles the ball down the court. He steps up to the … Find out how to read more online.
Weather expected to slightly delay Sumter widening
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The last segment of the Sumter Boulevard widening is, for the most part, on schedule for its Dec. 26 completion date. The contractor will be “getting a … Find out how to read more online.
PGPD: Armed robber strikes local bank
Sat  Jul 26 2014 11:18AM
PUNTA GORDA — Authorities were investigating a suspected armed robbery at a local bank late Friday afternoon. Around 4:30 p.m., a white man wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses walked … Find out how to read more online.
Tax holiday eases back-to-school pinch
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
Parents of North Port students can catch a break when they go to buy back-to-school clothes during the upcoming sales tax holiday. From Friday through Aug. 3, merchants won’t collect … Find out how to read more online.
Construction powers forward
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — County officials have determined that the incident in which a crane fell onto some power lines alongside U.S. 41 Thursday afternoon was just an accident, and the micro-tunneling … Find out how to read more online.
Mayor post to see $1.2K boost
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — With the salaries of all five city commissioners on the table during a Friday workshop, the group decided that this coming fiscal year, their compensation should remain the … Find out how to read more online.
Chronic adult homeless shelter in question
Thu  Jul 24 2014 09:41AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Now that Sarasota city commissioners have abandoned the idea of a “come-as-you-are” shelter, county commissioners will have to decide if they want to continue pursuing the option … Find out how to read more online.
Job fair set for Aug. 6
Fri  Jul 25 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — On Aug. 6, job seekers and employers will have a chance to connect at a job fair hosted by the North Port Economic Development Corporation. The event, … Find out how to read more online.
Theatre Guild Parents’ Night Out canceled
Fri  Jul 25 2014 06:15PM
NORTH PORT — A Parents’ Night Out event being sponsored by the North Port High School Theatre Guild has been canceled. The event was originally planned for 4:30 p.m. to … Find out how to read more online.
Bank robber who wore Einstein mask in Venice holdup arrested
Thu  Jul 31 2014 11:52AM
A man who robbed a bank in Venice in November 2013 while wearing what looks like an Albert Einstein Halloween mask has been arrested, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s … Find out how to read more online.
Jail gripes gobble staff time
Thu  Jul 31 2014 08:00AM
Inmates at the Charlotte County Jail file thousands of grievances each year. But while the facility’s population has risen to record numbers this month, the amount of complaints and lawsuits … Find out how to read more online.
Springs raffle-rousers plan to sue city, county
Thu  Jul 31 2014 10:11AM
NORTH PORT — A Warm Mineral Springs activist organization announced in a City Commission meeting this week it would sue the city of North Port and Sarasota County if the … Find out how to read more online.
City issues Ukrainian Independence Day proclamation
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
A proclamation to honor the 23rd anniversary of the re-establishment of Ukraine’s independence, Aug. 24, was issued by the North Port City Commission on Monday night. It was read by … Find out how to read more online.
Program to provide free breakfast in 8 Sarasota County schools
Tue  Jul 29 2014 06:28PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County School Board wants to make sure students have a good breakfast to start their day, and a pilot program at eight district schools will … Find out how to read more online.
UPDATE: Daughter struck by plane dies
Tue  Jul 29 2014 09:41AM
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has been notified by the Largo Medical Examiner’s Office that 9-year-old Oceana Irizzary has died. The child was critically injured in the plane crash off … Find out how to read more online.
A tragic anniversary
Tue  Jul 29 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — On the same day he died, Ommy Irizarry wrote this Facebook love note to his wife. “Today, 9 years ago, I tied my life to my beautiful wife, … Find out how to read more online.
Imagine hoping for increased enrollment
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Imagine School at North Port is hoping this coming school year will be a good one. Steve Black, principal at the charter school’s upper campus — which … Find out how to read more online.
Steger to help elephants in Nepal
Tue  Jul 29 2014 08:00AM
Mimi Steger, who owns and operates North Port Taekwondo with her husband, Tim, has been accepted to take part in a volunteer program in Nepal through Elephant Aid International. The … Find out how to read more online.
Keith Jones fought in ‘Battle of the Bulge’
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM
Keith Jones was too skinny to get in the Navy in 1942, but the Army took him anyway despite his lack of weight. He became a member of the 87th … Find out how to read more online.
Verinder named SMH president, CEO
Sun  Jul 27 2014 10:54AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board voted unanimously to select David Verinder as president and chief executive officer of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. He has been … Find out how to read more online.
Hot, hot, hot
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
The recovery of the area’s real estate market is best illustrated by the shortages it’s created. “We’re having trouble getting listings, because everybody knows (values are rising). Some of the … Find out how to read more online.
Marbut moving forward with facility site selection
Sun  Jul 27 2014 09:31PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Now that Sarasota city commissioners have moved on from partnering with the county on a “Come As You Are” shelter to help aid the chronic homeless, Texas-based … Find out how to read more online.
Allan Lane let go
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Economic Development Division Manager Allan Lane will no longer serve the city when the fiscal year begins on Oct. 1. “It’s been a good run,” Lane told the Sun … Find out how to read more online.
Crane topples into power lines
Fri  Jul 25 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — About 20,000 residents and businesses lost power Thursday afternoon when a crane toppled over onto some power lines. The incident happened in a construction zone for a … Find out how to read more online.
City raises max millage
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — City commissioners set the not-to-exceed millage for the 2014-2015 fiscal year higher than the current tax rate in a 4-1 vote in a meeting Thursday night, with Linda … Find out how to read more online.
City gives nod to 3 percent employee raise
Fri  Jul 25 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — City employees who haven’t received a raise in several years can expect a 3 percent wage increase for the upcoming fiscal year, commissioners agreed in a Thursday budget workshop. The … Find out how to read more online.
I-75 expansion on schedule
Fri  Jul 25 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — An Interstate 75 expansion project in South Sarasota County is on time for its expected completion date of summer 2016. The project will expand I-75 from four to … Find out how to read more online.
Because it’s there
Thu  Jul 24 2014 09:40AM
ENGLEWOOD — Climbing the world’s highest free-standing mountain wasn’t initially on Bud Koranchan’s bucket list, but now he doesn’t stop thinking about it. The soon-to-be 73-year-old Englewood resident wants to … Find out how to read more online.
Knights donation aids local facility’s mission
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — For the second time in less than a year, the North Port Knights of Columbus Council 7997 has given a gift for a cause they feel is … Find out how to read more online.