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Bobcat seniors become alumni
Sat  May 30 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — North Port High School principal David Jones summed up the class of 2015 with two words. “You rock,” he said Thursday night during the school’s graduation ceremony, … Find out how to read more online.
Do year-round schools work?
Sat  May 30 2015 04:51PM
Year-round schools in Charlotte County have outlasted several others, Florida Department of Education data shows. Education leaders, researchers and members of the year-round school community explain how these schools have … Find out how to read more online.
Father charged after son, 3, finds gun, shoots sister, 1
Fri  May 29 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH VENICE — The father of a 3-year-old boy who shot his 1-year-old sister with a handgun has been charged with culpable negligence for leaving the gun in his car … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff sues boat-race organizer
Fri  May 29 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office still has not been paid for three days of traffic control and security it provided for the Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand … Find out how to read more online.
Critical eye cast at US 41 sign mishmash
Sat  May 30 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — At a recent Charlotte County Commission workshop, a wide-ranging discussion of signs covered current standards, as well as possible changes, for advertising displays that some see as distracting … Find out how to read more online.
Regnier named new Sarasota County fire chief
Thu  May 28 2015 10:30PM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– The Sarasota County Fire Department has a new leader, as Michael Regnier has received a conditional offer to become its new fire chief, following a nationwide search. … Find out how to read more online.
North Port nod pushes Thomas Ranch project forward
Thu  May 28 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Unanimous “yes” votes at Tuesday’s North Port City Commission meeting led to more annexation and rezoning approvals for the planned Thomas Ranch housing and commercial development. The … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Convicted felon trips, loses gun
Wed  May 27 2015 04:14PM
SOUTH VENICE — A 24-year-old convicted felon was arrested by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday night after he tripped, fell and lost the gun he was carrying while running … Find out how to read more online.
Program teaches teens to sail
Thu  May 28 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Demetrius Brown, 15, slides into a blue life jacket and snaps shut the black buckles along the front, just before gliding his small sailboat into the tranquil … Find out how to read more online.
Southwest Florida pays tribute
Tue  May 26 2015 08:30AM
Thousands of people across Southwest Florida turned out Monday to honor America’s fallen soldiers at Memorial Day ceremonies throughout the region. In Punta Gorda, more than 100 people paid their … Find out how to read more online.
NPHS choral director retires
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Marti Koch, the North Port High School choral director, is retiring with the end of the school year. Originally from Minnesota, Koch, 65, has been at NPHS … Find out how to read more online.
North Port honors the fallen
Tue  May 26 2015 02:50PM
NORTH PORT — It was Mary Day’s first time attending the Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Park in North Port on Monday, as she was recently appointed commander of AMVETS … Find out how to read more online.
Stepfather faces more child abuse charges
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A man who allegedly burned his 2-year-old stepson’s genitals with a hairdryer in 2014 has now been charged with two more acts of child abuse from 2013, … Find out how to read more online.
Two dead in house fire
Mon  May 25 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Two bodies were found in a home destroyed by fire early Sunday morning, according to Charlotte County Fire/EMS. The home was located in a remote area of Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Emancipation Day frees the spirit
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — At the Blanchard House Museum’s annual Emancipation Day celebration Saturday, folks donned Civil War-era garb and real-life roles to tell the human story behind the abolishment of … Find out how to read more online.
1 dead, 1 injured in ‘Yacht Club’ ATV crash
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — One young man is dead, and his young female companion seriously injured, after an ATV crash midday Saturday on Redneck Yacht Club property. The approximately … Find out how to read more online.
FHP searches for hit-and-run suspect
Sat  May 23 2015 12:13PM
VENICE — Authorities are searching for an SUV driver who struck a car Friday night on Center Road, then fled the scene. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, shortly … Find out how to read more online.
Homeless man charged with murder
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Police Department is investigating a homicide near the Warm Mineral Springs community after first locating a suspect covered in blood, then finding the victim’s … Find out how to read more online.
Dad seeks help for son’s surgery recovery
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Corey Brandeberry, 23 months, was born without a left hip socket and struggled to learn to walk. It didn’t stop him, though. “How that boy was running … Find out how to read more online.
NPPD assistant chief retiring
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — After 24 years with the North Port Police Department, Assistant Chief Anthony Sirianni is retiring from his position, to turn the page on his long career with … Find out how to read more online.
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Walk treads on stigmatization
Sat  May 30 2015 04:38PM
PUNTA GORDA — Andrea Willard’s past is a series of addictions, hospitalizations and jail time — all stemming from a mental health condition. Diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, Willard was beset … Find out how to read more online.
North Port ranks 8th in US for low obesity
Sat  May 30 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A report released this week from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index revealed an increase in the overall obesity rate in the U.S. — however, the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton metropolitan … Find out how to read more online.
Homelessness expert praises Sarasota County efforts
Fri  May 29 2015 02:38PM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– No one is doing a better job putting roofs over the heads of homeless families than Sarasota County, according to an expert on the issue. “Nobody in … Find out how to read more online.
Benderson Park named ‘Venue of the Year’
Fri  May 29 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Florida Sports Commission selected Nathan Benderson Park as the “Venue of the Year” during an awards ceremony last week in Fort Lauderdale. The Sarasota County park, … Find out how to read more online.
Springs contract gives operator 10 more years
Thu  May 28 2015 10:31PM
NORTH PORT — City commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday night to approve a contract to keep the current operator of the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa around for another 10 years, which … Find out how to read more online.
NPPD: Witness helped to move body after murder
Wed  May 27 2015 12:14PM
NORTH PORT — Authorities said a witness to the murder of a 43-year-old North Port man last week allegedly first helped the killer move the body before the witness ran … Find out how to read more online.
Wrongful death suit filed over inmate’s suicide
Thu  May 28 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The family of a mentally ill man who killed himself while incarcerated in the local jail has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Charlotte County Sheriff’s … Find out how to read more online.
Wall donation honors fallen ‘brother’
Thu  May 28 2015 08:30AM
GULF COVE — Art and Maureen Cronk donated $5,000 to see the construction of a permanent Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida in Punta Gorda. But the Gulf Cove couple didn’t … Find out how to read more online.
Firefighter to be remembered Saturday
Wed  May 27 2015 01:06PM
ENGLEWOOD — As children, brothers Rick and Brian Gilbert tied a sheet to each ankle and wrist and thought they could jump off a deck and soar like flying squirrels. … Find out how to read more online.
31 teams in hunt for $375K in ‘blue’ innovation challenge
Sat  May 30 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Money might not fix a problem, but it surely can attract people who think they might have a fix. Case in point: a Gulf Coast Community Foundation … Find out how to read more online.
Commission candidate: South County is ‘underserved’
Thu  May 28 2015 10:21PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Fredd “Glossie” Atkins says he’s the perfect man to represent South County on the Sarasota County Commission. “South County is the area that is the most underrepresented … Find out how to read more online.
Input sought for North Port parks master plan
Tue  May 26 2015 02:50PM
NORTH PORT — Residents of North Port soon will be able to voice their opinions about the future of the city’s parks and recreational opportunities during community outreach meetings and … Find out how to read more online.
Island grieves over fire victims
Tue  May 26 2015 08:30AM
KNIGHT ISLAND — Tyler and Peggy Erickson brought flowers Monday to pay their respects for the two Knight Island residents who lost their lives in a fire Sunday. A dozen … Find out how to read more online.
‘This situation cannot be ignored’
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
An expert hired to study Sarasota County’s homeless issues said the recent slaying of a 43-year-old allegedly by a homeless man was “predictable.” Texas-based Dr. Robert Marbut, founder of Marbut … Find out how to read more online.
North Port leads surge of rising property values
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Property values are on the rise in the county, with North Port leading the way, according to preliminary estimates released Friday. According to North Port City Manager … Find out how to read more online.
Marbut to garner public input on homeless
Thu  May 28 2015 04:48PM
SARASOTA COUNTY —The community will have two opportunities this week to join in on the conversation about homelessness in Sarasota County. Last year, Texas-based consultant Dr. Robert Marbut recommended a … Find out how to read more online.
Murder victim ID’d
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Cesar Ramonzajac McClatchy, 43, reportedly died Thursday at the hands of a 22-year-old homeless man, Nicholas Robert Ryan Luciano — someone with whom McClatchy was “friends” on … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless figures point to summer ‘season’
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
Imagine, if you will, a season that never ends, when visitors and spending abound year-round. It may sound like wishful thinking, but as the area jobless rate continues to fall, … Find out how to read more online.
Authorities seek suspect in Bealls armed robbery
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH VENICE — Sarasota County Sheriff’s officials said they need the public’s help in finding a suspect who robbed a woman in the parking lot of the Bealls department store … Find out how to read more online.
Home sales, prices maintain strong showing
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
The Southwest Florida real estate market had another stellar month in April, making it the second highest month for sales in the last 12. According to the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North … Find out how to read more online.