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West Villages to keep Venice ZIP
Sat  Jan 13 2018 08:30AM
A new party has weighed in regarding the debate over the Venice ZIP code for the North Port-located West Villages community: the U.S. Postal Service. The North Port City Commission … Find out how to read more online.
Grad rates up, though VHS’ dips
Sat  Jan 13 2018 08:30AM
Graduation rates are up in Sarasota County, despite a decrease at three of its nine high schools, including Venice High. The school’s principal said there’s nothing to be concerned about, … Find out how to read more online.
Still no shelter update as city fumes
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:50AM
The Venice City Council’s frustration over hurricane shelters — specifically, the lack thereof in the area — is building like a tropical storm moving over warm water. The city and … Find out how to read more online.
When getting a bike means so much
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:50AM
The Venice Moose Riders Lodge 1308 each year purchases bicycles that are given to a list of children provided by Center of Hope Church. This year, there were even extra … Find out how to read more online.
Council gives Village a break on the rent
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:50AM
As a goodwill gesture, before approving a lease with Village On The Isle (VOTI) last month for the use of airport land by contractor and employee vehicles during its expansion … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide lingers along beaches
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:48AM
The cold snap, more so than red tide, appears to be keeping people away from local beaches. But that doesn’t mean the toxic red tide algae isn’t lingering in local … Find out how to read more online.
Osprey man was at Normandy shortly after invasion
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:48AM
Former Motor Machinist 2nd Class Angelo Yerace’s first taste of war came when he and the other 11 members of the crew of the LCT (Landing Craft Tank) he served … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Port Charlotte man kidnapped children
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:48AM
A Port Charlotte man was arrested after kidnapping two children and their mother in North Port, according to North Port Police Department reports. Aaron Gainer, 27, 1300 block of Arrow … Find out how to read more online.
Council defers decision on library contribution
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:48AM
The Venice City Council wants to make sure the city’s new library has “Venice” on the inside as well as the outside of the building — and will pay $100,000 … Find out how to read more online.
Council discusses growth in frank way
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:48AM
Fred Fraize, a minority member on the Venice City Council when it comes to growth issues, seemed uncertain how his fellow council members would take it. He wanted to talk … Find out how to read more online.
Get the most for your Disney dollars with new guide to WDW
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:46AM
Before you spend your children’s inheritance on a trip to Walt Disney World, spend $22.99 for the “Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World 2018” by Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa. The … Find out how to read more online.
New SCAT bus route links West Dearborn, beach
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:46AM
The Englewood Beach Bus is back. Sarasota County Area Transit’s new Route 26 is set up specifically to link Englewood’s two main attractions, the West Dearborn Street business district and … Find out how to read more online.
Suspect questioned in car fires
Wed  Jan 3 2018 10:04AM
The Seaboard arsonist hit a third time over the weekend. Venice Police say now they have a suspect. According to Detective Sgt. Andrew Leisenring, investigators have identified a male suspect … Find out how to read more online.
Council gets back to work Tuesday
Sat  Jan 6 2018 08:30AM
The Venice City Council meets for the first time this year on Tuesday, Jan. 9. The wide-ranging agenda includes whether to provide a cost-of-living increase for police pensioners, rat control … Find out how to read more online.
Shelters to open for cold front
Wed  Jan 3 2018 10:08AM
Three shelters will be open Wednesday and Thursday nights due to this week’s cold front. A predicted drop in temperatures to the mid to low 30s has Sarasota County Emergency … Find out how to read more online.
Long-awaited murder retrial set for March
Wed  Jan 3 2018 10:06AM
Another year has passed, and convicted double-murderer John Allen Lee is still sitting in the Sarasota County Jail, awaiting retrial, which is now scheduled for March. In 2011, Lee, 52, was … Find out how to read more online.
First medical marijuana dispensary in area opens
Sun  Dec 31 2017 11:30AM
After several months of going back and forth, the city of North Port’s first marijuana dispensary has opened its doors. Surterra Wellness, currently in its soft-opening phase, is the first … Find out how to read more online.
State champs parade Feb. 3
Sun  Dec 31 2017 11:38AM
The City of Venice and Venice High School have organized a “Parade of Champions” on Saturday, Feb. 3 to celebrate Venice’s 2017 FHSAA Football State Champions and the Girls Volleyball 2017 … Find out how to read more online.
VOTI petitions OK’d under the wire of tax reform
Sun  Dec 31 2017 11:32AM
Village On The Isle administrators won initial approval this week of a handful of development petitions that will pave the way for a major expansion of the continuous care and … Find out how to read more online.
Panel rules for judge in courthouse gun dispute
Sun  Dec 31 2017 11:32AM
The legal wrangling between Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight and Twelfth Circuit Chief Judge Charles Williams may be over, but the controversy lingers. On Wednesday, a three-judge panel from the … Find out how to read more online.
Dispute gets Charlotte firefighter arrested
Sat  Jan 13 2018 08:30AM
A Charlotte County Fire battalion chief was arrested Monday on burglary and battery charges after he got into an altercation with two young men in a Mercedes who he claimed … Find out how to read more online.
Church’s homeless program opposed
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:48AM
Leaders in Nokomis are opposing a new church and school because the church will be offering a homeless program, and people are afraid that such a program will attract people … Find out how to read more online.
Electrician electrocuted
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:50AM
A contractor working on an electrical system at Village on the Isle was transported by helicopter to a burn unit after he was shocked. The incident occurred at 11:08 a.m. … Find out how to read more online.
Council OKs 1% increase for police pensioners
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:50AM
When the Venice City Council reluctantly voted down a raise for police pensioners last fall, citing a tight budget, it was with the expectation that another pitch for a raise … Find out how to read more online.
County to consider parking requirements
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:48AM
Will Sarasota County commissioners begin to loosen the requirements that perhaps hinder the development of affordable housing in the county? The answer to that question will come on Jan. 17 … Find out how to read more online.
Banner year for sports
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:48AM
City politicians made a small but symbolic gesture this week by offering to celebrate Venice High sports champions with banners at each of the three bridges onto the island. A … Find out how to read more online.
Venice High clubs give back for the holidays
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:48AM
In the recent season of giving, many students of Venice High School knocked it out of the park. During the recent holiday season, in continuation of the past seasons, several … Find out how to read more online.
Vereen accused of assault at theater
Sat  Jan 6 2018 08:30AM
Several young actresses in Venice Theatre’s 2015 production of “Hair” have accused Broadway star Ben Vereen, who directed it, of sexually assaulting them. According to an article that appeared in … Find out how to read more online.
New circus comes to Englewood
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:48AM
If you said goodbye to 2017 with one of the New Year’s concerts at Venice Theatre, why not start the New Year back at the theater to see “Smokey Joe’s … Find out how to read more online.
A Rare, Foggy Day
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:48AM
When a deep, thick fog descended on the Venice area recently, photographer Larry Evans decided to document life during such a hard-to-see day. He got everything from birds to people … Find out how to read more online.
Herman’s Hermits’ Peter Noone to perform
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:46AM
Venice Theatre will present Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone for three shows only on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. and Monday Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Last year’s concert was sold out, … Find out how to read more online.
Shelter offers warmth, food
Sat  Jan 6 2018 08:30AM
The Interfaith Outreach Inc. cold-weather shelter at Grace United Methodist Church, 400 E. Field Ave., Venice, opened its doors Jan. 3-5 to people in need of a warm place to … Find out how to read more online.
Manatees face cold-weather threats
Sat  Jan 6 2018 08:30AM
Cold snaps are inconvenient for those wanting to spend a day at the beach. But low temperatures can prove deadly for manatees. During the winter months, when water temperatures drop, … Find out how to read more online.
Debris collected, county focuses on Irma response
Fri  Jan 5 2018 10:30PM
With the collection of storm debris in Sarasota County completed in mid-December, ahead of schedule, county officials are now concentrating on an after-action report. In a Dec. 15 email to … Find out how to read more online.
Nokomis boy offers ‘child support’
Thu  Jan 4 2018 08:30AM
You might have already seen 8-year-old Clark J. Walkup’s TV debut. He’s appeared on previews for a new game show called “Child Support” that premieres Friday, Jan. 5, at 8 … Find out how to read more online.
Soon, a Braves new world
Wed  Jan 3 2018 10:06AM
David Schutte, a 32-year-old North Port resident, remembers going to Atlanta Braves games when he was growing up in Sugar Hill, Georgia. Now, Schutte is looking forward to season tickets … Find out how to read more online.
3 million cards
Sun  Dec 31 2017 11:40AM
Jay Matthews bought his first baseball card when he was 6 years of age. Fifty-eight years later, Matthews has retained an auction company to sell his baseball cards. All 3 … Find out how to read more online.
Arson suspected in two car fires
Sun  Dec 31 2017 11:38AM
The Venice Fire Department is investigating multiple vehicle fires on Warfield Ave that happened Christmas Day. When units arrived on scene at 6:38 p.m. in the Seaboard area, they found … Find out how to read more online.
Parents cite safety concerns on Nokomis Ave.
Sun  Dec 31 2017 11:32AM
Residents in a Venice neighborhood are growing increasingly concerned about speeders and the danger they pose to children who live and play in the area. The road in question is … Find out how to read more online.
No yuletide cheer for red tide
Sun  Dec 31 2017 11:30AM
That tickle in your throat may not be a cold coming on. Elevated red tide readings in the greater Venice area were noted this week. Dead fish could be seen … Find out how to read more online.


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