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FHP seeks arrest of wife
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:30PM
The Florida Highway Patrol is requesting an arrest warrant for a woman who ran over and killed her husband earlier this year. The incident happened in January in the Pelican … Find out how to read more online.
Attn. students: new traffic flow at VHS
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:28PM
Students and their parents will experience a new traffic pattern at Venice High when school begins next week. School officials are promoting ingress and egress from U.S. 41 onto Indian … Find out how to read more online.
School District retools its website
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:28PM
The Sarasota County School District has debuted a new website design that makes back-to-school information more accessible. The new site went live earlier this summer, but the district officially announced … Find out how to read more online.
A ‘Pay it Forward’ movement in Venice
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:26PM
An inspirational movement is afoot in Venice, and it has nothing to do with the mascot of the high school. Paying it forward, a term used when the recipient of … Find out how to read more online.
Clean up after yourself
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:26PM
Imagine a 2-year-old toddling over the sand at the beach — and into a hole left by someone digging a hole to China or mining for shark teeth. Screams and … Find out how to read more online.
Home-buying help available soon
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:26PM
A program that helps people buy their first house opens Sept. 2 with a sizable pot of money to give out. “We have $650,000 budgeted to fund this program,” said … Find out how to read more online.
Pitch to improve pavilion planned
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:26PM
The 50-year-old Venice Beach Pavilion is in need of a makeover, according to Kathy Cushing, and she hopes to get the Venice Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to agree with … Find out how to read more online.
A time to heal and finding help along the way
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:26PM
Perhaps I write this because August 21 is near, and that is the date of my late son’s birthday. He died 16 years ago. Perhaps I write this on the … Find out how to read more online.
Combine fire dept’s, Daniels urges council
Sat  Aug 16 2014 08:10AM
It’s an idea that just won’t go away. Venice Council Member Bob Daniels said this week he thinks the time is right to consider consolidating city and county fire service. … Find out how to read more online.
Council deflated over sales tax projects
Sat  Aug 16 2014 08:17AM
With difficult budget talks underway, Venice City Council members were all set to celebrate the last of the million dollar payments to the Sarasota County School Board for its share … Find out how to read more online.
These campers make music, not lanyards
Wed  Aug 13 2014 11:28AM
Summer camp has always been about experiences — from horseback riding and canoing to learning to strum a ukulele. The latter is one of many options at the Venice Symphony’s … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Aug 13 2014 11:28AM
In early May, June Frazier of Englewood made a phone call to her local newspaper. Her 10 year-old great-granddaughter, Kloe Begley, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, had been promised a … Find out how to read more online.
Jackman: Broad, diverse experience is strength
Wed  Aug 13 2014 11:28AM
The same deep-rooted desire to serve his country that led to a nearly 30-year career in the U.S. Air Force and Reserve now has Art Jackman seeking a seat as … Find out how to read more online.
Early voting starts Saturday
Wed  Aug 13 2014 11:26AM
Voters looking to cast their ballots ahead of the primary election on Aug. 26 will get their chance starting Saturday, when early voting opens for a week-long run. Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.
Fall ‘Great Teddy Bear Run’ planned
Wed  Aug 13 2014 11:26AM
Hunting bears is definitely allowed in a heartfelt fundraiser sponsored by the Sarasota H.O.G. (Harley Owners Group) Chapter — the little soft plush kind, that is. The 17th annual “Great … Find out how to read more online.
Local veterans take Honor Flight on D-Day anniversary
Wed  Aug 13 2014 11:26AM
Two Englewood residents who are both World War II veterans recently took a very special trip together in honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and their service to the … Find out how to read more online.
‘Fire engine’ brings ice cream to the rescue
Sun  Aug 10 2014 11:42AM
Venice now has probably the smallest fire truck in the world. Fortunately, it does not speed through intersections with lights flashing and sirens screaming, but carefully maneuvers among traffic, stopping … Find out how to read more online.
Fundraiser starts for child crash victim
Sun  Aug 10 2014 11:42AM
The mother and friends of 11-year-old motorcycle crash victim Anniston Jasch already have secured pledges of more than $5,000 in an online fundraiser to help defray medical costs. Richard Schoeneck, … Find out how to read more online.
Teens help those in desperate need
Sun  Aug 10 2014 11:40AM
More than a dozen members of the “VCN Teens” youth group stood shoulder-to-shoulder next to the pulpit Sunday morning, July 20. They were eager to tell the congregation at Venice … Find out how to read more online.
Ramirez: I can make a difference
Sun  Aug 10 2014 11:40AM
Lourdes Ramirez was never involved in politics up north, but said that she now finds it “almost addictive.” She’s seeking the District 4 County Commission seat now held by Nora Patterson, … Find out how to read more online.
LED sign won’t be ugly, MainStreet says
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:28PM
In the debate over whether the information sign at the entrance to downtown Venice should be replaced with an LED sign, Kat Quast said she wants people to understand some … Find out how to read more online.
Former Venice High coach passes away
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:28PM
Charlie Hodges, one of the coaches who helped lead the first undefeated girls basketball team at Venice High School and a coach of other sports at the school for several … Find out how to read more online.
From military to 9/11, he’s still ready to serve
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:26PM
Vince Sinnott’s eyes well up as he speaks about watching the American flag being carried past him during the Memorial Day parades he used to attend as a child growing … Find out how to read more online.
Tasty idea transforms walls into artwork
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:26PM
Venice High Culinary Arts teacher Joyce Williams takes great pride in the work her students perform in their professional kitchen. However, the cafeteria in which they serve the faculty and … Find out how to read more online.
Combine fire dept’s, Daniels urges council
Sat  Aug 16 2014 08:12AM
It’s an idea that just won’t go away. Venice Council Member Bob Daniels said this week he thinks the time is right to consider consolidating city and county fire service. … Find out how to read more online.
Be a better smoker
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:26PM
Jim Elser of Sweet Smoke Q will share the secrets of good Barbeque in the Sweet Smoke Q Backyard BBQ Cooking Class at Sharky’s On The Pier Saturday, Sept. 6. … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Council deflated over sales tax projects
Sun  Aug 17 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — With difficult budget talks underway, Venice City Council members were all set to celebrate the last of the million dollar payments to the Sarasota County School Board for … Find out how to read more online.
‘Superfast’ group OK’d for flood area discussion
Wed  Aug 13 2014 11:30AM
Do you have flood insurance adequate for the new maps that will guide flood insurance premiums? They go into effect this summer. The city wants to help. Residents have been … Find out how to read more online.
Another plane crash-lands; no one hurt
Wed  Aug 13 2014 11:28AM
Two men escaped major injury on Tuesday afternoon when the replica World War II biplane they were flying crash-landed on Siesta Key Beach, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. … Find out how to read more online.
He leaves us a legacy — and the legacy of an artist
Wed  Aug 13 2014 11:28AM
Marshall Baer, who knew by the age of six he was an artist, died at age 84 in December of 2011. From April of that year to July, though his … Find out how to read more online.
Maulucci: touts 10 years of her on-the-job training
Wed  Aug 13 2014 11:28AM
Susan Maulucci’s main area of practice is family law, but “family law teaches everything,” she said. She is seeking election as a 12th Circuit judge, facing Art Jackman in the … Find out how to read more online.
Activist targets VHS’ Indian mascot
Sun  Aug 10 2014 11:40AM
The Indian has been the mascot of Venice High School since before there was a Venice High School, back to the days when it was Venice-Nokomis High. But a Native … Find out how to read more online.
WBTT will hold open tryouts
Thu  Aug 14 2014 11:47AM
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) will hold its open equity and non-equity auditions on Saturday, Aug. 23 at the WBTT Theater, 1646 10th Way in Sarasota. The auditions will be held from … Find out how to read more online.
Players chooses New Play Festival winner for 2014
Wed  Aug 13 2014 11:26AM
Playwright Bernie Yanelli is back in the playwright’s winners circle at The Players. Following readings of the five semifinalists in The Players Theatre’s 13th annual New Play Festival, Yanelli’s “Not … Find out how to read more online.
Venice vets honored for their service
Sun  Aug 10 2014 11:44AM
“Thank you for your service to our nation. Thank you for the sacrifices you made and your willingness to serve our country. When you see this pin, know that your … Find out how to read more online.
LED signs continue; Venice Elem. next up
Sun  Aug 10 2014 11:42AM
The city of Venice isn’t the only governmental entity that wants to replace its old hand-placed-letters monument reader sign with a new electronic sign. Venice Elementary School is doing the … Find out how to read more online.
Thacker promoted at Caldwell Trust
Sun  Aug 10 2014 11:42AM
Recognizing Lee Thacker Jr. for his commitment to the company, R. G. “Kelly” Caldwell Jr., CEO and president, announced Thacker’s appointment to executive vice president of Caldwell Trust Company. This … Find out how to read more online.
‘Einstein’ accused of being serial bank robber
Wed  Aug 6 2014 09:42AM
The man who is suspected of robbing a Venice bank wearing an Albert Einstein mask in November, caught last week with the help of the FBI, is a serial bank … Find out how to read more online.
Maio: Don’t pay for jobs up front
Sun  Aug 10 2014 11:40AM
Al Maio has owned two local businesses and been a partner in the Sarasota office of Kimley-Horn and Associates, a national design consulting firm. He’s also an accountant and a … Find out how to read more online.