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New police station may be on ballot
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:32AM
The Venice City Council formally approved a second potential bond referendum this week — this time to build a new public safety facility costing no more than $16 million. The … Find out how to read more online.
‘Forest’ on trail a possibility
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:30AM
The next project Venice Area Beautification Inc. (VABI) plans to undertake is described by its president as creating “an oasis in a bunch of chaos.” That’s how Phil Ellis characterized … Find out how to read more online.
Sandhill crane shot with nail gun dies
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:30AM
A young sandhill crane was found shot through the neck by a nail gun. A Nokomis veterinarian and wildlife groups worked hard to save the crane, who survived surgery, but … Find out how to read more online.
Fire department dominates first budget session
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:30AM
The Venice City Council didn’t get very far through its budget workshop agenda Monday, spending much of the three-and-a-half hour session talking about the Venice Fire Department. The word “merger” … Find out how to read more online.
Teachers pay out-of-pocket to provide for students
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:26AM
Cathleen Bullard said she spent $1,200 in her second-grade classroom at Atwater Elementary School in North Port last year, with part of the funds going to hungry and impoverished kids … Find out how to read more online.
Gurl and friends celebrate July 4th in concert
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:26AM
To double the fun of July 4th, begin with a musical tribute to America’s independence before moving on to the city’s annual July 4th fireworks display. The musical tribute features … Find out how to read more online.
Local reactions mixed to abortion ruling
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:26AM
As the Supreme Court struck down abortion restrictions in Texas on Monday, local leaders on both sides of the issue are determined to keep fighting for their convictions. In making … Find out how to read more online.
Imbasciani: An old soul under a young fedora
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:26AM
Mike Imbasciani wrapped the strap of his gold modified Fender Stratocaster guitar around his neck, bent his fedora- covered head forward and danced his fingers across the guitar. He also … Find out how to read more online.
Off The Wagon named Chamber’s New Biz of Year
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:36PM
The business named the New Business of the Year by the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce in May likely would not have won if not for a seemingly random event. … Find out how to read more online.
Group wants to help VPAC grow
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:36PM
A group wants to help the Venice Performing Arts Center (VPAC) put on more shows to raise money so it can put on more shows, among other things. Representatives of … Find out how to read more online.
Museum expansion becoming urgent, Part II
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:34PM
In Part I of a three-part story on the history of Venice, growth of the city’s Archives and Historical Collection leads to the development of a museum to showcase the … Find out how to read more online.
City to bring in fire assessment consultant
Mon  Jun 27 2016 10:49AM
The city is moving quickly to get expert help on two matters that could play a part in next week’s budget discussions and November’s election. Among the unbudgeted expenses the … Find out how to read more online.
Army sergeant piloted tanks, Learjets
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:34PM
Robert “Beaver” Radebaugh was a little guy, not much more than 5 feet tall. But he was just the right height to be a Sherman tank driver, part of the … Find out how to read more online.
Family sets up fund to help fisherman
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:32PM
Following the death of 23-year-old Dylan Gonzalez, friends and family are working to honor his memory across social media. Gonzalez was out fishing early Sunday with his friend William Pfannkuch, … Find out how to read more online.
Final flood maps now available
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
Rick and Robin Laclare, of Venice, were happy to learn that their home on East Venice Avenue is not presently in a high risk flood zone. They sat at a … Find out how to read more online.
Smartphones bad for turtles
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
Smartphones may be discouraging nesting sea turtles. Linda Soderquist — the state primary permit holder overseeing volunteer sea turtle patrols on Little Gasparilla Island — expects “false crawls,” when a … Find out how to read more online.
Boats on driveways
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:36PM
There’s a movement underway in North Port to get a right that residents of Venice and much of Sarasota County already enjoy — parking a boat on their driveway. In … Find out how to read more online.
More Milano subdivision homes, fewer in Tuscano
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
The Venice Planning Commission this week OK’d more homes in the Villages of Milano subdivision, and fewer in Tuscano Isles. A preliminary plat petition for Phase 1A and 1B of … Find out how to read more online.
Five win at New Play Festival
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:26AM
It all began for five local playwrights June 27 and run through July 1. Coordinator Sandra Musicante and Artistic Director Jeffery Kin, of the Players Centre for Performing Arts, recently … Find out how to read more online.
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Braves considering Collier County again
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:32AM
It may be a close play at home as the Atlanta Braves have shown renewed interest in Collier County as a potential base for its spring training facility. Recently, the … Find out how to read more online.
Man leaves toddler in crib, baby in car
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:34PM
Police say a Venice man left one toddler unattended in a crib at home and another baby in a locked car just before noon this week while he visited a … Find out how to read more online.
Pet bunny set on fire at birthday party
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:30AM
A pet rabbit was set on fire last week after the alleged suspect stated the rabbit bit him. Animal Services received a call originally stating a stray rabbit was found … Find out how to read more online.
Hospital reports water line break fixed
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:29AM
A water line break at Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) Sunday morning left the hospital without water service for hours until the line could be repaired. According to a press … Find out how to read more online.
Museum expansion is urgent, Part III
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:26AM
In this Part III of a three-part story on the history of Venice, Venice is shown to be unique in its multiple attributes, any one of which would merit the … Find out how to read more online.
Man flees after crashing car, injuring child
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:29AM
A crash early Tuesday morning on Interstate 75 near River Road ended in Venice after 16-year-old William Anderson struck a car with a stolen vehicle he was driving, seriously injuring … Find out how to read more online.
Northern Jackson Road to stay as is
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:26AM
The Venice City Council’s do-over on Jackson Road got done, but not without another heated exchange between Council Member Deborah Anderson and attorney Jeff Boone. In the absence of both … Find out how to read more online.
FST presents ‘Relativity’
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:26AM
The National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of “Relativity” opened June 22 and will run until July 2 as part of Florida Studio Theatre’s Stage III series. The show … Find out how to read more online.
City hires 15 percent of workforce in quick way
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:36PM
Try hiring 40 employees, about 15 percent of the City Hall’s employees, in just a few months — after your HR department, which handles the hiring process, lost three of … Find out how to read more online.
Johnson is Mayor’s Pillar of the Community
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:34PM
Mayor John Holic has presented the Mayor’s Pillar of the Community Award to Russ Johnson, a volunteer extraordinaire and resident of Venice for 15 years. “Russ is a person you’ll … Find out how to read more online.
200 National Guardsmen sent to D.C.
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:34PM
A farewell ceremony was held at the 265th Air Defense Artillery Battalion in Sarasota this week, wishing these soldiers luck on their 12-month deployment. Their mission will be ground-based air … Find out how to read more online.
Jesus’ wife evidence led to Venice
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
A journalist’s investigation into evidence suggesting Jesus had a wife led him to Southwest Florida, ultimately to Venice and North Port, and then to Germany and back to North Port … Find out how to read more online.
Council goes to work on budget next week
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:32PM
One of Venice’s annual parades is scheduled for next week, but it won’t include Shriners or Santa Claus. Instead, city department heads will be taking their turn in front of … Find out how to read more online.
The high price of jail
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
Jeff Lowdermilk, the county’s fleet and facility division manager, a week ago told Sarasota Board of County Commissioners its detention campus, a cluster of three jails located on Main Street … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Museum collection in ‘Harms’ way
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
When a collection’s weight threatens the structural integrity of a building, it is not a good sign. Venice Museum & Archives reached that stage about three years ago. Removing several … Find out how to read more online.
Expulsions, suspensions down in area schools
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
Expulsions and out-of-school suspensions have dropped significantly, in some cases by more than 50 percent, in Sarasota County Schools, School Board members learned during a workshop recently. For example, in … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Man fathers child with minor
Tue  Jun 21 2016 10:24PM
A Nokomis man who admitted he had sex with his niece back in 2012 was arrested this week for allegedly having sex with another minor, age 17 — this time, … Find out how to read more online.
Starlite Players replaces play at 9th hour
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
The tragedy at Orlando occurred on the Saturday night preceding the Starlite Players June presentation of four short comedies set to open Thursday, June 16. “Skirting the Law” was the … Find out how to read more online.
Fugitive burglar apprehended in Colorado
Tue  Jun 21 2016 09:52PM
A fugitive task force captured a man in Colorado wanted for a Sarasota burglary that happened in May. According to Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office reports, Gregory Miller, 28, who was … Find out how to read more online.