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Bank robber found hiding in woods
Sat  Nov 22 2014 02:24PM
The man who law enforcement says robbed a Nokomis branch of Bank of America Thursday morning was hunted down and caught after three hours on the run, thanks to good … Find out how to read more online.
Board: Forget waivers; think sponsorships
Sat  Nov 22 2014 02:24PM
When the Venice Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) was tasked with drafting a policy on waiving city fees for special events, the assignment came with suggested guidelines from the mayor. … Find out how to read more online.
Council to consider garage sales ordinance
Sat  Nov 22 2014 02:24PM
An ordinance that would put restrictions on garage sales in the city of Venice has its first consideration before the Venice City Council Tuesday. The proposed city law comes with … Find out how to read more online.
Big Time Blues
Sat  Nov 22 2014 02:24PM
Renowned bass guitarist Mac Arnold took the stage as the sun set beyond the Gulf of Mexico last Saturday evening at the second annual Venice Blues Festival that organizers describe … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Florida lifts ban on silencers for game hunting
Sat  Nov 22 2014 06:59PM
TALLAHASSEE (News Service of Florida) — Florida hunters can now muffle their shots when hunting deer, gray squirrels, rabbits, wild turkeys, quail and crows. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Friday agreed, with little comment, to issue an … read more.

Pope meets with autistic children
Sat  Nov 22 2014 06:50PM
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis tenderly embraced children with autism spectrum disorders, some of whom avoided meeting his gaze, during an audience Saturday aimed at offering solidarity to people living with the condition. The pope urged governments and institutions … read more.

87-year-old man receives 2nd Purple Heart
Sat  Nov 22 2014 07:03PM
BRADENTON (AP) — An 87-year-old Bradenton resident received his second Purple Heart 63 years after serving in the Korean War. Walter Scott Blomely was pinned during a Friday ceremony by U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan. The honor recognizes Blomely’s service after … read more.

EPA delays decision on ethanol in gas
Sat  Nov 22 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is delaying a decision on whether to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply. Last year the Environmental Protection Agency proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol in fuel for the … read more.

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Venice Holiday Parade set for Nov. 29.
Sat  Nov 22 2014 02:22PM
The Venice Holiday parade takes place Saturday, Nov. 29, with pre-parade entertainment starting at 5 p.m. and the parade beginning at 7 p.m. The parade route is along West Venice Avenue, eastbound from Park Boulevard to Nokomis Avenue, where it … Find out how to read more online.

River Road widening sought through grant
Sat  Nov 22 2014 02:22PM
County commissioners decided this week to pursue federal funding for three projects, including an Englewood Interstate connector to Interstate 75. That project, which would mean vast improvements to River Road, including widening the two-lane road to four lanes stretching from … Find out how to read more online.


Behind the scenes of the Sarasota Chalk Festival
Sat  Nov 22 2014 02:22PM
With the inaugural Venice edition of the Sarasota Chalk Festival behind her, the founder and chair of the internationally renowned event was full of gratitude — and exhaustion. “The community was very appreciative of all the artists,” said Denise Kowal. … Find out how to read more online.

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