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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.
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.
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.
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.
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Motivational speaker Robbins’ coal walk burns more than 30
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:19AM
DALLAS (AP) — More than 30 people who attended an event with motivational speaker Tony Robbins have been treated for burns after Robbins encouraged them to walk on hot coals as a way of conquering their fears, Dallas fire officials … read more.

Consumer confidence is dropping in Florida
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:19AM
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Consumer confidence in Florida is dipping to some of its lowest levels in the last 18 months. The monthly University of Florida consumer sentiment released Friday measured confidence at 89, or down a point from May. … read more.

Florida man gets 343 years’ prison for trying to kill judge
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:19AM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to more than 300 years in prison for trying to kill a federal judge in what prosecutors said was an assassination attempt. Media reports show the 343-year sentence was imposed … read more.

Wilcox drops out of Florida Senate race, backs Rubio
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Businessman Todd Wilcox is dropping out of Florida’s Senate race and will back Marco Rubio, who decided at the last minute to run for re-election. Wilcox made his announcement Friday, two days after saying he would … read more.

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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 see all over town, but probably never talk to him … 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 city’s unique history. The city’s archives comprise thousands of pounds … 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 defense, the skies around Washington, D.C., from artillery vehicles below, … Find out how to read more online.

City to bring in fire assessment consultant
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:34PM
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 Venice City Council will consider approving Tuesday are $45,000 to … Find out how to read more online.

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