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‘Greatest Show’ No More
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:50AM
Within hours of the latest induction of circus notables at St. Armands Ring of Fame in Sarasota on Saturday, Feld Entertainment chairman Kenneth Feld announced that the Ringling Bros. Barnum … Find out how to read more online.
Jetty at heart of trolley debate
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:48AM
A new route for the Venice trolley went into effect Tuesday, but the Venice City Council’s discussion of it isn’t over. The decision to drop the South Jetty as a … Find out how to read more online.
Draft Comp Plan ready for public review
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:48AM
After 15 months of revisions, the Venice Planning Commission passed out a fresh draft updating the 2010 Comprehensive Plan for the public to review. The “Comp Plan” is the city’s … Find out how to read more online.
Rotary celebrates 25th arts, craft festival
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:46AM
All that glitters could be silver at this year’s 25th anniversary Rotary Arts & Craft Festival, which will fill the Venice Municipal Airport’s festival grounds this weekend. Eighty artisans have committed … Find out how to read more online.
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Passengers scream as Florida alligator leaps into airboat
Sat  Jan 21 2017 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — A Missouri couple vacationing in Florida had a close encounter with an alligator when it leapt into their airboat and became wedged in the boat’s railing. Passengers screamed as 30-year-old Tylor Hinderey of Springfield, Missouri, captured the … read more.

Study: DCF underperforming Florida’s foster children
Sat  Jan 21 2017 01:19AM
TAMPA (AP) — The federal agency has given the Florida Department of Children and Families has 90 days to devise a plan to improve care for foster children. The Department of Health and Human Services found DCF underperforming in critical … read more.

Unemployment rate remains at 4.9 percent
Sat  Jan 21 2017 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida’s unemployment remains slightly above the national rate. State officials on Friday announced the December unemployment remained at 4.9 percent, the same as November and 0.2 percentage points above the nation’s jobless rate. Despite unemployment rising slightly … read more.

California flood sweeps away cabins and cars
Sat  Jan 21 2017 01:19AM
LOS ANGELES — More than 20 people escaped injury Friday when a flood swept cabins and vehicles down a coastal canyon as the second in a trio of storms drenched California with heavy rain and brought more snow to the … read more.

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City won’t buy controversial ‘The Woods’
Mon  Jan 16 2017 03:07PM
The Venice City Council this week opted to pass up an opportunity to purchase The Woods in Venice, a 150-acre planned subdivision by Neal Communities. A rezone of the property in June 2015 lasted almost 30 hours over three days, … Find out how to read more online.

Venice honors fallen deputy
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:46AM
Funeral services were held on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, in Port Charlotte, for the Orange County deputy who was killed last week while tracking down a murder suspect in Orlando. Dozens of emergency vehicles, including the Venice Police … Find out how to read more online.

Bee Gees Gold plays Venice Friday, Saturday
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:46AM
Enjoy BBQ and the Bee Gees Gold tribute group with John Acosta Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-21, at Venice Community Center. Acosta as Barry Gibb has performed in Bee Gees Tributes all over the world. His portrayal of the goup’s lead … Find out how to read more online.

USDA February food distribution set
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:48AM
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services contracts with All Faiths Food Bank will distribute free U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities. Eligible residents will receive nine to 12 free commodities. Sarasota County distribution will be at these sites; schedules … Find out how to read more online.

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