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Sarasota County eyes Little Salt Spring, again
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
SARASOTA — The second time may prove to be more successful for Sarasota County. During her report to her fellow commissioners Tuesday, Commission Chairwoman Nancy Detert raised the prospect of … Find out how to read more online.
Tree Fest grows in North Port
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — More than 200 people attended the 2018 North Port Tree Fair on Saturday sponsored by People for Trees. The annual event unites residents of North Port that … Find out how to read more online.
Little League action continues in North Port
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — The Tigers finished an excellent week by defeating the Red Sox 5-2 in North Port major division Little League action Saturday at the Atwater Community Park. The … Find out how to read more online.
Huskies 10-under stay unbeaten
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Huskies 10 and under along with the 14 and under football teams won their final regular season games Saturday against the host Tampa Ravens. … Find out how to read more online.
Eco-Kids to check out Florida fossils
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Eco-Kids Club, a North Port club open to children — recommended 5 and older — will meet from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28 at the Oaks Park … Find out how to read more online.
Cypress Falls holds Variety Show
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
Cypress Falls, a Del Webb community in North Port, recently held its second annual Variety Show. … Find out how to read more online.
SKY softball battles Venice
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
The final softball game of the regular season was a battle between SKY Academy of Englewood and SKY Academy of Venice. Venice SKY held on to win 9-8. The two … Find out how to read more online.
Preparing for population explosion, school safety
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
ROTONDA WEST — “Despite a spike in population growth in 2017, Charlotte County experienced a drop in crime by 14 percent.” So said Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell at the … Find out how to read more online.
Country Liners install new officers
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
Englewood Country Liners recently installed new officers for 2018-2019. Nancy Vargo is president, Margot Kidder is vice president, Jayne Parker is secretary, Melissa Mutkoski is treasurer, and Ann Wagner is … Find out how to read more online.
Junior mantas win eighth grade crown
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Lemon Bay Junior Mantas eighth-grade boys basketball team won the Adidas League championship Sunday in Sarasota. The junior Mantas rolled over the Bradenton Ballers 56-21 in the … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood Hospital gets straight As from Leapfrog
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
Englewood Community Hospital continued a straight A streak since 2015. Hospitals grades were released Tuesday by the Leapfrog Group — a national nonprofit organization that calls itself a patient safety … Find out how to read more online.
EARTH TO KIDS
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dressed in his Troop 26 Boy Scout uniform, Sean Blaney held up a tomato and asked if it is a fruit or vegetable. For those who said it … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte hospitals snag mediocre safety grades from Leapfrog
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
Hospitals in Charlotte County received mostly mediocre grades for hospital safety Tuesday by the Leapfrog Group, which is a national nonprofit organization that has called itself a patient safety watchdog. … Find out how to read more online.
Homeless Coalition hosts Italian Night Fundraiser
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
The Homeless Coalition held its 3rd Annual Italian Night Fundraiser on April 19 at the 24Twenty One Event Center in Port Charlotte. They would like to take the opportunity to thank their … Find out how to read more online.
Air Show, Waterfest awarded in-kind funding
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
Two major Charlotte County tourism events are planning ahead to bring in dollars during the county’s off season. Both the Florida International Air Show held in Punta Gorda in October … Find out how to read more online.
Pedestrian injured in hit and run
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
Law enforcement are searching for a white or tan pickup truck that failed to stop after a striking a Port Charlotte pedestrian in a hit-and-run crash Tuesday morning. Around 5:32 … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte State Bank & Trust gives away Easter baskets
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
Charlotte State Bank & Trust gave away an Easter basket at each of its six branch offices during the season. Customers and visitors were invited to sign up for the … Find out how to read more online.
Venice man survived Leopoldville sinking
Mon  Apr 23 2018 01:40PM
Merrill Dayton was one of the lucky ones who escaped the SS Leopoldville disaster off the coast of France on Christmas Eve 1944. The Leopoldvile was a Belgium troop transport … Find out how to read more online.
South County courthouse contracts to be considered
Sun  Apr 22 2018 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Progress toward a new courthouse for South County will take a step forward if Sarasota County commissioners approve a pair of contracts during its meeting Tuesday. As part … Find out how to read more online.
Peter Bartolotta runs for North Port commission
Mon  Apr 23 2018 11:36AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port City Commission election is in full swing, despite being months away. The race for District 5 officially has two candidates: current Commissioner Jill Luke … Find out how to read more online.
School Board supports administrator pay raises
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
SARASOTA — Despite complaints from the teachers union, Sarasota County School Board members support administrative pay raises. During a recent School Board meeting, the board passed the motion unanimously, with … Find out how to read more online.
Holly Morgan Fisher run this Saturday
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — The second annual race to remember former Heron Creek Middle School teacher Holly Morgan Fisher will be held this Saturday. The 5K will be at 7:08 a.m. … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: North Port man choked victim, refused to let her leave
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port man was arrested after beating a victim and forcing her to stay in a house, according to North Port Police Department reports. Nikko Paez, … Find out how to read more online.
One square at a time at Harbor Cove
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
The Harbor Cove Quilters are a unique group of women. I say this because as you walk by the craft room on a day they gather, it appears to be … Find out how to read more online.
Grappling with protocol of K-9 bites
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — In 2014, the North Port Police Department realized it had a problem. The dog bites from the department were more than all the other surrounding cities combined. … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota Memorial Hospital keeps A grade from Leapfrog
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
Hospitals in the region received mixed grades for safety Tuesday by the Leapfrog Group — a national nonprofit organization that calls itself a patient safety watchdog. Sarasota Memorial Hospital received … Find out how to read more online.
Local golfers qualify for Under Armour National Championships
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
ROTONDA WEST — On March 10, the Tour Sponsored by Under Armour hosted its South Florida Regional Qualifier at The Long Marsh Golf Club in Rotonda West. The flighted amateur … Find out how to read more online.
Dangerous intersection to get signal
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
Charlotte County commissioners gave a green light Tuesday for a new traffic light at Marathon Boulevard and Gasparilla Road. “You’re giving us fabulous news,” said Vickie Gibson, manager of the … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood’s Reds, Rangers playing tough
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Little League junior division teams, the Reds and the Rangers, are playing well this season. The Rangers are 6-2-2 on the season, and the Rangers are … Find out how to read more online.
Archaeological Society meeting to be held at STC next month
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
The Warm Mineral Springs/Little Salt Spring Archaeological Society meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 8 at Suncoast Technical College, 4901 Cranberry Blvd., North Port. The speaker will … Find out how to read more online.
Schools: No growth means no new facilities
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
In order to get funding from the state to build new schools in Charlotte County, the student population needs to grow. But that isn’t happening, school officials said this week. … Find out how to read more online.
Bike Rescue gives homeless new wheels, hope
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
Don Hair says he was an American picker long before the History Channel series gave him a name for it. Now he can claim to be both a picker and … Find out how to read more online.
Fairgrounds fill up for CountryFest 2018
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
On Saturday April 21, Countryfest 2018, featuring the music of Ayla Lynn, the Jack Michael Band, Logan Dressel and the headliner, Diamond Rio was held at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds. … Find out how to read more online.
Schools expanding Code of Conduct to address threats, LGBT students
Wed  Apr 25 2018 01:00AM
Times are changing, and school officials say Charlotte County’s Code of Conduct for students must change too. The Code of Conduct has gone relatively unchanged in the past few years … Find out how to read more online.
Golf carts could spell trouble on the road
Mon  Apr 23 2018 03:44PM
Golf carts — vehicle with their originally intended function right in the name — are increasingly going off course, used more as an everyday means of transportation. Many owners have … Find out how to read more online.
Victim wages war on human trafficking
Mon  Apr 23 2018 01:27PM
When Jamie Walton was a 14-year-old living in Venice, she spent every other weekend flying from Florida to Atlanta to see the 46-year-old man she’d met and started a romantic … Find out how to read more online.
North Port to review new apartment plan
Sun  Apr 22 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city may be getting more housing options as its population ticks toward 70,000 people. The City Commission will meet for its 6 p.m. regular meeting Tuesday … Find out how to read more online.
Imagine School highlights its arts
Sun  Apr 22 2018 08:30AM
Imagine School at North Port presented its sixth annual Evening of the Arts recently at its Elementary Campus. There was a musical section with chorus and jazz band. Along with … Find out how to read more online.


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