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I’ve got something important to tell you
Tue  Jun 19 2018 05:20PM
‘Hey kids, I’ve got something important to tell you.” It was 1976, our Mom and Dad had gathered the five children around the table. Dad said, “I’ve decided to leave … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff Knight: Sarasota County schools overlook safety costs
Mon  Jun 18 2018 01:48PM
Sheriff Tom Knight told Sarasota County school officials about costs they may be missing in their plan to create a 42-officer security force. Knight and other top law enforcement leaders … Find out how to read more online.
Being a GREAT DAD
Sun  Jun 17 2018 08:30AM
Phil Holloway’s mother ruled her home the same way the nuns in Catholic school did. That is to say she spanked her son. “I was brought up under the premise … Find out how to read more online.
Incumbents are running for Englewood Water District, fire board
Sun  Jun 17 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The state qualifying period opens June 18 for Englewood Area Fire Control District and Englewood Water District board seats. Four fire district commissioners and two water district supervisors … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County School Board continues look at safety, security
Sun  Jun 17 2018 08:30AM
SARASOTA — A week after the district’s safety and security discussion, the Sarasota County Schools board will look at its five-year capital improvement plan Tuesday. The CIP is one several … Find out how to read more online.
Woman burned in cooking fire
Mon  Jun 18 2018 01:44PM
A woman was badly burned in a fire Friday night. Paramedics with the North Port Fire Department assisted the Sarasota County Fire Department at the 6800 block of Willow Creek … Find out how to read more online.
Junior chefs master art of cooking
Sun  Jun 17 2018 08:30AM
T he city of North Port Parks and Recreation is hosting Masterchef Junior Cooking Classes every Saturday from now until July 14 at Morgan Family Community Center. The class, geared … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood all-stars take on Sarasota National
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Englewood Little League’s 10-11 all-stars will take on Sarasota National at 12:30 p.m. today in the first round of the District 16 tournament at North Port’s Atwater Community … Find out how to read more online.
Students show improvement
Mon  Jun 18 2018 06:53PM
SARASOTA — Sarasota County Schools remains one of the top performing school districts in Florida. Charlotte County Schools saw a slight increase in its performance, nudging up a percentage or two … Find out how to read more online.
Area department still runs on volunteer power
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
Soon after a group of Nokomis residents who were concerned about protecting their community’s homes from fire decided to form the Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department in 1949, a brush fire … Find out how to read more online.
Camp brings together region spikers
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Port Charlotte High School Volleyball head coach Kevin Krause and Imagine Volleyball head coach Dave Kohler, along with Imagine JV coach Charlene Krause, recently held a weeklong … Find out how to read more online.
North Port all-stars start today in District 16 tournament
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Little League 8-10 all-stars begin District 16 play today and the 10-11 all-stars start Monday. The 8-10 team takes on Sarasota American at 10 … Find out how to read more online.
Unaffordable?
Fri  Jun 15 2018 08:30AM
North Port, Warm Mineral Springs and part of Arcadia are some of the more affordable places to buy homes in Florida. Port Charlotte and Englewood are somewhere in the middle … Find out how to read more online.
Braves ticket deposits, community event, today
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Those wanting season tickets to Atlanta Braves spring training games can take a step toward that today. The Braves will host a ticket sale event starting at … Find out how to read more online.
BBQ Bash nets $90,000 for giveaways
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
VENICE — Results from the ninth consecutive year of the Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash held April 20-21 at the Venice Municipal Airport Grounds reveal that a total of $90,000 … Find out how to read more online.
Never gets old: Parade of Champions held again
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
Venice loves its parades, and this year, the city got two extra ones. The first happened earlier this year to celebrate the Venice High School football team and girls volleyball … Find out how to read more online.
WANTED: Foster parents in Charlotte
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
With a persistent need for more foster parents in Charlotte County, there is hope a new partnership will help. Children’s Network of Southwest Florida (CNSWFL) is contracted by the Florida … Find out how to read more online.
‘Boots & Belles’ dance with dads
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
Charlotte County Community Services held its fifth annual Dance with Daddy event, “Boots & Belles” on Saturday at the Port Charlotte Beach Park Recreation Center. Fathers and daughters came dressed … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County Jail diversion options prove costly
Fri  Jun 15 2018 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Everyone from Sarasota County commissioners to the sheriff, prosecutors and judges know overcrowding in the Sarasota County jail is a problem. Solutions, however, are not easy to come … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Tip leads to arrest of ‘stepdaddypedoperv’
Fri  Jun 15 2018 08:30AM
SOUTH VENICE — Richard Kuchta, aka “stepdaddypedoperv,” was arrested for the transmission of obscene material, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Department. Kuchta, 33, was arrested on the 200 block … Find out how to read more online.
Any takers? Candidate qualifying period runs this week for local elections
Mon  Jun 18 2018 08:30AM
Dozens of candidates have announced they’re running for local elected offices, including some without opposition, at least yet. Open spots on some community development district boards and city councils, for … Find out how to read more online.
Heat index aims for triple digits
Mon  Jun 18 2018 08:30AM
There’s no mercy this week when it comes to the weather in Southwest Florida. It’s hot, it’s rainy. Then it’s hot and it’s rainy again ... and then there’s the … Find out how to read more online.
Readers asked, here are some answers
Sun  Jun 17 2018 08:30AM
E mail often delivers questions to this columnist. And, just as often, even if she has no satisfactory answers, readers’ questions can prove helpfully thought provoking. Punta Gorda is curious … Find out how to read more online.
Fire flow
Mon  Jun 18 2018 06:36PM
ENGLEWOOD BEACH — As the sun sets beyond the horizon of the Gulf of Mexico, a new fire shines bright and twirling along a local beach. On Thursday evening, Kevin … Find out how to read more online.
Region residents line up for Braves seats
Mon  Jun 18 2018 01:45PM
NORTH PORT — Area Atlanta Braves fans, and people from hundreds of miles away, had an opportunity Saturday to put a deposit down on season tickets. The ticket event was … Find out how to read more online.
Bridge winners
Sat  Jun 16 2018 06:46PM
Bridge winners - June 11, 2018 North Port Senior Center 1st: Marcia Lanphear and John Herrmann; 2nd: Helen Norris and Dave Johnson; 3rd: Ann Benmayor and Warren Prince. … Find out how to read more online.
Leadership Englewood grads shine at graduation
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
The Leadership Englewood Class of 2018 recently graduated with a dinner and awards ceremony at Boca Royale Golf & Country Club. Leadership Englewood is a program of the Englewood Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Longtime doctor joins Englewood hospital board
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dr. Todd Chace found another way to serve his patients. Englewood Community Hospital named Chace, 61, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, as a hospital trustee this week. “The … Find out how to read more online.
Boutique zoning district OK’d in Sarasota County
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
SARASOTA — With little discussion, Sarasota County commissioners approved the creation of a new zoning district within the county’s zoning code Wednesday. At the request of developer Henry Rodriquez, who … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Youth basketball club begins today
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Youth Basketball Club Inc will begin its summer season today at the Morgan Family Center on West Price Boulevard across the street from North … Find out how to read more online.
Foundation awards grant to SCF Nursing
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
VENICE — The Plantation Community Foundation of Venice awarded State College of Florida Foundation a $2,600 grant to purchase suction regulators for the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota nursing program. … Find out how to read more online.
FWC: North Port man faces felony charges for hunting, killing an alligator
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Prosecutors have increased the charges for a North Port man arrested for alligator hunting, changing his charge from a misdemeanor to a felony. Justin Laidler, 20, was … Find out how to read more online.
City Commission monthly roundup
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port City Commission took small steps on several new initiatives, which will be moving forward in future meetings. The commission is made up of Mayor … Find out how to read more online.
City seeks tool to attract new businesses
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The City Commission is looking to tweak city code to help bring new businesses to the ever-growing city. According to the North Port city code, there is … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota county library app debuts with 1,200 downloads
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
SARASOTA — The recently released Sarasota County Libraries mobile app was downloaded 1,200 times by people all over the world the first day it was available on the app stores. … Find out how to read more online.
Watch your step: Gators are on the move
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
With alligator attacks making headlines recently, Florida wildlife officials say sightings are more likely this time of year. This month, a large alligator was removed from the Port Charlotte Town … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Danielle Nicole Jackson, 35, 6300 block of Scott St., Punta Gorda. Charge: petty theft 3rd subsequent offense and off bond/forfeiture/revocations. … Find out how to read more online.
North Port, West Village officials meet
Mon  Jun 18 2018 06:16PM
NORTH PORT — A park, roads, and fire stations were all topics of discussion during a joint meeting of the North Port City Commission and the West Villages Board of … Find out how to read more online.
North Port chamber plans move
Fri  Jun 15 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — After several years of being in a plaza along U.S. 41/Tamiami Trail, the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce is moving. In May, the chamber filed a … Find out how to read more online.


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