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Venice Pier Group, doing the right thing for 31 years
Thu  Feb 22 2018 12:10AM
A woman of a certain age, dressed to the nines, appeared at the entrance to Sharky’s On the Pier one evening. It seemed that a Sharky’s employee’s paycheck had been … Find out how to read more online.
Symphony teams with dancers
Thu  Feb 22 2018 12:10AM
NORTH PORT — Dancers and the North Port Symphony will work together in the symphony’s next concert, “Invitation to the Dance.” The concert will feature award-winner dancers Kelle Chancellor and … Find out how to read more online.
Band shell planned for Dearborn Street
Thu  Feb 22 2018 12:10AM
ENGLEWOOD — West Dearborn Street could see its own permanent band shell. Not all the revitalization projects planned by Englewood Community Redevelopment Agency for the revitalization effort along West Dearborn … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda lifts medical cannabis ban
Thu  Feb 22 2018 12:10AM
PUNTA GORDA — Vice Mayor Gary Wein said Wednesday that Punta Gorda should have lifted its ban on medicinal marijuana treatment facilities sooner. “I wish I would have moved forward … Find out how to read more online.
Gettel goes to bat for Punta Gorda Youth Baseball
Thu  Feb 22 2018 12:10AM
Gettel Chevrolet Buick GMC is partnering with the Punta Gorda Youth Baseball in Punta Gorda. Gettel Chevrolet Buick GMC has joined forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program to … Find out how to read more online.
Florida’s Hometown USA Program rep selected
Thu  Feb 22 2018 12:10AM
Florida’s Hometown USA Program Inc. is a nonprofit educational youth organization for the students of Florida. The purpose of the program is to educate the youth of Florida on the … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County School Board discusses achievement gap
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
SARASOTA — The Sarasota County School Board workshop Tuesday provided an update on the achievement gap, retaining minority teachers and a look at iReady data. Supervisor of Pupil Support Services … Find out how to read more online.
Senior Center holds annual tea
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
The North Port Senior Center recently held its annual Tea Party. Participants were able to take in a traditional tea as well as enter raffles and contests for best hats … Find out how to read more online.
Road-E-O set for Saturday
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The annual North Port Public Works “Road-E-O” kicks off this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Public Works Administration Building, 1100 N. Chamberlain Blvd. … Find out how to read more online.
One team undefeated in Little League
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The Yankees are the only remaining undefeated team in the North Port Little League’s major division after their come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the Tigers on Saturday at … Find out how to read more online.
Habitat for Humanity volunteer doesn’t let age stop him
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — William Goetluck, better known as Bill, has been a staple at Habitat for Humanity for the last 19 years. Goetluck, 91, a Habitat for Humanity crew leader … Find out how to read more online.
Man attacks neighbor over mystery FedEx box
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port man was arrested after pushing two men down in an attempt to retrieve a package possibly filled with drugs, according to North Port Police … Find out how to read more online.
West Villages Invitational held
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
The first West Villages Golf Invitational, presented by the Atlanta Braves, was held Feb. 16 at Plantation Golf and Country Club, with proceeds of the event benefiting Southeastern Guide Dogs. … Find out how to read more online.
Luncheon with a Purpose
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
P.E.O. Chapter HH of Englewood held its 15th Annual Fat Tuesday luncheon Feb. 13 at Community Presbyterian Church, 405 S. McCall Road, Englewood. More than 150 attendees filled the hall … Find out how to read more online.
Hermitage to present composer’s work in concert
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
T he Hermitage Artist Retreat will present a free community program about the music of composer and artist-in-residence Alexandra du Bois on Friday beginning at 4:30 pm. The presentation, taking … Find out how to read more online.
Rotonda American Legion gets their ducks in a row
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
ROTONDA — Rubber ducks float around an outdoor pool at the American Legion until several lucky winners are picked. From noon to 7 p.m. on March 10, while waiting for … Find out how to read more online.
Rooney out, but others express interest in Congress bid
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
In the hours since U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney tweeted Monday, "After 10 years in Congress, it’s time to hang ‘em up,’” notable GOP lawmakers have voiced interest in taking the … Find out how to read more online.
Eagle scout plants garden in nature park
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — With welcome onlookers such as blue jays, robins and warblers, Saturday’s open house at Audubon-Pennington Nature Park paid tribute to one more honored guest. The Peace River … Find out how to read more online.
Referendum, budget colliding?
Thu  Feb 22 2018 12:10AM
SARASOTA — Ahead of next month’s referendum vote, the Sarasota County School Board met to discuss the tentative 2018-19 budget. It is set to be released the same week as … Find out how to read more online.
Expo-goers learn about medical cannabis, acupuncture and more
Thu  Feb 22 2018 12:10AM
ROTONDA — One of the questions Bridget Robinson is asked repeatedly is if a person suffering from chronic pain will get high from taking a medical marijuana pill. “A big … Find out how to read more online.
Representatives expect bipartisan bill soon on guns, schools, mental health
Thu  Feb 22 2018 12:10AM
In the wake of last week’s shooting at a high school in Parkland that killed 17 people, local Republican leaders in the Florida House of Representatives believe the Legislature will … Find out how to read more online.
Time travel is real ... through tribute bands
Tue  Feb 20 2018 08:30AM
Mackenzie Jackson is 30. While being a singer and songwriter in her own right, her main gig is playing Stevie Nicks in a Fleetwood Mac tribute band called Rumours. Rumours … Find out how to read more online.
Local pride over Olympic medal win
Thu  Feb 22 2018 12:10AM
During a second day of women’s bobsled races Wednesday morning at the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, Charles Meyers may have cheered louder than anyone in Port Charlotte. “I’m so proud … Find out how to read more online.
Police Beat
Thu  Feb 22 2018 12:10AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Douglas J. Friend, 59, 100 block of Rebel Court, Rotonda West. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. • Tonya Lynn … Find out how to read more online.
Silverberg leads Mendez to big win
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Mendez has dominated play in the North Port Youth Basketball Inc.’s 12-13-year old division winter season and a big reason is the play of Sean Silverberg. Silverberg … Find out how to read more online.
Candidate kicks off commission election season
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Pete Emrich is at it again. The 55-year-old filed to run in the Seat 4 City Commission election, which will have a primary in August. He previously … Find out how to read more online.
Group celebrates, assists with PAC
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The Society of the North Port Performing Arts Center goes beyond ushering and working the box office. The group sets up their own shows — to help … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Venice man trapped woman in vehicle
Wed  Feb 21 2018 12:30PM
VENICE — A Venice man was arrested after holding a woman against her will in a moving vehicle, according to Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office reports. Christopher Gibbons, 28, 2700 block … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
The North Port Concert Band would be presenting its concert, “Give My Regards to Broadway!” at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the Performing Arts Center, off Price Boulevard. The … Find out how to read more online.
A night of
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
The Divas, a group of local businesswomen and community leaders, presented Victorian Elegance: A Gothic Fantasy masquerade ball Saturday at Jacaranda West Country Club in Venice, to benefit the Gene … Find out how to read more online.
South Gulf Cove wants new lock
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
SOUTH GULF COVE — A downed power line, not a mechanical failure, short-circuited South Gulf Cove boaters’ access to Charlotte Harbor and Gulf of Mexico. The lock was back online … Find out how to read more online.
Advocate group learns about new initiatives to manage homelessness
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
Homeless people in Sarasota County will have some options to help with mental health and rehousing obstacles in the near future. Wayne Applebee, Sarasota County Homeless Services director, explained several … Find out how to read more online.
Knights finish flag football season undefeated
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The UCF Knights finished the regular season undefeated in Under Armour Englewood flag football upper division play with an exciting 49-18 victory over the Bulls Friday night at … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
The Charlotte County area has a wide range of volunteer opportunities. Contact one of the following organizations to see how you can get involved and give back to the community. … Find out how to read more online.
Riverwood traffic light on SR 776 stuck on red
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — After witnessing years of high-speed accidents in front of their community on State Road 776, Riverwood residents are finally getting a traffic light at their main entrance. … Find out how to read more online.
Good times at Greek Fest
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
The 25th Annual Port Charlotte Greek Fest was held last week at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church on Rampart Boulevard. The annual Food Fest also featured dancers in ethnic costumes, … Find out how to read more online.


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