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Permits hold strong for January
Sat  Feb 6 2016 12:00PM
NORTH PORT — The count for city building permits has hovered around similar numbers over the last three months, which is on track with how much development is coming to … Find out how to read more online.
Hamilton Condos could be site of temporary Venice library
Sat  Feb 6 2016 02:08PM
VENICE — Using the former Hamilton Business Condominium building for a temporary Venice library will be discussed this week by city leaders. The building, purchased by the city last year, … Find out how to read more online.
Time running out for hospital application
Sat  Feb 6 2016 12:00PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — North Port needs to be the site of Sarasota County’s next hospital, but city leaders may need to act quickly to make that happen. That’s the stance … Find out how to read more online.
McDowell takes lead in campaign coffers
Sat  Feb 6 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Though still months away from the election for North Port City Commission, two of the four hopefuls who have filed so far have submitted their quarterly campaign … Find out how to read more online.
Body found off I-75 near Sumter exit
Thu  Feb 4 2016 05:32PM
NORTH PORT — A white male in his 50s was found dead Thursday afternoon in a wooded area near the Interstate 75 southbound off-ramp at exit 182, according to city … Find out how to read more online.
Attorney presents Danielle Dreher’s side of story
Fri  Feb 5 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Tonight when “Dateline” airs an episode about local firefighter Sam Presley Dreher’s murder, someone not interviewed was his ex-wife Danielle Dreher, who is in prison. Sam — … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide fish kill dribbling onto Manasota Key
Fri  Feb 5 2016 11:35AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dead fish continue to wash up onto Manasota Key, according to reports received by the Sun Thursday. Earlier this week, dead fish appeared along the Manasota Key shorelines … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota School Board hears restroom reversal request
Thu  Feb 4 2016 03:37PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County School Board chambers were packed Tuesday night with a sea of white-clad, peaceful protesters — including area pastors — asking the board to reconsider a … Find out how to read more online.
Trial date set in Carusone vs. city case
Wed  Feb 3 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A trial date has been set in the civil case between the city of North Port and a former city commissioner who is again seeking to run … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Regional hires new CEO
Wed  Feb 3 2016 08:30AM
VENICE — A monthslong search has culminated in the hiring of John McLain as chief executive officer of Venice Regional Bayfront Health. The hospital announced the hiring in a press … Find out how to read more online.
City manager evaluations bring high praise
Tue  Feb 2 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port City Manager Jonathan Lewis, who is approaching his five-year anniversary with the city in May, received a plethora of praise from the City Commission in … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota to take input on private Islamic school
Mon  Feb 1 2016 04:36PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A neighborhood workshop will be held Feb. 9 as the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton move forward with plans to open an Islamic school in Sarasota, … Find out how to read more online.
Fair out to deliver bang for buck
Tue  Feb 2 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte County Fair never sneaks up on Doug Clark. “I pull up the schedule, look for gate-entrance fees, and try to go when the kids are … Find out how to read more online.
Sailor helped find secret Russian undersea cable, disarm nuclear bomb
Mon  Feb 1 2016 08:30AM
Walter Kaiser’s 26-year career in the Navy was pretty eventful. During his first decade, he served in the submarine service, searching for secret Soviet transmission cables on the sea floor … Find out how to read more online.
Walmart Neighborhood Market opens in North Port
Sun  Jan 31 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Shoppers streamed into the new Walmart Neighborhood Market Wednesday morning at 1100 S. Main Street, near Sumter and Price boulevards. Although some at the grand opening celebration … Find out how to read more online.
Gambling crackdown
Sun  Jan 31 2016 08:30AM
There were more than 1,000 gambling- related arrests in Florida between 2011 and 2014. None were from Charlotte County. Now, after recent state probes, there have been six people from … Find out how to read more online.
Fundraising on foot, churchgoers walk for poor
Sun  Jan 31 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA –– More than a hundred volunteers gathered at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Saturday morning to raise money for the area’s less fortunate. “We’re here to support St. Vincent … Find out how to read more online.
Dead woman, 2 monkeys found in Budget Inn
Fri  Feb 5 2016 05:16PM
NORTH PORT — Police are investigating the suspicious death of an Arcadia woman found at the Budget Inn on Friday afternoon. Two Capuchin monkeys were also removed from the motel … Find out how to read more online.
Video voyeur given year in jail, probation
Sat  Jan 30 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A 74-year-old area man who pleaded guilty in December to one count of video voyeurism received a year in the county jail and four years probation with … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County hires new building official
Fri  Feb 5 2016 05:16PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Kathleen Croteau has accepted a conditional offer to become Sarasota County’s new building official, it was announced this week. The job has been open since her predecessor … Find out how to read more online.
AP Video
Airport fuels area’s economic engine
Sat  Feb 6 2016 03:17PM
PUNTA GORDA — The Punta Gorda Airport finished up another banner year in 2015, setting a personal-best mark for the third consecutive year with 836,472 travelers and realizing new revenue … Find out how to read more online.
State: Sarasota school district background checks incomplete
Fri  Feb 5 2016 11:33AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A report by the State of Florida Auditor General’s office recently found the Sarasota County School District hasn’t been consistently conducting required, five-year, follow-up background checks for … Find out how to read more online.
Springs Daycare Center for adults opening this month
Sat  Feb 6 2016 08:30AM
Springs Daycare Center for adults will hold a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the center’s new home at 866 Tamiami Trail, Suites 6, 7 … Find out how to read more online.
Fairgoers can expect chillier weather
Fri  Feb 5 2016 08:30AM
With temperatures jumping back into the 80s this work week, it may have felt like spring to some Southwest Floridians, but temperatures will soon drop back down. Charlotte County fairgoers … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Police charge Shell robbery suspects
Thu  Feb 4 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Police Department has charged two cousins with armed robbery, aggravated assault and grand theft stemming from an early morning Jan. 15 holdup at the … Find out how to read more online.
‘Dateline’ to air local firefighter’s murder case
Thu  Feb 4 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — When a beloved firefighter is murdered just outside Sarasota, investigators discover a twisted tale of secrets, lies and infidelity. Those are details NBC’s “Dateline” will air at … Find out how to read more online.
No charges expected in motel death
Wed  Feb 3 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — No charges are expected to be filed in the death of Linda Marie Smith at the Budget Inn last Friday, according to city of North Port spokesman … Find out how to read more online.
River Road talks headed to Tallahassee
Thu  Feb 4 2016 03:27PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The proposed River Road widening took another step toward reality Friday with state Rep. Jim Boyd of Bradenton sponsoring the project as a House budget issue. Elected … Find out how to read more online.
Police waiting to question man in motel death
Tue  Feb 2 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT —The North Port Police Department is looking for answers in a bizarre case involving a dead woman, two monkeys and an incoherent man found in a motel room … Find out how to read more online.
US 41-Cranberry development sparks traffic concerns
Sun  Jan 31 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Plans are moving along for a new development off U.S. 41 near Cranberry Boulevard, but a major concern is how it will affect traffic flow in the … Find out how to read more online.
European private investigator expands services to North Port
Mon  Feb 1 2016 04:36PM
NORTH PORT — Contra Risk Consulting, a private investigation firm originally founded in Poland, focuses on intelligence and risk management services, according to company owner and former police officer Artur … Find out how to read more online.
Warmer weather expected, but also maybe some rain
Mon  Feb 1 2016 08:30AM
Over the weekend, the weather may have gotten a bit chilly for Southwest Floridians, but they can now look forward to more moderate temperatures this week. The average high for … Find out how to read more online.
Vineland fifth-grader plans pet-adoption event
Mon  Feb 1 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Feeling down about being bullied, Iris Tufano decided to do something to cheer herself up. The 11-year-old took all $100 of her Christmas money and headed to the … Find out how to read more online.
Safe e-commerce site set up at NPPD
Sun  Jan 31 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Police Department recently set up a safe E-Commerce Exchange Safe Zone in the parking lot in front of the department at 4980 City Hall … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County Fair is reborn
Sun  Jan 31 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte County Fair was about to be born again at about 5 Friday evening. Out in the ticket line, Amber and Robert Kaleda and their daughter, … Find out how to read more online.
Rehabbed white pelican released off Stump Pass
Sun  Jan 31 2016 08:30AM
STUMP PASS — A mature American white pelican — rescued almost a month ago in Stump Pass while in distress — was released back to the wild Thursday by volunteers … Find out how to read more online.
Video voyeur given year in jail, probation
Sat  Feb 6 2016 08:30AM
A 74-year-old man who pleaded guilty to one count of video voyeurism has received a year in jail and four years probation. John Palladino was the subject of an FBI … Find out how to read more online.
Police: Two monkeys found in North Port motel room with dead woman
Fri  Jan 29 2016 03:53PM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Police Department is investigating a suspicious death at a motel. Police say a woman was found dead inside a room at the Budget Inn … Find out how to read more online.
Springs day spa to see tweaks
Tue  Jan 26 2016 07:44PM
NORTH PORT — When asked about Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa, Brian Bradshaw responded with a well-known Tim McGraw lyric. “I like it, I love it, I want some more … Find out how to read more online.