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Nonprofit radio station looks to expand reach
Tue  Mar 3 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — KDWRadio station manager R.J. Malloy said North Port’s public radio station is poised to start reaching a lot more listeners. The nonprofit radio station, based in the … Find out how to read more online.
Local health department could lose major services
Tue  Mar 3 2015 07:05PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County Health Department anticipates losing $1.9 million in federal funding for primary health-care services for thousands of North Port and Englewood residents each year. On … Find out how to read more online.
County homeless services director to receive Public Citizen of Year Award
Tue  Mar 3 2015 06:49PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota/Manatee Unit of the Florida Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers will present the county’s director of Homeless Services, Wayne Applebee, with the 2015 … Find out how to read more online.
Technical glitches delay new test
Tue  Mar 3 2015 08:30AM
The first day of new standardized testing got off to a rocky start in Southwest Florida. School districts across the state were forced to delay or suspend the test, and … Find out how to read more online.
School psychologist resigns after child sex conviction
Tue  Mar 3 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A Sarasota County School District psychologist, who was convicted in January for molesting a young girl who was previously under his foster care, has officially resigned from … Find out how to read more online.
Gulf Coast Community Foundation head to step down
Mon  Mar 2 2015 11:02AM
Gulf Coast Community Foundation has announced that Teri A. Hansen will resign from her position as president/CEO, effective June 30,to head up the operations of the Charles and Margery Barancik … Find out how to read more online.
‘Tropical air mass’ causes warmer weather this week
Mon  Mar 2 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents can expect warmer weather all week, even with a weak front coming through toward the end of it. After the last cool front came through a few … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota, Charlotte counties seek input on comp plan revisions
Mon  Mar 2 2015 08:30AM
Sarasota and Charlotte counties have begun revamping their comprehensive plans, and there is still plenty of time to have your say. A county’s comp plan is a general policy guidebook … Find out how to read more online.
River Road expansion awaits funding
Sun  Mar 1 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Only two obstacles are standing in the way of widening River Road to four lanes from the Tamiami Trail intersection to the interstate — the land to … Find out how to read more online.
City to take second look at boat parking
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — City commissioners decided Friday to take a second look at boat parking for residents. Considered at the lengthy workshop at the request of Commissioner Linda Yates, the … Find out how to read more online.
Four charged in Springs drug bust
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
WARM MINERAL SPRINGS — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested four people this week on drug charges following the execution of a search warrant at a home in the 200 … Find out how to read more online.
On board with suspended tests
Thu  Feb 26 2015 05:12PM
Representatives from the Sarasota and Charlotte county school districts endorsed Gov. Rick Scott’s executive order Tuesday to suspend a standardized test that Florida 11th-graders would have to take this spring, … Find out how to read more online.
County considers paratransit privatization
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County is moving forward with plans to privatize the county’s public transportation service for persons with disabilities, according to Sarasota County Area Transit Director Rocky Burke. … Find out how to read more online.
Aldi area hiring events set
Fri  Feb 27 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The value grocery chain Aldi, under construction in North Port at the corner of Salford Boulevard and U.S. 41 near Perkins Restaurant, has scheduled regional hiring fairs … Find out how to read more online.
City tightens commercial zoning
Thu  Feb 26 2015 07:51PM
NORTH PORT — City staffers were drilled with questions regarding the Unified Land Development Code Monday night when Commissioner Linda Yates sought to perfect the ever-changing document. The amended ordinance … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County ranked highest for sustainability
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Florida Green Building Coalition has ranked Sarasota County tops in the state for environmental sustainability practices. The coalition, which administers green certification standards in Florida, recertified … Find out how to read more online.
Fisheries forum wants your input
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
What do you know about our local waters? Whether it’s a lot or a little, someone would like to pick your brain. The Charlotte Harbor Fisheries Forum is a fledgling … Find out how to read more online.
Second home blues
Mon  Feb 23 2015 02:26PM
Owners of second homes in Florida will be paying more for flood insurance than those who live here full time. “In addition to whatever the rate increases are, owners of … Find out how to read more online.
Warmer weather expected mid week
Mon  Feb 23 2015 08:30AM
“Southerly winds,” should bring warmer temperatures to Southwest Florida residents this week, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures should rise a few degrees above normal today with mostly sunny … Find out how to read more online.
Cwiklinski shook hands with Gen. MacArthur during WWII
Mon  Feb 23 2015 08:30AM
Henry Cwiklinski of Indigo Isles manufactured home park in Englewood was in the second wave that attacked the Japanese-held island of Leyte in the Philippines on Oct. 20, 1944, during … Find out how to read more online.
NPPD officer arrested
Tue  Mar 3 2015 07:05PM
NORTH PORT — A North Port Police K-9 officer was arrested early Monday morning after a drawn-out struggle with his estranged girlfriend at the home they share together, according to … Find out how to read more online.
NPHS Wind Ensemble excels at competition
Tue  Mar 3 2015 05:24PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — After playing several difficult musical selections, the North Port Wind Ensemble recently took straight superiors at a regional concert festival. The event was held at Riverview High … Find out how to read more online.
Anderson building revamp in limbo
Tue  Mar 3 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County staff should know later this month the next step to take in plans to refurbish the Robert L. Anderson Administration Center in South Venice. Last … Find out how to read more online.
Proposed Springs development sees community support
Mon  Mar 2 2015 10:52AM
NORTH PORT — With a new wellness center and plaza in the works at the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa in North Port, residents and community representatives are giving positive … Find out how to read more online.
Edgewater Drive to close for two years
Mon  Mar 2 2015 03:10PM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Ken McDonald wasn’t having much luck on Friday, fishing off the pier at Sunrise Park. First, he wasn’t getting any nibbles. And then he learned that Edgewater … Find out how to read more online.
Jim Julian launched first wave of Navy drones
Mon  Mar 2 2015 08:30AM
When Jim Julian flipped the switch, cranking up a small remote-controlled helicopter on the deck of a Navy destroyer, he became a part of history that stretches to the increasing … Find out how to read more online.
Historical plaque pays homage to Bailey Cemetery
Sun  Mar 1 2015 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — At a historical marker dedication for Lt. Carl Bailey Cemetery on Friday, re-enactors of the 2nd Infantry, United States Colored Troops, also paid tribute to … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Heart Walk: exercise in self-help
Sun  Mar 1 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Gary Barker had all the warning signs of heart disease before undergoing a bypass in September. And the precautions he took as a result of this forewarning … Find out how to read more online.
North Port man acquitted in teen rape trial
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Twenty-one-year-old Anthony James Jacot quietly shed tears of relief as “not guilty” verdicts were read in court Friday for each of his five charges involving the alleged … Find out how to read more online.
Legislature proposes $16M in county water projects
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Members of the Florida House of Representatives have filed budgetary requests for 13 water projects in Sarasota County, totaling $15.8 million. Approximately 475 projects have been proposed around … Find out how to read more online.
SCAT rolls on
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — New Sarasota County Transit Authority Director Rocky Burke says the future looks bright for the county’s public transportation system. Burke took over the post in December after … Find out how to read more online.
Teen testifies about alleged sexual abuse
Fri  Feb 27 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A 16-year-old girl took the stand Thursday in the sexual battery trial of Anthony James Jacot, revealing three incidents in which he allegedly raped the teen, once … Find out how to read more online.
Man struck, killed by vehicle on U.S. 41
Wed  Feb 25 2015 03:51PM
SOUTH VENICE — A 55-year-old Sarasota man was killed while standing in the northbound lane of U.S. 41 south of Jacaranda Boulevard Tuesday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. … Find out how to read more online.
Home prices rise
Tue  Feb 24 2015 08:30AM
Early-year home sales and prices are up significantly from a year ago, giving local real estate agents something to smile about in 2015. “I think people are realizing if they … Find out how to read more online.
Fisheries forum wants your input
Tue  Feb 24 2015 03:46PM
What do you know about our local waters? Whether it’s a lot or a little, someone would like to pick your brain. The Charlotte Harbor Fisheries Forum is a fledgling … Find out how to read more online.
Local doctors spearhead ‘health club’ health care
Tue  Feb 24 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Dr. Lee Gross has just returned from Tallahassee after presenting an idea to the Health Innovation Subcommittee there, which he hopes will prompt legislation allowing him and fellow … Find out how to read more online.
Defending champions split a pair in Little League opener
Tue  Feb 24 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The defending major division champion Tigers split a pair of games Saturday in the North Port Area Little League 2015 season opening day. The Tigers lost a … Find out how to read more online.
Habitat builds better lives
Mon  Feb 23 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dave Sanborn was floundering, bumbling and stumbling through life. “My friend tried to help me by telling me about Habitat for Humanity and the house he was having … Find out how to read more online.
Man killed in I-75 crash identified
Mon  Feb 23 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The man who died in Friday morning’s fiery crash on Interstate 75 has been identified as Dennis Carlton Berger, 77, of Fort Myers, the Florida Highway Patrol … Find out how to read more online.