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School ends first week with fewer students
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County schools ended the first week of the 2015-16 school year with hundreds of fewer students than district officials originally planned for, according to numbers released … Find out how to read more online.
Young North Port man dies while studying abroad
Fri  Aug 28 2015 08:30AM
Twenty-year-old Luke Ireland was achieving his dream of studying in Germany when he died suddenly last week in his sleep. Ireland, of North Port, was the first Eagle Scout in … Find out how to read more online.
Bobcat freshmen lose season opener
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — When the North Port High School freshman football team opened its season Thursday night against visiting Venice High School, the difference in numbers of players on both … Find out how to read more online.
Local hospitals to be audited by the state
Thu  Aug 27 2015 08:30AM
A spokesman for the parent company of four area hospitals ordered audited this week by Gov. Rick Scott said Hospital Corporation of America is cooperating with the government and going … Find out how to read more online.
Fewer students than projected so far
Thu  Aug 27 2015 12:51PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — On the first two days of the 2015-16 school year, the anticipated higher number of students expected districtwide failed to materialize, at least initially. But that doesn’t … Find out how to read more online.
Former commissioner seeking state Senate seat
Thu  Aug 27 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– Former Sarasota County commissioner Nora Patterson announced this week she is running for the state Senate District 28 seat. She’s the third to declare candidacy for the … Find out how to read more online.
County balks at new sales tax to help homeless
Thu  Aug 27 2015 12:51PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — While eager to help the homeless, county commissioners don’t like the idea of imposing another 1 percent sales tax to cover the cost. At a recent Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Back to class
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Mia Montgomery, assistant principal at Woodland Middle School, stood at the exit of the school’s bus loop Monday morning, enthusiastically greeting students as they walked onto campus. … Find out how to read more online.
County ordinance change could make hunters go hog wild
Tue  Aug 25 2015 03:19PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County commissioners Monday approved a measure that could one day lead to hunting on county-owned property. In a 4-1 vote, the board approved an update to … Find out how to read more online.
Dog park to get cooling station, other updates
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — After five years with minimal amenities, the Canine Club — North Port’s only dog park — will receive much-needed improvements including a cooling station and agility equipment, … Find out how to read more online.
Mustangs roll over Warriors
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Rain and lightning played havoc with the North Port Pop Warner Mustangs’ opening youth football games with host Charlotte Warriors Saturday. The Midget and Junior Midget games … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota school district starts year with new logo
Mon  Aug 24 2015 03:38PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — When parents access the Sarasota County School District’s website as the new school year begins, they may notice a subtle difference — a new logo at the … Find out how to read more online.
Danny weakened, no threat to area expected
Mon  Aug 24 2015 08:30AM
Hurricane Danny weakened to a tropical storm over the weekend, and is now unlikely to have any impact at all on Southwest Florida. “It just won’t effect this area,” said … Find out how to read more online.
Area rates among highest in FLORIDA
Sun  Aug 23 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series. Rebecca L. Edwards said she was 6 when her stepfather began to sexually abuse her — a crime Edwards said … Find out how to read more online.
Hundreds already signed up for free, reduced meals
Mon  Aug 24 2015 03:02PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Even before the 2015-16 school year gets underway Monday, the Sarasota County School District has been registering hundreds of students for free and reduced-cost lunches. “Six hundred … Find out how to read more online.
District hires hundreds of new teachers
Sat  Aug 22 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — When students head back to class on Monday, they won’t be the only ones embarking on a new experience. For the 2015-16 school year, the Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.
Area unemployment ticks upward
Sat  Aug 22 2015 08:30AM
The jobless rate climbed higher last month across the region, but still showed significant gains from a year ago. In July, the Charlotte County unemployment figure rose to 6.2 percent, up … Find out how to read more online.
Jet’s Pizza reopens in North Port
Sat  Aug 22 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — James Gregg has reopened Jet’s Pizza in town after an absence of four years. Jet’s is a national franchise with 28 stores in Florida alone, according to … Find out how to read more online.
City seeking sponsorships for ‘Trick or Treat at City Hall’
Sat  Aug 22 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Planning for the annual “Trick or Treat at City Hall” is underway, and the city of North Port is looking for businesses, organizations or individuals interested in … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota Supervisor of Elections, other county departments seek budget hikes
Thu  Aug 20 2015 04:52PM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– Sarasota County commissioners will take a look Friday at the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year –– which starts on Oct. 1 –– either giving their … Find out how to read more online.
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Blucher drops out of county race
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Former city of North Port mayor Jim Blucher has withdrawn from the race for the Sarasota County Commission District 3 seat. He could not be reached for … Find out how to read more online.
Splash pad opening delayed
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The opening of the splash pad being constructed at Atwater Community Park in eastern North Port has been pushed back to early October due to a manufacturing … Find out how to read more online.
NPPD: Woman charged for having sex outside 7-Eleven
Thu  Aug 27 2015 05:28PM
NORTH PORT — A woman was charged Wednesday in connection with an incident at a North Port gas station in which a father and son witnessed an amorous couple having … Find out how to read more online.
Area schools get $200K for reading program
Fri  Aug 28 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Three elementary schools, including two in North Port, have received $200,000 in grants to support a Reading Recovery program directed toward struggling first-graders, according to the Sarasota … Find out how to read more online.
SCSO: Davie man arrested for beach car burglaries
Wed  Aug 26 2015 05:23PM
MANASOTA KEY — After a nearly 10-month investigation, a 53-year-old man from Davie, Fla., was arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing items from cars at beaches along Manasota Key Road in … Find out how to read more online.
Family Haven nears home build goals
Thu  Aug 27 2015 12:51PM
NORTH PORT — The Family Haven emergency homeless shelter that opened in North Port this past spring is getting closer to providing affordable housing for area families in need. Peter … Find out how to read more online.
Remote park to see improvements
Wed  Aug 26 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A hidden neighborhood park dense with trees and foliage, which has not received much attention in past years, will be getting needed improvements to accommodate city residents. … Find out how to read more online.
Slain firefighter’s family posts ‘call for action’
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The family of Charlotte County firefighter Sam Presley Dreher will not quit until they see Danielle Dreher, Sam’s ex-wife, behind bars for good. Danielle, a 43-year-old North … Find out how to read more online.
Life after child abuse
Mon  Aug 24 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part series. Blame. Guilt. Isolation. All three negative feelings are commonly felt by victims of child abuse — or any abuse — … Find out how to read more online.
Firefighters take down small blazes
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city’s Fire Rescue department was busy over the weekend and into Monday handling small fires at area homes. According to city officials, North Port police responded … Find out how to read more online.
Eagles win big against Steelers
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Eagles teams opened their first-ever Southwest Florida Youth Football League season with two convincing victories over the visiting Lee County Steelers, Saturday at Butler … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota schools see growth
Mon  Aug 24 2015 03:38PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Approximately 900 more students are expected to take to the halls of Sarasota County schools when bells ring at campuses this morning, signaling the start of the … Find out how to read more online.
Airman helped woman recapture world speed flying record
Mon  Aug 24 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is the second of two parts of French’s story. George E. French of Venice Golf & Country Club was a B-24 “Liberator” bomber pilot in the Pacific … Find out how to read more online.
Now Showing: Safety first at Regal Cinemas
Sun  Aug 23 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Duewa Zimbi hasn’t been to the movies in years. But she was ready for some big-screen entertainment Saturday at the Port Charlotte Town Center mall. And that’s … Find out how to read more online.
Child Protection Center notes growing needs of North Port
Sun  Aug 23 2015 08:30AM
A butterfly garden and bronze statue of children swinging from tree limbs welcomes families into the Child Protection Center in Sarasota who feel less than welcome in their own homes. … Find out how to read more online.
Turtle nests keep on hatching
Mon  Aug 24 2015 03:03PM
ENGLEWOOD — Linda Soderquist had a welcomed surprise this week. “A couple of new nests and ‘surprise hatches’ this week boosted our numbers,” she said. She’s the primary permit holder … Find out how to read more online.
Culver’s, new development in works for North Port
Fri  Aug 21 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A new retail development proposed off U.S. 41 in North Port, including a Culver’s restaurant, got a green light Thursday from the city’s Planning and Zoning Advisory … Find out how to read more online.
County Parks Master Plan environmental talk next week
Sat  Aug 22 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The public is invited to join a Thursday discussion about environmental topics related to the Sarasota County Parks, Preserves and Recreation Master Plan. The public meeting, which … Find out how to read more online.
Boxing gym owner charged with molesting female students
Thu  Aug 20 2015 05:38PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The owner/operator of a boxing gym in Sarasota was arrested Wednesday, accused of inappropriately touching young girls at the facility last year, according to authorities. Akram “Alan” … Find out how to read more online.
Impact fees could be reinstated to build schools
Wed  Aug 19 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — School Board members still want more input before deciding whether to vote in favor of reinstating impact fees to help pay for new schools the district could … Find out how to read more online.