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Sarasota County switching gears on roadway fundraising
Thu  Aug 28 2014 11:34AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — County commissioners are hoping to separate fundraising efforts, like those of firefighters who collect funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, from those just looking to panhandle a … Find out how to read more online.
Recount possible for Seat 4 city race
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — On election night, North Port City Commission candidate Lorenzo Whitehead posted on his Facebook page that he would ask for a recount for his Seat 4 race … Find out how to read more online.
Man faces new child sex charges
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A Port Charlotte man faces four counts of lewd or lascivious exhibition after authorities say he repeatedly masturbated in front of a teenage girl, according to the … Find out how to read more online.
Controlled burn today on Deer Prairie Creek Preserve
Thu  Aug 28 2014 12:58PM
NORTH PORT — Staff from the Southwest Florida Water Management District is conducting a 170-acre prescribed burn on the Deer Prairie Creek Preserve today. The burn is located in the … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged with beating, killing small dog
Thu  Aug 28 2014 11:34AM
NOKOMIS — A Nokomis man faces four counts of aggravated animal cruelty for physically abusing and ultimately killing a 12-pound, miniature Dachshund in early August, according to the Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.
Some hope for short Springs outage
Thu  Aug 28 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Although the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa will close at 5 p.m. Sunday, staff said the city’s plan to obtain full ownership of the Springs could allow … Find out how to read more online.
Nevins, first bishop of Venice diocese, dies
Thu  Aug 28 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — The Most Rev. John Nevins, founding bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida, died Tuesday. He was 82. The death was announced in a press statement from … Find out how to read more online.
Homeless family portal on track; adult site search dropped
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Construction on the new emergency intake portal for homeless families likely will get underway in September at the North Port Family Service Center, according to Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.
Maulucci wins 12th Circuit judge race
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
Susan Maulucci resigned from her job as a court magistrate to run for the 12th Circuit judgeship. She had no plan B for what she would do if she didn’t … Find out how to read more online.
Caragiulo, Maio win County Commission primary
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Results of the Republican primary for two Sarasota County Commission seats were one-sided affairs, with two candidates easily besting their opponents to reach the general election in … Find out how to read more online.
Garage fire damages home
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — No one — human or animal — was injured after a garage fire caused serious damage to a Peake Street home Tuesday morning. According to North Port … Find out how to read more online.
City attorney contract OK’d
Tue  Aug 26 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Fort Myers-based lawyer Mark Moriarty became the city of North Port’s first in-house attorney Monday morning following a 20-minute special meeting to discuss salary and contract details. … Find out how to read more online.
North Port upgrades canal structures
Mon  Aug 25 2014 11:54AM
NORTH PORT — City Public Works officials say they are bringing North Port’s decades-old water control structures up to present-day standards. “Most of them were built in the ’60s, and … Find out how to read more online.
Wyld served 41 years in Navy Reserve aboard 21 ships
Mon  Aug 25 2014 08:00AM
During his 41 years in the Naval Reserve, Chief Warrant Officer-4 Bill Wyld Jr. may have served on more ships than just about anyone in the service. From 1948 until … Find out how to read more online.
School districts worked to prepare for new standards
Sun  Aug 24 2014 08:00AM
Over the summer, Sarasota County School District superintendent Lori White said district teachers spent more than 30,000 hours of training. While it wasn’t all geared toward the new Florida State … Find out how to read more online.
Register now for ‘Green Pumpkin’ Tour de North Port
Sun  Aug 24 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — People for Trees Inc., a nonprofit native tree advocacy group, will hold its annual Tour de North Port bicycle ride Sunday, Oct. 26. Themed “It’s the Green … Find out how to read more online.
Home prices climb
Fri  Aug 22 2014 08:00AM
Prices for single-family homes continue to climb, while a resurgent condo market also is seeing significant price gains. The median sale price for a single-family home rose in July to … Find out how to read more online.
SCOPE asking residents to take survey
Sat  Aug 23 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY— SCOPE, a community engagement organization in Sarasota County, is conducting a Human Services Needs Assessment throughout the month of August. Residents are encouraged to participate in a survey. … Find out how to read more online.
TRIM notices coming
Fri  Aug 22 2014 12:02PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Property owners should start receiving their 2014-2015 TRIM notices this week, as local governments finalize their tax rates for the next fiscal year. The “Truth in Millage” notices … Find out how to read more online.
Heat continues, but more rain this weekend
Fri  Aug 22 2014 08:00AM
Typical Florida coastal temperatures will continue through most of the weekend for both Sarasota and Charlotte counties, according to National Weather Center meteorologist Robert Garcia. Garcia said that average temperatures … Find out how to read more online.
Local attorney disbarred
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A Sarasota attorney with North Port ties was disbarred by the Florida Supreme Court in July, after an investigation revealed a host of violations, including taking money … Find out how to read more online.
Atwater shifting students due to lower enrollment
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Due to lower enrollment numbers, Atwater Elementary is “collapsing” four classrooms and moving students into different classes two weeks into the school year. Projected to have 782 students … Find out how to read more online.
Landscaper struck by forklift on I-75
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A Cape Coral landscaper was injured Thursday on Interstate 75 in North Port after he was struck by a forklift, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Around … Find out how to read more online.
Government offices to close for Labor Day
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
City of North Port and Sarasota County government offices, including libraries, recreation centers and Historical Resources, will be closed Monday, Sept. 1 for the Labor Day holiday. Sarasota County Area … Find out how to read more online.
City races head to runoff
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Incumbent Linda Yates dominated the polls in Tuesday’s primary election, racking up 41.70 percent of the vote in the North Port City Commission Seat 5 race. Yates will … Find out how to read more online.
Rotonda III takes its turn
Thu  Aug 28 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — While the two sides mull possible appeals in the Rotonda II sewer case, the wheels of justice continue to grind in the next Rotonda lawsuit. Rotonda III … Find out how to read more online.
Voters approve districting … again
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Asked about districting for a second time, city residents voted in favor of it by an even stronger majority. In Tuesday’s primary election, 4,344 residents, or 67 … Find out how to read more online.
Gonzalez clinches House District 74 seat
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
Dr. Julio Gonzalez easily won the Republican primary for the Florida House District 74 seat Tuesday. With all 48 Sarasota precincts counted, Gonzalez saw 8,045 votes in the Republican primary Tuesday, … Find out how to read more online.
Brown, Goodwin retain School Board seats; Marsh, Ziegler advance
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — In the wake of Tuesday’s primary election, the contest for the Sarasota County School Board District 1 seat dropped from a four-way race to a two-way race, with … Find out how to read more online.
Today is Election Day
Tue  Aug 26 2014 10:22AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Roughly 6,200 people cast their ballots during the weeklong early voting session that wrapped up Saturday, according to Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent. The county … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged with attempted burglary
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested a North Port man Monday afternoon after he allegedly attempted to burglarize a house and vehicle. According to an SCSO report, … Find out how to read more online.
South Florida couple charged in car-ramming incident
Tue  Aug 26 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A South Florida couple is being held without bond after a Sunday incident in which they twice rammed a car carrying two women, according to the North … Find out how to read more online.
Always digging
Sun  Aug 24 2014 08:00AM
Mike Gandy, Kurt Mehl and Mike Vogel technically hold part-time positions, but their jobs never stop. The three detectives — with more than 100 years of combined experience in various … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County nixes 30-year CRA renewal
Sun  Aug 24 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — County commissioners did not renew an agreement with the city of Sarasota to help fund their downtown CRA — or Community Redevelopment Area — saving $352 million … Find out how to read more online.
25 dogs removed
Sat  Aug 23 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Authorities removed 25 dogs — mostly Weimaraners — from a home Friday morning on the 6600 block of Kenwood Avenue, after Sarasota County Sheriff’s deputies served the … Find out how to read more online.
Student enrollment gap closing
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:17AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Student numbers are climbing for Sarasota County schools, with many reporting higher enrollment as the first week of school came to an end Friday. Day five numbers … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Man has sex with boy while mom asleep
Sat  Aug 23 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A 32-year-old North Port man has been accused of having sex with a boy half his age, while the boy’s mother was asleep in the same bedroom. … Find out how to read more online.
Early voting turnout lighter than expected
Fri  Aug 22 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — With two more days of early voting left for the Aug. 26 primary election, voters have shown a preference for absentee ballots over early voting. Early voting, … Find out how to read more online.
Molestation charge for school psychologist
Thu  Aug 21 2014 09:43AM
A Sarasota County School District psychologist was charged Wednesday with molesting a young girl who was previously under his foster care, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Harvey Dorey, … Find out how to read more online.
New landscaping on tap for Biscayne Drive
Fri  Aug 22 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Biscayne Drive will be made over in the coming months, once a landscaping enhancement project takes off on a mission to revamp the area. A lush new … Find out how to read more online.