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Low-cost spay/neutering transport service available
Mon  Jun 29 2015 03:50PM
NORTH PORT — The Animal Rescue Coalition in Sarasota has a new transport van and is now offering shuttle services for local residents seeking low-cost, spay-and-neuter services for their pets. … Find out how to read more online.
New community in the works on River Road
Tue  Jun 30 2015 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– A Fort Myers land developer is eyeing property near Englewood’s Paul Morris Industrial Park for a new residential community. Randy Thibaut with River Road Investor Group said … Find out how to read more online.
Commemorate the Fourth all day Saturday
Tue  Jun 30 2015 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Independence Day on Saturday brings events to the city from morning until night. Kicking off the Fourth of July is the ninth annual Firecracker 5K Run at … Find out how to read more online.
Protecting the Peace
Sun  Jun 28 2015 08:30AM
There are times when the Peace River trickles at a pace. Fishermen don’t need anchors as their vessels float in place. Gators can bask along the banks without even the … Find out how to read more online.
Long key as North Port 13-14 All-Stars win
Tue  Jun 30 2015 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Brandon Long has pitched in plenty of important games. That certainly helped him as he was the winning pitcher in the North Port Area Little League 13-14-year-old … Find out how to read more online.
Area ham operators have Field Day with purpose
Sun  Jun 28 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — When Hurricane Charley blew through in August 2004, Dave Hanson was prepared. With not one, but two, solar-powered radio systems at his home, the ham operator was … Find out how to read more online.
Reminder: North Port emergency alert system available
Sun  Jun 28 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Privacy was the main concern during a City Commission discussion last week of the city’s CodeRED emergency alert system, in which a routine license agreement was approved. … Find out how to read more online.
State of North Port: ‘Much done, much to do’
Fri  Jun 26 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port City Manager Jonathan Lewis stepped up to the lectern Thursday for the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and “State of the City” … Find out how to read more online.
NPPD seeks $600K budget increase
Sat  Jun 27 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city’s non-district departments looked into the future for their proposed fiscal year 2015-2016 budgets, with accommodations for growth as the main directive, and training for a … Find out how to read more online.
Scott budget cuts hurt local free clinics
Fri  Jun 26 2015 08:30AM
Gov. Rick Scott’s budget cut of $9.5 million to charitable clinics will hurt locally. State legislators supported a $9.5 million allocation to the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. The association … Find out how to read more online.
Gasparilla Road construction moving fast
Fri  Jun 26 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH GULF COVE — The expansion of Gasparilla Road is cruising. The 2.5-mile road project calls for the two-lane road to be expanded to four lanes from the Gasparilla Road … Find out how to read more online.
STC construction-management case in judge’s hands
Wed  Jun 24 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A judge’s ruling in the tech college construction-management case at the Sarasota County School District likely won’t come until early to mid-September, due to procedures, but all … Find out how to read more online.
Denise Lee foundation needs cookbook recipes
Wed  Jun 24 2015 08:30AM
Peggy Lee hopes locals will want to share their secret family or favorite recipes if they know it’s for a good cause. Lee is the mother-in-law of the late Denise … Find out how to read more online.
City to discuss Sabal Trace’s future
Fri  Jun 26 2015 05:31PM
NORTH PORT — Jim Glass, president of the Sabal Trace Homeowners Alliance, said rumors have been circulating through the close-knit community about the future of the neighborhood golf course and … Find out how to read more online.
Witness: School Board STC decision not predetermined
Tue  Jun 23 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County School Board’s decision to not hire the lowest bidder for a multimillion-dollar construction project in North Port was not predetermined, a witness testified Monday. … Find out how to read more online.
New SCSO foundation helps employees in need
Tue  Jun 23 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — What happens when the people who help the general public with life emergencies and catastrophes have catastrophes themselves to manage? According to Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight, … Find out how to read more online.
Blue Star Mothers collecting quilts for female veterans
Tue  Jun 23 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The Southwest Florida Blue Star Mothers are collecting 25 quilts and knitted or crocheted blankets for wounded female warriors, attendees of the annual Women’s Veterans Retreat Sept. … Find out how to read more online.
Sunshine State Games help kids stay on track
Sun  Jun 21 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Track coach Jonathan Terry can be heard far and wide across Tarpon Stadium, shouting out encouragement to one of his own sprinters in the 100-meter event at … Find out how to read more online.
Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint to open in Cocoplum
Sun  Jun 21 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A growing “create-your-own” premium pizza franchise is heading to North Port’s Cocoplum Village Shops, aiming for a November opening, according to information provided by the company. Operating … Find out how to read more online.
School Board won’t renew lobbying contract
Sat  Jun 20 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County School Board members reached consensus this week to let a contract with district lobbyist Becker and Poliakoff lapse. The firm has 13 Florida locations, including … Find out how to read more online.
CNN Top Stories
Murder-suicide victims ID’d
Mon  Jun 29 2015 05:44PM
VENICE — The identities of the family found dead Friday in what authorities say was a double homicide and suicide at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Venice have been … Find out how to read more online.
Hospital offers phone app for moms-to-be
Tue  Jun 30 2015 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota Memorial Health Care System recently announced the arrival of SMH Baby, a free app the hospital developed to makes things a little easier for expectant … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Chamber on right track
Mon  Jun 29 2015 03:50PM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce maintained positive momentum and became more financially stable this year with a balanced budget, according to the organization’s leadership. Last … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Man kidnaps, beats woman
Tue  Jun 30 2015 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — A 32-year-old North Port man was arrested Sunday night after he allegedly forced a 31-year-old woman into his car, drove her through the city and repeatedly hit, … Find out how to read more online.
Marauders’ mission: Blow Po River bridge
Mon  Jun 29 2015 10:46AM
The target: a major bridge over the Po River near Pavia in northern Italy used by the Germans in World War II to move men and equipment south to the … Find out how to read more online.
EARS complies with Sarasota County regulations
Sun  Jun 28 2015 03:01PM
ENGLEWOOD — EARS Animal Rescue Sanctuary had until today to relocate more than 40 cats following a zoning complaint that made it stop taking in new felines. Although EARS, at … Find out how to read more online.
Goodwill to build new donation center on Toledo Blade
Sun  Jun 28 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Goodwill Manasota, which already operates a retail center at 14879 Tamiami Trail in North Port, plans to open a 2,500-square-foot donation center at 2250 Bobcat Village Center Road … Find out how to read more online.
3 dead in homicide-suicide at Venice hotel
Sat  Jun 27 2015 08:30AM
VENICE — Three people were found dead at the Fairfield Inn & Suites off Interstate 75 Friday morning in what law enforcement officials are calling a double homicide and suicide. … Find out how to read more online.
New fire stations proposed for city
Wed  Jun 24 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Fire Rescue Division had a lot to recommend for the future — including new stations and trucks — at a City Commission budget workshop … Find out how to read more online.
Matthews named 1st Business Advocate Hall of Fame inductee
Fri  Jun 26 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Gene Matthews, affectionately known locally as “Mr. North Port,” was honored Thursday as the inaugural inductee into the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Advocate Hall … Find out how to read more online.
‘Operation Vittles’
Fri  Jun 26 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — At the end of World War II, defeated Germany was divided into four sectors — the American zone, the British zone, the French zone and the Russian zone. Although … Find out how to read more online.
Springs wellness center moves forward
Thu  Jun 25 2015 11:01AM
NORTH PORT — After 15 months of review and years of anticipation, land changes that will contribute to a proposed wellness center for the Warm Mineral Springs community were finalized … Find out how to read more online.
Expert: Do more for homeless adults
Thu  Jun 25 2015 10:41AM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– The county had made great strides in combating the homelessness issue, but there are still steps that need to be taken. This was the point made by … Find out how to read more online.
Home sales hot
Tue  Jun 23 2015 08:30AM
Home prices sizzled across the region as Southwest Florida’s real estate market continued to heat up in May. According to the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Realtor Association, Charlotte County saw … Find out how to read more online.
US 41 at Sumter, River on ‘dangerous’ list
Tue  Jun 23 2015 05:47PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sumter Boulevard at U.S. 41 remains on the list of the top 20 dangerous intersections in Sarasota County. In 2006, the North Port intersection was ranked on … Find out how to read more online.
Danger in the water
Sun  Jun 21 2015 08:30AM
There have been about a dozen shark attacks off the waters of Florida this year, but health officials recently warned there is something else potentially more dangerous in the water. … Find out how to read more online.
Summertime heat hits with some afternoon showers likely
Mon  Jun 22 2015 08:30AM
It may feel like it’s over 100 degrees some mornings this week, so Southwest Florida residents could be grateful for afternoon showers. Temperatures in the lower 90s are only a … Find out how to read more online.
Grandpa provides ‘Poppa Day Care’
Sun  Jun 21 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Tim Ainscoe sings Kenny Rodgers’ song “The Gambler” to two of his grandchildren, Finnley, 19 months, and Blaine Faris, 9 months, to get them to calm down. … Find out how to read more online.
Marbut to present final plan
Sun  Jun 21 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — In a community report card on homelessness, Sarasota County received one failing grade for not providing or protecting homeless individuals. Tuesday, Dr. Robert Marbut, a Texas-based consultant … Find out how to read more online.
Health care grads fuel job market
Sat  Jun 20 2015 08:30AM
The recent crop of graduates in the health care field are finding success as transplants to the Southwest Florida workforce, helping to offset the sluggish hiring season. Although area unemployment … Find out how to read more online.