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Forecast calls for sunny skies
Sun  Apr 20 2014 06:51PM
Southwest Florida residents should see sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s for the majority of the week. “We’re going to have really nice weather all week,” said Andrew … Find out how to read more online.
High cost of living
Sun  Apr 20 2014 07:30PM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Eye doctors account for nearly half of the 100 physicians nationwide who receive the largest reimbursements from Medicare, newly released data show. And, not surprisingly, a significant … Find out how to read more online.
Man struck, killed on I-75
Sun  Apr 20 2014 10:20AM
A St. Petersburg man was killed late Saturday night when he was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 75 near North Port. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, around … Find out how to read more online.
North Port D-Fy to mark 4th anniversary
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — North Port Drug-Free Youth will celebrate its fourth anniversary with a weeklong scavenger hunt that will culminate in a “birthday” party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless numbers hold steady
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
The region’s unemployment rate in March showed little change from the previous month but continued its steady decline from a year ago. The state Department of Economic Opportunity reported that the … Find out how to read more online.
Trailblazers looking for volunteers
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — If you enjoy biking on trails through pristine wilderness, Mark Paquin would like to enlist your help. Paquin, 51, is an Englewood resident. He and his wife Michele … Find out how to read more online.
More NPPD officers on paid leave
Thu  Apr 17 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — North Port Police Chief Kevin Vespia confirmed this week that at least one other internal affairs investigation involving a city police officer is underway, although Vespia cited … Find out how to read more online.
Boat-race brothers vow to return
Thu  Apr 17 2014 08:00AM
First-time boat racers Ryan and Rick Krizen finished only fifth out of the six entrants in their class of this year’s Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix at Englewood Beach, but … Find out how to read more online.
SCSO offers new credit card option for bail
Thu  Apr 17 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office unveiled a new option on Wednesday for those arrested on minor offenses to make it easier to bond out of jail, according … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Shoplifting leads to pursuit
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Two men and one woman were arrested Monday after allegedly stealing numerous items from Bealls Outlet and Ross department stores, then fleeing and nearly striking an officer … Find out how to read more online.
Man in ‘Spice’ ring sentenced
Tue  Apr 15 2014 10:40AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A North Port man has been sentenced to a year in prison for his role in a regional synthetic marijuana ring after his arrest in January. Sayed … Find out how to read more online.
Postal workers deal with Easter, Tax Day
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
Between customers with tax returns and Easter eggs, it was double trouble early this week for local postal workers. But they were ready for it. “It’s kind of like a … Find out how to read more online.
City argues over attorney transparency
Tue  Apr 15 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — City Commissioner Linda Yates argued with other board members Monday over whether a consultant company’s in-house attorney position profile should be decided on in a public meeting. … Find out how to read more online.
Fans flock to Englewood for fun, sun and high-speed boats
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dave Sharpnack would likely never have made it to the white sand beach on Manasota Key if it hadn’t been for the powerboat races held in Englewood Sunday. … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood settles down post-boat race
Tue  Apr 15 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — At Englewood Beach Monday, Bruce Tobiassen prepared the Miss Geico powerboat for its trip back to Riviera Beach. Miss Geico blew a drive shaft, sustained other damage, and … Find out how to read more online.
It’s back: Springs reopens
Sun  Apr 13 2014 05:53PM
WARM MINERAL SPRINGS — Lawn chairs and beach towels dotted the shoreline and the smell of sunscreen was in the air as Warm Mineral Springs officially reopened Saturday. The 87-degree, … Find out how to read more online.
Big beer vs. small craft brewers
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Bill Frazer has been working for months to transform a Charlotte Street warehouse space into Fat Point Brewing Company, marking the first microbrewery in Charlotte County. The … Find out how to read more online.
North Porter unveils volunteerism Facebook page
Sun  Apr 13 2014 08:50AM
NORTH PORT — Laurie File knows a thing or two about helping the community, and now she wants to get others involved, too. File, 43, who works for the North Port … Find out how to read more online.
Advocacy group looking for volunteers
Mon  Apr 14 2014 01:23PM
As Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa reopened its doors this week with a short-term operator at the helm, one group is still pushing for a big-picture solution that will protect … Find out how to read more online.
Man struck, killed on I-75
Sun  Apr 20 2014 07:30PM
A St. Petersburg man was killed late Saturday night when he was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 75 near North Port. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, around … Find out how to read more online.
Recycling efforts working in Charlotte and Sarasota
Sun  Apr 20 2014 07:17PM
Recycling in Charlotte County has improved since new recycle carts were introduced to residents late last year, officials say. Unlike Sarasota County, where recycling is mandatory, Charlotte County doesn’t make … Find out how to read more online.
‘Spring’ into family fun
Sun  Apr 20 2014 10:20AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — With arts and crafts, bounce houses and all-day Easter egg hunts, the annual Spring Spectacular is a haven for young tots. But it’s not for kids only. … Find out how to read more online.
North Port plans sidewalks
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — City staff have outlined plans to complete sidewalk segments on Price, Cranberry, Chamberlain and Nordendale boulevards in 2014. “One of the exciting things about the first one … Find out how to read more online.
North Port man charged with stalking Venice mayor
Fri  Apr 18 2014 01:23PM
NORTH PORT — A North Port man was charged with stalking Venice Mayor John Holic after he discovered that Holic had been having a long-standing affair with his wife, according … Find out how to read more online.
Hop on down to Bunny Breakfast, “Egg-Normous” Egg Hunt
Fri  Apr 18 2014 01:30PM
NORTH PORT — The city’s Parks and Recreation Division and the Early Bird Kiwanis invite you to hop on down to the George Mullen Activity Center for a delicious breakfast … Find out how to read more online.
North Port examines fees
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — City commissioners and staff met Thursday to review proposed changes to the citywide fee schedule for fiscal year 2014-2015. This year, the city took a close look at Neighborhood … Find out how to read more online.
Spring Spectacular this weekend
Fri  Apr 18 2014 09:25AM
This year more than ever, Jodi Kremiller is hoping for a good turnout for the fourth annual Spring Spectacular, being held Saturday and Sunday at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds off State … Find out how to read more online.
Bentley’s shooter gets life behind bars
Tue  Apr 15 2014 04:37PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — It took a 12-member jury over six hours to find Michael W. Rice guilty of the first-degree murder of Philippe Nahon. Rice, 25, was sentenced to life … Find out how to read more online.
Price Boulevard widening in works
Wed  Apr 16 2014 01:01PM
NORTH PORT — Although the widening of Price Boulevard has been explored before, city commissioners and staff discussed the potential project with a sense of urgency in a Tuesday workshop. … Find out how to read more online.
School Board ponders lobbyist hire
Wed  Apr 16 2014 01:01PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — During a workshop Tuesday afternoon, members of the Sarasota County School Board agreed they would like to pursue hiring a lobbyist to speak on their behalf in … Find out how to read more online.

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City basketball game to benefit Project Graduation
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The community is invited to a basketball game in which city employees will take on North Port High School seniors to raise funds for Project Graduation. Several … Find out how to read more online.
Jury to continue deliberations today in fatal shooting
Mon  Apr 14 2014 07:01PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Jury deliberations in the insanity defense trial of Michael W. Rice, who is charged with the first-degree murder of Philippe Nahon, are stretching into a second day. … Find out how to read more online.
Authorities: Few incidents at boat races
Tue  Apr 15 2014 08:00AM
Crowds in the Englewood Beach area for the inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix were mostly relaxed, despite a handful of weekend arrests and a half-dozen medical 911 calls … Find out how to read more online.
Compromise reached on bill
Tue  Apr 15 2014 08:00AM
Ashley Lotempio’s son was just 18 months old when he first began showing signs of a mental illness. At first, the Texas native was told her son was simply being a … Find out how to read more online.
Soggy week on tap
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
A front moving through Southwest Florida will bring with it rain for the majority of the week. The front will begin moving into the area Tuesday afternoon, bringing with it … Find out how to read more online.
Freeman remembers Tet Offensive in 1969
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
Tet was the big battle former Air Force Sgt. Jack Freeman of Port Charlotte recalls most vividly from his year-long deployment to Vietnam. Some 80,000 North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and … Find out how to read more online.
Sites set up to help firefighter with leukemia
Sat  Apr 12 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Several donation websites have been set up to help raise money for a 36-year-old North Port firefighter/EMT who is battling leukemia. Christina Doyle is a member of … Find out how to read more online.
New homes spike
Fri  Apr 11 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Permits for new homes in the city rose drastically last month compared to the same time a year ago. In March, 65 new residential permits were issued … Find out how to read more online.