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Blood drive for ailing firefighter to continue Thursday
Wed  Apr 23 2014 07:18PM
NORTH PORT — North Port Fire Marshal Michael Frantz reported that a blood drive held today for local firefighter/EMT Christina Doyle was so successful that it will continue tomorrow (Thursday) … Find out how to read more online.
Home sweet homes
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
Residential real estate in Southwest Florida is heating up as more homes continue to sell faster and fetch strong prices, according to March real estate reports. Charlotte and Sarasota counties … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County OKs $769K to promote tourism
Wed  Apr 23 2014 07:11PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — County commissioners on Wednesday approved using unspent funds and extra bed tax dollars to promote sports and arts events throughout Sarasota County, a decision that will help, … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota Memorial Health CEO stepping down
Wed  Apr 23 2014 07:08PM
SARASOTA — After nearly 10 years, Gwen MacKenzie is stepping down as president and CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and returning to her home state to assume a … Find out how to read more online.
Roadside rescue
Tue  Apr 22 2014 08:00AM
A dead doe lay on the side of a busy road Saturday night in North Port. Her fawn, believed to be just a few weeks old, wouldn’t leave his mother’s … Find out how to read more online.
NPPD sergeant retires
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A longtime sergeant with the North Port Police Department tendered his retirement this week, citing “recent events” that had negative effects on his health and family. Sgt. … Find out how to read more online.
‘Try Transit Day’ offering residents free bus rides
Wed  Apr 23 2014 01:15AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port and Sarasota County commissions and the Florida Department of Transportation have teamed up to offer a “Try Transit Day” on Friday, when residents can … Find out how to read more online.

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Bicyclist killed on U.S. 41
Tue  Apr 22 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A 41-year-old man was killed Sunday night after being struck by a minivan while he was pushing his bicycle across U.S. 41, according to the Florida Highway … Find out how to read more online.
Mustangs combine set for this weekend
Tue  Apr 22 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Mustangs Pop Warner spring flag football combine is scheduled for Sunday at the George Mullen Activity Center field, off Sumter Boulevard. The combine will … Find out how to read more online.
Pastor: Find relevance in resurrection
Mon  Apr 21 2014 09:08AM
The Rev. Phil Sheffield urged those at Lighthouse Baptist Church’s Easter sunrise service to find relevance in Christ’s resurrection. “It speaks to God’s love for us,” he told several hundred … Find out how to read more online.
Forecast calls for sunny skies
Mon  Apr 21 2014 08:00AM
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
Mon  Apr 21 2014 08:00AM
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
Tue  Apr 22 2014 06:29PM
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.
Crime rate hits low
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:06PM
The total number of serious crimes in Charlotte, DeSoto and Sarasota counties dropped from 2012 to 2013, and all three counties saw the lowest number of index crimes per 100,000 … Find out how to read more online.
Making the grade
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:06PM
Two area high schools again received academic accolades from U.S. News & World Report, improving over last year’s rankings. The online magazine ranks public high schools in every state and … Find out how to read more online.
Detert’s arts bill stalls in Legislature
Wed  Apr 23 2014 07:08PM
A bill proposed by state Sen. Nancy Detert that would put focus on students having access to fine arts programs in school has hit a snag. Detert, R-Venice, believes fine … Find out how to read more online.
Officials get closer to homeless facility decision
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota county and city leaders are roughly 60 days from choosing the location of an adult homeless shelter, following a joint meeting Tuesday. Unless they decide to … Find out how to read more online.
Relay for Life is this weekend
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Teams for this year’s annual Relay for Life scoured the airwaves and have come up with a wide range of programming to fit this year’s theme, “Changing the channel … Find out how to read more online.
Season of kittens
Tue  Apr 22 2014 02:40PM
Kittens may be cuddly and adorable, but officials say too much cuteness isn’t necessarily a good thing. This year, thousands of wild kittens will be born in Charlotte County alone. … Find out how to read more online.
Blood drive set for firefighter
Tue  Apr 22 2014 02:28PM
North Port Fire Rescue is supporting firefighter/EMT Christina Doyle by holding a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 at Fire Station 81, 4980 City Center … Find out how to read more online.
South County Habitat marks 100th house built
Mon  Apr 21 2014 09:08AM
NORTH PORT — Scott Hemp, Cordalane Solomon and Rachaul Bermudez couldn’t believe their good fortune when each learned they qualified for a subsidized home through Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County. … Find out how to read more online.
Cyberbullying cases continue to climb
Tue  Apr 22 2014 08:00AM
Mike Desjardins believes he is seeing a slight increase in the number of cyberbullying cases being reported to Charlotte County school district officials. However, the director of student services for … Find out how to read more online.
McKibben Park is North Port’s ‘Park of the Month’
Mon  Apr 21 2014 09:08AM
NORTH PORT — The city is inviting residents to check out McKibben Park, this month’s “Park of the Month” for North Port. In conjunction with the National Park and Recreation … Find out how to read more online.
Statute offers differing views
Tue  Apr 22 2014 06:29PM
Florida Statute 112.533 governs the way law enforcement agencies receive and process complaints against their own officers. The statute allows for agencies like the North Port Police Department to withhold … Find out how to read more online.
Man struck, killed on I-75
Mon  Apr 21 2014 08:00AM
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
Mon  Apr 21 2014 08:00AM
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
Tue  Apr 22 2014 06:29PM
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.