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Dentist to provide free services in Saint Lucia
Fri  Jul 22 2016 09:24AM
NORTH PORT — Dr. Kevin Schapley, a North Port dentist, is heading to Saint Lucia today — not for the white sands and blue water, but to help those in … Find out how to read more online.
Crowded field faces questions at forum
Thu  Jul 21 2016 09:10AM
NORTH PORT — A candidate forum for the North Port city commissioner hopefuls will be held tonight and give voters the opportunity to become more informed on those running. “We’re … Find out how to read more online.
North Port High School principal leaving
Thu  Jul 21 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — After four years at North Port High School, Principal David Jones is heading back to Sarasota High School to serve as principal. Jones, whose career in Sarasota … Find out how to read more online.
Jury: Man guilty of landlord’s murder
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Deliberating for a little more than an hour, a jury found John Alan Mellquist guilty of second-degree murder in connection with the slaying of his landlord 13 years … Find out how to read more online.
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Florida’s jobs agency gives checks to departing employees
Sat  Jul 23 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Amid a major shakeup pushed by Gov. Rick Scott, the Florida agency responsible for luring jobs to the state is paying nearly a half-million dollars to departing employees. Florida taxpayers are picking up the majority of … read more.

County worker accused of threatening Florida AG Pam Bondi
Fri  Jul 22 2016 10:19PM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi got a death threat from a county worker in central Florida who accused her of hating gays and taking bribes from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. A Florida Department … read more.

Authorities: $1B Medicare fraud nursing home scam, 3 charged
Sat  Jul 23 2016 01:19AM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Three people have been charged in an unprecedented $1 billion health care fraud scam, accused of using dozens of Miami nursing homes to bilk the taxpayer-funded Medicare and Medicaid programs, according to an indictment unsealed … read more.

Historic home destroyed by fire
Fri  Jul 22 2016 10:19PM
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say one of Melbourne’s oldest surviving houses has been destroyed by a fire. Florida Today reports that firefighters responded to the Elizabeth Eaton home early Thursday afternoon. The flames were knocked down about an hour … read more.

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Spring Haven extension meeting set
Sat  Jul 23 2016 11:04AM
NORTH PORT — North Port officials and its Department of Public Works is hosting a meeting next month about the Spring Haven extension project. The meeting takes place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Morgan Family … Find out how to read more online.

Area rates well in latest crash report summary
Sat  Jul 23 2016 11:04AM
Only one road in Venice gets a mention in the just-released 2015 Crash Report Summary for Sarasota County. But a lot of roads and intersections near the city appear in its pages — including the Jacaranda roundabout. There were 69 … Find out how to read more online.

Voter registration ends Aug. 1
Sat  Jul 23 2016 11:04AM
SARASOTA — County officials are reminding residents that registration for the Aug. 30 primary election ends Monday, Aug. 1. Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent noted that’s also the final date to change party affiliation. “Since Florida is a … Find out how to read more online.

Massive children’s park planned in South County
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
A destination children’s park in South County — called Tuscano Park — is becoming a reality. “It will be a children’s park with very creative equipment,” said Joan Piper, a member of the Sarasota County Parks Advisory and Recreation Council. … Find out how to read more online.

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