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New names on 9/11 memorial spark city action
Wed  Aug 27 2014 02:24PM
There are hundreds of memorial plaques and pavers throughout the city that etch the memory of a loved one into rock or wood for years to come, but none like … Find out how to read more online.
McKeon goes unchallenged
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:06AM
While voters went to the polls this week, City Council Member Kit McKeon was relaxing, enjoying the inner peace that comes with learning he would not face an opponent in … Find out how to read more online.
Memorial site of teen’s death may be moved
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:06AM
Wednesday, Charlie Moore added fresh mulch near the memorial marker of his only daughter, Valerie, who died at 17 in a crash along U.S. 41 in South Venice in 2005. … Find out how to read more online.
Egg-citing
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:04AM
PHOTOS BY JUSTIN FENNELL An estimated 3,000 people gathered at the airport fairgrounds in Venice for the 4th annual “Easter in August” helicopter egg drop organized by the Bridge Church. … Find out how to read more online.
Flood Maps Are Coming
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:14AM
All of Florida is in a flood zone. Get over it. The growing anxiety is over how much it will cost residents to purchase flood insurance in Special Flood Hazard … Find out how to read more online.
Guards possible at county elementaries
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:16AM
Sarasota County School Board member Frank Kovach thinks not enough is being done about elementary school security. The topic was discussed briefly last month but, during a workshop this week, … Find out how to read more online.
World’s largest drawing a goal at Venice’s Chalk Festival
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:16AM
If the organizers of the Sarasota Chalk Festival being held in Venice get their way, they will have a chalk drawing the size of three football fields. The drawing will … Find out how to read more online.
Lord-Higel House reaches fundraising milestone
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:14AM
The final $13,000 needed to complete exterior work on the restoration of the Lord-Higel House is in the bank. Julia Cousins Laning, who contributed $1 million to the Venice Museum … Find out how to read more online.
Molestation charge for school psychologist
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:14AM
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.
Hallenda triumphant in return to Florida Studio Theatre
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:14AM
Singer Kathy Hallenda’s love affair with Florida Studio Theatre audiences continues with “Somewhere Over the Rose” through Aug. 31. In true “show must go on” fashion, she managed yet again … Find out how to read more online.
South Sarasota County projects get green light
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:12AM
Several decisions made by Sarasota County commissioners during a Wednesday budget workshop will have impacts on South County and the Venice area. They unanimously approved earmarking $3.8 million of sales-tax … Find out how to read more online.
Pine View High big nationally with house hunters
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:54AM
For years, it’s been generally accepted that Pine View School for the Gifted, in Osprey, attracts families to Sarasota County. Now there are some data to back up the conventional … Find out how to read more online.
Flood insurance outreach discussed
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:52AM
The revised floodplain maps that were unveiled five years ago — then revamped over and over after industry leaders scared the begeebers out of the government and property owners, saying … Find out how to read more online.
Humans challenge sea turtles in many ways
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:52AM
In the previous edition of Our Town, there was a story about endangered sea turtles injured or even killed because of human negligence such as fish hooks and mono-filament fishing … Find out how to read more online.
KMI Bridge — this time, they mean it
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:52AM
The Hatchett Creek Bridge just does not want to be dismissed without more pomp and ceremony, it seems. The bridge probably will go down in local history as the first … Find out how to read more online.
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe appoints executive director
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:50AM
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s appointment of Richard M. Parison Jr. as its new executive director is a positive step in the theater’s continuing growth. Created in 1999 by multitalented Nate … Find out how to read more online.
Women’s Sertoma accepting grant requests
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:50AM
The Women’s Sertoma Club of Venice is accepting requests for grants to be awarded to local nonprofit organizations. Interested persons should write a letter that provides a brief explanation as … Find out how to read more online.
FHP seeks arrest of wife
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:30PM
The Florida Highway Patrol is requesting an arrest warrant for a woman who ran over and killed her husband earlier this year. The incident happened in January in the Pelican … Find out how to read more online.
Attn. students: new traffic flow at VHS
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:28PM
Students and their parents will experience a new traffic pattern at Venice High when school begins next week. School officials are promoting ingress and egress from U.S. 41 onto Indian … Find out how to read more online.
School District retools its website
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:28PM
The Sarasota County School District has debuted a new website design that makes back-to-school information more accessible. The new site went live earlier this summer, but the district officially announced … Find out how to read more online.
Bay Indies reclaimed water project derailed
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:08AM
Bay Indies, the largest mobile home park in Sarasota County, was hoping to become a pilot program for reclaimed water in the city, but those hopes have been dashed. The … Find out how to read more online.
Nonprofit offers self-defense, martial arts classes
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:06AM
If a criminal grabs your purse, Anthony Sura says let it go, because nothing inside that bag is worth your life. Sura says he teaches self-defense, perhaps a little differently … Find out how to read more online.
Medicare clarifies what it pays for home health
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:06AM
If Medicare denied you coverage for home health services because your condition wasn’t likely to improve, check again. A lawsuit settlement approved early last year clarified that what determines whether … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Theatre expands actor training with internships
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:04AM
Entering its 65th season, Venice Theatre, with support from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, is expanding its internship program. Summer stock performers Kaitlyn Terpstra and Patrick Mounce, who starred in … Find out how to read more online.
Short term rental settlement to be discussed
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:16AM
City leaders will convene next week in a private attorney-client shade meeting that will likely consider a settlement offer between residents and the city over its 2009 short-term rental law. … Find out how to read more online.
MacPherson Local businessman succumbs to cancer
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:16AM
Taylor MacPherson, a well-known local businessman and leader of the Venice Yacht Club, passed away Aug. 19 after a long battle with cancer. He was 71. Of Scottish descent, Mr. … Find out how to read more online.
Rag dolls relate African-American experience in new book by Nokomis writer
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:14AM
Historical novels can be boring tomes or charming, educational and entertaining for children of all ages. The latter describes “The Yomy Tales, An American Experience,” written and illustrated by Nokomis … Find out how to read more online.
Garage sale by you? Did you register?
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:58AM
Pop out of bed at some ungodly hour. Hammer a homemade sign into the ground at the end of the street. Toss a few items your aunt gave you on … Find out how to read more online.
Theater expands actor training with internships
Wed  Aug 27 2014 04:06PM
Entering its 65th season, Venice Theatre, with support from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, is expanding its internship program. Summer stock performers Kaitlyn Terpstra and Patrick Mounce, who starred in … Find out how to read more online.
Diva Angels plan charity poker run
Wed  Aug 27 2014 04:06PM
The Diva Angels are at it again ... fundraising for a good cause. On Sunday, Oct. 5, the Divas will ride for the charity they voted on in February — First … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Diocese to pay six figures for Fort Myers priest misconduct
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:54AM
The Diocese of Venice will pay six figures to settle a sex abuse case involving a now-defrocked Fort Myers priest and a 16-year-old boy, the victim’s attorney announced today. The … Find out how to read more online.
Patient records likely hacked
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:54AM
Patients of doctors and clinics affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health are among the 4.5 million people whose personal information is believed to be in the hands of Chinese cyber … Find out how to read more online.
Anderson to run for Venice council seat
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:52AM
Deborah Anderson, a local attorney, qualified this week to run against the council member who defeated her husband three years ago. The city hasn’t had a contested race in the … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged with choking, urinating on woman
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:52AM
A registered sex offender was charged Monday with attacking and urinating on a woman after an argument about leaving his car at a nearby 7-Eleven gas station led to an … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Plane had no obvious mechanical problems
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:26PM
There was no obvious mechanical failure in a single engine aircraft that killed two people when it made an emergency landing on Caspersen Beach, according to a preliminary airplane crash … Find out how to read more online.
VHS class of 1974 plans reunion
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:50AM
The 40th anniversary of the Venice High School graduating class of 1974 plans to celebrate the occasion with a three-day reunion Oct. 24-26. Organizers are looking for classmates to join … Find out how to read more online.
Girls model ‘Shabby Chic’ clothes from Goodwill
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:50AM
Ten young participants of Girls Inc. Sarasota modeled fashions they created with items purchased during a shopping trip to Goodwill Manasota. The girls had shopped for back-to-school looks that could … Find out how to read more online.
LED sign won’t be ugly, MainStreet says
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:28PM
In the debate over whether the information sign at the entrance to downtown Venice should be replaced with an LED sign, Kat Quast said she wants people to understand some … Find out how to read more online.
Former Venice High coach passes away
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:28PM
Charlie Hodges, one of the coaches who helped lead the first undefeated girls basketball team at Venice High School and a coach of other sports at the school for several … Find out how to read more online.