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New park near Myakka River honors retired Sen. Bob Johnson
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
The Sarasota County Commission has honored a lifelong Sarasota County resident and community advocate by naming its newest county park for a man responsible for helping to preserve the area’s … Find out how to read more online.
Report: woman in cast raped, imprisoned
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
A Venice man was arrested on four felony charges Sunday, including the sexual battery of a Nokomis woman handicapped by a broken foot that left her unable to flee her … Find out how to read more online.
Where cats write letters
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Most people understand the sadness of losing a pet cat or dog — none more so than the volunteer team at St Francis Animal Rescue, which provides comfort to those … Find out how to read more online.
Survey says raise your family here
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
The city of Venice has made yet another “best place to live” list, but this one has nothing to do with retirement. According to, Venice is the 13th best … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Stocks cap wild month with rally
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — For stock investors, there was no shortage of drama in October. Stocks started the month modestly below a record high, only to cascade to their worst slump in two years. But after flirting with a correction, … read more.

Tourist rocket explodes
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:19AM
MOJAVE, Calif. — A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth’s atmosphere exploded during a test flight Friday over the Mojave Desert, killing a pilot in the second fiery setback for commercial space travel in less than … read more.

Gov. Scott distances self from scandals
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:00AM
TALLAHASSEE — As Florida slowly recovers from the Great Recession, Gov. Rick Scott has asked voters to judge him on his handling of the state’s economy and his ability to bring jobs to the Sunshine State. But in an election … read more.

Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:19AM
JOHANNESBURG — The head of Africa’s continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week — months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later. Pledges to deploy 2,000 African health workers have remained largely … read more.

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Venice, Sarasota Veterans Day observances set
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
The Venice Area Veterans Council and the Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee, in coordination with Sarasota County’s Veterans Benefits Unit, have announced plans for this year’s Veterans Day ceremonies in Venice and Sarasota. The Venice ceremony, hosted by Disabled American Veterans … Find out how to read more online.

City recognized Rotary ‘World Polio Day’
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Members of the Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club received an extra bonus this year in celebration of Rotary International Global Polio Eradication Day. At their meeting last week, Venice Mayor John Holic read a proclamation announcing on behalf of the city of … Find out how to read more online.

Walk with spirits of West Tampa Avenue on Halloween
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
In the scheme of things, Venice is a young city. So are many of its ghosts, especially the ones said to dwell along West Tampa Avenue. Whether one chooses to believe in spirits or not is a personal decision. For … Find out how to read more online.

Foster care driver’s license program opens
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
For children in foster care in Florida, getting a driver’s license can pose a nearly impossible task. That is about to change, due to a new program funded by the Florida Department of Children and Families and managed by Community … Find out how to read more online.

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