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Family’s grief deepens
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — The 9-year-old Georgia girl hit by a small plane Sunday on Caspersen Beach died from her injuries on Tuesday, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Oceana Irizarry … Find out how to read more online.
School Board passes lower tentative millage, budget
Wed  Jul 30 2014 11:23AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — In a 10-minute meeting Tuesday evening, the Sarasota County School Board adopted its tentative millage and $704 million budget for the 2014-2015 school year — both lower … Find out how to read more online.
A tragic anniversary
Tue  Jul 29 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — On the same day he died, Ommy Irizarry wrote this Facebook love note to his wife. “Today, 9 years ago, I tied my life to my beautiful wife, … Find out how to read more online.
S outh County homeless facility approved
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — An $800,000 intake portal that will provide assistance to homeless families in South Sarasota County could open its doors by the end of the year. The North … Find out how to read more online.
Deutsch tops District 4 war chests
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Incumbent Stephen R. Deutsch holds a sizable lead in campaign contributions over his two opponents in the Republican primary for the District 4 seat on the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
‘Taking Shakespeare’ is an easy ‘A’ for its actors
Wed  Jul 30 2014 11:25AM
Kate Alexander, associate director of Florida Studio Theatre, scores another hit as an actor in ‘Taking Shakespeare,” newly opened in the Gompertz Theater at FST’s Sarasota theater complex. Alexander plays … Find out how to read more online.
Is there a doctor in the house?
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Doctors aren’t writing themselves sick notes, but they aren’t signing on to volunteer for the annual Englewood Back-to-School Bash either. Time is running out. The Back-to-School Bash is … Find out how to read more online.
Community ties apparent in School Board race
Tue  Jul 29 2014 08:00AM
Though Lee Swift has held his position on the Charlotte County School Board since 1994 without much opposition, he doesn’t take campaign season lightly. “If you want to do something, … Find out how to read more online.
Steger to volunteer to help elephants in Nepal
Tue  Jul 29 2014 08:00AM
Mimi Steger, who owns and operates North Port Taekwondo with her husband, Tim, has been accepted to take part in a volunteer program in Nepal through Elephant Aid International. The … Find out how to read more online.
Scallop redux
Tue  Jul 29 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Only four scallops were documented in Gasparilla Sound this year, but that didn’t disappoint nor surprise Charlotte County Sea Grant agent Betty Staugler. For six years, Staugler has … Find out how to read more online.
Muslims mark the end of Ramadan
Tue  Jul 29 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Members of the Islamic Community of Southwest Florida celebrated Eid-Ul-Fitr Monday at the Islamic mosque in Charlotte Harbor. The Muslim holiday, also known as the “Festival of … Find out how to read more online.
Keith Jones fought in ‘Battle of the Bulge’
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM
Keith Jones was too skinny to get in the Navy in 1942, but the Army took him anyway despite his lack of weight. He became a member of the 87th … Find out how to read more online.
Hot, hot, hot
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
The recovery of the area’s real estate market is best illustrated by the shortages it’s created. “We’re having trouble getting listings, because everybody knows (values are rising). Some of the … Find out how to read more online.
Dash to backpack ‘Bash’
Fri  Jul 25 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — As Don and Sheri Zillmer make balloon creations, children will play with them while waiting in line for a backpack and school supplies. The couple are members of … Find out how to read more online.
Tax holiday eases back-to-school pinch
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:52AM
Parents of Vineland Elementary School students can catch a break when they go to buy new school uniforms during the upcoming sales tax holiday. Vineland students won’t be able to … Find out how to read more online.
Land-use plan amended
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County planning commissioners unanimously approved the third and final phase of amendments to the 2050 land-use plan, including highly controversial changes to the so-called “fiscal neutrality” … Find out how to read more online.
Construction powers forward
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — County officials have determined that the incident in which a crane fell onto some power lines alongside U.S. 41 Thursday afternoon was just an accident, and the … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County sets island fire rates
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — The bridgeless Knight and Don Pedro Island property owners will now pay Charlotte County for 24/7 fire protection and emergency medical services. Commissioners unanimously approved the municipal service … Find out how to read more online.
Because it’s there
Thu  Jul 24 2014 09:40AM
ENGLEWOOD — Climbing the world’s highest free-standing mountain wasn’t initially on Bud Koranchan’s bucket list, but now he doesn’t stop thinking about it. The soon-to-be 73-year-old Englewood resident wants to … Find out how to read more online.
I-75 expansion on schedule
Fri  Jul 25 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — An Interstate 75 expansion project in South Sarasota County is on time for its expected completion date of summer 2016. The project will expand I-75 from four … Find out how to read more online.
Jail gripes gobble staff time
Wed  Jul 30 2014 07:00PM
Inmates at the Charlotte County Jail file thousands of grievances each year. But while the facility’s population has risen to record numbers this month, the amount of complaints and lawsuits … Find out how to read more online.
Darkest nights worries sea turtle patrols
Wed  Jul 30 2014 02:37PM
ENGLEWOOD — With the onset of the new moon, Linda Soderquist worried about the impacts upon hatching sea turtle nests. “A few more disorientations — all sky glow to the … Find out how to read more online.
District 2 commission race draws interest
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — In the run-up to the Aug. 26 Republican primary, incumbent District 2 Charlotte County Commissioner Chris Constance leads all countywide candidates in fundraising, amassing more than $88,000 … Find out how to read more online.
CHS grad on ‘Quest’ for success
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
After Christian Sochor graduated from Charlotte High School in 2009, the drama student followed the advice of some friends and applied to an acting school in New York City. He … Find out how to read more online.
Darkest nights worry sea turtle patrols
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — With the onset of the new moon, Linda Soderquist worried about the impacts upon hatching sea turtle nests. “A few more disorientations — all sky glow to the … Find out how to read more online.
Drag Queen Bingo comes to Venice
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
Bingo, the game of grandparents and adults enthused at getting a line or full house, will take on a whole new look in Venice for a night. It will be … Find out how to read more online.
A winning moment
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — A young man, smaller than all his peers but proudly sporting the light blue team jersey, dribbles the ball down the court. He steps up to the … Find out how to read more online.
Mother won’t drop legal action against hospital
Tue  Jul 29 2014 08:00AM
The Cape Coral woman who claims Bayfront Health Port Charlotte infringed on her rights as a female and as a mother by only offering to deliver her baby via C-section … Find out how to read more online.
Scallop repopulation soldiers on
Tue  Jul 29 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Only four scallops were documented in Gasparilla Sound this year, but that didn’t disappoint nor surprise Charlotte County Sea Grant agent Betty Staugler. For six years, Staugler has … Find out how to read more online.
Little Salt Spring transfer still in works
Tue  Jul 29 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — As North Port hastens to acquire Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa from Sarasota County, the county is working to acquire another North Port spring. Little Salt Spring, … Find out how to read more online.
One dead after plane crashes at beach
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM
A plane making an emergency landing crashed at Caspersen Beach in Venice Sunday, killing a man on the beach and critically injuring his daughter. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office was … Find out how to read more online.
Standing for something special
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM

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Englewood’s Special Olympics stand-up paddleboard team is in need of community support and volunteers. To learn more about how you can help, call SUP Englewood at 941-234-4311.

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PGPD: Armed robber strikes local bank
Sat  Jul 26 2014 11:18AM
PUNTA GORDA — Authorities were investigating a suspected armed robbery at a local bank late Friday afternoon. Around 4:30 p.m., a white man wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses walked … Find out how to read more online.
Tax holiday eases back-to-school pinch
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
Parents of North Port students can catch a break when they go to buy back-to-school clothes during the upcoming sales tax holiday. From Friday through Aug. 3, merchants won’t collect … Find out how to read more online.
Facebook pic leads to cat flap
Sun  Jul 27 2014 09:28PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Less than 24 hours after posting a Facebook photo of himself holding a gun up to a cat on Thursday, Thomas McGuinness made national headlines and received … Find out how to read more online.
Cultural Center’s Hageman to retire — again
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — When Jim Hageman retires next month from his post as executive director of the Cultural Center of Charlotte County, it will mark his third retirement in a … Find out how to read more online.
Writer turns your life story into a book
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
The art of creating a record of the personal history of a person or family to retain for future generations led a recent writer to continue his career when he … Find out how to read more online.
Kids triathlon added to REV3 weekend
Fri  Jul 25 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — When the REV3 Triathlon returns to Venice for its third running in November, it will feature a new twist aimed at young athletes. REV3 got the go-ahead from … Find out how to read more online.
Crane topples into power lines
Fri  Jul 25 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — About 20,000 residents and businesses lost power Thursday afternoon when a crane toppled over onto some power lines. The incident happened in a construction zone for a … Find out how to read more online.
Drums make the library a hit
Fri  Jul 25 2014 08:00AM
Ron Collins pounded the sticks together, made a funny face and then played a beat on the drums. Some children held their ears while others played the air drums along … Find out how to read more online.