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State money key to Venice shelter
Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:30AM
If Venice officials were hoping to hear the Sarasota County School Board had an idea for a Venice-area hurricane shelter next season, those hopes were dashed Friday. The topic took … Find out how to read more online.
World-class circus features Englewood performers
Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — By only using his feet, Fabio Anastasini flipped his brother Giuliano around 32 times in just 30 seconds. Judges counted as Giuliano was sent 360 degrees into the … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota to seek info on bus service
Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Sarasota County commissioners are willing to learn about the alternatives. On Tuesday, commissioners unanimously agreed they wanted to hear about the alternatives in providing transit services and achieve … Find out how to read more online.
City asks for funding help with pool
Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — An aquatic center is on its way to North Port, but officials are trying to get by with a little help from their friends when it comes … Find out how to read more online.
New novel references North Port landmark
Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port residents Carol Lazzeri and Cheryl Doyle called upon a local sculpture to inspire their recently released novel, “Inn of Three Graces.” Sculptor Sophie Johnstone was … Find out how to read more online.
Rotonda West Woman’s Club gives back to community
Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:30AM
The Rotonda West Woman’s Club celebrated the season with its Annual Holiday Tea, held Dec. 16 at the Rotonda Hills Golf & Country Club. By all accounts, the event was … Find out how to read more online.
Ainger Cougars hold off Port Charlotte Terriers
Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — It didn’t come easy, but the L.A. Ainger Middle School girls volleyball team completed a season sweep of Port Charlotte with a tight 25-21, 26-28, 18-16 victory … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Yestel Jhoan Guerrero Mata, 19, of Sarasota. Charges: failure of defendant on bail to appear on misdemeanor, failure of defendant … Find out how to read more online.
Junior Mantas find going rough
Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — It was a tough weekend for the Lemon Bay Junior Mantas boys eighth-grade basketball team. The Junior Mantas won one of four games against strong competition. On Jan. … Find out how to read more online.
LBHS JV girls soccer finishes season
Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:30AM
The Lemon Bay High School junior varsity Lady Mantas soccer team played their final home game of the season Tuesday. The girls played host to DeSoto. They held a 1-0 … Find out how to read more online.
Licensing board to roofer: Finish the job
Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County has given a local roofer until the end of the month to complete a job or face suspension of his new permitting privileges. At the Jan. … Find out how to read more online.
Libraries to kick off One Book program Friday
Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Sarasota County Libraries will kick off its 2018 One Book program on Friday. The program, which started in 1996, encourages communities to read the same book and … Find out how to read more online.
CHS robot teams reign at Florida Championship
Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:30AM
Charlotte County High School extended its success in robotics at the FIRST Tech Challenge Pinellas League Championship, sending two teams to the national championship to be held in Jacksonville in … Find out how to read more online.
Herald Centre Court garage to get cameras
Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — In a sweeping decision, Punta Gorda’s Community Redevelopment Agency moved to install security cameras at a downtown parking garage. The group unanimously moved during a Jan. 3 … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff budgets
Thu  Jan 18 2018 08:30AM
Equipped with a $65 million budget, representing a 6.7 percent increase from last fiscal year, Sheriff Bill Prummell is going into 2018 with plans to stay a step ahead of Charlotte County’s expected … Find out how to read more online.
Today’s NAACP
Tue  Jan 16 2018 08:30AM
When white supremacist Richard Spencer spoke at the University of Florida, the president of the Florida State NAACP, Adora Obi Nweze, did not call for members of his organization to … Find out how to read more online.
Cold shelter opening in Charlotte County
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
The Homeless Coalition will be opening up its doors tonight to anyone seeking shelter from the cold. The National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures near to below freezing. Located at … Find out how to read more online.
Ainger volleyball falls to Murdock
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
MURDOCK — The L.A. Ainger Middle School girls volleyball team battled with host Murdock in an unusual match Jan. 9. Murdock had the match start at 10:30 a.m. so students … Find out how to read more online.
Youths participate in North Port baseball camp
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — If anyone doubted that the 2018 North Port Little League season is just around the corner, they could see all the action at the Atwater Community Park … Find out how to read more online.
Two in serious condition following crash
Thu  Jan 18 2018 10:27AM
SOUTH VENICE — Two people were severely injured after a collision on State Road 776 between Englewood and Venice. Shirley Morgan, 79, was driving east on Loyola Road near S.R. … Find out how to read more online.
Arrest made in arson cases
Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:30AM
Venice police have arrested a person they questioned early on related to three vehicle fires in the Seaboard area — two fires on Christmas Day, and one on New Year’s … Find out how to read more online.
Job market hot across region
Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — The jobless rate fell to pre-recession lows across the region last month, finishing out a year that consistently saw rising employment. “We’re in the hottest job market … Find out how to read more online.
Officials review new hurricane shelter plans
Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — After assessing Hurricane Irma’s damage, the debris recovery and injuries, all focus is on the future hurricane shelters. The North Port city commissioners met with Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.
Safety of schools priority at convocation
Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — School safety, especially in the form of more resource officers, was a focus of city and county officials Friday. But, the topic was just one addressed at … Find out how to read more online.
North Port soccer seniors honored
Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:30AM
The North Port High School boys soccer seniors were honored on Friday, Jan. 12 before the match against Charlotte High School. The Bobcats defeated the Tarpons that night 2-1. The team … Find out how to read more online.
Man gets life on cocaine trafficking charges
Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:30AM
A man convicted of conspiracy to traffic in cocaine and attempted trafficking in cocaine was sentenced to life in prison Thursday. The jury trial lasted three days in November at … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:30AM
Speedpainter Lance Brown The Englewood United Methodist Church 10th Annual Music Ministry Concert Series presents speed painter Lance Brown on at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Sanctuary, 700 E. Dearborn … Find out how to read more online.
Storm boys soccer team crushes Venice Lions
Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood SKY Middle School’s Storm boy soccer team opened its season in a superb way Tuesday, rolling over the Venice Christian School Lions 10-1 in a non-league … Find out how to read more online.
Local sheriffs stand by new ICE partnership
Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:30AM
A man from El Salvador who Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight has repeatedly said should be deported was instead released Thursday back into the community. The release happened a day … Find out how to read more online.
Adjusting to Dearborn’s successes
Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — When Sarasota County first considered creating a Community Redevelopment Agency for Englewood, then-Commissioner Robert Anderson said he’d know it was a success if parking on West Dearborn Street … Find out how to read more online.
Former comedian pushes drug prevention
Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:30AM
Teens in Punta Gorda learned a quirky lesson in drug prevention this week. National speaker and former comedian Ray Lozano stopped by schools to educate students on the mental development … Find out how to read more online.
Rotary to donate dictionaries
Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The Rotary Club of North Port Central is preparing to distribute dictionaries to North Port third-graders. The organization takes part in the nationwide Dictionary Project through the … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff budgets
Thu  Jan 18 2018 08:30AM
Equipped with a $65 million budget, representing a 6.7 percent increase from last fiscal year, Sheriff Bill Prummell is going into 2018 with plans to stay a step ahead of Charlotte County’s expected … Find out how to read more online.
Tale of 2 budgets Salaries drive sheriffs’ increases
Thu  Jan 18 2018 08:30AM
Equipped with a $65 million budget, representing a 6.7 percent increase from last fiscal year, Sheriff Bill Prummell is going into 2018 with plans to stay a step ahead of Charlotte County’s expected … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Robber ditched disguise, returned to murder scene
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Trent Bartol-Thomas was killed while trying to stop armed robbers, according to North Port Police Department reports. Bartol-Thomas, 19, was shot in the upper left shoulder by … Find out how to read more online.
Knights, Bengals view for top spot in flag football
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — It looks like it will be a two-team race in the Under Armour flag football upper division. The Bengals and the UCS Knights are both 2-0 in that … Find out how to read more online.
Spring youth tackle football begins soon
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Youth football is becoming almost a year-round activity in North Port. The North Port Youth Athletic Club’s new spring tackle football season will open with games in … Find out how to read more online.
Flu activity increasing in Charlotte, Sarasota counties
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
Influenza activity in Charlotte and Sarasota counties is mild but increasing, Florida Department of Health officials said Tuesday. Hospitals in the area also are seeing more flu cases this year, … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda to decide on Vivante project
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — In what is expected to be a packed house, the Punta Gorda City Council will hear a proposal this morning to build a navigable canal at a … Find out how to read more online.


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