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Sarasota County balks at tax to help homeless
Wed  Aug 26 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — While eager to help the homeless, county commissioners don’t like the idea of imposing another 1 percent sales tax to cover the cost. At a recent Florida … Find out how to read more online.
On the flip side
Wed  Aug 26 2015 08:30AM
The Lemon Bay High School cheerleaders had the crowd fired up for the Mantas’ 28-12 victory over visiting East Lee County High School in the Kickoff Classic Friday night in … Find out how to read more online.
Kids in the Kitchen
Mon  Aug 24 2015 10:56AM
In a 1920s bungalow in downtown Sarasota, something exciting is going on. The Kids in the Kitchen Culinary Academy has arrived. Intended as a vehicle to help jump start children’s … Find out how to read more online.
‘Whoooo’s’ the winner?
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — It was a unanimous decision for week five of the Englewood Pioneer Days Photo Contest that “Hidden In Plain Sight” didn’t hide its winning characteristics at all. The … Find out how to read more online.
Little Eagles take flight
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
School is back in session in Sarasota County. Moms and dads flooded Englewood Elementary School’s campus Monday as they dropped their kids off for their first day of school. … Find out how to read more online.
Danny weakened, no threat to area expected
Mon  Aug 24 2015 08:30AM
Hurricane Danny weakened to a tropical storm over the weekend, and is now unlikely to have any impact at all on Southwest Florida. “It just won’t effect this area,” said … Find out how to read more online.
Area rates among highest in FLORIDA
Sun  Aug 23 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series. Rebecca L. Edwards said she was 6 when her stepfather began to sexually abuse her — a crime Edwards said … Find out how to read more online.
Child Protection Center notes growing needs of North Port
Sun  Aug 23 2015 08:30AM
A butterfly garden and bronze statue of children swinging from tree limbs welcomes families into the Child Protection Center in Sarasota who feel less than welcome in their own homes. … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood Elementary parents, students, teachers meet
Sun  Aug 23 2015 08:30AM
Englewood Elementary School held a “Meet Your Teacher Day” this past week. Sarasota County schools resume Monday. … Find out how to read more online.
Inmate death report: Possible history of abuse
Sat  Aug 22 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — When inmate Matthew Walker was pummeled to death by guards at Charlotte Correctional Institution, Anthony Giordano was among several prisoners in the E Dorm who witnessed the … Find out how to read more online.
Heroin deaths add to Sarasota County budget
Sat  Aug 22 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A drastic increase in heroin deaths in the region has increased the workload on the regional medical examiner’s office and Sarasota County taxpayers will foot the bill. … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood Fire encourages ‘Files of Life’
Sat  Aug 22 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Health information can be critical for firefighters and emergency medical responders when they answer a call. The Englewood Area Fire Control District hopes residents — especially those with … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay prays for Broadway ‘angels’
Fri  Aug 21 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Broadway has always had its “angels,” financial patrons willing to back stage performances. Locally, some of those angels are needed to bail out and boost Lemon Bay High … Find out how to read more online.
South Gulf Cove to decide on new lock funding
Wed  Aug 19 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH GULF COVE — The South Gulf Cove Waterway Advisory Committee will decide whether a hike to its municipal service benefit unit assessment is necessary to build a new lock … Find out how to read more online.
More oil rig debris on area beaches
Mon  Aug 17 2015 04:40PM
ENGLEWOOD — Little Gasparilla Island and south Manasota Key aren’t the only local Gulf beaches to see debris from oil rig sheaths — used to protect and stabilize underwater petroleum-flow … Find out how to read more online.
More oil rig debris washing up on area beaches
Tue  Aug 18 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Little Gasparilla Island and south Manasota Key aren’t the only local Gulf beaches to see debris from oil rig sheaths — used to protect and stabilize underwater petroleum-flow … Find out how to read more online.
Dangerous bacterium reported in Charlotte
Tue  Aug 18 2015 05:03PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Bill Mango didn’t think much of the cut he got while unloading the kayak from his truck before a day on the water. Now he’ll never forget … Find out how to read more online.
A ‘ribbiting’ image
Tue  Aug 18 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The judges complain that it’s getting increasingly more difficult to select one winner out of the week’s 93 entries in this year’s Englewood Pioneer Days Photo Contest. With … Find out how to read more online.
Normal summertime weather expected this week
Mon  Aug 10 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents saw a lot of morning rain in late July, but they can expect the usual afternoon-to-evening showers this week. “We’ll have mostly sunny skies in the morning, … Find out how to read more online.
The Great Bay Scallop Search endures
Mon  Aug 10 2015 08:30AM
PLACIDA — Betty Staugler looked skyward at the menacing dark clouds heading toward her. As the University of Florida/Charlotte County Extension Sea Grant agent, Staugler was conducting the annual bay … Find out how to read more online.
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Flavorful Dishes Delight Diners at Baiyoke Thai Bistro
Tue  Aug 25 2015 11:28AM
Natalie Lau, who relocated to North Port from Oklahoma only eight months ago, discovered Venice after walking her two Pomeranians at the Venice Beach doggie park. “My dogs and I … Find out how to read more online.
‘SKY’s’ the limit
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Leyah Ntanyaiga, 11, was nervous as she grabbed her backpack and headed to SKY Academy for her first class Monday morning. Sixth-grader Mark Cicchella didn’t have to pick … Find out how to read more online.
Jailed South Gulf Cove man sent to hospital
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed there is an investigation underway at the local jail, after a 47-year-old inmate was rushed to the hospital Monday. A … Find out how to read more online.
Pageant kicks off Pioneer pomp
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
The annual Little Miss & Mr. Englewood Pageant was held Saturday at the Tringali Recreation Center. … Find out how to read more online.
Life after child abuse
Mon  Aug 24 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part series. Blame. Guilt. Isolation. All three negative feelings are commonly felt by victims of child abuse — or any abuse — … Find out how to read more online.
Airman helped woman recapture world speed flying record
Mon  Aug 24 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is the second of two parts of French’s story. George E. French of Venice Golf & Country Club was a B-24 “Liberator” bomber pilot in the Pacific … Find out how to read more online.
Now Showing: Safety first at Regal Cinemas
Sun  Aug 23 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Duewa Zimbi hasn’t been to the movies in years. But she was ready for some big-screen entertainment Saturday at the Port Charlotte Town Center mall. And that’s … Find out how to read more online.
SKY chef makes food fun and choices healthy
Sat  Aug 22 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — What makes Dino Castellano’s school cafeteria different is he cooks baked salmon and couscous — and kids eat it. At SKY Academy, students don’t have a choice of … Find out how to read more online.
Turtle nests keep on hatching
Mon  Aug 24 2015 03:03PM
ENGLEWOOD — Linda Soderquist had a welcomed surprise this week. “A couple of new nests and ‘surprise hatches’ this week boosted our numbers,” she said. She’s the primary permit holder … Find out how to read more online.
Overdose impacts felt locally
Wed  Aug 19 2015 08:30AM
Two more people in Laura Ray’s life are dead … prematurely. The longtime area resident and owner of Ricaltini’s Bar & Grille in Englewood learned her 41-year-old friend recently hanged … Find out how to read more online.
State Road 776 sinkhole repaired
Sat  Aug 22 2015 08:30AM
GULF COVE — The small sinkhole that appeared on State Road 776 at Gasparilla Road Thursday is now repaired. The sinkhole appeared Thursday afternoon in the left-turn lane of westbound … Find out how to read more online.
Area unemployment ticks upward
Sat  Aug 22 2015 08:30AM
The jobless rate climbed higher last month across the region, but still showed significant gains from a year ago. In July, the Charlotte County unemployment figure rose to 6.2 percent, up … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood man fights pulmonary fibrosis
Fri  Aug 21 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Jim Dalzell had a bad cough that wouldn’t go away. When he went to the doctor, he learned that this cough was more serious than he thought. In … Find out how to read more online.
Overdose impacts felt locally
Fri  Aug 21 2015 05:25PM
ENGLEWOOD — Two more people in Laura Ray’s life are dead … prematurely. The longtime local resident and owner of Ricaltini’s learned her 41-year-old friend recently hanged himself. “He could … Find out how to read more online.
Splashy summer wrap-up
Wed  Aug 19 2015 08:30AM
Just call them eight lucky little girls. Giggling and smiling, they gathered around a picnic table after enjoying another day on the water with stand-up paddleboards. The day before, the … Find out how to read more online.
Leaf in Leon, Mary in Miami
Sun  Aug 9 2015 08:30AM
When an off-duty law officer was out jogging and spotted a teenager handing off a marijuana joint to his girlfriend, he had a couple of choices. He could call in … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood Elementary School still growing
Tue  Aug 18 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — When the doors open at Englewood Elementary School on Monday, more than 500 students will arrive. That’s more than last school year. “We keep growing,” said Ellen Ziarnicki, … Find out how to read more online.
Ogilvie gets first taste of competitive Pop Warner
Tue  Aug 18 2015 08:30AM
VENICE — Englewood’s Pop Warner Cats teams competed in the jamboree Saturday at the Venice Wellfield, and D.J. Ogilvie got his first taste of competitive coaching at that level. Ogilvie, … Find out how to read more online.
Soldier crewed 155mm howitzer in Vietnam
Mon  Aug 10 2015 08:30AM
Even though Dominic Socci saw little of the enemy because he was part of a 155 mm howitzer crew that sat back from the front lines 5 miles or more, … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood waters ‘flush’ with pirates
Sun  Aug 9 2015 08:30AM
The Englewood Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Seventh Annual Pirate Poker Run, first created by the Leadership Englewood Class of 2009 to raise funds for a local charity, started out Saturday … Find out how to read more online.