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I-75 expansion on schedule
Thu  Jul 24 2014 03:56PM
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.
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.
Knights donation aids local facility’s mission
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — For the second time in less than a year, the North Port Knights of Columbus Council 7997 has given a gift for a cause they feel is … Find out how to read more online.
Swiftmud agrees to partial funding — with caveat
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Southwest Florida Water Management District has agreed to earmark roughly $1.5 million in funding for preliminary water testing in connection with Punta Gorda’s proposed reverse-osmosis plant, provided … Find out how to read more online.
Working out the kinks
Tue  Jul 22 2014 08:00AM
When law enforcement turns to technology and social media to seek aid in solving cases, authorities run the risk of committing inadvertent errors or receiving unhelpful feedback. That’s what happened … Find out how to read more online.
Area home sales steady
Tue  Jul 22 2014 06:18PM
The local real estate market remains strong, with homes sold last month in the Charlotte County area fetching the highest median sales price of the year, according to data released … Find out how to read more online.
SCSO to privatize crossing guards
Thu  Jul 24 2014 09:19AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office announced this week that a private firm has been hired to perform crossing guard duties throughout unincorporated areas of the county. The … Find out how to read more online.
City attorney candidates narrowed to 3
Tue  Jul 22 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The small group of contenders for the city’s in-house attorney post got even smaller after three lawyers withdrew their names from consideration over the weekend. North Port … Find out how to read more online.
North Port EDC hosting job fair
Tue  Jul 22 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — On Aug. 6, job seekers and employers will have a chance to connect at a job fair hosted by the North Port Economic Development Corporation. The event, … Find out how to read more online.
‘A brain erase’
Mon  Jul 21 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Brenda Peckman calls what her mother has a “brain erase.” Like the movie “The Notebook,” in which the elderly woman Allie Hamilton sometimes doesn’t recognize her husband, Peckman … Find out how to read more online.
County keeps the ranch
Sun  Jul 20 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Faced with the option of selling part of a ranch property near North Port, Sarasota County commissioners decided recently to keep it and explore developing its ecotourism … Find out how to read more online.
Missing girl found, despite system glitches
Sun  Jul 20 2014 11:50AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Ten-year-old Brianna Newburn disappeared for nearly six hours Friday. “She was part of the youth program (at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 14251 Chancellor Blvd., behind the North Port … Find out how to read more online.
Father-daughter team launches biz to help entrepreneurs
Sun  Jul 20 2014 08:35PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Steven Brown and his 12-year-old daughter Kayla have started a new business called Star Sniper, which aims to serve as an incubator for entrepreneurs, artists and inventors. Star … Find out how to read more online.
New county Emergency Services director announced
Sun  Jul 20 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — County Administrator Tom Harmer named the newest Emergency Services director on Friday, announcing that Rich Collins, current Emergency Management director for Osceola County, Fla., will fill the … Find out how to read more online.
Alert: Missing Child
Fri  Jul 18 2014 06:28PM
Alert: Missing Child:Brianna Newburn, 10yoa, female, white, 4 08, 65lbs.(14251 Chancllor Blvd, Port Charlotte Fl. 1:00PM.07-18-2014. The Charlotte County Sheriff Office request your assistance in locating a missing child, she … Find out how to read more online.
SCAT director terminated
Fri  Jul 18 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County Area Transit Director Glama Carter was fired this week, with her final day on the job scheduled for today. Having served in the position since … Find out how to read more online.
Women’s conference coming to Sarasota
Sat  Jul 19 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The National Association of Commissions for Women will hold its 44th annual conference and business meeting Wednesday through July 26 at the Hyatt Regency, located at 1000 Boulevard … Find out how to read more online.
Kia raffle sales continue
Fri  Jul 18 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Kia raffle organizer Eric Kotte said ticket sales are progressing, though he did not know exactly how many tickets had been sold as of Thursday. The raffle, … Find out how to read more online.
SMH named top hospital
Wed  Jul 16 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — For the second year in a row, Sarasota Memorial Hospital has been named a top facility on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” list, according to rankings released … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay gridders charged in thefts
Thu  Jul 17 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Three Lemon Bay High School football players were among four Englewood-area teens arrested this week by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office for their alleged involvement in a string … Find out how to read more online.
Job fair set for Aug. 6
Thu  Jul 24 2014 03:56PM
NORTH PORT — On Aug. 6, job seekers and employers will have a chance to connect at a job fair hosted by the North Port Economic Development Corporation. The event, … Find out how to read more online.
Theatre Guild Parents’ Night Out canceled
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A Parents’ Night Out event being sponsored by the North Port High School Theatre Guild has been canceled. The event was originally planned for 4:30 p.m. to … Find out how to read more online.
Elementary he’s not
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Seventeen years of experience coupled with extensive municipal law knowledge gave Fort Myers-based lawyer Mark Moriarty the edge over two other candidates for North Port’s first in-house … Find out how to read more online.
‘Ukraine needs support of the world’
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
When a Boeing 777 carrying nearly 300 people was shot down over Ukraine last week, local Ukrainians reacted with both horror and sympathy. A surface-to-air missile was fired at Malaysia … Find out how to read more online.
$704M school budget advances
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County School Board unanimously approved a $704 million tentative budget — a reduction of $69 million from last fiscal year — and a lower millage for advertising purposes … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Injured woodpecker caused collision
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
An injured woodpecker is being blamed for a two-car collision Monday that sent an Englewood woman to the hospital. Jennifer Ellen Nemes, 48, of the 6200 block of Philco Street, … Find out how to read more online.
Hope ‘Springs’ eternal
Mon  Jul 21 2014 09:24AM
NORTH PORT — As the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa’s management contract nears the end of its term, city staff are working to prevent its closure. “We’re still working on … Find out how to read more online.
Motorcyclist injured in Saturday crash
Tue  Jul 22 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port motorcyclist was injured Saturday in a single-vehicle crash on San Mateo Drive, according to the North Port Police Department. At 8:39 p.m., Paul William … Find out how to read more online.
Celebrating Ramadan
Tue  Jul 22 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — The Muslim community in Charlotte County is small, but people should not judge it by its size alone, said Imam Azhar Subedar. The Islamic Community of Southwest … Find out how to read more online.
Morning showers in forecast for today and Tuesday
Mon  Jul 21 2014 08:00AM
A weak upper-level weather disturbance coupled with a lower-level front along the Gulf of Mexico is likely to cause rain showers and possible storms during the early morning hours in … Find out how to read more online.
Supervisor of elections mailing absentee ballots this week
Tue  Jul 22 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County Elections Office will begin mailing absentee ballots for the Aug. 26 primary election to non-military, domestic voters today, according to Supervisor of Elections Kathy … Find out how to read more online.
Five to interview for in-house attorney post
Sun  Jul 20 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The last step in the hiring process of an in-house attorney for the city of North Port will bring five lawyers face-to-face with city commissioners Monday. Attorneys … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriffs’ roles key
Sun  Jul 20 2014 08:00AM
Members of a human-smuggling organization — including one from Port Charlotte and two from North Port — will be sentenced within the next couple months, after recently being convicted of … Find out how to read more online.
Lackluster bike park numbers concern city
Sat  Jul 19 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The city’s freestyle BMX park is slowly becoming abandoned, according to North Port Parks and Recreation manager Sandy Pfundheller. Plans to revive Highland Ridge Park, where the … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless rate stays steady
Sat  Jul 19 2014 08:00AM
The unemployment picture in Southwest Florida remained basically unchanged in June, which is good news as businesses adapt to the slow summer doldrums. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity reported … Find out how to read more online.
Dentist lends skills to Nicaraguan needy
Sat  Jul 19 2014 08:00AM
North Port dentist Dr. Kevin Schapley recently returned from a weeklong trip to Villa el Carmen in Nicaragua, where he and about 33 colleagues from all around the U.S. performed … Find out how to read more online.
Elections supervisor offers tips for smooth primary
Sat  Jul 19 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — With the primary election just around the corner, Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent and staff are prepared and committed to providing Sarasota County voters with the best … Find out how to read more online.
City hopefuls in the hot seat
Fri  Jul 18 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Candidates for City Commission Seats 4 and 5 established distinct identities at the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce candidates forum Wednesday night. More than 200 people … Find out how to read more online.
Second North Port resident is ‘Idol’ hopeful
Fri  Jul 18 2014 04:18PM
Another North Port resident is auditioning for “American Idol.” Sarai Pitts, a 2012 North Port High School graduate, will travel to Tallahassee this weekend for a chance to be a … Find out how to read more online.
‘Team Boots’ vs. ‘Team Badges’ in blood donor contest
Tue  Jul 15 2014 07:32PM
NORTH PORT — There is a friendly competition going on between the city’s fire and police departments. It all has to do with the need for blood donations for Suncoast … Find out how to read more online.