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Homeless aid given, but not always taken
Mon  Aug 31 2015 12:54PM
NORTH PORT — The old adage, “You can’t help someone who doesn’t want to help themselves,” rings true in many situations, and some good Samaritans may run into the problem … Find out how to read more online.
Trooper doing OK after deadly I-75 wreck
Tue  Sep 1 2015 01:43PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A Florida Highway Patrol trooper is “alert” and “recovering” after his cruiser was hit by a tractor-trailer over the weekend, killing the man in the back of … Find out how to read more online.
Local cop brews community cohesion
Tue  Sep 1 2015 01:37PM
NORTH PORT — North Port Police Lt. Steve Lorenz is a 22-year veteran of the NPPD, and is always working to keep a positive relationship with city residents — including … Find out how to read more online.
North Port small businesses vow comeback
Mon  Aug 31 2015 12:52PM
NORTH PORT — Two small businesses in the city — Lindy Lu’s Hawaiian Sno-Cones, 1402 S. Sumter Blvd.; and Carlos and Jimmy’s Tacos, 13648 Tamiami Trail — recently posted goodbye … Find out how to read more online.
Local nonprofits look to Giving Challenge
Mon  Aug 31 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Hitting the donate button at 2:26 a.m. could mean an extra $5,000 added to one lucky supporter’s charity during the upcoming Giving Challenge. The Giving Challenge is … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County continues to monitor Erika, schools open Monday
Sat  Aug 29 2015 03:22PM
Sarasota County Emergency Management officials continued to monitor Erika’s remnants after the storm dissipated Saturday morning. They urged residents to remain alert and prepared, as increased rainfall and localized flooding … Find out how to read more online.
CCSO: Bank robber sought
Sun  Aug 30 2015 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit currently is investigating a bank robbery at the Charlotte State Bank, 1100 Tamiami Trail, Murdock. At approximately 11:20 a.m. Saturday, a suspect … Find out how to read more online.
crisis
Sun  Aug 30 2015 08:30AM
While like-minded politicians in Tallahassee shrug off proposals for health care solutions, there are patients in the tricounty area dying of curable diseases. “It’s heartbreaking to watch a 21-year-old with … Find out how to read more online.
Blucher drops out of county race
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Former city of North Port mayor Jim Blucher has withdrawn from the race for the Sarasota County Commission District 3 seat. He could not be reached for … Find out how to read more online.
Splash pad opening delayed
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The opening of the splash pad being constructed at Atwater Community Park in eastern North Port has been pushed back to early October due to a manufacturing … Find out how to read more online.
NPPD: Woman charged for having sex outside 7-Eleven
Thu  Aug 27 2015 05:28PM
NORTH PORT — A woman was charged Wednesday in connection with an incident at a North Port gas station in which a father and son witnessed an amorous couple having … Find out how to read more online.
Area schools get $200K for reading program
Fri  Aug 28 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Three elementary schools, including two in North Port, have received $200,000 in grants to support a Reading Recovery program directed toward struggling first-graders, according to the Sarasota … Find out how to read more online.
SCSO: Davie man arrested for beach car burglaries
Wed  Aug 26 2015 05:23PM
MANASOTA KEY — After a nearly 10-month investigation, a 53-year-old man from Davie, Fla., was arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing items from cars at beaches along Manasota Key Road in … Find out how to read more online.
Family Haven nears home purchasing goals
Mon  Aug 31 2015 11:14AM
NORTH PORT — The Family Haven emergency homeless shelter that opened in North Port this past spring is getting closer to providing transitional housing for area families in need. Peter … Find out how to read more online.
Remote park to see improvements
Wed  Aug 26 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A hidden neighborhood park dense with trees and foliage, which has not received much attention in past years, will be getting needed improvements to accommodate city residents. … Find out how to read more online.
Slain firefighter’s family posts ‘call for action’
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The family of Charlotte County firefighter Sam Presley Dreher will not quit until they see Danielle Dreher, Sam’s ex-wife, behind bars for good. Danielle, a 43-year-old North … 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.
Firefighters take down small blazes
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city’s Fire Rescue department was busy over the weekend and into Monday handling small fires at area homes. According to city officials, North Port police responded … Find out how to read more online.
Eagles win big against Steelers
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Eagles teams opened their first-ever Southwest Florida Youth Football League season with two convincing victories over the visiting Lee County Steelers, Saturday at Butler … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota schools see growth
Mon  Aug 24 2015 03:38PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Approximately 900 more students are expected to take to the halls of Sarasota County schools when bells ring at campuses this morning, signaling the start of the … Find out how to read more online.
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Female vets retreat to honor warriors
Tue  Sep 1 2015 08:30AM
A female veterans retreat next week will honor 25 area women who have served in the armed forces. Coordinator and military veteran Becky Ludwick said the retreat, sponsored by Goodwill … Find out how to read more online.
Waking up the echoes
Tue  Sep 1 2015 08:30AM
College football returns this week, which means Tom Ortwein will be back within the wide embrace of Touchdown Jesus. Tom may not officially be “the No. 1 Notre Dame football … Find out how to read more online.
Erika’s remains may bring rains
Sun  Aug 30 2015 08:30AM
Erika is kaput. Downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm to a trough of low pressure, Erika, which claimed at least 20 lives as it passed over the Caribbean … Find out how to read more online.
Heavy rains expected
Mon  Aug 31 2015 08:30AM
Tropical Storm Erika lost steam over the weekend as it collided with Hispaniola’s mountainous terrain and Cuba tore it apart. The storm claimed at least 20 lives and caused widespread … Find out how to read more online.
Former airman refueled planes in flight
Mon  Aug 31 2015 08:30AM
Mike Raymond, commander of Post 110 American Legion in Port Charlotte, contends he had “the best job in the Air Force” as a boom operator on a 707 jet refueling … Find out how to read more online.
Police seek man stalking women at shopping centers
Sun  Aug 30 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — An arrest warrant has been issued for a 37-year-old Pennsylvania man who police say has approached multiple women at local shopping centers, asking for phone numbers and … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
It’s hard to tell what impact, if any, Tropical Storm Erika will have on Southwest Florida as it slowly limps across the Caribbean. But one thing’s certain, state and local … Find out how to read more online.
School ends first week with fewer students
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County schools ended the first week of the 2015-16 school year with hundreds of fewer students than district officials originally planned for, according to numbers released … Find out how to read more online.
Young North Port man dies while studying abroad
Fri  Aug 28 2015 08:30AM
Twenty-year-old Luke Ireland was achieving his dream of studying in Germany when he died suddenly last week in his sleep. Ireland, of North Port, was the first Eagle Scout in … Find out how to read more online.
Bobcat freshmen lose season opener
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — When the North Port High School freshman football team opened its season Thursday night against visiting Venice High School, the difference in numbers of players on both … Find out how to read more online.
Local hospitals to be audited by the state
Thu  Aug 27 2015 08:30AM
A spokesman for the parent company of four area hospitals ordered audited this week by Gov. Rick Scott said Hospital Corporation of America is cooperating with the government and going … Find out how to read more online.
Fewer students than projected so far
Mon  Aug 31 2015 11:14AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — On the first two days of the 2015-16 school year, the anticipated higher number of students expected districtwide failed to materialize, at least initially. But that doesn’t … Find out how to read more online.
Former commissioner seeking state Senate seat
Thu  Aug 27 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– Former Sarasota County commissioner Nora Patterson announced this week she is running for the state Senate District 28 seat. She’s the third to declare candidacy for the … Find out how to read more online.
County balks at new sales tax to help homeless
Mon  Aug 31 2015 11:14AM
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.
Back to class
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Mia Montgomery, assistant principal at Woodland Middle School, stood at the exit of the school’s bus loop Monday morning, enthusiastically greeting students as they walked onto campus. … Find out how to read more online.
County ordinance change could make hunters go hog wild
Tue  Aug 25 2015 03:19PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County commissioners Monday approved a measure that could one day lead to hunting on county-owned property. In a 4-1 vote, the board approved an update to … Find out how to read more online.
Dog park to get cooling station, other updates
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — After five years with minimal amenities, the Canine Club — North Port’s only dog park — will receive much-needed improvements including a cooling station and agility equipment, … Find out how to read more online.
Mustangs roll over Warriors
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Rain and lightning played havoc with the North Port Pop Warner Mustangs’ opening youth football games with host Charlotte Warriors Saturday. The Midget and Junior Midget games … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota school district starts year with new logo
Mon  Aug 24 2015 03:38PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — When parents access the Sarasota County School District’s website as the new school year begins, they may notice a subtle difference — a new logo at the … 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.