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County schools to get Surface 3 tablets
Mon  Apr 27 2015 04:46PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County School District has been selected with several other schools around the world to receive Microsoft’s Surface 3 tablets before they will be made available to … Find out how to read more online.
Birding talk at library
Mon  Apr 27 2015 10:12AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Friends of Wildlife group will sponsor a presentation by Rick Greenspun, a local birding guide and photographer, at 6 p.m. May 13 at the … Find out how to read more online.
Soldier fought Germans during WWII
Mon  Apr 27 2015 08:30AM
Tony Di Gregorio spent the cold, rainy winter of 1944 fighting Germans in the Appian Mountains of Italy during World War II. “We’d go out every night looking for them,” … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County seeks advisory board volunteers
Sun  Apr 26 2015 11:56AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County Government invites the public to volunteer for one of its many advisory board opportunities, including the General Contractors Licensing and Examining Board and Mechanical Contractors … Find out how to read more online.
A step toward unity
Sun  Apr 26 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Waving an American flag, and boasting a huge smile and youthful exuberance, 11-year-old Amy Washington led the way during Saturday’s Peace March across the Barron Collier Bridge … Find out how to read more online.
Crash drives wedge between victim’s family, boyfriend
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A 20-year-old woman who was trapped in a car after a power pole fell on top of it last month has filed a restraining order against her … Find out how to read more online.
SCSO: Osprey man had 1,200 images of child porn
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
OSPREY — A 53-year-old Osprey man had a team of detectives waiting for him as he returned home from a trip to New Orleans Thursday, according to the Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.
Big step forward for home sales
Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM
With home sales already off to a fast start this year, March sales reached even greater levels in Charlotte and Sarasota counties. The Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of Realtors reported … Find out how to read more online.
Sharks basketball player 1st to ink college commitment
Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — History was made at Imagine High School Thursday afternoon. Sharks boys basketball senior point guard Victor Colon signed a letter of intent with Warner University in Lake … Find out how to read more online.
Local homeless cats find love in UK
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:50AM
Brian and Jenny Port were not looking for a cat. As a matter of fact, the two residents of the United Kingdom were not even supposed to be in Englewood. … Find out how to read more online.
Shop churns up business, despite recall
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:50AM
PUNTA GORDA — In a good month, Harborwalk Scoops + Bites ice cream shop dishes out as much as 120 gallons of ice cream a week. Two-thirds of the sweet … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County: Budget on track
Thu  Apr 23 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– Sarasota County government income is up and spending is down, according to a staff presentation to county commissioners Wednesday afternoon. That could be good news when property … Find out how to read more online.
Robinson wants public access policies reviewed
Wed  Apr 22 2015 11:33AM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– Sarasota County Commissioner Christine Robinson wants more of the county’s land open to the public. “I think we (the county) have done a poor job in the … Find out how to read more online.
School Board airs testing worries
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — School Board members spent the majority of a Tuesday workshop voicing concerns about the process and problems that have presented themselves in this first year of Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Hug and swing from trees
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
I’m a tree hugger. Sometimes you have to hug a tree after traversing an elevated bridge made of swinging steps. What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by hanging … Find out how to read more online.
Castrovince, Towers commit to colleges
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — An aspiring chef, Billy Castrovince has his own ideas of what makes a great dish. A lot of it comes with improvisation. “I’m not really into baking … Find out how to read more online.
Area poker run to benefit Paws and Stripes May 3
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
NOKOMIS — The Fraternal Order of Eagles and Disabled American Veterans Post 101 in Nokomis are hosting a joint fundraising event, a “Paws and Stripes” poker run, on May 3. … Find out how to read more online.
Homeless update coming this summer
Tue  Apr 21 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County commissioners will get an in-depth report this summer on the war on homelessness. But first, more input will be gathered from the community. Last year … Find out how to read more online.
Tiny predators take on deadly swarms
Mon  Apr 20 2015 04:44PM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– Sarasota County is breeding hordes of ruthless killers who exist only to devour their enemy’s offspring. Captured in the wild and propagated in a captive breeding program, … Find out how to read more online.
North Port to host Newcomer Day
Mon  Apr 20 2015 02:34PM
NORTH PORT — The city will host North Port Newcomer Day from 10 a.m. to noon May 2 at the George Mullen Activity Center, 1602 Kramer Way near City Hall. … Find out how to read more online.
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Sumter completion pushed to June
Mon  Apr 27 2015 04:46PM
NORTH PORT — Residents and city drivers may have noticed the Sumter Boulevard expansion is still ongoing, and a new completion date of early June has been set, according to … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Relay fights cancer, honors survivors
Sun  Apr 26 2015 11:54AM
NORTH PORT — Katee Shepard is an 11-year survivor of leukemia. “When I was diagnosed, I was given two months, and here I am,” she said with a smile. Shepard … Find out how to read more online.
Disabled man seeks aid to fence back yard for service dog
Mon  Apr 27 2015 03:46PM
A Port Charlotte man confined to an electric wheelchair is hoping the community will help him pay for a backyard fence so his service dog-in-training has a place to run … Find out how to read more online.
Teehees still waiting for justice
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
Tab Teehee looks through a photo album of family pictures with his son Alex still in them. He picks it up every few minutes and flips through the memories. Carol … Find out how to read more online.
Former medical assistant accused of prescription fraud
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A 38-year-old woman was arrested Friday for allegedly filling fake prescriptions using the names of two physicians at the Sarasota medical office where she was working, a … Find out how to read more online.
Hunting a concern on Walton Ranch
Thu  Apr 23 2015 10:14AM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– Walton Ranch didn’t get a new name Wednesday, but the plans for the future of the 3,769-acre property in the far northeast corner of North Port had … Find out how to read more online.
Back on the job
Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM

UNRESOLVED PRISON DEATHS

There are more than 200 pending prison inmate death investigations in Florida. Six of them involve Charlotte Correctional Institution:

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Remembering the ‘Forgotten War’
Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Retired U.S. Navy Capt. John W. Arens told the story of an Army combat medic’s heroism during the Korean War. The medic was tending to a wounded … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota school district budget unknown for now
Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County School District Deputy Chief Financial Officer Al Weidner outlined this week some of the differences between the proposed governor’s budget and those put forward by … Find out how to read more online.
As CCU director resigns, ‘big challenges’ remain
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:50AM
MURDOCK — Less than two months after receiving the results of a Charlotte County Utilities audit that was critical of several key operations in the department, director Terri Couture has … Find out how to read more online.
SCSO: Mom took fall for stepdad in burned toddler case
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:50AM
NORTH PORT — A mother charged with child neglect last year who was facing prison time may now be getting a deal after authorities arrested her husband this week, following him … Find out how to read more online.
NPHS Marching Band invited to perform at Sugar Bowl
Thu  Apr 23 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — WorldStrides Heritage Performance has invited the North Port High School Marching Band to perform at the Sugar Bowl, where they will join bands from across the country … Find out how to read more online.
Aldi area hiring event set
Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The value grocery chain Aldi, under construction in North Port at the corner of Salford Boulevard and U.S. 41 near Perkins Restaurant, has scheduled a regional hiring … Find out how to read more online.
Congressman Buchanan honors NPPD officers
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Two North Port law enforcement officers received high awards from Congressman Vern Buchanan for going above and beyond their normal duties of service — including saving a … Find out how to read more online.
County borrowing money to repay loans, upgrade systems
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– Sarasota County commissioners agreed Tuesday to borrow up to $6.1 million to repay other loans and finance a communications system and software upgrade. Broken into two loans, … Find out how to read more online.
City: Whistleblower fired for misconduct
Tue  Apr 21 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Rich Tirado, an eight-year city Public Works employee and whistleblower who came forward about employees cheating on Federal Emergency Management Agency tests last fall, was officially terminated … Find out how to read more online.
Manatee could be care alternative
Tue  Apr 21 2015 08:30AM
The Sarasota County Health Department says it will reapply for a $1.9 million federal grant to continue primary care services for 30,500 under- insured — unless a private provider steps … Find out how to read more online.
City: Church building unsafe after crash
Wed  Apr 22 2015 11:25AM
NORTH PORT — A 65-year-old Venice man who crashed his truck into a church off Biscayne Drive Saturday night had almost twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system, … Find out how to read more online.
Toledo Blade students follow recycling project from start to finish
Tue  Apr 21 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Students at Toledo Blade Elementary who, at the beginning of the school year, began bringing in plastic bottle caps are seeing the results of their recycling project … Find out how to read more online.
Physician training program coming to Sarasota County
Mon  Apr 20 2015 02:34PM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– The Florida State University College of Medicine and Sarasota Memorial Health Care System has unveiled plans to create an internal medicine residency program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. … Find out how to read more online.