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YMCA to move to storefront next month
Mon  Nov 24 2014 04:56PM
NORTH PORT — The new North Port Family YMCA under construction in the Winn-Dixie plaza is set to open in mid-December. The fitness center, currently operating at its Dallas White … Find out how to read more online.
Police: Prep student organized prostitution ring
Mon  Nov 24 2014 05:46PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Two people were charged Friday, including a 17-year-old girl, in connection with a prostitution ring that used underage girls from area high schools, according to the Venice … Find out how to read more online.
Entries sought for gingerbread house contest
Mon  Nov 24 2014 04:02PM
NORTH PORT — No confection symbolizes the holidays quite like gingerbread in its many forms, from edible houses to candy-studded gingerbread men to spiced loaves of cake-like bread. This year, … Find out how to read more online.
Officials offer holiday safety tips
Mon  Nov 24 2014 08:30AM
Flames shot through the rooftops of two Los Angeles homes last Thanksgiving as firefighters arrived. Cooking the turkey had gone terribly wrong, sending an elderly woman to the hospital. Witnesses … Find out how to read more online.
Mud run, festival get folks back to ‘Nature’
Sun  Nov 23 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — At a recent get-together in Englewood, Ann Gillis resolved that it was time to try her first long-distance run ever. But, like many post-cocktail decisions, it was … Find out how to read more online.
THURSDAY is the new BLACK FRIDAY
Sun  Nov 23 2014 08:30AM
There’s no turning back for bargain hunter Melanie White. “I have shopped Black Friday every year since I was 16,” she said. “I am almost 40. I do it because … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless rate dips
Mon  Nov 24 2014 12:39PM
Area unemployment numbers continued their downward trend in October, aided by the triple threat of an improving economy, returning snowbirds and the approaching holidays. The unemployment rate in Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
Inmate injured in prison transport crash
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Martina Tatarcyk was horrified when she got a call saying her son was in surgery following a crash on Interstate 4 while being transported from prison back to … Find out how to read more online.
Herald-Tribune newspaper sold again
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
New Media Investment Group, the parent company of GateHouse Media, said Thursday that it had acquired “substantially all of the assets” of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the other newspapers in … Find out how to read more online.
Big raise for airport chief
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — It was perhaps the longest discussion the Charlotte County Airport Authority has had in years. But when it was all said and done, authority commissioners agreed Punta … Find out how to read more online.
Sting nets 20 arrests
Fri  Nov 21 2014 01:24PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that a special operation that targeted unlicensed contractors resulted in 20 arrests. Among them was North Port resident Eric Larson, 48, of the … Find out how to read more online.
Bombs away
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — In a desolate part of Charlotte County near the Zemel Road Landfill, temperatures lingered in the 40s Wednesday morning. But there was plenty of heat. … Find out how to read more online.
‘Citizen’s petition’ calls for Trader Joe’s
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A Facebook page advocating for a Trader Joe’s grocery store in North Port has begun to receive support from city residents. Rich Suggs, a city resident and … Find out how to read more online.
North Port, Sarasota officials to be sworn in this week
Sun  Nov 16 2014 08:30AM
Monday morning will bring the swearing-in of re-elected North Port City Commissioner Linda Yates, along with new City Commissioner Jacqueline Moore. Moore, 64, and Yates, 50, will be sworn into … Find out how to read more online.
Prepare for cooler weather, thunderstorms
Mon  Nov 17 2014 08:30AM
Residents may want to bundle up and stay inside once a stronger cold front hits the area. The cold front that is moving through is stronger than the one that … Find out how to read more online.
Social media danger zone
Sun  Nov 16 2014 08:30AM
When two young Port Charlotte women drove to the Miami area recently, they met up with a couple of men they had been talking to online. Those men have been … Find out how to read more online.
Growing sentiment: Charlotte’s economic health will be hurt if free-falling school scores continue
Sun  Nov 16 2014 08:30AM
Leaders are worried about the economic health of Charlotte County as the school district moves closer to the state’s bottom in rankings. Young professionals, for example, already bypass Charlotte for … Find out how to read more online.
Family still searching for answers after son’s death
Mon  Nov 17 2014 01:51PM
NORTH PORT — Ronnie Knight doesn’t have closure. His son Jason has been dead a year and nine months, following a fateful night in 2013 when he went on a … Find out how to read more online.
Bed bugs found at movie theater
Sat  Nov 15 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — The Charlotte County Health Department has confirmed that an infestation of bed bugs occurred at the Regal Cinemas 16 Theater at the Port Charlotte Town Center mall last … Find out how to read more online.
4 Tamiami businesses burglarized
Fri  Nov 14 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is investigating four similar burglaries that occurred early Thursday along Tamiami Trail. “They smashed the glass door and took like $40 from … Find out how to read more online.
Sellers grab upper hand
Sun  Nov 23 2014 08:30AM
With single-family homes posting strong gains in both sales and median sales prices over the last year, the region has emerged as a seller’s market for the first time since … Find out how to read more online.
North Port accepting entries for Poinsettia Parade
Mon  Nov 24 2014 02:26PM
NORTH PORT — This year’s North Port Poinsettia Parade, themed “A Holiday Night of Lights,” will take place at 5 p.m. Dec. 13, stepping off from the corner of Greenwood … Find out how to read more online.
Turkey day weather dries out
Mon  Nov 24 2014 08:30AM
The sun should come out on Thanksgiving Day after being wet and soggy earlier in the week. Today, the forecast is partly sunny skies with highs in the mid 80s … Find out how to read more online.
Local man served with 104th Timberwolf Division during WWII
Mon  Nov 24 2014 12:47PM
Ralph Cook of Venice ended up a chaplain’s assistant serving with the 104th “Timberwolf Division” in Europe during World War II after flunking an eye exam to enter pilot training … Find out how to read more online.
‘Small Business Saturday’ promotes shop-local culture
Sun  Nov 23 2014 08:30AM
Small-business owners agree that creativity and inspiration are two ingredients that set local businesses apart from their larger, corporate competitors. “There are a lot of creative things going on locally,” … Find out how to read more online.
Commission cuts district map choices
Sat  Nov 22 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Options for the proposed district map were cut in half by commissioners at a special meeting Thursday evening. The issue of drawing up districts first came up … Find out how to read more online.
Schools, some parents unite on testing concerns
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Jerry Beard saw his 9-year-old son curled up on the floor a few weeks ago. “(He said) he’d rather kill himself than go back to class the … Find out how to read more online.
Block Party canceled for 2015
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Punta Gorda Block Party, one of the largest street festivals in Southwest Florida, has been canceled for 2015. Punta Gorda Days Inc., the nonprofit group that … Find out how to read more online.
Outside law firm investigates internal North Port complaint
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port city officials have confirmed that an outside law firm has been hired to investigate a “hostile workplace” complaint made toward aquatics technician Rich Tirado. City … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Man made porn of friend’s son, 12
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A local man is accused of having sexual contact with a 12-year-old boy, and taking pornographic pictures of him while his mother was in jail, according to … Find out how to read more online.
Hire pending for new SCAT chief
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Rocky A. Burke of Lexington, Ky., has been offered the position as the new director of Sarasota County Area Transit. Burke, 59, has more than 15 years … Find out how to read more online.
Groups keep the ‘giving’ in Thanksgiving
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Pat Knox is already giving thanks for Thanksgiving. “Right now, we’ve been blessed, blessed,” Knox said. Donations from the Lemon Bay Sunrise and Englewood rotaries, the Englewood Lions … Find out how to read more online.
New district maps to be presented
Fri  Nov 21 2014 01:24PM
NORTH PORT — Residents who have continued to support the formation of districts for City Commission candidates will now have the chance to voice their opinions on the proposed plans. … Find out how to read more online.
Enjoy a free guided walk
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
I usually worry about 18-legged, venom-oozing snakes that have so many large, blood-dripping fangs they would be called alli-conda-monsters. This is what I picture every time I hear the rustling … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota School Board, union reach contract accord
Sun  Nov 16 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The negotiating teams for the Sarasota County School Board and the Sarasota Classified/Teachers Association reached an agreement Friday on a contract for the 2014-15 school year. The … Find out how to read more online.
LBHS grad helps to save three friends’ lives
Mon  Nov 17 2014 11:32AM
ENGLEWOOD — Over the car radio, Lance Cpl. Taylor Reilly heard his friend’s car get hit by a truck with no lights on. He jumped out of the vehicle and … Find out how to read more online.
Sabal Trace submits long-awaited plan
Sat  Nov 15 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Sabal Trace Golf and Country Club will soon get the multi-million dollar upgrade that has been discussed, drafted and redrafted several times over the past decade. Thursday, … Find out how to read more online.
Salvation Army announces homeless family shelter
Fri  Nov 14 2014 04:23PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Salvation Army unveiled plans on Thursday for a $10 million project aimed at aiding homeless families looking to make a significant change in their lives. Dubbed … Find out how to read more online.
Allegiant adds more flights from Punta Gorda
Thu  Nov 13 2014 09:04PM
PUNTA GORDA — Allegiant Air announced Wednesday that it is adding two new cities to the growing lineup of destinations from the Punta Gorda Airport. The company is adding nonstop … Find out how to read more online.
Cool breeze, but no rain expected
Fri  Nov 14 2014 08:30AM
Weather should be a little cooler this weekend with a light breeze, but no rain is anticipated, according to the forecast. “A cold front overnight is bringing in that really … Find out how to read more online.