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PGT acquires Miami window manufacturer
Fri  Aug 1 2014 07:03PM
VENICE — North Venice-based PGT Windows has agreed to spend $111 million to buy a rival competitor, Miami-based CGI Windows & Doors Holdings Inc. Established in 1992, CGI, with its 200 … Find out how to read more online.
City’s influence grows
Fri  Aug 1 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The city of North Port will get another vote on the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization board, tasked with planning regional transportation infrastructure. The extra vote is “very … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County seeks public input on stand-up paddleboards
Fri  Aug 1 2014 01:40PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County Parks and Recreation officials are seeking community input on a proposal to allow the rental and use of stand-up paddleboards at county-owned beaches. Residents and … Find out how to read more online.
Beach bacteria claims life
Thu  Jul 31 2014 10:10AM
A middle-aged patient died in Sarasota County after contracting an ocean-borne bacterial infection through an open wound, according to the Florida Department of Health. The bacteria, Vibrio vulnificus, is present … Find out how to read more online.
North Port man charged with battering woman
Fri  Aug 1 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port man was charged with battery early Thursday morning after allegedly attacking a 33-year-old woman, according to the North Port Police Department. Robert Parolisi, 43, … Find out how to read more online.
Districts back on North Port ballot
Fri  Aug 1 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Before the lines were even drawn, North Port voters will have the opportunity to nix a charter amendment that would require City Commission candidates to reside in … Find out how to read more online.
Bank robber who wore Einstein mask in holdup arrested
Fri  Aug 1 2014 08:00AM
A man who robbed a bank in Venice in November 2013 while wearing what looks like an Albert Einstein Halloween mask has been arrested, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s … Find out how to read more online.
Jail gripes gobble staff time
Thu  Jul 31 2014 08:00AM
Inmates at the Charlotte County Jail file thousands of grievances each year. But while the facility’s population has risen to record numbers this month, the amount of complaints and lawsuits … Find out how to read more online.
Springs raffle-rousers plan to sue city, county
Thu  Jul 31 2014 10:11AM
NORTH PORT — A Warm Mineral Springs activist organization announced in a City Commission meeting this week it would sue the city of North Port and Sarasota County if the … Find out how to read more online.
City issues Ukrainian Independence Day proclamation
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
A proclamation to honor the 23rd anniversary of the re-establishment of Ukraine’s independence, Aug. 24, was issued by the North Port City Commission on Monday night. It was read by … Find out how to read more online.
Program to provide free breakfast in 8 Sarasota County schools
Tue  Jul 29 2014 06:28PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County School Board wants to make sure students have a good breakfast to start their day, and a pilot program at eight district schools will … Find out how to read more online.
UPDATE: Daughter struck by plane dies
Tue  Jul 29 2014 09:41AM
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has been notified by the Largo Medical Examiner’s Office that 9-year-old Oceana Irizzary has died. The child was critically injured in the plane crash off … Find out how to read more online.
A tragic anniversary
Tue  Jul 29 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — On the same day he died, Ommy Irizarry wrote this Facebook love note to his wife. “Today, 9 years ago, I tied my life to my beautiful wife, … Find out how to read more online.
Imagine hoping for increased enrollment
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Imagine School at North Port is hoping this coming school year will be a good one. Steve Black, principal at the charter school’s upper campus — which … Find out how to read more online.
Steger to help elephants in Nepal
Tue  Jul 29 2014 08:00AM
Mimi Steger, who owns and operates North Port Taekwondo with her husband, Tim, has been accepted to take part in a volunteer program in Nepal through Elephant Aid International. The … Find out how to read more online.
Keith Jones fought in ‘Battle of the Bulge’
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM
Keith Jones was too skinny to get in the Navy in 1942, but the Army took him anyway despite his lack of weight. He became a member of the 87th … Find out how to read more online.
Verinder named SMH president, CEO
Sun  Jul 27 2014 10:54AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board voted unanimously to select David Verinder as president and chief executive officer of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. He has been … Find out how to read more online.
Hot, hot, hot
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
The recovery of the area’s real estate market is best illustrated by the shortages it’s created. “We’re having trouble getting listings, because everybody knows (values are rising). Some of the … Find out how to read more online.
Marbut moving forward with facility site selection
Sun  Jul 27 2014 09:31PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Now that Sarasota city commissioners have moved on from partnering with the county on a “Come As You Are” shelter to help aid the chronic homeless, Texas-based … Find out how to read more online.
Allan Lane let go
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Economic Development Division Manager Allan Lane will no longer serve the city when the fiscal year begins on Oct. 1. “It’s been a good run,” Lane told the Sun … Find out how to read more online.
Spa soaked for $178K
Fri  Aug 1 2014 06:52PM
The former office manager of Spago Day Spa & Salon has been accused of making more than $175,000 in fraudulent purchases on the company’s business card between 2010 and 2012, … Find out how to read more online.
Online fundraiser to help Oasis pastor
Fri  Aug 1 2014 06:52PM
NORTH PORT — The Rev. Aaron Imel, pastor of Oasis Church — located off North Toledo Blade Boulevard — is recovering from a heart attack he suffered recently. Although the … Find out how to read more online.
Sample ballots to go out next week
Fri  Aug 1 2014 05:56PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sample ballots for the Aug. 26 primary will be mailed to registered voters in Sarasota County on Monday, according to Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent. A personalized … Find out how to read more online.
Crash claims roadside worker
Fri  Aug 1 2014 08:00AM
A Port Charlotte man has been charged with DUI manslaughter after striking and killing a roadside worker Wednesday night on northbound U.S. 41, just north of the Barron Collier Bridge, … Find out how to read more online.
Thunderstorms on tap this weekend
Fri  Aug 1 2014 08:00AM
The last few days have been drier than normal around Southwest Florida, but expect things to change heading into the weekend. According to Tyler Fleming, a meteorologist with the National … Find out how to read more online.
Memorial planned for plane crash victims
Fri  Aug 1 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — Corrine DeLutis is organizing a memorial service for plane crash victims Ommy and Oceana Irizarry on Saturday. She said everyone is invited to pay their respects at the … Find out how to read more online.
Family’s grief deepens
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — The 9-year-old Georgia girl hit by a small plane Sunday on Caspersen Beach died from her injuries on Tuesday, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Oceana Irizarry … Find out how to read more online.
North Port teen wins national digital arts festival
Thu  Jul 31 2014 08:00AM
Boys & Girls Clubs of America recently named Jasmine Levine of North Port a national winner in its 12th annual Digital Arts Festivals competition supported by Comcast and NBCUniversal, Sony … Find out how to read more online.
City dispatch consolidation over and out
Thu  Jul 31 2014 12:40PM
NORTH PORT — City commissioners voted 4-1 Monday night for the city to retain its police dispatch rather than consolidate it with Sarasota County, with Cheryl Cook dissenting. Consolidating North … Find out how to read more online.
School Board passes lower tentative millage, budget
Wed  Jul 30 2014 02:36PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — In a 10-minute meeting Tuesday evening, the Sarasota County School Board adopted its tentative millage and $704 million budget for the 2014-2015 school year — both lower … Find out how to read more online.
CHS grad on ‘Quest’ for success
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
After Christian Sochor graduated from Charlotte High School in 2009, the drama student followed the advice of some friends and applied to an acting school in New York City. He … Find out how to read more online.
Commission on board with homeless portal
Wed  Jul 30 2014 02:30PM
NORTH PORT — An $800,000 intake portal that will provide assistance to homeless families is in the works, following the North Port City Commission’s unanimous approval Monday night of the … Find out how to read more online.
The Crepe Chef poised to open
Mon  Jul 28 2014 05:50PM
Jon Bierley and his wife, Kimberly Graber, are only about a month away from opening their new restaurant, The Crepe Chef, in north Port Charlotte, but are already drumming up … Find out how to read more online.
Little Salt Spring transfer still in works
Tue  Jul 29 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — As North Port hastens to acquire Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa from Sarasota County, the county is working to acquire another North Port spring. Little Salt Spring, … Find out how to read more online.
One dead after plane crashes at beach
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM
A plane making an emergency landing crashed at Caspersen Beach in Venice Sunday, killing a man on the beach and critically injuring his daughter. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office was … Find out how to read more online.
Standing for something special
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM

To help

Englewood’s Special Olympics stand-up paddleboard team is in need of community support and volunteers. To learn more about how you can help, call SUP Englewood at 941-234-4311.

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A winning moment
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — A young man, smaller than all his peers but proudly sporting the light blue team jersey, dribbles the ball down the court. He steps up to the … Find out how to read more online.
Weather expected to slightly delay Sumter widening
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The last segment of the Sumter Boulevard widening is, for the most part, on schedule for its Dec. 26 completion date. The contractor will be “getting a … Find out how to read more online.
PGPD: Armed robber strikes local bank
Sat  Jul 26 2014 11:18AM
PUNTA GORDA — Authorities were investigating a suspected armed robbery at a local bank late Friday afternoon. Around 4:30 p.m., a white man wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses walked … Find out how to read more online.
Tax holiday eases back-to-school pinch
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
Parents of North Port students can catch a break when they go to buy back-to-school clothes during the upcoming sales tax holiday. From Friday through Aug. 3, merchants won’t collect … Find out how to read more online.