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Former Englewood man’s novel to become movie
Fri  Jul 31 2015 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — When Ransom Riggs learned Samuel L. Jackson is playing a character in his young-adult novel turned movie, he freaked out. Novelist Riggs, who grew up in a little … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Chamber members eye new city budget
Fri  Jul 31 2015 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Local business leaders and community front-runners had a chance Thursday morning to see financially where the city of North Port has been and where it is going … Find out how to read more online.
Chipotle Mexican Grill may open doors in North Port
Thu  Jul 30 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — City officials said they are currently reviewing a construction permit application for a new, long-awaited restaurant in North Port that residents have advocated for in recent years. … Find out how to read more online.
Police: Man drowns at Warm Mineral Springs
Wed  Jul 29 2015 10:48AM
NORTH PORT — A 69-year-old man reportedly drowned at Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa Tuesday afternoon, city officials said. “Currently the investigation is going on,” said Jack Bobo, president of … Find out how to read more online.
Drowning reported at Warm Mineral Springs
Tue  Jul 28 2015 02:42PM
NORTH PORT — Around 1:15 p.m. today, North Port Fire Rescue was called to Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa for an apparent drowning of a 69-year-old male from out of … Find out how to read more online.
Detert: Area could be next movie mecca
Wed  Jul 29 2015 10:48AM
NORTH PORT –– North Port and Sarasota County should embrace the movie-making industry and encourage filmmakers to set up shop locally, state Sen. Nancy Detert says. Speaking to the North … Find out how to read more online.
Shopping center plans push on
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A shopping center set for Toledo Blade Boulevard near Price Boulevard was approved to move forward at Monday night’s North Port City Commission meeting, with discussion of … Find out how to read more online.
City OKs flat millage, but taxes still could rise
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city millage rate for fiscal year 2015-16 is set to remain the same as last year, but residents still could see their property taxes go up, … Find out how to read more online.
Corporal dodged enemy, friendly fire in Korea
Mon  Jul 27 2015 12:51PM
Robert Borboro, of Cross Creek RV Park north of Arcadia, spent the better part of two years in Korea during that war. While it’s been 60 years since he was … Find out how to read more online.
‘Bulk’ mail?
Sun  Jul 26 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH GULF COVE — After he allegedly sent thousands of steroids from his South Gulf Cove home and the Englewood post office, federal agents arrested Robert G. Gregory on multiple … Find out how to read more online.
Hired Guns
Sun  Jul 26 2015 08:30AM
Local law enforcement members are always looking to help their community — and make some extra cash at the same time. And they’re certainly getting the chance to do so. … Find out how to read more online.
City seeks advisory board members
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city of North Port is in need of a few good residents. Twenty-six of them, to be exact. There are a total of 26 vacancies — … Find out how to read more online.
North Port holds line on ousting animal services officer
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — After resident Rebecca Cyphert spoke in favor of keeping the city’s animal services officer at Thursday’s budget workshop, she went outside to find a surprise by her … Find out how to read more online.
Two men critically injured in North Port shooting
Fri  Jul 24 2015 12:52PM
NORTH PORT — Two men in their 20s, one of them a father to a young boy, are in critical condition after both were shot at a home in North … Find out how to read more online.
Men still in critical condition after shooting
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The two men injured in a shooting early Wednesday morning were still in critical condition Thursday afternoon, according to North Port Police Chief Kevin Vespia. Just before … Find out how to read more online.
Wednesday crashes leave 2 critically injured
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH SARASOTA COUNTY — Two separate area accidents Wednesday resulted in two critically injured victims, according to Florida Highway Patrol reports. The FHP has not yet released the name of … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County procurement division wins national award
Thu  Jul 23 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– Six years after a scandal rocked the Sarasota County’s procurement division that led to an arrest and the termination of employees as high up as the county … Find out how to read more online.
Two critically injured in shooting
Wed  Jul 22 2015 11:50AM
NORTH PORT — At 12:55 a.m. Wednesday, North Port police officers responded to 1751 S. Biscayne Drive in reference to a shooting. Once on scene, they found the victim, 25-year-old … Find out how to read more online.
School Board OKs lower millage rate
Wed  Jul 22 2015 08:31AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — School Board members OK’d a slightly lower millage rate for fiscal year 2015-16, but that most likely won’t mean lower taxes for most county homeowners, district officials … Find out how to read more online.
Eagles see inaugural week of practice
Wed  Jul 22 2015 08:31AM
NORTH PORT — The first-year North Port Eagles youth football teams are going through their inaugural week of practice in preparation for a jamboree Aug 8-9 at Butler Park. The … Find out how to read more online.
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Englewood man charged with attempted murder
Fri  Jul 31 2015 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — A local man is facing a slew of charges — including attempted murder — after what the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office describes as a “vicious attack on two … Find out how to read more online.
Springs drowning victim ID’d as Illinois man
Thu  Jul 30 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The man who drowned at Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa on Tuesday afternoon has been identified as Bronislaw Pawlikowski, 69, from Illinois, city officials reported. Pawlikowski has … Find out how to read more online.
City residents spending elsewhere
Wed  Jul 29 2015 10:48AM
NORTH PORT — Since 2014, North Port city shoppers have spent nearly $590 million on clothes, furnishings, electronics, sporting goods, entertainment and more. But just over $380 million was spent inside … Find out how to read more online.
School Board OKs lower millage, higher budget
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County School Board members unanimously approved a lower tentative millage rate and a $755 million district budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year during a three-minute meeting … Find out how to read more online.
Site of hospital sewage spill not inspected for month
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
VENICE — Twenty-nine days. That’s the time that elapsed between the day a sewage spill at Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) was reported as having been cleaned up and the … Find out how to read more online.
FHP: Four family members seriously injured in I-75 rollover
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Four members of a family from Winter Park, Fla., were hurt in a rollover wreck Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 75 near Toledo Blade Boulevard, according to the … Find out how to read more online.
Animal services officer removal could bring new costs
Tue  Jul 28 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Come October, city residents will have to pay for Sarasota County for traps to remove armadillos, raccoons, cats and other nuisance animals from their yards, after the … Find out how to read more online.
Community Clothing Closet needs donations
Tue  Jul 28 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT— The Children’s Community Clothing Closet is in need of infant clothing up to size 4T and girls and boys clothing from sizes 4 to 12, says volunteer Charlene … Find out how to read more online.
Imagine School hosting summer barbecue
Sun  Jul 26 2015 12:04PM
NORTH PORT — Imagine School at North Port will be throwing its annual mid-summer barbecue, get-together and uniform sale on Wednesday. “We’re really big on community and family involvement,” said … Find out how to read more online.
New shopping center off Toledo Blade in the works
Sun  Jul 26 2015 12:04PM
NORTH PORT — A new shopping center is moving in on Toledo Blade Boulevard near Price Boulevard, showing more growth and potential revenue for the city. According to information provided … Find out how to read more online.
DCSO: Additional victims sought in child porn case
Mon  Jul 27 2015 11:53AM
DESOTO COUNTY — A Tampa man is facing numerous charges related to child pornography, and authorities fear there may be more victims who’ve not yet been identified. The DeSoto County … Find out how to read more online.
Springs at South Biscayne residents to arrive in august
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Memory boxes line the halls of the memory care unit at the newly opened Springs at South Biscayne senior care center. The boxes, to contain personal belongings, … Find out how to read more online.
Ex-toll collector gains worldwide support
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
BOCA GRANDE — Until recently, 77-year-old Vladislav “Sam” Samsonov didn’t know what the words “trending” or “viral” meant. Now, all he knows is his story is doing both — worldwide. … Find out how to read more online.
Front expected to bring wet weather
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents may want to stay inside, rent movies and eat popcorn this weekend with the rainy weather expected. “There could be some breaks with a little bit of … Find out how to read more online.
Housing market slows in Charlotte
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
The Charlotte County housing market shifted into reverse last month, with both the number of home sales and median sale prices in decline. The Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of … Find out how to read more online.
Aldi Food Market now open in North Port
Fri  Jul 24 2015 12:52PM
NORTH PORT — While the Aldi Food Market didn’t open officially until this morning, the parking lot of the 17,018-square-foot store at the corner of Salford Boulevard and U.S. 41, … Find out how to read more online.
Police: North Port man raped teenage girl
Wed  Jul 22 2015 04:01PM
NORTH PORT — A 61-year-old North Port man has been arrested for allegedly holding down and raping a 15-year-old girl in his care, according to a North Port police report. … Find out how to read more online.
Removal of animal services officer sees opposition
Tue  Jul 21 2015 01:14PM
NORTH PORT — Winn Sell, a former North Port animal services officer who pioneered the post, disagrees with the city removing the position for the upcoming fiscal year 2015-16. “The … Find out how to read more online.
Petition works to save animal services position
Wed  Jul 22 2015 08:31AM
NORTH PORT — The potential removal of the animal services officer post with the North Port Police Department has garnered a lot of attention, and has now resulted in a … Find out how to read more online.
Area students ready for advanced program
Mon  Jul 20 2015 12:24PM
NORTH PORT — In mid-June, 77 rising Heron Creek Middle School students spent three days solving a crime, working in groups to analyze bite marks, fingerprints and blood spatter before … Find out how to read more online.