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Rays fans take detour from traffic woes
Fri  Mar 6 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Tom Robertson was planning to play a little hooky from work Friday to watch the first spring training game of the Tampa Bay Rays. What he didn’t … Find out how to read more online.
Cloudy, breezy weather expected this weekend
Fri  Mar 6 2015 08:30AM
The forecast calls for a “cloudy weekend” ahead for Southwest Floridans. A cold front is moving in today, according to Charlie Paxton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, bringing … Find out how to read more online.
Judge: Murder case not affected by recordings
Thu  Mar 5 2015 02:53PM
PUNTA GORDA — A judge has decided a local murder case has not been hindered, despite allegations of governmental misconduct and denial of due process because jail staff sent a … Find out how to read more online.
South Sarasota County schools to get new computers
Thu  Mar 5 2015 05:02PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Several local schools are getting brand-new computers this summer. Following the Sarasota County School Board members’ approval Tuesday night of a nearly $8.75 million contract with Hewlett-Packard, … Find out how to read more online.
Nonprofit radio station looks to expand reach
Tue  Mar 3 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — KDWRadio station manager R.J. Malloy said North Port’s public radio station is poised to start reaching a lot more listeners. The nonprofit radio station, based in the … Find out how to read more online.
Local health department could lose major services
Wed  Mar 4 2015 08:31AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County Health Department anticipates losing $1.9 million in federal funding for primary health care services for thousands of North Port and Englewood residents each year. … Find out how to read more online.
County homeless services director to receive Public Citizen of Year Award
Fri  Mar 6 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota/Manatee Unit of the Florida Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers will present the county’s director of Homeless Services, Wayne Applebee, with the 2015 … Find out how to read more online.
Technical glitches delay new test
Tue  Mar 3 2015 08:30AM
The first day of new standardized testing got off to a rocky start in Southwest Florida. School districts across the state were forced to delay or suspend the test, and … Find out how to read more online.
School psychologist resigns after child sex conviction
Tue  Mar 3 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A Sarasota County School District psychologist, who was convicted in January for molesting a young girl who was previously under his foster care, has officially resigned from … Find out how to read more online.
Gulf Coast Community Foundation head to step down
Mon  Mar 2 2015 11:02AM
Gulf Coast Community Foundation has announced that Teri A. Hansen will resign from her position as president/CEO, effective June 30,to head up the operations of the Charles and Margery Barancik … Find out how to read more online.
‘Tropical air mass’ causes warmer weather this week
Mon  Mar 2 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents can expect warmer weather all week, even with a weak front coming through toward the end of it. After the last cool front came through a few … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota, Charlotte counties seek input on comp plan revisions
Mon  Mar 2 2015 08:30AM
Sarasota and Charlotte counties have begun revamping their comprehensive plans, and there is still plenty of time to have your say. A county’s comp plan is a general policy guidebook … Find out how to read more online.
River Road expansion awaits funding
Sun  Mar 1 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Only two obstacles are standing in the way of widening River Road to four lanes from the Tamiami Trail intersection to the interstate — the land to … Find out how to read more online.
City to take second look at boat parking
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — City commissioners decided Friday to take a second look at boat parking for residents. Considered at the lengthy workshop at the request of Commissioner Linda Yates, the … Find out how to read more online.
Four charged in Springs drug bust
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
WARM MINERAL SPRINGS — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested four people this week on drug charges following the execution of a search warrant at a home in the 200 … Find out how to read more online.
On board with suspended tests
Thu  Feb 26 2015 05:12PM
Representatives from the Sarasota and Charlotte county school districts endorsed Gov. Rick Scott’s executive order Tuesday to suspend a standardized test that Florida 11th-graders would have to take this spring, … Find out how to read more online.
County considers paratransit privatization
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County is moving forward with plans to privatize the county’s public transportation service for persons with disabilities, according to Sarasota County Area Transit Director Rocky Burke. … Find out how to read more online.
Aldi area hiring events set
Fri  Feb 27 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 regional hiring fairs … Find out how to read more online.
City tightens commercial zoning
Thu  Feb 26 2015 07:51PM
NORTH PORT — City staffers were drilled with questions regarding the Unified Land Development Code Monday night when Commissioner Linda Yates sought to perfect the ever-changing document. The amended ordinance … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County ranked highest for sustainability
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Florida Green Building Coalition has ranked Sarasota County tops in the state for environmental sustainability practices. The coalition, which administers green certification standards in Florida, recertified … Find out how to read more online.
Road-widening forces razing of $55K gateway sign
Fri  Mar 6 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Due to a road-widening project on U.S. 41, the city is being required to tear down the North Port gateway monument near Cranberry Boulevard, which cost nearly … Find out how to read more online.
Sign of the car-pocalypse?
Thu  Mar 5 2015 02:53PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Transit manager Rick Kolar was among those able to exhale Wednesday, after a nine-car fatal pileup on the interstate the day before virtually gridlocked traffic in the … Find out how to read more online.
Flight instructor, student walk away from crash
Wed  Mar 4 2015 08:31AM
THOMAS RANCH — Myakka Pines Golf Club staff did what they could to help a pilot and student pilot whose single-engine plane went down on Thomas Ranch, off U.S. 41 … Find out how to read more online.
Commissioners: South Sarasota County underrepresented
Thu  Mar 5 2015 05:06PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Some Sarasota County commissioners would like to see more South County representation on the county’s Planning Commission. At Wednesday’s County Commission meeting, board members appointed Mark Hawkins … Find out how to read more online.
NPPD officer arrested
Wed  Mar 4 2015 08:31AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port Police K-9 officer was arrested early Monday morning after a drawn-out struggle with his estranged girlfriend at the home they share together, according to … Find out how to read more online.
NPHS Wind Ensemble excels at competition
Thu  Mar 5 2015 08:30AM
After playing several difficult musical selections, the North Port Wind Ensemble recently took straight superiors at a regional concert festival. The event was held at Riverview High School in Sarasota … Find out how to read more online.
Anderson building revamp in limbo
Tue  Mar 3 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County staff should know later this month the next step to take in plans to refurbish the Robert L. Anderson Administration Center in South Venice. Last … Find out how to read more online.
Proposed Springs development sees community support
Mon  Mar 2 2015 10:52AM
NORTH PORT — With a new wellness center and plaza in the works at the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa in North Port, residents and community representatives are giving positive … Find out how to read more online.
Edgewater Drive to close for two years
Mon  Mar 2 2015 03:10PM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Ken McDonald wasn’t having much luck on Friday, fishing off the pier at Sunrise Park. First, he wasn’t getting any nibbles. And then he learned that Edgewater … Find out how to read more online.
Jim Julian launched first wave of Navy drones
Mon  Mar 2 2015 08:30AM
When Jim Julian flipped the switch, cranking up a small remote-controlled helicopter on the deck of a Navy destroyer, he became a part of history that stretches to the increasing … Find out how to read more online.
Historical plaque pays homage to Bailey Cemetery
Sun  Mar 1 2015 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — At a historical marker dedication for Lt. Carl Bailey Cemetery on Friday, re-enactors of the 2nd Infantry, United States Colored Troops, also paid tribute to … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Heart Walk: exercise in self-help
Sun  Mar 1 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Gary Barker had all the warning signs of heart disease before undergoing a bypass in September. And the precautions he took as a result of this forewarning … Find out how to read more online.
North Port man acquitted in teen rape trial
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Twenty-one-year-old Anthony James Jacot quietly shed tears of relief as “not guilty” verdicts were read in court Friday for each of his five charges involving the alleged … Find out how to read more online.
Legislature proposes $16M in county water projects
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Members of the Florida House of Representatives have filed budgetary requests for 13 water projects in Sarasota County, totaling $15.8 million. Approximately 475 projects have been proposed around … Find out how to read more online.
SCAT rolls on
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — New Sarasota County Transit Authority Director Rocky Burke says the future looks bright for the county’s public transportation system. Burke took over the post in December after … Find out how to read more online.
Teen testifies about alleged sexual abuse
Fri  Feb 27 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A 16-year-old girl took the stand Thursday in the sexual battery trial of Anthony James Jacot, revealing three incidents in which he allegedly raped the teen, once … Find out how to read more online.
Man struck, killed by vehicle on U.S. 41
Wed  Feb 25 2015 03:51PM
SOUTH VENICE — A 55-year-old Sarasota man was killed while standing in the northbound lane of U.S. 41 south of Jacaranda Boulevard Tuesday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. … Find out how to read more online.
Home prices rise
Tue  Feb 24 2015 08:30AM
Early-year home sales and prices are up significantly from a year ago, giving local real estate agents something to smile about in 2015. “I think people are realizing if they … Find out how to read more online.
Fisheries forum wants your input
Tue  Feb 24 2015 03:46PM
What do you know about our local waters? Whether it’s a lot or a little, someone would like to pick your brain. The Charlotte Harbor Fisheries Forum is a fledgling … Find out how to read more online.