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Sarasota county commissioners expand the county seat
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — A pending move by Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight of his administrative offices put the county at odds with a state statute, which Sarasota County Commissioners corrected Wednesday … Find out how to read more online.
Water Authority plans for increased demand
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — With continued growth meaning an increased demand for water, the Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority has a plan to meet that demand. Representatives of the authority … Find out how to read more online.
GOP pushes through Steube’s gun bill despite criticism
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
State Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, took aim at an NRA-backed gun bill sponsored by Sarasota Sen. Greg Steube on Wednesday during a committee meeting in Tallahassee, saying it “sends … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County School Board moves to approve proposed budget
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — The Sarasota County School Board approved its proposed budget 4-1 late Tuesday. The 2017-18 budget will have a 4 percent increase from the 2016-17 budget of $421.9 million, … Find out how to read more online.
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Florida investigating whether grad rates were manipulated
Wed  Mar 22 2017 07:06PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s education commissioner announced Wednesday that the state has launched an investigation into whether school districts are moving students around as part of an effort to manipulate graduation rates. Commissioner Pam Stewart said that late last … read more.

Nightclub shooting victims sue gunman’s employer, wife
Wed  Mar 22 2017 07:06PM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Dozens of survivors and victims’ relatives from the Orlando nightclub massacre are suing the gunman’s employer and wife, claiming they could have stopped Omar Mateen before the attack but didn’t. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in … read more.

Beyond spring cleaning: Tapestries get 16 years of grooming
Wed  Mar 22 2017 07:06PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Think your home furnishings are a dust magnet? New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine just spent 16 years cleaning and conserving its rare, supersize wall hangings. Now the historic house of worship is inviting … read more.

1 altered Facebook news headline jolts Virginia gov’s race
Tue  Mar 21 2017 08:26PM
Facebook headline on a news story involving a statue of Robert E. Lee has blown up into a major sore point in the Virginia GOP primary for governor. And it’s not the first time politicians or their allies have changed … read more.

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Cops: Man stole nearly $435,000 from woman with dementia
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A man was arrested after stealing thousands of dollars from his elderly friend who had dementia, according to Sarasota County Sheriff’s Officials. Robert Atwater, 65, 7400 block of Cameo Circle, was arrested March 17 after allegedly having … Find out how to read more online.

Cops: Woman returns for children after attack
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A man was arrested after choking and beating a woman known to him, according to North Port Police officials. Dana Robinson, 37, 3200 block of Lullaby Road, was arrested March 17 after officials were dispatched to deal … Find out how to read more online.

Improvements on the way for Placida Road
Thu  Mar 23 2017 08:30AM
PLACIDA — Construction crews are geared up for improvements along Placida Road from Rotonda Boulevard West to the Boca Grande Causeway. The $13.4-million construction project, paid with Charlotte County’s 1 percent infrastructure sales tax, includes a 10-foot-wide bicycle-pedestrian sidewalk that … Find out how to read more online.

Trail Boss
Wed  Mar 22 2017 08:30AM
“No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” – Winston Churchill Tales have long been told about the relationship between horses and humans. Both on an emotional and a physiological level, a sustained connection can produce … Find out how to read more online.

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