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Venice Diocese to pay six figures for Fort Myers priest misconduct
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:54AM
The Diocese of Venice will pay six figures to settle a sex abuse case involving a now-defrocked Fort Myers priest and a 16-year-old boy, the victim’s attorney announced today. The … Find out how to read more online.
Patient records likely hacked
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:54AM
Patients of doctors and clinics affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health are among the 4.5 million people whose personal information is believed to be in the hands of Chinese cyber … Find out how to read more online.
Anderson to run for Venice council seat
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:52AM
Deborah Anderson, a local attorney, qualified this week to run against the council member who defeated her husband three years ago. The city hasn’t had a contested race in the … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged with choking, urinating on woman
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:52AM
A registered sex offender was charged Monday with attacking and urinating on a woman after an argument about leaving his car at a nearby 7-Eleven gas station led to an … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Plane had no obvious mechanical problems
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:26PM
There was no obvious mechanical failure in a single engine aircraft that killed two people when it made an emergency landing on Caspersen Beach, according to a preliminary airplane crash … Find out how to read more online.
VHS class of 1974 plans reunion
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:50AM
The 40th anniversary of the Venice High School graduating class of 1974 plans to celebrate the occasion with a three-day reunion Oct. 24-26. Organizers are looking for classmates to join … Find out how to read more online.
Girls model ‘Shabby Chic’ clothes from Goodwill
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:50AM
Ten young participants of Girls Inc. Sarasota modeled fashions they created with items purchased during a shopping trip to Goodwill Manasota. The girls had shopped for back-to-school looks that could … Find out how to read more online.
LED sign won’t be ugly, MainStreet says
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:28PM
In the debate over whether the information sign at the entrance to downtown Venice should be replaced with an LED sign, Kat Quast said she wants people to understand some … Find out how to read more online.
Former Venice High coach passes away
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:28PM
Charlie Hodges, one of the coaches who helped lead the first undefeated girls basketball team at Venice High School and a coach of other sports at the school for several … Find out how to read more online.
From military to 9/11, he’s still ready to serve
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:26PM
Vince Sinnott’s eyes well up as he speaks about watching the American flag being carried past him during the Memorial Day parades he used to attend as a child growing … Find out how to read more online.
Tasty idea transforms walls into artwork
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:26PM
Venice High Culinary Arts teacher Joyce Williams takes great pride in the work her students perform in their professional kitchen. However, the cafeteria in which they serve the faculty and … Find out how to read more online.
Combine fire dept’s, Daniels urges council
Sat  Aug 16 2014 08:12AM
It’s an idea that just won’t go away. Venice Council Member Bob Daniels said this week he thinks the time is right to consider consolidating city and county fire service. … Find out how to read more online.
Be a better smoker
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:26PM
Jim Elser of Sweet Smoke Q will share the secrets of good Barbeque in the Sweet Smoke Q Backyard BBQ Cooking Class at Sharky’s On The Pier Saturday, Sept. 6. … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Council deflated over sales tax projects
Sun  Aug 17 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — With difficult budget talks underway, Venice City Council members were all set to celebrate the last of the million dollar payments to the Sarasota County School Board for … Find out how to read more online.
‘Superfast’ group OK’d for flood area discussion
Wed  Aug 13 2014 11:30AM
Do you have flood insurance adequate for the new maps that will guide flood insurance premiums? They go into effect this summer. The city wants to help. Residents have been … Find out how to read more online.
Another plane crash-lands; no one hurt
Wed  Aug 13 2014 11:28AM
Two men escaped major injury on Tuesday afternoon when the replica World War II biplane they were flying crash-landed on Siesta Key Beach, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. … Find out how to read more online.
He leaves us a legacy — and the legacy of an artist
Wed  Aug 13 2014 11:28AM
Marshall Baer, who knew by the age of six he was an artist, died at age 84 in December of 2011. From April of that year to July, though his … Find out how to read more online.
Maulucci: touts 10 years of her on-the-job training
Wed  Aug 13 2014 11:28AM
Susan Maulucci’s main area of practice is family law, but “family law teaches everything,” she said. She is seeking election as a 12th Circuit judge, facing Art Jackman in the … Find out how to read more online.
Activist targets VHS’ Indian mascot
Sun  Aug 10 2014 11:40AM
The Indian has been the mascot of Venice High School since before there was a Venice High School, back to the days when it was Venice-Nokomis High. But a Native … Find out how to read more online.
Pine View High big nationally with house hunters
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:54AM
For years, it’s been generally accepted that Pine View School for the Gifted, in Osprey, attracts families to Sarasota County. Now there are some data to back up the conventional … Find out how to read more online.
Flood insurance outreach discussed
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:52AM
The revised floodplain maps that were unveiled five years ago — then revamped over and over after industry leaders scared the begeebers out of the government and property owners, saying … Find out how to read more online.
Humans challenge sea turtles in many ways
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:52AM
In the previous edition of Our Town, there was a story about endangered sea turtles injured or even killed because of human negligence such as fish hooks and mono-filament fishing … Find out how to read more online.
KMI Bridge — this time, they mean it
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:52AM
The Hatchett Creek Bridge just does not want to be dismissed without more pomp and ceremony, it seems. The bridge probably will go down in local history as the first … Find out how to read more online.
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe appoints executive director
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:50AM
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s appointment of Richard M. Parison Jr. as its new executive director is a positive step in the theater’s continuing growth. Created in 1999 by multitalented Nate … Find out how to read more online.
Women’s Sertoma accepting grant requests
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:50AM
The Women’s Sertoma Club of Venice is accepting requests for grants to be awarded to local nonprofit organizations. Interested persons should write a letter that provides a brief explanation as … Find out how to read more online.
FHP seeks arrest of wife
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:30PM
The Florida Highway Patrol is requesting an arrest warrant for a woman who ran over and killed her husband earlier this year. The incident happened in January in the Pelican … Find out how to read more online.
Attn. students: new traffic flow at VHS
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:28PM
Students and their parents will experience a new traffic pattern at Venice High when school begins next week. School officials are promoting ingress and egress from U.S. 41 onto Indian … Find out how to read more online.
School District retools its website
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:28PM
The Sarasota County School District has debuted a new website design that makes back-to-school information more accessible. The new site went live earlier this summer, but the district officially announced … Find out how to read more online.
A ‘Pay it Forward’ movement in Venice
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:26PM
An inspirational movement is afoot in Venice, and it has nothing to do with the mascot of the high school. Paying it forward, a term used when the recipient of … Find out how to read more online.
Clean up after yourself
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:26PM
Imagine a 2-year-old toddling over the sand at the beach — and into a hole left by someone digging a hole to China or mining for shark teeth. Screams and … Find out how to read more online.
Home-buying help available soon
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:26PM
A program that helps people buy their first house opens Sept. 2 with a sizable pot of money to give out. “We have $650,000 budgeted to fund this program,” said … Find out how to read more online.
Pitch to improve pavilion planned
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:26PM
The 50-year-old Venice Beach Pavilion is in need of a makeover, according to Kathy Cushing, and she hopes to get the Venice Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to agree with … Find out how to read more online.
A time to heal and finding help along the way
Sun  Aug 17 2014 12:26PM
Perhaps I write this because August 21 is near, and that is the date of my late son’s birthday. He died 16 years ago. Perhaps I write this on the … Find out how to read more online.
Combine fire dept’s, Daniels urges council
Sat  Aug 16 2014 08:10AM
It’s an idea that just won’t go away. Venice Council Member Bob Daniels said this week he thinks the time is right to consider consolidating city and county fire service. … Find out how to read more online.
Council deflated over sales tax projects
Sat  Aug 16 2014 08:17AM
With difficult budget talks underway, Venice City Council members were all set to celebrate the last of the million dollar payments to the Sarasota County School Board for its share … Find out how to read more online.
These campers make music, not lanyards
Wed  Aug 13 2014 11:28AM
Summer camp has always been about experiences — from horseback riding and canoing to learning to strum a ukulele. The latter is one of many options at the Venice Symphony’s … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Aug 13 2014 11:28AM
In early May, June Frazier of Englewood made a phone call to her local newspaper. Her 10 year-old great-granddaughter, Kloe Begley, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, had been promised a … Find out how to read more online.
Jackman: Broad, diverse experience is strength
Wed  Aug 13 2014 11:28AM
The same deep-rooted desire to serve his country that led to a nearly 30-year career in the U.S. Air Force and Reserve now has Art Jackman seeking a seat as … Find out how to read more online.
Early voting starts Saturday
Wed  Aug 13 2014 11:26AM
Voters looking to cast their ballots ahead of the primary election on Aug. 26 will get their chance starting Saturday, when early voting opens for a week-long run. Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.