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Sarasota County Schools welcomes its new officers
Thu  Aug 9 2018 12:16PM
SARASOTA — With only days left until the new school year starts in Sarasota County, the newest members of the district’s police force were welcomed on Wednesday afternoon. During the … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Local young girls sent man explicit photos
Thu  Aug 9 2018 11:12AM
VENICE — A South Venice man received dozens of explicit photos from children in the Sarasota, Charlotte and Manatee County area, according to Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office reports. “It’s the … Find out how to read more online.
Swear-in celebration set for North Port deputy chief Wednesday
Mon  Aug 6 2018 11:52AM
NORTH PORT — After a few months of filling interim positions, Chris Morales will get a solidified spot in the North Port Police Department. At noon Wednesday, residents are invited … Find out how to read more online.
No one’s ‘getting rich’
Mon  Aug 6 2018 06:03PM
North Port Deputy Police Chief Chris Morales says officers go to work “knowing in the back of their mind they may not come home. You can’t put a price tag … Find out how to read more online.
Steady showers, storms forecast for SW Florida all week
Mon  Aug 6 2018 08:30AM
Southwest Florida weather is nothing if not consistent lately. According to the National Weather Service, showers and thunderstorms are expected on a daily basis this week with temperatures reaching as … Find out how to read more online.
Collision of old & new values
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
When Mike Haymans moved to Punta Gorda as a first- grader with his family in 1960, only 12,000 people lived in all of Charlotte County and less than 200 in … Find out how to read more online.
Vaccines available for students starting school
Fri  Aug 3 2018 03:44PM
NORTH PORT — With school quickly approaching, many parents will register their children for school for the first time. To enter public school and daycare in Florida, students are required … Find out how to read more online.
Curmudgeons meet the candidates in Charlotte
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
It started with a prayer to “keep our politicians honest.” On Wednesday night at the Charlotte County Cultural Center, the Charlotte County Curmudgeon Club invited the community to a “Meet … Find out how to read more online.
Rescued Lemon Bay manatee dies at SeaWorld in Orlando
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
A sick manatee that was removed from Lemon Bay has died, officials at SeaWorld in Orlando said Thursday. The manatee was lying immobile on a sandbar Wednesday when Cpl. Brad … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide hangs onto coastal waters
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Manasota Key may have seen a “very, very slight” reprieve from toxic red tide early Thursday morning. The operative words are “very, very slight.” “There’s no smell, no … Find out how to read more online.
Warm Mineral Springs free for North Port residents Aug. 11
Thu  Aug 2 2018 03:38PM
NORTH PORT — Warm Mineral Springs will be free for one day next Saturday, Aug. 11 for North Port residents. All admission fees will be waived for “Discover Warm Mineral … Find out how to read more online.
Area Realtor boards to merge
Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:30AM
The feedback has been positive since the Englewood Board of Realtors announced its intended merger with the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port board. Once it’s formally approved among the Englewood Area … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide continues to kill marine animals
Wed  Aug 1 2018 09:46AM
While humans are suffering from respiratory irritations, marine life continues to die from the toxic red tide algae. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission research team set out Tuesday … Find out how to read more online.
New charter adoption set for November ballot
Wed  Aug 1 2018 09:44AM
NORTH PORT — North Port voters will have one extra decision to make on their November ballot. At a Tuesday night meeting, the City Commission voted to place a referendum … Find out how to read more online.
North Port man arrested after child missed school
Wed  Aug 1 2018 09:44AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port man was arrested after his child missed more than 50 days of school, according to North Port Police Department reports. Adam Woodward, 37, 2700 block of … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Venice Sonny’s employee robbed at knifepoint
Wed  Aug 1 2018 09:44AM
VENICE — A Sonny’s employee was robbed of his restaurant’s deposits by two Venice men, according to Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office reports. Dylan Paquin, 24, 300 block of Seminole Drive, … Find out how to read more online.
Homeless man charged in Englewood burglary spree
Wed  Aug 1 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Deputies arrested a homeless man Monday afternoon in connection with a string of burglaries in Englewood, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported. Officers found Matthew O’Connor, 26, soaking … Find out how to read more online.
Man killed in four-car wreck on I-75
Tue  Jul 31 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A four-car crash left one person dead Monday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The chain-reaction wreck happened at 4:45 a.m. Monday along Interstate 75 near … Find out how to read more online.
Weather forecast: Rain, rain here to stay...
Mon  Jul 30 2018 12:22PM
“Wet Hot American Summer” isn’t just a classic movie, but an accurate moniker for Charlotte County’s weather patterns. Practically identical to last week’s forecast, each day will have some form … Find out how to read more online.
Citizens on patrol
Tue  Jul 31 2018 12:34PM
NORTH PORT — They are the ones redirecting traffic after a wreck; the ones ensuring snowbirds’ homes do not go unchecked; the ones saving more than $200,000 for the city. … Find out how to read more online.
North Port business staffer resigns
Thu  Aug 9 2018 11:56AM
NORTH PORT — A city staffer has quit after believing his role was reduced to a “messenger” according to internal emails acquired by the Sun. Randy Welker, the former business … Find out how to read more online.
Former North Port lawyer ‘unethical’ according to state commission
Thu  Aug 9 2018 11:02AM
TALLAHASSEE — After four years of back and forth, the Commission on Ethics has ruled former North Port attorney Robert Robinson acted unethically when he worked for the city. The … Find out how to read more online.
Leadership North Port applications open
Mon  Aug 6 2018 11:52AM
NORTH PORT — Community leaders are looking to fill the third class of Leadership North Port beginning this fall. Applications are open for Leadership North Port, which aims to show … Find out how to read more online.
G.I. Bill made difference in veteran’s life
Mon  Aug 6 2018 08:30AM
Bob Schrock missed the war in Europe, and when he ended up in the Philippines, the war in the Pacific Theatre of Operations was over, too. Shortly after graduating from … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide on their radar
Sat  Aug 4 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Rotonda resident Hanna Territ and Grove City resident Emily Mozzicato enjoyed an early morning Loving Light Yoga class at Englewood Beach on Friday. “I didn’t smell any red … Find out how to read more online.
Breastfeeding education is a focus this month
Sat  Aug 4 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port woman is speaking out about her breastfeeding experience last weekend at a local store. August is National Breastfeeding Month and is being marked with … Find out how to read more online.
Trump rally ‘emotional’
Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:30AM
Joann Dillon stood in pouring rain and heat Tuesday, singing the “Star Spangled Banner” with thousands of President Trump supporters. “It was so emotional,” said Dillon, an executive assistant for … Find out how to read more online.
Rescued Lemon Bay manatee dies at SeaWorld in Orlando
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
A sick manatee that was removed from Lemon Bay has died, officials at SeaWorld in Orlando said Thursday. The manatee was lying immobile on a sandbar Wednesday when Cpl. Brad … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide hangs onto coastal waters
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Manasota Key may have seen a “very, very slight” reprieve from toxic red tide early Thursday morning. The operative words are “very, very slight.” “There’s no smell, no … Find out how to read more online.
Curmudgeons meet the candidates in Charlotte
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
It started with a prayer to “keep our politicians honest.” On Wednesday night at the Charlotte County Cultural Center, the Charlotte County Curmudgeon Club invited the community to a “Meet … Find out how to read more online.
Tax-free holiday starts Friday
Wed  Aug 1 2018 12:58PM
This weekend, parents and guardians will have an opportunity to pick up needed school supplies tax-free. From Friday through Sunday, supplies like notebooks, pencils, pens, along with clothing and shoes … Find out how to read more online.
Deputy, boater help rescue red-tide stricken manatee in Lemon Bay
Fri  Aug 3 2018 10:57AM
ENGLEWOOD — A manatee stricken by red tide was clinging to life on a sandbar Wednesday morning, when a deputy and a local boater came to its rescue. Cpl. Brad … Find out how to read more online.
Boom time returns
Sun  Jul 29 2018 08:30AM
Having seen its population double in each decade of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, Charlotte County isn’t new to exponential growth. This time, however, a combination of political, economic and … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Woman threw knife after man ate her Chinese food
Wed  Aug 1 2018 09:44AM
NORTH PORT — A woman threw a knife at a man she believed ate her leftover Chinese food, according to North Port Police Department reports. Michele Sedlak, 56, 7900 block of Hyde … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Austrian man met with Venice teen
Wed  Aug 1 2018 09:44AM
VENICE — An Austrian man was arrested after meeting up with an underage girl, according to Sarasota County Sheriff Department reports. Leo Simetzberger, 18, was arrested Monday after a Venice … Find out how to read more online.
Voter Registration: More voters, same voting pattern
Wed  Aug 1 2018 12:58PM
Among a drama-filled election season, the one thing that proved not to be so shocking is primary voter registration. Though the amount of registered voters increased significantly in Charlotte and … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County parks chief steps down
Tue  Jul 31 2018 12:02PM
SARASOTA — Former Sarasota County Administrator and now Longboat Key Town Manager Tom Harmer has continued his raiding of top-level Sarasota County staff. County Parks and Recreation Director Carolyn Brown … Find out how to read more online.
SCF students tend to a food forest
Mon  Jul 30 2018 12:24PM
NORTH PORT — State College of Florida Venice is sowing more than just seeds of knowledge on its campus. The campus — located in unincorporated Sarasota County between North Port … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane expert to speak at Neighborhood Watch
Mon  Jul 30 2018 12:14PM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Neighborhood Watch will get a special visitor at its upcoming meeting. Rich Berman, division chief for North Port Administrative Services and Emergency Management, will … Find out how to read more online.
Huskies getting ready to go into pads soon
Mon  Jul 30 2018 07:00PM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Huskies youth football team started its fall practice sessions Monday at the team’s field at Butler Park with high hopes. The team went through … Find out how to read more online.


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