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Airbags save lives in multi-car crash
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:30AM
Venice Police suspect alcohol may have been the catalyst for a multi-vehicle crash at U.S. 41 Bypass at Venetia Bay Boulevard in Venice on Valentine’s Day. Police and Fire Departments … Find out how to read more online.
Tourism is up here; Braves looming
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:28AM
Tourism set records in Sarasota County and the state of Florida last year as the rebound from the recession continues. Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that 112.8 million people visited … Find out how to read more online.
Jews, Muslims, Christians pray together in synagogue
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:28AM
In a show of solidarity, friendship and kindness, Rabbi Harold Caminker invited Imam Mohamed Benkhaled, with the Islamic Society of Sarasota-Bradenton, to participate in the Shabbat (worship service) Friday night, … Find out how to read more online.
Bypass traffic shifts, roundabout work set
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:28AM
The new traffic lanes of the U.S. 41 Bypass are scheduled to be put to use beginning Sunday and Monday nights. According to a press statement from the Florida Department … Find out how to read more online.
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Deputies: 1 dead, 1 critical in Orlando home invasion
Tue  Feb 21 2017 08:28PM
ORLANDO (AP) — Investigators say an Orlando man shot two men during a home invasion, killing one of them. Orange County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jane Watrel tells local news outlets that a woman called 911 around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday and told … read more.

Grandparents charged in case of boy killed by brother
Tue  Feb 21 2017 08:27PM
PORT ORANGE (AP) — Authorities say they’ve arrested the grandparents of an 8-year-old boy who was accidentally shot and killed by his older brother. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports 56-year-old Sabrina Potter and 47-year-old Robert Potter were arrested Tuesday on … read more.

Drop in Florida home ownership but gains in Fort Myers area
Tue  Feb 21 2017 08:27PM
ORLANDO (AP) — Homeownership dipped slightly in Florida statewide last year, but there were gains in southwest Florida. New Census figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that the home ownership rate in Florida dropped from 64.8 percent … read more.

Florida House pushes ahead with bid to dismantle programs
Tue  Feb 21 2017 08:27PM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — A push by Florida House Republicans to scuttle the state’s economic development agency is moving ahead, despite fierce opposition by Gov. Rick Scott. A divided House panel on Tuesday voted for a bill that would eliminate Enterprise … read more.

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Downtown bank drive-in closes for good
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:28AM
Drivers stopping on Tuesday at the Bank of America drive-up window at 304 West Venice Ave., used the facility for the final time. It closed permanently after business that afternoon as part of the bank’s strategy around the country to … Find out how to read more online.

County looking to land New Jersey company
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:26AM
In hopes of landing the headquarters of a company currently based in New Jersey, the Sarasota County Commission will consider incentives to influence the company’s decision during its meeting Wednesday morning. Code-named Project Panther — the county never releases the … Find out how to read more online.

Boone and Boone named Mayor’s Pillars
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:26AM
Two longtime Venice attorneys received the Mayor’s Pillar of the Community Award this week for their community service. Steve and brother Jeff Boone were cited for decades of hands-on involvement in service organizations, coaching various Venice sports programs, and serving … Find out how to read more online.

Archives kicks off city’s 90th anniversary
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:26AM
“Venice at 90: A Retrospective” is the new show at the Venice Museum and Archives in the historic Triangle Inn. It will remain open through July 31. Although Venice could celebrate multiple anniversaries, the 90th honors the year in which … Find out how to read more online.

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