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Sarasota County schools offer online ‘dashboard’
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:00AM
SARASOTA — Members of the Sarasota County School Board and the public received Tuesday a glimpse of the new online dashboard. The dashboard, available at www. sarasotacountyschools.net, will allow the … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Woman faces neglect charge in 2016 death
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port woman was charged a year after her actions left another North Port woman dead, according to North Port Police Department reports. Tandra Knoepke, 42, … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: North Port man chased man with knife
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port man was arrested after chasing a man with a knife and attempting to choke him, according to North Port Police Department reports. Gene Taylor, … Find out how to read more online.
Little Miss Pioneer Days pageant open to ‘Little Misters,’ too
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:00AM
The Englewood Pioneer Days Committee continues the tradition as we celebrate 61 years of Pioneer Days. The Miss Pioneer Days competition has been going on for years, and we have … Find out how to read more online.
Rooney visits; press excluded
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:00AM
U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney visited Charlotte County and brought along U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Wednesday. Rooney, however, would not allow media coverage of his visit to Alico … Find out how to read more online.
State, local tourism hits record level
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:00AM
Florida set a record with the highest number of visitors in any six-month stretch in state history, Gov. Rick Scott announced this week. The state noticed 60.7 million visitors in the … Find out how to read more online.
Airport passenger traffic soars for 45th month
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Punta Gorda Airport has seemingly borrowed the famous “Keep Going and Going” slogan from Energizer. That’s what happens when its growth trend hits 45 straight months. Total … Find out how to read more online.
Summer block party at Fat Point
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
A summer block party was held at Fat Point Brewery on Saturday with live music, food and beer. Three food trucks were parked in the outside beer garden, Mobstah Lobstah, … Find out how to read more online.
FHP searching for driver in double fatal crash
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
New details have emerged about a single-vehicle crash in Port Charlotte in which 2 people were killed last December. Investigators originally thought just the two victims were the only people … Find out how to read more online.
‘Super heroes’ ride the beer bus to help Crossroads
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
On Saturday, two buses filled with approximately 50 Crossroads Hope Academy supporters dressed as super heroes traveled to various local establishments to enjoy a cold one or two. The “beer … Find out how to read more online.
Striving to be an Olympian
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
Editor’s note: Sophie Shepherd, a rising Venice High School sophomore, aspires to be an Olympic archer. This is her account of her trip this month to the Junior Olympic Archery … Find out how to read more online.
Body found on vacant Port Charlotte lot
Tue  Aug 15 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office began investigating a death Monday morning near Kenilworth Boulevard and Porter Street in Port Charlotte. The body of a man was found … Find out how to read more online.

Mon  Aug 14 2017 08:30AM
Tiny pink toes crinkle as a wail is heard across the Bayfront Health Hospital neonatal intensive care unit. The crying will continue for days. The child has been born addicted … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood’s Pearl Harbor survivor dies
Tue  Aug 15 2017 10:55AM
ENGLEWOOD — John Seelie made his first trip to Hawaii as a teenaged infantryman and boxer with the U.S. Army in 1941. He made several trips back to Hawaii over … Find out how to read more online.
Panel hears arguments in sheriff/court dispute
Thu  Aug 10 2017 02:47PM
TAMPA — They cited case law and statutes. They referred to the Florida Constitution. They quibbled over executive functions versus administrative duties. And now they wait. Lawyers for Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.
Cellphone addiction
Thu  Aug 10 2017 08:30AM
As an 18-year-old in high school, Blake Russell would tell you cellphones and internet connections are “a good tool for research.” But just as quickly, he concedes most of his peers … Find out how to read more online.
Union holds supply giveaway for new teachers
Wed  Aug 9 2017 02:40PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The Charlotte Florida Education Association, Charlotte County’s teachers’ union, set up a 10-by-10 supply closet full of classroom materials for new teachers in its office in Port … Find out how to read more online.
Stolen vehicle recovered during welfare check
Thu  Aug 10 2017 08:30AM
A stolen vehicle was recovered Monday when Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office deputies performed a welfare check on two individuals sleeping in a blue Volkswagon Jetta in a parking lot at … Find out how to read more online.
PGT team rings bell with record sales
Wed  Aug 9 2017 02:38PM
VENICE — Having recovered vigorously since the recession, PGT Innovations was ready for two major celebrations as the biggest employer in this area. It began at the start of last … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood to hold sewer rates for V9-C
Thu  Aug 10 2017 02:41PM
ENGLEWOOD — Englewood Water District expects to hear the draft results of a rate study next month. The good news for homeowners within the V9-C sewer expansion — the last … Find out how to read more online.
Will schools offer tax-free child care to teachers?
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:00AM
SARASOTA — Sarasota County teachers may get tax-free child care for Sarasota County educators. A motion was made to research the idea at Tuesday’s Sarasota County School Board meeting. The … Find out how to read more online.
North Port sees spec-tacular turnout for eclipse glasses
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Hundreds of people who stood in the heat Wednesday morning at the North Port Library can now look directly at the sun come Monday. The library passed … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte begins repaving Winchester Boulevard
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Winchester Boulevard North is getting a much-needed face-lift — at least from State Road 776 to the Sarasota County line. Ajax repaving crews began early Wednesday stripping away … Find out how to read more online.
Shoplifting suspect resists arrest, jumps into canal
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:00AM
A homeless man was arrested Tuesday after a failed shoplifting attempt at the Murdock Circle Walmart, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported. Dylan Sage Leslie, 23, was reportedly observed by … Find out how to read more online.
Handful of ‘hate’ groups labeled locally
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:00AM
Three groups in the area made it on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hate Map,” which shows Florida has the second-most hate groups compared to the rest of the country. … Find out how to read more online.
When cars burn
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
Austin Hirschy only owned his Audi A4 for one month when it burst into flames after an Englewood collision. Just 21, Hirschy and three friends in the car with him, … Find out how to read more online.
Dump truck, SUV crash injures two
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
GULF COVE — An 87-year-old woman was airlifted because of serious injuries after her SUV collided with a dump truck at David Boulevard and State Road 776 Tuesday morning. Bobby … Find out how to read more online.
AAA: More locals cruising to Cuba
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
A recent announcement by the White House to tighten some restrictions on visiting Cuba has not slowed the flow of area residents to the communist country, according to travel industry … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged after sexual encounter with teen from Grindr
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A 54-year-old man was arrested Monday for an alleged sexual encounter with a teenage boy he met on Grindr, an internet dating application intended to connect homosexual … Find out how to read more online.

Tue  Aug 15 2017 08:30AM
Faced with ever-rising health care and insurance costs, many of the area’s working poor are forced to forgo medical treatment in order to keep a roof over the heads and … Find out how to read more online.
Charlottesville violence inspires local vigil
Tue  Aug 15 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The violence sparked by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday led to a Sunday rally in Punta Gorda to push back against hate. Nearly 100 people … Find out how to read more online.
The News Wire will replace USA Today next week
Tue  Aug 15 2017 08:30AM
A week from today the Sun will change the way we deliver the national news to your front door. For almost two years we have partnered with the USA Today … Find out how to read more online.
The state of girls in STEM studies
Fri  Aug 11 2017 08:30AM
Fired this week, disgraced Google engineer James Damore said there are biological causes behind gender inequality in the tech industry. Regardless of the validity of the claim, that isn’t slowing … Find out how to read more online.
Typical hot and muggy summer weather expected by mid-week
Mon  Aug 14 2017 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians may feel like it’s over 100 degrees outside today without relief from the usual afternoon shower. Daytime highs are in the lower 90s throughout the week. However, heat … Find out how to read more online.
Tropical wave no threat to Florida
Fri  Aug 11 2017 08:30AM
A tropical wave off the east coast of Florida poses no threat to Florida, National Weather Service Meteorologist Tyler Fleming said. The wave was producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms over … Find out how to read more online.
Japanese Gardens community mulls Englewood sewer cost
Thu  Aug 10 2017 02:46PM
ENGLEWOOD — Japanese Gardens will have to decide whether it wants to keep treating its own sewage or hook up to the Englewood Water District. “The (association) board is still … Find out how to read more online.
Fired Pizza Hut employee arrested after refusing to leave
Thu  Aug 10 2017 08:30AM
A fired Pizza Hut employee was arrested Tuesday after refusing to leave the business. Just before 6 p.m., the manager of the Pizza Hut at 3068 Tamiami Trail called the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Mary Knowlton’s widower: ‘Life will never be the same’
Wed  Aug 9 2017 08:30AM
It’s just something they always did together. Gary and Mary Knowlton were in the habit of taking a morning walk in Punta Gorda. Every day, they would drive from their … Find out how to read more online.
State College of Florida Venice campus to work University of Florida
Wed  Aug 9 2017 02:38PM
VENICE — State College of Florida’s Venice campus will have more than one type of gator on its campus this fall. With the newest partnership between SCF and the University … Find out how to read more online.
Pioneer Day planning brings restaurant, fishing, bowling competitions
Fri  Aug 11 2017 03:50PM
ENGLEWOOD — This year’s Pioneer Days planning has become something of a match-making event. Although organizer Chris Phelps and a team of volunteers worked endless hours on the many Pioneer … Find out how to read more online.


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