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Sarasota County School Board discusses achievement gap
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
SARASOTA — The Sarasota County School Board workshop Tuesday provided an update on the achievement gap, retaining minority teachers and a look at iReady data. Supervisor of Pupil Support Services … Find out how to read more online.
Senior Center holds annual tea
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
The North Port Senior Center recently held its annual Tea Party. Participants were able to take in a traditional tea as well as enter raffles and contests for best hats … Find out how to read more online.
Road-E-O set for Saturday
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The annual North Port Public Works “Road-E-O” kicks off this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Public Works Administration Building, 1100 N. Chamberlain Blvd. … Find out how to read more online.
One team undefeated in Little League
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The Yankees are the only remaining undefeated team in the North Port Little League’s major division after their come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the Tigers on Saturday at … Find out how to read more online.
Habitat for Humanity volunteer doesn’t let age stop him
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — William Goetluck, better known as Bill, has been a staple at Habitat for Humanity for the last 19 years. Goetluck, 91, a Habitat for Humanity crew leader … Find out how to read more online.
Man attacks neighbor over mystery FedEx box
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port man was arrested after pushing two men down in an attempt to retrieve a package possibly filled with drugs, according to North Port Police … Find out how to read more online.
West Villages Invitational held
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
The first West Villages Golf Invitational, presented by the Atlanta Braves, was held Feb. 16 at Plantation Golf and Country Club, with proceeds of the event benefiting Southeastern Guide Dogs. … Find out how to read more online.
Luncheon with a Purpose
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
P.E.O. Chapter HH of Englewood held its 15th Annual Fat Tuesday luncheon Feb. 13 at Community Presbyterian Church, 405 S. McCall Road, Englewood. More than 150 attendees filled the hall … Find out how to read more online.
Hermitage to present composer’s work in concert
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
T he Hermitage Artist Retreat will present a free community program about the music of composer and artist-in-residence Alexandra du Bois on Friday beginning at 4:30 pm. The presentation, taking … Find out how to read more online.
Rotonda American Legion gets their ducks in a row
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
ROTONDA — Rubber ducks float around an outdoor pool at the American Legion until several lucky winners are picked. From noon to 7 p.m. on March 10, while waiting for … Find out how to read more online.
Rooney out, but others express interest in Congress bid
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
In the hours since U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney tweeted Monday, "After 10 years in Congress, it’s time to hang ‘em up,’” notable GOP lawmakers have voiced interest in taking the … Find out how to read more online.
Eagle scout plants garden in nature park
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — With welcome onlookers such as blue jays, robins and warblers, Saturday’s open house at Audubon-Pennington Nature Park paid tribute to one more honored guest. The Peace River … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto Arts Council hosts inaugural Cowboy Art Championship
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
DeSoto County will christen its new Mosaic Rodeo Arena with the 90th Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo opening March 8. To coincide with the event, and in honor of the significance … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Steven Edward Schorb, 34, of St. Petersburg. Charges: felony battery/domestic battery by strangulation, tampering in misdemeanor proceeding, and corruption by … Find out how to read more online.
Domestic battery leads to child pornography arrest
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
A Rotonda West man was arrested Friday for 10 counts of possession of child pornography. Members of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office originally responded to a domestic battery investigation on … Find out how to read more online.
Wild monkey feeding outlawed
Tue  Feb 20 2018 08:30AM
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced last week people will no longer be allowed to feed wild monkeys. The monkeys — which have been documented over the years in … Find out how to read more online.
Local Grandpa cheering on Olympian
Tue  Feb 20 2018 08:30AM
A Port Charlotte grandpa planned to set his alarm clock early today. Charles Meyers said he would be waking up to root for his 33-year-old granddaughter, Elana Meyers Taylor, and … Find out how to read more online.
Advisory board objects to Sunseeker proposal
Mon  Feb 19 2018 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Advisory board members are withholding support for a Sunseeker proposal to acquire county land to expand its planned waterfront resort. The Charlotte Harbor Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory … Find out how to read more online.
The heat goes on for Southwest Florida weather
Mon  Feb 19 2018 08:30AM
Keep the air conditioners going because the only change in Southwest Florida weather is a continuous rise in heat. According to the National Weather Service, high temperatures for Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
Silverberg leads Mendez to big win
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Mendez has dominated play in the North Port Youth Basketball Inc.’s 12-13-year old division winter season and a big reason is the play of Sean Silverberg. Silverberg … Find out how to read more online.
Candidate kicks off commission election season
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Pete Emrich is at it again. The 55-year-old filed to run in the Seat 4 City Commission election, which will have a primary in August. He previously … Find out how to read more online.
Group celebrates, assists with PAC
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The Society of the North Port Performing Arts Center goes beyond ushering and working the box office. The group sets up their own shows — to help … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Venice man trapped woman in vehicle
Wed  Feb 21 2018 12:30PM
VENICE — A Venice man was arrested after holding a woman against her will in a moving vehicle, according to Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office reports. Christopher Gibbons, 28, 2700 block … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
The North Port Concert Band would be presenting its concert, “Give My Regards to Broadway!” at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the Performing Arts Center, off Price Boulevard. The … Find out how to read more online.
A night of
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
The Divas, a group of local businesswomen and community leaders, presented Victorian Elegance: A Gothic Fantasy masquerade ball Saturday at Jacaranda West Country Club in Venice, to benefit the Gene … Find out how to read more online.
South Gulf Cove wants new lock
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
SOUTH GULF COVE — A downed power line, not a mechanical failure, short-circuited South Gulf Cove boaters’ access to Charlotte Harbor and Gulf of Mexico. The lock was back online … Find out how to read more online.
Advocate group learns about new initiatives to manage homelessness
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
Homeless people in Sarasota County will have some options to help with mental health and rehousing obstacles in the near future. Wayne Applebee, Sarasota County Homeless Services director, explained several … Find out how to read more online.
Knights finish flag football season undefeated
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The UCF Knights finished the regular season undefeated in Under Armour Englewood flag football upper division play with an exciting 49-18 victory over the Bulls Friday night at … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
The Charlotte County area has a wide range of volunteer opportunities. Contact one of the following organizations to see how you can get involved and give back to the community. … Find out how to read more online.
Riverwood traffic light on SR 776 stuck on red
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — After witnessing years of high-speed accidents in front of their community on State Road 776, Riverwood residents are finally getting a traffic light at their main entrance. … Find out how to read more online.
Good times at Greek Fest
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
The 25th Annual Port Charlotte Greek Fest was held last week at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church on Rampart Boulevard. The annual Food Fest also featured dancers in ethnic costumes, … Find out how to read more online.
New Family Services Center finds home on Gibralter
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
MURDOCK — The County Commission is moving ahead with plans to construct a new Family Services Center at its current site in Parkside, but the sales tax project may be … Find out how to read more online.
Child ID Program offered at Kids Fest
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Masons will be offering their Child ID program on Saturday at Kids Fest at the Port Charlotte Beach Complex Saturday. The Masons … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda to revisit medical cannabis
Tue  Feb 20 2018 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — After months of silence — waiting for a semblance of action from state lawmakers — Punta Gorda City Council will once again circle back to the debate … Find out how to read more online.
Florida fails seniors
Mon  Feb 19 2018 08:30AM
Florida may have the nation’s highest percentage of older residents, but a national study has found the state’s not doing a good enough job of taking care of them. It … Find out how to read more online.
Plein Air painting at Green Street Church
Sun  Feb 18 2018 08:30AM
The Englewood Art Center is partnering with the Lemon Bay Historical Society to showcase local artists and help their cause. There will be Plein Air events throughout the season at … Find out how to read more online.
Drug Free Punta Gorda: Teen opioid use down
Mon  Feb 19 2018 08:30AM
Opioid use by high school seniors dropped to its lowest level in 15 years despite the high rate of adult overdoses. Drug Free Punta Gorda revealed the findings of teen … Find out how to read more online.
Many Irma insurance claims go unpaid locally
Mon  Feb 19 2018 08:30AM
Five months after Hurricane Irma raged through the state, many property and business owners who claimed losses to their insurance companies walked away empty- handed in Charlotte, Sarasota and DeSoto … Find out how to read more online.


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