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Off The Wagon named Chamber’s New Biz of Year
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:36PM
The business named the New Business of the Year by the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce in May likely would not have won if not for a seemingly random event. … Find out how to read more online.
City hires 15 percent of workforce in quick way
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:36PM
Try hiring 40 employees, about 15 percent of the City Hall’s employees, in just a few months — after your HR department, which handles the hiring process, lost three of … Find out how to read more online.
Boats on driveways
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:36PM
There’s a movement underway in North Port to get a right that residents of Venice and much of Sarasota County already enjoy — parking a boat on their driveway. In … Find out how to read more online.
Group wants to help VPAC grow
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:36PM
A group wants to help the Venice Performing Arts Center (VPAC) put on more shows to raise money so it can put on more shows, among other things. Representatives of … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Florida charity: Zika raises risks for homeless families
Tue  Jun 28 2016 01:19AM
TAMPA (AP) — A Tampa charity is distributing insect repellent and mosquito nets to the homeless to help protect them from mosquito bites. Metropolitan Ministries President and CEO Tim Marks tells WFLA-TV that he routinely hears complaints about insect bites … read more.

Officials: Man loses leg in boating hit-and-run
Tue  Jun 28 2016 01:19AM
ST. AUGUSTINE (AP) — Part of a man’s leg had to be amputated following what officials were describing as a hit-and-run boating crash in St. Augustine. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials tell news outlets that Logan Farquhar lost … read more.

Pilot faulted in plane’s crash while filming zombie movie
Tue  Jun 28 2016 01:19AM
OCALA (AP) — Federal investigators have faulted a pilot for the 2014 crash of an experimental plane while filming a zombie movie in Florida. The Ocala Star-Banner reports that the April 2014 crash in Marion County killed 65-year-old pilot Dennis … read more.

Ex-capo in New England Mafia charged with lying to feds
Tue  Jun 28 2016 01:19AM
BOSTON — A former high-ranking member of the New England Mafia was arrested in Florida on Monday on charges he lied to federal officials about the 1993 killing of a Boston nightclub owner. Robert DeLuca, a former capo in the … read more.

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Johnson is Mayor’s Pillar of the Community
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:34PM
Mayor John Holic has presented the Mayor’s Pillar of the Community Award to Russ Johnson, a volunteer extraordinaire and resident of Venice for 15 years. “Russ is a person you’ll see all over town, but probably never talk to him … Find out how to read more online.

Museum expansion becoming urgent, Part II
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:34PM
In Part I of a three-part story on the history of Venice, growth of the city’s Archives and Historical Collection leads to the development of a museum to showcase the city’s unique history. The city’s archives comprise thousands of pounds … Find out how to read more online.

200 National Guardsmen sent to D.C.
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:34PM
A farewell ceremony was held at the 265th Air Defense Artillery Battalion in Sarasota this week, wishing these soldiers luck on their 12-month deployment. Their mission will be ground-based air defense, the skies around Washington, D.C., from artillery vehicles below, … Find out how to read more online.

City to bring in fire assessment consultant
Mon  Jun 27 2016 10:49AM
The city is moving quickly to get expert help on two matters that could play a part in next week’s budget discussions and November’s election. Among the unbudgeted expenses the Venice City Council will consider approving Tuesday are $45,000 to … Find out how to read more online.

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