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Ban plastic bags, city board says
Sat  May 28 2016 11:54AM
A Venice advisory board is recommending the city adopt a resolution that could lead to a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags. The issue came up at an Environmental Advisory … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff’s Office now accepts texts to 911
Sat  May 28 2016 11:54AM
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Bureau announced this week that the Public Safety Communications Center (PSC) will begin accepting text messages to 911. While other counties have adopted … Find out how to read more online.
Play. If you dare.
Sat  May 28 2016 11:54AM
“Two spades,” “four no-trump.” Familiar words to most retired women spending an afternoon at the card table. But in Nokomis, words like, “four-Bam,” “two-Crak” and “Red Dragon” are ringing out … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane seminar message: Get ready
Sat  May 28 2016 11:54AM
It was standing room only at this year’s Hurricane Preparedness Seminar, hosted by the City of Venice. More than 250 people attended the Wednesday morning event to hear the latest … Find out how to read more online.
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Girl shot in head while in father’s car in Detroit has died
Mon  May 30 2016 01:19AM
DETROIT (AP) — A 2-year-old girl who was shot in the head in Detroit during a dispute between two groups has died. St. John Hospital spokesman Brian Taylor said Makanzee Oldham died Sunday. She was shot Wednesday while in a … read more.

A veteran’s race against time to return WWI Purple Hearts
Mon  May 30 2016 08:30AM
ST. ALBANS, Vt. — A group that seeks to reunite lost Purple Hearts with service members or their descendants is embarking on an ambitious project: to return 100 such medals or certificates earned in World War I before the 100th … read more.

Court blocks Texas execution set for this week
Mon  May 30 2016 01:19AM
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man set for execution this week for the slaying of a 64-year-old suburban Dallas grandmother during a burglary of her home more than 18 years ago has won a reprieve. The Texas Court of Criminal … read more.

Child in critical condition after Paris lightning strike
Mon  May 30 2016 01:19AM
PARIS (AP) — A child remains in critical condition after a lightning bolt disrupted a birthday party in a Paris park, injuring several. Eight children and three adults were struck by lightning Saturday in Park Monceau as they hid under … read more.

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Audit finds city General Fund ‘very healthy’
Sat  May 28 2016 11:52AM
The city of Venice’s finances are in good shape, according to its auditor, despite a new accounting standard related to pensions. Under Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statement No. 68 (GASB 68), governments that offer a defined-benefit pension plan now have … Find out how to read more online.

You vote: Fix 70% of city roads?
Wed  May 25 2016 10:22AM
More than 70 percent of public roads within the City of Venice boundaries will be resurfaced, and some of those completely rebuilt, if voters say yes in November to a road bond on the ballot. The Venice City Council voted … Find out how to read more online.

Class for visually impaired needs funding
Sat  May 28 2016 11:52AM
When Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the state Legislature slashed funding for the Adults With Disabilities program from $10 million to $750,000 last summer, the cuts hit the Sarasota County School District’s Adult and Community Enrichment (ACE) program especially hard. … Find out how to read more online.

Northern Jackson Road to stay as is
Sat  May 28 2016 11:52AM
Attorney Jeff Boone thought that asking the Venice City Council to take steps to ensure that North Jackson Road, in North Venice, won’t be extended and improved would be a slam dunk. It wasn’t. Pre-annexation agreements related to the two … Find out how to read more online.

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