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‘Greatest Show’ No More
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:50AM
Within hours of the latest induction of circus notables at St. Armands Ring of Fame in Sarasota on Saturday, Feld Entertainment chairman Kenneth Feld announced that the Ringling Bros. Barnum … Find out how to read more online.
Jetty at heart of trolley debate
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:48AM
A new route for the Venice trolley went into effect Tuesday, but the Venice City Council’s discussion of it isn’t over. The decision to drop the South Jetty as a … Find out how to read more online.
Draft Comp Plan ready for public review
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:48AM
After 15 months of revisions, the Venice Planning Commission passed out a fresh draft updating the 2010 Comprehensive Plan for the public to review. The “Comp Plan” is the city’s … Find out how to read more online.
Rotary celebrates 25th arts, craft festival
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:46AM
All that glitters could be silver at this year’s 25th anniversary Rotary Arts & Craft Festival, which will fill the Venice Municipal Airport’s festival grounds this weekend. Eighty artisans have committed … Find out how to read more online.
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Cubans bemoan end of ‘wet foot, dry foot’ immigration policy
Tue  Jan 17 2017 10:14PM
MIAMI (AP) — In a hotel room in suburban Miami, Luis Alberto Rodriguez wept when he heard that a government policy granting residency to Cubans who arrive on U.S. soil was ending. That means it could take two years or … read more.

Health officials begin medical marijuana rules process
Tue  Jan 17 2017 10:12PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida health officials have begun the rules-making process that will expand those eligible to receive medical marijuana under Amendment 2, which took effect two weeks ago. The Department of Health published proposed rules Tuesday and announced … read more.

Wal-Mart to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the US
Tue  Jan 17 2017 10:12PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart plans to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the U.S. as it opens new stores and expands existing locations. The world’s biggest retailer said Tuesday that its plans will also generate about 24,000 construction jobs. … read more.

Official: Nigeria mistakenly bombs camp, kills more than 100
Tue  Jan 17 2017 10:12PM
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian air force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp on Tuesday, killing more than 100 refugees and aid workers, a Borno state official said. Military commander Maj. … read more.

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City won’t buy controversial ‘The Woods’
Mon  Jan 16 2017 03:07PM
The Venice City Council this week opted to pass up an opportunity to purchase The Woods in Venice, a 150-acre planned subdivision by Neal Communities. A rezone of the property in June 2015 lasted almost 30 hours over three days, … Find out how to read more online.

Venice honors fallen deputy
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:46AM
Funeral services were held on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, in Port Charlotte, for the Orange County deputy who was killed last week while tracking down a murder suspect in Orlando. Dozens of emergency vehicles, including the Venice Police … Find out how to read more online.

Bee Gees Gold plays Venice Friday, Saturday
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:46AM
Enjoy BBQ and the Bee Gees Gold tribute group with John Acosta Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-21, at Venice Community Center. Acosta as Barry Gibb has performed in Bee Gees Tributes all over the world. His portrayal of the goup’s lead … Find out how to read more online.

USDA February food distribution set
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:48AM
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services contracts with All Faiths Food Bank will distribute free U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities. Eligible residents will receive nine to 12 free commodities. Sarasota County distribution will be at these sites; schedules … Find out how to read more online.

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