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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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Tropical Storm Bonnie ruins long weekend on Carolina beaches
Sat  May 28 2016 09:24PM
Tropical Storm Bonnie ruins long weekend on Carolina beaches CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Tropical Storm Bonnie formed Saturday afternoon off the coast of South Carolina as heavy rains from the system ruined the start of the long holiday weekend. Top … read more.

Ohio zoo kills gorilla to protect small child in enclosure
Sat  May 28 2016 09:24PM
By DAN SEWELL Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — A special zoo response team shot and killed a 17-year-old gorilla Saturday that grabbed and dragged a 3-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla exhibit moat, the Cincinnati Zoo’s director said. Authorities … read more.

NASA successfully inflates new space station room
Sat  May 28 2016 09:22PM
By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA successfully inflated a new experimental room at the International Space Station on Saturday, producing the world’s first pump-it-up compartment for astronauts. The operation took much longer than expected, … read more.

AP-NORC Poll: Voters interested, not excited about election
Sat  May 28 2016 09:22PM
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Mary Heintzelman shakes her head in disgust over the presidential election. “I don’t think we have a candidate that’s really suitable to be president in either party,” says Heintzelman, an administrative assistant from Whitehall, Pennsylvania. Her … 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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