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Gas Price Update

Florida gasoline prices have inched lower for 17 consecutive days. During that time, Triple-A reports that the statewide average price for a gallon of regular has declined by six cents. Triple-A predicts gas prices will trend lower to finish the month, but begin a seasonal rise in February due to refinery maintence season. The current […]

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Deputy Charged with Attempted Murder

A longtime Sarasota County Sheriff’s Deputy is accused of trying to murder a 79-year-old woman. 46-year-old Frank Eugene Bybee was arrested Monday morning and is facing a number of other charges. Bybee declined to speak with detectives following his arrest and Sheriff Thomas Knight told a news conference–quote–”That he didn’t want to talk to them–he […]

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Downtown Venice Craft Festival

The 10th annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival is coming up this weekend. It will take place on Miami Avenue West in downtown Venice on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. According to the website at artfestival.com, you’ll be able to browse and purchase a wide variety of ceramics, jewelry, stained glass, metal […]

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Punta Gorda Officer Elected

The Punta Gorda Police Department has announced an honor for one of its own. Community Services Lieutenant Katie Heck was elected President of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute’s Florida Leadership Academy’s 38th Class. According to a news release, the Florida Leadership Academy prepares first-line supervisors in criminal justice organizations to exemplify the character and […]

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Sales Tax Revenues Up

Sarasota County’s local option sales tax has 37-million dollars over the past two years, eight million more than projected. The original expectation was that, over six years, the total would be 108-million dollars, enough to pay for 20 projects involving public safety, parks, schools and roads. The Sun reports that, if the sales tax dollars […]

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