Chalkboard Champion: Adapting the classroom amid the pandemic

Missy Windom has impacted students for more than three decades. She is a teacher at Southside Elementary

Charges announced in the death of Corporal Brian LaVigne

  Chalkboard Champion: Providing the right ingredients for students of all abilities

The ‘wildlife hazard’ at Pinebrook Park is getting a fix, residents asked to avoid the area

  Sarasota Sheriff Sworn-in

Sarasota Sheriff-Elect swear-in ceremony today

First babies of 2021 are born in Manatee County and Sarasota County

Continued Coverage

  Chalkboard Champion: E-learning teacher’s creativity keeping students learning

Cold Weather Shelter open Christmas Night

Holiday food resources available in the Suncoast

Sarasota County adjusts waste management schedule

  Chalkboard Champion: Creating special moments to keep technology students engaged

  City of Sarasota looking to crack down on ‘pop up’ block parties

Busch Gardens closes early due to massive water main break in Tampa

Theme park closed at 5:30 p.m. on Monday for the remainder of the day.

Community has successful clean-up Saturday at the Parrish Cemetery

Cemetery clean-ups have deep roots round here in Parrish. At least according to the folks who’ve been around here for awhile.

  Two Detectives say ‘I do’ at Bradenton Police Headquarters

Two BPD Detectives get married in front of Headquarters.

  Animal shelters see an increase of surrendered pets

MCAS has seen a sharp increase of surrendered pets due to the effects of the Pandemic

  Giving Tuesday, ABC7 teams up with Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee and All Faiths Food Bank

Chalkboard Champion: Looping to first grade during the pandemic

Cold Weather Shelter opens in Charlotte County

Attorney General Ashley Moody provides tips for safe giving on Giving Tuesday

12 Days of Giving Food and Toy Drive begins in North Port

  Hundreds of guardsmen deployed from the Palmetto Armory

3rd Annual Florida Turkey Trot ensues despite COVID-19

Runners and Families attend the Florida Turkey Trot run at Nathan Benderson Park, participating in the annual event's festivities.

Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee County has a way to support them while you shop this Black Friday

After your belly is full of your Thanksgiving meal and you’re looking to find some great Black Friday deals online, you can easily help Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee County.

  A Newtown non-profit is asking for food donations to help families in need this Thanksgiving

Second Chance Last Opportunity says they are nowhere near enough food for the thousand families they're expecting to feed this Thanksgiving.

  A new Aquatic Center is coming to the city of Palmetto

An aquatic center is coming to Lincoln Park, Palmetto residents say they are excited to see a community pool is finally coming.

Sarasota Film Society closes two Suncoast movie theatres due to COVID-19

Burns Court and Lakewood Ranch Theatre will close temporarily.

All Faiths Food Bank recognized as one of top 4 (of 200) food banks in the Feeding America network

All Faiths Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization in Sarasota and DeSoto counties.

Wildlife Inc. Education & Rehabilitation Center release skunks back to the wild

Three skunks are now back home in the wild after their stay at the animal rehabilitation center located in Manatee County.

Gettel Foundation donates $50,000 to local food banks

Five Florida food banks receive $10,000 checks.

Manatee County Library will not charge fines for overdue books

There will be no fines for undamaged items that are returned late.

  Chalkboard Champion: Fostering normalcy in abnormal times

A Sarasota County teacher is being awarded $500 for the work she has been doing for her students throughout the pandemic.

Local retirement community says they were ready for Tropical Storm Eta

As the eye of Tropical Storm Eta inches closer to the Sunshine State, people across the Suncoast are hunkering down as they waited for the worst of the weather to pass by. Retirement communities like Plymouth Harbor near St. Armands Circle said they were prepared for anything.

Mote Marine Laboratory announces new projects for the Florida Red Tide Mitigation & Technology Development Initiative

Sixteen Mote and partner-led projects have been selected to investigate potential solutions to mitigate the impacts of Florida red tide

  A Suncoast business has a sweet use for unwanted political campaign signs

The Sarasota Honey Company is asking for unwanted campaign signs for a sweet cause.

Mayor’s Feed the Hungry Thanksgiving Food Fund Drive launches

Mayors’ Feed the Hungry is asking schools, businesses, community associations, service clubs, and organizations to collect money that will be used to purchase $10 food gift cards for families in need.

Parrish Fire District referendum passes

The referendum helps increase fire resources in Parrish.

All Faiths Food Bank hosts turkey distribution effort on Nov. 7

All Faiths hopes to provide 9,000 turkeys and 4 million meals to feed children, families, veterans and seniors this holiday season and community members who are facing hunger.

  How to cope with ‘Election Stress Disorder’

Many are being bombarded with elections ads, texts, and calls can be left feeling so overwhelmed. Health experts on the Suncoast say there are different ways to cope with election stress disorder.

  Man charged with BUI after Bayfront Park boat crash caused thousands worth of damages

The boat captain who says the owner is still trying to recover financially from that boat crash. He says Brendan Sheridan stole the boat before crashing it.

Meal on Wheels Plus of Manatee helps feed hundreds of families on the Suncoast during Saturday morning event

Hundreds of families lines up at Renaissance on 9th in Bradenton to receive free food during a distribution put together by Meals on Wheels of Manatee and sponsors.

Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee County to host mass food distribution Saturday

Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee will be conducting a food distribution on Saturday, Oct. 31

  FHP remembers a fallen Trooper by naming a road after him

A section of a Manatee County highway is now changed in remembrance of a fallen Florida Highway Patrol Sergeant.

Florida’s humdity causing problems for some Suncoast voters

Some voters have received their vote-by-mail ballot's return envelope sealed.

Make-a-Wish Foundation builds dream playhouse for Port Charlotte

Make-a-Wish made a big dream come true for a Port Charlotte kid.

  The city of Sarasota is looking to bring its first Black Cultural Center

The city of Sarasota is looking to showcase Black Culture by creating its first Black Cultural Center.

Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming retires

Longboat Key Police Chief retires.

Blake Medical Center hosts Crush the Crisis Opioid Take Back Day on Oct. 24

Community members are invited to safely and anonymously dispose of unused or expired prescription medications.

Thunder by the Bay on as scheduled

Proceeds raised from Thunder By The Bay provide financial support to Suncoast Charities for Children impacting six area local non-profit agencies serving over 5,000 children, teens, and adults with special needs.

Monty Andrews Arboretum named a Certified Butterfly Garden

The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) names the Monty Andrews Arboretum in West Blalock Park in Venice a Certified Butterfly Garden. The certificate confirms the garden/habitat provides resources to increase the world’s butterfly population

Florida DCF receives nearly $5 million for Crisis Counseling Program

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) received a nearly $5 million emergency grant to implement a Crisis Counseling Program to help Floridians respond to the behavioral health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to check wait times at early voting sites in Sarasota County has real-time wait times for Sarasota County polling locations.

Tampa Bay Rays set to take on L.A. Dodgers in World Series

Rays and Dodgers will meet in Arlington, Texas for the World Series.

  21-year-old leads Manatee County Sheriff deputies on a wild chase in Bradenton

A police chase caught on a front door camera.

Lakewood Ranch NeuroSpa TMS Therapy Center will provide treatment for depression

Lakewood Ranch NeuroSpa TMS Therapy Center will provide treatment for patients who are depressed.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa hosts blood drive for OneBlood

All donors will receive a free Halloween t-shirt and a wellness checkup to include blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse, and cholesterol screening. Additionally, a free COVID-19 antibody test is available for all successful donors.

Selby Gardens sets goals for diversity and inclusion

The organization released a statement developed by Selby Gardens' Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce. The organization says this statement will guide the effort to ensure that all in the community - regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, or financial status - feel welcome.

3 in 4 Americans would live in a van to retire comfortably

Van living is a potential way to save money.

Lakewood Ranch will gain a Winn-Dixie store in November

The store will replace a Earth Fare store

Sarasota Police Department to partner with state organizations to take part in White Cane Day demonstration

The Sarasota Police Department is partnering with Alert Today Florida, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) to educate the community on the importance of avoiding distracted driving.

Over 20 restaurants participate in Sarasota-Manatee Originals' Set the Bar Cocktail Week

Enjoy discounts at various Sarasota-Manatee restaurants.

Hunsader Farms Kicks Off Its 29th Annual Pumpkin Festival

Hunsader Farms kicks off Pumpkin Fest amid foreclosure

South County Regional Park Pool Closing Early Oct. 14

South County Regional Park pool, 670 Cooper Street, in Punta Gorda will be closed at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 for a swim meet.

The Venice Police Department will participate in Drug Take Back Day

The Venice Police Department will join several law enforcement agencies throughout Sarasota County on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day so citizens may properly dispose of prescription medications.

Amazon Prime Day is expected to be the #1 shopping day in Quarter 4

Prime Day is Amazon’s annual sale event exclusively for Prime members. It features two days of special savings on thousands of items across all product categories. Amazon confirmed on September 27 that Prime Day will be held on Oct. 13-14, 2020. The deals will go live starting at midnight PDT.

A sound-wave emitting buoy that kills algae will soon be tested in Florida

The buoys are designed to kill single cell algae, thus removing the need for chemical algae killers such as copper sulfate.

Largest off-road park in Florida to open this weekend in Punta Gorda

The grand opening of Sandlot Off-Road Adventure Park opens Oct. 9. The park is formerly known as Florida Tracks and Trails and will reopen under different ownership.

Students make ‘Thank You’ cards for Sarasota Police

National Faith and Blue Weekend aims to bring together hundreds of houses of worship across the country to organize local activities with their community’s law enforcement professionals.

Meals On Wheels is inviting the community to donate for the holiday season

It's never too early to start thinking of holiday giving!

Foreclosure lawsuit filed against popular farm in Manatee County

Synovus Bank out of Georgia has filed foreclosure papers against Hunsader Farms, Inc.

And the winner is...

Venice, FL Wins 2020 National America in Bloom Award

Companies hiring for over 200 jobs will participate in local job fair

Over a dozen companies are looking to fill more than 200 openings are participating in the Sarasota JobLink job fair on Thursday, October 15th from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 8270 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Manatee County Historical Records Library Celebrates Family History Month

October is Family History Month and during the week of October 12 – 17, 2020, from 9:00 am – noon, the Manatee County Historical Records Library is presenting special appointments that focus on local genealogy and historical research.

The Sailor Circus announces seat naming opportunity

he Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC) has launched its first ever, limited-opportunity fundraising program to name seats in the newly renovated Sailor Circus Arena. This is the first such opportunity in the 71 year history of the Sailor Circus program.

Sarasota County wants community input about Siesta Key road

The intersection of State Road 758/Midnight Pass Road at Beach Road on Siesta Key is programmed for improvements in the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) five-year work plan.

Sarasota and Bradenton Regal Hollywood movie theatres will close

Regal will close hundreds of movie theatres. Those theatres include two located in Sarasota and Manatee County. The Sarasota-Manatee locations are Regal Hollywood Stadium 11 in Sarasota and Regal Oakmont 8 in Bradenton.

Sarasota Art Museum Expands Inclusion Efforts Through ‘Pay What You Can’ Day at Sarasota Art Museum and Hiring of Visitor Experience Associates

he Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design is pleased to announce the re-launching of the monthly Pay What You Can (PWYC) day at the Sarasota Art Museum. The museum will also begin hiring multilingual Visitor Experience Associates (VEAs) to enhance diversity and inclusion training.

The City of Venice to improve Venezia Park and wants public input

The park, located in the Venezia Park Historic District, was part of the original John Nolen design for the City of Venice in the 1920s. The intent is to place the improvements around the existing trees, and minimize any disturbance to the trees.

All Faiths Food Bank expanding to meet the growing need due to COVID-19

According to the All Faiths Food Bank, hunger has reached a crisis point. In an effort to meet the increasing need of the community due to the financial impact of the Coronavirus and find and serve the hungry, All Faiths Food Bank has adjusted its operations, added staff, trucks and food distributio

Van Wezel announces changes to 2020-21 season

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has made some changes to its 2020-2021 season.