Hoops Hero

Wes Meltzer Helps Keep Older Guys in the Game

For the past 17 years, no one has played a larger role or commanded more respect in adult basketball in South County.

03/01/2017 By Kim Hackett

Kennel Queen

For Rita Figg, Training and Caring for Four-Legged Friends is a Calling

There are dog likers, dog lovers--and then there is Rita Figg.

02/01/2017 By Kim Hackett

Spirit of Giving

Monument Honors YMCA Benefactors

The south county campus has been named for Herb and Jeannette Hanchey.

07/20/2016 By Kim Hackett

Everybody Ready?

Get On Your Mark, Get Set, Go Beach Run

A chance for kids to have fun and get fit.

07/13/2016 By Kim Hackett

Dining

Word on the Street: Sarasota's Original Word of Mouth Coming to Venice

The Gulf Gate restaurant will open second store on East Venice Avenue.

06/23/2016 By Kim Hackett

Rise and Dine

First Watch Venice Opens June 20

The Bradenton-based company opens its seventh area restaurant in Venice.

06/09/2016 By Kim Hackett

Congrats

Venice High School Seniors Graduate Tonight

Kim Hackett shares a moving Venice High School tradition.

06/03/2016 By Kim Hackett

Entertainment

A Memorial Day Weekend Filled with Festivities

Beer Bash, Blues Festival and BBQ all over town.

05/25/2016 By Kim Hackett

Outdoors

Visit Old Florida in Our Back Yard

Two Preserves, 26,000 Acres, Minutes from Downtown

05/04/2016 By Kim Hackett

Travel

Pinebrook/ Honore Extension Opens

$11.7 million project now connects Venice's Pinebrook Road to University Parkway

04/22/2016 By Kim Hackett

Eat Here Now

A Gourmet Oasis in North Venice

Former Ruth's Chris Executive Chef Brings Southern-Caribbean Gourmet to town.

04/15/2016 By Kim Hackett

Jaws

Shark's Tooth Festival Starts April 8

Will you be at the annual celebration of prehistoric fangs?

04/08/2016 By Kim Hackett

Iconography

Architect-Turned-Artist Vladimir Blagonadezhdin Paints Religious Icons

Painter Vladimir Blagonadezhdin’s creations spring from a religious spirit.

04/04/2016 By Kim Hackett

A Critical Choice

New Competition for Venice Regional?

After years of embracing its hometown hospital, Venice considers new options and opportunities.

04/04/2016 By Kim Hackett

Snowbird Fatigue

Signs of the Times: It's Peak Season

Locals have a little fun with our tourists and traffic.

03/17/2016 By Kim Hackett

Erin Go Bragh!

Italian Venice Embraces Its Inner Irishman

Today your biggest problem is choosing where you want to go to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

03/17/2016 By Kim Hackett

Sports Economy

Braves' New World in South County

A look at the proposed $100 million Atlanta Braves complex for North Port/Venice.

03/10/2016 By Kim Hackett

Road Warrior

Last Leg of Honore Extension Nearly Finished

New south-north road is an alternative to I-75.

03/07/2016 By Kim Hackett

Food News

Local Sauces Spice Up Home-Cooked Meals

No reservations needed with locally brewed sauces.

03/01/2016 By Kim Hackett

Talks

Prof. R. Bruce Stephenson Wraps Up Lecture Series Celebrating John Nolen

Rollins professor R. Bruce Stephenson will wrap up a series celebrating landscape architect John Nolen.

02/23/2016 By Kim Hackett