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This week is National Emergency Medical Services Week and Manatee County will honor its employees at its annual awards ceremony. However, taxpayers would be much better served if the county better recognized what it called its “true heroes” with improved working conditions and adequate financial compensation.
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As the U.S. works to restore ties with Cuba for the first time since 1961, I thought I would take a historic look into Florida’s relationship with Cuba. Cuban trade here in Florida dates back hundreds, if not thousands of years, when Florida aborigines canoed across the narrow spans of water to barter with the island peoples.
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Tomorrow's weather will feature evening thunderstorms with a high of 92 and a 40 percent chance of rain. At least 3 have died and 350 homes have been swept away in Texas from record flooding; a V.A. hospital in Colorado has been called the 'biggest construction failure' in the history of the Department; Charter Communications is reportedly nearing a $55 billion deal to buy out Time Warner; U.S. fighter jets have safely escorted an Air France airline after a reported threat; the NASA spacecraft DAWN has taken its sharpest images to date of Ceres.
Formerly known as Decoration Day, the Memorial Day Holiday dates back to 1866 when the town of Waterloo, New York enacted the holiday to decorate the graves of soldiers lost in the Civil War. Memorial Day became an official holiday in 1967, in recognition of those who have given their lives in service to our nation's military.more»
Earlier this month, I visited the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France as part of a national security mission to Europe and the Middle East. The memorial honors the American soldiers who gave their lives in the European theatre during World War II.more»
Red snapper season opened over the weekend. An area of high pressure may cause cautionary conditions during the beginning of the week. Our contributing captain Rick Grassett says to look for reds, snook and trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats and edges of bars. Anglers may also find trout, Spanish mackerel, blues or pompano on deep grass flats, particularly close to passes.more»
Twila Gates, from Marianna, established a new Florida freshwater fishing record with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission this month. Her catch of a 1-pound, 5.6-ounce (1.35 pounds) flier on May 9 from a Jackson County pond beat the old record of 1.24 pounds. It had a total length of 12 inches and a girth of 11.8 inches. The previous state record came from Lake Iamonia near Tallahassee, in 1992.more»
The Bradenton Marauders return home on Tuesday, May 26, to start a stretch of nine straight home games and 10 home dates in 11 days. The Marauders host the Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati Reds) from May 26-May 29, the Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami Marlins) from May 30-June 1, the St. Lucie Mets (New York Mets) on June 2 and June 3, and the Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota Twins) on June 5.more»
The Marauders (22-22) fended off a pair of late rallies by the Flying Tigers (21-22) to earn a 2-1 win at Joker Marchant Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Lakeland put the tying run at third base with one out against RHP Clario Perez in the seventh and eighth innings and failed to score both times.
The current Manatee County School Board has not done much to earn trust within this community. This could prove pivotal as the board and district prepare to ask taxpayers for more than half a billion dollars in additional debt, taxes and fees in a planned 2016 referendum. Selecting a replacement Superintendent is without question the most important action it will take in the interim and presents an opportunity to inspire much-needed confidence in its stewardship of our education system.more»
Most folks don’t give ice much thought. Aside from purchasing it to fill up a cooler, ice creation occurs mechanically (unless of course the icemaker on the freezer door goes kaput and you’re forced to make it using an ice tray). But back in the day, ice was a major commodity and other industries required ice production to prevail.more»
The Bradenton Times consolidates its daily obituaries each week for our Sunday Edition.more»
May 25, 2015Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
May 26, 2015Time: 7:00 am - 9:00 am
May 27, 2015Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
May 28, 2015Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
May 29, 2015Time: 7:00 pm
May 30, 2015Time: 8:30 am - 11:00 am
This Week in Local Government: May 25-29, 2015
Published Sunday, May 24, 2015
Port Manatee Previews Potential Cargo Partner
Published Friday, May 22, 2015
Manatee County Port Authority Agenda Results: May 21, 2015
Published Friday, May 22, 2015
Captain Favorite's Fishing Forum: May 25, 2015
Published Monday, May 25, 2015
Captain Favorite's Weekend Fishing Forecast: May 21, 2015
Published Thursday, May 21, 2015