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Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Manatee High School's starting QB Josh Meyer has been arrested on a second degree felony charge of Lewd and Lascivious Battery. Meyer, a 17 year-old junior, led the Hurricanes to a 10-0 regular season in 2013, his first year as a starter after replacing All-State QB and current Minor League Baseball star Cord Sandberg. No further details of the incident or arrest are available at this time.

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Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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A perennial effort to reduce the amount of plastic bags being produced and thrown into landfills stalled last week, and supporters will have to wait and try again next year. A bill that would have allowed local governments to ban plastic bags, while assessing a small charge to buyers who used paper ones provided by the store was pulled and will not see the floor in 2014.

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Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Two downtown Bradenton favorites return to Old Main Street this Week. On Thursday night, it's time for another downtown street party with the return of Mainstreet Live. On Saturday, the downtown farmer's market will host the return of its monthly Mainly Art event, with expanded arts and craft sales along 3rd Avenue West.

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Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Three Marauders (7-5) pitcher teamed on a six-hit shutout on Tuesday night, earning a 5-0 win over the Palm Beach Cardinals (6-6) at Roger Dean Stadium. The Cardinals stranded 10 runners and failed to advance a runner to third in the game.

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Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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As the laps wound down on Saturday night's 75-lap Turner Tree and Landscape Super Late Model feature at Desoto Speedway, Jeff Scofield knew he had a car capable of winning but had to be a little patient. Scofield would eventually prove the saying that "good things happen to those who wait" can actually be true. Riding in third place for most of the race, Scofield capitalized on a late restart and powered to his first win of the season at Desoto.

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Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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A 5K torch run and kid’s fun run to benefit Special Olympics will be held on Friday at Manatee Technical Institute's Lakewood Ranch campus. Registration is $25 and begins at 5 p.m. The fun run is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. and the 5k will start at 6:30. A post race cookout will also take place.

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Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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PGT Industries (Nasdaq:PGTI), has been selected to the 2014 Barron's 400 Index for the second consecutive semester. The innovative measure of U.S. securities is made up of the 400 strongest and most promising stocks in North America, out of more than 6,000, that score the highest when evaluated against the rigorous and fundamentals-based criteria.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Published Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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*UPDATE: A bank robbery suspect took his own life on Monday after he shot and wounded an MCSO Deputy who was attempting to arrest him according to police reports. The deputies had responded to a robbery at Florida Bank near the intersection of University Parkway and Tuttle Avenue at around 11:25 that morning. Detectives have identified the bank robbery suspect as Ross Chrisman, 24, of Sarasota.

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Published Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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The Manatee County School District has announced that Rebecca Roberts, CPA, CIA, will be its new Finance Director. According to a press release, Roberts comes to Manatee County from Maryland where she served as the City of Baltimore’s Division Chief (Chief Accountant) since 2010. Roberts replaces Tommy Crosby who resigned in January 2014, to become the Director of Alachua County’s Office of Management and Budget.

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Published Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Among the reforms in SB 1648, are provisions that would prevent government agencies from charging excessive fees for public records, would clarify that agencies cannot ask that record requests be submitted in writing and create requirements for the training of public employees on public-record law. It passed 39-0 in the Senate, but its companion, HB 1151, remains stalled in the Florida House.

 

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Obituaries

Name Date
Virginia Goodhew April 11, 2014
Dorothy Hackett April 9, 2014
Margaret Nelson April 9, 2014
Robert McNally April 2, 2014
James Hibbs April 4, 2014
Marvin Prager April 7, 2014
David Marsh April 4, 2014
Cheryl Edgington March 29, 2014
Rowland Shannon April 2, 2014
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