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Poll Question: Which of the following best describe how you feel about elementary school security?

 We should have a county deputy in every school, even at an average cost of $144,00 each  We should spend the current $1 million budgeted on 7 roaming deputies  The budgeted funds should be spent on better securing the buildings; ie. security doors, lockdown switches, cameras, etc.  The funds should go to educational needs and any police presence should be a function of law enforcement in that community and its budget More polls »

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Thursday, October 2, 2014


Published Thursday, October 2, 2014

Manatee County is clearly a GOP stronghold. Registered Republican voters outnumber Democrats by more than 22,000. But voters who routinely check "R" right down the ballot without giving it much more thought should take a closer look. In Manatee, the actual performance of county commissioners can more easily be divided among those who are in favor of well-planned, smart growth and responsible use of natural resources, and those who consistently favor developers seeking to build at all costs and phosphate mining interests who want to exploit our environment for financial gain. When it comes to those key issues, the D and the R often tell us very little.

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Published Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Manatee County School District announced late Thursday afternoon that they would be exercising a cancellation clause in its contract with a local security firm that had been hired to provide armed guards to the district's elementary schools.The controversial plan, which would have been the first of its kind in Florida, had come up against questions of whether it complied with state statute and whether proper public notice had been filed for a committee meeting to rank bidding security firms.

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Published Thursday, October 2, 2014

Recording artist Eric Von cracked Nashville's Music Row Country Music Breakout Chart's top 80 last week, when his single I Can't Help But Smile debuted at number 74. The Cortez native, who was once a regular at such places as the Cortez Kitchen and The Bridge Tender Inn, is beginning to make a big splash on the country scene.

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Published Thursday, October 2, 2014

After a series of serious security breaches, Julia Pierson, Director of the Secret Service, will resign from her post. Calls for Pierson's resignation and a probe of the agency have been made by members of both party this week.

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Published Thursday, October 2, 2014

Among the games this Friday: Braden River will take on the Sailors and Manatee will take on the Rams in Sarasota. Lakewood Ranch will host the North Port Bobcats, and Bayshore will host the DeSoto County Bulldogs. Palmetto and Southeast are on their bye week.

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Published Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fishing will remain average over the weekend as the moon wans to new, but expect it to improve with the arrival of the new moon next Wednesday. Isolated thunderstorms will continue throughout the rest of the week, but should subside by the weekend. The FWC has announced a $4.5 million venture to restore oyster beds in the Gulf. 

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Published Thursday, October 2, 2014
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Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group, with offices in downtown Sarasota and downtown Bradenton, is pleased to announce the recent closing on the sale of 9 +/- Acres of multi-family development land located at 50 Paramount Drive, the former Arthur Anderson Parkway.

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Published Thursday, October 2, 2014
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Kerkering Barberio Financial Services, Inc. is pleased to announce that Chief Operating Officer, Paul Cantor, CFA, has been awarded the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies™ (the Center), the standards-setting body for fi360.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Published Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A presentation on Pre-K education programs was given at Tuesday's Manatee Council of Governments meeting. Dr. Diana Greene, Manatee School District Deputy Superintendent of Instruction, and Dr. Robin Thompson, board member of the Manatee Early Learning Coalition and its Manatee County School Board Designee, were present to talk about the district's expansion of the subsidized programs.

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Published Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Incumbent commissioner Brian Williams is facing two opponents in this year's Palmetto City Commission Ward 3 election. Williams is attempting his 6th term as the ward's commissioner. He is challenged by Eric Gilbert and John Geeslin.

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Obituaries

Name Date
Joan Eason September 29, 2014
Gene Hunt September 28, 2014
Muriel Thayer September 26, 2014
Patricia Ritchlin September 25, 2014
Glennava Inman September 25, 2014
Jo-Ann Cherry September 22, 2014
Emma Engelmann September 20, 2014
Bonny Cloud September 18, 2014
Marion Forbes September 15, 2014
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