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Saturday, April 19, 2014


Published Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Marauders (10-5) defeated the Jupiter Hammerheads (6-9) 5-3 on Friday night at McKechnie Field. Bradenton opened up a 5-0 lead and fended off a late Jupiter rally to improve its winning streak to a season-best five games.

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Published Saturday, April 19, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: What’s behind the rise in public transit in the U.S. in the last few years, and how does our transit use compare with that of other developed countries? -- Angie Whitby, New Bern, NC

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Published Saturday, April 19, 2014
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The George and Ira Gershwin show My One and Only comes to the Stone Hall stage at the Manatee Performing Arts Center on May 1. This innovative musical takes the heart-stopping songs 'S Wonderful, Funny Face and of course My One and Only from George and Ira Gershwin's classic Funny Face, along with popular numbers from other Gershwin shows and joins them with a new book.

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Published Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Across Florida there are signs that spring has sprung, from the fine layer of yellow pollen coating everything in the north to folks returning to the water sans wetsuit in the south. Warmer water also means the return of Spanish mackerel, a feisty fish that migrates south when the water temperature dips below 70 and should be returning to north Florida waters right about now.

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Published Saturday, April 19, 2014

Curtis Hamlin and Mary Hawk, both principals with the law firm of Porges, Hamlin, Knowles and Hawk, were recent featured speakers at “CA Day,” a day of education for all those involved with any type of homeowner association. CA Day is sponsored every year by the non-profit Community Associations Institute (CAI) – West Florida Chapter.

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Published Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce is again offering a $1,000.00 scholarship to a Manatee County graduating senior interested in a business degree. If you or someone you know is interested in applying for this scholarship, the application can be downloaded from the Chamber website www.amichamber.org.

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Friday, April 18, 2014


Published Friday, April 18, 2014
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The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reports that two arrests have been made in an ongoing animal cruelty investigation related to Napier’s Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary in East Manatee County. Alan Napier, 51, and Sheree Napier, 45, were arrested Thursday afternoon around 4 p.m.

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Published Friday, April 18, 2014
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Top Manatee County officials loaded a bus and hit the road Tuesday morning to visit the county's pinnacle farm producers, looking for a snapshot of what was once the county's economic backbone. Currently, Manatee's agriculture production ranks 7th largest among Florida's 67 counties, but many wonder how long that status will last.

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Published Friday, April 18, 2014
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Port Manatee is linked to the CSX Transportation mainline by short-line railroad tracks, and what sits on those tracks now are two new, mean and green diesel-electric locomotives. The port made the purchases with financial help from a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) grant, and they are ready to go to work.

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Published Friday, April 18, 2014
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An autopsy has confirmed that the bank robbery suspect who shot an MCSO deputy took his own life on Monday during a shootout with deputies who were in pursuit after responding to the call. Lt. Bob Mealy, an 18-year veteran of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, was shot by the suspect, Ross Chrisman, 24, of Sarasota. MCSO Public Information Director Dave Bristow says that, "Lt. Mealy continues to recover and is doing well."

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Published Friday, April 18, 2014

The Marauders (9-5) gained sole possession of first place in the Florida State League South Division with a come from behind 2-1 win against the Jupiter Hammerheads (6-8) on Thursday night at McKechnie Field. Bradenton scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning against Jupiter reliever Juan Sosa (L, 0-1).

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Published Friday, April 18, 2014
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The Manatee County Public Library System has joined the Library Ideas network of public library websites that offers access to streaming movies and television content. The Freegal Movies and Television Service allows the library’s registered patrons (library card holders) access to thousands of video selections from the convenience of their personal computer or portable device.

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Published Friday, April 18, 2014
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At Thursday's Port Authority meeting, commissioners approved a new telephone system for phase one of a Mass Notification System, and approved an agreement for dredging certain berthing areas. Members also moved the meeting to where the port's two new locomotives are parked for a group inspection and photo op. 

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Thursday, April 17, 2014


Published Thursday, April 17, 2014
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The concerns regarding Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, the non-profit organization responsible for operating the ambitious rowing facility venture near the border of Sarasota and Manatee Counties, raise a big red flag for a project that includes a huge public investment and benefits politically connected developers. While SANCA has rectified the missing financial reports needed to regain the ability to solicit private donations, taxpayers now need to be concerned with whether or not they will.

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Published Thursday, April 17, 2014
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This Saturday, local Cortezians hit the streets again to protest what they call a highjacking of their roads by Manatee County Commissioners. Organizers say they are "mad as hell and are not going to take it anymore."

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Published Thursday, April 17, 2014

FWC officials met in Tallahassee from April 15 to today to discuss red snapper season modifications in the Gulf of Mexico, reef fish, and sea cucumber management. Beachgoers should watch out for shorebird nests built from sand and shell with chicks that can barely be seen, and to avoid stepping on them. Winds will begin to subside Thursday and throughout the weekend.

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Published Thursday, April 17, 2014
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The Bradenton Marauders face the High-A affiliates of Florida’s Major League Baseball teams during a five-game home stand starting on tonight. Bradenton faces the Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami Marlins) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, then plays Monday and Tuesday against the Charlotte Stone Crabs (Tampa Bay Rays) at McKechnie Field. All five games start at 6:30 p.m. with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Friday's game will include an "It All Begins in Bradenton" t-shirt giveaway presented by DOS Imaging for the first 500 fans.

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Published Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Marauders (8-5) remained in a tie for first in the South Division by shutting out the Palm Beach Cardinals (6-7) for a second consecutive night at Roger Dean Stadium. The 4-0 win completes a series sweep of the Cardinals and a 4-2 road trip for the Marauders. Palm Beach didn’t advance a runner past second base in the final 19 innings of the series.

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Published Thursday, April 17, 2014
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TreeUmph! Adventure Course, Southwest Florida’s first treetop obstacle course, has announced the expansion of its staff with a recent hire. Jason Pitsas will join the team in April 2014 to serve as operations manager and address the park’s growing popularity with local residents and visitors from around the world.

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Published Thursday, April 17, 2014

SouthTech, an IT services firm that has delivered and supported infrastructure and integrated voice solutions throughout Florida since 1994, is proud to announce the addition of John Briggs as Voice Engineer to the SouthTech Team.

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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 was arrested on Monday night on a second degree felony charge of Lewd and Lascivious Battery on a 15 year-old. Meyer, a 17 year-old junior, led the Hurricanes to a 10-0 regular season in 2013. The accusations revolve around an incident that was alleged to have taken place between the two at a party on Saturday evening. 

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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 Main Street 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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Manatee Rural Health Certificate
 


Obituaries

Name Date
James Sexton April 17, 2014
Francis O'Connor April 4, 2014
Duane Silver April, 2014
Norma Semrinec April 15, 2014
Lee Jackson April, 2014
Virginia Goodhew April 11, 2014
Dorothy Hackett April 9, 2014
Margaret Nelson April 9, 2014
Robert McNally April 2, 2014
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