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Matthews gets 65 years minimum

eugene matthews sentencing
BRADENTON – Eugene Matthews will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for the shooting death of Rebecca Rawson on Jan. 10, 2017. On Thursday, April 19, Judge Brian Iten sentenced the 84-year-old Parrish resident to life in prison with a 25-year minimum...
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Resident calls on tourism officials to address safety

HOLMES BEACH – Resident Nancy Deal challenged tourism officials on Monday to address pedestrian deaths and other safety issues created by thriving tourism on...

Fire hits West Coast Surf Shop

Updated April 16, 2018 HOLMES BEACH – A fire caused an estimated quarter million dollars in damage to the iconic West Coast Surf Shop, 3902...

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Anna Maria Beach Use Dispute

Beach dispute predates new law

ANNA MARIA – When discussing a new state law taking effect July 1 regarding beach access and private property rights, Anna Maria commissioners heard...

Traffic snarls at Gulf Drive construction zones

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Along the Holmes Beach/Bradenton Beach border, residents and visitors alike are finding themselves stuck in something reminiscent of winter season...



Doo-Shots head to Vegas

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Ted Stevens and the Doo-Shots’ next gig will be in Las Vegas at the 21st annual Viva Las Vegas rockabilly...


Tourist tax collections 2018

MANATEE COUNTY - The local 5 percent tourist tax is collected from owners of accommodations rented for six months or less who charge the...
Castles in the Sand

Home interest rates rising

Easter just passed, and, hopefully, you didn’t put all your eggs in one basket. But what if the United States puts maybe not all of...


Get the most out of spring fishing

Spring is definitely in the air. It’s one of my favorite times of the year and one of the most productive for all anglers,...
Tom Skoloda

Rollin’ down the river

Former Anna Maria Commissioner Tom Skoloda got a very unusual gift from his wife, Alice Newlon, for his 75th birthday. It wasn’t anything to...


Center soccer

Moss Builders worked hard for the tie

Week two of the adult co-ed soccer season started out with a game that showed why Team Legler Flynn Law is at the top...
Rotary golf

Team Swordfish wins Golf Classic

BRADENTON – The foursome sponsored by the Swordfish Grill won the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island’s fourth annual Golf Classic. Collectively, David Woods, Lewis...


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