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Tom Vaught
Sun staff writer/photographer Tom Vaught covers education, entertainment, events, crime and obituaries. Email
Brady family and friends Center

Island rallies for celebrated family

ANNA MARIA – Old-timers and new residents turned out Saturday to raise money for Jim and Ronee Brady, owners of the fire-damaged West Coast...

Slaying the messenger

For as many years as we have had a free press, journalists have been protected by an unwritten code that essentially says, “Don’t slay...
snooks group shot

Snooks would have been proud

ANNA MARIA – It was a great beach day last Saturday with blue skies and gentle breezes, but a group of kids and their...
beach storm damage

County assesses beach storm damage

The beaches of Anna Maria Island are in good shape, despite the recent pounding from Subtropical Storm Alberto and last year’s Hurricane Irma. That’s...
Andrew Helderman

Attacker gets life in prison

A 28-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of attempted second-degree murder at a home in Holmes Beach on...
Storm palms

Time to stock up for hurricane season

As subtropical storm Alberto was forming in the Yucatan Channel, on its way up the Gulf, a crowd of 20 people gathered at The...
Cortez Bridge blocked Hurricane Irma

Re-entry tags needed to return after storms

When a sizeable tropical storm hits near or on Anna Maria Island, authorities will order an evacuation, and if you are smart, you’ll leave. It’s...
Jean Peelen

Jean Peelen moves on

HOLMES BEACH – Jean Peelen arrived on Anna Maria Island from the Washington D.C. area 10 years ago. Her sister had died from cancer...
AMI Chamber

Kinder ready to guide Chamber

HOLMES BEACH – When Deb Wing resigned as Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce last year, Vice President Terri Kinder and assistant Cathy Pizzo...
FDOT Cortez Bridge

FDOT: Only one building affected by bridge

CORTEZ – If the current plans for the 65-foot clearance replacement for the Cortez Bridge hold true, the only structural casualty of the project...
Cortez Trailer Park

Cortezians wary of FDOT, weary of fight

CORTEZ – Now that the word is out, many people east of the Cortez Bridge feel hurt that the new 65-foot-tall span will be...
Island Players An Inspector Calls

Island Players deliver on play with moral message

ANNA MARIA – It's the final play of the season and the Island Players are ending on a high note with “An Inspector Calls.”...
Wildlife Inc.

Local non-profits bank on generosity

BRADENTON BEACH – The groups that serve dogs, cats, horses and other animals attracted most of the donations among the 400-plus not-for-profits registered with...
Island Players cast

Last play of season this month

ANNA MARIA - The Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, presents “An Inspector Calls” by J.B. Priestley, directed by Heiko Knipfelberg and co-produced by The...
Natalie Almeter

Island daughter a future diva

HOLMES BEACH – Natalie Almeter has always loved music. A few years ago, she sang in front of her mother’s store, Irene’s Resort Wear,...