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Flag parade

Peace prevails at Island school

HOLMES BEACH – As conflicts continue in the Middle East and North Korea tries to incite the United States, peace was the subject on...
Wedding post-Irma

Forget it Irma – the wedding is on!

ANNA MARIA – Hurricane Irma almost played spoiler for one Indiana couple who had been planning their Monday evening wedding at the Sandbar restaurant...
Island Players

Sequel kicks off Island Players season

ANNA MARIA – The curtain opens on the Island Players’ 69th season with “Happy Birthday,” a sequel to “Boeing Boeing,” both by Marc Camoletti. The...
New library cardholder

New library cardholder

Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore poses with 7-year-old Maia Forman, who got her first library card on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the Island Branch...
Deputies honored

Anna Maria deputies honored

ANNA MARIA – It was a bittersweet honor for the two Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies who were first to respond to a drowning...
Cortez bridge public input

Crowd tells FDOT what kind of Cortez Bridge it wants

BRADENTON – The meeting hall at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church was packed with approximately 170 people Thursday night as the public got its final say...
Rob Velardi

Velardi succumbs to cancer

Holmes Beach Police Chief William Tokajer has announced in an e-mail that retired patrolman Robert Velardi died Tuesday, Aug. 29. Velardi retired Jan. 2, 2017...
AME students miss school for solar eclipse

Solar eclipse entices students from school

HOLMES BEACH – The classrooms at Anna Maria Elementary were all but deserted on Monday, Aug. 21, the day of the solar eclipse. "Sixty-six percent...
Cortez bridge

Cortezians prepare for bridge hearing

CORTEZ – Approximately 30 citizens braved the thunderstorms Saturday afternoon at Fisherman’s Hall to discuss strategy for the final public hearing on a replacement...
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A solar eyefull

The outside portion of the Bridge Tender Inn is a nice place to observe the boats moored in the bay. But Monday afternoon, people...
Tropical Storm Emily

Emily delivers a slap to the Island

Anna Maria Island residents awakened Monday to heavy rains and winds as Tropical Storm Emily took made landfall about 10:45 a.m. The fast-moving Emily formed...
Library engineers

Future engineers at library

Kids and parents showed up at the Island Branch Library on Thursday, July 20, to develop their engineering talents with games and Legos. It...
Chiles Group scholarships

Chiles Group honors scholars

The Chiles Group, through the Manatee Community Foundation, awarded six scholarships to deserving students who are, or were, employees and relatives of employees at...
raccoon

Distemper in raccoons a threat

Longtime Island resident Pat Copeland had a scare from a raccoon recently. "I went outside to check my Little Free Library, and when I turned...
U.S. flag

Heavy crowds, no major problems for holiday

This year’s Fourth of July, although filled with the sounds of fireworks, seemed quieter than years past, thanks in part to preparation and execution...