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Foster and adoptive families needed now: Donors and volunteers, too!

Foster and adoptive families needed now:  Donors and volunteers, too!

By PENNY FLETCHER People like LaKay Fayson, Bryant Fayson and Frankie Fayson have made helping children who have been removed from their homes find both foster homes and adoptive homes…

Columbine: The Legacy

Columbine: The Legacy

By LISA STARK Part 2 of 2 The truth was, I hadn’t really felt like getting out of bed that chilly April morning to drive an hour across town to…

Sugar Sand Festival pays tribute to Prince

Sugar Sand Festival pays tribute to Prince

By LISA STARK As fans across the country mourned the shocking loss of pop legend star Prince, who died last Thursday at his home in Minneapolis, sculptors at Clearwater’s Pier…

At Rock Ponds: Celebrating the restoration of Florida’s unique beauty

At Rock Ponds: Celebrating the restoration of Florida’s unique beauty

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN There likely could not be a more appropriate way to celebrate the opening of the largest habitat restoration project in the Tampa Bay area than with the…

Portillo’s celebrates grand opening in Brandon

Portillo’s celebrates grand opening in Brandon

By LISA STARK Florida residents from near and far flocked to the Grand Opening of Portillo’s in Brandon on Tuesday, April 12, happily gobbling up their famous Italian beef sandwiches,…

Palmetto High School FFA students learn life lesson by helping at food bank

Palmetto High School FFA students learn life lesson by helping at food bank

By CARL MARIO NUDI When raising livestock for show, the young members of Future Farmers of America can learn responsibility, the benefits of hard work, and many other skills they…

If it floats, it races

If it floats, it races

The 35th annual Bottle Boat Regatta was held Saturday, April 16, on the south side of the Palma Sola Causeway. Sponsored by the Hernando De Soto Historical Society Inc., the…

Manatee backpack program feeds homeless children year round

Manatee backpack program feeds homeless children year round

By PENNY FLETCHER There are approximately 85,000 homeless people in Florida on any given night. Manatee County has about 3,500 of them, and many are young children. That’s where Feeding…

Fort Hamer bridge construction ahead of schedule

Fort Hamer bridge construction ahead of schedule

By CARL MARIO NUDI Evidence of the construction progress on the Fort Hamer Bridge was visibly rising from the bed of the Manatee River. Workers have finished about 25 percent…

The Cake Zone: Creating amazing edible art

The Cake Zone: Creating amazing edible art

By LISA STARK Alla Levin calls herself a “Sugar Artist,” and when you see the spectacular works of art she creates using that medium, you’ll be truly astonished. “I’m often…

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