+Town manager seeks $300,000 in budget cuts
Town Manager Dave Bullock warned the commission to expect another year of revenue shortfalls and rising pension costs.
+Half-cent sales tax would cover indigent health care
Manatee County's administrator promises three things in the 2013-14 budget: raises for county employees, non-reduction of services and lower property taxes.
+Surging Tsunami: Jillian Santiago
Thirteen-year-old Jillian Santiago began swimming for the Sarasota Tsunami one-and-a-half years ago. Now, she’s one of the top-ranked swimmers in the nation for her age group.
+Teenager composes a promising future
Nicholas Lewis has played violin since the age of 6, composed music since age 13, and, now, at 18 years old, he's playing conductor to a real orchestra.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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