Vanessa Baugh wins 57.86% of the vote, while Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube easily wins re-election.
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton welcomed its inaugural class of dental students.
Supervisors are ready to approve construction of a facility that meets the state requirement that a building withstand 140-mph winds.
The school board is expected to approve the appointment of Braden River High School Principal Jim Pauley to director of secondary education May 14.
Nathan Benderson, who grew up in the Great Depression, turned a hardscrabble childhood into a lifetime of business success and unbridled philanthropy. He died April 7.
The Lakewood Ranch YMCA opened its new fitness center to the public March 3.
After months of failed negotiations with the teacher's union, the school district Feb. 15 imposed 1.75% salary cut for its 2012 budget.