+Manatee school district to hire 85 teachers
The Manatee County School district will hire 85 additional teachers for the 2013-14 school year to match enrollment growth recorded in the first 10 days of the school year.
+Vehicle burglaries hit one Lakewood Ranch street
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office responded to four vehicle burglaries Thursday on the 11000 block of Rivers Bluff Circle.
+TAC unit nabs burglars
The Sarasota Sheriff’s covert surveillance unit, operating off a tip Thursday, arrested three burglars in the act.
+City scraps State Street garage proposals
At a special meeting Thursday to consider proposals for retail space at the garage, city attorney Robert Fournier raised concerns about potential procedural issues.
+Weekends Best Bet: Steve Arvey Concert at Historic Spanish Point
Enjoy a free concert as the sunsets over serene Sarasota Bay at Historic Spanish Point.
+Weekend Best Bet: 67th annual Labor Day Regatta
The Sarasota Sailing Squadron is hosting the 67th annual Labor Day Regatta this weekend.
+Town and police union at odds over new contract
Mayor Jim Brown declined an invitation to meet with a police officer and union representative this week.
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15 Irish Celtic 5K, Lakewood Ranch
8:00 am - 10:00 am
15 Palma Sola Botanical Park plants, antiques and crafts sale
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
22 5th Annual Ponies for Pups
22 Lakewood Ranch Community Fund 'Havana Nights' Gala
23 The Bridal EXPO
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
26 LWRBA March Executive Briefing
7:30 am - 9:00 am
16 USF Sarasota-Manatee HospitaBull Evening
2 2nd annual Glow Run
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Daylight Saving Time starts 2 a.m. Sunday, so be sure to set your alarm accordingly.
The Tabernacle Christian School middle school student Lauren Medred, an East County resident, earned top vocal honors, taking first place in vocal solo female category of the Florida League of Christian School’s Festival of the Academics and Arts Feb. 28 and March 1 at Southeastern University in Lakeland.
Manatee County schools dominated a state technology competition with five of six top-three finishes earned by Manatee County schools during the 35th annual Technology Student Association State Competition late February.