+Low voter turnout a trend in city elections
Two former city commissioners point to different factors for low voter turnout in Sarasota. One says a date change would bring more voters to the polls.
+Camera increase ramps up enforcement citywide
U.S. 41 and University Parkway's cameras take the crown for the most red-light violations.
+Manatee Schools honor educators, support staff
The Manatee County School District hosted its annual EdVantage Education Awards event March 6.
+Villa Am Meer presentation takes place tonight
Joy Baker will discuss her research on the Villa Am Meer property at tonight's Longboat Key Historical Society meeting.
+View from the Top: Sandy Loevner
In her 15th year as board president, Sandy Loevner is helping one of the country's largest non-profit charity events continue to soar.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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26 Tribute to Heroes Parade - Main St LWR
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
28 Braden River Soccer Club Try-outs
29 LWRBA May Membership Lunch
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
31 May YLA Breakfast "Legendary Leaders"
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Gullett student wins speech contest
Gullett Elementary School student Hailey Wahlers took home top honors May 11, after placing first in the Tropicana District Speech Contest.
Girl Scouts give cookies a new cause
Local Daisy Scouts from Troop 180 are helping Feeding Empty Little Tummies feed homeless school children in the area.
Dancing group to host fundraiser
Members of KC and the Sunshine Dancers, a group of Manatee County dancers ages 8 to 20, will show off their dancing skills in jazz, hip-hop and contemporary dance from 7 to 9 p.m. May 28, as the group holds a show titled "Breaking Ground."