After years of public service, Manatee County Commissioners Donna Hayes and Joe McClash are celebrating their retirements.
The longtime commissioners and their friends and supporters gathered for a retirement party Nov. 13 at the Crosley Museum in Sarasota.
Hayes had served on the commission as the District 5 commissioner, who oversees the majority of the East County territory, since 2004.
McClash, an at-large commissioner, has served on the board since 1990.
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17 Maundy Thursday Service
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
18 Good Friday Service
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
19 Blessing of the Animals
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
19 Good Friday Service
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
UPDATE: Napiers arrested for 15 counts of animal cruelty
Owners of Napier's Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary, Alan and Sheree Napier, were arrested April 17, after months of investigations by the Manatee County Sheriff's Department.
PHOTO GALLERY: 'The Three F's...Fables, Folktales and Fairy Tales'
Students in Marti Bhame's second-grade class, at Braden River Elementary, embodied fictional characters and brought their stories to life during their production of "The Three F's…Fables, Folktales and Fairy Tales," April 17. The students performed three bite-sized renditions of "The Grasshopper and the Ant," "Dinerella" — "Cinderella" with dinosaurs — and "Stone Soup." Each mini play represented a different type of story to coincide with fairy tale and other story-themed curriculum Bhame has been teaching.
PHOTO GALLERY: HospitaBull Evening
USF Sarasota-Manatee held its 4th annual HospitaBull Evening at Polo Grill Thursday, April 16. There, USFSM ‘s College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership students planned, cooked and served food to guests.