+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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Commission savors the sunshine
The weather on Longboat Key was cloudy on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 11, but the Longboat Key Town Commission stayed in the sunshine, as far as the Longboat Observer could tell.
Resident keeps eye on the pie
Inspired by her mother’s homemade banana cream pie, Bird Key resident Kim Manning had a sweet idea: key lime with a twist.
Show us your spirit this season
This week, our reporters will make our final decisions on our favorite displays of holiday cheer for our “Spirit of the Season” contest. This year’s competition isn’t limited to lights.