+Manatee School Board approves budget plan
+Sarasota County Schools train for emergency situations
Law enforcement and first responders practiced a response to a shooter and bomb situation today at Riverview High School.
+PHOTO GALLERY: Cinderella Project Runway
Each of the eight designers involved in Cinderella Project Runway selected a thrift-store “disaster” dress that they would then transform into the dress of their dreams. Art Center Sarasota filled with friends and family of the designers and their models July 29 for a fashion show of the results.
+Mosquito Management warns of increased threat
Sarasota County Mosquito Management offers some practical tips to keep mosquitoes at bay during this unusually active mosquito season.
+Board plans to buy Iwo Jima statue
The newly-formed Iwo Jima Memorial Project plans to purchase the iconic statue for placement in Manatee or Sarasota County.
Rising home values will bring the district more revenue from property taxes this year — $5.5 million more than last year — although the school board approved a 0.22% reduction in the tax rate.
+Work on Village bollards starts this week
Sarasota County begins crosswalk lighting installation Wednesday, July 31, in Siesta Key Village.
+Theater Review: 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'
It’s very rare when a director takes a rock-solid, classic musical and writes new bookends for it, but Venice Theatre's Brad Wages has placed a cherry on top of the psychedelic sundae that is 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.'
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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.