+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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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.