As part of the fourth Project Gratitude event, 20 wives and daughters of fallen U.S. military members will be invited to the Miss America pageant Saturday, Jan. 12, in Las Vegas. In honor of their loved ones, each woman will be pinned by former Miss Americas with a crown pin to symbolize their status as an honorary Miss America.
Included in the honorees are Sarasota residents, Betsy Jackson and her daughter, Kiera, the wife and daughter of Chief Warrant Officer Kyle Jackson, who was killed in Mosul, Iraq. The Jacksons and other families will receive VIP treatment during their stay, before being recognized on Saturday.
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Deputies make arrest in murder investigation
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has charged 25-year-old Karli Wilbanks with second-degree murder in connection the shooting death of her boyfriend Michael Goodman.
City, county closures scheduled for Labor Day
Government offices in Sarasota County, the city of Sarasota, Longboat Key and East County will close Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.