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Helen Braun

Helen (Bardwell) Braun, 99, died peacefully from natural causes in her home with her family by her side. Helen was born April 19, 1925 in Isabella County, Michigan. She attended a small county …

Gwenell Lee

Sister Gwenell Elma Grace Lee, lovingly referred to as "Elma Grace" or "Grace," was born February 3, 1938, in Ellenton, Florida, to the late Alma Ree Langston-Freeman and Alex Langston. She attended …

Kelly Billeris

Kelly M Billeris, (Calliope Cosmas Margaritis Billeris), 100 years and 6 months, born on November 5th, 1923 in Palmetto Florida, a lifelong resident of Palmetto, joined her husband Nicholas Billeris …

Joan Reynolds

Joan B. Reynolds, age 93, of Bradenton, FL, and formerly of Virginia Gardens, FL, passed away April 3, 2024. Joan met and fell in love with John W. Reynolds in Miami, FL, and in 1956 they were …

Sunday Favorites: Pioneer Women of Sarasota

Every great city has a legacy shaped by trailblazing women. This week, we delve into the stories of Sarasota's pioneering women, whose vision and determination built the vibrant city we know today.

Cortez Man Jailed Following Shooting Incident

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting that took place at a residence in the 3900 block of 116th St W in Cortez on Thursday evening. A 911 call was placed …

Free Speech for Me, But Not for Thee?

Manatee County Commissioner Kevin Van Ostenbridge fully embraced “free speech” when he ran for office in 2020. However, when it comes to the speech of the citizens he claims to represent, …

Red Tide Status Update: 6/7/24

Red Tide was not observed in samples collected statewide over the past week. We continue to use satellite imagery (USF and NOAA NCCOS) to help track nearshore and offshore conditions. No reports …

Of all the movies ever made in Florida — “Body Heat,” “Cocoon,” and “Spring Breakers,” to name a few — the one with the oddest concept was “The …

Despite a claim by the Joe Biden campaign earlier this year that “ Florida is in play ,” there’s been little indication so far in 2024 that the Sunshine State won’t go for …

On a good day in December 1983, I cooked Vienna sausages and grits on a borrowed kerosene heater that—in my poverty-stricken state—felt like another mouth to feed. Every day, I had to buy …

In the first of two public hearings, Manatee County Commissioners moved forward with their plan to significantly underfund infrastructure required by rampant development by collecting far less in …

Savor Sarasota: B&B Chophouse and Market

I recently had the chance to visit B&B Chophouse and Market in Lakewood Ranch for the annual Savor Sarasota event, during which participating restaurants offer three-course …

Manatee County's Island Parking Garage Myth

The district-switching County Commissioner, Kevin Van Ostenbridge, continues to pursue his ill-conceived parking garage plan by searching for funding through a public-private partnership. The county …

Interview: Robert Cray

If ever an artist firmly stood at the intersection of rhythm and blues it’s Robert Cray. While the Georgia native has earned numerous accolades (and quite a number of Grammys) for his acumen as …

An attempt to reinforce Americans’ access to contraception failed Wednesday when U.S. Senate Republicans blocked a bill from advancing toward final passage.

The BioFile: Rowdy Tellez

Ryan John "Rowdy" Tellez is the first baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He has previously played for the Toronto Blue Jays and Milwaukee Brewers.

Bears in unexpected places and what you should do

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is sharing the annual reminder that juvenile black bears might be seen in unexpected areas as they leave their mothers’ home ranges …

Weekend Sounds: June 7-9

BRADENTON — A Summer and Soul flea market, a gypsy-jazz troubadour, and an American Idol alum are just some of the talents you can see this weekend. Be sure to stay in the know for another …

Rita Blankenhorn

Rita Reinette Blankenhorn, 91, formerly of Orlando, died peacefully on Sunday, May 12, 2024. She was born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont on June 20, 1932 to the late Isaac and Adeline (Garand) Duperron. …

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