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For nearly three decades, Florida school board elections have been nonpartisan. But this November, under Amendment  1, voters could choose the political approach, which would allow Democrats, …

Yes, you read that headline right. For the first six months of fiscal ’24, Manatee County generated a surplus of $492.0 million. Revenues were 1.017 Billion – up 51% from fiscal …

BOCC Approves Satcher's Request for More Funding

On Tuesday, the Manatee County Commission approved Supervisor of Elections James Satcher’s request for an FY24 budget increase in a 4-1 vote. Though few details were provided …

SB 280 , a controversial bill passed in this year's session, has yet to become law. In fact, it has not even been sent to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for consideration.

Faith, a 14-year-old from Bradenton, struggles with cystic fibrosis but is in her happy place while she’s making music. Thanks to a custom "she-shed" from Make-A-Wish Southern …

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, hit a grand slam with its newest exhibit, which opened on May 25. Anything and everyone connected to baseball, for as far …

The Florida Lottery recently unveiled four new Scratch-Off games. The games range in price from $1 to $5 and offer more than $157 million in total cash prizes. All Lottery …

Manatee County Accepting Applications for Tourist Development Council

Manatee County is seeking qualified applicants to fill two openings on its nine-member Tourist Development Council. The TDC makes recommendations to the Board of County …

Warren Allen

Warren Allen,82, passed away on May 20, 2024. He was a US Navy Veteran. Warren is survived by Wife, Mary Allen; Sons: Todd (Kim) and Scott …

James Flinn

James Gary Flinn, affectionately known as "Coach Gary" to many, passed away on May 10, 2024 at home with his family by his side. Born to John …

Nicholas Kosco

Nicholas J. Kosco, 80, passed away on May 16, 2024. He was a graduate of Manatee High School and Manatee Jr. College. Nicholas earned a Bachelor …

William Pierce

William "Bill" Alfred Pierce, age 92, passed away peacefully at the Tidewell Hospice House in Bradenton on April 22, 2024. He was born to …

Cecilia Ross

Gwen passed away at home surrounded by family and friends May 9, 2024; Gwen was turning 91 in June of this year. A remarkable lady who …

Ellen Morrison

Ellen Young Morrison (80), of Bradenton, FL, passed away peacefully with her sons at her bedside on Wednesday, May 15th 2024 at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center from complications of lymphoma.

Roger Simonis

Roger W. Simonis, 77, of Bradenton, FL, formerly of Ravenna, OH, passed away peacefully on 23 May 2024, at Tidewell Hospice in Bradenton, FL. He was born in Tiffin, OH, the son of William F. and …

Steve Peterson

Steve Peterson, 60, was born September 7, 1963, to the late Eddie Peterson and Addie Mae Fort Peterson in Bradenton, Florida. He passed away peacefully at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, with …

Anne Polito

Anne M. Polito, age 88, passed away on May 3, 2024. Beloved wife of the late Richard. Loving mother of MaryAnne Ellsworth (Steve) and the late Michele Napolitano. Grandmother to Stephen Anthony …

Eva Tynes-Presley

Eva Mae Tynes-Presley was born November 16, 1950, in Bradenton, Florida, to the late Tom Weissinger and Janie E. Tynes-Corbett-Williams. Eva accepted Christ and was baptized at a young age here …

In the final part of our series, we explore the utopian society built by freedom seekers and other members of the Maroon community near the Manatee Mineral Spring in present-day East Bradenton. This is the story of Angola.

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