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Slideshow: Latest from Manatee County
  • Juan Carlos Garcia, far left, and his family joined volunteers from Manatee County Habitat for Humanity as they broke ground on what will soon be his first home. (Photo: Summer Smith, staff)
  • The South Florida Museum's latest National Geographic exhibition 'Ocean Soul' gives visitors a glimpse into the world's oceans.
  • Thursday's sunrise along the Bradenton Riverwalk. After a cold start Thursday, the Bay area will see a nice, sunny afternoon.
  • Manatee County's courthouse was built in 1914. Now the historic courtroom is set to undergo a renovation to bring it back to its original form.
  • Firefighters rescued a dog from a house fire in Bradenton last Thursday. The dog was having trouble breathing, so firefighters took it to an animal clinic for further treatment. The firefighters then paid for the dog's vet bills. (Photo: City of Bradenton Fire Department)
  • One of the 20 baby pygmy Caribbean octopuses that hatched during the last week of December 2014 at Mote Marine Aquarium. (Photo: Mote Marine Laboratory)
  • A cast of the head of Michelangelo's 'David' is part of a new exhibition at the Bradenton Auditorium featuring casts of statues created by Michelangelo and da Vinci. (Photo: Ashley Jeffery, staff)
  • The Privateers had just finished at a parade in Sarasota when a truck crashed into the float. (Photo: Bob Dominas)
  • The Anna Maria Island Privateers pose in front of the Skullywag during the group's Christmas parade last year.
  • Members of the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club brought more than 150 bikes to donate to needy children in their community this Christmas. (Photo: Summer Smith, staff)
  • Nik Wallenda wows his hometown of Sarasota during his latest stunt.
  • Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube and Andres Avalos' family speak on Saturday. Avalos' father urged him to turn himself in.
  • Richard Hazen and Lynn Tran built this large treehouse on the property of the Angel Sea Lodge nearly four years ago. Since then, the treehouse has been the subject of a protracted legal battle between the owners and the city.
  • Bradenton artist Sue Kerr talks about her sculpture 'Three Is Company,' which was inspired by an incident from her teenage years. The artwork is part of an exhibit at Art Center Manatee called 'Matters of the Heart.'
  • According to authorities, firefighter Donald
  • Dr. Bill Bystrom with Palma Sola Animal Clinic gave the deer a sedative, which allowed the rescuers to safely pull the deer out of the hole. (Photo: Wildlife Inc.)
  • The deer fell about 12 feet into a manhole that led to a storm drain in the Rye Wilderness neighborhood of east Bradenton.  (Photo: Wildlife Inc.)
  • The women who are attending New College through the Daughters for Life Foundation are, from left to right: Ayah Tafesh, Rasha Masara, Leen Al-Fatafta, Najla Fawwaz and Loureen Sayej. (Photo: New College of Florida)
  • During sea turtle nesting season, beachgoers are asked to keep lights off at night, avoid any interaction with nesting turtles and avoid all marked sea-turtle nests.
  • A member of the Manatee County Knitters and Crocheters Guild holds up a Knitted Knocker, a softer, more comfortable option for cancer patients who have undergone breast surgery.
  • The Manatee County Knitters and Crocheters Guild meets weekly in Palmetto. Members make hats for newborns and cancer patients, as well as blankets and sweaters for the homeless. (Photo: Summer Smith, staff)
  • Everyday Hero: Louverna Cox, 84, sets up traffic cones in her neighborhood to keep school children safe.
  • Young fans dressed up as their favorite comics and cartoon characters at Mana-Con, which was held Saturday at the Manatee County Central Library in Bradenton.
  • Gov. Rick Scott, who early voted with wife Ann (left) and daughter Allison Thursday in Naples, told a Miami television station Wednesday that he is going to be
  • The city of Bradenton is knocking down abandoned homes in the Village of the Arts in hopes of helping revitalize the area. Artists not only work but also live in the community, consisting of cottages built in the 1920’s and 30’s.
  • Staff members from Mote Marine Laboratory watch as Tom Waldrop and Mike Leworthy release CJ, a juvenile sea turtle, back into the wild. (Photo: Mote Marine Laboratory)
  • The turtle, which the staff named CJ, had suffered a severe boat strike injury. Its upper shell was damaged so severely the turtle’s lungs were visible. (Photo: Mote Marine Laboratory)
  • The Upper Manatee River Road near Rye Road in East Bradenton flooded late Sunday afternoon. (Photo: Summer Smith, staff)
  • Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the Beth Salem House at 3004 53rd Ave. East will soon be gone to make way for a Race Trac gas station.
  • This artist's rendition shows what the new and improved Riverside Drive boat ramp in Palmetto will look at when construction is completed early next year. Groundbreaking on the $1 million project was Monday night.
  • Capt. Anthony Manali throws his net from his boat to catch mullet. Manali fishes off the coast of Anna Maria Island to provide Ed Chiles’ three restaurants with freshly-caught mullet. (Photo: Summer Smith, staff)
  • First-year teacher Renee McGaha said she was excited to learn that she would be teaching sixth-grade English in Manatee County. The county has seen an increase in students, which means the district will need to hire more teachers.
  • Charles B. Smith, left, and Michael Gallen, center, watch as the ballots cast in the Manatee County Commission District 2 race are recounted Thursday. Smith won the primary race by four votes. (Photo: Summer Smith, staff)
  • The driver of a fuel tanker was injured in a rollover crash on northbound Interstate 75 near Fruitville Road in Sarasota Wednesday morning.
  • The Rev. Elizabeth Deibert of Peace Presbyterian Church walks the grounds at the East Manatee location where the church plans to expand its campus. (Photo: Tiffany Tompkins-Condi, Bradenton Herald)
  • Richard Brasil puts the finishing touches on the mural, which he painted on the exterior of Big Earth Landscape Supply in Oneco.
  • Richard Brasil puts the finishing touches on the mural, which he painted on the exterior of Big Earth Landscape Supply in Oneco. (Photo: Summer Smith, staff)
  • Richard Brasil said he was contacted about painting the mural on the exterior of Big Earth Landscape Supply after the company saw another mural he painted a few weeks ago at Keeton’s Office and Art Supply in downtown Bradenton. (Photo: Summer Smith, staff)
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