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Slideshow: Latest from Manatee County
  • 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)
  • Austin Anderson holds the shark he caught while on a fishing trip off Anna Maria Island. Behind him stands first mate Christopher Galati, left, his mother Tonia, middle, and captain Chip Gore, right. (Photo: Chip Gore)
  • Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore says her proof is pictures of hundreds of birds hooked and killed by people being careless with their lines along Manatee fishing docks.
  • Army Sgt. 1st Class Ommy Irizarry died Sunday when a small plane crashed with him and his daughter, Oceana, while they walked on a beach near Venice. Oceana died Tuesday. (Photo courtesy Irizarry family)
  • According to Sheriff W. Brad Steube, 17-year-old Teria’le Rawls died early Monday en route to a Sarasota hospital. Rawls was looking forward to her senior year at Riverview High School in Sarasota. (Photos courtesy: Tina Parkes)
  • According to officials, the pilot of the 1972 Piper Cherokee, 57-year-old Karl Kokomoor, of Englewood, reported the plane was in distress around 2:45 p.m. and could not make it back to the airport. He attempted to land on the beach.
  • A man was killed and his daughter was injured after a plane crashed on a beach in Venice on Sunday.
  • Pastor Lawrence Livingston is part of a group of religious leaders and residents who organized to get community money to build sidewalks and repave roads in a Palmetto neighborhood.
  • Al O'Grady of Lakewood Ranch examines some of the latest damage done by wild hogs in the community. July 2014
  • A close-up of Snooty’s flippers show his fingernails. The manatee is related to the elephant. Snooty, the oldest-known manatee in captivity, is celebrating his 66th birthday soon. (Photo: Virginia Johnson, staff)
  • The hair on Snooty’s snout is little grayer than it was 20 years ago, but his caretakers say he is in good health. (Photo: Virginia Johnson, staff)
  • In this photo, Snooty the manatee lifts himself out of the water by his flippers to greet people—no small feat for the 1000 plus pound sea mammal! (Photo: Virginia Johnson, staff)
  • Bay News 9 Photographer Bobby Collins gets a Snooty close up in the manatee’s medical treatment pool. The oldest-known manatee in captivity is celebrating his 66th birthday at his home in the South Florida Museum in Bradenton on Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Photo: Virginia Johnson, staff)
  • Snooty is currently 'fostering' two manatees through the South Florida Museum’s Manatee Rehabilitation Program. These two manatees were rescued from the wild suffering from cold stress, but have both recovered. (Photo: Virginia Johnson, staff)
  • Selah Freedom CEO Elizabeth Fisher, left, helps prepare the east Bradenton house that will become a home for victims of sex trafficking.
  • Curators at the South Florida Museum are repackaging mocassins so they each show has its own individual space instead of being packed together in the same box. (Photo: South Florida Museum)
  • Tiffany Birakis, Assistant Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at South Florida Museum, is part of the staff that is repacking the museum's artifacts. (Photo: South Florida Museum)
  • Curators at the South Florida Museum are repackaging artifacts in its collection so as to better preserve them while the artifacts are in storage. (Photo: South Florida Museum)
  • Mote Marine Laboratory staffers pose with a boat that was recently purchased for its animal stranding program. (Photo: Mote Marine Laboratory)
  • Circus performer Christian Stoinev explains his balancing act while his partner, Scooby, takes a nap on his lap. The duo are part of the Summer Circus Spectacular, which is being held at the Ringling Museum of Art through Aug. 2. (Photo: Bobby Collins, staff)
  • Former Manatee school administrator Robert Gagnon speaks to the press shortly after an administrative judge recommended that he be reinstated with the school district. Gagnon had been suspended as a result of an investigation into allegations against former Manatee High football coach Rod Frazier.
  • A group of visitors watch as Glenn Wiseman, who has volunteered with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring group for 16 years, carefully digs to find the exact location of the clutch of turtle eggs. (Photo: Virginia Johnson, staff)
  • Jay Urevich proposed to Daralynn Boustead last week. The unforgettable proposal in downtown Bradenton involved nearly 200 people. (Photo courtesy: Daralynn Boustead)
  • West Manatee Fire Rescue Station No. 2 has been newly remodeled, and now the fire station is roughly three times the size of the original building. (Photo: Tiffany Tompkins/Bradenton Herald)
  • Crews are working to repair the Lake Manatee dam by June 14. Officials are concerned erosion in the dam could cause problems if it isn't repaired before the rainy season gets underway.
  • Manatee County Sheriff's Office Deputy Joseph Scott, center, is applauded during Thursday night's Manatee County Hundred Club spring award dinner at the Renaissance on 9th in Bradenton. Scott was named Officer of the Year. (Courtesy:  Paul Videla/Bradenton Herald)
  • Curator Samantha Sprague uses an iPad to help a group of students in New York have a virtual field trip with Snooty the manatee at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton.
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