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Buddies reunite, remember 2011 shark-bite

Lee White, from left, Connor Bystrom, CJ Wickersham showing off his shark-bite scar, Max Gazzo, Kiera Gazzo, Oceanna White and Katie Mattas. Islander Courtesy Photo

Five years ago after Charles “C.J.” Wickersham suffered a life-threatening shark bite, he and the young people who rallied to his rescue held a reunion of sorts. The group gathered for a dinner earlier this month. Wickersham and friends Oceanna …

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Star-struck burglar heads back to jail

The Bradenton man charged with the 2015 burglary of a beachfront home he claimed to own with singer-songwriter Mariah Carey was ordered into custody by the 12th Circuit Court. Jason Lowell James, 37, was up for a competency review Sept. …

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Bradenton Beach renourishment project sees more delays

A chain-link fence blocks public access to the beach at 10th Street South, where a damaged erosion-control groin is closed to the public in Bradenton Beach. The fence, along with heavy equipment stored near the dunes, will remain until two damaged sections on the groin — one of three newly constructed groins — is replaced. Islander Photo: Kristin Swain

It’s become a running joke in Bradenton Beach to say the beach groins project is almost complete. For a while, it looked like the project to rebuild the three erosion-control groins at Cortez Beach between Sixth and 13th streets south …

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Students march to the flag circle on the AME campus

Students march to the flag circle on the AME campus Sept. 23 following the drum corps from Manatee High School. The permanent peace circle stands on the school grounds with flags from around the world, where students, teachers, caregivers and …

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City hall toasts city clerk’s retirement

Former Anna Maria Mayors Sue Lynn, left, and Fran Barford, and present Mayor Dan Murphy attend the retirement celebration in chambers Sept. 22 in honor of city clerk Diane Percycoe, right, who is retiring at the end of the month …

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Island police blotter – 09-28-2016

Anna Maria No reports. Anna Maria is policed by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.   Bradenton Beach Sept. 13, 100 block of Gulf Drive South, domestic disturbance. A Bradenton Beach police officer responded to a report of a couple arguing …

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Real Estate – 09-28-2016

103 47th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,184 sfla / 2,313 sfur 3bed/3½bath/1car home built in 1945 on a 10,000 sq ft lot was sold 08/25/16, McClenahan to Cooper for $1,075,000; list $1,150,000. 604 Ambassador Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,540 sfla …

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Obituaries – 09-28-2016

Scott Joseph Booth Scott Joseph Booth, 50, of Bradenton, died Sept. 17. He was born in North Miami and came to Bradenton in 1978. Mr. Booth was a 1985 graduate of Manatee High School, went to college at North East …

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Sports – 09-28-2016

Waterfront Restaurant player Evan Talucci steadies the basketball and surveys the court as Kenneth Neiring defends for Harry’s Grill — and Natalie Talucci checks a Harry’s player for her brother — during youth basketball league playoff action at the Center of Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy

Waterfront halts Sugar Beach’s bid for basketball perfection Based on the lead up in the regular basketball season, players for Sugar Beach Digital Photography should have walked out of the gym Sept. 21 at the Center of Anna Maria Island …

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Fishing – 09-28-2016

Terry Tomesko shows off her 12-pound red snapper caught Sept. 20 using a pin fish and then released. She was targeting grouper on an offshore charter with Capt Warren Girle.

Waterfront halts Sugar Beach’s bid for basketball perfection Based on the lead up in the regular basketball season, players for Sugar Beach Digital Photography should have walked out of the gym Sept. 21 at the Center of Anna Maria Island …

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