Author Archives: Bonner Joy

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A Glorious Morning

A crowd gathers at the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach on Easter Sunday, April 16, for the annual sunrise service organized by the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island. Representatives from the island churches are involved in the celebration that takes as the sun rises in the east. Islander Photos: Jack Elka

No-contest plea leads to DUI probation

A Georgia man was sentenced to 12 months probation in connection with an arrest a year ago for driving impaired in Holmes Beach. Twelfth Circuit Judge Charles Sniffin April 10 ordered Thomas B. Cannon, 29, of Savanah, Georgia, to complete a DUI program, receive evaluation and treatment, if necessary, and attend a victim impact panel. […]

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Break on the beach

Beachgoers begin to arrive April 14 at Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach. The final week of spring break began a day early, with many taking a holiday on Good Friday. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

Island police blotter – 04-19-2017

Anna Maria March 31, 700 block of North Shore Drive, suspicious incident. Wooden boards were found atop a chair that had been moved behind a residence. Police reported it looked like a makeshift ladder. No entry was made to the second-floor balcony. April 1, 100 block of South Bay Boulevard, theft. While parked at the […]

Obituaries – 04-19-2017

Charles M. ‘Mel’ Bennett, Charles M. “Mel” Bennett, 85, Bradenton, died April 8. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all he met. He was born Oct. 20, 1931, in Heaters, West Virginia, to the late Alva Robinson and Mamie Gay (Singleton) Bennett. He was married to Nancy Rae Carter Bennett, who […]

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ITEMS FOR SALE MICROWAVE: ABOVE-STOVE, like new, $75. Photo enlarger, Beseler model 230, $100. 941-356-1456. COMPUTER: DELL DUAL core, refurbished, $60. 941-756-6728. ANTIQUE PARTNER DESK: All wood, $1,000. See at The Islander office, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. FOUR OAK OFFICE chairs: Antiques, perfect for eclectic dining set. The Islander newspaper, 3218 E. Bay […]

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Wild dolphin show

A dolphin racing toward the shore jumped from the shallow water at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria and Carl Conn of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, had his Nikon Coolpix with a zoom lens ready. “I was surprised to see it come into 2-3 feet of water,” he said. Conn has spent winters on Anna Maria Island for […]

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Holmes Beach woman arrested for driving, drugs

Kelly Jo Keiter, 49, of Holmes Beach, was arrested March 27 in Holmes Beach for violating a court-ordered probation, driving on a suspended license and carrying 23 pills without a prescription. Holmes Beach police stopped Keiter at 11:52 p.m. in a westbound Nissan in the 700 block of Manatee Avenue. She was traveling 54 mph […]