For the first time, a Manatee County historic site was chosen by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation to be on their 2018 Florida's 11 to Save list: the Patten House in Ellenton.
The Lakewood Ranch High softball team is two wins away from capturing the program's first state championship. The Mustangs face Orange Park Oakleaf in the Class 8A state semifinals on Tuesday at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach.
The Baltimore County police officer who was killed as she investigated a suspicious vehicle had recently won an award for solving a rash of holiday package thefts.
Crime continues to be on the decline in Manatee County, with a 11.6 percent decrease in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement annual report.
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