Increased security remains as Manatee County students return to school

January 7, 2013 

Increased securityat schools

MANATEE -- Law enforcement agencies will continue increased patrols near school grounds as Manatee County students return to school Tuesday.

"The sheriff has indicated they will maintain the same level of security prior to the holiday with increased visibility," said Margi Nanney, school district spokeswoman.

Security was increased at schools across the country after a gunman killed 20 students and six faculty members on Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Special event plannedfor Axel the pit bull

PALMETTO -- No Kill Manatee invites the community to a special event at 2 p.m. Jan. 9 at Manatee County Animal Services, 305 25th St. W., Palmetto.

Axel, the pit bull who was hit in the head with an axe-like object, is going to a foster home. He will leave his friends at Beach Veterinary Clinic, where he has convalesced since he was found with his injury in November, and go to Animal Services with his foster mom, Trisha Robinson, trainer and owner of Dawg Phonics.

Axel also will meet his fans and be reunited with Animal Services officer Steve Bell, who rescued him and took him straight to Beach Vet.

More information can be found on Axel's Facebook fan page,

Registration under wayfor Senior Games

MANATEE COUNTY -- Registration has begun for the 24th annual Gulf Coast Senior Games, a series of athletic competitions held in Manatee and Sarasota counties Feb. 19-24.

Each year more than 400 athletes ages 50 and older compete in the Gulf Coast Senior Games. It is one of 19 regional qualifying events across Florida that determine participants in the statewide Senior Games to be held in December in Polk County.

Sixteen sports and competitions include golf, archery, shuffleboard, basketball, bocce, bowling, cribbage, cycling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, racquetball, a 5K road race, swimming, table tennis, tennis and track and field.

Registration fee is $12 and includes an event T-shirt. There is also a $3 fee for each event. The top five finishers in each event will advance to the state games.

Participants can register by visiting and clicking on Register Now. Registration must be completed by Feb. 1. For more information, call Jalwan at 941-742-5932, ext. 6023.

-- Herald staff reports

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