Clergy fromaround globe to gather here
BRADENTON -- Preachers from the United States, Africa, India and South America are coming to the Bradenton Gospel Tabernacle for the 51th annual International Convention.
More than 100 church representatives will gather in the main church at 1218 Seventh Ave. E., Bradenton, with daily services at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
The convention aims to develop church unity and fellowship and foster co-operation in mission and theological education.
Organizers said the main focus is preaching the Word of God in these challenging times.
Bradenton Gospel Tabernacle Pastor John Marlow, who's led the church 53 years, said the meeting will be a light to strengthen churches and preach the word of God to everyone.
The conference is free and open to the public.
Information: 941-747-5896, 941-447-4423, 941-962-2994.
County to apply for state veterans nursing home
MANATEE -- Manatee County officials said they will apply to become a site for a state nursing home serving veterans.
The state has funding for an additional nursing facility, and 10 areas are being considered, officials said.
Three county-owned sites will be submitted as part of the application, said Ed Hunzeker, county administrator.
Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie called it "a great opportunity," as more than 30,000 veterans live in the county.
The commission Tuesday approved a letter of intent addressed to the state Veterans Administration to nominate a site.
Sen. Rubio staff membersto meet with local residents
BRADENTON -- Staff members representing Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, will be in Bradenton from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W.
They will help Manatee County residents with any issues they are having with federal agencies.
No appointment necessary.
Fundraiser Saturdayfor horses seized in raid
MYAKKA CITY -- Whispering Ranches Feed and Sixteen Hands Horse Sanctuary will stage the "Hope for the Horses" fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for the "Forgotten 17" horses seized from an East Manatee County animal rescue.
Proceeds will go toward feeding horses now being kept at Whispering Ranches as the investigation into Napier's Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary continues.
"All the horses were about 300 pounds underweight when they got here," said Betsy Abrams of Whispering Ranches. "They have all gained about 75 to 100 pounds each."
A veterinarian will soon vaccinate the horses, which they hadn't received for fear they were too weak.
Most horses have had their hooves examined and shoes put on. However, four of them are still too afraid to allow anyone to examine their hooves, Abrams said.
Two are still so afraid that they won't allow workers to walk them into the stables.
"One of them just attacks people, but he is coming around," Abrams said. "We had a horse psychic come out, and she said she could sense violence from the past from the abuse and everything."
The event at Whispering Ranches, 4922 Verna Bethany Road in Myakka City will feature food, music, a silent auction and games. Attendees will be able to meet, sponsor or name a horse.
Information: 941-962-2247 or 941-755-3333.
Keiser University open house scheduled March 8
LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Keiser University's "March into a New Career" open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 8.
The event will focus on careers and employment opportunities available through degree programs at Keiser's Lakewood Ranch campus, 6151 Lake Osprey Drive.
Attendees will learn from students, faculty and alumni about the application process, programs offered and potential career paths.
There will also be hands-on interaction with live classroom and lab demonstrations.
Information: KUOpenHouse.com or call 888-844-8404.
-- Herald staff reports