Next time you see Jim Stewart, he’ll be in the Hall of Fame.
The International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame, that is.
Bradenton’s Top Gun Towing honcho is one of eight inductees being honored in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Saturday.
After 25 years in the business, Jim is being recognized for his work as former president of the Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida and his involvement with legislation for state and local towing ordinances.
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“It’s all about being recognized by your peers,” Jim said. “I feel like I’m on top of the world.”
The Hall of Fame opened in 1995.
n Say it ain’t so! Lynn Pierce is about to hit the Big 5-0! The milestone lands Sept. 21. Fred, Lauren, Jim, Sue, Chris and Sherri are amused.
n That wily ol’ stork made its third visit to Ben and Cori Rigney, who named Emma and Ben Jr.’s new baby brother Noah Grant Rigney.
Grands John and Cherri Rigney and Connie and Ricco Gonzales and great grands Hugh and Jean Holmes, and Janet and Glenn Sherriff are proud.
n Maureen Stewart is 39. Again.
n So is Carol LaClair Hernden.
n Pam Geyer, too.
n Lloyd and Nancy Grantham are wed 57 years. Cheers from Team Grantham.
n The MHS Class of 1960’s 50th reunion is Oct. 8,9,10. Call Carolyn Geis Keller at 792-8460.
n Retiring Manatee School Board member Walter Miller is 75 Saturday and will celebrate the milestone with a family reunion celebration at the Tortuga Inn Beach Resort and Sun House Restaurant.
Team Miller members will be coming from Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Tampa, South Carolina and Wisconsin.
Walter has been on the school board for 12 years and in education for 40.
n Rays fan Louise Wilson is 101 on Monday.
n That’s 50 years of wedded bliss for Lou and Sandi Bury. Cheers from Michael and Kelly Jo Bury.
n United Way boss Jerry Koontz jokes that, after their boffo debut at Tuesday’s campaign kickoff luncheon, he and Manatee UniTunes Tish Jones Tara Donovan and Bronwyn Beightol have several gigs lined up: “Funerals and divorce parties.”
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