The text must've made Brad Scarbrough do a double take last Friday evening.
An assistant principal at Buffalo Creek Middle School, he had a busy first week helping ready the place for the start of another year when the message arrived at home.
A goat was on the loose!
One of the school FFA program's three pygmy goats had shimmied out of its pen and was on the lam on the Parrish campus not far from the Scarbrough abode.
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So Dad and daughter, Ciarra, a Lakewood Ranch High sophomore, headed to school to herd the escapee back to safety.
Now Brad's wife, Sharon, principal at Haile Middle, calls him a "goat-getter."
Tanner Pippins is 1. Courtney and Taylor are proud.
Jeanette Hocking's 80th birthday celebration will be magnificent. Along with husband, Leroy, and daughter, Beth Hocking, she's going on Viking River Cruises' "Danube Waltz." It's an eight-day journey enjoying Europe's Old World charm along the fabled river from Passau, Germany, through Vienna, Austria, to Budapest, Hungary.
My man, Mike Henry, former Herald sports writer, is publicity assistant at Tampa Bay Downs.
The Manatee High Sugar 'Canes punched another ticket to nationals at Universal Dance Association summer camp under director Angela Babroski. They won home routine, earned a superior rating and received the leadership award voted on by other teams.
The Sugar 'Canes are captain Rachel Rothfeld, co-captain Alyssa Kopinsky, lieutenants Kaylee Martin and Camryn Williams, dance officers Alexandra Mackey, Sarah Melancon, Sabrina Partridge and Lucie Walsh, as well as Lauren Blair, Silvana Bravo, Emily Conner, Morgan Dahlmann, Samantha Kish, Molly Kopinsky, Olivia Lake, Raquel Lespasio, Daisha Mann, Shyla Mann, Sophia Metallo, Genevieve Murdoch, Nikki Polly, Kaylee Riley, Rachel Roberts, Samantha Simmons, Carlysa Telemaque, Riley Titsworth, Sara Trinci, Shea Whittaker and Skyla Yost.
By the way, the Mr. Sugar 'Cane pageant is Oct. 10. Sugar 'Cane alum, Kymberli Nance, a Blake Medical Center registered nurse and Tampa Bay Bucs cheerleader, will co-host with yours truly.
That's 60 years for Harry and Jane McGown-Bell.
B'town's Marilyn Phillips, with Phi Beta Psi's Beta Kappa chapter, was installed as the civic sorority's southeast province organizer. A past state and chapter president, she is responsible for encouraging chapter growth in
Ben Murphy and Maggie Archbold are on a cross-country trip to settle in Seattle.
Casey and Rusty Russell will be married 68 years Sept. 2, a doubly meaningful date for Rusty. It's the 70th anniversary of Japan's formal surrender, ending World War II. Rusty was a U.S. Navy Seabee, who helped build the runway on the Pacific island of Tinian for the launch of the Enola Gay, the B-29 bomber that dropped the first A-bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, precipitating the war's end.
Bob Loffredo is 68 years young.
The Manatee Community Action Agency, which provides education, counseling services and parenting skills, has created "The 200," a donor program to help earn matching funds during Sept. 2's 24-hour Giving Challenge. Call Barbara Patten at 941-827-2887, ext. 7901, for details.
Last month I joked about no longer having to buy a Surf City, N.J., beach badge because I'm 65. It resonated with Ed Sobel. The B'town barrister used to be a badge checker when he was 16 in tony Harvey Cedars, two towns over on Long Beach Island.
"We left the old folks alone," Ed said. "We just wanted to enjoy the beach."
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