Honor Flight raising funds to fly Bradenton-Sarasota vets to World War II Memorial

Bradenton-Sarasota vets need funds for WWII trip

MANATEE -- Honor Flight® of West Central Florida is about $5,000 short of the $31,000 it needs to finance "Mission 22," an all-expense-paid round-trip June 23 for 80 World War II veterans from Manatee and Sarasota counties to visit Washington, D.C.

Honor Flights are free for veterans accompanied by escorts and medical staff.

The nonprofit brings the veterans together for a day of camaraderie to honor their service to the nation as they visit the World War II Memorial.

More than 300 local World War II veterans are on the Honor Flight waiting list. They average 91 years of age.

Donations may be made at honorflightwcf.org/donate-today.html or by check at Honor Flight of West Central Florida, P.O. Box 55661, St. Petersburg FL 33732. Specify "Mission 22" in donations or via email to info@honorflightwcf.org.

Robotic arm system to be presented to the public

BRADENTON -- Manatee Memorial Hospital invites the community to interact with the MAKOplasty Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday in the Tower Lobby.

Dr. John Ayres, an orthopedic surgeon at Manatee Memorial, will discuss how the robot is used to perform partial knee resurfacing and total hip replacement.

SCF receives highest accreditation for 10 years

BRADENTON -- State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, has received reaffirmation of accreditation for a full 10 years with no sanctions from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The full accreditation is the highest rating an educational institution can achieve from the regional accrediting body.

SACS officials met with college employees in October and reviewed documentation compiled during a rigorous, yearlong preparation.

"Accreditation is key to maintaining our credibility and position in the higher education arena of our region and state," said SCF President Carol Probstfeld. "This is what distinguishes us as a state institution and ensures our students that their degree has value and recognition."

Accreditation also ensures easy transfer of course credits to other institutions and makes SCF eligible for financial aid disbursed annually to SCF students.

Florida Highway Patrol to conduct DUI wolfpack detail

MANATEE -- The Florida Highway Patrol will hold a DUI wolfpack operation from 9 p.m. Friday until 4 a.m. Saturday in Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto, Hardee and Highlands counties. 

The wolfpack operation will focus on Interstate 75 and major state and county roadways. FHP troopers will be mobile while monitoring traffic to maximize visibility and effectiveness in removing impaired drivers from the roadways.

-- Herald staff reports