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Pirates to hold Jan. 31 tryout sto sing anthem

Missed your shot at “American Idol”?


Here’s a chance to show off your voice in the most wonderful way we know before a genuinely appreciative audience at our own beautiful ballpark:

Sing the national anthem before spring training games at McKechnie Field.

The Pirates will be holding auditions Jan. 31 at the ol’ ballyard on Ninth Street West beginning at 10 a.m.

Call Ryan Taylor at (941) 747-3031, ext. 4354, for details.

By the way, multi-game ticket packages go on sale at the McKechnie ticket office Saturday at 10 a.m.

Individual game tickets go on sale Jan. 24.

Call (877) 893-2827 or visit: for details.

n MHS cheerleading captain Lauren Souris is 18 on Saturday.

n Theresa Stewart, the real brains behind the inner workings of the Manatee County School District’s high school network, is retiring after 35 years.

The 1968 Southeast grad was a secretary at her alma mater from 1974 to 2000, then moved downtown working for administrators such as Herb Tschappat, Roy Larson and Angela Essig.

Today is her last day.

n PHS cheerleader Bethany Saxon is 17 on Monday, the day of the Manatee County Fair’s cheerleading competition.

n Among the teachers vying for 106.5 CTQ’s Teacher of the Month are Braden River Elementary’s Joni Ramer, Johnson Middle’s Ann Cruikshank and Dawn Patterson of Imagine Charter School.

Vote early and often at:

n Richard Parrott, whose skill behind the Shake Pit grill reflects his training at MTI’s Culinary Arts Programs, is 18.

Janine and Mike feel old.

n One of the many people moved by Joan Medlin’s passing at Harllee Middle was former student X-Tavia Bailey, now an Amer-I-Can administrator at Sugg Middle.

Medlin, who spent 34 years at the school, was her sixth-grade advanced English teacher.

“She was more than a teacher,” Bailey said. “She was a soft spirit who always stays with you. She is the one who helped me turn everything around because she believed in me. I loved her.”

Medlin, 59, died Dec. 27.

n Cork’s Cigar Bar, 425 Old Main St., celebrates its first anniversary Saturday. The fun starts at 7 p.m. with the Gumbo Boogie Band.

Call 744-2589.

n LRHS Marching Mustang contra bassist Chas Caughell is 16. And clarinetists Danielle and Kate Konen are 17.

n Ditto for LRHS cheerleader Amanda Richards. JV cheerleader Carrie Salter is “Sweet 16” and Abigail Jackson is 15.

Vin’s People, by columnist Vin Mannix, runs Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.Please call Vin at 745-7055 or e-mail