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Years can’t keep up with ageless physician

A bow to Dr. Charles Hudson.

The ageless chiropractor celebrates his 50th year at his practice at 3002 Manatee Ave. W. — a two-lane road when he opened his office in 1959.

Hudson, who is 77 years young, will observe the personal milestone at his office on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The public is invited.

Among the topics of conversation, no doubt, will be Hudson’s softball prowess.

He’s played on several national and world championship teams in senior softball as recently as three years ago. He and his brother, George, now a retired chiropractor, also won three state championships in fast pitch softball in the 1970s.

A Navy corpsman during the Korean War, Hudson and his wife MaryAnn have been married 51 years and have five children. Their sons are Dr. Brent Hudson, who practices with his father, and Dr. Mark Hudson, who has his own chiropractic office nearby.

Their daughters are Sandy Rocklein, a Florida Southern volleyball All-America and Hall of Famer and MCC Sports Hall of Fame inductee, as well as Cheryl Johnson and Lisa Stobaugh.

The Hudsons have three grandchildren, Liam and Ethan Hudson and Elijah Stobaugh.

n Mary Ledbetter, a novice artist, won best of show in the water color division of the Manatee County Fair with “Banjo Man.”

She is 90 years young.

Mary and husband Selman moved here in 1959 and have lived at Freedom Village since 2003.

She was a solid golfer for years at SaraBay Country Club — three holes in one! — before she gave up the game at 87.

Then Mary took up water color painting, took lessons, read art books and practiced, practiced, practiced.

She is a member of the Art Association of Manatee County.

n LRHS varsity cheerleader Stacey Railsback is 18. And JV cheerleader Renee Rogers is 15.

n Crime Stoppers of Manatee County held its annual banquet recently and among its election results were:

President Steve Rowland, who is also president of the Florida Association of Crime Stoppers, vice-president Renee Stockwell, treasurer Glenna Campana, secretary Sue Ciccione, and at-large directors Jim Brand, Robert Burns and Linda McAbee.

Among the President’s Award Winners were:

Members of the Year — Matt and Tonya Bloome, Media Partner of the Year — METV/Charles Clapsaddle, Business Partner — Bradenton Country Club, and Law Enforcement Officer of the Year — Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine.

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