Scooter Gennett hits big homerun in 2018 MLB all-Star Game

WASHINGTON, D.C. – 18 family members were in Washington, DC to see Cincinnati Reds 2nd baseman play in his first MLB All-Star game. The 89th midsummer classic had a lot of power, and a ton of drama. Because of his power, and the timing of it, Gennett was involved in both. Gennett, the leading hitter in the National League, homered in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game and send it to extra innings. The American League took...

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Toale Brothers funeral homes split over differing management styles

SARASOTA – The Toale Brothers are a divided home these days, both the funeral home business and the family . Two brothers that have been part of the family-owned business have gone their separate ways, even though both will be running funeral homes here on the Suncoast. Curt Toale will remain with Toale Brothers Funeral Home, which has been in the family, and on the Suncoast, since 1948. His brother Robert, and other family members,...

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Manatee County overshot the tentative 2019 property tax

MANATEE COUNTY – Manatee County will have less money from property tax to spend this year. The Manatee County Commission will have $1 million less in property taxes to allocate, and it still has more than $3.7 million in pending funding requests. Departments awaiting that money include the sheriff, state attorney, court clerk, chief judge and county department heads. The property tax base actually is higher for the next fiscal year,...

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Marco In The Ballroom – Why dance is probably for you

LAKEWOOD RANCH – Save the last dance for me. In this final episode of Marco In The Ballroom, Marco travels to Dancing on the Suncoast in Lakewood Ranch and discovers that everybody has a beat, even if they don’t know it. “People gets used to a beat, no matter what that beat is,” Patrick Johnson, owner of Dancing on the Suncoast, says. He’s a former world champion in dance, but he doesn’t talk about that as much as he talks about...

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Manatee oversight committee gaining traction with experience

MANATEE COUNTY – Manatee County’s new financial oversight committee is gaining traction as members settle in to the job. The Manatee School Board Financial Advisory Committee was formed by the school board, but members felt they were being restrained. Initially, the board had been formed to oversee much of the school budget, but then it was restricted to just ensuring the proper spending of $37 million in revenue from the new tax. The...

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