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Manatee County teachers awarded grants

Manatee County teachers awarded grants

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida -- Twenty Manatee County teachers and one private school teacher were among the 206 educators across the District's 16-county region awarded Splash! school grants on Dec. 20 through the Southwest Florida Management District.

Mary Margaret Hull, lead communications coordinator, attributed the effectiveness of the grant program in Manatee County to the strong partnership with Manatee County Schools, which helped get the word out to teachers. Judy Griffin, Manatee County curriculum specialist, serves as the District’s liaison to teachers.

“These teachers are receiving a small amount of money but are able to accomplish so much,” Hull said in a statement. “Grant recipients also use the District’s collection of curriculum materials and other free educational resources.”

Long-time executive Lajoie passes away

Long-time executive Lajoie passes away

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Bill Lajoie, a long-time major league baseball executive who lived near Sarasota, passed away Tuesday at the age of 76. He had most recently served as a special assistant to Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington.


"Mr. Lajoie impacted the lives and careers of a countless number of players, scouts and front office executives," Huntington said. "He was a terrific evaluator of talent, an outstanding baseball man, a tremendous mentor and a better friend."


Following his nine-year playing career in the minor leagues, Lajoie began his front office career as a scout with the Tigers in 1974.


He rose to assistant general manager five years later and was the general manager of the 1984 Detroit team that won the World Series. He was also in charge of putting together the Tigers' 1987 American League East-winning team that fell in the League Championship Series to Minnesota.

Manatee County deputies search for runaway teen girl

Manatee County deputies search for runaway teen girl

Bradenton, FL - Deputies are looking for 16-year-old Jessica Nichole Johnes, who likely ran away and may be in the company of 22-year-old Efren Pacheco.

Jessica's parents last saw her when they left for work at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning. When they returned home to the 3000 block of 75th Ter. E., she was gone. Jessica was scheduled to have an appointment with her therapist at 4:30 p.m.

A note found on Jessica's bedroom floor stated that she was going to Texas to start a new life, but did not mention that she would be traveling with anyone, or how she would be traveling. The neighborhood was canvassed to no avail. The Greyhound bus station was also checked in an attempt to locate Jessica. There were no signs of forced entry to the residence, and no signs of a struggle.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jessica Johnes or Efren Pacheco should contact the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.

Missing Bradenton woman needs medications

Missing Bradenton woman needs medications

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities are looking for a missing 84-year-old Bradenton woman who needs her medications.

Police say Naomi Sanders left her adult living facility on Friday with a 56-year-old male acquaintance from Virginia, Richard "Tony" Krajnyak, who was last seen driving a dark blue four-door sedan. Sanders hasn't been seen since. The pair may be headed to the Blacksburg, Va. area.

Sanders is a white woman with blue eyes, gray hair, and is 4 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs between 90-100 pounds. She was last seen wearing her glasses, a white jacket, and black pants.

Anyone with information about Sanders is asked to call the Bradenton Police Department at 941-932-9300 or a local law enforcement agency.

100 Forgotten Angels children still need gifts!

100 Forgotten Angels children still need gifts!

Bradenton, FL – The Salvation Army in Manatee County needs everyone's help to give the Forgotten Angels children a merry Christmas.

Despite the eager community response, ONE HUNDRED names were still not chosen from our community Angel Trees as of Wednesday, December 15. This means that specific gift donations were not made for the children that fall into this Forgotten Angels category.

Not willing to allow even one child to go without on Christmas morning, The Salvation Army has been asking some community groups and donors to provide items that could be used for a wide range of children. Needed gift items include books, toys or games for a variety of ages, clothing, and learning items.