Mark Pelham is comforted by mother Sheleagh after he escaped from a burning apartment in Holmes Beach last week.
Insert: The northside apartment of an elevated duplex in Holmes Beach caught fire Friday afternoon, with damages estimated at $50,000. West Manatee Fire Rescue firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze, which started at the front entrance. Officials have determined the fire was set deliberately. Islander Photos: Paul Roat
Arson fire causes $50,000 to Holmes Beach home By Paul Roat
Mark Pelham was napping when he woke up to the smell of smoke at about 3 p.m. Friday. He thought the smell was from the ongoing wildfires that have plagued the region until he noticed flames over the door - the only door - of his upstairs apartment in Holmes Beach.
'Immediate' hearing requested in public records lawsuit By Paul Roat
Circuit Court Judge Peter Dubensky heard arguments last week on the Bradenton Beach motions to dismiss the lawsuit filed by The Islander regarding records requests related to the resignation of the city's former building official, Ed Mc Adam, in the wake of sexual harassment charges made by a city employee.
Top Notch: First weekly winner also 2006 grand prize winner
The grand prize winner from among six weekly award-winning photos in the 2006 "Top Notch" Islander photo contest is 'Hermit' by Kim Klement of Bradenton. Her shot was the first winner on June 28 and was taken at Andros Island in the Bahamas in May. She can claim her grand prize, including $100 from The Islander, a dining certificate from Ooh La La! Bistro, a bottle of champagne from Anna Maria Island Liquor and Wine, dinner for two at a Chiles Group Restaurant and framing of the winning photo by Decor and More. Congratulations to all the winners - and be watching next week for our featured runnersup.
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