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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Island ushers in Independence Day
Fireworks explode over the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach July 3, ushering in the holiday in Manatee County. Another Island fireworks display is set to take place July 4 at the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Fourth weekly winner: Gridiron grab
Kim Klement of Bradenton entered this Top Notch shot of a September 2006 game in Gainesville with University of Florida safety Tony Joiner, UF cornerback Reggie Lewis and University of Southern Mississippi wide receiver Rodney Gray reaching for a ball. Klement is the fourth winner in the six weeks of Top Notch, with prizes including front page placement for her photo and an Islander newspaper "more-than-a-mullet wrapper" T-shirt. Her entry will go into the pool of weekly winners to be eligible for the grand prize of $100 from the newspaper and a bevy of gift certificates and prizes from Islander advertisers.
Record grant for Anna Maria By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Thank freshman Anna Maria City Commissioner JoAnn Mattick for delivering the largest non-matching funds grant ever to the city.
Bradenton Beach mayor's 'confidential' memo released
While secrecy prevails still over the complaint of sexual harassment against the city made by Bradenton Beach code enforcement officer Gail Garneau against former building official Ed McAdam, some records - four pages, including one document previously provided - were produced by city clerk Nora Idso and city attorney Ricinda Perry that set off sparks at city hall.
Latest on lawsuit: The Islander v. Bradenton Beach Mayor Chappie
In response to yet another request by The Islander that the court set the case filed by The Islander against Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie for trial, the latest filing by the city again attempts to avoid a hearing.
GSR owner OK's plan to give him $5.7 million By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
In somewhat of an odd twist to the ongoing GSR Development LLC bankruptcy, co-owner Robert Byrne stands to gain nearly $5.7 million if a reorganization plan is approved by the federal bankruptcy court and successfully implemented.
Two charged with stabbing, false imprisonment Mike Quinn. NewManatee.Com Publisher. Special to The Islander
The Bradenton Police Department, Bradenton Beach Police Department and the Manatee County Sheriff's Office are investigating an incident of a couple who allegedly tried to keep a third person from reporting that they stabbed him and stole a large amount of money.