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Slideshow: Latest from Manatee County
  • A close-up of Snooty’s flippers show his fingernails. The manatee is related to the elephant. Snooty, the oldest-known manatee in captivity, is celebrating his 66th birthday soon. (Photo: Virginia Johnson, staff)
  • The hair on Snooty’s snout is little grayer than it was 20 years ago, but his caretakers say he is in good health. (Photo: Virginia Johnson, staff)
  • In this photo, Snooty the manatee lifts himself out of the water by his flippers to greet people—no small feat for the 1000 plus pound sea mammal! (Photo: Virginia Johnson, staff)
  • Bay News 9 Photographer Bobby Collins gets a Snooty close up in the manatee’s medical treatment pool. The oldest-known manatee in captivity is celebrating his 66th birthday at his home in the South Florida Museum in Bradenton on Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Photo: Virginia Johnson, staff)
  • Snooty is currently 'fostering' two manatees through the South Florida Museum’s Manatee Rehabilitation Program. These two manatees were rescued from the wild suffering from cold stress, but have both recovered. (Photo: Virginia Johnson, staff)
  • Selah Freedom CEO Elizabeth Fisher, left, helps prepare the east Bradenton house that will become a home for victims of sex trafficking.
  • Curators at the South Florida Museum are repackaging mocassins so they each show has its own individual space instead of being packed together in the same box. (Photo: South Florida Museum)
  • Tiffany Birakis, Assistant Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at South Florida Museum, is part of the staff that is repacking the museum's artifacts. (Photo: South Florida Museum)
  • Curators at the South Florida Museum are repackaging artifacts in its collection so as to better preserve them while the artifacts are in storage. (Photo: South Florida Museum)
  • Mote Marine Laboratory staffers pose with a boat that was recently purchased for its animal stranding program. (Photo: Mote Marine Laboratory)
  • Circus performer Christian Stoinev explains his balancing act while his partner, Scooby, takes a nap on his lap. The duo are part of the Summer Circus Spectacular, which is being held at the Ringling Museum of Art through Aug. 2. (Photo: Bobby Collins, staff)
  • Former Manatee school administrator Robert Gagnon speaks to the press shortly after an administrative judge recommended that he be reinstated with the school district. Gagnon had been suspended as a result of an investigation into allegations against former Manatee High football coach Rod Frazier.
  • A group of visitors watch as Glenn Wiseman, who has volunteered with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring group for 16 years, carefully digs to find the exact location of the clutch of turtle eggs. (Photo: Virginia Johnson, staff)
  • Jay Urevich proposed to Daralynn Boustead last week. The unforgettable proposal in downtown Bradenton involved nearly 200 people. (Photo courtesy: Daralynn Boustead)
  • West Manatee Fire Rescue Station No. 2 has been newly remodeled, and now the fire station is roughly three times the size of the original building. (Photo: Tiffany Tompkins/Bradenton Herald)
  • Crews are working to repair the Lake Manatee dam by June 14. Officials are concerned erosion in the dam could cause problems if it isn't repaired before the rainy season gets underway.
  • Manatee County Sheriff's Office Deputy Joseph Scott, center, is applauded during Thursday night's Manatee County Hundred Club spring award dinner at the Renaissance on 9th in Bradenton. Scott was named Officer of the Year. (Courtesy:  Paul Videla/Bradenton Herald)
  • Curator Samantha Sprague uses an iPad to help a group of students in New York have a virtual field trip with Snooty the manatee at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton.
  • Teenagers hang out at the skate park that is part of Bradenton's Riverwalk. Riverwalk has proved to be so popular that officials are considering expanding it.
  • A second barge has washed onto a Bay area beach. An unsecured barge washed up onto Longboat Key in Manatee County early Wednesday.
  • Whiting Preston and his family have been farming on 1,300 acres of land in West Bradenton for 50 years. Now, they are looking to transform the property, and they are asking for feedback from area residents.
  • The Da Vinci Machines Exhibition features about 60 of the famed inventor and artist's inventions. The show has been so popular that organizers have already extended it twice.
  • Volunteers at Whispering Ranches Feed have been caring for 17 malnourished horses that were recently rescued from a farm. They're holding a fundraiser today to benefit the animals.
  • Dakota Smith, 15, was shot and killed Thursday night on 13th Avenue E in Bradenton while he was walking home from a visit with friends. His funeral has been set for Sunday.
  • Olympic figure skaters Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay were honored by the Manatee County Commission on Tuesday. The pair competed in Sochi at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
  • This display in the exhibition 'Plastics Unwrapped' on display at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton until May 4, shows milestones in plastic. (Photo: Bobby Collins, staff)
  • Police said the 3-month-old puppy was having trouble breathing and his eyes had swollen shut after Ephrian Myles poured hot sauce all over him. (Photo: Sarasota Police Department)
  • Friends and family gathered to remember 15-year-old Dakota Smith who was shot walking home Thursday night on 13th Avenue East, near the Dream Center.
  • Friends and family gathered to remember 15-year-old Dakota Smith who was shot walking home Thursday night on 13th Avenue East, near the Dream Center.
  • Volunteer Tabitha Abrams feeds one of the 17 horses rescued during a huge raid on a Bradenton animal sanctuary in February. (Photo: Summer Smith, staff)
  • The city of Palmetto is getting ready to start a $1 million construction project on the Riverside Boat Ramp in Palmetto. (Photo: Community Redevelopment Agency)
  • The new ramp will be extended from two to three boat launch accesses, the channel will be dredged, and additional dockage will be added to accommodate waiting boats. (Photo: Community Redevelopment Agency rendering)
  • Ruth Pierre-Charles, 17, is collecting donations of pairs of jeans, which will then be distributed to homeless teenagers in Manatee County.
  • A crowd came out to Ed’s Tavern in Lakewood Ranch on Wednesday night to cheer on one Olympic team that practices in the Bay area.
  • Boxes of food were distributed to dozens in need at the St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church in Bradenton on Wednesday.
  • Traffic backs up across the Green Bridge over the Manatee River. The gridlock has gotten so bad that Palmetto Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant has asked for a state study.
  • Nathan Bartholomay and Felicia Zhang trained for the Olympics at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex. Friends and fans will gather at the Beef O'Brady's in Lakewood Ranch tonight to watch them compete on TV.
  • Henry Lawrence, a football superstar, is running as a Democrat in the November race against incumbent Vern Buchanan, who has been in the seat since 2007.
  • After months of being closed due to a kitchen fire back in September, and delays caused by the cold wet weather, the historic Rod & Reel restaurant and fishing pier on Anna Maria Island has reopened.
  • Friends and family gathered to remember 72-year-old Jane Evers, the woman who started the non-profit Feeding Empty Little Tummies a few years ago.
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