Chalkboard Champions

Past Winners

  November Chalkboard Champion for Sarasota County: Mrs. Conley from Atwater Elementary

We head to North Port for November’s Sarasota County Chalkboard Champion. ABC 7′s Jacqueline Matter takes us to Atwater Elementary to meet first grade teacher Kayla Conley.

October Chalkboard Champion for Manatee County: Mrs. McMahon from Rowlett Academy

BRADENTON, FL (WWSB) - ABC7 is teaming up with Gettel Automotive to celebrate teachers in our community – we’re calling them the Chalkboard Champions.

Local News

Three critically injured in I-75 North rollover crash

Troopers say a 2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 driven by a 28-year-old man from Orange City, Florida blew out a tire around 3:30pm on I-75 North near milemarker 171.

Man found dead inside car in front of Bradenton residence identified

Manatee County investigators are looking for more information after a man was found dead in a car outside of a home in Bradenton.

Man wanted in Sarasota church shooting turns himself in

Joaquin Vasquez-Sosa turned himself in over the weekend. The 41-year-old was wanted on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated battery with a firearm following a shooting in September at a church.

Group releases clams into Sarasota Bay to reduce red tide

Efforts to reduce red tide in Sarasota Bay are now underway.

Sarasota City Commission to discuss potential short-term rental changes

The City of Sarasota has not allowed properties in residential areas to be rented for less than a week since the year 2002, but that could soon change.

76-year-old woman who reportedly died after being pushed by husband identified

Police say Barbara Jones of North Port had been taking care of her husband, 77-year-old Robert Jones, who suffers from the infirmities of aging. Barbara told police her husband pushed her down on Saturday, Nov. 17 while he was receiving care.


  Opening night of The Music Man at Asolo Theatre in Sarasota

A wonderful show that had won numerous Tony Awards on Broadway is premiering tonight in Sarasota. The Music Man opens up to a packed house at the Asolo Theatre.

Venice boy scout troop set to collect nonperishable food items for the South County Food Bank

The holiday time is filled with family, fun and also giving for people in need. The Venice Boy Scout troop 77 will collect food items at the Holiday Parade on Saturday, Nov. 24 for the South County Food Bank.

Commission recommends approval for development of the Siesta Key Promenade

After over 10 years of sitting vacant, Benderson Development wants to build the Siesta Promenade, a series of condos, shops, offices and restaurants, at U.S. 41 and Stickney Point Road. Right now, it’s an open lot where a gas station and mobile homes used to sit.

Alabama women’s prison opens first-of-its-kind lactation room

Women incarcerated at Tutwiler prison now have a place to express breast milk.

Happy 70th to Pines of Sarasota

Pines of Sarasota held a ceremony to mark its 70th anniversary.

No turkey for Thanksgiving? Join 5 local churches who will be serving Thanksgiving dinner

Five Churches will prepare Thanksgiving meals for families around the area.On Thursday, November 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. volunteers from the local Rotary Club will prepare turkeys, stuffing and potatoes.