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Lakeland Branch NAACP 72nd Annual Freedom Fund Banquet

            From left to right: Ruben Garcia, Brain Haas, Shandale Terrell and Sheriff Grady Judd.   On Saturday April 20th, the Lakeland Branch NAACP held their 72ndAnnual Freedom Fund Banquet at the Lake Mirror Auditorium. The Keynote Speaker for the sold-out banquet was BrainHaas, State Attorney for the 10th Judicial Circuit. The Theme for this year was:…

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Ventell Bryant

Athlete Discusses His Path To The Draft And Beyond

VENTELL BRYANT   A Tampa native, Ventell Bryantattended local schools. He was a wide receiver at Jefferson High School and helped lead his team to a 10-2 record during his final season there, while also graduating with honors. After graduation, he played for Temple, where he was redshirted as a freshman. He went on to…

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Brenika and Brentasia Newton

Missing Identical Twins Found Safe

Brenika and Brentasia Newton   The St. Petersburg Police Department has located identical twin girls. They have been safely reunited with their family. The girls were reported missing Wednesday after they failed to return home from school. and Brentasia Newton, 11-years-old, are students at John Hopkins Middle School. They were supposed to arrive home around 5…

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Commander Melvin Collins

Military Organizations Plan 24th Annual Memorial Day Program

MELVIN COLLINS Commander VFW Post 1339   MIGUEL H. LAPUZ, M.D. Keynote Speaker   LANCE CORPORAL JOHN BELL, JR.   BY IRIS B. HOLTON Sentinel City Editor   For nearly a quarter of a century, a group of local veterans have held a program to recognize deceased veterans. This year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars…

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Angie and VeVe

Singing Duo Has Embarked On A New Venture

ANGIE AND VEVE Catching Up With Vision Of Harmony   BY GWEN HAYES Sentinel Editor    Angela and Valencia have always had a heart for children and have turned that passion into a colorful creation called, “Angie, VeVe and Me,” an Educational Cooking and Crafting TV Show for families and kids.   In addition to cooking and crafting,…

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Harmony Shellman

Steinbrenner High Salutatorian To Attend University Of Florida

HARMONY SHELLMAN … First Black Salutatorian at Steinbrenner High School   BY IRIS B. HOLTON Sentinel City Editor   Steinbrenner High School graduates will meet on June 1stat the Florida State Fairgrounds. When they assemble,Harmony Shellman will be on the stage. She holds the distinction of becoming the first African American Salutatorian at Steinbrenner High…

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N'Jhari Jackson and Employees

Grad Wins $20,000 Athletic Scholarship From Footlocker

N’Jhari Jackson is shown holding the $20,000 scholarship with Brandon Footlocker employees Josh Spence, Jorge Cantos, James Garrett, Christopher Ventura, Joseph Pierman, and Kristina Garrett.   N’Jhari is shown with his mother, Ms. Lashina Lewis and Travis Garrett, his mentor and Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor. N’Jhari is shown with educator Ross Anderson, founder of…

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Frank Wilson, Jr.

Police Search For Elderly, Endangered Missing Man

FRANK WILSON, JR. … Missing since Wednesday night   The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help to locate an elderly man. He walked away from his residence in the 5100 block of Cresthill Drive, Wednesday. According to police, Frank Wilson, Jr., is 70-years-old, and stands 5’11”. He weighs 150 pounds and was last seen…

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Bartholomew Banks, Jr.

Son Of Prominent Minister Dies After Illness

BARTHOLOMEW BANKS, JR. 10/19/1978 — 5/19/2019   BY IRIS B. HOLTON Sentinel City Editor               The son of prominent minister and popular Tampa family died following an illness.Mr. Bartholomew Banks, Jr., was 40-years-old. According to his father, Rev. Bartholomew (Bart) Banks, Sr., pastor of St. John Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, his son was discovered at…

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