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Hometown newspaper of Manatee County since 1922, the Bradenton Herald has mirrored its community's growth -- from the tiny agricultural-and-fishing town of Bradenton to today's bustling, high-growth metropolitan area and sought-after tourist destination -- without losing its small-town charm.
You'll find the best local report available, from breaking news to education coverage and neighborly good news. From the Bradenton Herald to the most popular and well viewed website, Bradenton.com, is the heart of the modern Herald media operation.
In 1922, the Bradenton Herald, a weekly that had been in existence since the turn of the century, merged with another weekly, The Manatee River Journal. The result was The Evening Herald, which was published Monday through Saturday until 1926, when the Saturday publication was replaced by a Sunday edition and the name was changed to The Bradenton Herald. The Saturday edition was resumed in 1953.
The Bradenton Herald was sold to the R. W. Page Corp. of Columbus, Ga., in 1925 and then to Knight Newspapers, Inc. in 1973. In 1974, Knight Newspapers and Ridder Publications merged, and The Bradenton Herald became a Knight Ridder newspaper. In 2006, the Bradenton Herald was one of the newspapers included in the sale of Knight Ridder newspapers to The McClatchy Company.