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December 27, 2001

Mr. Manatee mailbox regains its pilfered Santa Claus outfit
The suit and hat arrive one morning on the owners' front porch. The Santa beard arrives separately on another morning.

Ex-council member, vocal advocate dies
"He'd just love to rattle the chains of the politicians and bureaucrats," a friend says of Earnest "Ernie" Olsen.

The Search, Chapter 3
Our story so far: Josh Walker was making the rounds at the Florida Power plant when he stumbled upon his friend Randy Patterson, bleeding from a knife wound in the chest. Before help could arrive, Randy had died. Josh endures endless interrogation of police officials and returns home after midnight to get a strange phone call.

Rebuilt Cove blends old, new
The wings are as good as ever, regulars say. So what's new at the pub that burned in June? A karaoke stage, walk-in beer cooler and more.

Events chill county business
The Sept. 11 attacks and an ailing economy caused some pain in 2001, but not all the year's news was bad.

Civitan throws yule party for kids
LECANTO -- East Citrus Civitan wanted to do something special for students at CREST School for Christmas. After all, said Civitan member Frank Lewis, "the main thrust of Civitan is helping individuals with special needs."

Central's O'Sullivan closing in on goal
The standout senior midfielder is on the brink of scoring a position on a college soccer team.  

Other North Suncoast news
  • Holidays hamper inquiry
  • Retailer, county fight over fireworks tents
  • Fire-rescue faces fiscal emergency of its own
  • Roof crew members injured in collapse
  • Welcome to Dodge, but watch your step
  • Police reports
  • Charges piled on driver after hit and run
  • Schools tussling with mandated pay raise
  • Gift returns trickle in
  • Charter school wants more
  • We need a senator who understands our county's needs
  • Gunning for the title
  • AAU team fills in for Canadian team as Conquistadors' opponent
  • Eagle adjusting to Florida life again
  • Mustang's playing days all but over at Mitchell
  • Man accused of attacking boy

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