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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Mark Koenigs listens last week to testimony at his trial for the shooting of Holmes Beach businesswoman Sue Normand at her Island store. Islander Photos: Courtesy Bradenton Herald, photographer Brian Blanco
Sue Normand explains to the jury during the trial how she saw a flash of light and felt a burning in her hip after she was shot by Mark Koenigs Dec. 5, 2007.
Koenigs convicted of Normand shooting by Molly McCartney. Islander Reporter
A six-member jury on Aug. 8 convicted Mark Koenigs, 55, of the Dec. 5, 2007, shooting of Island resident Sue Normand, owner of the Island Mail and More on East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach and the chair of the city’s planning commission.
A paperless news source on the Internet for crime and public safety reports, news and information, marked its sixth anniversary by inviting friends, law enforcement and other media to a celebration Aug. 6 in Bradenton. The event was a surprise for publisher Mike Quinn, second from left, who also received a volunteer service award for the not-for-profit Web site venture, and a letter from President George W. Bush, stating in part, "Through your service to others, you demonstrate the outstanding character of America and help strengthen our country." Pictured are, from left, Kevin Murphy, NewsManatee Inc. vice president-treasurer; president Quinn; photographer Craig Herbert; and vice president-secretary Carole Law Atkins. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Sandbar finally gets site-plan approval by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
It may have taken a bit more time and money than Sandbar Restaurant owner Ed Chiles expected, but a renovation project begun by the restaurant four years ago received final site-plan approval Aug. 5 from the Anna Maria Planning and Zoning Board.
Eric von Hahmann of Cortez won the first stage of Kenny Chesney's Next Big Star competition Aug. 9 at Dallas Bull, a Tampa club, and he will now open the Chesney show at the Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa Aug. 29 before a crowd of 20,000-plus fans. That appearance can lead to a tour of shows in September and an audition for Sony BMG records. Watch out for this rising Manatee County country music star. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
AME principal looks forward to a 'great year' by Diana Bogan. Islander Reporter
Anna Maria School principal Tom Levengood said he is looking forward to a great school year as his staff returns to work refreshed from summer break.
Final public meeting before bridge closure set for Sept. 18 by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Islanders and anyone who uses the Anna Maria Island Bridge will get their last chance to hear and be heard Sept. 18, just 11 days before the Florida Department of Transportation will close the bridge for a planned 45-day period as part of the $9.2 million bridge rehabilitation project.
Thieves target metal on fire hydrants By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
With the price of copper climbing to five times what it was in 2003, thieves have begun targeting metal objects, particularly the brass bolt used to anchor a fire hydrant. Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc.