February 16, 2017 RSS feed / Top News

Getting ready for the boys of summer

Long before the gates open or the crack of the bat and roar of the crowd fills Florida’s spring training ballparks, men and women are at work. More...

Red Sox spring security chief marks 25 years on the job

Steve Blessing has been around Boston Red Sox spring training about as long as two of the team’s best players - right fielder Mookie Betts and shortstop Xander Bogaerts – have been alive. More...

Gerry Adams: A Twins spring icon since 1991

Although Gerry Adams now resides in Memphis, she returns to Fort Myers every year around this time to work Minnesota Twins spring training games at CenturyLink Sports Complex.  When it opened in 1991, it was known as the Lee County Sports Comple More...

15 years later this couple a fixture at the park

Working Minnesota Twins spring training game at CenturyLink Sports Complex is not merely a job for Dick and Linda Mellon.  The Bonita Springs residents have been fixtures at the ballpark for more than 15 years. Mrs. More...

Team broadcasters have seen it all

Joe Castiglione and Dick Bremer have likely seen more Major League Baseball games and been in more big-league stadiums than any fan alive.  More...

Rays broadcaster has been with the team since day 1

Dewayne Staats knows where his heart rests. “My heart is a baseball heart,” he once said. It still applies. More...

This spring training with be first without legendary Ortiz

A quick glance at statistics tells even casual baseball fans that former Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz is an all-time great slugger.  His 541 career homers ranks 17th alltime, ahead of legends such as Mickey Mantle, Jimmie Foxx and Ernie Banks a More...

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Arts & Entertainment News

Get your feet ready BeauSoleil is a comin' into town

It’s music that makes you want to move. Somehow, even though you’re listening with your ears, Cajun music affects your feet. Your entire body wants to respond, sway to the music and twirl on the dance floor. More...

Singer-songwriter John McCutcheon takes the stage

John MCutcheon is that rare breed of musician whose songs make you feel like you’re old friends.  “More often, people come up claiming I’ve been stalking them,” Mr. McCutcheon said with a laugh. More...

A panoramic novel about how America began its global ascent to power

FLORIDA WRITERS

¦ “An Honorable War” by Robert N. Macomber. Pineapple Press. 392 pages. Hardcover, $26.95; trade paperback, $16.95. How does Robert Macomber keep doing this? More...

Be on the lookout for Florida panthers

Two years ago, a camera set up by a biologist captured an image of what appeared to be a female panther in Charlotte County — the first time a female was spotted in this area since the mid- 1970s. More...

COMMUNITY NEWS

Blood drive at Charlotte State Bank OneBlood Inc. is holding a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Murdock office of Charlotte State Bank & Trust, 1100 Tamiami Trail. Look for the Big Red Bus. More...

With new blood, Sox looking to October

The 2017 season may be as easy as 1-2-3 for the Boston Red Sox. They can enter many three-game series this season able to start pitchers in each game who could be staff aces anywhere, or almost anywhere. More...

New blood gives Twins hope

The 2016 Minnesota Twins dug themselves such an impossibly deep hole early in the season they needed Sherpa guides to climb out of it and the Hubble Space Telescope to see first place. More...

Rays look for 2008 magic

The Tampa Bay Rays often look up at the rest of baseball. They finished last in the American League East in 2016. They finished last in attendance in the majors last year, averaging only 15,878 fans per home game at Tropicana Field in St. More...

Grapefruit League promotions

Wacky promotions aren’t typically a part of spring training the way they are during minor-league seasons but big-league teams do schedule extra events during Grapefruit League play. BOSTON RED SOX¦ Feb. More...

Sloppy, Mule, Firpo, Rube or Pinky: Baseball names are iconic

Long before Mookie Betts patrolled right field for the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park, other teams at other Florida spring training parks at other times boasted players with improbable names.  More...

Baseball fans don’t understand people who don’t get baseball

Why doesn’t everyone appreciate its magic and majesty, mythology and history, power and grace, drama and timelessness?  Such is the case, though. It’s fruitless explaining baseball to non-fans.  More...

Business News

Gauging tourism

Study shows exceptional revenue from visitors to Florida in 2015, but counties are wary about a slow-down.

When Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism promoter, hired an Oxford Economics company called Tourism Economics to detail the effect of tourists on the Florida economy last year, Donald Trump had not yet taken office as the 45th president More...

Whole Foods was a half-step behind industry changes, and it hurt

MONEY & INVESTING

People are resistant to change. To most, change makes us feel uncomfortable and scared. I think it probably has to do with our instincts learned long ago when man was constantly in a life-or-death struggle with nature. More...