Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Mile Markers


Man's body found hanging

A Big Pine Key resident on Monday found a man hanging from a tree in a wooded area near the post office, the Sheriff's Office said.

The body was identified as Robert Bryant, 28, of New Jersey, who was in town visiting his brother for about two weeks, sheriff's spokeswoman Becky Herrin said.

His brother told deputies he last saw him on Nov. 27, when they had a disagreement.

Bryant was found about 50 yards in the woods between Wilder Road and Cunningham Lane.

An autopsy report is pending, Herrin said Tuesday.


Botanical Society to meet

The Big Pine Botanical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Lord of the Seas Church, 1250 Key Deer Blvd.

A wide variety of orchids will be for sale starting at 7 p.m. and resuming again after the business meeting.

Ernie Hudson, of Sea Cloud Orchids of Orlando, will be there for a question and answer session.

The event is always open to the public.

Refreshments will be served. For questions, contact Peggy at 305-744-0241.


Holiday Helpers' happy hour

Bartender's tips will benefit The Holiday Helpers of the Florida Keys from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at The Bottle Cap, 1128 Simonton St.

Holiday Helpers comprises members of groups including the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Key West Police Department and Wesley House Family Services. They have pooled their resources to more efficiently help needy families.

Attendees may -- but don't have to -- bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate.

Special guest bartenders will include Bill Hobie and Loretta from SUN-FM. For more information, call Wesley House at 305-809-5025 or email