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Friday, January 18, 2013
Mile Markers

KEY WEST

JIATF-S oversees mission

The Key West-based Joint Interagency Task Force South coordinated a Coast Guard and Navy team that recently seized some 600 pounds of cocaine from a go-fast boat off El Salvador.

Tipped off by a Coast Guard plane, Guardsmen and crew on the Navy's USS Gary -- based in San Diego -- boarded the boat Jan. 4, according to a press release.

They reportedly found 318 bales of drugs in a hidden compartment that tested positive for cocaine. Two people on board were detained.

KEY WEST

Forum on kids, violence Wednesday

The One Island Family congregation will hold a public forum at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 801 Georgia St., to discuss children and violence in light of the fatal school shootings in Newtown, Conn.

Wednesday marks 40 days and nights since the massacre, a suitable period of mourning and reflection, said the Rev. Randy Becker, who is organizing the event. The open forum will be "as much about listening as about speaking," he said, and is meant to help the community deal with painful issues in a respectful manner.

"Yes, gun control may be one factor we need to discuss and discern, but there are so many other factors, from cultural attitudes to mental health issues to the widespread sensationalism of such occurrences," said Becker.

LOWER KEYS

Power company offers discount

Enrollment for Keys Energy Services' discount program for residential customers who are senior citizens or disabled veterans is open now through March 31. Customers previously in the program must requalify.

If qualified, a $9.53 discount will be applied to monthly energy bills in 2013.

On the date of application, the customer must be at least 62 years old, and eligible veterans must be deemed totally or permanently disabled. Annual 2013 household income cannot exceed $30,396. Applications must be completed, signed and returned by March 31; find one at 1001 James St., www.keysenergy.com/forms/SrCitizenDiscountApp.pdf, or by calling 305-295-1090.