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Teacher charged with secretly videotaping undressing student

November 19, 2018

HUDSON — Investigators say a Florida teacher confessed to secretly videotaping a high school student as she changed her shirt. Pasco County sheriff's officials say Fivay High School English...more

Oxitec tests halted; Keys next?

November 17, 2018

The government of the Cayman Islands has halted the release of genetically modified mosquitoes, and opponents of the project in the Florida Keys argue the project should be stopped here as...more

Sculptor volunteers to restore gravestones

November 17, 2018

Simon P. Kemp lived in Key West for some or all of his 84 years. His gravestone at the Key West Cemetery says he was born in 1861 and died in 1945.But prior to Friday, no one who passed the...more

The Wright family satisfies customers at the first Miami Subs

November 17, 2018

Starting a business in Key West is fairly easy. Dozens of people offering dozens of products and services open up shop every year.Few survive to celebrate their first anniversary, because staying...more

Stalking man receives additional charges

November 19, 2018

A Marathon man who landed himself in jail on Friday for stalking received additional charges after a teenage girl reported the same man grabbed and kissed her at a soccer game.Julio Roberto Melendez Chavez, 54, was charged with battery, stalking and interfering with the custody of a minor, in addition to his earlier charges of stalking.On Monday, a...more

November 19, 2018

“Regarding the ‘Heritage Tree Program’ article: The facts are this program was brought forth by a handful of local ‘tree activists’ determined to save trees from removal by the Tree Commission. Nice try, though, TC, but I think we all know who the true ‘tree protectors’ are in this town.”“KOTS needs a limit on how long you’re allowed to stay there. Bums are coming here in droves to live rent...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Councilman looks to close deadly pass

November 14, 2018

ISLAMORADA — A local councilman wants to ban his own boat from a narrow channel off Whale Harbor, along with other motorized craft.“I’m a guilty offender myself,” Village Councilman Mike Forster...more

Early morning crash fatal for pedestrian

November 14, 2018

MARATHON — An early morning traffic incident left a man dead last Friday morning after he was struck by a passing vehicle on U.S. 1.Around 6:30 a.m., a pedestrian was walking on the northbound...more

Homestead hunter lands biggest python

November 14, 2018

HOMESTEAD — One of the South Florida Water Management District’s snake hunters last week killed the largest Burmese python caught so far in the state — a 17-foot, 5-inch female weighing 120...more

Lease of reservoir land called ‘shameful’

November 14, 2018

SOUTH FLORIDA — Everglades advocates and Florida’s potential next governor this week objected to an unexpected lease extension granted to a sugar company farming the site of a future reservoir —...more

Editorials

Thank you, Key West

November 17, 2018

I feel like I constantly repeat myself when saying this, but I think this is the most amazing small town in the country! The next day after Hurricane Michael hit the Panhandle, I sat at my desk...more

Cheers and Jeers

November 10, 2018

Cheers: to Mayor Craig Cates for his 10-year tenure at the helm of the Key West city government. Cates is an ardent supporter of the community and has devoted his time to countless causes over...more

Snowbirds gardening in Paradise

November 10, 2018

Timing is everything in so many things and gardening is no exception. Full-time residents of the Keys enjoy myriad delights of the summer – glorious blooming shrubs and bountiful quantities of...more

Mid-term season ends — What does our future hold?

November 6, 2018

Now that the mid-term election season is mercifully over, what can we expect in the coming months? Even a crystal ball probably wouldn’t tell us exactly where we go from here. The nation’s...more

Sports

Conchs cash in early during opener

November 19, 2018

There was nothing affable about the very physical “friendly match” on Saturday afternoon as the Key West High School boys soccer team welcomed Hialeah Senior High to Tommy Roberts Memorial...more

Lady Conchs have potential but must find way to develop grit

November 17, 2018

The season started off much better for the Key West High girls soccer team and second-year head coach Tom Bellingham.The Lady Conchs took an easy 4-1 win over District 16-2A opponent Florida...more

Tournament inspired by 41st US President George Bush honors war heroes, benefits Florida Keys fishing guides

November 17, 2018

ISLAMORADA — Cheeca Lodge and Spa recently announced results of its sixth annual All American Backcountry Fishing Tournament, held Nov. 8-10, in Islamorada. The event gathered the industry’s...more

What they lack in skill, Lady Fins make up with emotion, purpose

November 17, 2018

Third-year Marathon High girls soccer coach Kelly Struyf has a good idea of her team’s strengths and what needs work after their 6-0 win against Archbishop Carroll on Wednesday night at home.The...more