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Ceremony celebrates Bethel AME Church historic marker

February 22, 2019

For 149 years, the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Bahama Village has been a beacon of spiritual guidance in the community, no matter its location.Established in 1878 and originally...more

Coast Guard rescues 2 from sinking vessel near Key Largo

February 22, 2019

The Coast Guard rescued two people from a sinking vessel Thursday approximately 3 miles east of Key Largo.Rescued were Eric Kample, 40, and Robert Pflugh, 56.At approximately 4 a.m., Coast Guard...more

Judge wants early 2020 trial in Florida school shooting

February 22, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE — Trial should begin in early 2020 for the suspect in a Florida high school massacre that left 17 people dead last year, a judge said at a hearing Thursday. Circuit Judge...more

Man arrested for 2018 burglary of Grace Lutheran School

February 22, 2019

After months of investigating a burglary at Grace Lutheran School, the Key West Police Department arrested a suspect on Sunday following a DNA match from blood found on scene.Robert H. Vallaster,...more

Man charged with robbery with firearm

February 22, 2019

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Marathon man on Tuesday after he allegedly robbed a teenager at gunpoint with a BB gun.Osvaldo Torna Rodriguez, 45, was charged with robbery with a firearm.Around 9 p.m., a Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to the 200 block of 41st Street and met with the 14-year-old victim, who reported being robbed the...more

February 22, 2019

“According to your press account, after the shop owner was ordered to close his store for five days on account of three separate confirmed code violations, he and his lawyer ‘thanked the city officials.’ We would hope so. In cases involving three or more violations, the city manager has the legal authority to order either a total revocation of a cosmetic shop’s license, or a suspension of...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Islamorada school may close doors

February 20, 2019

ISLAMORADA — Island Christian School, an Islamorada institution for nearly five decades, may close its classroom doors for good in late May.A final decision on the future of the Pre-K through...more

Ramrod Key trio finds creativity amid hurricane’s destruction

February 20, 2019

LOWER KEYS — After dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Ramrod Key, three local artists decided to get “salty.”Dawn Davis, Terri Colonna and Katty Crews came together to support their...more

Schools, organizations honored with awards

February 20, 2019

MONROE COUNTY — Several schools and organizations were recognized with Great Educational Moments, or GEM, awards by the Monroe County School District last week. Two schools also received state...more

Sculpture trail piece could move south to FDOT property

February 20, 2019

ISLAMORADA — Three statues acquired as a Florida Keys art project need a home.Islamorada Village Council members, meeting Feb. 21, will consider asking the Florida Department of Transportation to...more

Editorials

KOTS isn’t going anywhere

February 22, 2019

I was having coffee at McDonalds and sitting in the next booth were 3 KOTS residents reading Timothy O’Hara’s article on the never ending county-city-sheriff talks of relocating the shelter.They...more

Let’s make a deal

February 22, 2019

Well done, Monroe County citizens. Goal 109 crashed and burned at a packed Monroe County Commission Goal 109 special meeting. We dodged a bullet on that one. High-density apartment complexes...more

Key West Mayor Teri Johnston: The first 100 days

February 18, 2019

It is easy to be excited and hopeful when you have an engaged community that cares. My first 100 days as Mayor have been filled with opportunities because Key Westers are ready for a change and...more

Cheers and Jeers

February 16, 2019

Cheers: to Fury and the City Commission for taking another look at the Bight lease and for reopening the bid process. Questions were raised that were not adequately addressed and some of the...more

Sports

MEN’S OVER-37 SOFTBALL: Morays ensure Snappers fall down on their luck

February 22, 2019

“The third time ...” is a bunch of garbage as far as Rich’s Snappers are concerned after they were thumped, 28-18, on Friday night by the T&W Chevron Auto Repair Morays in Men’s Over-37...more

PREP DISTRICT 16-1A WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS: HUNT FOR 10 STRAIGHT — Well-rounded Conchs all business entering postseason

February 22, 2019

It is not exactly breaking news that the Key West High wrestling team has dominated District 16-1A during Chaz Jimenez’s time as head coach. But the extent of the dominance is extraordinary.If...more

YOUTH BASKETBALL: Teams knock down 40 apiece midway through PAL season

February 21, 2019

The Blue Heaven Spurs and Douglass Rockets put up big numbers in recent Youth Police Athletic League Basketball at the Douglass Gym. The Spurs hammered the nets for 44 points, while the...more

YOUTH HOCKEY: Fast-paced play highlights 25th opener

February 21, 2019

The Southernmost Hockey Club began its 25th anniversary on Friday with the opening of the 2019 youth hockey season at the newly resurfaced Southernmost Hockey Rink. A pair of 18-and-Under...more