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Federal prison guard charged with taking bribes

October 14, 2019

MIAMI — Authorities say a federal prison guard in Florida has been charged with smuggling cell phones, cigarettes and other contraband into the facility where he worked. Court records shows...more

Gatorland’s rare white alligators move into new home

October 14, 2019

ORLANDO — Gatorland has built new homes for some of its most distinctive-looking residents, thus creating an exhibit for a rare albino gator and two even-more-rare leucistic gators. The White...more

Judge who gave jail to missing juror facing backlash

October 14, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH — Some community leaders say a Florida judge should be disciplined after sentencing a man who overslept and skipped jury service to 10 days in jail. Palm Beach County...more

No candidates in sight, but Florida Democrats energized

October 14, 2019

LAKE BUENA VISTA — Even with no presidential candidate in sight at their state convention on Saturday, Florida Democratic leaders said grassroots party members are energized to defeat President...more

Marine GPS burglar nabbed after pursuit that ends in Miami-Dade

October 2, 2019

A 42-year-old Tallahassee man fled from deputies after he stole two GPS units from the West Marine store in Islamorada over the weekend. A man named Lawyer Jason Thornton fled north Sunday afternoon from Islamorada, striking another vehicle, through Key Largo, onto the 18-Mile Stretch and into Miami-Dade County, where Florida Highway Patrol and...more

October 14, 2019

“Get your facts straight, you who preach about the HAWK lights. Straight from the DOT notice: flashing red lights mean that you can proceed through the crosswalk if the pedestrian has cleared. That is why the cop did not stop.”“Ignorance leads to arrogance! That is what has happened with field use at HOB. The City of Key West maintains the field for community use, yet the football program...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Sewer plant’s initial solar project complete

October 9, 2019

KEY LARGO — The final 105 solar panels have been brought online at the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District main plant, completing the district’s initial solar effort and generating about the...more

Bra brigade takes the bridge in fight against cancer

October 9, 2019

KEY LARGO — A pink bra brigade as part of the first annual Key Largo Bridge Bra Walk will slowly wend its way over the Jewfish Creek Bridge on Oct. 20 as part of an effort to support women...more

Bradeen calls attention to Honor Flight program

October 9, 2019

ISLAMORADA — “Of all the things I’ve done in my life, this is up there with the best,” Islamorada charterboat captain Skip Bradeen said of his journey with Honor Flight South Florida. And the...more

Congregation moving to former school

October 9, 2019

ISLAMORADA — Island Community Church’s congregation will be moving, but not very far. A building that has served as the church sanctuary for 45 years was put up for sale this week. Island...more

Editorials

Cheers and Jeers

October 12, 2019

Cheers: To Gov. Ron DeSantis for proposing a minimum wage raise for Florida teachers to $47,500 annually. It’s a good start, but the entire wage scale needs to increase for all teachers....more

Finding compassion for people you don’t like

October 12, 2019

You can choose your friends, but not your colleagues. If you are lucky, most of the people you work with are easy to get along with, but there is sometimes someone we just don’t like. There are...more

Little things add up — and up …

October 12, 2019

I just made Japanese-style chicken from a recipe I found online. I printed out a list of ingredients and headed for the grocery store, because for some reason, I couldn’t find anything called...more

Time marches on for Twain favorites in ‘Huck Out West’

October 12, 2019

In this Mark Twain sequel, “Huck Out West” by Robert Coover, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are now grown and their story picks up in the 1870s in the Black Hills of South Dakota.After working...more

Sports

Dolphins lead for first time, but fall late

October 14, 2019

The improvements are easily noticeable for the Marathon High football team during the last three weeks as the Dolphins have improved their scoring by a touchdown in each game. In fact, for the...more

Hurricanes come up just inches short in overtime

October 14, 2019

Sideways rain battered the Coral Shores and St. John Paul II football teams in overtime as the Hurricanes’ offense stepped to the ball on a fourth-down play from the 2-yard line needing to score,...more

George Mira Field garners notation as ‘Park of the Week’

October 12, 2019

There was reason for the Key West Youth Football League to celebrate on Saturday after they were named the Park of the Week by the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance. The OBYFA, which hosts...more

Trio of Key West swimmers claim five medals at State Championships

October 12, 2019

Through their efforts at the Area 11 Games, three Monroe County swimmers — Michael Neri, Kai Simcic-Swanton and Emily Walker — garnered berths into the 2019 Special Olympics State Swim...more