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34 suffer minor injuries in Florida bus collision

May 20, 2019

LAKELAND — Authorities say two charter buses carrying Florida children with learning disabilities crashed, sending 34 people to a hospital with minor injuries. The Tampa Bay Times reports...more

Boot camp revives the lost art of letter writing

May 20, 2019

SARASOTA — Some 2,000 years before the printing press became a thing, a queen of Persia named Atossa did something historians say had never been done before. Stylus in hand, she committed her...more

Man guilty of threatening congressman, judge

May 20, 2019

JACKSONVILLE — A Florida man has been convicted of threatening a judge and a congressman. The Florida Times-Union reports that 44-year-old Kojo Khayrallah was found guilty Friday of two...more

Sails to Rails Museum offers sensory stroll through the past

May 18, 2019

From the days of Spanish galleons and four-masted schooners navigating the high seas and the treacherous reefs concealed beneath the waves, to the back-breaking — and life-ending — work it took...more

Broken tag light leads to drug trafficking arrests

May 20, 2019

A Marathon man and woman were arrested Friday for various drug-related charges after deputies pulled them over for having a tag light out.Vantrail Lee Moore, 29, and Kaitlyn Dinese Lanford, were both charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and tampering with evidence. Moore was also...more

May 20, 2019

“To the reader who would like to ban all ‘granny bikes’ from downtown, noting that ‘if you can’t ride a regular bike, you shouldn’t ride a bike at all.’ Three-wheel bikes are fantastic for running all sorts of errands that can not be accomplished on a two-wheeler. Snowbirds (of any age) on [three-wheelers] can keep 2,000-pound SUVs off the Overseas Highway and out of Key West!”“Glad to see:...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Brewery joins fight to save reef from deadly disease

May 15, 2019

ISLAMORADA — A quaff for coral at a May 17 event in Islamorada may help preserve the Florida Keys reef tract. “This is something that strikes home to me as a Keys native,” said Cheryl McBay,...more

Business offers custom cabinets for the home

May 15, 2019

ISLAMORADA — A kitchen or bathroom upgrade literally can light up a homeowner’s life, says interior designer Janet Wood. Custom cabinets now come with drawers that illuminate the contents,...more

Fire district sending commissioner to conference

May 15, 2019

KEY LARGO — The Key Largo Fire Rescue & Emergency Medical Services board has approved sending Commissioner George Mirabella to the Florida Association of Special Districts Annual Conference,...more

Loggerhead sea turtles returning to nest

May 15, 2019

ISLAMORADA — Trails tell the tale of the loggerhead sea turtles’ arrival in the Florida Keys. “They’re here. We believe we have a nest now,” Sandi Williams, a longtime Save-A-Turtle beach...more

Editorials

Dog owners must be responsible, considerate

May 18, 2019

We love our dogs. We spoil them, we photograph them, we even enter them in parades. There’s no denying our unadulterated affection for our furry friends. Not only that, but Key West and rest of...more

Cheers and Jeers

May 11, 2019

Cheers: To the Key West City Commission and mayor for extending the contract of City Manager Jim Scholl through Oct. 1. With the city’s budget due at that time, it is wise to have a proven...more

New education legislation threatens core values

May 11, 2019

Every time I think that the state Legislature has gone too far, they go even further. So, I choose once again — during National Teacher Appreciation Month — to point out the bigger picture...more

What is affordable housing?

May 4, 2019

There’s a development taking place to create “workforce housing” where workforce housing already existed. It doesn’t get any cheaper to own your own trailer and pay rent for the small plot of...more

Sports

‘Fins learn lessons from past and about future

May 20, 2019

Thursday’s spring game for Marathon High, in essence, encapsulated the past, present and future for the Dolphins as they took on Everglades Prep, who will be in town for the season opener in the...more

Early runs enough for Pace to advance past Conchs

May 20, 2019

The atmosphere at The Rex was simply electric for the Florida High School Athletic Association Region 4-5A baseball semifinals between longtime rivals Key West High and Monsignor Pace. “This...more

Outmanned Conchs set base for fall

May 20, 2019

Strictly by sheer numbers, the Key West High football team — which dressed only 29 players for its spring game on Saturday night — was simply outmatched by the 70-man roster sent out by Palmetto...more

Team chemistry assisted Wilson with record-setting senior year

May 18, 2019

It was a record year for the Key West High girls lacrosse team. For the first time in their four years of existence, the Lady Conchs won their first District 32 Championship with a stout...more