In Their Own Words

In memory: Jessica Lynn Irwin

In memory: Jessica Lynn Irwin

August 11, 1984 – March 11, 2017 Yesterday I wrote the hardest 135 words of my life – my best friend’s obituary. Today isn’t any easier. It all began in the front row in Ms. Young’s fourth grade class. She was a tiny blonde, too talkative, free spirit sitting right next to the goodie-goodie-cried-when-she-forgot-her-homework me. […]

Opinion: The People’s Amphitheater

Opinion: The People’s Amphitheater

The idea of an amphitheater as a component of the Truman Waterfront Park has been in place since the original Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRACC) Plan approved in 1998. On May 1, 1999 (Resolution 99-151) the city voted to apply to the U.S. Department of Interior for a public benefit conveyance, which included backup […]

Celebrating the Holidays in Style

Celebrating the Holidays in Style

By Leah Maki Tis the season for cookie baking, tree decorating, and Christmas caroling. It’s also the season for party planning, menu prepping, and celebrating. There is no better time of year for getting together with friends and family while counting your many blessings. To help you get into the holiday spirit, I’ve prepared a […]

No crown, no problem

No crown, no problem

$368,330 raised in eight weeks by four candidates This crazy eight-week journey started over a couple of beers at trivia night when Jeremy Wilkerson said a second candidate hadn’t signed up to run for Fantasy Fest Queen, something that has never happened. The candidates raise money for AIDS Help. Somehow, a few beers later, I […]

Craving a hint of fall?

Craving a hint of fall?

 By Leah Maki Fall is my favorite season. I grew up going to apple orchards and pumpkin patches, baking pumpkin and apple pies, sipping cider next to a fireplace, and going for walks to find the most radiant red, orange and yellow leaves. But in the Florida Keys when the temperatures are pushing 90 degrees, […]

Thanks for democracy

Thanks for democracy

This Tuesday Monroe County voters will settle several long-running debates when polling locations close at 7 p.m. These contests will be the culmination of years of preparation for some, and months of hard work for most. For many of those on the ballot, their candidacy began long ago when they first moved to Monroe County, […]

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