John Bartus

Irma keeps on giving…

Among the typical conspiracy theories and partisan bickering, there have been some serious complaints about issues in Marathon on social media. People wonder why there are still...
John Bartus

Welcome to the Roaring Twenties!

I conjured up the New Year Prediction column I wrote for this very paper 10 years ago to see how accurate my predictions were … and the...
John Bartus

New Year Predictions – Welcome to the Roaring Twenties!

I conjured up the New Year Prediction column I wrote for this very paper 10 years ago to see how accurate my predictions were … and the...
John Bartus

Holiday Music – Tunes for the Christmas Spirit…

I love the holidays. Not only does the advent of Advent signal the end of hurricane season (YES!!!), it also means that radio stations and businesses are...
John Bartus

Goodbye, Ponytail – The hair ain’t what it used to be…

Deep down, I think I knew this day would one day come. E-Street Band sax man Clarence Clemons wrote in his book, Big Man: Real Life & Tall...
John Bartus

City of Marathon Turns – Celebrating two decades of local home rule

It was November 1997. People throughout the Keys watched as residents of Islamorada voted to form their own municipal government … and the Village of Islamorada became...
John Bartus

Two sides to every story

There is an African proverb that says, “Until the lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter.” It doesn’t matter whether the lion or...
John Bartus

A Labor Day to Remember

The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 hit the Florida Keys as one of the strongest hurricanes on record. That storm basically destroyed much of Islamorada and the...
John Bartus

Independence Day and Project Apollo – Remembering Apollo 11 50 years on…

My family had left the Space Coast just before Apollo 11; my father was a launch team leader and engineer on the Apollo/Saturn IB program. He saw...
MCT hosts ‘Tah Dance’ this weekend only! - A group of people posing for the camera - Country–western dance

MCT hosts ‘Tah Dance’ this weekend only!

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” ― Martha Graham And Joanne Zimmerman is one busy individual. Fresh from a major role in the ensemble cast of “Making God Laugh”...