Photos from the Keys

Howard Livingston's Benefit for Keys Kids Camp

Howard Livingston’s Benefit for Keys Kids Camp

Annual Big Pine & Lower Keys Rotary Club's Super Sunday Party

Annual Big Pine & Lower Keys Rotary Club’s Super Sunday Party

Annual ABATE Chili Cook-Off

Annual ABATE Chili Cook-Off

FKWRC Releases Rehabilitated Pelicans

FKWRC Releases Rehabilitated Pelicans

Annual No Name Bridge 5K Run/Walk

Annual No Name Bridge 5K Run/Walk

Cudjoe Regional Treatment Plant on Blimp Road

Cudjoe Regional Treatment Plant on Blimp Road

Ringing in 2014 - Lower Keys Style

Ringing in 2014 – Lower Keys Style

Big Pine Boys and Girls Club win in Key West Holiday Parade

Big Pine Boys and Girls Club win in Key West Holiday Parade

Headlines

Monroe County crime rate drops in 2013

Although the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has not publicly released their Major Index Crimes report for the state, the Sheriff’s Office has received information from that agency which indicates crime in the areas patrolled by the Sheriff’s Office went down in 2013 by 12.5% over the previous year.

“This is tremendous news,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. The year in question was his first year as Sheriff of Monroe County. “This is a substantial reduction in major crimes here and we should all be proud of the hard work that brought this about.”

Sheriff Ramsay attributes the lower rate of crime to the hard work of his deputies and the close partnership his agency has with the community.

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Blotter

Woman charged with burglary, dealing property

Marathon man charged in road rage incident

Search Warrant yields drug arrests

Corrections officer arrested in Miami-Dade County

Make sure you lock up your fishing equipment

Opinion

Half brain gets half license

Strictly Drivel

I’m really beginning to wonder if it’s possible for someone to get half a driver’s license.

I know it’s not, but if the driver has half a brain, why should they get a whole driver’s license?

This comes to mind after the last couple of weeks as I’ve watched folks just seem to only half finish the job of driving.

Let me explain.

Last week during a trip to the shopping center on Big Pine, I wanted to turn up the aisle from the grocery store side to a parking space about halfway up.

There’s that pesky half again.

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Become big part of a child’s life

As we approach the halfway point of 2014, just before us is Foster Parent Appreciation Month, a time to thank those who provide a safe haven for the youth of our community who, for whatever reason, need someplace to go in the short term.

If you were to ask most who serve as foster parents in Monroe County, they would give varying reasons why they take in children who need some love and attention during a traumatic time.

But in this case, the publishing staff of this newspaper can speak with some degree of authority on the subject as they are foster parents.

In the final analysis, fostering is a satisfying and rewarding experience for the adults who put themselves out as surrogate parents.

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