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Sign ups for youth basketball league starts Friday

The Sheriff Youth Activities League, in partnership with Lee County Parks and Recreation, will host a 2020 Spring Basketball League with registration beginning Friday.The youth basketball league is for children ages 8-15 and will run for 12 weeks. Team practices and games will be scheduled on ...

Welter named 2017 Florida Senior Games Male Athlete of the Year

One of the most decorated pickleball players in the world calls Cape Coral home.Mike Welter, who's been dominating courts across the country for a decade, may have just added his most prestigious accomplishment to his collection- being named the 2017 Florida Senior Games Male Athlete of the ...

Local bartender continues Thanksgiving tradition of helping rescue

Six years ago a new tradition formed after a server on Fort Myers Beach woke up wanting to give back one Thanksgiving morning.Sandy Knapp, who has been bartending at Lani Kai for almost 30 years ago, said she woke up feeling lucky for the life she led, and wanted to do something nice."Animals ...

Have a happy Thanksgiving

For some of us, the whole "pumpkin spice" thing is as old as childhood.A can or two of Libby's pumpkin, evaporated milk, a couple of eggs, sugar and the magic combination of cinnamon, ginger and ground cloves and oh, my, the mouthwatering scent of Thanksgiving eve!Whether we still make those ...

Pollution not a priority for SFWMD

To the editor:South Florida Water Management District should be called the Agricultural Co-op.As the paper reported, they extended the lease to the sugar industry the day after the election in a surprise hastily called meeting. The lease was extended through 2027. Could it be that they wanted ...

SWFL water quality issues are not going away

To the editor:Southwest Florida water quality issues were front and center during the midterm election campaigns and, while election day has passed, those issues are still with us. Since Nov. 6, SWFL news outlets have released 14 reports on the threatening return of red tide and blue green ...

Fix voting processes

To the editor:The presidential election of 2016 and the midterm elections of 2018 have boldly underlined America's No. 1 issue: Voting. If we do not fix voting, we will not be able to fix anything else.There is not, and probably never has been, any such thing as every citizen having a vote. ...

Still time to sign up for Spring Festival 4-K race

Earl Hart says the Spring Festival Road Race presented by Rotary Club of Lehigh Acres and sponsored by Lehigh Regional Medical Center drew 120 runners last year.He's hoping this year's 4-K event will draw even more."It's a great fun thing for runners," Hart who works at Cooper Head Golf Club ...

Cape falls 4-1 in 14-inning marathon

Cape Coral's run through the Little League Junior Softball Southeast Region Tournament came to an abrupt end Wednesday night at Fleishman Park.Cape endured a 14-inning marathon against Tampa West before losing 4-1 in the championship game. Tampa West will represent Florida at the Junior League ...