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St. James City couple travels America’s Great Loop

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Mike New, along with his wife and first mate Kathy New, left St. James City aboard their 44-foot Schucker Motorsailor, known as “Happytrails,” for America’s Great Loop, with Knotty, their Himalayan cat. The couple's plan was to head north from St. James City, up the west coast of Florida, cross the Gulf of Mexico and wait out hurricane season from Kingfisher Bay Marina, Demopolis, Alabama, before starting their first trip of a lifetime. Mike describes America’s Great Loop as an interconnected waterway that circumnavigates the east coast of the ...

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Island server beneficiary of ‘Tip Challenge’

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Islander Stephen Longest is one of many happy recipients of the "Tip Challenge." Simply put, the “Tip Challenge” is when a restaurant patron leaves a 100 percent tip, which equals the size of their check. Having been a server for at least 11 years, ...

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George M Banfill Jr

George M. Banfill Jr., 94, of St. James City, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2021.  Baldwin Brothers Cremation Society is entrusted with final care. 

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A call to conscience in a time of political dissension

Seventy years ago, a then-freshman senator from Maine addressed what she saw as unbridled political opportunism rearing within her own party. Margaret Chase Smith, in the budding days of what has come to be known as McCarthyism, took a stand against her party’s shooting star, delivering ...