This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about a man named Kight – k-i-g-h-t -- whose name lives on at Indian River State College. Alonzo Barnard Kight, a longtime resident of Palm City, died September 12th at the age of 99.
What should we call a female artist recognized as one of the 26 Highwaymen? A Highway Woman? A Highway Person? Strange as it may sound, let's just refer to her as a Female Highwayman. Her name is Mary Ann Carroll. She is 73 and for 65 years has lived in Fort Pierce, home base for the African American painters famous for their vivid Florida landscapes usually rendered in oil on Upson board and framed with crown molding. They often sold their paintings from their cars parked on the side of a highway. In the 1950s their work sold for $10 to $15. People loved the stately palms, shimm
Let’s keep our fingers – or our flippers – crossed. So far this year, only a few dolphins infected with a deadly virus have ventured down the Indian River Lagoon as far as Vero Beach. That is what I was told by Adam Schaefer, an epidemiologist at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute north of Fort Pierce. But this past summer, enough dolphins in the northern part of the lagoon showed signs of the virus to worry scientists. Lesions were on the dolphins’ skin. They were skinny, swam erratically and made coughing sounds through their blow holes. The virus
Ninety years ago -- on November 1st, 1924 -- the notorious Ashley Gang was wiped out at the south end of the bridge that carried Dixie Highway over the St. Sebastian River. I wonder if ghosts of the gang members will come back on Halloween to haunt places on the Treasure Coast. One of the gang's first crimes was the robbery of the Bank of Stuart in 1915. The bank was at the corner of Southwest St.
Once again, the mullet are running. Every year at this time, these little fish migrate by the millions down the Indian River Lagoon, grazing on all sorts if vegetation including algae, which choke up our sea grass. The mullet, in turn, are food for a wide variety of birds and fish, including sea trout, jack, red drum, flounder and tarpon. And these fish, in turn, are food for us. Where mullet are jumping you often see humans fishing. Which brings up a question asked on the Treasure Coast. Why do mullet jump? When I go out in a kayak in September or October, they jump all around me.