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Southwest Florida
Senior Writer, The News-Press

Once an ashtray-dumping, obituary-writing clerk. Now News-Press journalist: curator of characters, conflict and curiosities. WGCU essayist. And proud Alvanian.

Plaintiffs in monkey farm suit won’t back down — One of three plaintiffs suing Hendry County over a proposed monkey farm said the county tried earlier this month to get them to back down by offering to pay their attorneys' fees if they'd drop the case, but they declined.

Representatives to HHS: Investigate Hendry monkey farm — Three US representatives from Florida asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate a Hendry County monkey farm already under scrutiny by the USDA and county officials.

He spent his life helping; now horseman needs some himself — They're head-to-head in the Facebook photo, the man and the mare, lit by soft sunlight slanting through the barn window. "This is my savior, Peppy," the man wrote. "She lets me tell her about my pains and problems that go with chemo, and she never judges me, just loves me for who I am, 'cause I show her love.

Another Hendry monkey farm added to Sunshine Law suit

Koreshan exhibit at FGCU showcases extraordinary settlement — I've had a thing for the Koreshans for decades. Like one of Konrad Lorenz's gosling, I imprinted on them when I was a newborn Southwest Floridian, and they and their hollowed-out utopia remain the quintessence of this region's captivatingly curious soul.

Hendry County sued, warned about its captive monkeys — Along with the title "Monkey Capitol of the U.S." have come questions and controversy for Hendry County. A second lawsuit filed this week is targeting county for alleged violations of the Sunshine Law for approving a primate sanctuary; a similar suit filed last year involving another monkey facility is pending as well.

Hendry County is primate real estate — A lone black vulture wheels through the silent July sky, circling citrus groves, wide fields and the curves of an oak-shaded creek.By next year, the vista will likely be much less pastoral. This 34-acre Hendry County site, bounded by Lee County to the west and Caloosahatchee tributary Bedman Creek to the north, is destined to become a fenced compound housing more than 3,000 primates.

Rooster’s Farm Fresh Market opens in Alva — The region's newest open-air market is about to spread its wings. With an appropriately rural name, Rooster's Farm Fresh Market in east Lee County will offer a variety of fresh produce, artisanal food and other country-produced goodies six miles east of I-75.

You’ll never take us alive, pineapple coppers — As so many things do these days, it all started with Facebook. I'd posted a photo of one of my beautiful babies - in this case, a pineapple flower destined to become one of my favorite backyard fruits.

No limits to garden center greeter’s work ethic, cheer — PJ Deguzman was relaxing in the break room of the Cape Coral Walmart when he heard the call on the intercom: Code Adam. A little boy had gone missing somewhere in the store. In an instant, Deguzman was on his feet, lunch now the last thing on his mind.
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