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The Fresh Market opening in Brevard next fall — The Fresh Market is coming to Brevard County. The chain will open its first Space Coast store at a new development called Pineda Landings at the intersection of Wickham Road and Jordan Blass Drive in Melbourne. Once opened, it will be the company's 41st store in Florida.

Fatality reported in North Melbourne wreck

Laskowski resigns as Rockledge head coach — Brevard County's number of open high school football head coaching positions is at two. Larry Laskowski resigned from the top job at Rockledge on Friday. Laskowski had been the head coach since December of 2008 but joined the school's football staff 22 years ago.

Attorneys differ on use of cultural part of tourist tax — A Florida assistant attorney general questioned the use of Brevard County tourist tax money to pay administrative expenses for the Brevard Cultural Alliance, in an advisory opinion issued this week.

Florida State's O'Leary making his mark at tight end — Florida State's Nick O'Leary doesn't really say a whole lot with the media, unless he knows them well. It's just not his style. He's polite enough, tries to give the answers to questions, but deep down it's just not his thing. Nothing personal, he'll tell you, but it's not that fun.

Dean heads to Ohio State with all he needs — In hindsight, skipping a week of college calculus classes to work on an accounting project was a mistake. Turns out accounting was not in my future, not surprising considering it took a month to figure out the difference between a debit and a credit. Anyway, my return to calculus revealed the teacher speaking a foreign language.

No bonus for Brevard airport executive director — The Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority board of directors praised Chief Executive Officer Michael Powell for a job well done on Thursday, and renewed his employment contract. But the board stopped short of giving Powell a year-end stocking he requested - a $10,000 bonus.

Former MCC standout goes back behind plate in pros — The experiment is over, as far as Mike Blanke is concerned. "I have a different story, that's for sure," the fomer Melbourne Central Catholic and University of Tampa standout said. The Chicago White Sox's 14th round pick in the 2010 June amateur draft started his pro baseball career as a catcher.

Winning cookie recipe from Florida Air Academy party — Jeanette Middleton, who handles public relations for Florida Air Academy in Melbourne, shared the recipe for this year's winner at the school's annual Cookie Party. Anyone up for Oreo Cookie Truffles? They look delicious.

FIT women perfect heading into holiday tournament — The Florida Tech women's basketball team will put its perfect record on the line this weekend as host of the CarMax Holiday Tournament at the Clemente Center. Florida Tech (8-0) will open the tournament at noon against LeMoyne College from New York.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @ftmikeparsons: It is game day for FIT men and women. Women open holiday tourney at noon. I will be there with updates.

TDC officers elected; new plaza tenant; Dean Mead — The Brevard County Tourist Development Council this week elected restaurateur Laurilee Thompson as its chair for the coming year. Thompson, co-owner of Dixie Crossroads Seafood Restaurant in Titusville, had been vice chair of the nine-member advisory board. In other action, the advisory board elected: *Palm Bay Mayor William Capote as vice chair of Tourist Development Council and chair of its Sports Committee.

Florida legislators get constituents' wish lists — Sixty-one speakers made their cases Thursday to Brevard County's delegation to the Florida Legislature, giving them ideas and wish lists in advance of the 2015 legislative session that begins in March. For the two state senators and three Florida House members in attendance, it was an information-packed five hours at the Brevard County Government Center in Viera.

Counties might take control of Indian River Lagoon — They want much more money and a unified voice for the Indian River Lagoon. So on Wednesday, an advisory board to the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program approved a draft agreement to have Brevard and four other counties take over the program.

Video: Local author describes imprisonment in Cuban prison — Posted Jan. 15, 2014: FLORIDA TODAY's Matt Reed sits down with onetime smuggler Rick Townson, who has published a book about his nine-year imprisonment in Cuba's gulags.

Video: Why did Castro release local author after 9-year imprisonment? — Posted Jan. 15, 2014: FLORIDA TODAY's Matt Reed sits down with onetime smuggler Rick Townson, who has published a book about his nine-year imprisonment in Cuba's gulags.

FLORIDA TODAY newsroom leader named — Bob Gabordi was announced as the executive editor of FLORIDA TODAY this afternoon by Jeff Kiel, the president and publisher of FLORIDA TODAY Communications. Gabordi comes to FLORIDA TODAY from The Tallahassee Democrat, where he has served as executive editor since 2005.
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Grades are in for Brevard's high schools

John Torres: Sony's act of cowardice — Most of the civilized world is aware that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is nothing but a barbaric tyrant and anyone who assassinated him would be doing the world and the North Koreans a great service.
Dec 18, 2014

Sony's cowardice is shameful And Kim Jong-un, everyone knows u r a tyrant who should be "interviewed" @Florida_Today

Dec 18, 2014

Sony's act of cowardice is shameful And Kim Jong-un, everyone knows u r a barbaric tyrant who should be "interviewed"

Bernie Badger: First star you see is likely a planet — The first star I see tonight; I wish I may, I wish I might, Have the wish I wish tonight For many, "The first star I see tonight" turns out to be a planet The first thing visible after sunset will generally be the brightest object in the sky.