Since the arrival of Ponce de Leon in the 1500s, the Florida Keys have evolved from a dense, nearly impenetrable jungle full of bears, pumas, snakes, alligators and crocodiles into America's Caribbean islands. And the fish in the region have made the Keyes one of the nation's favorite playgrounds for anglers, according The History Press and author Bob T. Epstein of Crossville. The Keys are home to more saltwater fishing records than any other angling destination in the world and offer sportsmen an array of amazing fish, from tarpon and Spanish mackerel to mahi-mahi and bonefish. U.S. presidents, celebrities and the world's greatest fishermen and women have cruised the waters of South Florida. Epstein has authored a new book, "A History of Fishing in the Florida Keyes...Anglers Paradise," which is a journey through the storied history of fishing in the Florida Keys. Epstein is holding a redfish, which is a red drum sportfish found throughout Florida shallow water flats.
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SMHS, Lighthouse Christian split games Tuesday
The Stone Memorial Panther basketball teams hosted Lighthouse Christian School of Antioch in non-distrct action before a small crowd Tuesday evening.
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Matthews inks basketball scholarship to Bryan College
Stone Memorial Panther senior Luke Matthews signed a scholarship to continue his basketball career at Bryan College in Dayton.
SMHS opens home season this week with two games
The Stone Memorial Panther basketball teams will open their home season this week with two games after competing in Thanksgiving tournaments last week.
High school teams, Lions "Shoot for Sight"
The 2013-'14 basketball campaigns are now underway for both Cumberland County and Stone Memorial high schools.
For 17 years now, high school basketball in Cumberland County has teamed up with the Crossville Lions Club in a project called “Shoot For Sight.” This worthwhile project provides funding for important eye care services to Cumberland County school children and other deserving individuals.
Panther wrestling team splits opening matches at Hixson
The SMHS wrestling team opened its season last Tuesday at Hixson High School in Chattanooga. The Panthers went 1-1, beating Sale Creek (60-6) and losing to Hixson (18-52).
- South Cumberland boys, girls win junior varsity crowns
Lady Jets calm Lady Hurricanes for sixth win
The Cumberland County basketball teams will take the Thanksgiving holiday off after splitting a pair of games with Region 3AAA foe East Hamilton Tuesday night in Chattanooga.
Elementary varsity hoops action resumes Monday
The Cumberland County elementary varsity basketball league resumes Monday night after taking last week off due to the short week. Monday's schedule is Homestead at Crab Orchard; Stone at South; Brown at Martin and Pleasant Hill at Pine View. North has the open date.
SMHS held annual Panther Dash
The Coordinated School Health Team at Stone Memorial High School sponsored the second annual Panther Dash on Saturday, Nov. 9.
It featured a 5K race and a 1-mile fun run/walk for all ages. Participants ranged in age from 7 to 76.
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