Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

DeSoto Royalty on the Horizon

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

DeSoto Royalty on the Horizon

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Who will wear the crown as new DeSoto Queen and Princess?

The coronation isn't until April 29, but the young women on the recently chosen DeSoto Queen's Court who are vying for the coveted tiaras currently worn by Queen Sarah Adams and Princess Baylee Sawdy are:

Christina Atkinson, 21, Palmetto High School 2013, Manatee Technical College; Holly Barnes, 18, Manatee High 2016, University of Florida; Brooke Bentley, 19, PHS 2015, State College of Florida; Danielle Calabrese, 19, Lakewood Ranch High School 2015, University of South Florida; Beth Ciemniecki, 18, LRHS 2016, Santa Fe College; Bailee French, 20, LRHS 2015, SCF; Alyssa Kopinsky, 18, MHS 2016, SCF; Eryn LaLonde, 19, Braden River High School, SCF; Kennedy Lipskind, 18, MHS 2016, UF; and Isabelle Starner, 18, LRHS 2016, SCF and USF Sarasota-Manatee.

[broken bar] Oh, no! Stephen Cucci is one year shy of the Big 6- 0! Funny, thought he was older.

[broken bar] So Paul Alexander walks into his office at the Manatee County administration building the other morning wearing a Patriots T-shirt.

Everybody does a double-take.

They know the information technology department director is a Steelers fan.

"This," he fessed up, "is what happens when you lose a bet."

As in, Patriots 36, Steelers 17, in the recent AFC Championship Game.

[broken bar] Friends of Kids Against Hunger will hold their periodic packaging event Saturday, 8 a.m., at the Palmetto Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St. W. RSVP by emailing

Nearly 170 volunteers packaged 25,000 meals last November.

[broken bar] Among the sellout crowd at Van Wezel for the Robert Cray Band and Boz Scaggs concerts were a few of Cray's relatives, including Palmetto's irrepressible Jeanette Eubanks Kelly, a second- cousin to the blues guitarist and vocalist.

Think the retired educator enjoyed herself?

"I wanted to get up and dance, but you can't do that there," she joked.

After Cray's hourlong set, Kelly joined cousins Solomon and Evelyn Atkins and Tommy Eubanks backstage where they hung out with the musician. They gave him gifts and mementos from the last family reunion in St. Augustine.

"We try to see Robert whenever he's in Florida," she said. …

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