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Showtime for 2011 DeSoto Queen’s court

Drum roll, please.

Here is the 2011 DeSoto Historical Society’s Queen’s court:

Noelle Beauchamp -- Manatee High 2009, Florida Gulf Coast University.

Becky Elmore -- Bradenton Christian 2007, University of South Florida.

Annelies Jackson -- BCS 2010.

Hope Kennedy -- Palmetto High 2009, USF.

Rachel Kushmer – MHS 2010, State College of Florida.

Ashley Lipsey – Braden River High 2010, USF.

Jonnilyn Mederios- PHS 2010, SCF.

Ellie Ohlman – Lakewood Ranch High 2010, USF/St. Petersburg.

Genevieve Ozark – MHS 2009, Florida State.

Reagan Williams – PHS 2009, SCF.

n USF freshman Sheri Borkowski is 19 Tuesday.

n Check out today’s Southeast High Beast Feast 3 to 8 p.m. in the school cafeteria. It’s an athletic department BBQ fundraiser for Seminole baseball, softball, cross country and soccer.

Call Dan Durrance, Southeast’s resource officer and assistant baseball coach, at 741-3366, ext. 2217.

n Danielle Hunter, a Prine Elementary honors third-grader and yellow belt at Bostock’s Tae Kwon Do, is 9.

Cheers from parents John and Denay, brother Marc, and grands Joe and Joanne Coale.

n Pfc. JoJo Kinnan is on two-weeks leave from Afghanistan.

Parents Joe and Linda reunited with him, his wife Robin and their son Jay in Nashville.

JoJo’s tour of duty is up in August.

n How about a nice hand for Tommy Durante?

A musical prodigy on the recorder (English flute), the LRHS and MCC grad is now a senior classical composition major at FSU and has been accepted for summer study at Russia’s prestigious Moscow State University.

His family, friends and supporters are selling CD’s of his music to help defray his expenses.

Also, Oneco United Methodist Church will host a benefit concert by Tommy at 5 p.m., Feb. 12.

Call (941) 799-1507.

n Big ups to Dillon Romine, the BRHS lineman who verbally committed to the University of New Mexico Lobos.

It’s a beautiful state, one of my favorites. Land of Enchantment, indeed.

n Maureen Graham, head of VFW Post 10141’s auxiliary, reminds folks about their fish fry 5 p.m. Fridays and karaoke 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Call 704-8057.

n Parrish author Kyle Keyes’ new thriller, Martin Swans Diary, is listed on and can also be purchased at

Vin Mannix, local columnist, writes Vin’s People. He can be reached at 745-7055 or