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Sonja Isger

Sonja has worked as a reporter at The Palm Beach Post for 20 years, covering everything from K-12 education to homelessness and hunger. For the last two years, she has been the paper's early morning reporter, writing and posting all the news that has happened overnight. She also picks up stories on a variety of topics, including crime and health.

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50 percent graduation rate belies PBC charter schools’ successes
 The 50 percent graduation rate posted by Palm Beach County’s 14 charter high schools may sound abysmal, but it is a 10 percentage-point gain over the year before and proved to be the rising tide that helped to raise the district’s overall graduation rate to a record high. The number also belies what’s happening at the...

Posted: 7 hours ago

The 50 percent graduation rate posted by Palm Beach County’s 14 charter high schools may sound abysmal, but it is a 10 percentage-point gain over the year before and proved to be the rising tide that helped to raise the district’s overall graduation rate to a record high. The number also belies what’s happening at the...
PBC school board reassigns students of soon-to-close Odyssey Middle

Posted: a day ago

The Palm Beach County School Board gave final approval Wednesday to a plan to reassign 1,900 Odyssey Middle students to new schools when the school closes this summer. The reassignment plan for the closing Boynton Beach school was approved unanimously without debate, the final procedural step in what will be the first closure of a traditional...
Haitian protesters voice outrage near Trump's 'Winter White House'
 The approach to President Donald Trump’s so-called Winter White House in Florida was lined Monday afternoon with about 400 protesters, including doctors and pastors, students and attorneys, almost all of Haitian descent and all there to send a message: They want an apology and more. The group gathered in the spirit of a federal...

Posted: 3 days ago

The approach to President Donald Trump’s so-called Winter White House in Florida was lined Monday afternoon with about 400 protesters, including doctors and pastors, students and attorneys, almost all of Haitian descent and all there to send a message: They want an apology and more. The group gathered in the spirit of a federal...
Haitian protesters voice outrage, march across bridge to Mar-a-Lago
 The West Palm Beach approach to the President’s so-called Winter White House was lined Monday afternoon with about 400 protesters, including doctors and pastors, students and attorneys, almost all of Haitian descent and all there to send a message: They want an apology and more. The group gathered in the spirit of a federal holiday...

Posted: 4 days ago

The West Palm Beach approach to the President’s so-called Winter White House was lined Monday afternoon with about 400 protesters, including doctors and pastors, students and attorneys, almost all of Haitian descent and all there to send a message: They want an apology and more. The group gathered in the spirit of a federal holiday...
Boynton Publix sells Fantasy 5 ticket worth $47K
 A Fantasy 5 lottery ticket now worth more than $47,000 was bought at a Publix in suburban Boynton Beach, lottery officials reported Monday morning. The ticket was one of four winners with the numbers 17-23-27-28-34. The ticket, a so-called quick pick, sold at the Publix at 10935 Jog Road. The other winning tickets were sold in Miami, Fort...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Fantasy 5 lottery ticket now worth more than $47,000 was bought at a Publix in suburban Boynton Beach, lottery officials reported Monday morning. The ticket was one of four winners with the numbers 17-23-27-28-34. The ticket, a so-called quick pick, sold at the Publix at 10935 Jog Road. The other winning tickets were sold in Miami, Fort...
Palm Beach County graduation rate hits new high
 Palm Beach County’s high school graduation rate jumped nearly 3 percentage points in 2017, a leap so large that it was remarkable the first time it happened in 2016 and one that now brings the county’s graduation rate to an all-time high of 85 percent, according to newly released state figures. The increase mirrors a rise...

Posted: 8 days ago

Palm Beach County’s high school graduation rate jumped nearly 3 percentage points in 2017, a leap so large that it was remarkable the first time it happened in 2016 and one that now brings the county’s graduation rate to an all-time high of 85 percent, according to newly released state figures. The increase mirrors a rise...
Palm Beach County grad rates jump 3 percentage points, hit new high
 Palm Beach County’s high school graduation rate jumped by nearly 3 percentage points in 2017, a leap so large that was remarkable the first time it happened in 2016 and one that brings the graduation rate in the county to an all-time high of 85 percent, according to newly released state figures. The increase mirrors a rise to new...

Posted: 9 days ago

Palm Beach County’s high school graduation rate jumped by nearly 3 percentage points in 2017, a leap so large that was remarkable the first time it happened in 2016 and one that brings the graduation rate in the county to an all-time high of 85 percent, according to newly released state figures. The increase mirrors a rise to new...
Chorus director’s former students surround him in song on death bed
 Wes Rainer loved Christmas and song and his students, so much so that few were surprised when they discovered the 63-year-old had checked himself out of the hospital against doctor’s advice to take some of his Seminole Ridge High chorus to perform at Epcot’s Candlelight Processional over the holidays. Weeks later, it...

Posted: 10 days ago

Wes Rainer loved Christmas and song and his students, so much so that few were surprised when they discovered the 63-year-old had checked himself out of the hospital against doctor’s advice to take some of his Seminole Ridge High chorus to perform at Epcot’s Candlelight Processional over the holidays. Weeks later, it...
A dream born 34 years ago endures today in The Lord’s Place
 Robyn Kennedy, a 52-year-old once-homeless woman, never met “Brother Joe.” She was just completing high school when he decided in 1983 that hosting a soup kitchen wasn’t enough and then camped on the steps of St. Ann’s Catholic Church for a month to raise $100,000 to put the homeless up in a barely renovated motel...

Posted: 25 days ago

Robyn Kennedy, a 52-year-old once-homeless woman, never met “Brother Joe.” She was just completing high school when he decided in 1983 that hosting a soup kitchen wasn’t enough and then camped on the steps of St. Ann’s Catholic Church for a month to raise $100,000 to put the homeless up in a barely renovated motel...
Student collects sample soaps, shampoos to donate to homeless

Posted: 27 days ago

High school junior Gillian Beers is hoarding sample-sized toiletries — soap, deodorant, shampoo. It arrives at her home and her dad’s office sometimes by the case, in part because he’s a dermatologist and companies like to give this stuff away. But also because she collects it, not for herself but for the down-and-out. The...
Four-legged 'Santa' a savior during Battle of the Bulge
 Tucked between dollar bills, nestled next to a black-and-white photograph of his wife Gloria, Stan Saltz pulls out a second snapshot, the one of him as a 19-year-old Army private and survivor of the bloodiest battle in the second World War. But the photo isn’t about the Florida resident. It’s about the German shepherd, a...

6:01 AM Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

Tucked between dollar bills, nestled next to a black-and-white photograph of his wife Gloria, Stan Saltz pulls out a second snapshot, the one of him as a 19-year-old Army private and survivor of the bloodiest battle in the second World War. But the photo isn’t about the Florida resident. It’s about the German shepherd, a...