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Four commission hopefuls move to general election
ST. LUCIE COUNTY - The August primary for county commission seats in Districts 1 and 5 decided the final candidates for the general election in November. Bob Benton defeated Billy O'Dell in the District 1 Republican primary. Mr. Benton received 10,131 votes or 60.62 percent to Mr. O'Dell's 6,580 votes or 39...
Residents to meet city manager candidates
FORT PIERCE - In less than 30 minutes, the Fort Piece City Commission whittled down possible candidates for the city manager's position from 10 to five. The recruiting firm, Colin Baenziger and Associates, that was hired by the city to screen potential applicants, filtered through 88 potential candidates, i...
Woman killed in hit and run accident
FORT PIERCE - Fort Pierce police are seeking information that could lead them to the driver of a vehicle that ran over and killed a woman Saturday night, police said in a press release. Lauren Hill, 32, of 3550 South U.S. 1, died at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute after being struck by a vehicle, Sgt. Dennis Mc...
Great Beginnings with Kids At Hope
Isis Dale, 7, of Port St. Lucie gets a congratulatory fist bump from the new Kids at Hope Mascot, Sheriff Hope-A-Long during the tunnel of praise and well wishes to begin the new school year at Bayshore ...
Detective honored for gang investigation
FORT PIERCE - When gang violence rocked Fort Pierce in 2009, Fort Pierce Police Detective David Jones was given the task of stemming it. For two years afterward, Detective Jones targeted the 13th Street gang, the one police believed responsible for much of the violence. His investigation, which resulted i...
Fort Pierce mayor, commissioner to be decided in November
FORT PIERCE - It looks like the residents of Fort Pierce will have one more chance to choose the next mayor and county commissioner. The races for the District 1 commission seat and the mayor's seat both ended with not one, but two candidates. That's because in those races, a candidate would have had to rec...
Welcome back
Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts student Kalab Bishop, 12, makes his way through the Kids At Hope gauntlet of praise and positive reinforcement to begin the 2012-13 school year. St. Lucie County schools began Monday, Aug. 20....
Increased law presence on streets aimed at reducing summer crime
FORT PIERCE - On a recent Sunday evening, Fort Pierce Police Officer Steven Sobon drove through the neighborhoods of north and northwest Fort Pierce. He passed locations where there've been shootings, fights and murders. But on this particular Sunday on Aug. 12, little activity seemed to be going on. No g...
Port St. Lucie man accused of cruelty to animals
PORT ST. LUCIE - When investigators visited a Port St. Lucie house in July they found four pitbulls suffering from malnutrition and various injuries, according to an arrest affidavit. One of the dogs, Lady, was euthanized because of its condition, the affidavit said. The owner of the dogs, Michael Hill, 3...
High-school sweethearts wed
Iesha and Michael Nunes share a moment following their nuptials at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens on Friday, Aug. 17. The couple was chosen by members of The Wedding Professionals of the Treasure Coast as the first recipients of its inaugural wedding giveaway. Mr. Nunes is being deployed to Afghanistan at t...
Man nabs purse thief
PORT ST. LUCIE - When a Port St. Lucie man saw another man steal an elderly woman's purse, he didn't hesitate about going after the thief, he recalled Monday. "I didn't think about it," said Nelson A. Melendez, the Port St. Lucie man who served in the U.S. Army in Iraq from 1998 to 2006. He said it wasn't a...
Getting a good Start with Kids At Hope
Jenni Palm of Big Brothers Big Sisters and Sean Boyle, Executive Director of the Children’s Service Council of St. Lucie County along with many other supporters of education greet the students of the Fort Pierce Magnet ...
City Council race recounted
PORT ST. LUCIE - It took almost a week to decide which two candidates would be facing each other for an open city council seat. In the Port St. Lucie City Council District 4 race, candidate Ron Bowen won the most votes for the seat, with 6,284 votes or 35.61 percent. But because Mr. Bowen didn't get more th...
Up close, personal
Devin Inglese, 9, of Port St. Lucie gets an up-close view of a snake at the Ox Bow Eco Center on St. James Boulevard prior to a class Thursday, Aug. 16....
Methamphetamine problem may be increasing
ST. LUCIE COUNTY - A widely abused drug in other parts of the country may be becoming an increasing problem here, authorities say. While few arrests for methamphetamine have been made here in the last several years, several busts have been made during the past month. Lt. Douglas V. Hardie, head of the spe...
State representative candidates look to November election
ST. LUCIE COUNTY - For newly formed state Districts 55 and 84, the primary election revealed a local winner, and a runoff in a race that had separated the candidates by less than 30 votes. In District 84, three local Democrats threw in their hats for the seat: Adam Fetterman, Larry Lee and Kevin Stinnette. ...
Tax collector elected, county boundary to change
ST. LUCIE COUNTY - With the primary elections completed, St. Lucie County residents will see a new face in the tax collector's office, as well as some southern boundaries move. The residents of the Beau Rivage community, who have been lobbying for more than a year to be part of Martin County, got their day ...

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