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Event celebrates the environment
ST. LUCIE COUNTY - Nature centers and educational facilities in St. Lucie County are teaming up to offer National Estuaries Day, a free event for families on Sept. 29. The Smithsonian Marine Station, located at Museum Pointe Park on South Hutchinson Island will be holding its second annual festival from 10 ...
Program earns state awards
FORT PIERCE - All organizers and volunteers with Lincoln Park Main Street wanted was a program that could revitalize their small community in Fort Pierce. Now, with two state recognitions in less than six months, the 6-year-old nonprofit knows it's on the right track. "We're growing membership, and creating...
Police department announces promotions
FORT PIERCE - As part of a recent restructuring of the police department, five officers were promoted on Sept. 14. Three became sergeants, while two became deputy chiefs. "The promotions are a result of a department reorganization we are undergoing," said Dennis McWilliams, public information officer for th...
City council votes to increase tax rate
FORT PIERCE - After a short discussion on increasing taxes, the Fort Pierce City Council voted 4-1 to increase the millage rate to the rollback rate of 5.71 percent. Mayor Bob Benton voted no. For a home valued at $100,000 homeowners will pay $57.10 in city taxes. The taxable property value for homes in For...
Grant funds crime victim assistant
FORT PIERCE - A grant received recently by the Fort Pierce Police Department will enable the agency to have a full-time crime victim assistant. The duties of the victim assistant are to provide short-term counseling, assistance through the court process, help victims replace important papers, assisting with...
Trying for a first down
Lyle Messam stretches in an attempt for a Port St. Lucie Jaguars first down during a game against Heritage High School Friday, Sept. 21 at home. The Jaguars went to 1-3 with the 28-10 loss. Their next game, a divisional match up against Martin County High School, is at home on Friday, Oct. 5....
Fundraiser helps those in court system
ST. LUCIE COUNTY - For the second year in a row, a special fundraiser is being held to raise money to help people navigate what can sometimes be a tricky court system. While the courts have programs to help people get themselves back on their feet, they couldn't help with little things, such as purchasing w...
City council approves budget, tax rate
PORT ST. LUCIE - Even while the amount the city had to spend increased, the Port St. Lucie City Council still unanimously approved a tax decrease at a recent city council meeting. Even though the tax value of homes in Port St. Lucie showed a decrease from last year by approximately $1.4 million, and the cos...
Bowling for the children
Ryan DiDonato, 8, of Port St. Lucie throws for strikes during the annual Bowl for Kids' Sake at SuperPlay USA in St. Lucie West. The event is the signature fundraiser for Big Brother's Big Sisters of St. Lucie County and featured and 80's theme this year....
Identification reader plays role in arrest
PORT ST. LUCIE - An identification system installed a little more than three months ago helped with the arrest of a teenager who chased a person with a knife at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center basketball court. On Sept. 17, Lorenzo Lee Arnold of 1949 S.E. West Dunbrook Circle was arrested and charged with a...
Congratulations, partner
Professional dance instructor Bob Murray clinks mirror ball trophies with Eve Samples of Port St. Lucie following the announcement of them winning the annual 'Dancing with the Martin Stars 'event at the Lyric Theatre Saturday, Sept. 22. The event pairs local non-dancers with professionals. After months of practic...
Man who deserted military in 1969 found in Port St. Lucie
PORT ST. LUCIE - His blond hair now gray, a man living in Port St. Lucie was arrested on Sept. 13 after it was discovered he deserted the Army in 1969, 43 years ago, according to documents from the Department of Defense. Joseph Robert Counterman, 66, of 1302 S.W. Shudder Ave., was a private in the U.S. Army...
Getting used to the heels
Carissa Grone of Port St. Lucie helps radio personality Josh Cohen get a heel up during the 'Walk A While in Her Shoes' fundraiser at Big Apple Pizza in Fort Pierce Thursday, Sept. 20. The event previews the actual walk where men wear red high-heeled shoes as a benefit for SafeSpace. The walk takes place Saturday...
Negotiations continue
St. Lucie County teachers gesture with their hands during a union negotiation at Fort Pierce Central High School Tuesday, Sept. 18. Teachers were spectators between the two sides and not allowed to applaud or cheer. The two sides did not come to an agreement other than to meet again....
Up & coming
Come touch a truck The Hands Touch-A-Truck event will take place Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lots of the Hands Clinic, at 3855 South U.S. 1, Fort Pierce. Kids of all sizes can explore trucks and emergency vehicles and enjoy activities such as face painting and raffles. Admission is $5. For more information, go to www.handsofslc....
Aim carefully
Kaleb Brown, 8, of Fort Pierce and Cub Scout No. 478 pack, gets a lesson from David Celli in throwing an arrow for distance during a lesson about how hunting was done before the invention of the bow during a scouting visit to the St. Lucie County Historical Museum Saturday, Sept. 22....

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