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VERO BEACH - The public is invited to an outdoor showing of the 2018 film Black Panther on Friday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m. at the Victor Hart Sr. Enhancement Complex. The Black History Month celebration is sponsored by the Gifford Youth Achievement Center and the Indian River County Parks and Rec…

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VERO BEACH - The Environmental Learning Center is featuring the work of artists from Orchid Island Art Club from Feb.-April in their new exhibit, “Nature at its Best.” With over 30 pieces of art ranging from photography to oil on canvas, the ELC’s lagoon room attracts nature and art lovers alike.

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY - Enjoy a plethora of pungently pleasing dishes and mouth watering garlic recipes prepared by gourmet chefs at the The Treasure Coast Garlic Fest in Port St. Lucie.

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VERO BEACH - The Backbeat Music Parlor in Vero Beach is celebrating their one year anniversary on Fri., Feb. 26 with music from Dave Scott and Tumbleweed, and Vern Daysel.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - The sea turtle nesting season for Indian River County is March 1 through Oct. 31. Three species of protected sea turtles swim back to coastal waters, and then emerge at night to lay eggs in the sandy beach. The leatherback sea turtles are generally the first to arrive, …

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FLORIDA - Attorney General Ashley Moody has issued a Consumer Alert to warn Floridians about COVID-19 vaccination scams.

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY – A recently completed multi-year study that followed 1,500 newly trained Florida child-welfare professionals for five years has come to the not so startling conclusion that social work is hard.

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TREASURE COAST - Communities Connected for Kids (CCKids) has announced that it is now eligible for more federal funding after meeting the Florida statewide goal of licensing 40 percent of children placed with relatives and non-relatives.

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY – A recently completed multi-year study that followed 1,500 newly trained Florida child-welfare professionals for five years has come to the not so startling conclusion that social work is hard.

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY - Communities Connected for Kids (CCKids) has announced that it is now eligible for more federal funding after meeting the Florida statewide goal of licensing 40 percent of children placed with relatives and non-relatives.

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VERO BEACH - According to the annual report from the Vero Beach Lifeguard Association, 2020 saw a substantial drop-off in visitors to the guarded beaches within Vero Beach.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Circuit Judge Janet Croom has dismissed a lawsuit filed Oct. 28, 2020 by four parents challenging the mandatory mask policy in Indian River County schools.

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MARTIN COUNTY - The 5th Annual Martin County Open Studio Tour is being held on the weekend of Saturday March 6 & Sunday March 7.

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TREASURE COAST- Love is in the air during the month of February but beware of online scammers who want your money, not your heart.

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GIFFORD - Jonnie Mae Perry, the executive director of the Gifford Historical Museum and Cultural Center, seems to know everything about the history of Gifford and the people who have lived there. The knowledge she and the museum share is critically important to understanding American history…

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FLORIDA - Growers of industrial hemp can now submit their varieties for approval by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences for legal sale within the state.

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FLORIDA - People often use these terms interchangeably, but they are not synonyms. A heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked, and sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating unexpectedly. A heart attack is a “circulation” problem and sudden…

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FLORIDA - The Florida Chamber of Commerce and Veterans Florida have announced the launch of the Florida SkillBridge coalition. The coalition includes industry partners who have committed to providing assistance to transitioning servicemembers into Florida’s growing workforce.

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FORT PIERCE - Indian River State College (IRSC) and Honeywell (NYSE: HON), have launched a comprehensive infrastructure improvement project designed to increase energy efficiency across all five of IRSC’s campuses through a series of building upgrades.

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City Council asks staff to create mobility plan and contract in order to eliminate developer impact fees in the future

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TREASURE COAST - A national COVID-19 vaccine finder, has expanded its live coverage to the State of Florida.

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FLORIDA - A healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons to fight cardiovascular disease. It’s not as hard as you may think! Remember, it's the overall pattern of your choices that counts. Make the simple steps below part of your life for long-term benefits to your health and your heart.

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SEBASTIAN - The Indian River County live music scene is slowly returning to something approaching normal. Capt. Hirams in Sebastian has a full lineup of diverse artists all weekend.

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Mike Freemen pulled this one out of Turkey Creek recently on a fishing trip with his buddy Dave Szulczewski of Palm Bay. (And they were in Dave's boat!). This Jack Crevalle weighed in at 8 pounds.

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Terence Collins and Virginia Smith in Indian River County enjoying the sights at Blue Cypress Lake, the headwater lake of the St. Johns River. And look what they brought along, the Hometown News! Thanks Terence and Virginia!

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Family and friends look on as Kevin Hunter of Barefoot Bay holds up a Black Drum that he caught at Ponce De Leon Park earlier this month. Big fish! They didn't get a chance to measure or weigh it.

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St. Lucie West resident Suzette Moore-Carter paid a visit to Winston Salem North Carolina on Dec. 30, 2020. Thanks for taking Hometown News along Suzette!