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VERO BEACH - The Vero Beach City Council has chosen Dr. Val Zudans as the new mayor, and Col. Tony Young as vice-mayor. They were chosen by the new full council, which in addition to Dr. Zudans and Col. Young includes Laura Moss, Robert Brackett, and Harry Howle.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - If budgeted numbers for All Aboard Florida legal expenses are an accurate predictor, the 2018-19 fiscal year could be an expensive one for Indian River County taxpayers.

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SEBASTIAN - The Sebastian Property Owners Association will award two $500 scholarships to Sebastian students wishing to continue their education past high school.

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VERO BEACH - Employees with Florida Power & Light turned out March 5 to help beautify Hibiscus Children’s Village. As part of the 11th annual FPL Power to Care Week, the volunteers completed landscaping projects, cleaned, and beautified the organization’s facilities at 1145 12th St. in V…

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VERO BEACH - Highland Homes Roofing Marketing Director Kristin Halcomb heard of a Vero Beach veteran who needed a new roof, but couldn’t afford it. She discussed it with company owner Nakia Geller, and very quickly the veteran had a new roof, free of charge.

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY – You won't have to travel far to find plenty of parties and festivals that are celebrating St. Patrick's Day.

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FORT PIERCE — A bit of cloud cover brought relief to two teams hashing it out at Lawnwood Stadium this past Sunday afternoon.

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Fort Pierce gets ball rolling on workforce housing with approval of ordinance to interface with future land trust

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STUART – The middle school years can be some of the most challenging times in a child's life. Peer pressure, anxiety, and fears about fitting in can easily sabotage a child's self- esteem and academic success. Tykes & Teens is helping students in Martin County overcome these social-emoti…

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MARTIN COUNTY – The Martin County School District will sponsor the 45th Annual “Music in Our Schools” program on Tuesday, March 26 at 7pm. The free event will be held in the gymnasium at Martin County High School and will feature performances by elementary, middle, and high school music students.

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The Martin County Local Planning Agency rejects staff recommendation for 118-unit Cove Road development

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STUART – The 11th Annual Single Fin Showdown has been named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for 2019 by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS). Taking place March 16 at Stuart Beach, the showdown annually attracts more than 150 competitors and 1,500 festival spectators.

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The City Commission will hold a spring discussion on recent shooting violence and better police compensation

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar announced March 4 that he will not seek re-election for a fourth term. Sheriff Loar will step down in January 2021 and turn the department over to a newly elected sheriff.

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VERO BEACH - On March 8, Friends After Diagnosis will host a free screening of the Academy Award-nominated documentary feature “RBG” at The Majestic 11 theater. Indian River County Court Judge Nicole P. Menz will introduce the film.

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VERO BEACH - At the Feb. 5 Vero Beach City Council meeting, the Live Like Cole Foundation presented full payment for the repairs on the Live Like Cole Dock in Royal Palm Pointe.

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SEBASTIAN - One of Google’s top marketing trainers is coming to Indian River County for two marketing workshops on March 19 and March 20. Business owners, marketing professionals, and salespeople are invited to attend.

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JOHN’S ISLAND - An environmental battle is brewing over plans to construct a pipeline under and across the Indian River Lagoon to John’s Island. Advocates and opponents will make their case at a March 12 County Commissioners meeting, though at press time there was talk of delaying that agenda item.

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SEBASTIAN – It's ShrimpFest time again! Three days of Shrimp, Craft Beer, Live Music, Kids Events and lots of Vendors! Local restaurants including the Chubby Mullet, Old Fish House Bar & Grill, Squid Lips, and Tiki Hut Bar & Grill, along with a number of food trucks, will compete for…

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MARTIN COUNTY – Martin County Ecosystem Restoration and Management is partnering with Be Floridian Now to kick off a new project in Martin County to raise awareness on the local fertilizer ordinance and its connection to water quality in our community. Local businesses can sponsor a colorful…

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Bass Pro Shop’s Jim Burczyk feeds the fish.

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Twelve-year-old Rocco Binetti of Stuart observes the feeding frenzy at the aquarium.

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Ten-year-old Laura Binetti of Stuart works on her art project.

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Four-year-old Olivia Lockwood checks out her catch with her mom Melody.

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Bass Pro Shop’s Kaitlin Thompson helps five-year-old Xavier Lockwood with his catch, with his father Michael.

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J. J. Juarez of Okeechobee helps his six-year-old daughter Alliyah to bring in her catch.

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Ten-year-olds Amauri Beal and Gisselle Grant as Chrissy Ossa holds up the tilapia Amauri caught.

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Homeowners in the River Park neighborhood begged County Commissioners and staff Feb. 5 for help in enforcing the speed limits on their streets and in closing off at least one road used by motorists avoiding delays at a Prima Vista traffic signal.

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STUART – The Martin County Commission, the Stuart City Commission and the School Board of Martin County met Feb. 14 for their latest joint session to discuss a variety of topics but found the emotion and lingering effects of the Parkland school shooting still very fresh on everyone’s minds.

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STUART – While what happens in Vegas tends to stay in Vegas, both the Martin County middle class and the uber-wealthy seasonal residents alike found out that Stuart and the surrounding area of the Treasure Coast don’t exactly conform to that rule when it comes to spas-turned-cat-houses and t…

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FORT PIERCE -- The Fort Pierce City Commission agreed to let staff continue ongoing contract negotiations with the Humane Society of St. Lucie County despite an outcry of complaints about mismanagement and accidental animal deaths.

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FORT PIERCE – Get ready for a fifth time to kick back your heels and enjoy a rip-roaring good time at the Sunrise Theatre’s 5th Annual Cattleman’s Dance on Saturday, March 9th.

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FORT PIERCE -- The Fort Pierce City Commission agreed to let staff continue ongoing contract negotiations with the Humane Society of St. Lucie County despite an outcry of complaints about mismanagement and accidental animal deaths.

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VERO BEACH - Veterinarian John Clark of Vero Beach was born and raised in Malawi, in central Africa. Malawi has one of the highest rates of pediatric rabies deaths in the world. For the past two years, Dr. Clark and his wife, Rachel Clark, have been leading an effort to eradicate rabies from…

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VERO BEACH - The 100 year celebration for Vero Beach continues with many March events. Below are a few highlights. See the full schedule at www.verobeach100.org.

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Martin County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach BBQ was held at Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach on Tuesday, March 5. The Sheriff’s Office invited the community to meet some of the deputies as they grill them some food, learn about what goes on in their community, discuss crime preven…

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Open every Saturday morning, the Fort Pierce Jazz Society Craft Market and the Downtown Farmer's Market of Fort Pierce offered live entertainment, crafts, food, fresh local produce and plants on Saturday, March 9,  on the waterfront in historic downtown Fort Pierce.

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Mia Fisichella, 6, granddaughter of Phil and Gerry Tafoya, was visiting from Beverly, Massachusetts, and caught this 12-inch, one pound mangrove snapper from a dock in river park north fork of Saint Lucie River

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Zaine Parlor, a senior from Fort Pierce Central had an impressive record of 46-11 this wrestling season. He was the District Champion and the Regional Champion. Zaine won the Region 3A Championship by avenging a loss to Gianni Guerriero in the finals. Guerriero formerly bested Zaine in the S…

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Horace is a three and a half-year old neutered male orange tabby mixed breed cat. He is impressive to behold in the cat room, confident, yet curious. Horace is exploring his new digs, since he just came to the Humane Society in February. Despite his independent appearance, he is friendly, an…

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Achilles is a large, handsome, boisterous boy who is only about 6 years old. He is very calm in is kennel and very active once he is out and about. His favorite game is tug and he adores playing with his toys. Achilles can be very picky about his dog friends so a meet-and-greet is required f…

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Oliver (left) is over the top sweet. Look into his big brown eyes and tell me your heart does not melt. He is very affectionate and super happy. Let the "lovefest" begin with Oliver in your life. Pirate (right) is very gentle and very affectionate. His favorite pastime is to be pet right by …

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Hi! My name is Smokey and my best friend's name is 'The Bandit'. Don't worry, he is just a teddy bear that I have had since I was a kitten! That a fourteen year long friendship! I have never been without him and he needs to stay with me at all times.

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Lexy is an almost three-year old spayed female brown brindle and white mixed breed dog. She has been at the Humane Society since October. Her friends here say Lexy listens well, and she is very well-behaved on walks. This clever girl will sit and offer her paw when you ask. Take one look int…

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Rudy is a sweet 8 year old boy and he is quickly on his way to becoming a HSTC staff and volunteer favorite. Since he came to us as stray, we do not know much about his past. What we do know is that he is very talkative and extremely social. He loves attention! Rudy is also FIV (Feline Immun…

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We're Nebula and Cosmo-a loving long-haired brother and sister who are waiting to love you. We cuddle with each other, so we need to stay together, but we are great with people of all ages, too. We are only a year old and we have perfect manners. Our guardian angel has paid our adoption fee,…

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Debra and Frank Lillo are both native Rhode Islanders and moved to Port St. Lucie in 1993 right after the big blizzard in New England. Whenever the couple travels to Rhode Island, their first stop after landing at the T.F. Green airport is to head north a few miles up “95” to Olneyville and …

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Max Lucas gives two thumbs up for the Hometown News at the foot of one of the world’s most iconic mountain peaks in the world, the Matterhorn in Switzerland.

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Richard and Jeanne Nash from Hobe Sound on July 16, 2018 visiting Katmai National Park in Alaska where the wild brown bears fish the annual salmon run. Spectacular!

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Samuel Weaver, 6, from Taylorstown, Virginia. (Visiting grandparents in Vero Beach, caught this "very big" Tilapia in west Vero Beach.