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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Representative Bill Posey has been recognized by a national animal welfare group for his work on behalf of animals.

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INDIANTOWN —  The arrival of a cutting-edge and environmentally friendly Biorchar carbon plant came one step closer to reality on Southwest Fox Brown Road here after the Village of Indiantown Planning, Zoning & Appeals Board voted unanimously April 1 to recommend approval of the major si…

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MARTIN COUNTY – At a time when our planet needs all the friends she can get, the Children's Museum is hosting Earth Fest, an event aimed to show what humans can do to love and care for the place we all share and call home.

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TREASURE COAST — With manatees on the move due to changing water temperatures, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is urging boaters to slow down, especially in marked manatee zones.

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY —  For the Renaissance Charter School of St. Lucie’s theatre arts program, it all began back in November 2014 with a simple text message: “We should do a musical.”

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FELLSMERE — In President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, about $360 billion is earmarked to help state and local governments mitigate the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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VERO BEACH — The Indian River County Solid Waste Disposal District is partnering with Southeast Secure Shredding and Waste Management to bring residents free paper shredding services on April 17 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Southeast Secure Shredding in Vero Beach.

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VERO BEACH — The Vero Beach City Council has chosen former mayor Dick Winger, 83, to fill the council seat formerly held by Joe Graves. Mr. Winger was previously a councilmember for six years. Mr. Graves resigned on March 5 because he had moved out of the city.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Thanks in part to the generosity of Hometown News readers, the third annual Vero Beach Sock Drive for the homeless was an overwhelming success.

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VERO BEACH - Sea turtle nesting season in Indian River County is March 1 through Oct. 31. The non-profit organization Coastal Connections invites everybody to celebrate the season at their inaugural Tipsy Turtle 2 Mile run/walk on Sat., April 10 from 8-11 a.m., rain or shine, at Sexton Plaza…

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FORT PIERCE - There is not a single area of life that has been left untouched by the Coronavirus pandemic, and the arts have suffered more severely than many areas of the economy. Broadway went dark, concert halls and theatres closed, unsure of when they might open again, if ever.

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FLORIDA – AAA - The Auto Club Group, is urging drivers to focus on the road ahead of them and not on their smartphones in April which is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

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FLORIDA - As of March 29 water temperatures off Key West were around 81.5 degrees Fahrenheit, about five degrees above normal. That does not bode well for the 2021 hurricane season, according to the meteorologists at AccuWeather.

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FLORIDA - The number of Florida law enforcement officer killed this year has now risen to 11 and more than half of the deaths are the result of violent attacks on police officers. Only 2 two line-of-duty deaths had occurred during the same time period last year.

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VERO BEACH - The story, "A Cup of Friendship" will come to life when a saxophone quartet from the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presents another installment of the popular Once Upon an Orchestra musical series for children.

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY – After an eight-month renovation project, St. Lucie County’s Parks & Recreation staff recently completed an overhaul of the playground area inside the White City Park off Midway Road in Fort Pierce.

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MARTIN COUNTY - The key-note speakers offered inspiration and expertise to members of the Young Professionals of Martin County (YMPC) during their 2nd Annual Women’s Day Brunch.

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Rhonda DuBord, who is a member of the Freedom Boat Club of Ft. Pierce, landed this permit game fish on April 6 off the second buoy from the Ft. Pierce Inlet. It measured 31-inches and weighed in at 17 pounds!  "It was heavy to hold!" said Rhonda. Nice catch!

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Laura Nan Robertson of Palm Bay told us she hadn't been fishing for 20 years. Then her son Doug took her out off Cocoa recently and she caught the biggest fish ever. A 20 inch 5 pound Bass. Nice catch Laura!

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Joe Helle caught this Crappie in Port St. Lucie on Presidents Day. It weighed in at 1.5 pounds! He told us he's visiting from St. Louis Missouri where it was -3 degrees! Welcome to Florida Joe! Nice catch!