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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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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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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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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Investigators from the Vero Beach Police Department, the Sebastian Police Department, and the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office continue to pour over evidence seized during a late February sex trafficking sting that encompassed the entire Treasure Coast.

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VERO BEACH - Indian River Clay is a nonprofit collaborative founded in 2018 to promote the learning and development of pottery skills. The new group has just completed its first Master Workshop.

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VERO BEACH - On Jan. 31, swimming advisories were issued by the Florida Department of Health for four Indian River County beaches: Humiston Beach, Round Island Beach Park, Sexton Plaza, and South Beach Park 31. The advisories were the result of water testing on Jan. 28.

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Libia Santiago of the Tloke Nahuke Aztec Dancers performs a traditional Aztec dance.

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Shane Wooley, 17, and Phillip Green take part in the intertribal dance.

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Angelica Fernandez of the Tloke Nahuke Aztec Dancers performs the blessing of the grounds dance on the final day of the Powwow.

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Phillip Green and other dancers stand during a flag ceremony honoring veterans.

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Shane Wooley, 17, and Cody Kiser, 16, lead the intertribal dance

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Sebastian resident Susan Keiffer browses native American pottery from Wild Horse Trading.

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VERO BEACH - The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation has been awarded a $50,000 matching grant toward the cost of relocating the poet’s historic home from the campus of the Environmental Learning Center to the Mueller Campus of Indian River State College in Vero Beach.

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VERO BEACH - The Agile Rascal theatre troupe, a unique collection of environmentalist actors who travel the United States on bicycles, will visit the Environmental Learning Center on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 4 p.m. They will present a Florida-specific musical play that they just wrote in January,…

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VERO BEACH - Camp Haven, a non-profit that helps homeless men rebuild their lives, celebrated their 6th annual Diamonds in the Rough Gala at the Grand Harbor Golf & Beach Club on Jan. 26.

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FELLSMERE - The Learning Alliance and the Moonshot Community Action Network have a goal of 90 percent of Indian River County children reading proficiently by the end of third grade. A fun and successful tool helping to reach that goal is book giveaways, like a Santa-themed event recently in …

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VERO BEACH - The United Way of Indian River County and the Indian River County Sheriff's Office will join together to present a Be Scam Smart workshop on Feb. 12.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - The Float Hope youth swimming program will host its annual winter swim meet on Feb. 15 at the North County Pool in Sebastian. The nonprofit organization founded by Jeff Powers helps children from low income families not only learn to swim, but to do so competitively.

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TREASURE COAST – Airbnb, an online “accommodation marketplace” that links travelers with private homes for short-term lodging, released a 2018 report showing that Florida hosts earned $810 million in income while welcoming approximately 4.5 million guests to the state.

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INDIAN RIVER SHORES - The Town of Indian River Shores has reached an agreement with Joe Griffin, 73, to become the town’s new City Manager. Mr. Griffin, the former Sebastian City Manager, will start his employment on Feb. 11.

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VERO BEACH - On Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, McKee Botanical Garden will offer a special BOGO admission all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can get one free admission for each paid admission during this timeframe. The last admission ticket is sold at 4 p.m.

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TREASURE COAST – High school students in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties are invited to participate in the annual Creative Writing Contest hosted by the English/Communications/Modern Languages Department at Indian River State College (IRSC). The deadline to submit ent…

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TREASURE COAST - CareerSource Research Coast, which tracks employment for Indian River, Martin, and St. Lucie counties, reports that the region’s unemployment rate at the end of 2018 was 3.8 percent, down 0.5 percent from the 4.3 percent that closed 2017.

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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.