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MARTIN COUNTY — The School District and the Education Foundation of Martin County honored its top educators for the 2022/2023 School Year in a special Teacher of the Year ceremony held Nov. 4 at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center in Port St. Lucie. 

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STATEWIDE — With one of the busiest travel times of the year approaching -- and an estimated 54.6 million Americans planning to travel more than 50 miles during the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to AAA-- the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is offering tips to help families t…

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STUART — The Martin County Commission here got the ball rolling on the redevelopment of the old Golf World site shuttered a year ago when the majority of its members agreed to rezone 4.63 acres of the 26.06-acre property fronting Kanner Highway from planned unit development to General Commer…

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STATEWIDE — Following Hurricane Ian’s landfall, vessel owners were given a 45-day grace period to bring derelict vessels into compliance or remove them from state waters. The grace period ended on Nov. 15. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the number of impa…

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STUART — In a last-ditch effort to convince at least one other Board member to side with them, the two newest members of the City Commission elected last August on slow-growth platforms unsuccessfully attempted to derail the current Florida State Cabinet review of the administrative law judg…

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FORT PIERCE — If the State of Florida has no qualms about St. Lucie County amending its Comprehensive Plan for a future land use change on a 166.4-acre parcel north of Orange Avenue, the area could potentially see a multimillion-dollar investment and the creation of more than 3,000 jobs.

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MARTIN COUNTY — The holidays are a cherished time for most people, perhaps a rare moment to get together with family and friends all too frequently separated by time and distance. In the United States, that season is even longer than in most countries that celebrate Christmas and New Year’s …

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TREASURE COAST — Officially, the Atlantic Hurricane Season runs through the end of November. That’s a fact that Treasure Coast residents can attest to all too well after Hurricane Nicole brought wind, rain and beach erosion to the area.

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TREASURE COAST - Thanksgiving presents many potential dangers for pets. The ASPCA and Veterinarians.org offer tips on keeping pets safe and most of them, not surprisingly, concern what the animals are allowed to eat.

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STUART — The Martin County Local Planning Agency here voted unanimously Nov. 3 to recommend the County Commission approve the major final site plan so a Hobe Sound-based developer can construct a tennis center on a nine-acre parcel just north of Southeast Constitution Boulevard.

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TREASURE COAST — As the Thanksgiving season approaches, and many American families gather to give thanks, millions of families in other regions are directly impacted by war, famine and catastrophic world events. At times like these, it is more important than ever to spread joy by giving than…

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TREASURE COAST - The Indian River State College Foundation has voted to renew funding the college’s Promise Program for students graduating from high schools in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie County.

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STUART — The Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council and Martin County staff are currently gathering input from each of the county’s six Neighborhood Advisory Committees in order to refine and retool the existing payment in lieu parking program.

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STUART — The City Commission here waded into the weeds of both its Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Regulations during the first workshop held with the public Nov. 3 to determine the best way for the city to grow over the next two or three decades.

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TREASURE COAST — November is Manatee Awareness Month, an important time for boaters to go slow and look below to watch for manatees as they travel to warmer water sites around the state.

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INDIANTOWN – With a final vote during second reading on Oct. 27, the majority of the Village Council here decided to reject recommendations by the Planning, Zoning & Appeals Board on residency requirements for its own members and go with the Council’s previous decision to open up the adv…

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 STUART – The City Commission here voted unanimously Oct. 24 to change both the future land use and zoning on a 1.78-acre Green River Parkway parcel in order to build the city’s long-awaited fire station north of the Roosevelt Bridge.

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STATEWIDE — For Manatee Awareness Month this November, the Save the Manatee Club announced an invitation to the community to learn more about our beloved sea cows.

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STUART — The Martin County School Board here recognized the achievements of a handful of YMCA Youth in Government delegates Oct. 18 participating earlier this year in the state-wide assembly, as well as the Martin County High School instructor named the District’s Florida Council of Social S…

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STUART — The election of two new slow-growth commissioners last August, a pair of vocal activists and the Costco/multifamily quagmire are now affecting how the City Commission here views and handles developer requests for future land use changes desired for residential projects in the city.

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TREASURE COAST — With Americans getting ready to celebrate Halloween, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has sent out a list of safety tips for family caregivers to protect loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related illnesses.

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STATEWIDE– Voicing their support for transportation electrification, clean energy organizations sent a letter to the Florida Department of Education on Oct. 19 commending its plans to accelerate Florida school districts’ replacement of diesel fuel buses with clean electric school buses.

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STUART - Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, CLUE is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are the main …

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INDIANTOWN – The Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board here voted 4-1 Oct. 6 to recommend the Village Council reinstate residency requirements for at least five of its appointed Board members that the majority of councilmembers removed from the draft amendment to the land development regulation…

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STUART – The Martin County Commission here voted unanimously Oct. 11 to adopt the management plan for the long-awaited Port Salerno Mooring Field that facilitates the permit from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to permit the placement of buoys and channel markers in the…

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FORT PIERCE — The Indian River State College (IRSC) Criminal Justice Institute announced it has received $1.5 million in scholarship funding from the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) that will be available to those who qualify and may cover up to 100% of the costs to complete training.…

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INDIANTOWN – Saddle up for some adventure in Indiantown on Friday, Oct. 14, and Saturday, Oct. 15, when the 75th Annual Indiantown Rodeo comes to Timer Powers Park on Citrus Boulevard. 

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TREASURE COAST - Although impacts for areas along the Treasure Coast were far, far more muted in comparison to some of the other areas of the Florida peninsula, the area did feel impacts from Hurricane Ian last week.

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TREASURE COAST - People taking steps to protect their homes from damage often overlook one major investment, their backyard swimming pool.

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Commissioners hashed out preliminary details for implanting a temporarily pause on multifamily approvals

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These adorable roommates came to the Humane Society when their owner could no longer care for them. Come meet these friendly felines and you will see how much love they will bring into your home!

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These pets and many more are available for adoption through the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Locations to adopt are the HSTC Main Shelter at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, the HSTC Thrift Store Central at 2585 SE Federal Highway in Stuart, and the HSTC Thrift Store North a…

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This is Lita, a French Bulldog who will be 2 years old this month. She LOVES chasing geckos, bouncing a balloon off her nose and chasing Smokey, the home's black cat. She lives with Stevie Ray Ratkowski in Melbourne.

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Caught by Joe Paladino, of Merritt Island, with his fishing guide, Alex. The handsome catch was a 26-inch Snook, caught in Skyes Creek.

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Joyce & George Fisher with their copy of The Hometown News at Niagara Falls, on the U.S. side. The couple lives both in Long Island, New York, and in Indialantic, here in Florida.

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These pets and many more are available for adoption through the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Locations to adopt are the HSTC Main Shelter at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, the HSTC Thrift Store Central at 2585 SE Federal Highway in Stuart, and the HSTC Thrift Store North a…

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This week's adoptable pets for Indian River County. Meet both animals at the Humane Society of Indian River County and Vero Beach.

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This week we bring you a Jack Crevalle, caught by Sherry Wyatt of Palm Bay. She caught this beauty while fishing off the river in the Grant area, U.S. Hwy 1.

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Our Pet of the Week is Raina, a 10-week-old French Bulldog puppy from Melbourne. Her owner, Sherry Adams, says Raina loves to chew on shoe laces, chase the cats and play with pet toys.

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CeeCee is Ron and Diana Sageser's beloved Shih Tzu. She was rescued in 2019 when she was 4 years old and now lives happily in Rockledge. CeeCee enjoys riding in the car, playing with her stuffed toys and visiting Diana's craft booth at Rockledge Gardens. She is very soft and loves to be pett…

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Debi Roth and Tracy Grigsby of Brevard County traveled to Boston, Massachusetts, and, of course, they had to bring their issue of The Hometown News. The couple visited various places, including the historic Saint John Bay of Fundy, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the city's main lighthouse. 

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Mischief is a special 5 year young boy. Not many people ask to meet him because he barks when you walk by his kennel. However, outside of his kennel he is completely different. He would sit in your lap if he could. Mischief absolutely LOVES to play in the water, it is his favorite thing asid…

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Julian Hickey, former Stuart resident and now a resident of Basel, Switzerland, caught this Flounder in the big bend area of the river on Oct. 21. What a catch!

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Kwinn Cawthon is a 10-month-old spunky puppy who loves to give kisses, lay in his very own rocking chair and chew his bacon-flavored wishbone. He will even play catch by himself by flipping his bone up in the air and trying to catch it!  

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Red is a 3 year young, super happy hound mix couch potato. Sadly, his best friend became ill and could no longer take care of him. He loves belly rubs and toys, especially Nyla Bones. He is the perfect friend for someone who is looking for love and companionship.

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This week's pet is Finn. Finn is a 2-year-old Chinese crested dog. He likes short walks, snacks and naps. He lives with owner Joanne Ragan in Titusville.

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The McLeans from Palm Bay, Florida Mark, Marci and daughter Marie took the Hometown News to Banner Elk, North Carolina for the 45th annual Woolly Worm Festival. Where they raced woolly worms up strings. The winning worm predicts High Country's winter weather forecast for the year.

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Our photo this week is of Adam Murray. The 14-year-old was visiting Melbourne Beach from Peotone, IL, on Aug. 10, 2022, when he caught a red fish. The handsome catch was about 3 lbs and 23 inches at Indian River, off the A1A Condo Park pier, a bit south of the Spessard Holland golf course.

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In September, Indialantic resident Kelly Tidwell traveled with her husband to Playa del Carmen and took the ferry to Cozumel for the day.

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David Cawthon of Palm Bay caught and released a sail catfish at Squid Lips in Eau Gallie on Sept. 10, 2022.  

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Bella and Lulu are both 5-year-old rescue dogs. Bella loves all kinds of food and to play fetch. Lulu loves mango and cuddles. They live with their owner, reader Veronica Larco.  

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Tobie is a domestic medium hair orange and white neutered male, he is 8 years old. He loves spending the day on our lanai enjoying watching the lizards and napping in the fresh air. When it’s dark he comes in to eat, spend time with the family and get combed. Sometimes he zooms around with t…

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Chloe is a beautiful, 4-year-old female. This sweet pup is a people pleaser and wants to be everybody’s friend. She’s very treat-motivated and is learning how to “sit”. Chloe has terrific manners, doesn’t jump, and is gentle and kind.

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Chaos is all smiles! This happy, 2-year-old boy is all wiggles and muscle – weighing in at 66lbs! Chaos knows basic commends but will need to continue additional training and reinforcement in his new home. Luckily, HSTC offers a wonderful 6-week basic obedience training to help him on his jo…

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Mischief is a special 5 year young boy. Not many people ask to meet him because he barks when you walk by his kennel. However, outside of his kennel he is completely different. He would sit in your lap if he could. Mischief absolutely LOVES to play in the water, it is his favorite thing asid…

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Maggie's original senior owner died from Covid during the height of the Pandemic. With no one to take her and being a senior dog with Thyroid disease her likelihood of being adopted was slim. However, she was adopted, but sadly returned in 4 months. Her health and separation anxiety were too…

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Lola is an affectionate, 7-year-old shepherd mix. This well-mannered girl gets along with other dogs, knows her basic commands, and takes treats gently. Lola has a unique look with beautiful white eyelashes that accompany her gentle and loving personality.