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St. John Celebration Parade Features St. John Entries and Classic Troupes from St. Thomas

A couple of cloudbursts caused a slowdown or two at the start, but rain didn't come close to stopping the St. John July 4th Celebration parade.

Celebrating Emancipation Day in Freedom City

Long before the sun went down Sunday, people gathered with family and friends at Budhoe and Verne Richards Veteran Parks in Frederiksted, anticipating the Emancipation Day celebration with music, poetry, dancing, and of course, good food.

Voter Registration Deadline for Primary Election is July 7

Supervisor of Elections Caroline F. Fawkes informs the public that the deadline to  register to vote, to be eligible to participate in the Aug. 6 Primary Election is Thursday, July 7.

Campaign Disclosure Reports Due on June 30

Fawkes said that, “failure to submit the campaign disclosure report by the deadline will result in candidates and political committees incurring fees.”

Election System Presents 2022 Electoral Candidates

By 5 p.m. on May 17 there were six hopefuls for the governor’s race, three for the at-large seat in the Legislature, and one unopposed bid for delegate to Congress.

Island Analytics and Marketing Launches Primary Election Survey for Public Opinion

This survey will collect the opinions of USVI residents about the candidates running in the Aug. 6, 2022 primary elections.

Statue Rededication Helps Change Narrative of Emancipation Day

The rededication of the Freedom statue in Emancipation Garden signals an official change in the historical narrative of the park, and the desire of a community to take control of its destiny, speakers at Freedom Day events on St. Thomas said.

Territory Mourns the Loss of Former Gov. Charles W. Turnbull

Former Gov. Charles W. Turnbull was 87 and when he passed early Sunday, he was surrounded by family, friends said. The drums at Sunday’s Emancipation Day celebration on St. Thomas thrummed quietly as those gathered bowed their heads in a moment of silence in his honor.

USVI Came to America a Diverse Community

By the time U.S. officials documented the population of the country's newly acquired U.S. Virgin Islands territory, it had been declining for generations.

Cash & Carry Opens a New Location in Town

The 22-year-old business Cash & Carry, which has been operating since 2001, has opened a second location in Long Bay, St. Thomas, at Mandela Circle. The new store, known as Cash & Carry West, opened last week Monday.

Gov. Bryan Meets with WICO and VIPA

On Thursday, Governor Albert Bryan Jr., the leadership of the West Indian Company Limited (WICO), and the Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) met to discuss plans for moving forward with the harbor dredging projects in Charlotte Amalie and Gallows Bay.

Help Crime Stoppers Solve Past Homicides

Crime Stoppers VI is offering up to $10,000 cash rewards for information on individuals involved in recent or past homicides in the territory.

St. Thomas Man Shot in Red Hook

A St. Thomas man was shot in Red Hook early on Saturday morning, police say.

Kappa Men Complete 22nd Annual Freedom Walk 

The St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands Alumni Chapter Brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Inc. completed the 15.6-mile 22nd annual Freedom Walk on Sunday, Emancipation Day, trekking from Fort Christianvaern in Christiansted to Fort Frederik in Frederiksted. 

Update: St. Croix Man Wanted for Assault and Burglary in Custody

Jahfie Walcott was arrested without incident on Saturday morning, according to police.

COVID-19 Omicron Subvariant BA.4 Confirmed in the USVI

COVID-19 samples forwarded to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for routine COVID-19 sequencing have identified the presence of the COVID-19 Omicron BA.4 subvariant in the territory, according to the Department of Health

Cash & Carry Opens a New Location in Town

The 22-year-old business Cash & Carry, which has been operating since 2001, has opened a second location in Long Bay, St. Thomas, at Mandela Circle. The new store, known as Cash & Carry West, opened last week Monday.

Art Meets Healing Among Survivors

At Cane Roots Art Gallery, Diane Hampton, VI Breast Cancer Project Founder and Art Therapy Coordinator, organized a bust sculpture event at the Cane Roots Art Gallery in downtown Christiansted, St. Croix, on a quiet Friday afternoon in June.

COVID-19 Omicron Subvariant BA.4 Confirmed in the USVI

COVID-19 samples forwarded to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for routine COVID-19 sequencing have identified the presence of the COVID-19 Omicron BA.4 subvariant in the territory, according to the Department of Health

Update: St. Croix Man Wanted for Assault and Burglary in Custody

Jahfie Walcott was arrested without incident on Saturday morning, according to police.

Virtue of the Week: Joyfulness

Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.

D’Amour Continues to Improve on World Stage With 9th Place in Paris at World Cup

To prepare for Stage 3 of the World Cup in Paris, Nicholas D’Amour and his coach, Angelo Acevedo, were invited by the Spanish Olympic team to train for one week in Madrid. After training hard, they headed to Paris, and then disaster struck.

Art Meets Healing Among Survivors

At Cane Roots Art Gallery, Diane Hampton, VI Breast Cancer Project Founder and Art Therapy Coordinator, organized a bust sculpture event at the Cane Roots Art Gallery in downtown Christiansted, St. Croix, on a quiet Friday afternoon in June.

Kappa Men Complete 22nd Annual Freedom Walk 

The St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands Alumni Chapter Brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Inc. completed the 15.6-mile 22nd annual Freedom Walk on Sunday, Emancipation Day, trekking from Fort Christianvaern in Christiansted to Fort Frederik in Frederiksted. 

John ‘Jack’ Bishop Dies at 60

John (“Jack”) Bishop, age 60, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, June 13, 2022, with his wife, son, and daughter by his side.

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VIPD: Two Suspects Flee Scene of an Attempted Murder

Police are searching for two suspects involved in an alleged attempted murder that occurred on Saturday night in the Castle Coakley area on St. Croix.

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Gov. Bryan Meets with WICO and VIPA

On Thursday, Governor Albert Bryan Jr., the leadership of the West Indian Company Limited, and the Virgin Islands Port Authority met to discuss plans for moving forward with the harbor dredging projects in Charlotte Amalie and Gallows Bay.

Read Full Story (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/07/03/gov-bryan-meets-with-wico-and-vipa/
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Cash & Carry Opens a New Location in Town

Cash & Carry, operating since 2001, has opened a second location at Mandela Circle in Long Bay, St. Thomas. The new store, known as Cash & Carry West, opened on June 27.

Read Full Story by Knema Willet (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/07/03/cash-carry-opens-a-new-location-in-town/

📸: Inside of the newly opened Cash & Carry West. (Photo by Knema Willett)
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USVI Came to America a Diverse Community

This is the second article in a series based on data contained in the 1917 Census of the U.S. Virgin Islands, describing the territory as it was when it came under U.S. control.

By the time U.S. officials documented the population of the country’s newly acquired U.S. Virgin Islands territory, it had been declining for generations.

Read Full Story by Bernetia Akin (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/07/03/usvi-came-to-america-a-diverse-community/

📸: Population had begun a shift towards cities like Christiansted in the late 1800s and early 1900s. (U.S. Census Bureau photo)
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Territory Mourns the Loss of Former Gov. Charles W. Turnbull

Governor Charles Wesley Turnbull, can you please stand,” former Sen. Myron Jackson said at Freedom Day events on St. Thomas Sunday, as the crowd in Emancipation Garden honored ancestors – among them family members and friends – who they said have helped shape the territory. Turnbull “slipped away quietly” on the eve of Emancipation Day, Jackson said, leaving a community behind that would forever be inspired by his advocacy and contributions.

Read Full Story by Judi Shimel and Ananta Pancham (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/07/04/territory-mourns-the-loss-of-former-gov-charles-w-turnbull/

📸: From left: In 2014, former governors Roy L. Schneider, Charles W. Turnbull, John deJongh Jr. and Kenneth Mapp gathered on the steps of Government House on St. Thomas for a meeting of the minds. (Source file photo)
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Statue Rededication Helps Change Narrative of Emancipation Day

The rededication of the Freedom statue in Emancipation Garden signals an official change in the historical narrative of the park, and the desire of a community to take control of its destiny, speakers at Freedom Day events on St. Thomas said.

Read Full Story by Ananta Pancham (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/07/04/statue-rededication-helps-change-narrative-of-emancipation-day/

📸: Pan African Support Group member Anna Francis takes a photo of the rededicated Freedom statue located in the heart of Emancipation Garden. (Source photo by Ananta Pancham)
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60 Pilot Whales Beached on Anegada

Some 60 pilot whales have beached themselves on Anegada in the British Virgin Islands. The reason for the incident is still unknown, as is the exact number of whales that became stranded. Read full story here: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/07/03/60-pilot-whales-beached-on-anegada/
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Supreme Court Ruling’s Impact on Limetree Not Yet Known

President Joe Biden called it a “devastating decision that aims to take our country backwards.” Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan said he was “deeply disappointed.” But whether the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday — limiting the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions at power plants — will affect the reopening or oversight of the Limetree Bay Refinery on St. Croix remains to be seen.

Read Full Story by Sian Cobb (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/07/01/supreme-court-rulings-impact-on-limetree-not-yet-known/

📸: The twin towers of Limetree Bay refinery’s coker rise in the distance on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, on the south shore of St. Croix. A coker malfunction contributed to the refinery’s shutdown and bankruptcy. (Source photo by Patricia Borns)
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Bryan Establishes Committee to Plan 175th Anniversary of Emancipation

🎥 Watch: https://youtu.be/a7SstPq1VmI

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. held a press conference at Government House on St. Croix on Friday to sign an executive order establishing the committee to oversee the territory’s preparations for events to celebrate next year’s 175th Anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Read Full Story (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/07/01/bryan-establishes-committee-to-plan-175th-anniversary-of-emancipation/

📸: Gov. Albert Bryan at Thursday’s press conference. (Government House photo)
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1917 Census Opens Window to Islands’ Past

It may be coincidental, but the juxtaposition of Virgin Islands Emancipation Day July 3 and American Independence Day July 4 has become an annual marker of the link between the two cultures.

Read Full Story: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/07/02/1917-census-opens-window-to-islands-past/

📸: At the time of the 1917 census, federal officials described the harbor at Charlotte Amalie as one of the best in the Lesser Antilles. (U.S. Census Bureau photo)
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Art Meets Healing Among Survivors

At Cane Roots Art Gallery, Diane Hampton, VI Breast Cancer Project Founder and Art Therapy Coordinator, organized a bust sculpture event at the Cane Roots Art Gallery in downtown Christiansted, St. Croix, on a quiet Friday afternoon in June. A breast cancer advocate, Diane, strives to increase awareness and build camaraderie amongst breast cancer survivors, which, surprisingly to many, also includes males.

Read Full Story: https://stcroixsource.com/2022/07/01/art-meets-healing-amongst-survivors/

📸: A painted bust sculpture from the art healing event in Christiansted. (Photo by Shanell Petersen)

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Editorial: “Local Tourists” Want Better Signage

St. Johnians, you ever get a crazy tourist question like how to get to Highway 104?

Read Full Story by Mat Probasco: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/07/02/editorial-local-tourists-want-better-signage/

📸: Map of St. Thomas. Wouldn’t it be nice to not drive for a while? (Photo: Mat Probasco)
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St. Croix Men Allegedly Forged and Cashed Government Checks

Three St. Croix residents allegedly printed and deposited a dozen fake Department of Labor checks, fraudulently collecting more than $22,000 in their bank accounts, police said Friday.

Read Full Story by Mat Probasco (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/07/01/st-croix-men-allegedly-forged-and-cashed-government-checks/

📸: Bank check (Shutterstock)
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Were you on the route today? Organizers said today’s J’ouvert on St. John drew some of the largest crowds ever seen - more coverage to come. Video by Judi Shimel. #fete #myusvi ...

Unvaccinated National Guard Face Discharge

The U.S. Department of Defense gave National Guard personnel a choice: Get the COVID vaccine by June 30 or be discharged from service.

Read Full Story by Mat Probasco (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/07/01/unvaccinated-national-guard-face-discharge/

📸: A guardsman receives a vaccine. (Photo: VI Source)
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Actor Robert Campbell from ‘Shottas’ to Appear at ‘All Black Affair’

Robert Campbell, best known for his role in the movie “Shottas” as “Mad Max” will make an appearance at the “Shottaz Are Back, All Black Affair,” on Saturday at the Levels Night Club in Christiansted.

Read Full Story by Diana Dias (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/07/01/actor-robert-campbell-from-movie-shottas-to-appear-at-all-black-affair/

📸: Robert Campbell
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Magnie Family Records “Ten feet Tall” for July 4th Celebration

St. John’s July 4th Celebration will no doubt have a road march, but this year it will also have something else: a homegrown, family-friendly carnival tune that is evolving into a video.

Read Full Story Amy H. Roberts (Link In Bio): https://stjohnsource.com/2022/07/01/magnie-family-records-ten-feet-tall-for-july-4th-celebration/

📸: The Magnie Family performs at Mongoose Junction. (Photo provided by Lauren Magnie)

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St. John Festival Begins at ‘Jordanville’

Opening night at St. John‘s Carnival Village kicked off in spectacular fashion. St. John native Derron Jordan was the man of the night. For his dedication to his community and willingness to always give, Jordan was given the special honor of having the village named after him.

Read Full Story by Joshua Crawford Barry (Link In Bio): https://stjohnsource.com/2022/07/01/st-john-festival-begins-at-jordanville/

📸: Derron Jordan. (Photo by Joshua Crawford Barry)
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Medical Simulation Center Opens on UVI Campus

A ribbon-cutting for the first visible image of the medical school being built in the U.S. Virgin Islands – the Medical Simulation Center – was attended by local and federal dignitaries on the St. Croix campus of the University of the Virgin Islands Wednesday.

Read Full Story by Susan Ellis (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/06/29/medical-simulation-center-opens-on-uvi-campus/

📸: Dignitaries cut the ribbon to open the Simulation Center at the University of the Virgin Islands. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)
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2022 Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline Is July 7

Supervisor of Elections Caroline F. Fawkes informs the public that the deadline to register to vote in order to be eligible to participate in the Aug. 6, 2022 Primary Election is Thursday, July 7. Pursuant to VI Code 18, Chapter 5, voter registration is closed for a period of 30 days immediately preceding and five days immediately following each election.

Read Full Press Release (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/29/2022-primary-election-voter-registration-deadline-is-july-7/

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