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Sher’Niah Freeman Crowned 70th St. John Celebration Queen

Sher'Niah Freeman, a University of the Virgin Islands sophomore, emerged victorious Saturday after a captivating display of talent and cultural pride at the 70th Annual St. John Celebration pageant.

The Lounge | You’re Not Ok, and That’s Ok

In his biweekly column, Langley Shazor speaks to issues important to men within the territory. This week he shares that emotions are valid.

UVI Free Tuition Scholarship Program Available to Part-Time and Online Students

During the regular quarterly meeting on Saturday, the University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees unanimously approved changes to the Free Tuition Scholarship program. The changes now include part-time and online students. These changes were previously approved by the board’s Executive Committee.

Two Suspects Face Charges in STJ Vehicular Theft Case

The police arrested two suspects in connection with the theft of a vehicle on St. John, the V.I. Police Department reported. 

Weekly Weather Forecast with Jesse Daley

Watch now: Check out our weekly weather forecast with Jesse Daley, covering Sunday, June 23, through Saturday, June 29.

Government Checks Didn’t Really Bounce

Joel Lee, Director of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, told the Committee on Budget, Appropriations, and Finance that his bureau did not have a problem with bouncing checks.

USVI Hosts Tech Beach Retreat, Igniting Innovation and Collaboration

The V.I.’s inaugural Tech Beach Retreat (TBR) USVI Summit in partnership with UVI Research and Technology Park (RTP), drew entrepreneurs and innovators from around the globe to the Westin Beach Resort in St. Thomas this past week.

Generator Safety and Maintenance Tips

With a potentially busy hurricane season underway and frequent and ongoing WAPA power outages, residents across the V.I. are reminded about how to operate generators safely during an electrical failure.

St. Croix Historic Preservation Committee Schedules Monthly Meeting for June 25

The St. Croix Historic Preservation Committee (STXHPC) will hold its scheduled monthly meeting at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 25, at 10.  It will take place via Microsoft TEAMS. 

Kevin McCurdy Named New Chair of Lottery Commission After Jenifer O’Neal Resigns

The V.I. Lottery Commission held a public emergency commission meeting on Friday to discuss new chairperson Kevin McCurdy, who will be taking the place of former chairperson Jenifer O’Neal, and other matters. 

Senators Look Past WAPA to Solve Energy Crisis

Rising fuel costs and persistent outages have pushed the Water and Power Authority to the forefront of the territory's energy crisis but at Friday's hearing of the Committee on Budget, Appropriations, and Finance, senators set their sights beyond WAPA, focusing their scrutiny on the Virgin Islands Energy Office.

Ritz-Carlton Seeks Sargassum Shield and Sand Trap

A resort on St. Thomas’ East End asked the Coastal Zone Management division Friday afternoon to approve a plan to sink tubes meant to reverse beach erosion and float a screen to direct seaweed to a single, manageable location.

CZM Approves Tropical Shipping Permit to Rebuild

The St. Croix Coastal Zone Management Board of Commissioners approved a new building for Tropical Shipping but delayed hearings for both the V.I. Education Department’s application to rebuild St. Croix Central High School due to their tardy responses, and the V.I. Water and Power Authority’s petition to lay underground cable for failing to follow procedures.

St. Thomas Man Arrested for Striking Victim with Glass Bottle

The police arrested Joseph Avila of St. Thomas Tuesday for striking a man in the head with a glass bottle in March, the V.I. Police Department reported. 

Charlemagnes Plead Not Guilty to Federal Charges, Request Speedy Trial

The silence was almost deafening in the District Court of the Virgin Islands courtroom on St. Croix on Thursday morning. Faintly in the background, you could hear soft whispers between David Charlemagne, 50, and his wife, Sasha Charlemagne, 44, waiting for their arraignment to begin.

Senate Calls for Transparency and Accountability as Elections Presents Budget

Caroline Fawkes, the supervisor of Elections, testified about the numerous challenges faced by her office, including incorrect mailing addresses and the need for updated technology, at the Committee on Budget, Appropriations, and Finance hearing Thursday.

Facing Racketeering Charge, a Defendant Asks the Court’s Permission to Leave USVI

Questions surround the recent arrest of a woman on St. Thomas, charged with racketeering, grand larceny, computer tampering and defrauding the government. Court records say the suspect was detained on Tuesday when police executed an arrest warrant issued Feb. 2 after the Office of Management and Budget filed a complaint alleging Kristy Bochecchio had helped bilk $500,000 from the government's economic stimulus account.

NOAA Predicts Very Active Hurricane Season; USDA Urges Preparing for 2024 Storms

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages producers to prepare and protect their family and agricultural operations.

VIPA Pursues Additional Funds for Runway Rehabilitation on St. Croix

Infrastructure upkeep at marine and air terminals was the focus of the Port Authority Board of Governors at its monthly meeting on Thursday. Board members also took a step to expand the range of vendors competing for transportation-related opportunities.

The Linda Garvin Affect takes Effect: “Let The Children Play!”

Over two months have passed since the Linda Garvin Bench Dedication in the Midre Cummings Playground in Frederiksted, and the community is still feeling the positive effects of the woman who got folks started at the very beginning of the project. Garvin planted a seed in the hearts and minds of her community and her legacy continues to grow and bloom.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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