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Volunteers distribute school supplies to students during the 2018 fundraising event. (Submitted photo)

United Way’s Stuff the Bus Fundraiser Aims to Help Parents with School Supplies

United Way USVI has started accepting donations for it’s 2019 "Stuff the Bus" program, which has as its main goal “to help alleviate the stress and financial burden on parents by providing learning tools for success for Back to School.”
Joseffa Torres-Olivo spoke at Thursday's workshop on water quality. (Source photo)

Educating Public Critical for Safe Drinking Water, Experts Tell Seminar

Educating the public about the current regulations in drinking water is crucial to ensuring water safety in the territory, experts told a gathering at a week-long workshop.
Director of Health Justa Encarnacion takes questions from the Senate Finance Committee. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the USVI Legislature)

Lawmakers Criticize Health Officials Over Mental Health, Federal Grants

Lawmakers expressed dissatisfaction Monday over the Department of Health’s handling of the mental health crisis in the territory and some at-risk federal grants aimed at shoring up the Virgin Islands’ behavioral health support system.

High Court Rules WICO Must Release Transcripts

Following a V.I. Supreme Court order on July 1, the West Indian Co. Ltd’s new attorneys have released two unredacted transcripts from executive sessions held in 2015 discussing a decision to pay former Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s $12,000 a month rent for a villa on St. Thomas.
Smoke billows on Sunday afternoon from a fire at the Anguilla Landfill, adjacent to the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Third Fire in Three Weeks Breaks Out at St. Croix Landfill

Another fire broke out at the Anguilla Landfill on St. Croix Saturday, the third in a three-week period. According to a news release from the...
The winner of the children’s mango eating contest was Reyonce Roach, center. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

Mango Melee Draws a Crowd to the Garden

Thousands of people young and old flocked to the St. George Village Botanical Gardens Sunday for the ever-popular Mango Melee, where there's something for every one.
Firefighters navigate the flooded passageways of Royal Dane Mall early Friday morning after the fire. (Source photo by James Gardner)

‘It’s Horrendous’ – Rebuilding Royal Dane Could Be a Lengthy Process

Property owners – once allowed to access their spaces and assess the damages – also have to begin working out how to rebuild, a process that officials say could be lengthy depending on insurance, financing and necessary approvals.
Mario Moorhead in February, 2019. (Source photo by Elisa McKay)

‘BEELLLOVVEEEDDD!’ – STX Icon Mario Moorhead

For years and years, from 1 to 5 p.m. six days a week, Mario Moorhead manned the microphone, taking calls, lecturing on V.I. history, letting people know about upcoming events, reporting breaking news, rumors of scandals or what have you.
Little St. James Island. (Image from Google Maps)

Jeffrey Epstein, Billionaire V.I. Island Owner, Arrested For Sex Trafficking Children

A wealthy Virgin Islands landowner was arrested by federal authorities Saturday. According to reports appearing in major U.S. newspapers, Jeffrey Epstein, 66, was apprehended as he flew into a New Jersey airport on a private plane arriving from Paris.
Assata Afua, director Black Power Theater, relates her experience of Ghana. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, Legislature of the Virgin Islands)Assata Afua, director Black Power Theater, relates her experience of Ghana. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, Legislature of the Virgin Islands)

Senators Open the Floor to Culture

Song, dance and poetry are naturally focused on by the Senate Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation and Aging. But under the chairmanship of Sen. Myron Jackson the committee has done more than analyze the arts; it has brought them alive in Senate chamber.

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