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Brian Chase sings his wining entry.

Chase Wins Second Junior Calypso King Crown

The plight of the homeless was the topic of the song that captured the Junior Calypso King competition for 16-year-old Brian Chase. Telling the story of several homeless people living on the streets of St. Croix, Chase, put on a rousing performance.
Amya Tyson chooses brightly colored spangles to decorate her Christmas ornament. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

4-H Holds Christmas Ornament Festival at UVI on STX

Kids had an afternoon of fun and when it was over, they had something to bring home and trim the tree with, as 4-H ambassadors held a Christmas Ornament Festival for families at the UVI Extension Center on St. Croix.
Families roamed among the decorated trees at Limpricht Park Saturday. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Christiansted’s Limpricht Park Comes Alive for the Holidays

After a night of Christmas carols in the streets and holiday lights saturating the usually dark Peter Limpricht Park in Christiansted, the public park came alive again Saturday with a festive array of vendors selling art, antiques, furniture, food and orchids.

VIHFA Buys Villa Morales, a St. Croix Landmark, For Homeless Housing

The facility will provide up to 20 emergency shelter beds, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing for the homeless.

Video Crew Highlights USVI Tourism for Global Market

A six-person video crew is filming people and places throughout the territory to tell their stories for Brand USA – the marketing organization charged with bringing international tourists to the United States and the Virgin Islands.
Joining the ribbon cutting for the new bike path on the Christiansted Bypass are bicyclist Mario Peters, AARP National Volunteer President Alicia Georges, AARP-VI State Volunteer President Corinne Plaskett, AARP-VI State Director Troy de Chabert-Shuster, AARP Chief Executive Officer Jo Ann Jenkins, Alma Winkfield of the V.I. Trail Alliance and bicyclist David Morales. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

AARP President Opens STX Bike Path

The first section of the St. Croix Bike Path was formally opened Wednesday at the crest of the Christiansted Bypass by the AARP national president and others involved with the project.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. discusses his administration's priorities toward reducing property and homelessness during a meeting with members of the Virgin Islands Interagency Council on Homelessness Tuesday in Government House on St. Croix. (Government House photo)

Bryan: Expand Cannabis Law, Send Taxes to GERS

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has unveiled legislation broadening the territory's new medical cannabis law, with new taxes directed mostly to the failing Government Employees Retirement System, as well as new rights for Rastafarians and other changes.
U.S. Capitol

HUD Allocates Territory Another $53.59 Million

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated more than $2.3 billion Tuesday to support the long-term disaster recovery process in hard hit areas in 15 states and four territories. According to HUD, the U.S. Virgin Islands is getting $53.59 million of that, bringing HUD’s total USVI allocated funds to $1.92 billion.

Central High Has Successful Return to Campus

Students and staff successfully returned to St. Croix Central High School campus Monday after a mysterious odor caused the campus to be closed for several weeks in November.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. discusses his administration's priorities toward reducing property and homelessness during a meeting with members of the Virgin Islands Interagency Council on Homelessness Tuesday in Government House on St. Croix. (Government House photo)

V.I. Revenues Expected to Increase; Bryan Cautions Against Excess Spending

At this year's revenue estimating conference, Internal Revenue Bureau Director Joel Lee projected a 10 percent bump in V.I. tax revenues for fiscal year 2020, but Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. is warning against using up the hoped-for increase wastefully.

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