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St. Croix Business Owner Launches Swimwear Store Online

In 2014, J. Hilaire envisioned a swimwear store with items that would allow Virgin Islanders to be unapologetic about their identities. He made his vision a reality Monday with the launch of his online store – Illicit Swimwear.
Louie and Nachos Beach Bar on the Frederiksted waterfront. (Photo from Louie and Nachos Beach Bar Facebook page)

Netflix Series, ‘Restaurants on the Edge,’ Takes on St. Croix

Owners of a St. Croix restaurant featured in an episode of the Netflix series, “Restaurants on the Edge,” said the experience helped them refocus on connecting with the community.
David Johnson, left, and Kirk Chewning, founders and co-owners of Cane Bay Partners, receive the St. Croix Chamber of Commerce's 2019 Nonprofit of the Year Award on behalf of Cane Bay Cares, the charity arm of Cane Bay Partners. (Photo from Cane Bay Partners website)

Cane Bay Partners Faces Class-Action Suit Over Payday Lending *Update: Cane Bay Responds*

Cane Bay Partners and founding co-owners David Johnson and Kirk Chewning are facing a class-action lawsuit over an alleged nationwide payday lending program that imposed exorbitant annual interest rates while using Native American tribes as a front.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. speaks during his Monday coronavirus update at which he said federal economic stimulus checks are being printed and the first set will be in the mail this week.

Stimulus Checks in the Mail This Week; Local Testing Capacity Increased

Clarifying reports of delays in the processing of federal economic stimulus checks, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said the printing has begun, with the first $8 to $10 million in checks expected to be issued this week.
A lionfish scavenges a reef off Secret Harbor, St. Thomas. (Source photo by Dave MacVean)

Virtual ‘Science Saturday’ Serves Lionfish and Kids

This Saturday, May 9, Kitty Edwards of the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources will host her second virtual edition of Science Saturday. Interested children and families are invited to watch the dissection of a lionfish.

V.I. Ports Maintaining Critical Operations

The Virgin Islands Port Authority does not foresee a shortage of critical, imported supplies over the next month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion urges residents Monday to monitor any flu-like symptoms and stay at home if they are sick. (Source photo by James Gardner)

Officials Outline Layers of Coronavirus Response

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said at Monday’s Government House press briefing that because what’s known about the coronavirus disease is constantly changing or unknown, it is important for the public to remain “vigilant” about their health.

Local Sailor at Top of Racing Profession

Today, top sailors are full-time professional athletes, and Virgin Islander Taylor Canfield, 31, is at the height of his profession. Canfield holds a reputation among sailors for winning multiple world championships in multiple boats since 2013.
Fort Christiansvaern stands guard over Christiansted Harbor. (Source photo by Bill Kossler)

Plaskett Reintroducing STX National Heritage Area Bill *Update- Bill Now Reintroduced*

In 2002, then-Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen proposed to Congress that St. Croix be designated a National Heritage Area, a site designated by the United States to encourage historic preservation. Delegate Stacey Plaskett is now carrying on that fight by reintroducing the bill this week.
DEA Agent in Charge Tracey Gardner talks about opioids at Tuesday's news conference. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Government Agencies Responding to Opioids

Four deaths and a number of hospitalizations due to opioid overdose, specifically fentanyl, have been reported in the territory since last fall, and V.I. Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor said the police department is forming a partnership with other agencies, to combat the drug.

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