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V.I. Department of Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion testifies during Thursday’s Health, Hospitals, and Human Services Committee hearing. (Photo by Chaunte Herbert for the V.I. Legislature)

Mental Health Disparities Still a Concern in Territory

To bolster awareness and address the stigma surrounding mental health, a Senate panel voted Thursday to forward a bill declaring the month of May as Virgin Islands Mental Health Awareness Month.
Young, Gifted & Talented Band, from left, Michonde Delauney, singer; Deon St. Jules, bass; Elijah Motta, drums; Javon Davis, saxophone; Malachi Maillard, keyboard, perform reggae, some with original lyrics, at Fredericksted's Dorsch Center. (Source photo by Elisa McKay)

VICA Marks a Century of Black Life, History and Culture

Virgin Islands Council on the Arts brought a century of culture to life Saturday at the Dorsch Center in Frederiksted. The full house of patrons was treated to music, dance, poetry and fashion.
Students All Saints Cathedral School students Nyla Vanterpool and Omar Brown fill their water bottles at the first refillable water station to be placed in a territory school. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Territory Schools Begin to Receive Water Refill Stations

All Saints Cathedral School is the first in the territory to be given a water refill station, along with a personal reusable water bottle for every student, a project that has been in the making for over two years.
UVI president David Hall congratulates AG Loretta Lynch on reciept of her honorary degree as vice chair Oron Roebuck, right, looks on. (Source photo by Elisa McKay)

STX Celebrates Black History Month with AG Loretta Lynch

Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch told students at the University of the Virgin Islands to follow their hearts when pursuing their futures. Lynch spoke to a packed audience in the Great Hall on UVI’s St. Croix campus.
STX MathCounts Top 10 Students with Coordinator & Deputy Commissioner - From left: STX Math Coordinator Juanita Boneque, Samir Boucenna, Zanyja Rodriguez, Andrew Thompson, Kristina Horsford, Keemar Crosky, Jaden Gonzalez, Lauren Jones, Nick Turk, Aundre Dolcar, Michael Atwell, and Deputy Commissioner Carla Bastian. (Source Photo by Elisa McKay)

Church of God Academy Ranks No. 1 in STX MATHCOUNTS

Four schools competed in a rigorous display of mathematical talent in four rounds of individual and team work as they vied for first place, but it was the Church of God Academy students who took the ultimate prize in the MATHCOUNTS competition. Held in the Great Hall at the University of the Virgin Islands, Albert Sheen Campus on St. Croix on Thursday, Church of God Holiness Academy, Good Hope Country Day School, Ricardo Richards Elementary School, and John H. Woodson Jr. High School students came prepared with winning as their only option.

Testifiers Butt Heads with Lawmakers Over WAPA and PSC Board Expertise

Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority and Public Services Commission officials opposed two bills that would set minimum criteria of educational requirements for board members of each board.

Senators Challenge Historic Preservation Nominees on Interpretation

The equal preservation of the heritage of all the territory’s people was a topic of discussion at Thursday’s Senate Rules and Judiciary hearing, during which senators challenged the testimony of nominees for the V.I. Historic Preservation Commission they felt focused too much on the islands’ Danish colonial legacy.
A sheet of V.I. Lottery tickets for the upcoming March 5 drawing that boasts a $175,000 grand prize. (From V.I. Lottery Facebook Page)

V.I. Lottery’s New Digital Draw System is the First of Many...

The V.I. Lottery is saying goodbye to an outdated and time-consuming ball pick drawing system and ushering in a “wave of opportunity” with its new digital draw system, which will make its debut in the territory on March 19.
Agriculture Commissioner Positive Nelson testifies during Tuesday’s committee meeting. (Photo by Chaunte Herbert)

Committee OKs Annual USVI Caribbean Ag Conference

The U.S. Virgin Islands could begin hosting an annual Caribbean Agricultural Symposium, exploring such topics as agritourism, imports and exports and the latest agricultural information, if a bill approved Tuesday in committee is enacted by the full Senate.
Melody Rames models floor length flowered skirt with white top. (Source photo by Elisa McKay)

Fashionista Fete Raises Funds for Women’s Coalition of St. Croix

Crucian fashionistas gathered at The Fred in downtown Frederiksted Sunday afternoon. The sunshine of the day mirrored the energy of attendees and display by the models as they strutted, pranced, twirled and pivoted down the runway.

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