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Homicides 2016

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Three events are slated for the opening of the school year – V.I. Fathers Back to School Barbecue and Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 27; the Back to School Days of Prayer on Saturday , Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4; and the V.I. Fathers March on Sept. 6, the first day of school for public schools in the territory. Organizers are encouraging fathers to take their children back to school starting on the first day.

 
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Antilles Goes Back To School

Antilles School had an exciting first day of school Monday, as the school marked its 67th opening day. 

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2016-08-29 23:32:50
Virtue of the Week: Caring

Caring is giving love and attention to people and things that matter to you. When you care about people, you help them. You do a careful job, giving your very best effort. 

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2016-08-28 13:56:29
Beach Advisory for August 22-26

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that due to heavy rains this week, the Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) anticipates that negative environmental impacts will be caused by storm-water runoff.

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2016-08-26 21:02:59
Local news — St. Thomas
WAPA Bucket Truck Hits Utility Pole Causing Power Outage

     At 6:13 p.m. Tuesday a Water and Power Authority bucket truck apparently lost control on Solberg hill striking a utility pole and overturning. 

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WAPA bucket truck overturned on Solberg hill. (Photo courtesy WAPA)

The cause of the accident was unknown as of publication time, but a statement from WAPA early Wednesday morning said the truck malfunctioned and the driver made a quick decision to turn into the bushes rather than continue into a steep turn in the  road.  Hugo Hodge Jr.,  WAPA executive director, said in the statement that the accident could have been "catostrophic"  had the driver continued down the steep hill.

The accident knocked out power to five feeders.

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By 7:20 p.m. all power was restored to feeders affected by the accident with the exception of the lower Solberg hill area and another section near the Contant Car Wash and John Thomas Funeral Home on Harwood Highway in Altona.

The two personnel in the truck at the time were treated by emergency medical technicians at the scene and then transported to rhe Roy L. Schneider Hospital where they were being observed. The extent of their injuries was unknown, but did not appear to be ex tensive, according to Greaux.

In the later statement,  Hodge expressed gratitude that the linemen were not seriously injured and apologized for the service interruption that continued after midnight in a few areas.

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