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Early Primary Voting Scheduled for July 26-31

Early Voting for the 2016 Primary Election is set to commence in both districts on Tuesday, July 26 and will…

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Early Primary Voting Scheduled for July 26-31

Early Voting for the 2016 Primary Election is set to commence in both districts on Tuesday, July 26 and will end on Sunday, July 31., according to the Joint Boards of Elections in concert with the Office of the Supervisor of Elections.

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2016-07-26 06:57:39
VITEMA Offers Hurricane Awareness Course to the General Public

The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) is hosting four hurricane awareness courses for anyone interested in learning about hazards associated with hurricanes and how to prepare.

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2016-07-26 04:19:37
Mapp Appoints Moorhead as Secretary General of Inter-V.I. Council

Gov. Kenneth Mapp has announced that Shelley Moorhead, special advisor for external affairs, has been appointed to fill the position of secretary general to the Inter-Virgin Islands Council (IVIC).

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2016-07-25 11:15:51
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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