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Park Pruning Demonstrates Need for Tree Education, Experts Say

At the same time Freedom Day events were kicking off in downtown St. Thomas Saturday, local arborist Clay Jones was at the Bovoni landfill, scouring the land for pieces of the lignum vitae trees in Emancipation Garden whose branches were pruned just a few days before.

COVID B.4 Confirmed in the USVI

On Tuesday at the Government House Press Briefing and COVID-19 Update, Commissioner of the Department of Health Justa Encarnacion confirmed Omicron Subvariant BA.4 is now present in the territory.

Voter Registration Deadline for Primary Election is July 7

Supervisor of Elections Caroline F. Fawkes informs the public that the deadline to  register to vote, to be eligible to participate in the Aug. 6 Primary Election is Thursday, July 7.

Campaign Disclosure Reports Due on June 30

Fawkes said that, “failure to submit the campaign disclosure report by the deadline will result in candidates and political committees incurring fees.”

Election System Presents 2022 Electoral Candidates

By 5 p.m. on May 17 there were six hopefuls for the governor’s race, three for the at-large seat in the Legislature, and one unopposed bid for delegate to Congress.

Island Analytics and Marketing Launches Primary Election Survey for Public Opinion

This survey will collect the opinions of USVI residents about the candidates running in the Aug. 6, 2022 primary elections.

St. Thomas Shooting Victim, 17, Dies of Injuries

A teenager shot Thursday night in Sugar Estate on St. Thomas has died of his injuries, turning the case into a homicide investigation, the V.I. Police Department reported Monday night.

St. John Celebration Parade Features St. John Entries and Classic Troupes from St. Thomas

A couple of cloudbursts caused a slowdown or two at the start, but rain didn't come close to stopping the St. John July 4th Celebration parade.

Celebrating Emancipation Day in Freedom City

Long before the sun went down Sunday, people gathered with family and friends at Budhoe and Verne Richards Veteran Parks in Frederiksted, anticipating the Emancipation Day celebration with music, poetry, dancing, and of course, good food.

Old Census Preserves Historical Snapshot of U.S. Virgin Islands

The 1917 census of the U.S. Virgin Islands went well beyond a count of the population existing in the islands at the time they were transferred from Denmark to the United States. Through statistics and observations, the report offers a glimpse of daily life on the three main islands and draws some differences among them.

Update: St. Croix Man Wanted for Assault and Burglary in Custody

Jahfie Walcott was arrested without incident on Saturday morning, according to police.

Updated: VIPD Looking For Person of Interest

VIPD is looking for Geraldo Ojeda who is a person of interest in this case.

Swift Arrest Made in Stabbing Incident

A St. Thomas man was arrested on Saturday night for stabbing a man multiple times, police say.

Open Forum: The Treasure of Trash: The Benefits of a Zero Waste Economy

What happens to the leftover food, takeout containers, paper, boxes, and clothes that you toss into the trash?

Samuel Roberts Convicted of Murder

Samuel Roberts was found guilty of murder by a St. Croix Superior Court jury, according to prosecutors Tuesday.

COVID B.4 Confirmed in the USVI

On Tuesday at the Government House Press Briefing and COVID-19 Update, Commissioner of the Department of Health Justa Encarnacion confirmed Omicron Subvariant BA.4 is now present in the territory.

Cash & Carry Opens a New Location in Town

The 22-year-old business Cash & Carry, which has been operating since 2001, has opened a second location in Long Bay, St. Thomas, at Mandela Circle. The new store, known as Cash & Carry West, opened last week Monday.

Art Meets Healing Among Survivors

At Cane Roots Art Gallery, Diane Hampton, VI Breast Cancer Project Founder and Art Therapy Coordinator, organized a bust sculpture event at the Cane Roots Art Gallery in downtown Christiansted, St. Croix, on a quiet Friday afternoon in June.

COVID B.4 Confirmed in the USVI

On Tuesday at the Government House Press Briefing and COVID-19 Update, Commissioner of the Department of Health Justa Encarnacion confirmed Omicron Subvariant BA.4 is now present in the territory.

Samuel Roberts Convicted of Murder

Samuel Roberts was found guilty of murder by a St. Croix Superior Court jury, according to prosecutors Tuesday.

D’Amour Continues to Improve on World Stage With 9th Place in Paris at World Cup

To prepare for Stage 3 of the World Cup in Paris, Nicholas D’Amour and his coach, Angelo Acevedo, were invited by the Spanish Olympic team to train for one week in Madrid. After training hard, they headed to Paris, and then disaster struck.

Art Meets Healing Among Survivors

At Cane Roots Art Gallery, Diane Hampton, VI Breast Cancer Project Founder and Art Therapy Coordinator, organized a bust sculpture event at the Cane Roots Art Gallery in downtown Christiansted, St. Croix, on a quiet Friday afternoon in June.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Announces Scholarship Awards

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Sigma Theta Omega Chapter has announced its 2022 Gertrude Lockhart Melchior Scholarship Awards.

Glenn Webster Dies

Glenn Webster transitioned into eternal life on June 1, 2022.

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Updated: VIPD Looking For Person of Interest

July 4, 3:30 p.m.

The V.I. Police Department is looking for Geraldo Ojeda, who they said is a person of interest in this case. Ojeda is 22, Venezuelan, has dark brown hair, brown eyes, a medium-size build, and is 5 feet, 5 inches tall, police said.

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Swift Arrest Made in Stabbing Incident

A St. Thomas man was arrested on Saturday night for stabbing a man multiple times, police say.

Kelston Williams, 24, has been charged with assault and possession of a dangerous weapon. Officers were called to Estate Nadir on Saturday night, where a Black male had been stabbed multiple times about the body, allegedly by Williams, police said. The victim was transported to Schneider Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Room for further treatment.

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Update: St. Croix Man Wanted for Assault and Burglary in Custody

July 4, 6:45 p.m.

Jahfie Walcott was arrested without incident on Saturday morning, according to police. Walcott was charged with assault and burglary and domestic violence. No bail was set per the domestic violence statute. Walcott was remanded to the John A. Bell Bureau of Corrections pending his advice of rights hearing.

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Old Census Preserves Historical Snapshot of U.S. Virgin Islands

The 1917 census of the U.S. Virgin Islands went well beyond a count of the population existing in the islands at the time they were transferred from Denmark to the United States. Through statistics and observations, the report offers a glimpse of daily life on the three main islands and draws some differences among them.

Read Full Story by Bernetia Akin (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/07/04/old-census-preserves-historical-snapshot-of-u-s-virgin-islands/

📸: Many women on St. Thomas eked out a living hauling coal to visiting ships. (U.S. Census Bureau photo)
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St. John Celebration Parade Features St. John Entries and Classic Troupes from St. Thomas

A couple of cloudbursts caused a slowdown or two at the start, but rain didn’t come close to stopping the St. John July 4th Celebration parade.

Read Full Story by Amy H Roberts (Link In Bio): https://stjohnsource.com/2022/07/04/st-john-celebration-parade-features-st-john-entries-and-classic-troupes-from-st-thomas/

📸: St. John’s Diamonds in the Rough show how well they can move. (Photo by Amy H. Roberts)
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Celebrating Emancipation Day in Freedom City

Long before the sun went down Sunday, people gathered with family and friends at Buddhoe and Verne Richards Veteran Parks in Frederiksted, anticipating the Emancipation Day celebration with music, poetry, dancing, and good food.

Read Full Story by Susan Ellis (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/07/04/celebrating-emancipation-day-in-freedom-city/

📸: Former Sen. Adelbert Bryant shows a painting with an Emancipation theme by his granddaughter. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

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VIPD: Two Suspects Flee Scene of an Attempted Murder

Police are searching for two suspects involved in an alleged attempted murder that occurred on Saturday night in the Castle Coakley area on St. Croix.

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Gov. Bryan Meets with WICO and VIPA

On Thursday, Governor Albert Bryan Jr., the leadership of the West Indian Company Limited, and the Virgin Islands Port Authority met to discuss plans for moving forward with the harbor dredging projects in Charlotte Amalie and Gallows Bay.

Read Full Story (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/07/03/gov-bryan-meets-with-wico-and-vipa/
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Cash & Carry Opens a New Location in Town

Cash & Carry, operating since 2001, has opened a second location at Mandela Circle in Long Bay, St. Thomas. The new store, known as Cash & Carry West, opened on June 27.

Read Full Story by Knema Willet (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/07/03/cash-carry-opens-a-new-location-in-town/

📸: Inside of the newly opened Cash & Carry West. (Photo by Knema Willett)
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USVI Came to America a Diverse Community

This is the second article in a series based on data contained in the 1917 Census of the U.S. Virgin Islands, describing the territory as it was when it came under U.S. control.

By the time U.S. officials documented the population of the country’s newly acquired U.S. Virgin Islands territory, it had been declining for generations.

Read Full Story by Bernetia Akin (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/07/03/usvi-came-to-america-a-diverse-community/

📸: Population had begun a shift towards cities like Christiansted in the late 1800s and early 1900s. (U.S. Census Bureau photo)
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Territory Mourns the Loss of Former Gov. Charles W. Turnbull

Governor Charles Wesley Turnbull, can you please stand,” former Sen. Myron Jackson said at Freedom Day events on St. Thomas Sunday, as the crowd in Emancipation Garden honored ancestors – among them family members and friends – who they said have helped shape the territory. Turnbull “slipped away quietly” on the eve of Emancipation Day, Jackson said, leaving a community behind that would forever be inspired by his advocacy and contributions.

Read Full Story by Judi Shimel and Ananta Pancham (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/07/04/territory-mourns-the-loss-of-former-gov-charles-w-turnbull/

📸: From left: In 2014, former governors Roy L. Schneider, Charles W. Turnbull, John deJongh Jr. and Kenneth Mapp gathered on the steps of Government House on St. Thomas for a meeting of the minds. (Source file photo)
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Statue Rededication Helps Change Narrative of Emancipation Day

The rededication of the Freedom statue in Emancipation Garden signals an official change in the historical narrative of the park, and the desire of a community to take control of its destiny, speakers at Freedom Day events on St. Thomas said.

Read Full Story by Ananta Pancham (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/07/04/statue-rededication-helps-change-narrative-of-emancipation-day/

📸: Pan African Support Group member Anna Francis takes a photo of the rededicated Freedom statue located in the heart of Emancipation Garden. (Source photo by Ananta Pancham)
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60 Pilot Whales Beached on Anegada

Some 60 pilot whales have beached themselves on Anegada in the British Virgin Islands. The reason for the incident is still unknown, as is the exact number of whales that became stranded. Read full story here: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/07/03/60-pilot-whales-beached-on-anegada/
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Supreme Court Ruling’s Impact on Limetree Not Yet Known

President Joe Biden called it a “devastating decision that aims to take our country backwards.” Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan said he was “deeply disappointed.” But whether the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday — limiting the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions at power plants — will affect the reopening or oversight of the Limetree Bay Refinery on St. Croix remains to be seen.

Read Full Story by Sian Cobb (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/07/01/supreme-court-rulings-impact-on-limetree-not-yet-known/

📸: The twin towers of Limetree Bay refinery’s coker rise in the distance on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, on the south shore of St. Croix. A coker malfunction contributed to the refinery’s shutdown and bankruptcy. (Source photo by Patricia Borns)
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Bryan Establishes Committee to Plan 175th Anniversary of Emancipation

🎥 Watch: https://youtu.be/a7SstPq1VmI

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. held a press conference at Government House on St. Croix on Friday to sign an executive order establishing the committee to oversee the territory’s preparations for events to celebrate next year’s 175th Anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Read Full Story (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/07/01/bryan-establishes-committee-to-plan-175th-anniversary-of-emancipation/

📸: Gov. Albert Bryan at Thursday’s press conference. (Government House photo)
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1917 Census Opens Window to Islands’ Past

It may be coincidental, but the juxtaposition of Virgin Islands Emancipation Day July 3 and American Independence Day July 4 has become an annual marker of the link between the two cultures.

Read Full Story: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/07/02/1917-census-opens-window-to-islands-past/

📸: At the time of the 1917 census, federal officials described the harbor at Charlotte Amalie as one of the best in the Lesser Antilles. (U.S. Census Bureau photo)
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Art Meets Healing Among Survivors

At Cane Roots Art Gallery, Diane Hampton, VI Breast Cancer Project Founder and Art Therapy Coordinator, organized a bust sculpture event at the Cane Roots Art Gallery in downtown Christiansted, St. Croix, on a quiet Friday afternoon in June. A breast cancer advocate, Diane, strives to increase awareness and build camaraderie amongst breast cancer survivors, which, surprisingly to many, also includes males.

Read Full Story: https://stcroixsource.com/2022/07/01/art-meets-healing-amongst-survivors/

📸: A painted bust sculpture from the art healing event in Christiansted. (Photo by Shanell Petersen)

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Editorial: “Local Tourists” Want Better Signage

St. Johnians, you ever get a crazy tourist question like how to get to Highway 104?

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📸: Map of St. Thomas. Wouldn’t it be nice to not drive for a while? (Photo: Mat Probasco)
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St. Croix Men Allegedly Forged and Cashed Government Checks

Three St. Croix residents allegedly printed and deposited a dozen fake Department of Labor checks, fraudulently collecting more than $22,000 in their bank accounts, police said Friday.

Read Full Story by Mat Probasco (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/07/01/st-croix-men-allegedly-forged-and-cashed-government-checks/

📸: Bank check (Shutterstock)
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Were you on the route today? Organizers said today’s J’ouvert on St. John drew some of the largest crowds ever seen - more coverage to come. Video by Judi Shimel. #fete #myusvi ...