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COVID Claims 3 More Virgin Islanders

Three more Virgin Islanders died of COVID-19 in the last seven days, bringing the territory's loss to 94, government officials said Tuesday. The news comes as students and school employees prepare to return to in-person learning on Monday, Jan. 24.

Shooting Kills Two Youth, Injures Two Men

Two young men are dead and two others injured after gunmen opened fire in the Castle Coakley area of St. Croix Monday night. They are the first homicides of the year in the territory.

COVID Tests Required of Students, Staff for Return to In-Person Learning Jan. 24

All students and school-based employees will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing in advance of the return to in-person learning at the territory's public schools on Jan. 24, the V.I. Education Department announced Monday.

Police Investigating After Man Shot in Bordeaux

Police are investigating after a man was shot Monday evening near the fire station in Bordeaux on St. Thomas.

AG Says Federal Verdict in Maxwell Case Validates Accounts and Abuse on Little St. James

The attorney general of the Virgin Islands says in spite of a recent verdict against an associate of Jeffrey Epstein, it is still up to the territory's Justice Department to win their civil case in court. Attorney General Denise George recently issued a statement about the conviction of Ghislaine Maxwell in federal court on Dec. 29.

Judge Denies Delay, Limetree Sale Set for Friday

A judge has rejected St. Croix Energy's emergency motion to delay the sale of the Limetree Bay Refinery. Sale of the bankrupt Limetree Bay Services' assets to Jamaica-based West Indies Petroleum is now set to be finalized Friday.

St. John Recovery Choir Invites Singers Everywhere to Join “Love City Soul”

Kristen Carmichael-Bowers, the director of the St. John Recovery Choir, has a plan to "blow out the pandemic cobwebs during the next three months."

Friends of V.I. National Park Publish ‘Here, St. John’ Oral History

Friends of Virgin Islands National Park have published "Here, St. John," an oral history about Virgin Islands National Park and St. John that serves to give voice to the heritage, culture and natural history as told by born St. Johnians and resident scientists.

Students Stress Inclusion, Social Justice and Tolerance as Hebrew Congregation Honors Eight at MLK Awards Ceremony

The universality of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s work was not lost on the eight students who spoke to the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas virtually on Friday night about their hopes for steering our community toward a path of tolerance, equitable communication, acceptance, and change.

CEKA Air Traffic Tower Re-Opens, Airport Operating As Normal

Staffing shortages were responsible for the temporary closure of the air traffic control tower at Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas, which reopened Saturday and reported one cancellation, though the airport itself is open and operating as normal.

This Week’s Senate Calendar: January 17 – 21

Here’s what’s on tap at the V.I. Legislature this week.

Improvement is Still Needed For The Territory’s Medical Facilities

Among the many operational challenges occurring at the medical facilities in the territory, it appears that little progress has been made addressing the operations, infrastructure, and disaster recovery projects, as revealed during Friday's senate hearing for the members of the Committee on Health, Hospitals and Human Services.

Two Men Charged in Havensight Robbery

On Jan. 14, at 12:34 p.m., police arrested Jaquin Phipps, age 25, and Demoi Barrow, age 22, both of Lovenlund Apartments on St. Thomas.

St. Thomas Man Charged with Domestic Violence Rape

On Jan. 14, at 5:02 p.m., Shamall Fleming, age 30, of Estate Nazareth, was arrested by the Virgin Islands Police and charged with 1st-degree rape, domestic violence.

Governor Issues Proclamation Honoring Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Governor Albert Bryan Jr. has issued a proclamation in honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who is honored around the country with a national holiday that also is a National Day of Service and is celebrated this year on Jan. 17, 2022.

Diara’s Basketball Love Story

Diara Parsons was in the sixth grade when she tried it and fell head over heels for the game of basketball. She was one of 18 girls that signed up for the Antilles School elementary girls' basketball team that year. Diara played on the Red Team, one of the school's two elementary girl teams. Her team didn't win the championship, but she was hooked.

Sebastian Franks Wants You to Find Your ‘Purpose’

“Remember What You’re Fighting For” is the name of Sebastian Franks’s newest album and features his focal song “Purpose,” which inspires people to find their reason for being.

Senate Committee Passes ‘Responsible Fatherhood’ Bill

Senators and testifiers dialoguing Friday about a responsible fatherhood initiative bill made note of this year's Kids Count Data statistics, which show that 58 percent of children under the age of 18 live in single-parent, female-headed households, compared to the national average of 23 percent.

Spike Postpones Two Agriculture Events: What Event Planners Need to Know

Two of the three remaining major agriculture fairs in the Virgin Islands have postponed their dates based on consideration for the spike in COVID-19 numbers.

Stabbing on Christiansted Boardwalk Under Investigation

On Jan. 13, at 7:38 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched Virgin Islands Police Department officers to the Christiansted Boardwalk after receiving a report of a stabbing.

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