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USVI Holding Territory-Wide Earthquake Drill Thursday Morning

The U.S. Virgin Islands will be holding a major earthquake preparedness drill at 10:21 a.m. Thursday. While the effort is part of a nationwide exercise called the Great ShakeOut, serious, sometimes deadly earthquakes do hit the area and someday a big one will inevitably strike here.

Police Recover Body on St. Croix, Make Arrest in Possibly Related Case

V.I. Police detectives have recovered a car belonging to a St. Croix man who was reported missing on Monday, and a body nearby that has yet to be identified, the department announced Wednesday.

Dr. Nunez-Smith Elected to National Academy of Medicine

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith of St. Thomas has added another achievement to her long list of accomplishments, having been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, the Yale School of Medicine announced.

Liberty Foundation Awards $100,000 to Six V.I. Non-Profits, Unveils New Branding

With a special focus on organizations that support youth development and tackle issues of domestic violence, Liberty Mobile USVI awarded Tuesday $100,000 to six local non-profits through its philanthropic arm, the Liberty Foundation.

St. Croix VIPD Chiefs Tout Illegal Gun Haul, Warn of ‘Ghost Guns’

Virgin Islanders got a chilling demonstration Tuesday of just how easy it is to build a “ghost gun” from parts procured online and shipped in the mail. St. Croix Deputy Police Chief Uston Cornelius assembled just such a gun in less than one minute during a V.I. Police Department briefing on Tuesday.

Groundbreaking at Vincent F. Mason Sr. Coral Resort Kicks Off Reconstruction

It was all smiles Tuesday at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Vincent F. Mason Sr. Coral Resort in Frederiksted, as work gets underway to rebuild the pool and facilities destroyed four years ago by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Senate Committee Advances Bill for Fish Market, Dock on STJ

The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday advanced legislation that would appropriate funds to build an “aesthetically pleasing” fish market at the Little Cruz Bay Dock and a new boat dock and slipway at Enighed Pond.

Army Corps Warns Summers End Marina Application Needs More Information

If you’re waiting for a marina to be built on St. John, don’t hold your breath. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sent a letter last month to the Summers End Group, LLC. detailing a list of concerns that must be addressed before the developers can proceed with construction of a 144-slip mega-yacht marina.

St. Croix Man Pleads Guilty in Buck Island Shooting Case

U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced that a St. Croix man, Aneudis Acevedo, age 32, appeared before Magistrate Judge George W. Cannon, Jr. on Monday in District Court and pleaded guilty to resisting or impeding an officer of the United States.

Double Dipping Employees Costs GERS Millions, Report Says

The Inspector General concluded a report last month critical of how the government has handled the rehiring of retired government employees.

U.S. Attorney, DEA Slate Prescription Drug Take-Back Event

Acting/Special Agent in Charge John F. Kanig of the Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert on Monday announced the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event will take place on St. Croix and St. Thomas, giving islanders a chance to safely dispose of old prescription drugs.

U.S. Virgin Islands Officials Pay Tribute to Colin Powell, Who Died Monday

U.S. Virgin Islands officials paid tribute Monday to Colin Powell, the son of Jamaican immigrants who made history as the country’s first Black national security advisor, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and secretary of state.

Plaskett Asks Postmaster General to Fix Territory’s Postal Service

Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett released the following statement regarding her letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy regarding the persistent problems with the operation of mail service to the U.S. Virgin Islands, her office announced Monday.

Senate Panel Holds Governor’s Proposed Emergency Medical Services Merger Bill

The Committee on Health, Hospitals, and Human Services decided Monday to put a hold on a measure requested by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. that would have integrated the U.S. Virgin Islands emergency services, taking medical services out of the Department of Health and into the V.I. Fire Service.

UVI Launches Upcoming Basketball Season with Media Day Presser

After the COVID-19 pandemic dashed hopes last year for school sports, University of the Virgin Islands coaches Alfonzo Duncan and Niki Collins spoke Monday about the upcoming launch of the Bucs’ basketball season, which kicks off Oct. 29.

Monoclonal Antibodies Treating More Crucian COVID

For the last month, COVID-19 cases on St. Croix have been well over 100 each week, while cases on St. Thomas have registered far fewer – less than 50 for the last two weeks – and St. John has essentially eradicated the coronavirus with only one or two cases a week since Oct. 1.

Police Seek Public’s Help in Locating Missing Man, Johnny E. Caines

The V.I. Police Department announced Monday it was looking for 65-year-old Johnny E. Caines on St. Croix, who was last seen Friday, Oct. 15. He is known to frequent the Louis E. Brown Villas in Estate Paradise.

Body of Missing Free Diver Recovered from Hull Bay

The body of a lone free diver was recovered Monday morning after an overnight search of the waters off Hull Bay on St. Thomas, the Coast Guard reported.

USVI Celebrates World Food Day Online

Government officials and members of the agriculture community shared thoughts and hopes for the future at a virtual event Sunday to celebrate World Food Day.

Job Training for Adults with Disabilities Available on St. Croix and St. Thomas

Island Therapy Solutions, a multi-dimensional practice that focuses on mental health wellness, started a program in August 2020 for adults with disabilities or developmental delays, preparing them for the workplace.

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