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Bryan Appoints New WICO Board Members

Making his first appearance as chair of the V.I. Public Finance Authority Board, Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. appointed six new members to the board of the West Indian Co., Ltd. The VIPFA is the sole shareholder of WICO.
Official FEMA portrait of Brock Long, who resigned Wednesday as the administrator of FEMA.

FEMA Administrator Brock Long Resigns

FEMA Administrator Brock Long resigned Wednesday, during a time when the U.S. Virgin Islands are highly dependent on funds and technical assistance from that agency. Deputy FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor is taking his place as acting administrator.
Sen. Allison Degazon, wearing red, Sen. Alicia Barnes wearing black, and FEMA Regional Coordinator Jacquline Heyliger speaking at Tuesday's briefing. (V.I. Legislature photo)

FEMA Officials Provide Senators with Off-Camera Briefing

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials Jacqueline Heyliger and Marisa Allen briefed USVI senators on federal spending in the territory at an unpublicized, informal meeting at the St. Croix Training Annex in the Nissan Building in Christiansted Tuesday.
GHCDS seventh grader Michael Atwell is the St. Croix District Spelling Bee Champion for 2019. (Elisa McKay photo)

St. Croix Spelling Champ for 2019 Is Michael Atwell

Michael Atwell, a seventh grader from Good Hope Country Day School, outlasted 14 competitors and spelled the word "torotoro" correctly Tuesday to win the 46th annual St. Croix District Spelling Bee.
Dion Parson (Source file photo)

Grammy Winner Dion Parson to Headline Sunset Jazz

The Virgin Islands own Grammy-winning artist, drummer Dion Parsons, along with his 21st Century Band, will perform on Strand Street in Frederiksted from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday as part of the Sunset Jazz program.
The restored Great House at Estate Mount Washington.

‘Estate Mount Washington’ Book Signing, Discussion Slated

Tony and Nancy Ayer, authors of “Estate Mount Washington – the Discovery and Resurrection of a Lost Plantation,” will sign and discuss their book from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Undercover Books & Gifts in Gallows Bay.
Student look at materials from Lincoln University at Tuesday's college fair. (Photo provided by Cenita Heywood)

STX Students Ponder Their Future at College Fair

Students from St. Croix met with representatives of dozens of colleges, fraternities, sororities and military recruiters Tuesday at the CTEC college fair to consider where their future might take them.
Captain Craig Harms and sailing students Darryl Donohue, Jr., Terrence Nelson Jr., Khalil James and Amaraini Ventura prepare to launch Saturday. (Susan Ellis photo.)

New Sailors Train for STX Regatta

When Craig Harms and Brian O’Reilly met by chance hiking on the west end of St. Croix, they not only became friends but also hatched a plan to expand the marine industry in the Virgin Islands a few sailors at a time.
Etta Mitchell, business teacher at Arthur Richards, welcomes her students home Monday and reminds them to take care as construction continues. (Anne Salafia photo)

Arthur A. Richards Jr. High School Reopens in Modular Style

It was homecoming at Arthur Richards Jr. High School Monday, as 285 students, 30 teachers and eight para professionals returned to their campus for the first time since a pair of hurricanes rocked the territory in 2017. “We’ve been out of our home for two years. Since Hurricane Maria, we’ve been homeless,” said jubilant Arthur Richards Principal Kent Moorehead.
Jean-Pierre "JP" Oriol, commissioner-designee for the Department of Planning and Natural Resources. (Submitted photo)

Oriol Steps Up to the Helm at DPNR

It would be hard to find someone with more experience of Virgin Islands Planning and Natural Resources than Gov. Albert Bryan’s choice to head that department, and he didn’t have to look very far. Like some talented understudy in an old movie, Jean-Pierre (JP) Oriol, 41, has been right there in the wings, learning all the parts.

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