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Gittens’ Lack of Cooperation Led to Ouster, Says New Senate Leadership

So the Legislature reorganized itself Wednesday, putting in Sen. Novelle Francis (D-STX) as president in place of Sen. Kenneth Gittens (D-STX) and Sen. Myron...

Analysis Part 4: Is it Possible Ridesharing Apps Are Not Viable in the USVI?

This is part four of a series looking into the severe failings of taxi service in the territory; how the wildly out-sized influence of the taxi lobby has brought us here, and what needs to happen.

Majority Boots Frett-Gregory as Chair but Adopts All Her Legislation

Before Sen. Donna Frett-Gregory was removed from her position as head of the Finance Committee Wednesday, all three of her pieces of legislation brought before the Senate were approved.

New Book by Janet Burton Captures Life on St. John in the 1940’s

For decades, Janet Burton nursed the desire to tell the stories of St. Johnians of her parents’ generation. Now, after years of research and interviews, she has self-published a collection of her work, “Before Our Time: An Oral History of St. John.”
A youngster learns the joy of swimming (sap photo)

It Takes a Village to Teach Children to Swim

Virgin Islanders are surrounded on all sides by water and dependent upon the marine industry for livelihoods, yet conventional wisdom suggests, “V.I. kids can’t swim.” But considering the rich and ongoing history of dedicated people who have taught hundreds of children to swim, it is hard to believe.
Sen. Kenneth Gittens gavels the Senate into session Wednesday morning. Hours later, he'd been replaced as Senate president. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, Legislature of the Virgin Islands)

Gittens and Frett-Gregory Shuffled from Posts as Majority Plays Musical Chairs

The Senate majority rearranged titles Wednesday, replacing Sen. Kenneth Gittens as Senate president with Sen. Novelle Francis, and replacing Sen. Donna Frett-Gregory with Sen. Myron Jackson as chairman of the Committee of Finance.
The rocketry club from Elena Christian watches a banner being hung at the school before it closed in 2015. (File photo by Susan Ellis)

STX Schools Facing More Closings, Consolidations

After meetings between the V.I. Department of Education and several group of parents last week, word began circulating in the St. Croix community that some schools will be closed and consolidated for the next school year. The DOE has issued no statement on the question and attempts by the Source to contact the district's public relations department by phone messages and email over the last three days have received no response as of Wednesday.
William Fleming Cissel (Contributed photo)

STX Historian William Cissel Dies In Ohio

St. Croix lost one of its most knowledgeable historians when William Fleming Cissel (Bill) died May 1 in Ohio. For years anyone who had a question about St. Croix's history knew Bill was the go-to guy to get answers.
The entrance to the Frederiksted WIC office, hich has been plagued by a foul odor.

Foul Odor May Force Relocation of Frederiksted WIC Office

For almost a year, clients and staff have complained of a foul odor at the Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Assistance office in Frederiksted, located on King Cross Street across from the Frederiksted Hotel.
Sen. Janelle Sarauw questions whether two diverse resolutions can be debated in one block. (Photos by Barry Leerdam, Legislature of the Virgin Islands)

Senate OKs Resolutions, Rezoning and Land Leases

On Tuesday evening, U.S. Virgin Islands senators agreed on resolutions honoring Kerra Samuel, the 2019 State Teacher of the Year from the District of St. Croix, and another to petition the U.S. Congress to provide subsidies to the Virgin Islands to assist in reimbursement of earned income credit and child tax credits.

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