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Mayors look back on the past 10 years
BREVARD - The past decade has brought on a whirlwind of changes for the cities within Brevard County. Populations have fluctuated; city staffs have downsized; with the end of the space shuttle program, workers have packed up their belongings and relocated. Ye...
A look back on the past 10 years
It was a time when Roombas were just beginning to sweep - or vacuum - the nation. People preferred to pick up their not-so-smart phones and place calls rather than send text messages, and Alicia Keys' "Fallin'" played repeatedly on CD players, as iPods had not yet ga...
Let him eat cake!
Scott Van Duzer of Port St. Lucie smears some cake on the face of his friend and fellow biker Ed Hochard of Palm Bay after they arrived at the Melbourne Florida's Blood Centers, where they were greeted with the cake. Both men are riding in the 'Be a Hero Bike Tour 2012.' The bike tour is a month-long cycling advent...
Oceanfront restaurant boasts century of memories
MELBOURNE BEACH - With a history dating back to the early 1900s, Sebastian Beach Inn has become a well-known staple in Brevard's beachside community. As its menu states, the facility's current site once served as the county's last remaining coastal watch station during World ...
Three Brevard residents charged during child sex sting
Following an extensive undercover operation, three Brevard residents, among 35 others, were arrested during a child sex sting in early June. Ryan Loewen, 22, of Melbourne; Kenneth McCracken, 21, of Titusville; and Todd Simmerman, 20, of Titusvil...
Thriving Brevard County businesses
In celebrating our 10th year as a company, the Hometown News team understands the time, energy and sheer determination it requires to keep a business going, while always looking toward the future. These local businesses, which are part of the Hometown News family, have each continued to flourish for 10 years or more. Congratulations, and here's t...
Happy birthday, HTN!
Ten years ago, I got a phone call that changed my life. It was an invitation to be managing editor of Hometown News. I thought I knew what the project would entail: start a group of community newspapers from the ground up. My job would be to design the ...
Super Flea and Farmers Market to celebrate 25 years
Unless you have been living under a rock, you've probably heard of the Super Flea and Farmers Market. If not, never fear! "Sonny" the cape-wearing Super Flea mascot is happy to lift that rock and take you to the bargaining part of town. Originally owned by the Platt family, Super Flea and Farmers Market is l...
Indian River Furniture: superior luxury and customer service, regardless of budget
If you're looking for luxurious furniture that will satisfy any budget, Indian River Furniture has exactly what you need. Located at 3200 U.S. Highway 1 in Rockledge, Indian River Furniture has been a favorite of Brevard County residents for more than 70 years. Established by his grandfather in 1939, current...
Cutting hair for 30 years, Frank's Barbershop continues to thrive
MELBOURNE - Frank Farinella has made himself a rather large icon inside a small barbershop off of Wickham Road in Melbourne. Born in a quaint neighborhood in Miami, Mr. Farinella became a barber in the 1960s and before long, opened his first business, Farinella's Barbershop. A few years later, he closed up shop...
Fanning the sandy flames
John Stotz, 11, of Cocoa Beach uses a high-velocity particle remover, aka a straw, while he creates a campfire made of sand during sand sculpture class at Pelican Park in Satellite Beach Thursday, June 14....
Rockledge commemorates 125 years
ROCKLEDGE - The city of Rockledge began as a tourist resort on the banks of the Indian River, expanding west as the city grew. Northerners would travel by boat to visit the city's riverfront hotels during the winter months. Fast forward to more than a century later. Today, Rockledge is the oldest city...
Merritt Island staple is the 'reel' deal
MERRITT ISLAND - With a business that boasts decades of experience, it's easy to see why so many have gotten hooked on Doc's Bait House. The historic shop on Merritt Island offers both live and frozen bait, as well as snacks, drinks and a complete ...
Local gem offers variety of jewels
PALM BAY - Jeweler's blood runs deep in the veins of Peter Genna, who has owned Genna Jewelers alongside his wife, Kateri, in Palm Bay since 1994. Both of Mr. Genna's grandfathers were jewelers in Italy, and the passion for gems and sparkling jewelry has shown in the business that has thrived for 18 years. Genn...
The June 15 article titled "Public Safety Institute gets green light at BCC" contained several errors. With assistance from a $26.7 million funding increase from the Florida Legislature for the next fiscal year, Brevard Community College will use a one-time $14 million allocation to purchase land, install infrastructure and build a new Institute ...

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