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Youth band to host annual concert
BREVARD -- The 102 students of the 2014 Summer Youth Band music program, sponsored by the Melbourne Municipal Band, will host a free concert on July 10 at 6 p.m. at the Melbourne Auditorium. For the past several weeks, the students, who hail from all over the Space Coast, have put in a great deal of effo...
New calf born at Brevard Zoo to three-legged mother
VIERA -- Brevard Zoo welcomed a new member of its family last month with the birth of a baby calf. On Father's Day, June 15, first-time mom, "Vera," and first-time dad, "Marley," became the parents to a 2-pound klipspringer calf, who was discovered by zookeepers during their first morning check, zoo officials said. A ...
'Sushi' the shark
Following a four-day attempt that attracted the attention of wildlife trappers and local anglers, volunteer Steven Henson netted a 3.5-pound female bull shark, named 'Sushi,' that was spotted inside a pond at Gleason Park in Indian Harbour Beach. 'Sushi' is pictured here, being held by ...
Local teen named finalist in beauty pageant
PALM BAY -- A new star is on the rise, and she hails from Palm Bay. Gabrielle Dowdie, 17, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Florida Pageant. The finals for the pageant will be hosted in Orlando at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Hotel on Aug. 3. Hosted for young women, age...
Staying safe while seeing Fourth of July fireworks by boat
Florida By Water has released the 2014 list of places where you can view fireworks from your boat. Thus far, local Chambers of Commerce, as well as Tourism and Visitor Bureaus, have submitted more than 58 locations across the Sunshine State. Florida is one of the few states that can offer this many elaborate displays over wate...
Florida Tech attempts to find life in space
BREVARD -- For Daniel Batcheldor, associate professor of physics and space science at Florida Institute of Technology, the Earth is overdue for a "dose of humility." "I always think back to when humanity got a dose of humility from the 'blue marble' photo taken by Apollo 8," he said. "It really drove home that we're a...
City official retires after more than three decades of service
MELBOURNE -- A local city official retired last month, following more than three decades of service with the city of Melbourne. Deputy City Manager Amy Elliott retired on Thursday, July 3. "Amy Elliott has been a vital part of the city of Melbourne's leadership team," said Mik...
Nice catch!
Micah Betchan, 12, of Titusville, holds a fish he just caught Saturday, June 28. Micah was one of hundreds of children who received a free fishing pole and instruction from the Florida Sport Fishing Association and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission....
Children's sign language classes open communication within families
SUNTREE -- When Kelly Hosna's daughter was born, she began teaching her daughter some basic sign language skills to help her communicate with both she and her husband before her daughter could talk. "As soon as we noticed that she was signing back, at about 7 months, a light bulb went off, and we decided...
Man convicted of 2012 deputy killing sentenced to death
MELBOURNE -- A Brevard County man, convicted of fatally shooting a Brevard County Sheriff's Deputy in 2012, was sentenced to death on Friday, June 27. Brandon Bradley, 24, was sentenced by Judge Morgan Reinman for the 2012 murder of Deputy Barbara Pill. In April, a jury found Mr. Bradley guilty of first-degree murder ...
Beneficiaries need to act now
Florida Medicare has begun a special election period to aid Medicare beneficiaries, who have lost their health care coverage, offered through Physicians United Plan. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has mutually terminated its contract with the PUP on July 1. The termination has affected approximately 38,00...
College avoids tuition increase third year in a row
TITUSVILLE -- Eastern Florida State College continues to make headlines, as the college recently announced that it will not be increasing tuition for students on Monday, June 16. College president Dr. Jim Richey and the college's Board of Trustees approved a $74.4 million budget for the fiscal 2014-15 ye...
How to request absentee ballots
Any registered voter in Brevard County may request absentee ballots. Requests for absentee ballots may be submitted for single or multiple elections, or for all elections through the next two regularly scheduled general elections. Absentee requests are currently being taken for the following elections: Primary Election, Aug. 26, 2014 General Elect...
We Need Your Help!
From a total of 48 pets, the Hometown News staff has narrowed it down to five well-deserving finalists for our second annual PET OF THE YEAR contest. Now, it's up to you - our readers - to select the winner. From now through Friday, July 4, YOU will have the opportunity to vote for your favorite pet from the finalists below. You can do so by visit...

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