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Paper celebrates 10 years, reflects on area changes
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Hitting double digits can be an exciting milestone in life and Hometown News is no exception. It's celebrating 10 years of bringing hyper-local news to the community. A decade can bring a lot of change to the landscape of any community, and Indian River County has certainly seen c...
Three Scouts earn highest honor
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Three newly fledged Eagle Scouts were recognized by the Indian River County board of commissioners in a recent meeting for their community service projects. Brian Smith, Colin MacKay and Zachary Maes were honored in the public forum for their perseverance in the Boy Scout organiza...
Didn't get away
Scott Chilbert of Vero Beach shows off his catch during the 16th annual Fishing Frenzy hosted by the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce Sunday, June 3, in Fort Pierce....
Dealership stands test of time
VERO BEACH - In 1953, a visionary moved his wife and children from New York City to Vero Beach. Bernard Russo saw something on the Treasure Coast and ran with it. In 1963 he founded Dependable Dodge. He was in the center of the new car dealership row, at the north end of Vero Beach, competing with Buick, Ford, Ch...
Hospital grows with times
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Indian River Medical Center has a long and interesting history dating back to 1932. It is difficult to imagine a time when Indian River County had no hospital at all, but during the Great Depression the nearest hospital was 70 miles away via two-lane roads that were not always paved. G...
Principals do school district shuffle
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - The Indian River County School Board passed a superintendent recommendation to move all of the secondary school principals from their current schools to other schools in the district. On July 2, Gifford Middle School Principal Dave Kramek will become pri...
Nonprofit helps needy stay on road
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Retaining a job in this economy in Indian River County, or even gaining employment from a state of joblessness, is often dependent on one thing: reliable transportation. The Salvation Army of Indian River County, with the help of a grant from the Indian R...
Spinning along
The 'Be a Hero Bike Tour 2012' left the Indian River Blood Bank and continued its 1,300-mile trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with the surgeon general and raise awareness of the need for blood donations each year in the United States. From left: Brittany Fray and Cody Hatt, from the Boys and Girls Club of St. Luci...
An artist's eye
Vero Beach artist Rick Kelly captures some of the beauty of McKee Botanical Garden during the eighth annual waterlily celebration Saturday. An estimated 500 people filled the garden to see the wide variety of waterlilies in bloom....
Practice thrives during hard times
SEBASTIAN - Steven A. Long, P.A., is a dedicated private practice attorney in Sebastian. Mr. Long has been a member of our working community since 1988, and has been practicing law in Florida since 1980. Mr. Long opened his first office at Sebastian Center in 1988. In 2004, hurricanes destroyed the building. A...
Product lines expand due to clients' requests
SEBASTIAN - Scooter's Barkery LLC opened for business December 19, 2003. When we opened, we thought the only thing that would sell was the dog treats that were baked on site. By October 2004, shortly after our two hurricanes, by customer request we expanded our product line. At that point we started carrying...
Museum houses treasure of past
SEBASTIAN - In an effort to preserve the history of Sebastian, a group of residents formed a historical society. On May 31, 1985 the Sebastian River Area Historical Society was recognized by the Sebastian City Council. The purpose of the organization was to gather Sebastian and surrounding area's history and ge...
Realtors merge to form new partnership
TREASURE COAST - Three generations of two pioneer real estate families have combined their history into the largest regional real estate company on the Treasure Coast. Coldwell Banker Paradise Ed Schlitt Realtors (www.FLColdwellBanker.com) merged with Hoyt C. Murphy Realtors. The merger created nine offices...
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 ...
Restaurant cites milestones
VERO BEACH - Arby's of Vero Beach milestones reached: .Three generations of family can be seen there. .Celebrated 20 years in business on May 16 .New products announced this past year . Go to Facebook "Arby's of Vero Beach" to view the menu and items offered for breakfast, lunch and dinner. . We serve from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. . ...
Tennis fun
Joshua Heimler learned the meaning of keep your eyes on the ball as he and fellow campers gathered tennis balls during the Indian River Tennis Foundation tennis camp last Thursday at the Riverside Tennis Complex. Last year the Indian River Tennis Foundation gave two $1,500 scholarships to Vero Beach High School sen...
Sharing memories of Vero Beach
VERO BEACH - Hometown News approached me, Dr. Ed Branigan, to share some thoughts about this area of Florida, since "the Vero Eye Center has been here a long time." Anyone reading this will quickly realize why I chose ophthalmology as a career and not journalism. Our family was from New York, but there was a...
In a June 15 Hometown News article that introduced readers to Tom Dehn, a candidate for Indian River County property appraiser, his opponent was incorrectly paraphrased. In the 14th paragraph of the article, "Candidate cites experience as key for appraiser job," Mr. Dehn was paraphrased when speaking about ideas he has about good fiscal management...

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