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Play 'n learn: Vero Beach couple spearheads educational online game, raising funds for first release
By Jessica Creagan jcreagan@hometownnewsol.com INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- For children, playing games is as natural as breathing. One video gaming company started by Vero Beach natives is hoping to capitalize on that love of play and create a virtual world where students can play and learn simultaneously. Lindsey Tropf is the CEO and founder of Imm...
Governor reminds residents to get a storm plan
For Hometown News TREASURE COAST -- Governor Rick Scott was joined today by state and local emergency management officials to remind Floridians that hurricane season has already started and now is the time to get a plan if they don't have one already. Hurricane season extends from June 1 through November 30 and covers the time frame when hurric...
Drumming along
Cliff Partlow/staff photographer After his performance, Ron Collins gave the children a chance to beat the drums. The Indian River County Main Library's special Friday event was a visit from the Tampa Taiko Japanese Drummers. Nearly 100 children and parents filled the activities room to hear sounds of Japanese drums played by Ron Collins of Tampa ...
School board wants to adopt lower tax rate and budget
By Jessica Creagan jcreagan@hometownnewsol.com INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Indian River County School Board members gave initial approval to a tentative budget and property tax rate for the 2014-15 fiscal year, both numbers lower than the current year. The tentatively approved property tax rate is 7.995, or about $7.99 per $1,000 of assessed taxable...
Fun in the water
Cliff Partlow/staff photographer Katie Padgett shows she can hang on to the kneeboard while riding behind Dalton Stokes. The St. Edwards' School offers a wide variety of summer camps to students ages 4 to 16-years-old. One of the more popular camps is the water camp. Children ages 4-14 ride on a pontoon boat, learn how to sail, ride a personal wat...
Fellsmere council approves 'rollback' property tax rate for upcoming year
Public hearings on budget and tax rate scheduled in September By Jessica Creagan jcreagan@hometownnewsol.com FELLSMERE -- The Fellsmere City Council has approved a tentative budget and property tax rate and will accept public comment on the matters during meetings held on Sept. 4 and Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. While other Indian River County municipa...
Researchers to conduct first-ever study of Vibrio bacteria
For Hometown News TREASURE COAST -- Pathogenic bacteria of the genus Vibrio cause an estimated 80,000 illnesses and 100 deaths each year in the United States, and scientists at Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute have documented the presence of these bacteria in the Indian River Lagoon -- providing the impetus fo...
Parents reminded to immunize children for the new school year
For Hometown News TREASURE COAST -- March of Dimes, the leading organization for mom and baby health, urges parents to immunize their children against infectious diseases before the beginning of the 2014-15 school year. Influenza, pertussis (whooping cough), and measles are just a few of the serious vaccine-preventable diseases that still affec...
A celebration with friends
Cliff Partlow/staff photographer John May, back center, president of Feed The Lambs Enrichment, celebrated 19-years Friday with the camps awards ceremony at the Bethlehem Temple. The program offers area youth a free camp provides guidance for the summer. This year's program included members of Epic Missions, which included five adults and 27 youth...
Sales tax-free holiday helps families save money
For Hometown News TREASURE COAST -- With the new school year approaching, parents and students can save money on their back to school shopping with the sales tax-free holiday from Aug. 1-3. "During this sales-tax holiday families will be able to save money on school supplies and other back-to-school items that will set students up for success i...
New tactics being used to monitor harmful algal blooms
For Hometown News TREASURE COAST -- Florida Fish and Wildlife conservation Commission researchers have begun using new approaches to more quickly detect and track harmful algal blooms in the Indian River Lagoon, which spans 156 miles and makes up 40 percent of Florida's east coast, supporting commercial and recreational clam and oyster farming....

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