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Civic changes, population shifts among landmark developments
MARTIN COUNTY - In honor of Hometown News' 10th anniversary and its growth since then from a four-edition paper in 2002 to one that has covered about 250 miles on Florida's east coast, we take a look back at some of the issues that shaped Martin County in the last decade. Hometown News launched editions in Marti...
Drug bust nets 28 arrests in Hobe Sound
HOBE SOUND - Many of the 28 people arrested in a drug operation here last week have already spent time in prison, and in some cases, on more than one occasion. "Many of these folks have been to prison, so they qualify for our frequent flyer plan," Martin County Sheriff Rober...
System meets community health needs
MARTIN COUNTY - Martin County Hospital officially opened its doors on March 8, 1939, with a ceremony featuring hospital authorities and the philanthropists who helped make it a reality. More than 70 years later, Martin Health System continues to provide exceptional health care services to residents of Martin and...
Diving for a return
DeAnna Mendocha of Martin County dives for a return during the 'Life's A Beach' volleyball tournament Saturday, June 16 at South Fork High School.
Loan program to help businesses grow
MARTIN COUNTY - A government-backed loan program could help creditworthy small businesses get the money they need to expand and create jobs, lenders said. The Florida Capital Access Program or CAP has the support of the state's Department of Economic Opportunity and the U.S. Treasury Department. It uses funding f...
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 ...
Area eye care practitioner grows her business
MARTIN COUNTY - Dr. Jewell Chang, a native of Jensen Beach, is a board- certified optometrist licensed by the state of Florida. An alumnus of Martin County High School, Dr. Chang conducted her undergraduate studies at South Florida University where she took a bachelor of science degree. Upon completion she atte...
Amateur radio operators host expo
TREASURE COAST - When disaster strikes, a little-known group of hobbyists turn their past times into life-saving action. Members of the Martin County Amateur Radio Association typically use their equipment for their own amusement, communicating with fellow enthusiasts. But these "ham" radio operators, as they call ...
Caterer helps clients abandoned by reception hall owner
MARTIN COUNTY - One evening last February, Amy Jeacoma paid a $1,200 deposit to Marc Bergeron, a wedding planner whom she said promised a dream wedding to her 21-year-old son, Justin, and his fiancÚ, Michelle. She has since become one of 13 clients to come forward to say what seemed like too-good-to-be-true deals o...
Tattoo studio owner has seen good, bad times
When I first arrived in Fort Pierce in 1978, Interstate- 95 ended in Fort Pierce. Along with my late ex-husband, we opened the first and only tattoo studio Skin-Art Tattoo on U.S. 1 in Fort Pierce. Hurricane David came through and the protection was using masking tape and plywood on the jalousie wind...
Great smash!
Jaime Chamberlin, 16, of Palm City scores a kill during the 'Life's A Beach' volleyball tournament Saturday, June 16 at South Fork High School.
Incumbents' financial management among top accomplishments
MARTIN COUNTY - As she starts her third term as Martin County's supervisor of elections, Vicki Davis is doing so with her office's expenses down about 20 percent since 2008. For the upcoming year, she has also cut costs nearly 8 percent. Ms. Davis, who on June 8 was re-elected to office without opposition, has also...
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...

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