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Community steps up to help former animation studio employees
ST. LUCIE COUNTY - As the dust started to settle from the Sept. 7 announcement of the closing of Digital Domain, and the abrupt layoff of 280 of its employees, the St. Lucie County community has responded, reaching out to help the people affected. "I love it here, I really do," said ex-employee Karen Carter...
City celebrates renovation of historic buildings
FORT PIERCE - Back in 2010, the city of Fort Pierce became the owner of five abandoned properties. Now, two years later, they are proud to celebrate the completion of the renovations of two of the larger properties, apartment buildings that were built in the 1920s. City officials celebrated the recent accom...
Hug brings attention to local foundation
ST. LUCIE COUNTY - With one hug in a spontaneous moment, Scott Van Duzer brought attention to St. Lucie County and his nonprofit organization, the Van Duzer Foundation. When President Barack Obama stopped by his restaurant, Big Apple Pizza in Fort Pierce on Sept. 9, Mr. Van Duzer swept him up in a bear hug....
Fighting Indians flag Westwood Panthers
The Fort Pierce Westwood Panthers met the Vero Beach Fighting Indians in the Citrus Bowl last Friday in Vero Beach. Running back Jason Hayling (No. 4) turns the corner and runs for a first down late in the first quarter. The Panthers were able to move the ball down the field, but unable to convert the yards to a sc...
Remembering Sept. 11
A new memorial was unveiled featuring a beam from the World Trade Center and engraved with the names of those who died in the attacks, following a Sept. 11 remembrance last Tuesday at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center....
Digital Domain files bankruptcy; city secures assets
ST. LUCIE COUNTY - Digital Domain Media Group has gone from building dreams to bankruptcy in less than a week. On Sept. 7, the special effects and animation studio that opened its doors about a year ago to city and community raves announced a "strategic realignment" that led to the lay off of 280 of its 300...
Volleyball semi-finals
John Carroll High School seniors Mariah Davis (No. 11) and Rachel Windle (No. 13) are in synch on the front line in an attempt to block Merritt Island High School from scoring during the annual East Coast Volleyball Challenge Saturday, Sept. 15. John Carroll beat Merritt Island to earn the third-place spot in the...
Group hopes to increase voter turnout
PORT ST. LUCIE - A grassroots, non-partisan group, 2 Hours 4 Your Country, has been launched to fight voter apathy and help boost voter turnout for the Nov. 6 national and local elections. The group and associated movement were formed by residents of St. Lucie County. "If the employers and employees get behind this movement, t...
Getting their message out
Bella Lott and Lauren Busby, both 7, of St. Lucie County share their message with passing motorists during a teacher protest along Okeechobee Road in Fort Pierce prior to teacher contract negotiations between the union and the school board Tuesday, Sept. 11....
Entrepreneurs, mentors sought for business plan contest
TREASURE COAST - The four-county area of Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee has been nicknamed "The Research Coast," a happening place for entrepreneurs to get their start in the world. Those business-minded individuals will have a big chance to network, potentially find investors and mak...
Up & coming
Fundraiser for fallen Marine planned There will be a fundraiser to help the Marine Corps League Jack Ivy Detachment purchase a memorial plaque for fallen Marine, Ian Zook, on Sept. 22 from 9 a.m.-noon at Auto Zone Parts Store, 10490 South U.S. 1 in Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 971-5367. Roast benefit at Yacht Club Fort P...
Hometown News' first day of school art contest winner and her sister were misidentified in the Sept. 14 Fort Pierce edition. Ashlynne Murray, 6, of Fort Pierce was the winner. Her sister's name is Seannah Murray. Hometown News regrets the error....

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