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More than $200,000 in grants awarded
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- The Indian River Community Foundation Board of Directors awarded $235,000 in charitable grants for programs focusing on literacy, homelessness and substance abuse services. The grants are intended to help nonprofit organizations improve the lives of vulnerable Indian River County residents hit hardest by...
Dog found in hot car led to arrest
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- A parked car plus an unattended dog inside equals trouble. Last week, a Vero Beach couple posted $1,000 in bonds and were released from jail after being arrested for animal cruelty for leaving a dog in a parked vehicle. Even with a window partially open, temperatures inside a c...
Lining up the shot
Hannah Haddick, 10, of Sebastian spends some time with an orange tabby in the cat room in photography class. Summer camps at the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County are always fun and educational. Friday's Pet Photography Class proved to be just what the dozen or so children ages 8-11 were look...
County property taxes to jump
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Property owners will see their county taxes go up in the next year, based on a tentative tax rate set by county commissioners last week. The county tax rates are divided into several categories and the during the meeting, county commissioners voted to tentatively increase the ...
There are no speed limits in the air
Dillon Sandberg, 15, of Fellsmere, gets big air as he maneuvers his motorcycle through the motocross track at Mesa Park Motorsports Complex Saturday morning. Riders from all over come to Mesa Park to practice and just to ride for fun. The cost to use the track is $20 per day and annual passes are available. For mor...
Sebastian council wants to keep old property tax rate
SEBASTIAN -- City growth could mean slightly lower property tax bills for some residents. The Sebastian City Council voted earlier this month to set the maximum ad valorem tax rate for the 2013-14 year at the same rate as the current year, which is approximately $3.72 per $1,000 of assessed taxable v...
Setting up
Olivia Vicidomini, 10, of Sebastian, adjusts her camera on the tripod before her next shot....
Warning issued regarding use of synthetic drugs
TREASURE COAST -- The Florida Department of Health is warning the public about the health risks associated with illicit synthetic substances. Often used to achieve the same high typically produced by drugs such as marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine, and amphetamines, illicit synthetic substances are life-threatening and addictive. "I...
Website focuses on lagoon water quality data
TREASURE COAST -- FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute has launched a new website to provide real-time water measurements concerning the Indian River Lagoon. The information comes from the first of Harbor Branch's Land/Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory units placed in the lagoon to measure important environmental paramet...
Smile and say cheese
Abbi Thomas, 9, of Vero Beach, gets a shot of Lauren Chapin's Brussels Griffon named 'Scooter' as he performs a trick. ...
Grant means technology upgrades for nonprofit
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Childcare Resources of Indian River was awarded a grant from the John's Island Foundation in the amount of $30,000 for technology upgrades. Childcare Resources was in desperate need of new computers to replace the outdated, inefficient ones being used. Within the past year, several technology issues have...
Vero Beach tax rate to remain the same or lower
VERO BEACH -- Whether property owners will pay more or less on next year's tax bill is still up in the air. Earlier this month, the Vero Beach City Council approved a tentative tax rate of approximately $2.03 per $1,000 of taxable property valu...
Staying cool in the pool
Aiden Hatch of Vero Beach strikes a pose as he leaves the waterslide at Gifford Aquatics Center Friday. ...
Need to know
Open house taking place Aug. 1 "Interior Design Open House" will take place Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m., Room V-125, Kight Center for Emerging Technologies, 3209 Virginia Avenue on the IRSC Main Campus, Fort Pierce. Open House for anyone interested in careers and information on Interior Design, Auto CAD REVIT, the new 12-credit Home Staging Certificate pro...

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