The Washington Post won two Pulitzer Prizes this month. One went to the newspaper for its coverage of the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance program, based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden. The other went to reporter Eli Saslow for his series of articles on the $78 billion food stamp program to help those below the poverty line. One article focused on a recruiter for the Treasure Coast Food Bank, which feeds about 100,000 people each week in Indian River, St.
Humans and horses began to bond more than 4,000 years ago. That special relationship continues today – even though the horseless carriage has mostly replaced the horse for going from here to there. Consider the programs of the Florida Equestrian Foundation at Scarlett Stables in Fellsmere in Indian River County. The foundation provides horse-assisted therapy to children with autism, veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, seniors having difficulty adjusting to their limitations and people of all ages with emotional problems that produce anger, over-eating or other negative behavio
On April 3rd, 11 members of Fort Pierce Boy Scout Troop 772, looking spiffy in their tan uniforms, led the Pledge of Allegiance at the daily opening of the Florida legislative session in Tallahassee. As the scouts left the chamber, they received a thunderous round of applause and high fives. Earlier they met with State Representative Larry Lee of Fort Pierce and Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera. According to Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, Lee asked them what they want him to fight for in the Legislature. Deshawn Mills, 13, said, “Not so many shootings.” Troop 772 – the area
We have been hearing and reading a lot about “pillowcase burglars” on the Treasure Coast. They break into a house when no one is home and use pillowcases to hold the loot they grab -- cash, credit cards, laptop computers, jewelry, guns, cameras and so on. St.
Are you old enough and country enough to remember this Hank Williams classic? “I heard that lo-oh-oh-ohn-some whistle blow.” People on the Treasure Coast wonder if they will hear that lo-oh-oh-ohn-some whistle blow 32 times a day as high-speed passenger trains streak by. A business called All Aboard Florida -- affiliated with Florida East Coast Railroad – wants to start a passenger service between Miami and Orlando. Sixteen trains in each direction every day at speeds up to 110 miles an hour. Trip will take three hours. Trains will stop only in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach –
Ben Franklin said that nothing is certain except death and taxes. We can add a third certainty: That Indian River State College will win the National Junior College Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championship. Our men and women did it again and, appropriately enough, at the outdoor Aquatic Complex on the college’s main campus in Fort Pierce. In the four-day meet, which attracted 16 other teams from around the country, the Pioneers won every swimming race. For the men, it was the 40th consecutive national title – the longest unbroken championship win streak in any collegiate sp
Many on the Treasure Coast voted for her, but it was not enough for Kristen O’Connor, a graduate of Sebastian River High School, to make it to the next round on “American Idol.” That is the popular TV show in which unknown pop singers compete for votes from viewers by telephone and the Internet. Kristen, 24, is the daughter of Dan and Deidre O’Connor of Sebastian. Her Mom and grandmother Alice Williford were in Hollywood to cheer her on. Kristen is a petite young woman with a big voice and a dramatic style. She was one of three “wild card” contestants added by the judges to the ten who
BookMania! – always written with an exclamation point – will celebrate its 20th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, at the Wanda H. Yarboro Center for the Performing Arts at Martin County High School in Stuart. Produced by the Library Foundation of Martin County, BookMania!