Genealogy group seeks help to fund archive project
ST. THOMAS - Sunday is the last day for Kickstarter.com donations to the Caribbean Genealogy Library's efforts to obtain copies of documents relating to the U.S. Virgin Islands' transfer from Denmark to the United States.
Volunteer librarian Rob Upson sa
ST.THOMAS - In a pair of sweeping indictments handed down Friday, a federal grand jury charged two members of the Virgin Islands National Guard with wire fraud, theft of government money and making false statements to the government.
The charges paint a
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Federico Fergus, aka Freddie, age 87, of Estate Whim passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2015.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Christophena Williams; father, Emmanuel Fergus; and brother, Wilford Jackson.
He is survived by his compa
Girl wounded, arrest made in J'ouvert stabbing
ST. THOMAS - A fight broke out Thursday morning in front of the Carnival Village as J'ouvert was winding down, leading to the arrest of Valisha Molina, who was charged with stabbing a girl.
The victim of the attack, who is a minor, was taken to Schneid
ST. THOMAS - The J'ouvert procession along Veterans Drive moved to a happy and loud beat Thursday morning, as a huge mix of visitors and locals danced to calypso, jazz and hip hop and turned the Charlotte Amalie waterfront into a swinging celebration of
The V.I. Police Department has instituted parking restrictions and street closings for the Ironman Jump Up tonight in Christiansted.
Effective today from 5 p.m. until the completion of the event:
- Parking is prohibited on King Street beginning at the in
With the flip of a coin in a courtroom, the bidding began Thursday, as two partners and co-owners of The Tutu Park Plaza Extra grocery store finally decided who wanted the store badly enough to buy the other out.
The first bid was for $2 million, and ba
We announce the passing of Whendy Joseph, who died April 20, 2015.
The viewing and service will be held Wednesday, May 6, 2015. The viewing time is 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., with service following at 10 a.m. Arrangements are entrusted to John Th
Donald A. George Sr.
Relatives and friends are advised of the passing of Donald A. George Sr., who passed away April 19, 2015, at the age of 90 at his residence.
He is survived by his wife, Erma A. George; sons, Allen (better known as Bunny), Verne and A
St. John Summer Youth Fair set for Wednesday night
The 5th Annual St. John Summer Youth Fair will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Julius Sprauve School in Cruz Bay, St. John.
The St. John Summer Youth Fair helps to connect children and
Portion of Brookman Road to close for several months
The westbound lane of Brookman Road on St. Thomas will be closed to through traffic for six months beginning Monday while Public Works crews repair the road and install stormwater drainage systems.
Boy with a wish for pirate adventure finds it in V.I.
ST. THOMAS - Don't let Capt. Alby Gaby's short stature fool you - even though he is only 7 and is from Brentwood, Tenn., he was the toughest pirate sailing across St. Thomas Harbor on Thursday.
With the help of Make-A-Wish U.S. Virgin Islands, Alby was f
Dry conditions contribute to rash of St. Croix fires
ST. CROIX - Several brush fires have burned more than a 100 acres on St. Croix in recent days.
St. Croix Fire Chief Larry Johnson said he does not know what caused the fires, although dry conditions are a contributing factor to their spreading.
2014: Police shot a man at Fort Christian, just outside the Carnival Children's Village shortly after it opened.
On J'ouvert morning, a man was stabbed in the side near the Carnival Village; however, police did not shut down the event.
2013: At least on
ST. THOMAS - On the eve of J'ouvert and leading into Carnival parade weekend, St. Thomas officials said they are confident that the events will remain safe and that the police are equipped to handle any threats to the peace.
The heightened police presen
Moratorium placed on international banking permits
The Lt. Governor's Office Division of Banking and Insurance has instituted a moratorium on the acceptance of new applications for permits and licenses to operate an International Banking Entity and for the issuance of tax incentives benefit certificates
Morgan's Mango owner plans to rebuild Cruz Bay restaurant
Two days after a fire engulfed Morgan's Mango, the popular seafood restaurant in Cruz Bay, St. John, owner Carlos Di Blasi said he is determined to recover from the misfortune.
"I'm 100 percent optimistic that we will be running within a few months," he
Virgin Islands wages lag behind mainland
Data released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that wages in the V.I. are about 26 percent below the United States average.
According to Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli, "wages in the local area were lower than their respective
The unemployment rate in the territory remained unchanged in March at 11.8 percent, though there were slight moves in different directions depending on whether you are on St. Thomas or St. Croix.
Data released by the V.I. Labor Department show that the u
Crowds throng to get a taste of V.I. at food fair
ST. THOMAS - Emancipation Garden was filled with delicious smells and smiling faces as throngs of people braved the hot sun to grab some local flavors at Wednesday's Food and Cultural Fair.
Pat King, a Crucian who has come to enjoy St. Thomas' Carnival e
Tortola celebrates new pier, bright future
Tortola cruise ship pier by the numbers:
Cost: $35 million.
Length: 1,039 feet.
Width: 60 feet.
Berthing space: 1,312 feet.
Capacity: Ships up to 180,000 gross tonnage.
Terminal area: 4.83 acres.
Facilities: 14 buildings, 23 kiosks.
Tortola celebrates new pier, bright future
TORTOLA - The British Virgin Islands' new cruise ship pier officially opened Wednesday in Road Town, Tortola, and now stands ready to welcome an estimated 650,000 visitors for the British Virgin Islands' 2015-2016 tourist season.
During an all-day celebr
DPNR nominee survives committee grilling
ST. THOMAS - Senators on Tuesday grilled the governor's pick for Department of Planning and Natural Resources commissioner, Dawn Henry, then approved her nomination and sent it to the full body with a favorable recommendation.
Henry, who previously worke
'Call before you dig,' 3 other bills pass committee
ST. THOMAS - The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee amended and passed four bills out of committee Tuesday, including a bill to establish a "call before you dig" program in the territory.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Janette Millin Young, would require
St. Croix neighbors shaken after dogs die of suspected poisoning
Shortly after Jason Walker's family dog, Princess, returned through the door of his house Friday night, Walker sensed there was a grave problem.
"Our little dog was underneath the dining room table, and she was just laying there twitching," he said. "He
Still no documents on Mapp's villa, Mafolie gate
Despite Gov. Kenneth Mapp's assertion that Property and Procurement Commissioner designee Randolph Bennett is charged with promoting better government transparency, his department has failed to provide public documents regarding two hot-button issues.
Feds look to 'new beginning' with territory
Ronald Sharpe, the U.S. Attorney for the District of the Virgin Islands, told the Daily News on Tuesday that joint law enforcement efforts outlined by federal and territorial leaders reflect what he hopes is "a new page" in relations between the two.
Because of incorrect information provided by Gifft Hill School, an article on page 2 of The Daily News on Tuesday had the wrong amount of savings the school expects to see by upgrading to LED lights.
The LEDs will save the school more than $1,000 a mont
WAPA warns businesses to beware of fake caller
ST.THOMAS - The V.I. Water and Power Authority said Tuesday that it has uncovered a phone scam targeting St. Thomas businesses.
According to the utility, a man impersonating a WAPA official has been calling account holders and demanding that they provid
A fire broke out early Tuesday morning at Morgan's Mango, an upscale seafood restaurant in Cruz Bay, St. John.
V.I. Fire Service Director Eugene Farrell confirmed that a fire took place at the restaurant, but he would not discuss any details, such as th
Saharan dust haze likely to last through end of week
ST. THOMAS - The territory has been under a Saharan dust haze this week, and it likely won't go away for another few days.
David Sanchez, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Juan, called the dust cloud a "significant event" when it com
ST. THOMAS - In observance of V.I. Carnival activities this week, Gov. Kenneth Mapp has issued administrative leave for non-essential government employees.
On St. Thomas, government offices and agencies will close at noon today and reopen Monday. St. Cro
5K run to support academy
A "Super Moms 5K Run" to benefit the Youth Development Academy will start at 7:30 a.m. May 9 - Mother's Day weekend - at Yacht Haven Grande on St. Thomas.
Youth Development Academy is a youth mentoring program through Love of Ch
DLCA: Stations must ask to raise prices
ST. THOMAS - When Sayr Jamil, who manages 1st Stop Convenience Store on St. Thomas, received a notice in the mail this month that his gas station would now sustain heightened regulation from the government, he said he was at once astonished and furious.
Nominees for Human Services, Labor, VITEMA advance
ST. THOMAS - The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee approved three of Gov. Kenneth Mapp's Cabinet nominees Monday, and the three women will now go before the full Senate for final confirmation.
The nominees are Mona Barnes to head the V.I. Emergency Te
Third exit lane opens at King Airport on St. Thomas
ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Port Authority opened a third exit lane on Monday at King Airport on St. Thomas.
The far left lane has been designated for St. Thomas Taxi Association drivers, while the other two lanes will be for all other traffic leaving the park
V.I. teachers invited to go back to class to learn about birds
A free two-day training session offered at St. Croix's St. George Village Botanical Garden this week will help educators use birdwatching to teach science and connect children to their environment.
The training will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thur
Comments sought on State Energy Program Grant
The V.I. Energy Office has scheduled public meetings in both districts to present ideas for the upcoming three-year State Energy Program Grant and to gather input from the public about ideas and possible modifications to the current program.
The U.S. Dep
Mapp: Territory, federal law agencies working to form lasting partnerships
Gov. Kenneth Mapp, Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter, and law enforcement leaders came together Monday to assure the public and visitors that Carnival activities this week in St. Thomas "are going to be safe."
U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe, who spoke at a St. Croix p
Crucian senators, suits allege rum distilleries linked to 'black smut'
Two St. Croix senators are pushing for answers about the effect and impact of a soot-like fungus that darkens cars, structures, signs and vegetation around the two distilleries on St. Croix.
"The black mold has partially and in some cases completely cove
Gifft Hill School expands solar array, energy savings
A new solar array and energy-efficient lighting project has been installed at St. John's Gifft Hill School that will save the school more than $1 million in the next two decades.
The school took on the project as a way to cut costs and move toward a sus
Calypso prince becomes a king
In a major upset of youth versus stalwart, first-time adult calypsonian Jalen "Yellowman" Fredericks took the 2015 Carnival Caplyso Competition crown in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Which is not to say he is not experienced.
He competed in the juni
National parks touted for bringing $68M to USVI
Park Visitors Direct spending Jobs supported
Buck Island Reef National Monument 34,400 $2,045,900 25
Christiansted National Historic Site 91,695 $5,850,700 74
Salt River Bay National Historic Park 5,193 $291,200 3
and Ecological Preserve
ST. THOMAS - The annual economic impact report for the National Parks Service has been released, showing that the four national parks located in the U.S. Virgin Islands brought in half a million visitors and about $67.9 million to the territory in 2014.
DeJongh writes V.I. $202,831 check for Mafolie gate
ST. THOMAS - Former Gov. John deJongh Jr. said he has cut a check for $202,831 to the V.I. government to pay for the security improvements made to his personal residence in Estate Mafolie.
"At the beginning of my first term in office, I made a commitment
Construction under way on new fire station
ST. THOMAS - Bulldozers have begun shaving down the hillside across from Barbel Plaza as the first step of construction of a new Hotel Company fire station.
The department's current station - located on Tolbod Gade at Fort Christian, across from Vendors
HOVENSA leaves wholesale gasoline prices unchanged for second week
After dropping its wholesale prices for regular gasoline almost a dollar per gallon and premium gasoline more than a dollar per gallon in the last several weeks, HOVENSA left the wholesale prices of gasoline and diesel fuel at its truck racks unchanged f
Commissioner backpedals on gas gouging report
ST. THOMAS - Two days after releasing a report charging St. Croix gas stations with unfairly raising profit margins amid falling wholesale prices, Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Devin Carrington backed off of the gouging claim.
African/Caribbean event today in Christiansted
Earthangle, the National Park Service and Eastern National will present a free one day African/Caribbean Conference today at the Christiansted National Historic Site.
This cultural conference highlights the