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St. Lucie crosswalk stings target unyielding drivers
Most people didn't think they did anything wrong.

John Carroll High School maintenance worker accused of felony
FORT PIERCE — A maintenance worker at John Carroll High School was arrested Saturday after being accused of trying to cash checks made out to the school.

Martin County administrator to receive raise
STUART — Despite a strong majority of commissioners showing support for their top appointed official, Commissioner Lee Weberman said he will continue his quest to have County Administrator Russ Blackburn replaced.

St. Lucie won't rehire punished teacher
FORT PIERCE — A teacher suspended for showing his English class part of the R-rated movie "Dracula" will not be teaching in the fall, according to school officials.

Plans OK'd for Hobe Sound duplex subdivision
HOBE SOUND — Martin County commissioners have given final approval to plans for a 58-unit duplex subdivision called Bridgeton on 19 acres west of U.S. 1 and north of Bridge Road in Hobe Sound.

Festival chairman exhorts PSL council to see the light
PORT ST. LUCIE — City residents might again enjoy the nighttime sparkle of holiday lights during the annual Christmas parade if the City Council agrees to extend parade hours beyond dusk.

St. Lucie parents, students plan for happy, safe graduations
During a recent rehearsal for St. Lucie West Centennial High School's graduation, senior A.J. Lash outlined a simple plan for a post-graduation celebration.

St. Lucie school board trims field for Vogel's job to 4
FORT PIERCE — The St. Lucie County School Board narrowed its field of superintendent candidates to four Wednesday night out of seven people who filed for the position by Tuesday's deadline.

New coastal area rules won't affect spoil islands
State lawmakers on Wednesday approved new rules banning alcohol, unleashed dogs and the cutting of dead trees for firewood on natural islands and state-owned coastal areas.

Treasure Coast speller advances to final round
WASHINGTON — She opened the envelope, looked at the results, and a wave of relief instantly came over her.

Horatio Alger awards: Teens shine in face of adversity
Seven Treasure Coast high school seniors were rewarded for their ability to overcome parental divorce, poverty, and their own rebellion by being named Horatio Alger Florida Scholars.

Bush ponders open-heart units
TALLAHASSEE — With the hopes of many on both sides of the issue hanging in the balance, Gov. Jeb Bush said Wednesday he has yet to make up his mind on a bill authorizing the creation of an open-heart surgery unit at Martin Memorial Medical Center.

PSL High junior playing hooky lands himself in pokey
PORT ST. LUCIE — A 17-year-old student who left Port St. Lucie High School without permission Tuesday got something more than a trip back to class — he got taken to jail.

PSL sewage plant: Realty office proffers tract
St. Lucie County officials have suggested that Port St. Lucie consider 245 acres on Range Line Road as a site for a $67 million sewage plant, but the city manager said the land is too far west and too expensive.

Vero hospital officials fear phone drive targets heart unit
While officials at Indian River Memorial Hospital in Vero Beach hold their breaths hoping Gov. Jeb Bush will sign a bill allowing them to build an open-heart surgery center, there are signs of political opposition in their own back yard.

 MAY 28

 Fort Pierce making major effort to refurbish golf club business
 St. Lucie commission OKs 560-bed jail expansion
 Mistrial: PSL teen's double murder trial cut short
 PSL OKs survey of sewage plant land despite residents' objections
 Martin's 2nd teen drug workshop postponed
 Holiday crimes kept to a minimum in St. Lucie
 McCarty Middle School's Floyd receives Wal-Mart teaching prize
 Martin sheriff's office scrutinizes release of inmate instead of bailed-out cellmate
 Familiar face to help oversee Stuart projects
 Spectrum graduates savor their achievements
 Martin commission OKs comp plan settlement
 Stuart News briefs
 Martin firefighter punished for abusive language toward juvenile
 Spelling ace shares wisdom gained from last year's bee
 'Rescuers' of whale hurt effort to help the mammal
 Martin Commission to thank those who opposed 'Glades bill
 Seniors say passing test dominates school life
 Vero bank rejects offer from Stuart's Seacoast
 Noon accident snarls bridge traffic

 MAY 27

 This Memorial Day takes on new meaning
 Parade-goers salute marchers
 Upgrade to shut Martin County libraries
 Ceremony fills Fort Pierce park
 Overtime abuses lead to crackdown by DCF in Palm Beach
 Graduation week
 Spellers to join 250 extraordinary kids
 South Fork seniors to graduate on home turf
 Pomp and consequences

 MAY 26

 WWII survivor recalls chaplains' sacrifice
 Troops express gratitude for area support, supplies

 MAY 25

 A first: Children of alumni graduate
 St. Lucie County offers to find new site for proposed sewage plant
 Dog's best friends work to form park of their own in Stuart
 Memorial honors beloved firefighter
 Downtown Stuart will be canvas for painting history
 Focus is military in annual Stuart parade
 Firm taking Liberty with renovations at old Wal-Mart in PSL
 Game plan deals with unruly parents
 Ex-POW publishes WWII experiences

 MAY 24

 2 medical programs survive in budget
 Port St. Lucie shuffles workers after arrest of one
 Judge saves home of 'flag man'
 Veterans affairs: Take time to honor those who died in service of America
 Budget calls for $240 more per student statewide
 Road watch: Holiday to close some roads, open others
 VFW honors service, sacrifice of 22 area veterans
 Ground broken for new Palm City firehouse
 Jensen major describes targeting work on Iraq from secret center
 Memorial Day weekend weather
 'Essential rites of passage'

 MAY 23

 PSL veteran indicted on 115 counts of benefits fraud
 Brother won't repeat murder confession
 Tax refunds stolen in Jensen Beach
 Taylor pleads guilty to 1 cash laundering count
 Land sale to Jupiter Christian School imminent, owner says
 Saints course in PSL to shut for 3 months
 Stuart News briefs
 Failure to hire has PSL planning director reviewing staff's pay
 Road deputies in St. Lucie suspended, reassigned after drinking before duty
 Fort Pierce Utilities official sees fewer squabbles as key to future
 Congressman Foley says private life is off limits
 Stuart News briefs
 Boaters re-entering U.S. waters must take papers to Customs office
 Memorial Day closings
 Anglers can win bundle in fishing tournament
 Sandbar site of fun and occasional nuts
 Airport's critics given hope for voice on panel

 MAY 22

 Academies teach St. Lucie residents what police do
 2 South Fork High debaters to compete in D.C.
 Stuart News briefs
 Arson suspected in 2 auto shop blazes in Fort Pierce
 Stuart News briefs
 PSL teen's trial for slayings begins with graphic accounts of 2 deaths
 St. Lucie questions PGA Village expansion plans
 Man pleads guilty to cash laundering
 PSL man jailed amid sex, violence allegations
 Vogel recommends 4 for principal in St. Lucie
 Rampaging squirrel killed after hurting 3 at Cracker Barrel in Martin
 Martin ready to work on drainage upgrade in Old Palm City
 Stuart parade organizer has hankering for a tank
 Police plan to boost traffic vigilance for holiday
 Camps will compete to build best reef balls

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