Family displaced after vehicle hits home in Fort Pierce – TCPalm.com

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Fort Pierce man arrested on child neglect charge early Thursday

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Indian Hills Recreation Area grand opening in Fort Pierce

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Christian music star coming to Fort Pierce church

FORT PIERCE — The ministry of multi-award winning singer Jaci Velasquez will visit the Christ Family Church with her tour on Friday, March 10, at 7 p.m.

Her husband Nic Gonzales, lead singer of the award nominated group Salvador, will also appear.

Velasquez grew up in an evangelical church where her parents were singers, evangelists and pastors. She has been singing since she was 9 years old, and has been singing professionally for nearly 17 years.

Contemporary Christian audiences are most familiar with her hit songs, “On My Knees,” a Dove award winning “Song of the Year,” as well as “God So Loved” and “You’re My God.” She has sold over four million albums, garnered three RIAA certified platinum recordings, three RIAA certified gold recordings, sixteen No. 1 radio hits, and has graced more than 50 magazine covers. Her resume includes ad campaigns for Pepsi, Doritos, Target, Frizz-Ease and Helzberg Diamonds.

She received seven Dove Awards and a Premio Lo Nuestro Award. Among her nominations are five Grammys, six Latin Billboard Awards and an American Music Award.

Jaci and Nic were blessed with their son Zealand in 2007 and second son Soren in 2009.

Velasquez is also working on a new devotional and writing a new book, “Coffee and Concealer.”

For more information, visit www.jacivelasquez.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Tickets for her concert at Christ Family Church range from $15 to $25 with VIP for $45. Children 10 and younger receive free admission. The VIP ticket includes a meet and greet after the show, a free CD, a photo opportunity and autograph. For more information, call 772-466-2000. Tickets available online at http://www.itickets.com/ or www.christfamilychurch.net Christ Family Church is at 4300 Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce.

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Family displaced after vehicle hits home in Fort Pierce

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Jon Santucci: 3 questions for Fort Pierce Central – TCPalm

Some questions for Fort Pierce Central’s football program in light of coach Matt Helmerich stepping down Tuesday after one year on the job.

Where is Central’s program now?

On Nov. 29, 2013, Fort Pierce Central was playing in its third consecutive regional championship game and ranked nationally in the USA Today Top 25.

A lot has changed since then.

The Cobras haven’t won a district title since 2013 and, despite winning six games each of the past two seasons, haven’t been in the playoffs since 2014.

Vero Beach has emerged as the top team in the district — the Fighting Indians haven’t lost a regular season game since 2013 — and Treasure Coast is coming off back-to-back playoff appearances, including an upset of state power Kissimmee-Osceola in the regional quarterfinals last year.

Now, Central is conducting its second coaching search in the past 13 months and will open the 2017 season with their third coach in as many years.

Central still has talent, namely rising senior linebacker/safety David Reese, who recently was invited to The Opening Finals, and rising senior quarterback Dan Vaughn. The program also, as usual, boasts plenty of young, athletic talent such as rising junior linebacker Dennis Fisher.

Something to keep an eye on is the state’s new transfer rules, which go into effect next fall. Students can go to any school as long as that school has availability — a development several coaches and administrators around the Treasure Coast already are concerned about.

It’s certainly not time to hit the panic button, but in fairness, this isn’t the same program it was three years ago.

Who will replace Helmerich?

The obvious answer is that it’s way too early to tell. There’s no telling who will apply or how the search committee will evaluate those applications in light of Helmerich’s resignation.

Also, this isn’t like St. Lucie West Centennial, which appeared to settle on Jamar Chaney even before the process started. There’s closest thing to a next-in-line candidate is defensive assistant Charlie Matthews, who was a finalist for the job a year ago.

One name to cross off the list is former Central coach Josh Shaffer, who indicated Tuesday that he is not interested in returning to the sidelines.

Why would Helmerich’s resignation impact the search committee’s approach?

It’s pretty simple — stability matters.

Consider the area teams who reached the regional semifinals the past two years: Vero Beach, Treasure Coast, Martin County, Sebastian River and John Carroll Catholic. When they reached the second round of the playoffs, all of those teams had coaching staffs – and offensive and defensive systems – that had been in place for at least four years.

Shaffer had immediate success at Central when he took over in 2011, but he already had been on the Cobras staff so the transition was a relatively easy one.

Don’t be surprised if Central looks for a coach who already lives on the Treasure Coast or has strong ties to the area. Neither principal Todd Smith nor athletic director Pete Crespo want a revolving door at head coach, so they’ll want to make sure whoever they hire is committed to the school and the area for the long-term.

Last year, four of the five coaches Central interviewed — Royal Palm Beach head coach Willie Bueno, Wagner College (N.Y.) receivers coach Custavious Patterson, former Bradenton-Manatee defensive coordinator Jim Phelan and Helmerich, who had been the defensive coordinator at St. Thomas Aquinas — were from out of the area.

Matthews should be in the mix again. He has a long history with the program and has helped student-athletes through the recruiting process. Former Port St. Lucie coach Ryan Solesky recently was named the Cobras defensive coordinator and also could get a look.

Central owes it to itself and its student-athletes to be diligent and get the best coach it can, but don’t be surprised if the list of finalists includes more local options than it did a year ago.

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Fort Pierce woman accused of sexually attacking woman

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Family displaced after vehicle hits home in Fort Pierce – TCPalm

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Jon Santucci: 3 questions for Fort Pierce Central

Some questions for Fort Pierce Central’s football program in light of coach Matt Helmerich stepping down Tuesday after one year on the job.

Where is Central’s program now?

On Nov. 29, 2013, Fort Pierce Central was playing in its third consecutive regional championship game and ranked nationally in the USA Today Top 25.

A lot has changed since then.

The Cobras haven’t won a district title since 2013 and, despite winning six games each of the past two seasons, haven’t been in the playoffs since 2014.

Vero Beach has emerged as the top team in the district — the Fighting Indians haven’t lost a regular season game since 2013 — and Treasure Coast is coming off back-to-back playoff appearances, including an upset of state power Kissimmee-Osceola in the regional quarterfinals last year.

Now, Central is conducting its second coaching search in the past 13 months and will open the 2017 season with their third coach in as many years.

Central still has talent, namely rising senior linebacker/safety David Reese, who recently was invited to The Opening Finals, and rising senior quarterback Dan Vaughn. The program also, as usual, boasts plenty of young, athletic talent such as rising junior linebacker Dennis Fisher.

Something to keep an eye on is the state’s new transfer rules, which go into effect next fall. Students can go to any school as long as that school has availability — a development several coaches and administrators around the Treasure Coast already are concerned about.

It’s certainly not time to hit the panic button, but in fairness, this isn’t the same program it was three years ago.

Who will replace Helmerich?

The obvious answer is that it’s way too early to tell. There’s no telling who will apply or how the search committee will evaluate those applications in light of Helmerich’s resignation.

Also, this isn’t like St. Lucie West Centennial, which appeared to settle on Jamar Chaney even before the process started. There’s closest thing to a next-in-line candidate is defensive assistant Charlie Matthews, who was a finalist for the job a year ago.

One name to cross off the list is former Central coach Josh Shaffer, who indicated Tuesday that he is not interested in returning to the sidelines.

Why would Helmerich’s resignation impact the search committee’s approach?

It’s pretty simple — stability matters.

Consider the area teams who reached the regional semifinals the past two years: Vero Beach, Treasure Coast, Martin County, Sebastian River and John Carroll Catholic. When they reached the second round of the playoffs, all of those teams had coaching staffs – and offensive and defensive systems – that had been in place for at least four years.

Shaffer had immediate success at Central when he took over in 2011, but he already had been on the Cobras staff so the transition was a relatively easy one.

Don’t be surprised if Central looks for a coach who already lives on the Treasure Coast or has strong ties to the area. Neither principal Todd Smith nor athletic director Pete Crespo want a revolving door at head coach, so they’ll want to make sure whoever they hire is committed to the school and the area for the long-term.

Last year, four of the five coaches Central interviewed — Royal Palm Beach head coach Willie Bueno, Wagner College (N.Y.) receivers coach Custavious Patterson, former Bradenton-Manatee defensive coordinator Jim Phelan and Helmerich, who had been the defensive coordinator at St. Thomas Aquinas — were from out of the area.

Matthews should be in the mix again. He has a long history with the program and has helped student-athletes through the recruiting process. Former Port St. Lucie coach Ryan Solesky recently was named the Cobras defensive coordinator and also could get a look.

Central owes it to itself and its student-athletes to be diligent and get the best coach it can, but don’t be surprised if the list of finalists includes more local options than it did a year ago.

Article source: http://www.tcpalm.com/story/sports/high-school/football/2017/02/21/jon-santucci-3-questions-fort-pierce-central/98205844/

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Marijuana tool found on child at elementary school in Fort Pierce

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