Photos: Fort Pierce Central High 2017 graduates

Photos: Fort Pierce Central High 2017 graduates

Akim Jones, of Fort Pierce, along with 667 other students, graduated Tuesday from Fort Pierce Central High School at the commencement ceremony at the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds in Fort Pierce. “Class of 2017, you have brought my dreams to life,” said Principal Todd Smith. “You’ll always have an identity, you’ll always be a cobra and you can always come home.”

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Fort Pierce peacock dilemma: should he stay or should he go?

PORT ST. LUCIE. Fla. —

One of the residents inside a Port St. Lucie neighborhood is getting a lot of attention.

Some call him a nuisance and want him evicted and another believes he’s good luck and would like for him to stay put.

William Palsgraf said he’s tired of waking up at two or three in the morning to screams.
“This one lives in the trees back over here behind my house or he’s in this tree over here and he lets out loud screams, sometimes at two, three or four o’clock in the morning keeps us up the neighbors up,” said Palsgraf.

Mira Denson lives around the corner. She knows exactly who Palsgraf is talking about. The neighborhood peacock!

Denson said at first she also didn’t like the peacock but she likes him now. “He ain’t no crazy bird,”said Denson.

Palsgraf said he reached out to the city and was told he could hire a trapper to catch the bird and then relocate him.

In the meantime, it appears the peacock isn’t going anywhere.

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Popular Fort Pierce restaurant Chucky Ducky’s damaged by fire

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — A popular restaurant in Fort Pierce won’t be serving meals for a few days following a fire.

The blaze took place at the Chucky Ducky restaurant on Avenue D.

Reports say a barbeque grill ignited a screen porch in the back of the restaurant.

Owner Randolph Scott said, “We’ve been here 21 years and nothing like this has ever happened so I’m just thankful to God that it didn’t get inside the building… no damage inside the building and so I’m able to continue to work and that’s a blessing.”

Scott expects the restaurant to reopen on Tuesday.

Article source: http://www.wptv.com/news/region-st-lucie-county/fort-pierce/popular-fort-pierce-restaurant-chucky-duckys-damaged-by-fire

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Firefighters save unconscious woman from burning house in Fort Pierce

FORT PIERCE — Firefighters saved a woman in her mid-80s from a house fire Sunday as she lay unconscious in her bedroom, a St. Lucie County Fire District official said. 

The woman was taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center with critical injuries. Another woman, in her 60s, was taken to the hospital  as a precaution, according to an incident report. Updates on their conditions were not available Tuesday night.

Fire District Lt. Tom Mikovsky was one of the first at the scene shortly after 1:40 a.m. Sunday in the 1600 block of Wyoming Avenue in Fort Pierce. He said they saw black smoke coming from the front door, carport door and the front window.

He said officers and neighbors told them a woman was trapped inside one of the back bedrooms. 

About 20 firefighters were at the scene, but nine went in and out of the home to battle the fire and save the woman, Mikovsky said. 

Heavy smoke was down to the floor as Billy Crittenden crawled through the home. He found the woman in the bedroom, unconscious and lying next to a bed.

“The bedroom door was closed. It let heat out, but smoke came in,” Mikovsky said. “There was no visibility 6 inches in front of your face.”

Other firefighters opened a back door near the bedroom and helped carry the woman outside. 

The woman had critical injuries from smoke inhalation. 

Two cats in the bedroom died in the fire. The home is uninhabitable from fire and smoke damage. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Fire District spokeswoman Brenda Stokes said. 

 

 

 

 

 

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GOOD FOR YOU Fort Pierce Pilot Club Awards Scholarships

FORT PIERCE — At the April meeting of the Pilot Club of Fort Pierce, scholarships were awarded to deserving students to aid in their college education expenses. Sarah Weathers scholarships were awarded to Zachary McGuire and Lauren Herb.

McGuire, a Fort Pierce Central graduating senior, will be attending the University of Florida to study pre-medicine. Herb, a senior from St. Andrews Episcopal Academy, will be attending High Point University and studying neuroscience.

Continuing Education scholarships were also awarded to Haley Gatins, at Florida Gulf Coast University and Kristin Bedwell studying at Florida State Universtiy. The Sarah Weathers Scholarship Fund was named for a charter member of the Pilot Club of Fort Pierce, which was chartered here in 1951. Funds are raised at an annual Fashion Show luncheon held each spring.

The Pilot Club of Fort Pierce is a local chapter of Pilot International, a volunteer service organization focused on community service and support. The Fort Pierce chapter has been active in this community for more than 65 years, contributing time and talents to fundraising and service to help better the lives of local residents. The Club promotes brain health and safety and works with people and organizations dealing with brain-related disorders and traumatic brain injuries. The Pilot Club of Fort Pierce is a 501(c)3 organization. For additional information, contact pilotftpierce@gmail.com.

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Crews battling brush fire in Fort Pierce – WPBF.com

FORT PIERCE, Fla. —

A brush fire is currently burning off of US-1 and Turnpike Feeder Road in Fort Pierce.

Cypress Mobile home community was evacuated for about two hours while the brush fire came within close proximity of homes.

Residents were allowed back into the neighborhood around 6:15 p.m. Saturday.

The fire’s burning 80 acres, and is around 80 percent contained, as of Saturday night.

Crews with the Florida Forrest Service, and St. Lucie County Fire District are working the scene.

State Wildland Firefighters from South Carolina have also responded to assist in battling the flames.

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Women hurt, one critically, in home fire in Fort Pierce – TC Palm

FORT PIERCE — Two women were hurt, one critically, in an early morning home fire in Fort Pierce, according to the St. Lucie County Fire District.

Fire District crews responded shortly after 1:40 a.m. to the fire in the 1600 block of Wyoming Avenue. When firefighters arrived, one woman was out of the home, but another was still inside, the Fire District said.

Firefighters extinguished the fire shortly after 2 a.m. and rescued a woman in her mid 80s from the home. She was taken to a hospital with critical injuries and the other woman, in her 60s, was taken to the hospital as well.

Two cats that were still inside the home died in the fire, Fire District spokeswoman Brenda Stokes said. The cause of the fire, contained to the living room, is under investigation, the Fire District said.

Further details on the fire were not immediately available.

This story will be updated. 

More:SLC brush fire fully contained, officials say

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Popular Fort Pierce restaurant Chucky Ducky’s damaged by fire …

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — A popular restaurant in Fort Pierce won’t be serving meals for a few days following a fire.

The blaze took place at the Chucky Ducky restaurant on Avenue D.

Reports say a barbeque grill ignited a screen porch in the back of the restaurant.

Owner Randolph Scott said, “We’ve been here 21 years and nothing like this has ever happened so I’m just thankful to God that it didn’t get inside the building… no damage inside the building and so I’m able to continue to work and that’s a blessing.”

Scott expects the restaurant to reopen on Tuesday.

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Brush fire forces evacuations in Fort Pierce

FORT PIERCE, Fla. —

A brush fire is currently burning off of US-1 and Turnpike Feeder Road in Fort Pierce.

Cypress Mobile home community was evacuated for about two hours while the brush fire came within close proximity of homes.

Residents were allowed back into the neighborhood around 6:15 p.m. Saturday.

The fire’s burning 80 acres, and is around 80 percent contained, as of Saturday night.

Crews with the Florida Forrest Service, and St. Lucie County Fire District are working the scene.

State Wildland Firefighters from South Carolina have also responded to assist in battling the flames.

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Fire spares Fort Pierce restaurant’s main building Saturday


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FORT PIERCE — A hot grill sparked a fire at a restaurant Saturday morning, but firefighters had the fire under control in about 15 minutes, according to a St. Lucie County Fire District news release.

Firefighters were called shortly after 7:30 a.m. Saturday to the Chucky Duck restaurant building at 1507 Avenue D, Fort Pierce. A barbecue grill used the night before still was hot and ignited a screened porch on the back of the building, the release states.

The fire was extinguished about 8 a.m., Fire District spokeswoman Brenda Stokes said. The porch was destroyed and there was soot and water damage to the back of the building, but the main structure is intact, the release states.

No one was inside the building and no other structures were threatened, Stokes said.

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