Jill Roberts

News and Public Affairs

Leave your watch at home when you do some destressing with Forest Therapy at the Environmental Learning Center in Wabasso. Find out how you can participate by clicking HERE.

Employees of Florida Power & Light practiced their hurricane response roles at the St. Lucie County Fair Grounds.  The power company provides a storm preparation guide, to find it, click HERE.

At least 16 cases have been reported in Martin County and at least two people have died.  What is hepatitis A, and how is it spread?  Printable information about hepatitis A and how to prevent its spread are available from the Florida Dept. of Health in Martin County by clicking HERE.

First Responders painted one fingernail blue as part of an effort to promote awareness of child abuse.  April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, so for the rest of the month it's hoped questions about why people have one painted nail will promote conversations on the issue.  Find out more by clicking HERE.

It all started with a phone call in 2012 and culminated in IRSC winning the Aspen Prize in 2019.

Hear our entire interview with Dr. Edwin Massey on the Aspen Prize.

IRSC is the recipient of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.  It’s awarded by the Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program.  The program evaluates  student learning, certificate and degree completion, success after graduation-both in the job market and in continuing toward a four year degree and equity in access and success for students of color and low income students.  IRSC shares the prize with Miami Dade College.  You can find out more about the Aspen Prize by clicking HERE.

Hungry Girl, Lisa Lillien, is on the road on a food truck that will give out healthy treats to promote her new Cookbook "Simply Six."  It's full of recipes that have six ingredients or less, all with fewer than 375 calories.  Find out where the truck will be stopping by clicking HERE.

Hundreds of people have been arrested in what authorities are calling a human trafficking ring operating out of massage parlors on the Treasure Coast and beyond.  However, the issue has not been eliminated with those arrests.  You can find out more about human trafficking and a Stuart organization called Catch the Wave of Hope which fights for its victims by clicking HERE.

Col. Andrew Kelly, Commander of the Jacksonville District of the Army Crops of Engineers says that due to expected oyster spawning, releases to the St. Lucie River from Lake Okeechobee will be slightly reduced.  You can find out more about the lake and its management by clicking HERE.

Former WQCS reporter Kenrick Thomas met with Mary Ann Carroll in July of 2014.  We reach into our archives for that story.  Carroll was named a featured artist and her work was displayed in the governor’s mansion for Black History Month.

The group held a Vero Beach press conference to express concerns about safety with Virgin Trains USA.  The higher speed rail line to connect Miami to Orlando has no stops planned on the Treasure Coast.  Find out more about the group by clicking HERE.

Governor Ron DeSantis visited the Florida Oceanographic Society's Coastal Center on Thursday to announce the appointment.

Port St. Lucie residents can attend the Citizen Summit on Saturday or complete the citizen survey online.  Find out more on either option by clicking HERE.

Drew Mello

Feb 19, 2019

It is with sadness that we share with you the passing of WQCS Morning Edition Host Drew Mello.

Drew’s smooth voice and sense of humor helped so many of us get our day off to a great start. Despite the fact that he got up well before the sun each weekday, he was always at his best both on the air and in person. Whether it was the location of morning traffic crashes or information during a threatening hurricane, Drew helped to keep us informed with his calm voice and clear delivery of information

Gretchen Rose writes from her daughter's point of view in her honest memoir titled "Dancing With the Devil."  She will be at the Vero Beach Book Center Feb. 20 at 4:00 p.m..  Find out more by clicking HERE.