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1959: Belcher Road may get more paving

Storm tossed: After the 1921 hurricane, the Safety Harbor Pavilion was heavily damaged. The building in background was washed 75 yards from its original location.

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Storm tossed: After the 1921 hurricane, the Safety Harbor Pavilion was heavily damaged. The building in background was washed 75 yards from its original location.

CLEARWATER — The City Commission has asked Pinellas County to pave Belcher Road from Coachman Road to Sunset Point Road.

The extension would run along the east edge of a 125-acre industrial park, which is bordered on the west by N Hercules Avenue. Pinellas is discussing moving the county seat from downtown Clearwater to a new center on Drew Street and Coachman Road.

The site is currently a sanitary fill. Clearwater Mayor A.D. Finch is opposed to the move because the proposed site is not inside the city limits, as is required by law. It is separated from Clearwater by a strip of groveland.

July 12, 1914

Area post offices get status upgrade

The Post Office Department has announced that the post offices in Clearwater and Tarpon Springs have been elevated from third- to second-class facilities, and the post office at St. Petersburg from a second- to a first-class facility.

July 12, 1943

Winter resident commended

DUNEDIN — President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his assistant Stephan Early recently congratulated Dunedin winter resident Cyrus Falls for attending 1,560 consecutive Sunday school classes without one absence. Falls, who lives in Kings Mountain, N.C., attends Central Methodist Church in that city. The church held a morning service in honor of Falls' record.

Early met Falls last winter when Early spent two weeks at the Fenway Hotel in Dunedin. He passed along the president's congratulations in a letter to Falls.

"Not to have missed a single Sunday in 30 years is a fine achievement in fidelity to a spiritual ideal," read the letter. Falls has been a winter visitor in Dunedin for 20 years.

July 14, 1943

Bay Pines employee leaves to join WACs

Pearl Elizabeth Mills, a dining room employee at the Soldier's Home, has left Bay Pines to become a WAC. She will leave tonight or tomorrow for Women's Army Corps training in Daytona Beach.

This departure comes as the head attendant at the veterans hospital is looking for male attendants. The Times ran a notice for the hospital three weeks ago, but only three of 11 applicants were accepted. One rejected applicant had varicose veins and another was deaf, Bay Pines officials said. Two or three applicants have passed physical examinations but have been unable to provide birth certificates. If they can furnish the certificates, they will be hired.

In addition to providing birth certificates, attendants must be exempt from the draft, able-bodied, mentally alert, and able to see and hear. Discharged veterans of World War II would be eligible.

July 13, 1967

County may end support for TV station

CLEARWATER — Facing a budget crisis, the Pinellas County School Board challenged the value of educational television and threatened to drop $80,732 in support to WEDU-Ch. 3.

School Superintendent Thomas B. Southard won a two-week deferral of the decision. Further discussions will focus on the effectiveness of the station and program scheduling. Southard conceded that some complaints about ETV are legitimate.

"It seems to me that (educational TV) is an important tool of education geared to the atomic age, but to date it has failed to measure up to its potential," Southard said.

If Pinellas, one of the "pivotal" counties that support the station, pulls out, WEDU may have to curtail its programing drastically. In addition to Pinellas county, the station serves Hillsborough, Polk, Sarasota, Manatee, Pasco, Hernando, Highlands and Citrus counties. The station also receives funds from donations.

Pinellas History is compiled by Times staff writer Theresa Blackwell. You can reach her at [email protected]

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