Friday, November 16, 2018
News Roundup

Hooper: Old McMicky’s offers a lesson on how to appreciate teachers

For Old McMicky’s Farm owner Ralph Zucker, teacher appreciation means more than giving them shiny apples or a week of platitudes.

Zucker, who has previously donated $125,000 in weddings to veterans, is now presenting his Odessa farm as a site for one lucky Tampa Bay teacher’s ceremony. The Teachers Rock $20,000 Dream Wedding Giveaway is underway, with 12 couples vying for votes until Feb. 7.

It’s a nice tribute for people in a profession who endure constant demands, and a lesson for our Tallahassee educational leaders on how to truly appreciate teachers.

But that’s another column for another time. …

The Arts Conservatory for Teens in St. Petersburg will partner with the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Student Government to host "Color St. Pete: The Art of Community" at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at USFSP’s Harbor Hall. I’ll be one of the panelists, eager to listen and learn more than I talk. That’s what makes dialogue so important. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Comparison Is The Thief Of Joy. …

Kudos to all those musicians who toil in our local beach bars and restaurants. Music superstars grab all the headlines, but the men, women and ensembles who make the days more relaxing with a guitar, a backing track or a loop machine deserve praise.

I recently heard two such acts — Cutty Jones at Shephard’s Tiki Bar on Clearwater Beach and Mike Hastings at Bahama Breeze on the Courtney Campbell Causeway — and it reminded me how music can stir up joyful memories.

This state can still shine when you mix good tunes, good friends and a perfect sunset.

That’s all I’m saying.

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The real problem with Pasco pastor’s partisan sign is a tax problem

The real problem with Pasco pastor’s partisan sign is a tax problem

The pastor posted a political sign discouraging folks from voting for Democrats. Experts say that likely violated IRS rules.
Updated: 14 minutes ago
Deputies suspect foul play after 3 found dead in Clair-Mel area house fire

Deputies suspect foul play after 3 found dead in Clair-Mel area house fire

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is seeking the person they say intentionally set a fire at a house in Clair-Mel City on Thursday in which three people were found dead.
Updated: 23 minutes ago
The Daystarter: Nine days later, Ron DeSantis is Florida’s new governor; Hamilton tickets go on sale today; get ready for some (brief) sweater weather.

The Daystarter: Nine days later, Ron DeSantis is Florida’s new governor; Hamilton tickets go on sale today; get ready for some (brief) sweater weather.

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.
Updated: 29 minutes ago
Girl, 13, forced to walk naked down street, Pasco deputies say; woman arrested

Girl, 13, forced to walk naked down street, Pasco deputies say; woman arrested

Rosalie Contreras of Dade City faces a child abuse charge, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
Updated: 1 hour ago
White supremacist gang members in Tampa Bay charged in gun, drug ring

White supremacist gang members in Tampa Bay charged in gun, drug ring

Investigators say the suspects are connected to the Unforgiven and United Aryan Brotherhood gangs.
Updated: 1 hour ago
USF's new dorm in St. Petersburg will get a financial assist from the Tampa campus

USF's new dorm in St. Petersburg will get a financial assist from the Tampa campus

Construction on a long-planned student residence at USF St. Petersburg will start in February and be complete in 2020. It will have room for more than 900 students and a 400-seat dining hall.
Updated: 1 hour ago
'Annie' opens Nov. 29 at Stage West

'Annie' opens Nov. 29 at Stage West

Spring Hill theater presentation runs through Dec. 9.
Updated: 1 hour ago
Pasco Business Digest for Nov. 23

Pasco Business Digest for Nov. 23

News and notes on local businesses.
Updated: 1 hour ago
State volleyball: Shorecrest, Bishop McLaughlin look for first titles

State volleyball: Shorecrest, Bishop McLaughlin look for first titles

Two more local teams vie for state titles Saturday in Fort Myers.Class 4A : Shorecrest (22-3) vs. Palm Beach Gardens Benjamin (21-4)When/where: 10 a.m. Saturday, Suncoast Credit Union Arena, Fort MyersTickets: $9 per day in advance (fhsaa.org); or $1...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Hot seat watch, coaches in contention to move up, Jimbo Fisher flashback and more college football notes

Hot seat watch, coaches in contention to move up, Jimbo Fisher flashback and more college football notes

Yes, Skip Holtz flopped at USF, but he's doing very well at Louisiana Tech...
Updated: 1 hour ago