Saturday, August 18, 2018
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Hometown North Pinellas

BayCare receives Community Benefit Achievement Award

The Florida Hospital Association recently presented BayCare with a Community Benefit Achievement for its Medical Respite Program. The Community Benefit Achievement Award recognizes hospitals that have distinguished themselves through efforts to improve the health and well-being of their communities. BayCare won the award in the category of hospitals with more than 150 beds. St. Anthony’s Hospital opened the 10-unit Medical Respite Center in 2009 at Pinellas Hope. St. Anthony’s operates the program in collaboration with Catholic Charities and patients released from St. Anthony’s, Morton Plant, Mease Countryside and Mease Dunedin hospitals can go to the center where they can temporarily reside in a casita, a small one-room housing unit, and receive daily care and support. Some clients simply need a stable place to regain their strength, while others need continued medical treatment. Clients who need such services as wound care, IV antibiotics or other medical treatment receive visits from BayCare Home Care Services.

Beginning genealogy class graduates

Fifteen North Pinellas residents recently completed the Beginning Genealogy class hosted by the Suncoast Genealogy Society at the Palm Harbor Library. The class met once a week for six weeks and learned the genealogy research process and how to document their findings. Topics included census records, city directories, newspapers, military records, immigration and other genealogical resources. The purpose of the class was to help participants discover and document interesting stories within their family trees. The monthly meetings of the Suncoast Genealogy Society are on the fourth Saturday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Palm Harbor Library (2330 Nebraska Ave.). All interested in family research are invited to attend.

Relatives of Clearwater residents graduate from basic training

U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman First Class Holly A. Buckley and Airman Brendin M. Shedd graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The airmen completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Buckley is the daughter of Lisa and Eric Vincent of Clearwater and John Buckley of Colorado Springs. Shedd, who earned the distinction of an honor graduate, is the son of Randy Shedd of Conklin, N.Y., and Susan Shedd of Clearwater.

 
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Deputies find body in burning vehicle near Disney World miniature golf course

Deputies find body in burning vehicle near Disney World miniature golf course

A body was found in a burning vehicle near a Disney World miniature golf course early Saturday, according to WKMG News 6 Orlando.Authorities were initially called to a vehicle fire about 4 a.m. at Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course, 120...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Girlfriend of murder suspect arrested, too, in aftermath of Hudson drug shootout

Girlfriend of murder suspect arrested, too, in aftermath of Hudson drug shootout

HUDSON — The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office made a second arrest Saturday in the aftermath of a drug-related shootout Wednesday night that left one man dead and a woman critically injured.Deputies arrested Alexas Marie Gregas, 19, of Hudson, on charge...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Remember all that Rays hate?

Remember all that Rays hate?

BOSTON —Nope, this is not going to be the worst Rays team of all time, as a certain writer for a certain website that you may happen to be reading right now suggested in April was a real possibility. Not going to be second worst, third, even bo...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Levy County man, 53, killed trying to pass truck north of Inverness

Levy County man, 53, killed trying to pass truck north of Inverness

INVERNESS — A 53-year-old Levy County man died when he collided with a Mack truck while trying to pass it north of Inverness, the Florida Highway Patrol said.Claude Pepper Blount Jr. was headed south on U.S. 41 near Overdrive Circle about 1:50 p.m. F...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Police: Motorcyclist hospitalized after crash at Sheffield Lake Park in St. Petersburg

Police: Motorcyclist hospitalized after crash at Sheffield Lake Park in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — A motorcycle driver suffered serious injuries early Saturday when he lost control and crashed at Sheffield Lake Park, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department.Robert Douglas Blume, 47, was driving north along 49th Street N o...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Preseason football: Hillsborough 29, East Lake 23

Preseason football: Hillsborough 29, East Lake 23

TAMPA — When moving on to your third football program in four seasons, it helps to have a familiar face on the scene to help make things click faster.For Hillsborough quarterback Charlie Dean, fresh from playing for Tampa Catholic last fall, that per...
Published: 08/18/18
Romano: A fresh start for Florida to protect abused children

Romano: A fresh start for Florida to protect abused children

The worst job in Florida is available, once again.Mike Carroll has announced his pending resignation as secretary of the Department of Children and Families, giving someone else the privilege to be an underfunded, second-guessed punching bag. For no ...
Published: 08/18/18
In Clearwater, this woman is crafting a unique baseball career

In Clearwater, this woman is crafting a unique baseball career

CLEARWATER — The voice of the Clearwater Threshers grew up a couple hours down the coast, listening to Dewayne Staats and making annual family trips to the Trop.The giveaway to what Kirsten Karbach would become, however, should have been her baseball...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Putting a face to the name: Picture of Marine killed in Vietnam one of the missing

Putting a face to the name: Picture of Marine killed in Vietnam one of the missing

Private Ruben Bell Jr. has a name, a rank, a hometown, five service medals and several living family members. For 50 years, though, he has remained a ghost.Bell enlisted in the Marine Corps in July 1967, when he was 19, and arrived in Vietnam that De...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Jameis Winston vs. Marcus Mariota: The stats that matter

Jameis Winston vs. Marcus Mariota: The stats that matter

Yeah, but …Every Jameis Winston-Marcus Mariota debate is full of them.Winston has completed more passes (939), gained more passing yards (11,636) and thrown more passing touchdowns (69) before his age 24 season than any quarterback in NFL histo...
Updated: 12 hours ago