Tuesday, September 18, 2018
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Kiwanis Club of Dunedin hosts event featuring former CIA officer

The Kiwanis Club of Dunedin recently hosted "An Evening with Dunedin Kiwanis" at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. The guest speaker for the event was former CIA Intelligence Officer Andrew Bustamante. Bustamante engaged those in attendance in networking activities.

St. Petersburg native graduates basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman Jamar C. Jackson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

The airman 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. Jackson is the son of Priscilla Lovette and Joe Jackson of St. Petersburg. The airman is a 2017 graduate of Lakewood Senior High School.

Theodore "Ted" Wagner recognized by state for volunteer efforts

Theodore "Ted" Wagner of Music Sweet Music, a nonprofit in South Pasadena, was highlighted as one of 30 volunteers honored by the state as part of Florida Volunteer Month. Wagner has been volunteering in the Tampa Bay community for more than 20 years. In 2001, he founded the non-profit MSM, Inc., which addresses the need of music therapy in Tampa Bay. Wagner volunteers 35 to 40 hours a week. MSM is funding and providing music therapy programs at John Hopkins’ All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa, the Shriner’s Children Hospital in Tampa, PARC Cottages in St. Petersburg and other patients’ homes in the Tampa Bay area.

Sunstar Paramedics receives reaccreditation

Sunstar Paramedics in Largo recently achieved reaccreditation as an Accredited Center of Excellence with the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch for its performance in emergency dispatching. This distinction puts the center in elite company among emergency dispatch agencies around the world.

Kriseman designates ‘Trans Day of Visibility’

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman declared March 31 Trans Day of Visibility through a city proclamation to celebrate transgender representation, activism, and equality.

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Editorial: FDA acts to keep e-cigarettes from kids

Editorial: FDA acts to keep e-cigarettes from kids

The federal Food and Drug Administration is bringing important scrutiny to the increasing use of e-cigarettes, requiring companies that make and sell them to show they are keeping their products away from minors. Vaping is the new front in the nation...
Updated: 10 minutes ago
Maximo Marina, long established on a canal off Boca Ciega Bay, completes a multimillion-dollar renovation

Maximo Marina, long established on a canal off Boca Ciega Bay, completes a multimillion-dollar renovation

ST. PETERSBURG — The $25 million Maximo Marina renovation off Boca Ciega Bay is almost complete, but for a few punch list items.Located in the Skyway Marina District on the city’s southern tip, the facility boasts 212 covered wet slips ...
Updated: 13 minutes ago
A year after Hail Mary, Feleipe Franks still a work in progressions

A year after Hail Mary, Feleipe Franks still a work in progressions

GAINESVILLE — The one-year anniversary came and went Sunday, with most of Gainesville seemingly oblivious.Even now, in the sweet spot of another Florida-Tennessee game week, the 2017 Feleipe Franks-to-Tyrie Cleveland Hail Mary isn't so muc...
Updated: 16 minutes ago
Fort Myers brothers wanted for stealing trailers caught in Pasco, taken down by K9

Fort Myers brothers wanted for stealing trailers caught in Pasco, taken down by K9

LAND O'LAKES — It started just after 9:30 Saturday night. Detectives from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office called counterparts in Pasco. Suspects they had been following through several counties might be hitting a trailer lot along Land O...
Updated: 26 minutes ago
A gopher tortoise has been found with pink painted nails and shell

A gopher tortoise has been found with pink painted nails and shell

Photos once again are surfacing again on social media after someone painted a gopher tortoise. In a post on its Facebook page, the non-profit Owl's Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife in Odessa showed photos of a rescued female tortoise -- which is a threat...
Updated: 27 minutes ago

Seffner Chamber gets early look at sales pitch for school tax referendum

By Crystal OwensTimes CorrespondentSEFFNER – Business owners have a lot to gain from a proposed sales tax hike to support the schools, Hillsborough Superintendent Jeff Eakins told an audience in Seffner last week.In advance of the Nov. 6 elect...
Updated: 28 minutes ago
Four Lightning players named to The Hockey News’ list of the top 50 in the NHL

Four Lightning players named to The Hockey News’ list of the top 50 in the NHL

The Lightning has one of the biggest collections of talent in the NHL, according to one international hockey publication.Tampa Bay placed four players — second-most in the league — on The Hockey News' list of the top 50 players in th...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Your questions about Red Tide’s attack on Pinellas County answered

Your questions about Red Tide’s attack on Pinellas County answered

Now that the Red Tide algae bloom that’s been lingering along the Southwest Florida coast since last November has finally reached Pinellas County’s beaches, a lot of readers have questions about the toxic bloom’s effects. Here are some answers.Why di...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Weeki Wachee smoothie shop promises healthy meal in 30 seconds

Weeki Wachee smoothie shop promises healthy meal in 30 seconds

By Beth N. GrayTimes CorrespondentWEEKI WACHEE — For kitchen klutzes, dieters and health loyalists, relief is at hand under the sign: “The best meal of your day is right here. It will take 30 seconds.”The slogan is the first eye-...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Hernando Events for Sept. 21

Events21 FridayAcademia Hernando Fall 2018 Lecture Series event: The Legendary Women of Broadway Musicals, by Joy Katzen-Guthrie. Academia Hernando is a nonprofit organization that offers a lecture series for adult life-long learning. The series incl...
Updated: 1 hour ago