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Briefs: Pinellas County has interest in buying Wal-Mart land

County looks at buy of Wal-Mart land in Tarpon

The County Commission agreed Tuesday to send a letter to Wal-Mart officials expressing interest in purchasing undeveloped land the retail giant owns in Tarpon Springs. In November, Wal-Mart announced it was holding off on plans to develop the 74-acre site on the Anclote River just south of the Pinellas-Pasco County line. A proposed Wal-Mart on the site has met resistance from environmentalists. Both Tarpon Springs and Pinellas County officials have said they would like to see the land, valued at $6.6-million, preserved. County officials said Tuesday that they were unsure where money for a purchase would come from, but wanted to let Wal-Mart know of their interest.

DUNEDIN

Eight arrested in fight at school

A fight broke out just after dismissal at Dunedin High on Tuesday, resulting in eight arrests. The fight spread from two to as many as 15 people in the yard in front of the school. At first, two school resource deputies tried to break it up, but had to call for backup. One student was hit with pepper foam when he refused to stop fighting. He was taken to a hospital for examination. Another student, one of the two who began the fight, was taken to a local hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening. Of the eight students arrested, five face misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and three face charges of obstruction. They were taken to the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Center. The juveniles' names were not released because they face only misdemeanors.

Woman's funeral will be private

Estelle Yurman, the woman who held religious signs at the corner of Belcher Road and State Road 580 and died when she was hit by a car, will have a private funeral service, according to her sister Kathleen Kerzner. Kerzner asked that anyone seeking to make donations give the money to Directions for Mental Health, Inc. The organization's address is 1437 S Belcher Road, Clearwater. Anyone interested in making a donation may contact Kay Guenther at (727) 524-4464 ext. 1700.

COUNTYWIDE

Happy memories, minus holiday gifts

There's no doubt people are spending less on the holidays this year. So maybe it's a good time to remember that memories aren't made on pricey presents. If you have a holiday memory (please keep it short) you'd like to share, address it Holiday Memories and send it to northpin@sptimes.com or 710 Court St., Clearwater, 33756. One rule: no memories of fancy jewelry, expensive toys or anything else that costs big bucks. We'll publish some of the memories on Christmas Day.

In Sports

Get the results of the Lakewood-Boca Ciega boys basketball game, 7C.

Pinellas deaths

Ankrim, George

Austin, Muriel P.

Barber, William

Bertrand, Betty

Burns, Marie Susanna Haag

Hudge, William

Jacobick, Ann

Myers, Susan Jean Clark

Partridge, John

Quinn, Harry J.

Roberts, Clyde

Santore, Jennie

Upchurch, Donald E. Jr.

Willis, Carolyn

Woody, Reid

Briefs: Pinellas County has interest in buying Wal-Mart land 12/16/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 8:16pm]
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