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Clearwater 19-year-old dies when SUV runs off Interstate 75 in Alachua County

A Clearwater 19-year-old died in an accident Tuesday morning on Interstate 75 in Alachua County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. State troopers responded at 8 a.m. to a call of a damaged fence along southbound I-75 south of the Paynes Prairie rest area there. They found a Ford Explorer that had run off the highway's shoulder, the FHP said. The SUV had hit a tree, overturned, and run through a fence and down an embankment. Devin Arielle Turnquist, 19, the only person in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene by Alachua County EMS.

Author to speak of 6 kids she adopted

Child advocate and author Deborah Polston, wife of Florida Supreme Court Justice Ricky Polston, will speak at Clearwater's Calvary Baptist Church on Thursday afternoon, sharing the story of adopting six little boys with her husband. She will speak at 1:30 p.m. at the church, 101 N McMullen Booth Road. The event is open to the public; if you would like to attend, call (727) 417-9328 to register. The first three brothers were ages 10, 3 and 2 when she brought them home. Each time the boys' biological mother gave birth and couldn't take care of the infant, the Polstons adopted him, ultimately bringing home three more brothers. A Heart Gallery of potential adoptive children will be on display in the church's lobby from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Barbershoppers will sing of love

Barbershop quartets will deliver old-fashioned love songs such as I Love You Truly, Heart of My Heart and Let Me Call You Sweetheart in four-part harmony to homes, offices, hospitals or wherever that special person may be on Feb. 11-15. Along with the singing valentines, the quartets will deliver a red rose and a parchment scroll to commemorate the occasion. Cost is $50. The Barbershoppers group is a nonprofit organization and proceeds will be shared with local charities. Deliveries can be made anywhere in Pinellas and Pasco counties. Call (727) 942-1991 to reserve a quartet.

Garden club has advice, plants

The Belleair Garden Club meets this morning with help for the home gardener. A free horticulture program will teach gardeners how to care for tropical flowering shrubs, with plants for sale. It's at 9:30 a.m. at the Belleair Garden Club, 903 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Belle­air. Call (727) 581-8929 for more information.

Book Time offers fun activities

Book Time at Brooker Creek is a program Thursday morning that's best for kids ages 3-5. The program includes story-related crafts, games and other hands-on activities. It's free, but registration is required. It's 10:30-11:15 a.m. at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 453-6800 or go to

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