boy who was hit by car is recovering
The 8-year-old boy who was hit by a car Oct. 1 while riding his bicycle to the school bus stop is recovering, with his condition being upgraded from critical to fair, according to officials at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa. Donavin K. Smith had broken vertebra in his neck and brain swelling from the accident, which happened at Deason Drive and Trent Lane. But hospital officials this week said he had improved enough to move from the pediatric intensive care unit to a regular room. Donavin has received get-well cards from students at Shady Hills Elementary, where he is a second-grader, as well as Mary Giella Elementary, where he attended pre-K, kindergarten and first grade.
TV really is a steal, and two are held
After breaking into a home and making off with a 26-inch flat screen television, a Dade City man and woman sold it to the owner of a Blanton Road laundromat for $80, according to Pasco County sheriff's deputies. The television was valued at $576. Cindy Yvonne Holley, 47, and Jeremiah Richard Beach, 32, face grand theft and burglary charges and are in the Land O'Lakes jail. Holley's bail was set at $4,500, Beach's at $15,000.
T-shirts focus on domestic violence
The Clothesline Project, featuring T-shirts that tell domestic violence survivors' stories through words and artwork, will be displayed at Solutions Thrift Store from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Some of the T-shirts were made by women and children at Sunrise Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center in Dade City. Participating in the Clothesline Project provided a powerful step toward helping a survivor break through the shroud of silence surrounding her experience. Solutions Thrift Store is at 35535 State Road 52, about a half-mile east of Happy Hill/Prospect Road near Dade City.
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Gulf Harbors water is declared safe
A boil water notice was lifted Thursday for all Gulf Harbors residents now that tests have shown the water is safe. The water had been shut off overnight Oct. 9 to about 1,500 homes so that Lindrick Utilities crews could repair a broken water main on Floramar Terrace. The work is done and tests showed no bacterial activity in the water, Lindrick Utilities said.