Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

David Banther becomes new Tarpon Springs commissioner


Newest city commissioner is sworn in

David Banther, Tarpon Springs' newest city commissioner, was sworn into office during the commission meeting Tuesday. Mayor David Archie praised Banther, who won a four-way race for Commission Seat 4, for his community service and dedication to the city. Archie and Commissioner Jeff Larsen ran unopposed and also took the oath of office for their new terms on Tuesday. The city also bid farewell to Commissioner Chris Alahouzos, who is leaving the commission because of term limits.


Jays start new season tonight

The Dunedin Blue Jays kick off their 2013 season tonight with a 6:30 p.m. game against the Clearwater Threshers. Gates at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., open at 5:30 p.m. During the game, spectators can play in a cornhole toss tournament held beyond the left field line. "Thirsty Thursday" deals mean beer, wine and soda sell for $2. A concert featuring Pitbull Toddler will be held after the game. New this year is a "Family Four Pack" special of tickets, hot dogs and sodas for $35. Visit for more information.


Sweetbay closings affect health plan

Pinellas County's Health and Human Services department reports that 3,500 Pinellas County Health Program clients have been affected by the closings of nine Sweetbay supermarkets in Pinellas County in mid-February. Clients who were getting their prescriptions filled at Sweetbay stores that have closed will need to find another pharmacy at any other open Sweetbay or at independent pharmacies that are within the PCHP network. PCHP clients can call the Health and Human Services department for more information at (727) 464-8400.

Bowl while raising funds for the blind

Lighthouse of Pinellas will host Bowling in the Dark from 1 to 4 p.m. May 4. For a $5 registration fee and a minimum fundraising goal of $100, individuals can help bring independence to those who are blind or visually impaired. Prizes will be awarded for the most funds raised, best bowlers and best bowling garb. Since 1956, Lighthouse of Pinellas has been providing services that support independent living for blind and visually impaired individuals. There is still room for more teams and sponsors to sign up for Bowling in the Dark. For more information, visit or call Angela Pottinger at Lighthouse of Pinellas, (727) 544-4433, ext. 235.


Relay For Life will be held April 12-13

Relay For Life of Oldsmar will be held April 12-13 at Canal Park, 3160 Tampa Road. Relay For Life is an organized, overnight community fundraising walk. Teams camp around the track, and members take turns walking the track. Each year, more than 4 million people in more than 20 countries take part in Relay For Life events to raise funds for cancer research. To donate or to sign up for a team in the Oldsmar Relay, contact Relay For Life of Oldsmar at (727) 546-9822.

David Banther becomes new Tarpon Springs commissioner 04/03/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 7:34pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Police seek suspect in attack on elderly woman in St. Petersburg (w/video)


    ST. PETERSBURG — Police are seeking the public's help in finding a woman they say violently attacked a 69-year-old woman earlier this month.

  2. Photo of the Day for September 19, 2017 - Great Egret with green mating coloration

    Human Interest

    Today's Photo of the Day comes from Barbara Motter of Weeki Wachee, FL.

  3. 20 local museums are offering free admission or deals Saturday for Free Museum Day

    Visual Arts

    For all the community's support of the arts in the bay area, it's nice to be rewarded with free admission once in a while. And that's exactly what many area museums are offering on Saturday.

    The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg is among the museums participating in the Smithsonian's Museum Day Live, offering free admission. (LANCE ROTHSTEIN   |  Special to the Times)
  4. Watch live: President Trump's speech to the U.N. General Assembly


    UNITED NATIONS — U.S. President Donald Trump and French leader Emmanuel Macron are expected to take the spotlight at the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations — but it's the tough global challenges from the nuclear threat in North Korea and the plight of Myanmar's minority Muslims to the …

    President Donald Trump shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in New York. [Associated Press]
  5. Cubs bring some other ex-Rays to Trop such as Wade Davis, Ben Zobrist


    Joe Maddon's first trip back to the Trop is getting most of the headlines tonight, but there are several other familiar faces among the eight former Rays now wearing Cubs uniforms.