Man charged with robbing Bank branch
A 29-year-old Palm Harbor man was arrested Friday on charges of robbing a Bank of America in Palm Harbor on Wednesday morning. Pinellas County sheriff's detectives identified the suspect as Cody Waugh of 2691 Levy Court. He is charged with robbery. Detectives said that upon questioning, he admitted to the robbery and said he used some of the stolen money to catch up on his rent, pay for furniture rental, and buy things for himself and his wife. The robbery happened about 10:20 a.m. Wednesday at the Bank of America at 4000 Lake St. George Drive. Detectives say the robber handed a teller a note demanding cash. He implied he had a gun. After taking cash, the robber ran north on Lake St. George Drive. On Friday, detectives got a call from someone who recognized the man in a photo the caller had seen in media reports. That tip led them to Waugh.
Sea-Blues reserved tickets available
Reserved seating tickets are on sale for the annual Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival in downtown Coachman Park Feb. 16 and 17. The first day will feature performances by Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Magic Slim, the Lee Boys, Hamilton Loomis and more. The second day will feature Coco Montoya, Moreland & Arbuckle, Trampled Under Foot and more. General admission is free. Reserved seating prices are $25 per day or $40 for the weekend if purchased in advance, and $30 per day or $45 for the weekend if purchased at the gate. For information, call (727) 562-4844.
Library helps tots get a Lego up
The Clearwater East Library, at 2251 Drew St., is among the top 200 nominated libraries in an early literacy program titled "Read! Build! Play!" according to the Association of Library Service to Children and the Lego Duplo company. The East Library received 1,348 votes in an online contest, placing 50th and qualifying to receive a toolkit of Duplo bricks and preschool books to bolster its early childhood programs. "We recently received the items and are so excited," said youth services librarian Valerie Mathre. "We plan on creating Read! Build! Play! story times starting this summer."
Ace Golf honored as business of year
The Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce has named Ace Golf as its 2012 Large Business of the Year. Though it has only been in Tarpon Springs since 2011, the family-owned company entered Tarpon in a big way by acquiring two unprofitable country clubs and turning them around. The Tampa-based company owns Wentworth Golf Club and Crescent Oaks Country Club in Tarpon Springs, Pebble Creek Golf Club in Tampa, and the Ace Golf ranges in Brandon and Riverview. The completely renovated Crescent Oaks joined Wentworth last year as being open to the public for the first time ever. Owners Bill Place and Su Lee have been in the business for nearly two decades.
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