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State grant to create 8 temp jobs in Dunedin


$123,000 grant to create eight temporary jobs

A $123,000 state grant will pay for eight temporary jobs for low- or no-income parents in the city's parks, recreation and technology departments. The jobs — three recreation leaders, three parks workers, a computer support technician and a specialist with the city's TV broadcast — will last from May to September. The funding is part of the state's Back to Work program, which pays for most of an employer's costs to encourage new work. Job seekers must apply through WorkNet Pinellas, have a child younger than 18 and earn less than twice the poverty level — about $2,400 a month for a household of two.


Mobile home fire blamed on candle

Investigators have blamed an unattended candle for sparking a fire at a mobile home early Thursday. The home at 700 Maple St. caught fire just after midnight Thursday, said Elizabeth Watts, Clearwater public safety spokeswoman. Resident Ken Farrell, 51, made it out of the fiery mobile home and was hospitalized for minor injuries, Watts said. Farrell said he fell asleep while the candle burned near his bed. No further information about damage was available.


Cut cable disrupts phones, Internet

A contractor for Bright House severed a fiber optic cable Thursday morning and disrupted phone and Internet service to Clearwater City Hall and three other downtown buildings for five hours. In addition to City Hall, the Pinellas County Courthouse and the St. Petersburg Times were without services from 10:44 a.m. until 3:34 p.m., said Bob Meldrum, a spokesman for TW Telecom. The Denver company provides voice, Internet, data and networking connections to businesses and government entities, but not residents. It shares a right of way with Bright House, Meldrum said, "so our service was affected, too." Clearwater spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said the city was not able to receive phone calls from outside numbers and outgoing calls were intermittent. There was no Internet service at City Hall, she said. Clearwater's ability to receive 911 calls was not affected. Meldrum said he did not know the name of the fourth building that was affected.


Add local history to fish fry feast

Bring the family to the Clearwater Historical Society's annual Spring Fish Fry from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Ross Norton Recreation Center, 1426 S Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., for a Southern treat of fried fish, hush puppies, grits, coleslaw and iced tea or coffee. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and include a free tour of the Plumb House Museum, located next door. Proceeds from the event will be used for the museum's maintenance and upkeep. For tickets, call (727) 804-2073 or (727) 446-9011.

In sports

Gibbs' Akilah James takes the No. 1 singles title at 3A state tennis. 6C

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