Student suffers minor injuries in bus crash
A 17-year-old student suffered minor injuries early Thursday after a school bus was rear-ended on Alt. U.S. 19 and Wood Dove Avenue, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Garret Mixon was taken to Mease Countryside hospital with complaints of back pain, according to the FHP. Seven students were aboard the bus at the time. About 6:20 a.m., troopers said the bus was stopped and picking up a student on Alt. U.S. 19 just north of Wood Dove Avenue. The bus had its red flashing lights and retractable stop sign activated when a red Jeep driven by 69-year-old Billy Wayne Berry struck the back of the bus, according to troopers. Troopers cited Berry with careless driving.
Drivers seriously injured in accident
A man was seriously injured early Thursday morning after his pickup was sideswiped by an unlicensed driver near the Ulmerton Road exit of Interstate 275 S. John Zagarella, 46, of St. Petersburg was transported to Bayfront Medical Center in serious condition around 2 a.m. after he was hit by Tung Pham, 47, of Wesley Chapel. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Pham improperly changed lanes. Pham, who was driving a 2007 Toyota pickup, was also taken to Bayfront in serious condition. Zagarella's pickup, a 1990 Ford Ranger, rolled several times, shaking apart and landing upside down on the southbound shoulder. Witnesses who came to his aid said he was thrown from the vehicle. As they waited about 15 minutes for paramedics to arrive, several motorists who stopped to help Zagarella covered the immobile man with blankets to keep him insulated from the near-freezing wind. Zagarella's passenger, Kenneth Wright, 46, escaped with minor injuries.
Tickets on sale for Rotary wine event
Tickets are on sale for the Rotary Club of Tarpon Springs' annual wine tasting. It will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 22 at Lake Tarpon Resort Hotel, 37611 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. The program will include a silent and live auction. Along with wine, there will also be beer, mixed drinks and appetizers. Proceeds from this event will fund youth programs. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce, 11 E Orange St., Tarpon Springs. For more information, call Sue Thomas, (727) 515-7767.
Deadline soon for art scholarships
Since 1985, the Miniature Art Society of Florida, 2519 McMullen-Booth Road, has awarded more than 80 scholarships totaling more than $100,000 to Pinellas County high school students wishing to continue their visual arts education. This year, the society is offering three scholarships for $1,500. Students interested in applying for scholarships have until Feb. 26. Applicant interviews will be scheduled for March 19. For more information, call (727) 409-0459. Applications are available at miniatureartsocietyofflorida.com.