Wednesday, June 20, 2018
News Roundup

Hometown Pinellas

Merit scholarship awarded: St. Petersburg resident Ryan A. Sutherland was selected as a Norman C. and Henry J. Miller Dean's Achievement Scholar in the Emory Scholars Program at Emory College of Arts and Sciences. The $10,000 per year scholarship is based on merit, and applies to the cost of tuition. As a Dean's Achievement Scholar, Sutherland will also become a member of the Emory Scholars Program community, which offers special programs and services as well as eligibility to apply for grants for summer and academic year opportunities. Recipients are selected by the Dean's Achievement Scholarship Committee made up of Emory faculty and staff and Emory Scholar alumni.

Chapter takes top honors: The St. Petersburg-Pinellas Chapter of Business and Professional Women earned the most awards and top honors at the annual state conference in Orlando in June. The chapter won eight awards for its achievements in educational and legislative programming and membership growth. It also won Local Organization of the Year for the second time. Other awards received include Best Original Video, Best Overall Public Relations, Eagle Award, Hortense K. Wells Trophy, Sacagawea Award, Barnie Shuhi Education Award and honorable mention for budget submission.

CASA hotline upgraded: The domestic violence center Community Action Stops Abuse, or CASA, will get an upgrade to its 24-hour hotline thanks to a $50,000 grant through Verizon's Hopeline. Because of the growing number of callers, the grant will help get the calls addressed quicker and more efficiently. Every year, CASA receives more than 5,000 calls to its hotline and serves as a means for survivors to get shelter, counseling and get in touch with support groups and legal services.

Honor bell: Seminole Lake Rotary Club presented an Honor Bell to the Seminole Fire Department July 18. Fire Chief Heather Burford, Deputy Chief Terry Tokarz and City Council members attended along with former fire Chiefs Jim McConnell and George Bessler and former Deputy Chief Doug Meyer. Seminole Chamber of Commerce members Roger Edleman and Gretchen Barnhorn also attended. Lt. Scott Eddinger explained the history and significance of tolling the bell to memorialize fallen fire department members. From left are Bessler, Eddinger, Jeremy Newton, Burford and Tokarz.

Comments
As Border Patrol searches its buses, Greyhound is pulled into immigration uproar

As Border Patrol searches its buses, Greyhound is pulled into immigration uproar

He was a 12-year Miami resident originally from Trinidad, taken off a Greyhound bus in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, by U.S. Border Patrol agents in January.She was a 60-something Jamaican national who had just met her granddaughter for the first time, w...
Updated: 13 minutes ago
Phil Mickelson apologizes four days after hitting moving ball at U.S. Open

Phil Mickelson apologizes four days after hitting moving ball at U.S. Open

NEW YORK — Phil Mickelson has apologized four days after intentionally violating golf rules by hitting a moving ball on the green at the U.S. Open, saying his frustration got the best of him. The apology came Wednesday in a statement released by his ...
Updated: 13 minutes ago
Could Lucky’s Market move in to Clearwater’s old Albertsons?

Could Lucky’s Market move in to Clearwater’s old Albertsons?

Lucky’s Market is considering a move in to the old Albertsons box space in Clearwater, according to preliminary plans filed with the city. Lucky’s master broker, Rick Lewellyn, was listed on an agenda as discussing renovating the existing property wi...
Updated: 15 minutes ago
Couple leased someone else’s home to 12 families at same time, Largo police say

Couple leased someone else’s home to 12 families at same time, Largo police say

LARGO — At least 12 families leased the same Largo home at the same time and lost as much as $4,300 each in a fraud scheme run by a couple who portrayed themselves as owners of the property, Largo police said.Police learned of the scheme Tuesday afte...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Developer proposes Sprouts Farmers Market for Land O’Lakes

Developer proposes Sprouts Farmers Market for Land O’Lakes

LAND O’LAKES – A Sarasota developer is proposing to turn a vacant Winn-Dixie store in central Pasco into a Sprouts Farmers Market or similar specialty grocer.Benderson Development filed preliminary plans Monday with Pasco County to redevelop the form...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Column: I survived a suicide attempt and here’s what you should know

Column: I survived a suicide attempt and here’s what you should know

Twenty-five years ago, I was a reporter at WTSP-TV, out in the field covering Tampa Bay’s Independence Day celebrations. I expected an easy assignment talking about families and fireworks. Then the newsroom called with an urgent message: I needed to ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Kevin Knox poised to become Tampa Bay’s highest NBA draft pick

Kevin Knox poised to become Tampa Bay’s highest NBA draft pick

Kevin Knox Sr. was watching the NFL draft 24 years ago when the phone rang. Buffalo coach Marv Levy was on the other line."Marv said they were taking me," said Knox Sr., a standout receiver at FSU.Soon after, Knox Sr. saw his name scroll across ESPN'...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Lawsuit against St. Pete alleges racial motivation in water official’s departure

Lawsuit against St. Pete alleges racial motivation in water official’s departure

ST. PETERSBURG — A former top ranking official in the city’s Water Resources Department is suing the city over his departure, claiming it was racially motivated.Dwight Wilson, the department’s former assistant director, says in the June 12 lawsuit th...
Updated: 2 hours ago
St. Pete police investigating social media threat against Pride event

St. Pete police investigating social media threat against Pride event

ST. PETERSBURG — Police are investigating a threat against St. Pete Pride weekend based on a social media comment left on a Tampa Bay Times story.A Facebook commenter used an alias to post the threat on a story about a pop-up gay club planned for the...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Updated: 2 hours ago