Friday, September 21, 2018
News Roundup

Hometown Pinellas

LIGHTHOUSE OF PINELLAS RECEIVES GRANT: Pinellas Park WalMart Neighborhood Market recently awarded $2,500 to Lighthouse of Pinellas through its Community Grant Program. Lighthouse of Pinellas offers training programs that help people who are visually impaired and blind become independent at home, work and school. The grant will help fund instructional programs for LHP clients.

ST. PETERSBURG NATIVE SERVES AT PEARL HARBOR: Petty Officer Second Class Christopher Gadson, a 2004 St. Petersburg High School graduate, is stationed at the Navy's U.S. Pacific Fleet Headquarters. The U.S. Pacific Fleet consists of approximately 200 ships/submarines, nearly 1,100 aircraft, and more than 140,000 sailors and civilians. Gadson is responsible for maintenance and management of servers and computer systems onboard.

SEASIDE SEABIRD SANCTUARY GETS NEW LOGO: Seaside Seabird Sanctuary has a new look after new management took over in September. The organization's new logo can be seen on its new website, seabirdsanctuary.com, and throughout the beach. Its mission to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick, injured and orphaned birds remains the same.

SAILATHON RAISES $5K FOR FOOD PANTRY: The Ted Irwin Memorial Youth Sailathon drew 28 young sailors ages 8-16 to Indian Rocks Beach for a four- hour "sailing marathon" in support of the Beach Community Food Pantry at Calvary Episcopal Church. The sailors represented Indian Rocks Family Sailing Association, Clearwater Yacht Club and Dunedin Youth Sailing. Their efforts raised more than $5,000.

GULFPORT MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES WINNERS: The Gulfport Merchants Association announced two winners of the 2017 Community Support Grants, The Sonia Plotnick Health Fund, which funds women's health needs not covered by insurance, and Creative Play Preschool, which will create an interactive outdoor learning lab. The grants are funded by a portion of the proceeds from GMA's "Gecko Events," which will conclude next September. The grant amounts will be determined then.

ST. PETE TEAMS RANKED SECOND AFTER POP WARNER SUPER BOWL: The St. Pete Silver Raiders became the second place Division II unlimited team in the nation after losing in the Pop Warner Super Bowl to the Gilbert-Chandler Hitmen from Arizona.

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Florida adds 20,500 jobs in August, unemployment rate unchanged at 3.7 percent

Florida adds 20,500 jobs in August, unemployment rate unchanged at 3.7 percent

Floridaís jobless rate held steady in August at 3.7 percent, unchanged from July, according to state figures released Friday. That makes this the 11th-straight month with an unemployment rate below 4 percent. The state added 20,500 jobs in August and...
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Colombia-based body shapewear boutique, Sexy Skinz opens second location in South Tampa

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After listening to the needs of men and women desiring and personally desiring to look slimmer without having to exercise, Colombia native, Elizabeth Muñoz spent years designing top-of-the-line body shapewear at her undergarment shop in Colombia...
Updated: 25 minutes ago
Hometown Pasco for Sept. 28

Hometown Pasco for Sept. 28

We want your news!Hometown Pasco is devoted to everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from your family reunion, recreational sporting events or news from your last club meeting. You can contact Hometown Pasco news coordinator Jean Hamilt...
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St. Petersburg woman jumps from moving Uber to avoid kidnapping in Tallahassee

St. Petersburg woman jumps from moving Uber to avoid kidnapping in Tallahassee

It had been about 25 minutes since they passed her drop-off. So, realizing the driver wasn’t going to let her out, 19-year-old Brooke Adkins rolled down the window of the moving car and jumped.Police found her minutes later in a Tallahassee Wa...
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New Port Richey couple celebrates 75 years together

New Port Richey couple celebrates 75 years together

The NovobilskysEdward and Stella Novobilsky recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary. They were married Aug. 21, 1943.The couple, who are both 96, live in the Arborwood at Summertree community in New Port Richey. They moved to the area from...
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After record-setting day in Tampa, last day of summer brings more stifling heat

After record-setting day in Tampa, last day of summer brings more stifling heat

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They spent $15,000 adding a driveway to their St. Pete House. Now the city says they canít park on it

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How is Florida doing after 20 years under GOP rule?

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Examining Florida-Tennessee, FSU-NIU and the other state college football matchups

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Jimbo vs. Saban (again), CCC alum Jeff Smith starring and more national nuggets

Jimbo vs. Saban (again), CCC alum Jeff Smith starring and more national nuggets

Local of the weekBoston College WR Jeff Smith (Clearwater Central Catholic)After recording the first 100-yard game of his career last week, Smith could be in for another big showing against a bad Purdue pass defense. He'll try to help the No. 23 Eagl...
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