Tuesday, January 23, 2018
News Roundup

Hometown South Pinellas

Clearwater Sun reunion seeks former employees

Planning is under way for a spring reunion of former Clearwater Sun employees. The planning committee is attempting to contact anyone who worked in any department at the former newspaper. Anyone who is a former employee — or anyone who knows someone who may have worked there — is asked to provide email addresses for news and updates about the reunion plans. The email addresses will not be shared and will be used only for reunion news. Anyone who wants to be included or knows how to reach former Sun employees should submit names and email addresses to [email protected] (Dorothy Smiljanich), [email protected] (Tom Keyser) or [email protected] (Ron Stuart).

St. Petersburg Literacy Council trains new volunteers

Donnilah McClendon, Alice Hume, Evelyn Bentayou, Eleanor Eichenbaum, Dorie Michalik, Cathy Johnston, Kathryn Donatelli, Margie Sundstrom and Dan Amato attended a recent Literacy Council of St. Petersburg to help tutor adults with reading and writing skills to take the GED.

Big, Little Brother and Sister of the Year for Tampa Bay recognized

Big Brother Chris Butler of Largo and his Little Brother Elgin, who have been matched for more than five years, have been named the Big Brother and Little Brother of the Year for Big Brother Big Sister of Tampa Bay, the nation's fourth largest BBBS agency representing Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk, Citrus, Hernando and Sumter counties. Big Sister Roxanne Connor of Safety Harbor and her Little Sister Megan, who have been matched in the school-based program at Eisenhower Elementary School in Clearwater for the past three years, have been named the Big Sister and Little Sister of the Year. Big Brothers and Big Sisters are adult volunteers who are matched with children facing adversity (called "Littles") for professionally supported one-on-one mentoring. Last year BBBS Tampa Bay matched more than 2,850 children with caring, positive role models.The honorees are now eligible to compete for Florida's Bigs and Littles of the Year, which will be determined later this year.

Admiral Farragut student earns Eagle rank

Luke Markus, 18, is a senior at Admiral Farragut Academy and a member of Troop 334 in St. Petersburg. He recently earned his Eagle Scout rank, the first Eagle Scout of the year for the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council. For his Eagle project, Luke supervised the building of campfire benches for the Boyd Hill Pioneer Settlement at St. Petersburg.

McGough Nature park home to two new vultures

McGough Nature Park is home to two new vultures. A male black vulture, Vlad, suffered a shotgun injury that broke his wing and didn't heal to the point where he could be returned to the wild. The young female turkey vulture, Ember, was found in Michigan with a broken wing and then was moved to Oklahoma. Due to both birds' injuries, they are no longer suited to live in the wild and have found a permanent residence at the Narrows. The Friends of Largo Nature Parks is accepting donations to help build additional enclosures for Vlad and Ember. For information on donating, call (727)518-3047 or visit the Narrows Environmental Education Center at 11901 146th St. N.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy, Lightning shut out Blackhawks

Andrei Vasilevskiy, Lightning shut out Blackhawks

CHICAGO — Turns out, Andrei Vasilevskiy is all right.And, believe it or not, so is the Lightning’s penalty kill, which was the unlikely hero in Monday’s streak-snapping 2-0 win over the Blackhawks at the United Center.Vasilevskiy, 23, played like the...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Back to work: Government shutdown ending as Dems relent

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Updated: 5 hours ago

Male bicyclist struck, killed by vehicle in Pinellas Park

PINELLAS PARK — A male bicyclist was struck and killed by a vehicle on U.S. 19 on Monday night, according to Pinellas Park police.The incident took place at about 8:30 p.m. along the 8000 block of U.S. 19 N, near the Walmart Supercenter.The driver wa...
Updated: 5 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Jan. 22

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Updated: 6 hours ago

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Glass art shines at St. Petersburg’s new Imagine Museum

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Facebook vows progress in halting election meddling

Facebook said Monday that it fell short in preventing the social media network from being used for foreign meddling in the U.S. presidential election.New blog posts written by Facebook executives appear to be the most critical self-assessment yet of ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Judge: Victims of sports doc are ‘sister survivor warriors’

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Associated PressLANSING, Mich. — The judge overseeing the sentencing of disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar said Monday that more than 120 girls and women who had given statements so far at the five-day hearing were "sister survivor warriors....
Updated: 7 hours ago
Sheriff Bob Gualtieri severs contract with CareerSource Pinellas

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri severs contract with CareerSource Pinellas

Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri severed his agency’s contract with CareerSource Pinellas on Monday after learning that the jobs center told the state it helped 624 sheriff’s employees get hired since 2014.The sheriff said he has no record of CareerSou...
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