Friday, May 25, 2018
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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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Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

By Joey JohnstonTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — Rays LHP Ryan Yarbrough deserved better Friday. But the offense didn't offer much, allowing the Orioles to escape with a 2-0 victory before an announced crowd of 11,354 at Tropicana Field."It ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

ST. PETERSBURG – In January, sure.In July, absolutely.But, now?And, once again, for someone who they hope helps in the future.The Rays made a shocking trade at a surprising time of year Friday, dealing All-Star closer Alex Colome and Tampa...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Steve Yzerman’s summer plans: Make the Lightning better

Steve Yzerman’s summer plans: Make the Lightning better

TAMPA — Captain Steven Stamkos said the Lightning's window for contending for a Stanley Cup championship is not closing."I think it's wide open," he said Thursday, one day after the Lightning lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final to the C...
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Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still can’t stop bad judgment

Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still can’t stop bad judgment

It’s human nature in following any tragedy to imagine: How could this have been prevented? On that score, the city of Tampa responded appropriately to the deaths this week of a mother and her toddler whom police say were hit by a teenage driver racin...
Updated: 3 hours ago
In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputies’ actions justified

In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputies’ actions justified

TAMPA — Michael Bratt told a story.He said that Hernando County sheriff’s deputies attacked him in his home early one morning eight years ago, beat him severely on his front lawn, and continued the assault as they took him to a hospital.But another s...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Police: Driver in fatal Bayshore faces new charge in child’s death

Police: Driver in fatal Bayshore faces new charge in child’s death

The 18-year-old who was arrested this week after police said he was racing when he fatally struck a young mother pushing her stroller across Bayshore Boulevard was back in jail on Friday night.Cameron Herrin, 18, was arrested on a second count of veh...
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The Bucs’ influence inside the Vegas Golden Knights’ runaway success

The Bucs’ influence inside the Vegas Golden Knights’ runaway success

The Stanley Cup final begins Monday in the unlikeliest of places: a city new to major pro sports and suddenly the center of the hockey world, Las Vegas, whose Golden Knights could become the first first-year expansion team to win a championship.And t...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

Before we even get going, let me be clear about something.This is not a column making an argument about whether or not NFL players should be able to kneel in protest during the national anthem.That topic has been debated repeatedly, loudly and passio...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

The Rays made a major trade Friday afternoon, sending All-Star closer Alex Colome and OF Denard Span to the Mariners.The return is two minor-leaguers, RHP Andrew Moore and RHP Tommy Romero. The Rays also sent cash to the Mariners.Span, a Tampa produc...
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For starters: Sergio Romo on mound tonight as Rays open series against Orioles

For starters: Sergio Romo on mound tonight as Rays open series against Orioles

By JOEY JOHNSTONTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — For openers, the Rays will use RHP Sergio Romo, the 35-year-old career reliever, as tonight's starter against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field.Romo is making his third career "sta...
Updated: 6 hours ago