Thursday, January 18, 2018
News Roundup

A 'Cinderella Prom' dream come true

Patricia's Boutique in downtown Brooksville and the Brooksville Junior Service League have made their annual "Cinderella Prom" dream come true for 18-year-old Amanda Miller, a senior at Hernando High School. Miller, whose mother died at the start of the school year, had to sacrifice extracurricular activities such as softball to help care for her younger sister, Lindsey, 14, and work a part-time job to help her father pay utility bills. The partnership between Patricia's Boutique and the Junior Service League will pay for Amanda's prom expenses, including the dress, earrings, tickets, shoes and a hair salon visit. It also will pay for a tuxedo for her boyfriend, Jesse Jerome, 19, who will accompany her, and bring the total expense to about $1,000. Each year, the "Cinderella Prom" awards a deserving student who has completed her community service duties, participates in extracurricular activities and has outside circumstances beyond her control.

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Oldsmar rejects plan to host cycling event

OLDSMAR — The City Council voted 3-2 against hosting a 2018 BMX World Cup qualifying event that would have brought 200 elite riders to the city and been broadcast in 42 counties. The decision came in December after two lengthy discussions about Oldsm...
Updated: 9 minutes ago

Deal clears way for Oldsmar townhomes

OLDSMAR — The City Council voted 4-1 last month in favor of approving a development agreement for a 50-unit townhome community on a nearly 4-acre parcel on St. Petersburg Drive. According to the terms of the agreement, Oldsmar Towns LLC will build a ...
Updated: 12 minutes ago

Safety Harbor centennial banners on sale for $50

SAFETY HARBOR — Safety Harbor commemorative centennial banners are on sale for $50, with proceeds to benefit the city’s Partners in Progress Youth Scholarship fund. To purchase a banner, fill out the order form at safetyharbor.com and return with pay...
Updated: 16 minutes ago
Contest seeks designs for new bike racks at Safety Harbor library

Contest seeks designs for new bike racks at Safety Harbor library

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Updated: 22 minutes ago
Tampa Bay doesn’t make cut as Amazon second headquarter finalist

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Updated: 1 hour ago
Hurricane Hermine damage to Largo’s road base still being worked on

Hurricane Hermine damage to Largo’s road base still being worked on

LARGO — Almost 16 months after Hurricane Hermine drenched Largo, city leaders are still working on cleaning up the mess it left behind, awarding a contract for the repair of several roads damaged by the storm.City commissioners voted 7-0 during a mee...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Record-breaking cold sends arctic blast through Tampa Bay

Record-breaking cold sends arctic blast through Tampa Bay

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Updated: 1 hour ago

Gulf Boulevard drainage to be fixed in tandem with burying utilities

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Months of disruption for motorists on Gulf Boulevard are just ahead. Florida Department of Transportation officials revealed plans to improve drainage issues along the road at City Commission meeting this month.John Novak, a DOT ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Redington Shores mayor, commission positions filled with no opponents

Redington Shores mayor, commission positions filled with no opponents

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Updated: 1 hour ago
St. Pete police presence at MLK Day after-party raises concerns

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Updated: 1 hour ago