Friday, December 15, 2017
News Roundup

Veteran volunteers win Clearwater's highest honor

CLEARWATER — Jerry and Melody Figurski, longtime community leaders and Buccaneers fanatics, were named Mr. and Mrs. Clearwater during the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce's 91st annual meeting Wednesday.

The couple received Clearwater's highest award (and green blazers) for decades of service to agencies like UPARC, Morton Plant Mease and the American Cancer Society.

Like past Mr./Mrs. Clearwaters, named annually since 1958, the Figurskis attended the chamber's sold-out banquet at the Sheraton Sand Key unaware of the impending hoopla.

Holly Duncan, president and CEO of the Morton Plant Mease Foundation, reserved a seat at her table for the couple, her dear friends. Another friend even told the Figurskis to secretly prepare speeches honoring Duncan.

"They are truly the most authentic, caring and compassionate people it has been my privilege to know," Duncan said in presenting the awards.

The couple's son, David Figurski, flew from Denver with his wife, Melissa, to surprise them on stage. Melody's mother, Jane Wordsworth, 86, joined the group as the couple got a standing ovation.

"I am shaking!" Melody exclaimed. "It's a real honor. If there's something warmer than the weather in Clearwater, it's the people."

Jerry, 68, has worked four decades as an attorney. Formerly president of the Clearwater Bar Association, he has served on Clearwater's Community Development Board and is the board president of UPARC, where the couple's 40-year-old daughter, Tracy, is a client.

A two-time cancer survivor, Melody, 69, has volunteered for the American Cancer Society, Morton Plant Mease and the Clearwater-Dunedin Junior League, where she was president. She is also an UPARC officer.

Comments
Lightning routs Coyotes for sixth straight win

Lightning routs Coyotes for sixth straight win

GLENDALE, Ariz. — As much as the Lightning has been rolling, it remembered how it lost twice last season to the Coyotes.That included blowing a one-goal third-period lead at home down the stretch, with Tampa Bay missing the playoffs by a point."You l...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Stephan Jiggetts’ 20 points lead USF basketball over Bethune-Cookman

Stephan Jiggetts’ 20 points lead USF basketball over Bethune-Cookman

TAMPA — USF used a 21-3 run midway through the second half en route to an 83-63 win over Bethune-Cookman on Thursday night before an announced 2,091 at the Sun Dome.The victory halted a four-game losing streak for the Bulls (5-6), who scored the last...
Updated: 4 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Dec. 14

Thursday’s scoreboardGirls soccerLargo 4, Boca Ciega 1
Updated: 4 hours ago
House Speaker Paul Ryan says he’s not leaving Congress soon

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he’s not leaving Congress soon

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he’s not leaving Congress anytime soon, trying to squelch rumors that he will walk away in triumph after the Republicans’ treasured tax bill is approved. Politico and the Huffington Post published re...
Updated: 5 hours ago
No big deal for Rays at winter meetings, but it’s still coming

No big deal for Rays at winter meetings, but it’s still coming

LAKE BUENA VISTA — Here’s the one thing we definitely know:Rays officials headed home from the winter meetings and back across I-4 Thursday without making deals to trade any of their bigger-name, higher-paid players. Not closer Alex Colome, not third...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Tampa police seek ‘person of interest’ in Dec. 3 homicide

Tampa police seek ‘person of interest’ in Dec. 3 homicide

TAMPA — Police are seeking a "person of interest" who they believe has information about a Dec. 3 drive-by shooting that killed a 22-year-old man.Police are searching for Anan Motilal, 25. He stands about 5-foot-10 and weighs 180 pounds. He may have ...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Lottery resultsNumbers drawn after 9 p.m. are no longer available by our deadlines. For results, please go to tampabay.com/lottery.Pick 2, 3, 4, 5Thurs., Dec. 14, midday:97 796 8399e_SRit63724Thurs., Dec. 14, evening:37 731 1382e_SRit63276LottoWed., ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Pence to delay Mideast trip as tax deal nears vote

Pence to delay Mideast trip as tax deal nears vote

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence is delaying his weekend departure for the Middle East as Congress nears completion of a tax overhaul, his office announced Thursday. White House officials said Pence now plans to leave for Egypt on Tuesday so he...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Pinellas Park officer stuns middle school student with Taser

PINELLAS PARK — A school resource officer stunned a middle school student with a Taser while trying to break up a fight between her and another female student on Thursday, police said.Neither the Pinellas Park officer nor the students involved in the...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Senator: Comey’s remarks on Clinton probe heavily edited

Senator: Comey’s remarks on Clinton probe heavily edited

WASHINGTON — A draft statement former FBI director James Comey prepared in anticipation of concluding the Hillary Clinton email case without criminal charges was heavily edited to change the "tone and substance" of the remarks, a Republican senator s...
Updated: 6 hours ago