Friday, November 24, 2017
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Palm Harbor golfer named premier player of the year: Nicole Felce, 11, of Palm Harbor was named Premier Junior Golf Tour Player of the Year for the Women 14-19 division for the 2015 season. She finished the season at the Preserve in Bradenton, shooting a 77 in 18 holes on the final day of competition. Felce, daughter of Mindy and Jim Felce, started playing tournament golf on her sixth birthday in 2010. She has played in more than 100 tournaments throughout Florida, racking up more than 80 victories. Her future goals include qualifying for the Women's U.S. Open by 12, playing collegiate golf and someday excelling on the LPGA Tour.

Safety Harbor Kiwanis honor student of the month: The Safety Harbor Kiwanis honored fifth-grader Destiny Mitchell from Safety Harbor Elementary School as the student of the month for December. She was selected by her teacher, who said Mitchell has a positive attitude and sincere interest in learning. She was awarded a trophy and was accompanied by her mother at a breakfast presentation.

Tech Date provides scholarships to students at SPC: Tech Data Corp., one of the world's leading IT distributors, will provide $10,000 in scholarships to St. Petersburg College students pursuing bachelor's degrees in technology development and management. The scholarships will help cover tuition, fees and books for SPC students who can receive up to $2,000 a year. Five scholarship recipients will be selected in the fall. SPC recently partnered with Tech Data, Valpak, AgileThought, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay Technology Forum to create a career development program known as the Exploratory Lab Boot Camp. Last month, Tech Data won Student Program of the Year from the TBTF for its leadership with the boot camp.

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Lightning falls to Capitals

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin and Devante Smith-Pelly each scored, Philipp Grubauer stopped 25 shots for his first victory of the season and the Capitals beat Tampa Bay 3-1 on Friday night to end the Lightning’s six-game road winning streak. Jay Beagle ...
Updated: 20 minutes ago

Woman, 51, robbed in Tyrone Square Mall parking lot, police say

ST. PETERSBURG — A woman was robbed after a man followed her to her car in a mall parking lot Thursday night and shot once at her, police said. The 51-year-old woman, whose identity St. Petersburg police are withholding, was not injured. She was walk...
Updated: 26 minutes ago
Neighborhood watched

Neighborhood watched

MONICA HERNDON | TimesTampa Police Department mounted patrol Officer William Wagner-Hart rides Pike near Osceola Place and E Henry Avenue in Seminole Heights on Friday. The mounted patrol units join other officers already patrolling the area in t...
Updated: 28 minutes ago
USF QB Quinton Flowers shines in 49-42 loss to rival UCF

USF QB Quinton Flowers shines in 49-42 loss to rival UCF

ORLANDO — The "War on I-4" commenced on a damp, cool afternoon beneath gray skies. Meteorologically, it was a bleak Friday.It ultimately faded to black for USF, but not before senior quarterback Quinton Flowers delivered the latest in a volume of bre...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Safety Harbor family, under attack from its pit bull, stabs the dog to death

Safety Harbor family, under attack from its pit bull, stabs the dog to death

SAFETY HARBOR — A family had to stab one of its pit bulls to death Friday after it got loose and started to attack its owners, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.Now a 45-year-old mother, Heidi Cooper, and her 14-year-old and 22-year-o...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Black Friday still a brick-and-mortar experience for some

Black Friday still a brick-and-mortar experience for some

TAMPA — Standing in a frantic line at Best Buy on Thanksgiving, one young woman beat the system when she showed off the receipt for her new TV, which she had just purchased on her phone. She was waiting to pick it up."I didn’t know you could do that,...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Car-sized hole from broken water pipe closes road in Valrico

Car-sized hole from broken water pipe closes road in Valrico

VALRICO — A large hole that opened in Valrico’s Bloomingdale neighborhood on Thanksgiving Day was caused by a broken water pipe, not a sinkhole, county officials said. The hole swallowed a Mini Cooper-sized chunk of Natures Way Boulevard, at the Elm ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Mounted police patrol Seminole Heights after killings

Mounted police patrol Seminole Heights after killings

TAMPA — A Florida police department is using horse patrols in a neighborhood that’s been plagued by homicides in recent weeks. Officials in Tampa have been searching for the person — or people — responsible for shooting and killing four in the Semino...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Food for parking fines program flops as city keeps motorists in the dark

Food for parking fines program flops as city keeps motorists in the dark

TAMPA — The holiday season is a time of giving, a sentiment the Tampa City Council hoped to tap into last year when it agreed to let motorists pay part of a parking fine by donating food to the poor.But when the six-week "Food for Fines" drive was la...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Bucs journal: DE Will Gholston likely to return from neck injury

Bucs journal: DE Will Gholston likely to return from neck injury

TAMPA — Bucs DE Will Gholston is expected to make a healthy return Sunday in Atlanta after missing two games with a neck injury, and he’s thankful and relieved not to have to deal with anything more severe."It was knee-buckling," said Gholston, offic...
Updated: 1 hour ago