Saturday, February 24, 2018
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. St. Cecelia students pay it forward: Each year the second-grade students at St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School participate in several Pay it Forward projects. In January, students helped an organization called Food for the Poor and its We Pledge 100 campaign. Students were so inspired by the words of Colossia Butts, the organization's school outreach representative, they painted bowls to auction off at the Discovery Night. Students sold 47 bowls and raised $1,030. The donations will go directly to help Food for the Poor meet its goals of building a clean water well, building homes and a school, planting trees and providing food for the people of Ti Limbe, Haiti.

, Safety Harbor Kiwanis names January students of the month: The Safety Harbor Kiwanis recognizes special students of the month at Safety Harbor Middle School with Sea Hawk Awards. This was the second of three presentations of the school year. Sixth-grade student Jazmin Ibarra-Jahuey was selected by her teacher, Rita Carter, and seventh-grade student Brandon Strelcheck was chosen by his teacher, Susan Miller. Both students were honored for their achievements and good citizenship.

Dunedin High student wins Scottish heritage essay contest: Dunedin High School senior Michaela Polman took top honors along with a $1,000 scholarship at the Scottish American Society's annual Burns Supper at Dunedin's historic Scottish Hall. Polman read her winning essay on the Contribution by Burns to our Scottish Heritage to 120 members and guests. The contest, hosted by the Scottish American organization, presented runners-up awards to seniors Tristan Freyer and Olivia Welsh. Celebrating the birth of Robert Burns in 1759, the annual Burns Supper showcases a traditional Parade of the Haggis along with a bagpiper followed by attendants bearing the Haggis, refreshments and sword.

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Pregnant mother Paige Howard wins women’s Gasparilla 15K

Pregnant mother Paige Howard wins women’s Gasparilla 15K

TAMPA — Initially, Tampa's Paige Howard was a little reticent about joining the pre-dawn throng at the starting line of Saturday's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K.On a morning when temperatures began in the mid-60s and climbed, Howard's ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Trump processes Fla. students’ grief as president, parent

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Updated: 2 hours ago
Northeast High alumnus Jon Mott wins 3rd Gasparilla 15K crown

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Roughly 20 minutes into Saturday morning's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K, reigning champ A.J. Richmond glanced over his left shoulder to former college teammate Jon Mott and flashed a quick hand signal."He was telling me that the two guys in...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Live blog: 2018 Gasparilla Distance Classic

Live blog: 2018 Gasparilla Distance Classic

The Tampa Bay Times will be there for every step of this year's Gasparilla Distance Classic. Whether you'll be walking, skipping, jogging or sprinting across the 5K, 8K, 15K or half-marathon finish, join us by using #gasparillarun.(function(d, s, id)...
Published: 02/24/18
The real Jefferson Memorial has a statue, but this one has a jukebox

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Updated: 3 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Feb. 23

Friday’s scoreboardSoftballSpringstead 2, Crystal River 0BaseballCalvary Christian 9, Countryside 2Northeast 15, Tarpon Springs 1
Published: 02/23/18
Florida Capitol Republicans promise ‘complete investigation’ of what went wrong

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Published: 02/23/18
Top Justice official alerted White House 2 weeks ago to ongoing issues in Kushner’s security clearance

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Published: 02/23/18
Indiana man killed, two hurt as boats collide on Little Manatee River

Indiana man killed, two hurt as boats collide on Little Manatee River

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Published: 02/23/18
Here are the GOP’s responses to the Parkland massacre. Would any have worked?

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Published: 02/23/18