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Clearwater / North Pinellas

  1. At 88, water aerobics instructor helps other seniors stay fit and healthy

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER

    As storm clouds gathered above, Jay Elliott and 10 of her faithful made their way into the Morningside Pool for their Friday morning workout. It was time for Aqua SMILE, a water fitness class made up of women between the ages of 55 and 89.

    Breast cancer survivor Jay Elliott, 88, left, teaches a water aerobics class on Wednesday (7/29/15) at the Morningside Swimming Pool in Clearwater. Elliott, who has been teaching water aerobics for more than 20 years in the area, said she learned the skills from Marilyn "Micki" Nault, creator of the Aquaslim water aerobic workout, and believes in the program?€™s rehabilitative and healing abilities.
  2. Leepa-Rattner Museum features Florida Watercolor Society exhibition

    Human Interest

    TARPON SPRINGS

    Artist Libit Jones, the current president of the Florida Watercolor Society, is "learning to let go."

    Of her backgrounds, that is.

    Volunteer Leon Evans carries Everglades Reflections #1, a work by Donna Morrison, after it arrives for the Florida Watercolor Society’s 44th Annual Exhibition at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art.
  3. Football: Palm Harbor University 14, East Lake 10

    Footballpreps

    PALM HARBOR — With 24 seconds left and his team trailing 10-7 Friday night, Palm Harbor University running back Jamaine Derogene ran in from the 1 to give the Hurricanes a huge 14-10 upset victory, snapping East Lake's 25-game regular-season winning streak.

  4. Football: Clearwater 38, Tarpon Springs 0

    Footballpreps

    CLEARWATER — First impressions say a lot, and the initial look at the 2015 Clearwater Tornadoes was impressive, indeed.

  5. Despite cuts, adults with disabilities program will continue in Tarpon Springs

    Local Government

    TARPON SPRINGS — When Claire Lachance learned that the adults with disabilities class her daughter has been attending for the last 12 years was canceled, she couldn't believe it.

  6. Largo Public Library plans bookmobile as outreach to underserved neighborhoods

    Local Government

    LARGO — Volunteers at the Greater Largo Library Foundation are planning on purchasing a mobile library to reach underserved communities.

  7. Police say man ate stolen chicken in Publix restroom

    Crime

    CLEARWATER

    Police: Man ate stolen chicken in Publix restroom, faces theft charge

  8. Volleyball: Clearwater opens season strong vs. Osceola

    Volleyball Preps

    CLEARWATER — After battling through a rebuilding season last year, albeit one that ended in the district playoffs, Clearwater is shooting for what Osceola achieved in 2014 — a state tournament berth.

  9. Football: East Lake 34, Sunlake 19

    Footballpreps

    LAND O'LAKES — East Lake may be replacing a lot of talent from last year, but it didn't take long into its preseason classic game with Sunlake on Friday — just one play, to be exact — for the Eagles' offense to show that it still has what it takes to be one of the best in the area.

  10. Football: Clearwater 42, Indian Rocks Christian 14

    Footballpreps

    INDIAN ROCKS — Clearwater's goal against Indian Rocks Christian in Friday night's preseason game was to establish its running game and wear out the Golden Eagles. After a few close calls, that's what the Tornadoes did.

  11. Football: Bradenton Manatee 44, Largo 7

    Footballpreps

    BRADENTON — During the offseason, John Booth looked at film of the Manatee special teams play. While he saw some really good things, the coach thought there was room for improvement.

  12. Football: Tarpon Springs 26, Anclote 15

    Footballpreps

    TARPON SPRINGS — And to think Tarpon Springs' victory could have been even bigger.

  13. Football: Boca Ciega 35, Dunedin 0

    Footballpreps

    DUNEDIN — Boca Ciega set the tone from the start, forcing a three-and-out on defense. On their first offensive drive, the Pirates ran nine plays for 54 yards, capped off by a 5-yard touchdown pass by Osby Green to Jaylyn Kimbrough.

  14. Pinellas news briefs

    Briefs

    BOX CAR RALLY TO BENEFIT LOCAL SCHOOLS: There will be a Box Car Rally in downtown Clearwater's Cleveland Street District that will benefit local schools through the Achieva Foundation.

  15. Dunedin breweries say pro-growler legislation is only first step

    Business

    DUNEDIN — Craft beer crusaders seemingly finally had something to celebrate after a lengthy back-and-forth match of legislative tug-o-war led to a new law allowing brewers to refill large growlers.

    Customers drink beer at the 7venth Sun Brewing Company, where demand for the growlers saw little change after the bill.