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  1. BMX track subcontractors sue city

    Local Government

    OLDSMAR — The city fired the construction company performing upgrades to the Oldsmar BMX Supercross Track on Oct. 1 after lawsuits filed against the city last month by two subcontractors alleging they have not been paid for their work.

  2. Oldsmar BMX Supercross track: It's a race to the finish

    Local Government


    It's down to the wire for the city. The public grand opening of the renovated BMX Supercross track, one of only a handful of Olympic-level tracks in the country, will be in less than a week, and city workers as well as community volunteers are rushing to complete the finishing touches.

    The view from the top of the pro starting gate shows the BMX track in Oldsmar, which is nearing completion. “We’ll get it done,” said Lynn Rives, Oldsmar’s leisure services director. “We are devoting a lot of city staff to this.”
  3. Big names top Sunday's Hispanic Heritage Concert

    Human Interest


    It's a chance to brush off your dancing shoes, party with a steamy lineup of well-known Latino performers and help celebrate everything Latino. On Sunday, the city's annual Hispanic Heritage Concert, officially the Clearwater Fuccillo Kia Maxima Concierto de la Herencia Hispana, will be at Coachman …

    Gente de Zona’s members first came together in an urban area of Havana known as Alamar, the birthplace of Cuban hip-hop.
  4. Burglary suspect accused of trying to escape from Clearwater Police Department



    Burglary suspect accused of trying to escape from police department

  5. Clearwater RB Adarius Lemons channels James Wilder Jr., rakes in college offers


    CLEARWATER — Six years ago, Adarius Lemons watched his cousin play for Countryside High School in a playoff game against powerhouse Plant.

    Clearwater's Adarius Lemons is well on his way to surpassing 1,000 yards rushing this season, and colleges have taken notice. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times)
  6. Hopes are high for Clearwater's North Marina area


    When Jamie Blackstone closes her eyes, she sees cafes and restaurants where she and her neighbors in the North Marina district could dine or listen to live music.

    Eric Reynolds of Brooksville, left, and Lucas Cowden of Palm Harbor launch Reynolds’ boat Monday at the Seminole Boat Launch in Clearwater. The property is part of the Urban Land Institute’s recommendations on revitalizing the area.
  7. Tarpon Springs approves 2016 budget

    Local Government

    TARPON SPRINGS — City commissioners recently approved a $52.2 million budget for 2016. The new budget is $6.7 million less than the previous budget, which was used for the construction of the city's reverse osmosis plant.

  8. Roundabout or signal becomes the question in Palm Harbor


    PALM HARBOR — More than 150 people crowded into Harbor Hall on Tuesday for a hearing about improving Alt. U.S. 19. The state Department of Transportation presented two options: adding a traffic signal at Nebraska Avenue or adding a roundabout at Florida Avenue.

  9. Walmart market opens in East Lake


    EAST LAKE — The community has a new place to buy groceries. A Walmart Neighborhood Market recently opened at 3400 East Lake Road inside the East Lake Woodlands Plaza. The store brought 95 new full- and part-time jobs to the area. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and includes a pharmacy. This makes the …

  10. BayCare's Urgent Care taking reservations


    To cut down on the time patients spend in waiting rooms, BayCare Urgent Care has started Save Your Spot. The program allows you to use your computer or other electronic device to reserve a time to go into an urgent care location and to receive updates on wait times via text or email.

  11. Family Promise facility finished in St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — Family Promise of Pinellas County, which helps homeless families gain economic independence, is celebrating the completion of its day center. The facility at 6201 22nd Ave. N was donated by Central Christian Church. It was renovated with community help, including Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas …

  12. Ruth: Can baseball work on a dump?


    In the interest of full disclosure, I am not an engineer, although my late father was, and he did most of his precise calculations with a slide rule. But I would like to think I inherited a bit of his common sense, which leads me to go out on a limb with this observation.

  13. Pinellas news briefs


    SCOTTISH AMERICAN SOCIETY ANNOUNCES ESSAY CONTEST: Seniors at Dunedin High School have the opportunity to vie for a $1,000 scholarship offered by the Scottish American Society of Dunedin. The essay is about the contributions of Robert Burns to Scottish heritage and culture. Dunedin High students have until Nov. 15 to …

  14. North and South Pinellas college fairs introduce students to opportunities


    Two major college fairs will be held over the next few days in Pinellas County. The University of South Florida St. Petersburg will host the Pinellas County College Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the University Student Center. Participants will have a chance to meet with admissions professionals representing more than …

  15. Football: Clearwater 17, Northeast 3


    CLEARWATER — It wasn't a pretty offensive outing on Friday night for Clearwater in a 17-3 victory over Northeast, but the Tornadoes defense held the Vikings to just 120 yards and forced four turnovers in the Class 6A, District 9 contest.