Clearwater / North Pinellas

  1. Tarpon Springs to open third fire station Oct. 1


    TARPON SPRINGS — Fire Chief Richard Butcher has heard talk of adding a new fire station north of the Anclote River since he joined the department in 1978.

  2. Tarpon Springs, Anclote high schools form new rivalry


    TARPON SPRINGS — Somewhere among a collection of refurbished furniture and nautical relics, Tarpon Springs High School coach Ron Hawn spotted a rusty anchor while searching through a Palm Harbor antique store one midsummer day.

    Tarpon Springs’ Michael Ford gets wrapped up by Anclote’s Willie Barrett in November during the Class 5A regional quarterfinal. Tarpon Springs won the game 31-0.
  3. Starbucks, Bob Evans, Kauffman Tire coming to Clearwater retail complex


    CLEARWATER — A Starbucks, Bob Evans and auto shop are among tenants poised to move into a sprawling retail complex where a Walmart Neighborhood Market already stands, and a Wawa gas station and apartment complex are under construction, on the southwest corner of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road.

    Brothers Rick Perry, left, and Mike Perry map out a plan for a new Starbucks at Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road.
  4. Tarpon Springs crossbowmaker faces lawsuits over severed thumbs


    William Meredith raised his friend's crossbow for the first time and fired twice. He moved his target back 15 yards and shot again.

  5. New apartment complex okayed in Clearwater


    Palm Harbor

    Tower construction may begin in Oct.

    The County Commission has approved the reconstruction of the Wall Springs Park observational tower.

    A replica of the destroyed Wall Springs Park observational tower costs about $870,000, a county official said.
  6. Wearable art show bringing wacky designs to Dunedin


    DUNEDIN — When Tarpon Springs resident Julian Hartzog saw his first Wearable Art Show at the Dunedin Fine Art Center six years ago, the 77-year-old wanted to join the ranks of the creative designers who have used materials including raw meat, veggies, balloons, lamp shades and condoms to adorn the human body.

    From left, models Rachel Reed, Kate Coggin and Felicia Landis try on Julian Hartzog’s stainless steel space designs that he described as having intergalactic elegance.
  7. Memorial service for slain Tarpon Springs employee to be Saturday



    Memorial for marketing director is Saturday

  8. Briefs: National Aviation Academy hosts open house Aug. 16


    Aviation Academy open house: The National Aviation Academy is hosting a back-to-school open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Those interested in pursuing a career in the aviation industry may attend the information sessions and take a tour of the campus.

  9. Should Clearwater spend budget windfall on pools or employees?

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — For the first time in many years, Clearwater will have a little extra money in its pocket when it's time to craft a budget.

    Some residents want the windfall to be used to keep the four city pools open on weekends through September.
  10. East Lake Youth Sports faces challenges under new oversight


    EAST LAKE — Extra cash is a new phenomenon for East Lake Youth Sports Association. The nonprofit volunteers who once fought to keep up with monthly payments on its fields now eye long-overdue maintenance projects, lower participation fees and a new lacrosse program.

  11. Local sandal design inspired by India, funded with Kickstarter

    Human Interest

    OLDSMAR — When Prem Thomas and Joe Choorapuzha met while working as analysts at Bank of America, they did not realize their families were from the same town in India more than 8,000 miles away. They also did not know both families were involved in rubber farming.

    Gurus are eco-friendly, biodegradable Indian sandals that got funded through Kickstarter. They are made of a type of rubber harvested from trees without harming them. They are inspired by traditional Indian padukas, which consist of a flat piece of wood with a knob that fits between two toes.
  12. Pinellas police blotter: Man goes crazy in diaper aisle at Walmart

    Bizarre News

    Diapers get on bad side of attacker

  13. West Coast Players' 'Moon Over Buffalo' pokes fun at theater


    CLEARWATER — Moon Over Buffalo, a comical romp by Ken Ludwig, shines bright at the West Coast Players Theatre tonight through Aug. 24.

    Charlotte Hay (Samantha Parisi) duels with husband George (Bill Harber) as he holds Howard (Rudy Gonzalez) hostage in rehearsal of West Coast Players’ Moon Over Buffalo.
  14. Starting Friday, right turns only at Harn Boulevard and U.S. 19



    Drivers coming from any direction at the U.S. 19 and Harn Boulevard intersection will only be able to turn right starting Sunday night. Rain postponed the scheduled switch.. Drivers can find nearby U.S. 19 exit ramps by going north to Seville Road or south to Belleair Road. In …

    Work on the intersection of U.S. 19 and Harn Boulevard will continue until mid-October, when the main road opens. The project aims to make a stretch of U.S. 19 signal free by the spring.
  15. Fire destroys Largo resident's new life; one dog dies, other missing


    LARGO — Just two months after Shelley Duke piled her beloved pets and all her belongings into a U-Haul and drove cross-country from Washington, she said life was looking up.