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  1. Hometown North Pinellas


    Belleair Country Club hosts spring fashion show

    The Belleair Country Club held the second annual spring fashion show and luncheon benefiting the Veterans Mall. (Photo Courtesy of Belleair Country Club).
  2. Pinellas news briefs


    Dunedin offers free swimming lessons

  3. Pinellas colleges notebook


    Tilar Mazzeo, the bestselling nonfiction author and biographer, will speak at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg on Thursday at 11 a.m. Mazzeo teaches English at Colby College and has written several books, including the New York Times bestseller The Widow Cliquot (2008), about the widow who …

  4. Epilogue: Former Dunedin mayor, legislator Jerry Rehm remembered for dedication to the public


    DUNEDIN — Gerald "Jerry" Rehm's community advocacy started in the 1960s when he became one of the youngest mayors ever elected in the city. From there, it never really stopped.

    Gerald “Jerry” Rehm died on March 10, his 90th birthday.
  5. Richard Wagner's 'Rienzi' will be presented by Tarpon Springs' New Century Opera

    Human Interest


    There is a populist leader. The disenfranchised are pitted against the wealthy. There is a church with strong political influence. No, it is not a story about life in 21st century America. It is the 19th century opera, Rienzi: The Last of the Tribunes composed by Richard Wagner and …

    Russell Andrade, in the title role of Cola di Rienzi, performs during the dress rehearsal. Andrade, a tenor, said the five-act opera requires stamina.
  6. Pinellas businesses look forward to end of blue law on Sunday mornings

    Local Government

    Greg Lore, manager of Clear Sky Beachside Cafe in Clearwater, was thrilled when he heard the county might allow alcohol sales starting at 8 a.m. on Sundays.

    Diners and pedestrians enjoy a pleasant Sunday morning, March 19 on Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg  In early March of 2017 the Pinellas County Commission unanimously passed an ordinance that allows restaurants and stores to sell alcohol at 8 a.m. The vote brought uniformity to alcohol sales for each day of the week: 8 a.m. to 3 a.m.Local breakfast and brunch spots are impacted by the ordinance allowing morning alcohol sales.
  7. Police: Drunk man pushed horse in face in St. Petersburg



    A 21-year-old Maryland man pushed a police horse in downtown St. Petersburg on March 18, according to an arrest report. Alexander Luke Fahmy was kicked out of Yard of Ale on First Avenue N about 1:45 a.m. He pushed a bar security guard and took a "fighting stance," an officer wrote. The …

  8. Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni says he'll retire next year


    CLEARWATER — After representing residents for 25 years, Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election to a fifth term in 2018.

  9. Pinellas County Commission: There were no kickbacks in ambulance contract

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER –– After agreeing to pay $92,700 toward a federal lawsuit involving ambulance-service kickbacks in Texas, Pinellas County commissioners on Tuesday delivered a message to residents: No kickbacks took place in their county.

    Pinellas County on Tuesday agreed to pay $97,200 settlement related to a federal whistleblower lawsuit in Texas involving its ambulance service but denied any wrongdoing. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  10. Pinellas news briefs


    Palm Harbor Rotary Charity Golf Tournament

  11. Have you found a painted rock in Tampa Bay? It's part of this Facebook craze

    Human Interest

    Tara Brogan did not expect to make more new friends than she could count, or discover places she never knew existed in her hometown. But she did, and it's all because of a Facebook page and a few rocks.

    Lily Broganan and  her mother, Tara, placed this tic-tac-toe rock arrangement at Sheffield Park in Oldsmar. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
  12. Three decades later, son of prominent criminal defense lawyer takes on his father's 1983 murder case


    Frank McDermott remembers the picture his father showed him when he was a teenager. It was a school photo of a thin boy in a collared shirt with dark, straight hair framing his pale face.

    At 15, David Michaud and a friend broke into a Largo home, stole $400 and choked the 79-year-old man who confronted them.
  13. Scientology retail plan is rare, as few churches back non-religious businesses

    Special Topics

    CLEARWATER — Scientology has long set its practices apart from other tax-exempt religions by charging members for auditing sessions and courses required to advance through the faith.

    Churches creating retail districts, like  Scientology plans to do on Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater, are unusual but not unique.
  14. Meeting on Pinellas Bayway project cancelled


    The Florida Department of Transportation has cancelled a meeting scheduled for Thursday to talk about the Pinellas Bayway project. The project will run from south of Madonna Boulevard on Tierra Verde to State Road 682 (the east/west 3.7-mile-long road that carries traffic over three bridges known as the Pinellas Bayway …

  15. Art project to thank for designer traffic signal boxes


    I have noticed a couple of traffic signal boxes that have been painted eclectic designs and wondered what was going on. One is at the Ruth Eckerd Hall entrance/exit onto McMullen Booth Road, and the other is just north of there at State Road 590. This may not be your area, but I didn't know who else to …