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  1. Tarpon Springs' Davis off to a legendary start


    TARPON SPRINGS — For his seventh birthday, Daniel Davis was allowed to get whatever he wanted.

    Davis chose a tattoo.

    Tarpon Springs High School receiver Daniel Davis escapes East Lake’s George Campbell during the fourth quarter on Sept. 26. Davis ended up scoring a touchdown, and gained 168 yards on 14 catches.
  2. Clearwater considers switch to once-a-week trash collection

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Last year, a flurry of angry phone calls prompted Clearwater to cancel a pilot program to reduce trash collection from twice a week to once a week in a couple of neighborhoods.

  3. Hometown North Pinellas


    Pets given blessings: Students at St. Cecelia Catholic School in Clearwater recently celebrated the Blessing of the Animals as part of the Feast of St. Francis. Students brought pets to school to receive a blessing, and those without pets brought their favorite stuffed animals. The school celebrates this …

    “Happiness ambassador” Lily Uline of Safety Harbor encourages people to pass along acts of kindness to someone else.
  4. Report: More Pinellas students attending special programs


    At many Pinellas high schools, the percentage of students opting for the traditional curriculum is getting smaller as special programs become more popular. That's the takeaway from a report this week by the Pinellas County School District showing significant enrollment increases over the last three years in high school …

  5. Intoxicated biker tries to drink his way out of arrest



    Intoxicated MOtorcyclist tries to drink his way out of arrest

  6. Cats and dogs get Pinellas County Commission's attention



    Advocating for Animals

    Dogs and cats had their day at Tuesday's Pinellas County Commission meeting. Commissioners agreed to loosen rules covering stray animals to make way for a program designed to reduce the population of feral cats.

    Three Birds Tavern now sells its house dressings the restaurant.
  7. Cheeseheads keep business booming at Culver's burger chain in Largo


    LARGO — Parrish Sandefur admitted he worried about the success of his restaurant before it opened. Not too long ago, he and his wife, Alicia Sandefur, opened up the first Culver's in Tampa Bay on East Bay Drive. Although the quick service restaurant was a go-to eatery for him and his family for years back …

    Culver's has come to Pinellas County. Parrish and Alicia Sandefur have opened the first Wisonsin-based Culver's which is known and loved by Cheeseheads for "Butter burgers'' and frozen custard.
  8. Yield becomes stop at north St. Petersburg intersection


    Some drivers have not noticed that after the refurbishment of Fourth Street, at the intersection of 62nd Avenue N, traffic turning to head north or south on Fourth Street N using Washington Circle now has new stop signs to heed. But when turning off Fourth Street N to go east or west, we still have yield signs. …

    Some yield signs have been replaced with stop signs at the intersection of 62nd Avenue N and Fourth Street.
  9. Clearwater approves new resort on beach



    Revamped sea captain gets city council's approval

    Plans for a taller, revamped Sea Captain Resort were approved last week by the Clearwater City Council. The resort is at 40 Devon Drive.
  10. Dia de los Muertos Fiesta brings Mexico's traditions to Dunedin



    The city is noted for its Scottish heritage, however, on Saturday, Dunedin's Celtic roots will take a backseat to the community's growing Latin community. For the sixth year in a row, downtown restaurateurs Javier and Tina Avila are holding their Dia de los Muertos Fiesta in Pioneer Park. Dia de …

    Tina Avila works on an altar she built in preparation for Saturday’s Casa Tina Dia de los Muertos Fiesta in Dunedin. This will be the sixth year that she and her husband Javier have helped the community celebrate the Mexican tradition, which honors the deceased.
  11. New plan would save part of original Belleview Biltmore hotel

    Real Estate

    BELLEAIR — A single wing of the historic Belleview Biltmore will escape the wrecking ball and find new life as a renovated boutique hotel under a plan unveiled by the developer.

    Under the new proposal for the Belleview Biltmore, the developer would salvage the westernmost wing’s carriage entrance, most of the lobby and rooms above it then move the four-story building to the front of the hotel site, where it would be remodeled into a boutique hotel.
  12. Two longtime commissioners square off to become Dunedin's new mayor


    Dunedin mayor

    Voters in this race will decide between two longtime city commissioners who often disagree on policy issues. Julie Scales, on the panel since 2003, is touting her experience and track record while Julie Ward Bujalski, elected in 2006, is pushing her deep community roots. The victor will lead a …

  13. Clearwater council grapples with downtown questions



    WITH no crystal ball, city is hesitant about experts' ideas for downtown

    Emma McGraw, 8, with the help of Clearwater Marine Aquarium senior trainer Julie Wendt, gives a command for movie start dolphins Hope and Winter to spin around during a visit to the aquarium on Friday. Emma, from suburban Baltimore, lost her right leg below the knee in 2012 in a lawn mower accident. With the help of Camp No Limits in Maryland, Emma, who came to Clearwater with her sister, Molly, 11, and parents Jen and Joe, got to meet the dolphins. Emma’s mom said her daughter feels a special connection to Winter, who lost her tail in a crab trap and learned to swim using a prosthetic. Emma often  talks about Winter and how they are similar.
  14. McDonald's, vacant on U.S. 19 for 14 years, gets a deadline

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — At U.S. 19 and Sunset Point Road, there's a well-known eyesore — a dead McDonald's that has been vacant for 14 years.

    The McDonald’s at 23837 U.S. 19 has been vacant for 14 years. Optometrist Gilbert Jannelli owns the property.
  15. North Pinellas news briefs


    Camp registration: The Long Center, Countryside Recreation Center, and Ross Norton Recreation Center offer a school-day-out camp from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Oct. 20 and Jan. 5 for grades K-8. Holiday camps include a three-day camp from Nov. 24-26 and two four-day camps, Dec. 22-26 and Dec. 29 to Jan. 2.