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  1. New business offers an escape from the daily grind



    You're a washed-up music producer, but now a world famous band could help save your career.

    Lauryn Campbell, Greg Chockley, Bobbi Chockley, Kade Irlmeier, 14, and Gage Irlmeier, 13, emerge victorious — with a little time to spare. “That was wild,” said Greg Chockley.
  2. Oldsmar tax rate to remain flat

    Local Government

    OLDSMAR — The city expects to hold the line on its property tax rate, according to City Manager Bruce Haddock.

  3. Confederate building sits less than a mile from new Clearwater monument on the Causeway

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER — Mark Wallace noticed the standalone building near the city limits and wanted to find out more.

    The flag and monument sit on a private property on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard. City Manager Bill Horne says some people express sensitivity about flags that are on public property.
  4. Robert's Christmas Wonderland uses current events to sell holiday year-round

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER — It's easy to forget it's summer once you walk inside Robert's Christmas Wonderland.

    Sue Davis of Indianapolis picks out a hat recently at Robert’s Christmas Wonderland to wear for a hobby show in November in Indiana.
  5. PSTA schedules hearings on bus routes

    Local Government

    Do you ride a Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus? It's time to start paying attention.

  6. Construction to begin on Pinellas clinic for homeless

    Local Government

    LARGO — Construction is about to begin on a long-awaited health clinic for Pinellas County's homeless residents.

  7. Former two-sport athlete finds diamond fits best


    DUNEDIN — While Anthony Alford's University of Mississippi teammates were beginning their preparation for a Southeast Conference matchup with Alabama in Week 6 of the college football season, he was in the process of making a life-altering choice.

    Anthony Alford, who was promoted to advanced-A ball in Dunedin in June, is hitting over .300 and has put together a 19-game hitting streak.
  8. Man accused of having vodka, taking naked stroll in downtown St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — A 59-year-old man accused of walking naked in downtown while holding a cup of cranberry juice and vodka was arrested last week, according to police reports.

  9. New software causing headaches at key Seminole intersection


    I would like to ask if you can find out who changed the traffic light pattern at Park and Seminole Boulevards. During rush hour, Park Boulevard backs up westbound through the light at Home Depot, causing major issues. Cars are running the red light to enter and leave Home Depot due to the backups. It now takes an …

  10. Pinellas news briefs


    SAFE BOATING CLASS: The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Gulfport, will be presenting a "About Boating Safely" education course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 8. This course meets the requirements for a Florida boater safety ID card. Student keeps all books and handout materials. Upon completion of the course and …

  11. Hometown North Pinellas


    m Clearwater Hellenic association awards scholarships: The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association Family of Clearwater held its annual scholarship awards ceremony at the Island Way Grill in Clearwater. More than 75 AHEPA Family members and friends came to honor nine outstanding high school and …

    L-R: Terry McHarg received the 2015 National Arts Advocate Award given by the National Society of Arts & Letters from Anne Lauder, past president of the Clearwater/Tampa Bay Chapter. The award was given at the NSAL convention in St. Louis, Mo. McHarg earned the award for her many years of dedicated service to the Tampa Bay arts community.
  12. In Clearwater, residents have mixed reactions to once-a-week trash pickup

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — The City Council is moving forward with a plan to decrease trash collection, and not all residents are happy.

  13. Tarpon Springs property tax rate to remain the same next year

    Local Government

    TARPON SPRINGS — Despite increasing property values, the city's property tax rate is expected to remain the same for the sixth consecutive year.

    Mark LeCouris wants to see home values rise more.
  14. Woman accused of making child her accomplice in Walmart theft


    PINELLAS PARK — A 25-year-old woman made a 9-year-old her accomplice in an attempt to steal from Walmart on July 17, according to an arrest report.

  15. Bridge over Riviera Bay being studied


    Is it true that the San Martin Boulevard Bridge will be replaced soon?