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  1. Work at Ulmerton and Roosevelt lengthy, but on schedule

    Public Safety

    I have not seen much progress on the improvement at Ulmerton Road and Roosevelt Boulevard. The construction has made a nightmare of all cross traffic and turning traffic and is not getting better. The traffic lights on 34th Street at Ulmerton are extremely long during morning hours and the eastbound turns from …

  2. St. Petersburg gallery focuses on African, Caribbean art


    ST. PETERSBURG — The new art gallery on St. Petersburg's historic 22nd Street S features art, of course — specifically African and Caribbean art. But depending on when you stop in, owner Carla Bristol has other offerings in her Gallerie 909.

    Chris Roberts, who goes by Brain Storm, is the current featured artist at Gallerie 909 in St. Petersburg’s Midtown area. Gallerie 909 was recently recognized as one of the area’s top five art galleries by readers of the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
  3. Hometown South Pinellas


    COLLEGE FUND: The Board of Directors of the College Fund of Pinellas County hosted a holiday luncheon to recognize student grant recipients Dec. 22 at Anona United Methodist Church in Largo. College students who brought satisfactory grade transcripts for the fall semester were given $500 by treasurer Sherry …

    Lavarest Daniels Sr. was chosen as Sailor of the Year.
  4. All Children's Charity Ball has a French theme

    Human Interest


    Think Paris, and you often think of lights and love, so the theme for the annual Charity Ball presented by the All Children's Hospital Guild Evening Branch was appropriate: "Amour au Clair de Lune." or "Love Under the Moonlight."

  5. Attempt at singing turns criminal



    Broken Microphone ends in arrest

    An intoxicated man who wanted to sing was arrested on charges that he broke a microphone at a bar, police said.

  6. Police Chief Tony Holloway seeks 'partnership' with St. Petersburg community

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Jason Mells says he thinks two things when he sees a car with tinted windows following him.

    Jason Mells of St Petersburg, right, and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman listen to St. Petersburg police Lt. Antonio Gilliam.
  7. Epilogue: Former St. Pete Council member Earnest Williams lived for service


    ST. PETERSBURG — Friends and family of Earnest Williams all knew this to be true: If you got him talking, you might have a hard time getting him to stop.

    CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times (2001)
Earnest Williams poses in his office at the State Farm Insurance Agency with a model of a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air hard top, the same car and color that his father bought as a family car, then gave to Williams to take to Florida State University, where he graduated in 1969. Williams' wife, Armetha, whom he dated in college, bought him the model.
  8. Mayor Rick Kriseman has deal for new St. Petersburg police headquarters

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG— Mayor Rick Kriseman announced Saturday that he has struck a deal with Pinellas County that will allow the city to build a new police headquarters all at once. The revelation was the highlight of his first State of the City address from the steps of City Hall.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman applauds the police and firefighters during his state of the city address Saturday Jan. 24, 2015. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times]
  9. St. Petersburg's Woodson museum to be sold in six months

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Despite overwhelming opposition from a room full of citizens and strong objections by two of its members, the St. Petersburg Housing Authority board voted 4-3 Thursday to eventually sell the building that houses the city's only African-American history museum.

  10. Pinellas proposes spending $1 million to improve behavior at five schools


    LARGO — Pinellas County school officials want to spend $1 million to teach classroom management techniques to teachers and administrators at struggling St. Petersburg elementary schools.

  11. Green Devils basketball team racks up wins


    ST. PETERSBURG — The biggest question hanging over St. Petersburg High School's boys basketball team was whether a starting lineup that consists of three juniors, a sophomore and a freshman could resist cracking under the pressure of a fan base accustomed to watching the program make deep playoff runs.

    St. Petersburg High’s Darius Banks (5) goes up for a shot against Winter Park’s Austin Goodluck (32) in the 8A region final last season.
  12. 'Quintessence' fundraiser an evening of luxury

    Human Interest


    Access to excess: that was "Quintessence," a multifaceted fundraiser offering look-sees of luxury transportation, fashion, cuisine and entertainment.

    Judy Green, CEO of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, left, Kurt Gleeson, Lena White and Tracy Eisnaugle at “Quintessence” on Jan. 16 at Peter O. Knight Airport.
  13. Trouble in beach bar paradise: Pinellas and the Getaway feud with I.C. Sharks



    From a distance, the waterfront bars and restaurant scene at I.C. Sharks and the Getaway off Gandy Boulevard look like a Shangri-la of boats, beer, seafood and sand. But the owner of the Getaway and Pinellas County are both in litigation against popular beach bar, seafood market and bait shop …

    TIKI HUT ROOF ON DOCK: According to Pinellas County, I.C. Sharks has violated codes by building a tiki hut over its dock, which keeps light from reaching underwater vegetation. Fines have reached more than $500,000 since May 2013. Owners of neighboring restaurant-bar the Getaway say that I.C. Sharks is using its pilings to anchor floating docks.
  14. Ruth: Pitch for St. Petersburg pier must defeat public apathy


    Poor Kristin Brett. She is about to undertake an enterprise about the same as if the Tampa Bay Bucs attempted to pass off quarterback Josh McCown in a trade to the New England Patriots for Tom Brady.

  15. Art Festival Beth-El opens Jan. 31

    Human Interest

    Art Festival Beth-El celebrates its 42nd year with a three-day extravaganza Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. The invitational juried show and sale features works indoors and outdoors.