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  1. Administrative moves in Pinellas

    The Gradebook

    The Pinellas County School Board will be asked Tuesday to sign off on a couple administrative moves. …

  2. Pinellas news briefs


    SCOTTISH AMERICAN SOCIETY ANNOUNCES ESSAY CONTEST: Seniors at Dunedin High School have the opportunity to vie for a $1,000 scholarship offered by the Scottish American Society of Dunedin. The essay is about the contributions of Robert Burns to Scottish heritage and culture. Dunedin High students have until Nov. 15 to turn in their essays. The $1,000 scholarship winner and two runners-up will be honored at the Scottish American Society's traditional Robert Burns Dinner in January. For information, call Harvey Smith at (727) 784-4755 …

  3. Pinellas Game of the Week: Countryside 35, Largo 14


    CLEARWATER — Largo had won four straight games in large part by turning loose an attacking special teams unit that made a habit of blocking punts or returning them for scores. …

    Countryside's Kevontre Whetzel (6) and Markeas Jerrido (3) celebrate Whetzel's TD during the Countryside high school football game against Largo at Countryside 10/9/2015.
  4. Football: Pinellas Park 29, Lakewood 20


    ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas Park found itself in a familiar situation Friday night against Lakewood. In last week's game against Countryside, the Patriots led with two minutes left only to lose in overtime. …

  5. Pinellas school system says switch to self-insurance will save money


    The Pinellas County School Board on Tuesday approved a self-insurance health plan that officials say will put the district at greater risk but save money in the long run. …

  6. Pinellas School Board approves transfer of former Tarpon Springs High principal


    The Pinellas County School Board on Tuesday approved the transfer of James Joyer, whose handling of a recent death threat as principal of Tarpon Springs High School drew criticism and sparked an investigation. …

  7. Pinellas sheriff's detective suspended for a day after drunken remarks at MADD event


    An intoxicated Pinellas County sheriff's detective attending a Mothers Against Drunk Driving conference made "disrespectful" comments to a police chief at the event, resulting in a one-day suspension and an apology letter he was ordered to write. …

  8. North Pinellas Hometown


    Tampa Bay Taps celebrates inaugural season: Tampa Bay Taps held its kickoff event for its inaugural season at the Rigsby Center in Safety Harbor. Beth Caprio, founder of the Tampa Bay Tap Festival and the Rhythm and Sole Tap Ensemble, held the event with Cathy Scavelli, who has choreographed for the Second Time Arounders marching band, and Brandon Bowers, who treated students with a lesson in drums and rhythm. Tampa Bay Taps was created to celebrate one of the greatest American art forms and offers classes for beginners and pre-professionals as well as in drumming and percussion. …

    The Kiwanis Club of Dunedin presented firefighter and EMT Jason Griggs with the Firefighter First Responder Award for 2015. From left, Kiwanis Club of Dunedin’s secretary Tracie Gattas, Griggs and Deputy Chief William Barrs.
  9. Hometown South Pinellas


    American Legion donates to Suncoast Hospice: Legionnaires and Sons of the Legion, American Legion Post 158 in Treasure Island donated $2,000 to Suncoast Hospice Foundation. Many of the members and their families have received loving care from the organization. The money came from Post member donations and fundraisers. …

    Bill and Louise Nix celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with their family in Reunion.
  10. Hometown Pinellas


    St. Pete Housing Authority names scholarship winners: Latoyia Benjamin and Jacqueline McKnight were selected by the Housing Authority Insurance Group from a national pool of applicants to receive a $2,500 scholarship for the fall semester. The HAI Group's Resident Scholarship Program was developed to create education opportunities for students living in government subsidized housing. Benjamin and McKnight are two of only 50 students nationwide to be chosen for scholarships. Since 2011, the St. Petersburg Housing Authority has helped six residents obtain college scholarships. …

    Gene Lang and Betty Scarabin Lang of St. Petersburg celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary with family on St. Pete Beach. They were married Sept. 3, 1960.
  11. Football: Countryside 31, Pinellas Park 30, OT


    PINELLAS PARK — It wasn't pretty at times for Countryside, but coach Eric Schmitz instilled in his players, "Let's go get the next play," and the Cougars battled back to force overtime after trailing by eight points with just more than three minutes remaining to win Friday's game 31-30 Friday night at Pinellas Park. …

  12. Pinellas news briefs


    PINELLAS PARK is accepting applications for the University of Pinellas Park, a guide to local government and to becoming a better informed, more active citizen. …

  13. Pinellas commissioners skeptical of Toytown proposal, critical of St. Petersburg City Council


    Of the three development proposals pitched for the former Toytown landfill site, one has been disqualified, the favorite is now drawing skepticism from county commissioners, and the other isn't being given much thought at all. …

    An aerial view of St. Petersburg’s Toytown landfill site. In the foreground is the city’s old sod farm property, south of the Valpak building at left. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times (2010)] 
  14. North Pinellas Hometown


    Dunedin Jays name community service award winners: The Dunedin Blue Jays announced that L.B. Dantzler and Jorge Saez are the 2015 Community Service Award recipients. Dantzler and Saez were honored on the field before the first pitch of the final game on Sept. 3. The pair received plaques, gift cards and scratch-off tickets from the Florida Lottery. …

    FRPA President-elect Jack Kardys, FSF Senior Vice President Stephen Rodriguez, Mike Lockwood, Clearwater Parks and Recreation, Robin Harris, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission, FRPA President Joan Byrne, and Eric Cleiman, Clearwater Parks and Recreation.
  15. North and South Pinellas college fairs introduce students to opportunities


    Two major college fairs will be held over the next few days in Pinellas County. The University of South Florida St. Petersburg will host the Pinellas County College Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the University Student Center. Participants will have a chance to meet with admissions professionals representing more than 70 universities throughout the country. For more information, contact Summer Finck at (727) 873-4754 or Countryside High will host the North Pinellas College and Career Fair from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the school, 3000 State Road 580, Clearwater. The event will feature more than 140 exhibitors from colleges, technical schools, military recruiters, business professionals and major employers from across the state and nation. Students will be able to network and discover educational resources for careers, job leads, financial aid and scholarships. For more information, contact Kathleen Lamb at Both events are free. …

  16. Pinellas Park property tax rate holds steady, water cost increases


    PINELLAS PARK — Residents here will see no increase in the property tax rate but a slight hike in their water bills as the new fiscal year dawns this week. …

  17. Gates grant lets Pinellas experiment with 'personalized learning' in a big way


    LEALMAN — The sign outside the powder pink building no longer reads "Lealman Intermediate School." …

    World history teacher Shane McMichael, center, helps ninth-graders Nazir Burrell, 15, left, and Bruce Barton, 14, with their Vietnam presentation Sept. 18 at Lealman Innovation Academy.
  18. The story behind Priatek, the little company with its name on Pinellas County's tallest building


    ST. PETERSBURG Miami has the Four Seasons Hotel and Tower. Atlanta has Bank of America Plaza. Houston has the J.P. Morgan Chase Tower. St. Petersburg has Priatek Plaza. Who? …

    Priatek acquired naming rights to Pinellas County's tallest building. This is the former Bank of America building at 200 Central Ave. The company, which has about 15 employees and is relatively unknown, makes video game kiosks that reward players with discounts or free items at businesses. LARA CERRI  |   Times 

  19. Big weekend for car enthusiasts in North Pinellas


    DUNEDIN Dunedin resident Markus Leibrecht is proud of his 1960 Mercedes 190SL. After all, at 55 years old the red, two-seater convertible can still turn heads. "It's a beautiful car and people enjoy looking at it," he said. "It runs like a clock." …

    Kip Kelly, of Tampa, left, and Travis Kruger, of Dunedin, are the owners of a new brewery called the Crooked Thumb, 555 10th Ave. S. in Safety Harbor. The project, expected to be completed in October, has a 15-barrel production brewery, with an approximately 7,500-square-foot outdoor brew garden and a 2,000-square-foot indoor tasting room on the site that used to be home to an auto body shop.
  20. Pinellas inmate falls short of 'Shawshank' redemption


    LARGO — A Pinellas County inmate found out you don't have to get far to face escape charges. Scott A. Lambert may have fallen far short of a Shawshank Redemption-style break out, but deputies say he chipped away enough concrete in two cells at the Pinellas County Jail to get charged with escape. …

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