Divya Kumar, Pinellas County Community Reporter

Divya Kumar

Pinellas County Community Reporter

I'm an editorial assistant/community reporter eager to hear your story. I was born in Indiana, but have called Florida home for a little over a decade and am fascinated by the stories big and small that make up our state. I got my start in journalism at King High School's student newspaper, and joined the Times in 2016 after earning a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. If you have a story you'd like us to know of, please reach out.

Girl, 12, sent school shooting threat via Snapchat, deputies say

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The Burns Middle School student sent the threat, then erased it. A student at Barrington Middle saw it.

Salvation Army opens family store in Town ‘N Country

The new location opened in Town ‘N Country. [Photo courtesy of Richard Hodder].
Revenue from the new store will cover the costs of the rehabilitation center and any extra revenue will support other Salvation Army programs.

UrgentVet to offer urgent care clinic for pets in Westchase

UrgentVet will open the first of three Tampa Bay locations on Aug. 22. [Photo courtesy of UrgentVet]
The franchise plans to expand to Brandon and New Port Richey.

Signs change outside Potter Elementary to reflect accurate speed zones

Signs outside Potter Elementary were changed to reflect the correct start times. [DIVYA KUMAR | Times]
A few days before the start of the school year, city officials replaced the speed limit signs that had the wrong times for school zones, making it impossible for police officers to ticket offenders.

Two workers in stable condition after gas explosion at Raymond James Stadium

Crews from Tampa Fire Rescue responded to a gas explosion that injured two people working on the 300 level at Raymond James Stadium [DIVYA KUMAR   |   Staff]
“Everything has been shut off – there’s no fire,” Tampa police spokesman Steve Hegarty said.