Tuesday, October 16, 2018


Katherine Snow Smith

Katherine Snow Smith

Katherine Snow Smith has been at the Times either fulltime or parttime since 1995. She started as a business reporter then spent a decade writing the Rookie Mom column with stories from her own family and advice from other average moms and the experts. She now covers business in south Pinellas County. Katherine has a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina and is married to Times political editor Adam Smith. They have three children, two dogs and still feel like rookie parents much of the time.

Carla Theophille and Kathy Turcotte with an autographed Rays ersey the Glitter Queens auctioned to raise money for Starting Right Now. KATHERINE SNOW SMITH / Times

Glitter Queens raise funds for teens

The Glitter Queens gathered recently to raise money for Starting Right Now, a nonprofit organization that supports homeless teens. The theme of the party was “Copa Caliente: A Night in Old Havana.” It was easy to spot the 28 women who...
Published: 10/01/18
Chuck Prather owns the Birchwood hotel and office space in Tampa. He found fliers encouraging readers to boycott his businesses on telephone poles and utility boxes in St. Petersburg.

Florida businessman says he's being targeted because he rented an office to ICE

A well-known businessman woke up to find his photo on fliers downtown calling him a predator who profits from "sexual violence, physical abuse and the caging of undocumented people."
Updated: 2 months ago
CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times
Surterra Wellness stores, like this one on Fowler Avenue in Tampa, have a sleek style unlike other dispensaries.

Former Shep’s on Fourth Street going from beer to marijuana

ST. PETERSBURG — It’s gone from a convenience store and deli to a mecca for craft beer drinkers and now the Fourth Street location that housed Shep’s for more than 40 years will become a medical marijuana dispensary.Surterra Wellness is leasing...
Updated: 2 months ago
Chuck Prather owns the Birchwood hotel and office space in Tampa.

St. Pete businessman Chuck Prather says he is being targeted for renting office to ICE

ST. PETERSBURG — A well-known businessman woke up Wednesday morning to find his photo on fliers downtown calling him a predator who profits from "sexual violence, physical abuse and the caging of undocumented people."Chuck Prather, owner of the...
Updated: 2 months ago
Photos by KATHERINE SNOW SMITH   |   Times
Marisa and Kevin Kiermaier walk the runway with 6-year-old Kelsie Vance.

Rays on the Runway raise spirits and money

When Kelsie Vance was in the hospital for two weeks in April, being able to think about an upcoming trip to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios helped occupy her mind and boost her spirits. The Children’s Dream Fund raised the money to pay for...
Updated: 2 months ago
Shoppers at St. Petersburg's annual Sunrise Sale don pajamas to take advantage of deals offered by many retailers. This year's sale begins at 6:43 a.m. Thursday. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times (2008)]

PJs encouraged at Thursday’s Sunrise Sale in St. Pete. Prices go down when the sun comes up.

The annual Sunrise Sale in St. Petersburg is almost as much of a bargain hunter’s holy grail as Black Friday. For 45 years, shoppers wearing pajamas have headed out at dawn to be in position at their favorite stores the moment the sun rises. That’s...
Updated: 3 months ago
Rays Glenda Young, Jenn Tran, Lenda and Vince Naimoli

Rays fans go back in time to help kids of today

Everyone got to go back in time to big hair, shoulder pads, skinny ties and Def Leppard at the Rays Foundation’s ’80s Casino Night & Auction at the Coliseum. As if blackjack, craps and poker (with chips but no real money) weren’t enough to provide a...
Updated: 3 months ago
Left to right: Arthurene Williams, Brandi Williams and Catherine Baker were among the several hundred guests at the NAACP Freedom Fund dinner. [KATHERINE SNOW SMITH  |  Times]

NAACP supporters celebrate and commemorate in St. Pete

The St. Petersburg chapter of the NAACP combined its annual Freedom Fund fundraiser with Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery.An estimated 500 people gathered under an air-conditioned tent in...
Updated: 4 months ago
Dressed up as a big time producer and flanked by actresses, Hal Freedman, chairman of the Gala Under the Stars fundraiser for American Stage, displays a collection of lottery tickets, one of the live auction items. Times / Katherine Snow Smith

Actors, activists, volunteers and doctors take center stage

4.20.18Patrons at American Stage’s opening night fundraiser and premiere of The Producers might as well have been watching the musical on Broadway. The acting, costumes, sets, choreography and direction were the same caliber as the...
Updated: 6 months ago
Jorden Pompey | SPECIAL
Location: Downtown St. Petersburg on Bayshore Drive NE from the Museum of Fine Arts to the Vinoy
Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018 (Rain Date: Friday, April 13, 2018)
Time: 5:30 pm Check in â\u0080\u0093 6:15 pm Grand Toast â\u0080\u0093 6:30 pm Dinner is Served
Attendants raise up their glasses for a cheers right before the event begins.  The long table event was held on Bayshore Drive NE on April 12.

St. Petersburg celebrates with long tables and literacy

At 500 feet, this year’s Longest Table really was the longest table yet for the annual WUSF fundraiser. That’s 200 feet longer than last year. More than 1,100 supporters of the radio station ate dinner at the table stretching between the Museum of...
Updated: 6 months ago