Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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Kathryn Varn

Kathryn Varn

Kathryn Varn covers public safety in north Pinellas County and news in the city of Largo. She is from the Jacksonville area and graduated from the University of Florida, where she studied journalism.



David Baldwin still looks after his mother's house, years after she passed away. His grandfather gave Dansville its foundation and its name. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD/Times]

One of Pinellas Countyís historic black neighborhoods hopes progress is kind to its past

David Baldwin inches his pickup down the road, his right hand on the steering wheel, his left pointing out the window at what used to be.Across Pine Street, it was all orange trees, part of the network of groves that employed hundreds...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/22/18
Customers line up at a Busch Gardens restauraunt after a power outage caused all rides to stop. Photo by Twitter user Kelcie @Cd3000

Power restored at Busch Gardens after squirrel causes outage

TAMPA ó After a power outage kicked off a chaotic start to the weekend at Busch Gardens, the park was back up and running 2:20 p.m. Saturday.A squirrel caught in an electrical substation caused the outage sometime before 11 a.m., according to...
Published: 05/12/18
The 
Pinellas County School Board plans to use security guards, rather than sworn law enforcement officers, as a  stop-gap measure to fill some positions in schools. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]

Security guards to be temporary fix in Pinellas schools

Dealing with a tight deadline and not enough money, the Pinellas County school district is veering from its plan to place sworn law enforcement officers in every school, opting instead to hire designated security guards for some...
Published: 05/11/18
The 
Pinellas County School Board plans to use security guards, rather than sworn law enforcement officers, as a  stop-gap measure to fill some positions in schools. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]

Security guards to be temporary fix in Pinellas schools

Dealing with a tight deadline and not enough money, the Pinellas County school district is veering from its plan to place sworn law enforcement officers in every school, opting instead to hire designated security guards for some...
Published: 05/11/18
A mother turned in her son for a burglary that occurred last month, according to Clearwater police. Now 18-year-old Kevin King, of Riverview, is facing burglary and grand theft charges. [Clearwater Police Department]

Mom spots son in video of burglary, makes him turn himself in

CLEARWATERThey say mom knows best. That is especially true when she recognizes her sonís face in connection with a burglary.Thatís how Clearwater police said they ended up arresting 18-year-old Kevin King.His...
Published: 05/10/18
Pinellas Park Mayor Sandra Bradbury and the City Council gave the nod to add school resource officers to elementary schools to comply with a state mandate. [City of Pinellas Park]

Pinellas Park Council agrees to help fund new officers in schools

PINELLAS PARK — City Council members agreed to help fund new school resource officers to comply with a state mandate, but only for a year.According to minutes from a Tuesday workshop, council members came to a consensus to...
Published: 05/09/18
County commissioners say they're not going to spend millions to put more deputies in schools, leaving the school district largely on the hook for the money to comply with a new state law.

Pinellas commissioners won’t pay for more deputies in schools

"The responsibility for who pays for this is the Florida Legislature that created it and the School Board," Commissioner Janet Long said during a commission meeting, adding of the district, that she’s "sick and tired of constantly filling their...
Published: 05/09/18
County commissioners say they're not going to spend millions to put more deputies in schools, leaving the school district largely on the hook for the money to comply with a new state law.

Pinellas commissioners wonít pay for more deputies in schools

County commissioners say theyíre not going to spend millions to put more deputies in schools, leaving the school district largely on the hook for the money to comply with a new state law.Itís now up to the Pinellas County School Board to decide...
Published: 05/08/18
Updated: 05/09/18
Largo may make it easier for food trucks to operate in the city. Times files.

Largo exploring eased rules for food trucks

LARGO ó Letís say youíre a business owner, and you want to invite a food truck to sell some tacos in your parking lot.In the city of Largo, the only way to do so is through a temporary event permit each time. But the city is now in the process...
Updated one month ago

Man on Clearwater Beach pulled from water, hospitalized

CLEARWATER ó A 33-year-old man pulled from the water north of Pier 60 was hospitalized Wednesday afternoon.Clearwater Fire & Rescue spokesman Rob Shaw said a bystander noticed the Dunedin man, who has not been identified, was in trouble and...
Updated one month ago