Friday, September 21, 2018

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Megan Reeves, Times staff writer

Megan Reeves, Times staff writer

Megan covers the Hernando County School District and general news throughout Hernando County. She is from the Jacksonville area and graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in photojournalism in May 2015. She joined the Times in January 2016 after spending one year at the Lake City Reporter.



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Girl, 16, stabbed in back during fight with Gibbs classmate at St. Petersburg bus stop

ST. PETERSBURG — A fight at a school bus stop escalated Thursday morning, resulting in a 16-year-old girl being stabbed in the back by a fellow Gibbs High student.St. Petersburg police say the girls — ages 15 and 16 — have...
Published: 09/20/18
LUIS SANTANA   |   TimesTens of thousands of dead fish and crustaceans have washed up on Madeira Beach in Pinellas County Sunday afternoon. Levels of red tide algae are testing extremely high on the waters of Pinellas county. Contractors on boats attempt to collect the dead fish before reaching the beaches but cannot keep up with the tons of fish washing ashore.  [Sunday September 15, 2018] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

Red Tide forces two Pinellas schools to move recess, physical education inside

Recess and physical education classes at two south Pinellas County schools were moved inside this week due to Red Tide, a toxic algae that continues to plague area beaches with throngs of dead fish and an unmistakable foul...
Published: 09/19/18
When it comes to educating black students, the Pinellas County school district has improved in several areas, according to a new report. But the gap between black students and their peers remains.  [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]

Report: Pinellas improves on achievement gap, but needs to do better

School for black students in Pinellas County is getting better, according to a report detailing the school district's progress a year into its effort to close the educational achievement gap by 2027.Of the six...
Published: 09/18/18
Pinellas County school district headquarters in Largo. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]

Struggling Plato Academy Pinellas Park vows to boost school culture, attendance

After their school earned a D grade for its first year in operation, educators from Plato Academy Pinellas Park presented an improvement plan to Pinellas County school officials on Tuesday, pointing to plans to...
Published: 09/18/18
Jenni Schmidt and her boyfriend Eric Seigmund were volunteering at the Great Gay 5K and had to wear masks because the stench was so bad. [Jenni Schmidt]

Watch: Red Tide, dead fish spread across most Pinellas County beaches

After a clear Friday, Red Tide reappeared in Pinellas County Saturday morning, bringing with it countless dead fish washed up on beaches spanning from Clearwater to Fort DeSoto Park.County crews and contractors worked through the day at those...
Published: 09/15/18
Updated: 09/16/18
Three rescued from capsized boat in Clearwater

Three rescued from capsized boat in Clearwater

Emergency crews rescued three boaters Saturday afternoon after the boat they were in overturned in the Gulf of Mexico near Clearwater, according to the cityís police department spokesman Rob Shaw.Fire and rescue workers responded to a call...
Published: 09/15/18
Town ‘N Country crash kills 24-year-old Tampa man on motorcycle

Town ‘N Country crash kills 24-year-old Tampa man on motorcycle

Jason Rodgers-Price, 50, was driving a Toyota Sienna eastbound on Hillsborough Avenue about 10 p.m. when he turned left onto Countryway Boulevard. He collided with a Suzuki GSX-R sport bike, being driven westbound on Hillsborough by Alexis Candelario...
Published: 09/15/18
Gibsonton woman, 52, fatally struck by van in Tampa, troopers say

Gibsonton woman, 52, fatally struck by van in Tampa, troopers say

Troopers said Justin Larry, 21, was driving a Ford E-350 in the outside, southbound lane of the highway, just south of Sabal Industrial Boulevard, about 8 p.m. Rhonda Darlene Reel was walking southbound on the shoulder of U.S. 301, when the vanís side...
Published: 09/15/18

State troopers: Fiery Dade City crash kills 22-year-old Sebring man

A 22-year-old man died early Friday after a fiery crash with another car in Dade City, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Some details about the incident are still unclear, Sgt. Steve Gaskins said Saturday, such as which direction the two...
Published: 09/15/18
EVE EDELHEIT   |   TimesEvacuees settle in at the emergency shelter at John Hopkins Middle School on Saturday, September 9, 2017 in St. Petersburg. The school was beginning to fill up with people evacuating before Hurricane Irma makes landfall. The shelter welcomes people from the area with pets and those with special needs.

Pinellas County schools reimbursed $2.6 million by FEMA for Hurricane Irma expenses

A year after Hurricane Irma, the federal government has reimbursed Pinellas County school district for what it spent sheltering 25,000 people from the massive storm.The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA,...
Published: 09/13/18