Thursday, August 16, 2018
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Hometown Pinellas

Florida Court Public Information Officers recognizes retired PIO

The Florida Court Public Information Officers recently recognized Ron Stuart of Clearwater for his work with the association. Prior to his retirement in 2014, Stuart was PIO of the Sixth Judicial Circuit. He was the FCPIO’s first elected president and the citation he received recognized "outstanding public service and work above and beyond the call of duty while serving as president of the organization."

Keep Pinellas Beautiful Brings Home the Award of Excellence

Keep Pinellas Beautiful was chosen as one of the top ten Keep America Beautiful affiliates in the United States at the National Keep America Conference in Dallas this year. The Keep America Beautiful Affiliate Award of Excellence recognizes affiliates which embody the vision, mission and values of Keep America Beautiful. This award distinguished Keep Pinellas Beautiful as an affiliate with superior initiatives, programs and projects implemented to help end littering, improve recycling and beautify communities.

GFWC Clearwater Community Woman’s Club awards $8,000 in Grants to Local Charities

At its annual Daisy Grants Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Belleair Country Club, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Clearwater Community Woman’s Club awarded four local charities $2,000 grants each. The grants were awarded to the Lighthouse of Pinellas, the Kimberly Home, Goodwill Industries-Suncoast and Empath Health/Suncooast Hospice. The charities applied for the grants in January and demonstrated a specific need for the funds. The 2019 event is scheduled for March 26 at the Belleair Country Club. The application and information for next year’s grants are online at www.GFWCClearwatercommunitywomansclub.org

GULFCOAST LEGAL SERVICES RECEIVES AWARD

Local trial lawyers Scott Johni, Kent Whittemore and Erin Lohmiller, along with Alfred Williams, presented a check of $55,946.55 that will benefit Gulfcoast Legal Services. The funds come as a result of 12 years of litigation on behalf of 65,000 Florida consumers in a class action verdict against a statewide propane company that unlawfully charged propane tank rent to its customers. The trial team consisted of these three lawyers, along with Jeff Liggio, Geoff Stahl and Phil Burlington of West Palm Beach. The court approved a charitable donation out of unclaimed funds. Gulfcoast Legal Services is a nonprofit organization serving the civil legal needs of vulnerable individuals, families and communities.

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Preseason football: Berkeley Prep passing game on point in weather-shortened win

TAMPA — Berkeley Prep did some strange things on offense Thursday night.Instead of wheeling around to hand off, quarterback Josh Youngblood was firing the ball down the field.The Bucs becoming more of passing team?Believe it.By shucking its run...
Updated: 1 hour ago
The Rays finally won a series in Yankee Stadium. Now for some perspective.

The Rays finally won a series in Yankee Stadium. Now for some perspective.

NEW YORK — After the Rays exhaled following Thursday's tense-as-they come 3-1 win, they were able to appreciate the significance of what they'd done.For now.And, more importantly, for the future.Really, it shouldn't be that hard. They make thre...
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Rays journal: Rookie Adam Kolarek picks good time for first career save

Rays journal: Rookie Adam Kolarek picks good time for first career save

NEW YORK — There was a lot that went into the Rays hanging on to their 3-1, series-clinching win over the Yankees Thursday.Including the conversation  reliever Adam Kolarek had with himself jogging in from the bullpen with the bases loaded...
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Preseason football: Springstead rolls over Hudson 55-0

Preseason football: Springstead rolls over Hudson 55-0

SPRING HILL — Preseason games are usually a good gauge of where teams stand entering the season. But even after Springstead's 55-0 win over Hudson on Thursday night, Eagles coach Mike Garofano was cautiously optimistic.He thought dept...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Pasco deputies arrest 21-year-old in deadly Hudson gunfight

Pasco deputies arrest 21-year-old in deadly Hudson gunfight

HUDSON — A 21-year-old man was arrested on a murder charge Thursday night, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, 24 hours after a drug deal turned into a deadly gunfight in an apartment complex parking lot.Anthony Blount of 12424 Hicks Road...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Deputies: Boy, 13, who once brought a gun to school made threats

Deputies: Boy, 13, who once brought a gun to school made threats

The 13-year-old Clair-Mel boy who was arrested for bringing a loaded handgun to Dowdell Middle School back in April now faces even more trouble: He is accused of threatening to conduct a shooting attack against the same school on social media, accord...
Updated: 3 hours ago
He listed a degree he doesn’t have, lacked stated requirements. Still got Clearwater police job.

He listed a degree he doesn’t have, lacked stated requirements. Still got Clearwater police job.

CLEARWATER — The candidate did not, on paper, meet minimum requirements of the position. He was not the clear choice of the review board. He also listed a degree on his application that he did not really have. But then-Parks and Recreation athletics ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Florida Bar investigating one of stand your ground shooter's lawyers

Florida Bar investigating one of stand your ground shooter's lawyers

The Florida Bar has opened an investigation into one of the lawyers who signed on this week to represent Michael Drejka, the man who shot and killed Markeis McGlockton in what authorities at first called a stand your ground case. A spokeswoman for t...
Updated: 3 hours ago
‘I need help now!’ pleads woman in 911 tape from Florida stand your ground shooting

‘I need help now!’ pleads woman in 911 tape from Florida stand your ground shooting

Even before the 911 operator could ask about the emergency, the caller was screaming."Baby! Oh my God!" she yelled, as the operator tried to calmly ask for the address."I need help now! I need help now!" the caller pleaded, her voice cracking in hyst...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Deputies: Wesley Chapel man drowns near Gandy Beach

Deputies: Wesley Chapel man drowns near Gandy Beach

ST. PETERSBURG — A 69-year-old Wesley Chapel man drowned off Gandy Beach on Thursday, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.Sven Torsell of Betts Drive fell into the water just south of the beach at about 1:30 p.m., deputies said. About a half-ho...
Updated: 4 hours ago