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From left: Joanne Roby, CCWC Grants Chair; Pam Couse, Kimberly Home, Inc.; Beverly Bennett, Lighthouse of Pinellas, Inc.; Karen Davis Pritchett, Empath Health/Suncoast Hospice; Haydee Castro, Goodwill Industries-Suncoast, Inc. (Photo courtesy Martha Hickey).
From left: Joanne Roby, CCWC Grants Chair; Pam Couse, Kimberly Home, Inc.; Beverly Bennett, Lighthouse of Pinellas, Inc.; Karen Davis Pritchett, Empath Health/Suncoast Hospice; Haydee Castro, Goodwill Industries-Suncoast, Inc. (Photo courtesy Martha Hickey).
Published May 4, 2018

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


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.


  1. This 2007 image released by G.P. Putnam's Sons shows author Clive Cussler riding in a classic car. Cussler died on Monday at his home in Scottsdale, AZ. He was 88. [UNKNOWN  |  Ronnie Bramhall/G.P. Putnam's Sons via AP]
  2. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar testifies before a House Appropriations subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) [SUSAN WALSH  |  AP]
  3. Thomas Henry Shayhorn, left, and Dennis Phillip Lermy, right, were arrested after Pinellas deputies received a report of a man driving a Jaguar recklessly while shooting up with a needle. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  4. Dalton Hunter Martin, 19, was arrested Feb. 18 and charged with second degree felony murder in connection to a botched home invasion robbery in Lithia that left one of the robbers dead, records show. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  5. Camden Ducharme, 36, was taken into custody and charged with forgery and theft. [Salem Police Department]
  6. Sarah Boone, 42, faces charges of second-degree murder in the death of Jorge Torres Jr. [Orange County Sheriff's Office]
  7. Port Richey is considering imposing boat launching fees at Nick’s Park. The parking lot at the riverfront park is particularly busy on weekends. [Times (2014)]
  8. Lori DeFreese, of Roanoke, Illinois, left, walks with Amanda Longo, and Longo's dog, Kiya, right, while checking out the arriving cold front at the Crystal Beach Community Pier on Tuesday. The front is ending a run of warm spring temperatures in the mid-80s with forecasters expecting the front to sweep into the region late Tuesday night and early Wednesday, dropping temperatures into the 30s and 40s into the weekend. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  9. An artist's rendering shows one view of Tyrone Middle School in St. Petersburg after a $28 million renovation. Work is expected to start in February 2021. The Pinellas County School Board approved a contract with Rowe Architects Inc. to work on the project. [Pinellas County Schools]
  10. This May 11, 2006 file photo shows the Freedom of the Seas cruise ship docked in Bayonne, N.J. Police in Puerto Rico say that on July 7, 2019, a toddler apparently slipped from her grandfather's hands and fell to her death on this cruise ship while docked in Puerto Rico. (Associated Press)
  11. Actor Clint Eastwood pretends to speak to President Barack Obama during the 2012 Republican National Convention held in Tampa. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times (2012)]
  12. An aerial photo shows the rescue of jet skier Cole Torrent from the stilt house where he spent the night after losing his jet ski off the Pasco County coast Tuesday. [Pasco County Sheriff's Office]