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  1. New history exhibit holds memories for Palm Harbor resident

    Human Interest

    PALM HARBOR — JoAnn Tilley, 84, climbed the steps, one hand on the rail and one hand on her cane. Once inside the tiny house, she showed other visitors where she had slept as a toddler.

    Jo Ann Tilley, 84, of Dunedin, lived in this grove house as a child. The house was moved to the Palm Harbor Museum's grounds by the Palm Harbor Historical Society.
  2. Clearwater and Pinellas officials to consider a joint government building

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER —The idea of merging city and Pinellas County government offices into one building has been floated for a decade.

    With Clearwater city officials looking to move out of the current city hall, discussions are under way with the county on a joint facility.
  3. Controversial ex-mayor bids for South Pasadena commission seat

    Elections

    SOUTH PASADENA — For months, the tension had been building between city commissioners and Mayor Dan Calabria.

    Dan Calabria
  4. Development, upcoming priorities are keys to Gulfport election

    Elections

    GULFPORT — City Council elections are a few weeks away, and the race is drawing its share of attention. On the ballot this year, council member Christine Brown faces challenger Linda Bailey to represent Ward 2, and Ward 4 incumbent Michael Fridovich is running against Richard Fried, Bobby Reynolds, and Ernie …

    Christine Brown is running for Gulfport City Council
  5. New Pinellas County Attorney Oversight board's goal: find a new county attorney

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER –– In what officials called a historic meeting, Pinellas County's 12 elected leaders met Tuesday for the first time as a new government body, the County Attorney Oversight Board. Their first order of business: figure out how to conduct a nationwide search for the next county attorney.

    The Pinellas County Attorney Oversight Board, a new government body comprised of seven county commissioners and five constitutional officers, met for the first time Tuesday to discuss finding a new county attorney. County Commission chair Janet Long addressed the board during Tuesday's meeting at Pinellas County Courthouse in Clearwater. [ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times]
  6. Battle lines drawn over development in Madeira Beach election

    Elections

    MADEIRA BEACH — In contrast to recent elections, the future character of the city may be at stake this year as voters decide whether to ratify the path chosen by the current commission.

    Margaret Black is running for mayor of Madeira Beach.
  7. Pinellas County's top officials to discuss County Attorney Jim Bennett's perks

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Retiring Pinellas County Attorney Jim Bennett enjoys a few perks that no other county employee receives.

    County Attorney Jim Bennett will retire this summer.
  8. Pinellas news briefs

    News

    Pinellas County seeks volunteers for Great American Cleanup

  9. Hometown South Pinellas

    News

    Largo City Commission recognizes fire service officials

  10. Pinellas sheriff's office: Corporal injured during assault by inmate

    Crime

    LARGO — A Pinellas County Sheriff's corporal underwent three surgeries for a broken rib and a punctured spleen after being assaulted inside the cell of a jail inmate.

  11. Records: Kriseman's chief of staff told employee to not talk negatively about transfer

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG –– After Mayor Rick Kriseman transferred his longtime personal secretary to the Fire Department, his chief of staff ordered the employee to not say anything negative that could hurt the mayor, records show.

    Chief of staff Kevin King says he did not harass the woman when she was transferred.
  12. St. Petersburg art community divided over Pier project

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — As the quest to commission the work of acclaimed artist Janet Echelman for the Pier pushes ahead, discontent simmers in art circles.

    St. Petersburg artist Jon Hair, whose work includes oversized sculptures for the U.S. Olympic Committee, the cities of Beijing and Shanghai and universities, wants to help create a 108-foot-wide, 30-foot-high blue whale with other life-size marine life called Oceanica for the Pier District. [Courtesy of Jon Hair]
  13. Early results in on Pinellas pre-arrest diversion program

    Public Safety

    A Pinellas Sheriff's Office report released last week summarizing the first quarter of the Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion program showed that 179 people have completed it since the start date in October.

  14. County Code Enforcement office closes for move

    Local Government

    The offices of Pinellas County Code Enforcement will be closed today, and Monday, as staff moves to a new location at 631 Chestnut St., Clearwater.

  15. Soccer fans support St. Petersburg stadium referendum

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council chamber had plenty of soccer aficionados outfitted in green and gold show up last week to support the Tampa Bay Rowdies' bid to join Major League Soccer and expand their home at Al Lang Stadium.

    A rendering of the proposed Tampa Bay Rowdies Al Lang stadium.