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  1. Clearwater City Council candidate Hoyt Hamilton: Experience is key for critical next term

    Elections

    CLEARWATER — By asking voters to elect him into office a fifth time, Hoyt Hamilton knows he's now considered part of the old-guard.

  2. Clearwater City Council candidate John Funk: City needs better planning

    Elections

    CLEARWATER — Voters may not be too familiar with the name John Funk.

  3. With help from neighbors, Dunedin food pantry is moving to bigger digs

    News

    BY PIPER CASTILLO

    Times Staff Writer

    DUNEDIN — It has been only two years since the board of directors began operating Dunedin Cares from Faith Lutheran Church, inside a 600-square-foot community room. Already volunteers have handed out upwards of 100,000 pounds of food, and each month …

  4. Pinellas shelters short of blankets and volunteers

    Human Interest

    The recent interval of cold weather has stretched resources at Pinellas County cold weather shelters, says Cliff Smith, manager of veterans, social and homeless services for the city of St. Petersburg. The shelters are short of blankets, volunteers and donations to buy food and supplies.

  5. Pinellas sheriff: Inmate, 59, found dead in county jail

    Crime

    CLEARWATER — A 59-year-old inmate was found dead Sunday night in the county jail, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

  6. Pinellas Sheriff calls pre-arrest diversion program a success amid challenges by St. Petersburg lawyer

    Criminal

    On an April morning last year, a Toyota Camry was parked in Richard Bandelow's reserved spot outside his Redington Beach apartment.

  7. West Bay Drive plan proposes narrower lanes, more bike and pedestrian space

    Local Government

    LARGO — The county's transportation planning agency is pitching an idea to local governments to narrow a portion of West Bay Drive to add more space for cyclists and pedestrians.

  8. Clearwater City Council candidate David Allbritton touts track record in civic life

    Elections

    Editor's note: Ahead of the March 13 election, the Tampa Bay Times is publishing profiles on Clearwater City Council candidates for Seat 4 today. Profiles on candidates for Seat 5 will appear next week.

  9. Clearwater City Council Candidate Tom Keller says he's a voice for the ordinary resident

    Elections

    Editor's note: Ahead of the March 13 election, the Tampa Bay Times is publishing profiles on Clearwater City Council candidates for Seat 4 today. Profiles on candidates for Seat 5 will appear next week.

  10. FHP: Fog reduces visibility on Sunshine Skyway Bridge

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Florida Highway Patrol urged drivers to use caution late Thursday as heavy fog has reduced visibility between 300 feet and 700 feet on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

  11. Oldsmar Cares needs moving pals

    Briefs

    OLDSMAR — It's time to move into the new digs. On Jan. 19, coordinators at Oldsmar Cares will need volunteers to help move the contents of its old headquarters next door to its new home at 163 State Road 580. Shifts are either from noon to 3 p.m. or 3 to 6 p.m. For information, visit the Oldsmar Cares Facebook …

  12. Part of King Street in Safety Harbor closed next week

    Roads

    SAFETY HARBOR — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Street N will be closed from Elm Street to Ninth Avenue N (local traffic only from 7 p.m.-7 a.m.) Monday through Wednesday. Sanitary sewer cleaning and videotaping will be performed by Florida Jetclean.

  13. Mease Countryside Hospital begins $156M expansion project

    Health

    SAFETY HARBOR — Mease Countryside Hospital is launching a $156 million expansion to build a four-story patient tower with all private rooms and a four-story parking garage.

  14. Largo Police Department seeks to empower seniors

    Public Safety

    LARGO — The police department will host its annual Senior Empowerment Day on Jan. 23 at St. Paul United Methodist Church at 1199 S Highland Ave.

  15. Hooper: Brockovich inspires local women to be 'heroes'

    News

    They came to Temple B'Nai Israel on Sunday, drawn by a beacon one woman casts as an environmental warrior.