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ST. PETE BEACH - Winston Churchill once said success is not final and failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.

That phrase sums up the actions of retired U.S. Army Command Sgt. Major Gary Littrell of St. Pete Beach who for four days in early April 1970 took command of a South Vietnamese Ranger battalion under siege by more than 5,000 North Vietnamese troops. Out of an original group of 477, Littrell was among 41 walking and wounded to safely leave the hill they gallantly defended.

His actions and decisions led him to receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1973.

He is the only Medal of Honor recipient in the area, one of three in Florida and one of 79 currently alive in the U.S.

This weekend Littrell will be honored again when the Bayway Bridge is rededicated in his name by city officials from St. Pete Beach.

“I don’t look at it as honoring me,” said Littrell, 70, who spent 22 years in the Army, mostly as an Army Ranger. “I look at it as honoring the men and women in uniform, present and past. It just shows the patriotism the citizens of Florida have toward our men in uniform.”
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Charter Communications Inc. has a deal on the table to acquire Bright House Networks for $10.4 billion.

Charter and its subsidiary, CCH I LLC, and Advance/Newhouse Partnership (the parent company of Bright House Networks LLC) announced Tuesday, March 31, that the companies have reached a definitive agreement. Bright House is the sixth largest cable operator in the United States, and serves approximately 2 million video customers in central Florida including Orlando and Tampa Bay, as well as Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, and California.
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It’s that time of year again - tax filing season. And while many taxpayers like to get a head start on filing their returns, there are those of us who always find ourselves scrambling at the last minute to get our tax returns filed on time. Fortunately, even for us procrastinators, there is still time to take advantage of some last-minute tax tips.
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With the April 15 tax filing deadline looming, the United Way Suncoast Free Tax Preparation program has 42 tax preparation sites across Hillsborough and Pinellas counties offering free assistance.

All sites are staffed with IRS-certified volunteers who are knowledgeable about the Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions. Volunteers will help residents who made earned than $60,000 in 2014 prepare and file tax returns. All services rendered are confidential and tax returns are electronically filed for faster refunds.
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CLEARWATER - For years, Pinellas County kept a pot of money to help people with emergency financial needs. It was part of its arsenal to prevent homelessness.

But the program fell victim to the budget axe wielded by previous county administrator Bob LaSala.

“We went many years without an emergency fund,” County Administrator Mark Woodard said March 24 during a presentation about a new pilot program that will restore money to provide a one-time hand up for those in need.
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BELLEAIR - Just two weeks after Indian Rocks Road was re-opened when the roundabout construction was completed, it was closed again.

Florida Department of Transportation engineers discovered that the roadway over the little bridge at Roebling Road north on the northern end of Indian Rocks Road was damaged and needed to be fixed. Town officials had to close the bridge to do the repairs.

Town Manager Micah Maxwell said the problem was caused by a leak in a water pipe that was under the roadway as it crossed the bridge. The water caused the damage to the road and it has to be fixed.
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Pinellas County’s places of worship are offering special Holy Week and Easter services, including the following.

St. John’s Episcopal Church

CLEARWATER - Holy Week services will include:

- Maundy Thursday - Thursday, April 2, 7 p.m.
- Good Friday - Friday, April 3, noon
- Easter Eve - Saturday, April 4, 5 p.m., featuring Holy Eucharist
- Easter Day - Sunday, April 5, 8 and 10 a.m., with Holy Eucharist
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The Easter Bunny is planning to make the rounds in Pinellas, with events continuing through April 11.

Easter fun for 2015 includes egg hunts, an eggstravaganza, a carnival, ecofest and more, including the following.

Eggstravaganza

CLEARWATER - The city of Clearwater Countryside Recreation Center will host its annual Eggstravaganza Open House and Egg Hunt Saturday, April 4, 9 to 11:30 a.m., at 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater.
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Committee passes low-ball condo buyouts legislation
TALLAHASSEE - Working to stop the heartache and financial ruin experienced by condominium owners throughout Florida, the Senate Regulated Industries Committee today unanimously approved legislation March 24 by Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, that helps close loopholes exploited by bulk buyers of condo units.
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