LARGO - Most experts will tell you that small businesses make the biggest difference in a local economy. In honor of their contributions to the community and to celebrate Small Business Month in November, the city of Largo and the Largo Leader are once again partnering for the third annual Best of Largo awards.
Residents can vote for their favorite Largo businesses now through Thursday, Nov. 19, online or with a ballot available in this week's Largo Leader now through midnight Nov. 17.
SEMINOLE - A retired schoolteacher, long-time board member and retired sheriff’s office employee running to serve on the Pinellas County School Board debated the issues Oct. 5 in the Digitorium at St. Pete College in Seminole.
Joanne Lentino of Bay Pines retired after 10 years as a first grade teacher in Pinellas County.
“When I was teaching at Pinellas County, every child meant something to me,” she said in her introduction. “I did not give up on any of my students.”
While the presidential election continues to dominate the news, Pinellas County’s two-sided ballot has plenty of other decisions for registered voters to weigh in on, including 11 ballot questions.
The last chance to cast a ballot is Nov. 8, but local voters aren’t waiting. As for Sunday, Oct. 23, 17 percent of the county’s registered voters had already cast a mail ballot with 37 percent, or 109,292 ballots, already returned to a Supervisor of Elections office.
OLDSMAR - Candidates for State Representative, County Commission and School Board relayed their message and platform to voters during the Sept. 19 candidate forum hosted by the Council of North County Neighborhoods and the Greater Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
The forum was open to everyone in Northern Pinellas County.
At East Lake Woodlands Country Club, attendees had the opportunity to meet the candidates in a mix and mingle session before the actual forum began at 6:30 p.m.
LARGO - The Largo Police Department is attempting to identify a suspect that committed an armed robbery about 8:54 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Walgreens Pharmacy, 103 Indian Rocks Road S.
Largo police say that the suspect, who was armed with a semi-automatic firearm, fled the store on foot following the robbery. The suspect is described as a white male, about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a stocky frame. He was last seen wearing a long-sleeve top and a hood type of cloth covering his face with blue jeans and sneakers.
SEMINOLE - While construction of the Seminole City Center retail development has largely been in the public eye over the past two years, artist Catherine Woods has been quietly working behind the scenes on a lesser known component of the project.
Woods was chosen by the developers to create an exterior signature art piece for the project.
The St. Petersburg resident, whose studio is located in south St. Pete, works primarily with architectural glass and metal to create large-scale public art works. These pieces can be found across the country, many of them here in the Tampa Bay region.
It’s trick or treat time around Pinellas with a variety of events planned to celebrate Halloween 2016, including the following.
Ghost Tour of St. Petersburg
ST. PETERSBURG - Ghost Tour of St. Petersburg hosts nightly tours through Oct. 31, beginning at 8 p.m. and departing from Sweet Divas Chocolates, 181 Fourth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Cost is $15 a person for adults and $10 for ages 4 to 12. Call 727-894-4678 or visit www.ghosttour.com. Halloween brings spine-tingling tales of restless ghosts and haunted houses to downtown St. Petersburg with a walking tour illuminating the dark side of the Sunshine City.