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LARGO - When the second season of “Time Keeper” left off, its memory-deficient protagonist Mitch Manners stared at the desolate horizon of Earth shockingly dominated by the looming surface of Jupiter, unsure how his actions in the past had changed the future.

Now series creator and director Daryn Murphy of Largo wants to continue the story. The 38-year-old has raised $2,000 for the web series in 20 days through an Indigogo campaign. His goal is to raise a total of $15,000 through the crowd-funding site in twice that time.

It’s a lofty goal, even for an award-winning web series that has claimed the title of best web series at the 2015 GeekFest and best fantasy/sci-fi series at the 2014 Miami Web Fest. “Time Keeper” also has been nominated for best sci-fi series in the 2014 Atlanta Web Fest, best cinematography in the 2014 Snobby Robot Awards, best actor and best sci-fi series in the 2015 Vancouver Web Fest, best cinematography in the 2015 IAWTV Awards and best web series in the 2015 Film Quest Film Festival.
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LARGO - For the first time ever, Largo Fire Rescue has been classified among the most effective fire departments in the nation, a ranking that could mean lower insurance rates for Largo businesses and residents.

Fire Chief Shelby Willis found out July 17 that her department had an ISO Public Protection Classification of 1, directly from the director of a company that evaluates municipal fire protection efforts nationwide. Of about 47,000 fire departments in the nation, only 138 of them share the top classification that Largo now boasts.
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Coston receives Edward Jones’ Eagle Award
CLEARWATER - Bob Coston of Clearwater, a financial adviser with Edward Jones Financial, recently received the firm’s Eagle Award for his “clear vision of both client and business goals” over the past year.

Only 2,036 of the firm’s more than 14,000 financial advisers received the award.

“When you work for a firm that is known for its outstanding service, it’s quite an honor to be singled out for your service record,” Coston said in a press release.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada.
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BURNSVILLE, MINNESOTA - Lawrence K. “Swede” Wolter, 84, of Apple Valley, Minnesota, formerly of Denver, Iowa; Waverly, Iowa; and Largo, Florida, died Saturday, July 18, 2015, with his family by his side, at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, Minnesota.

Swede was born on Feb. 16, 1931, in Denver, Iowa, the son of Ernest and Esther (Weltzin) Wolter. He graduated from Denver High School in 1949. He married Marilyn Mishler in 1951 and later divorced. On May 27, 1967, he was married to Lois (Meyer) Wolter, to whom he remained married for 48 years.
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Tuesday, July 28
LARGO - Pine Street is closed from Adrian Avenue to 19th Place Southwest, including the intersection at Hillsdale Avenue, as of Tuesday, July 28 for three to five days, depending on weather.

The city of Largo is closing the street, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., to install a new force main. The work is part of the Wet Weather Project, updating 14 miles of sewers to prevent sanitary sewer overflows and backups in the wastewater collection system during heavy rainfall events.

The public is advised to proceed with caution.
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Monday, July 27
LARGO - Repairs are still underway on a section of Ridge Road that collapsed during a sanitary sewer line project by the city of Largo.

Ridge Road, just north of Ulmerton Road from Valencia Avenue to 14th Avenue Southwest, will remain closed and traffic will continue to be detoured on Seminole Boulevard as contractors for the city begin to excavate around a broken sewer line and manhole that must be replaced. 

Once the damaged pipe and manhole are replaced, crews will backfill the pipe trench and other excavated areas. After the trench and excavation areas are filled, the surface of the road will be patched and reopened to traffic.
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Wednesday, July 22
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LARGO - Even two weeks later, the plaza at 12580 Seminole Blvd. looks much as it did the morning of July 5, after a fire destroyed the longtime businesses that called it home.

The roof of the L-shaped building is collapsed, and its insides are charred black. The iconic brick fireplace of the Fireplace Restaurant still stands, and a bench still sits outside Debbie Allen’s hair salon.

But it will be months before the local businesses can return, and much depends on how well and fast insurance claims can be paid. Until then, the business owners are in a state of limbo.
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LARGO - The neighbors around Bayhead Action Park are fed up with the criminal activity that seems to be on the rise around their homes.

The three residents who spoke to the Largo Commission about their concerns July 21 were not the first to do so.

“The criminal activity has never been to this point. Ever,” said Eileen Pettit. “We’ve endured multiple acts of criminal offenses for the last two years now. It’s escalated to the point where you have an audience here tonight.”
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LARGO - Forty-two little feet marched left, right, left into the Largo Police Department’s read off room. Twenty-one campers, all between the ages of 6 to 9, were about to graduate after a week at Junior Police Academy camp.

The camp, now in its fifth year, was made possible through collaboration between the city of Largo’s recreation department and the Largo Police Department.

“It’s always a pleasure for me to put on these camps for the kids in the summertime,” said Largo Police Chief Jeff Undestad at the graduation ceremony.
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LARGO - Teens participating in Largo’s Summer Teen Camp donated a total of 10 overflowing boxes and over 30 large bags of clothes to the local Clothes To Kids Project June 29.

The city of Largo placed donation boxes at different facilities including Southwest Recreation Complex and Highland Recreation Complex. Campers brought the donations to Clothes To Kids, which provides new and used quality clothing for children and families in need.

Campers also will be participating in another service project next month with donations going to Paws for the Cause.
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