SEMINOLE - The City Council approved applications for aid submitted by 14 local organizations for the fiscal year 2017-2018 at its Oct. 10 meeting. Approximately $37,350 will be allocated in varying amounts to the applicants.
The FY 2017-2018 budget includes up to $37,500 for organizational aid.
SEMINOLE - Thousands of people affected by Hurricane Irma travelled to Seminole last week after a Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program site opened at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex Sept. 27 through Oct. 2.
The program is the result of a partnership between the Department of Children and Families and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The program is available to those who don’t already receive benefits through the state’s regular SNAP Program. The amount families receive is based on household size, income and how they were impacted by the hurricane, said Nichole Solomon, DCF spokesperson.
SEMINOLE - The Seminole City Council established the 2017-2018 millage rate of 2.4793 mills at its Sept. 27 meeting.
This is the eleventh year in a row that the millage rate has stayed stable, said Harry Kyne, director of the department of administration. Before the city brought it down to its current rate, it was last 3.5 mills, he added.
SEMINOLE - Dr. Dillon T. Thornton is the new senior pastor of Faith Community Church, 11501 Walker Ave., Seminole. The congregation voted him in on Sept. 24.
Pending his final examination by the Presbytery of Florida Oct. 21, Thornton’s first official day will be Sunday, Oct. 22, although he will unofficially begin his ministry at Faith Church on Oct. 2.
Thornton comes to Faith from Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (EPC) in Greeley, Colorado. He has been in ministry over 16 years serving as a senior pastor, discipleship pastor, and student and children’s pastor. He has served on numerous mission teams around the world.
In November 1987, Darlene Hutchinson Biehl’s life changed forever. Biehl, a native of Seminole and graduate of Keswick Christian High School, was attending college 400 miles away from home at Troy University in Alabama.
School had just let out for Thanksgiving break and the 20-year-old was going to a post office to check her mailbox when she was kidnapped at gunpoint by a stranger, blindfolded and bound.
After two days, she was able to free herself and escape. She then led police to the offender, who was arrested, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and rape and served 20 years in prison.
SEMINOLE - Andrew Carroll refers to the briefcase he carries with him everywhere as “the football.”
“Like the nuclear codes that the president carries at all times,” he said.
His briefcase contains something completely different, however, but just as valuable - a treasure trove of original letters written by veterans of every major American war dating back to the Revolutionary War.
“It’s with me all the time. Under no circumstances can it be lost or dropped at any time,” he said.
SEMINOLE - Marilyn Mevers had no idea that her Facebook post would go viral. For days, she watched as linemen from around the country worked long hours to restore power to Seminole and surrounding areas following Hurricane Irma’s hit to the region.
So she decided she wanted to do something for them in return.
Her idea was simple: she wanted to cook them a hot meal. After all, they were far from home - many traveling from North Carolina, Canada, Ohio and Wisconsin to help Duke Energy bring electricity back to those affected by the powerful storm - and were surviving off convenience store junk food and canned goods. Many of the workers even slept in their trucks, which were parked at their staging area, Seminole High School, at night, she said.
SEMINOLE - As Hurricane Irma ambled towards the Tampa Bay area last week, city leaders, staff and volunteers spent days readying Seminole to brace the storm that eventually hit Pinellas County as a Category 1 hurricane Sunday into Monday.
The storm initially hit Florida, first in the Keys, as a Category 4, and caused widespread damage throughout the state.
In Seminole, Irma littered tree limbs and debris throughout the city, and left many without power.
The City Council held an emergency meeting Sept. 7 to declare a state of emergency in Seminole before the storm hit.
SEMINOLE - During the new business segment of the Aug. 22 Seminole City Council meeting, Vice Mayor Chris Burke questioned the council’s new consent agenda after the city’s $1.61 million contract with the Pinellas County’s Sheriff’s Office fell under that docket.
The PCSO contract for law enforcement services for the period beginning Oct. 1, 2017 and ending Sept. 30, 2018 passed as part of the agenda.