SEMINOLE - Vice Mayor Jim Quinn, Councilor Thomas Barnhorn and Thomas Christy will vie for two open Seminole council seats in the upcoming Nov. 8 election.
Mayor Leslie Waters will run unopposed for mayor, winning her second full term in the role. She previously served as interim mayor from November 2012 through March 2013 after Jimmy Johnson stepped down due to health issues.
“I am very pleased to have been re-elected ‘unopposed’ to serve as mayor of Seminole for another three years,” she said. “We live in a wonderful ‘big-little’ city, a city with low taxes, a city that is currently enjoying an economic boom, is caring and giving toward citizens of all ages, and always supportive of our veterans and military members. I am proud to be your mayor! Thanks to the citizens of Seminole in their faith in my leadership ‘for a better Seminole.’”
SEMINOLE - Plans for the Seminole City Center are progressing quickly, City Manager Ann Toney-Deal told the City Council at its Aug. 9 meeting. All but five spots at the mall have been leased, she said.
“So it’s well underway,” she added.
Two new stores are set to open soon. Five Below will hold its grand opening Friday, Sept. 9, while Pollo Tropical has set its grand opening ribbon cutting scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 10.
SEMINOLE - Christine Leinonen’s only son, Christopher “Drew” Leinonen, was her whole world. So she was devastated, as any mother who has lost a child would be, when he was murdered during the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando two months ago.
But rather than let her grief paralyze her, she decided to use his death as a chance to spread a message of love and tolerance, and to speak out on gun policy reform. She delivered on this message with a heartfelt speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last month.
SEMINOLE - American Power & Gas, an energy company headquartered in Seminole, received two first place awards at Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Fast 50 Luncheon on July 21.
American Power & Gas, boasting 468 percent growth, was honored with awards for “fastest revenue growth” and for “fastest growing” among all participating companies throughout Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties.
The energy company swept both award categories presented at the luncheon, which is attended each year by 50 of the fastest growing privately held companies throughout the Tampa Bay area.
SEMINOLE - When Sharon Day-Monroe arrived in London for the 2012 summer Olympics, she should have been more excited about earning a spot at the world-class competition.
Instead, the champion heptathlete and high jumper was sad, grieving and preoccupied. Her grandfather had passed away the week before and because she was traveling overseas, she was unable to attend his funeral.
This is where Asif Shaikh came in.
As sports chaplain for U.S. Track & Field, he serves as more than just a religious figure; he’s a support system for the athletes representing the United States - many of them young, barely out of college and traveling abroad for the first time, often without their family or friends.
SEMINOLE - The Office Gurus, a global call center provider, has nearly doubled its Seminole staff in the past year by adding more than 50 new jobs.
The Office Gurus expects to see continued growth in the coming year. Driving the organization’s growth is an expanded client roster, which covers a variety of industries including subscription meal services, energy, education and financial services.
SEMINOLE - The City Council honored Dorothy Phillips with a Legacy Proclamation at its July 12 meeting.
This was the first-ever Legacy Proclamation that the council has issued.
Phillips, a longtime resident of Seminole, has been heavily involved in numerous community organizations, most notably the Seminole Community Library and the Seminole Historical Society.
Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, she and her husband, Bill, moved to Gainesville in 1948. She attended the University of Florida, earning both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education, with a focus on teaching exceptional children.