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 Tampa Bay: November 8, 2000 South Pinellas County

Farkas soundly beats Fischer
[Times photo: James Borchuck]
The two perennial foes waged a ferocious and expensive campaign.
Election 2000
Incumbent Crow slightly ahead
PALM HARBOR -- State Rep. Larry Crow was leading a close race against Democratic challenger Sue Humphreys Tuesday night.

One race won by landslide, another by a single vote
INDIAN ROCKS -- The Pinellas Suncoast Fire District, which serves several mid-Pinellas beach and adjacent mainland communities, saw two very different elections Tuesday, with one seat won by a single vote and the other won in a landslide.

Lealman heads toward fire tax
LEALMAN -- With most of the ballots counted, voters approved by a 3-to-2 ratio a proposal allowing the fire commission Board of Commissioners to set tax rates in the Lealman Special Fire Control District.

Bobel, Dedman win approval
EAST LAKE -- With all votes counted, Dan Bobel narrowly defeated incumbent Chuck Schult for Seat 2 on the East Lake Tarpon Special Fire Control District board of commissioners, while former fire commissioner Chuck Dedman beat Rondi Hosking in the race for Seat 4.

All changes to charter pass voters' muster
Voters approved three changes to Pinellas County's charter Tuesday.

Peluso, Henry lead pack of 5 candidates
PALM HARBOR -- Ken Peluso held a slim lead over four opponents late Tuesday in a race to replace Palm Harbor Fire Commissioner Ronald Gibson, who died earlier this year.

Incumbent strides ahead of newcomer
PALM HARBOR -- Republican Gus Bilirakis held an imposing lead Tuesday night over an independent challenger in his attempt to win a second term as the representative from House District 48.

Pinellas commission now full
Ken Welch, John Morroni and Bob Stewart win seats after fairly uneventful races.

Top stories
New shelter will open for women and children
A house at 3125 28th St. N will be the first of its kind to serve the northern part of St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park and the unincorporated Lealman area.

Low-income seniors need extra break
Re: County delays new tax break for seniors, Oct. 31 story.

Blessing from Buddha gives restaurant karma
Pacific Wave, a new eatery that will offer a fusion of Eastern and Western cuisines, gets off on the right foot with a blessing from a Buddhist monk.

New Signature Bank to rest on Fourth St.
The site includes Brigit Books and the former Play It Again Sports.

Focus on volunteers
The St. Petersburg Free Clinic, 863 Third Ave. N, St. Petersburg, will hold a volunteer orientation at 10 a.m. Nov. 15. For information, call Dawna Sarmiento at 821-1200, ext. 118.

Some like it hot, melodious, and theater aims to please
Sugar, the musical version of the movie, is on tap at the St. Petersburg Little Theatre.

Military news
U.S. Army Lt. Col. David C. Press, son of Charles and Jean Press of St. Petersburg, was promoted to his present rank by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He will begin a four-year teaching assignment at the University of Hawaii.

Great deal unlocks door to a home
ST. PETERSBURG -- While their 20-month-old toddler wobbled on the front steps, Mark Gutillo and Mayra Wever gazed around their new home.

A shared childhood
Teenagers who practically grew up together at a Catholic school gather to share memories and take one last group photo.

Okay, all you mugs, smile for the camera
No, your pet won't have a criminal record, but a police mug shot could spring him before he's sent to animal control.

Tampa's Bella Tuscany brings out the beautiful
Bella Tuscany, as the 15th Pavilion was called, brought out the Bel Mondo on Saturday for a bella notte at the Tampa Museum of Art. (And that's about it for my Italian.)

CVS drugstore chain offers up revised plan
The would-be developer presents modifications aimed at appeasing neighbors who don't want a drugstore where a church now sits.

Drug bust nets crack, arrest
ST. PETERSBURG -- A rental property owned by the mayor's chief of staff was the target of a drug bust that netted an arrest and 30 pieces of crack cocaine Monday.

Promotions announced in police department
ST. PETERSBURG -- The St. Petersburg Police Department announced Tuesday that it is promoting 17 employees, filling several top jobs in the department.

Town seeks remedy for rush near high school
KENNETH CITY -- Residents along one street in town can tell the time by the traffic.

People feel pinch of tight retail security
ST. PETERSBURG -- As a woman left a Winn-Dixie supermarket with $66.97 worth of groceries she had just bought, the store's security alarm went off.

Madeira Beach marina violations cited
The results of an inspection by the health department are described as "typical."

Neighborhood briefs
Lakewood Terrace cleans neighborhood this week

Racquettes club seeks young players
Thirty-seven years ago, Hazel Cook was looking for tennis partners at the St. Petersburg Tennis Center.

Dempsey survives for victory in Musgrave
After St. Petersburg's Duane Dempsey captured the trophy for the Dayton Andrew Dodge/Leo Musgrave Memorial 100-lap Late Model race Saturday night at Sunshine Speedway, the only remaining question was, who's going to jail?

Koulianos on course to becoming pro
An aspiring young professional golfer from Tarpon Springs has passed the first hurdle of the PGA Tour's Qualifying Tournament for the 2001 season.

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