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    Headlines through the years

    A look back at the events, people and places that made North Pinellas the unique place that it is. The information is compiled from past editions of the St. Petersburg Times.

    By JULIE CHURCH

    © St. Petersburg Times, published May 6, 2001


    Pressure cookers for homes to be rationed

    CLEARWATER -- Miss Tillie Roesel, county home demonstration agent, warned yesterday that pressure cookers for processing home foods will be rationed this year throughout the county.

    It was pointed out that only 150,000 cookers will be made nationwide this year. This is about one half the number available last year.

    The policy of the rationing committee will be to give preference to applications received from groups of people or canning centers, as the main purpose of making more cookers available is to can the greatest amount of food as possible.

    May 14, 1962

    Gasoline prices drift downward

    CLEARWATER -- Gasoline prices continued slipping downward in the Clearwater area with many independents and some major oil companies selling regular grades for 25.9 cents a gallon.

    Some independents are selling the regular grades for 26.9 cents a gallon and prices among most of the major companies range from 26.9 to 28.9 cents a gallon for the regular.

    High test gasoline is selling from 26.9 to 30.9 cents a gallon with the independent companies usually 1 to 3 cents a gallon lower.

    May 3, 1939

    County seeks new highway safety bills

    CLEARWATER -- County Commissioners requested yesterday that the county delegation to the Legislature introduce several bills designed to promote safety on Pinellas County highways.

    The bills would give the County Commission power to establish through highways and set up penalties for violations by motorists. Signs would be erected at all stop streets and traffic officers would be asked to enforce the laws.

    Another bill would require all trailers carrying logs and heavy materials to be equipped with air brakes and to carry complete rear lights at night.

    May 5, 1950

    Chamber vows to get school in Tarpon

    TARPON SPRINGS -- The Chamber of Commerce here took action Wednesday night to assure the city would not be passed over for a new elementary school.

    "Before I decided to come to Tarpon Springs to live, I asked about a new school, because I knew my daughter would soon be attending," said A.L. Ellis, president of First National Bank. "I was assured that a new building was to be constructed in a year or two. As you gentlemen know, nothing definite has been promised us about a new school."

    President Fred Howard appointed a committee to attend the next meeting of the School Board to present its request. Members agreed that their efforts to obtain a new school would be the primary work of the chamber until it is accomplished.

    - Julie Church compiles the history column. She can be reached at (727) 445-4229.

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