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    Headlines through the years

    By JULIE CHURCH

    © St. Petersburg Times,
    published June 3, 2001


    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.

    Blaze-plagued area billows smoke again

    TARPON SPRINGS -- (June 4, 1967) The fire-plagued wooded area around State Road 584 and East Lake Road was struck again late yesterday afternoon.

    A.D. Boyd, owner of Boot Ranch, said he saw lightning strike and set the woods afire inside the Brooker Creek Swamp around 6 p.m.

    Florida Forestry Service reported around 8 p.m. that early evening rainfall helped some. The fire was burning at ground level and no longer was sending billows of smoke into the air.

    The Boot Ranch owner said depending on the winds and rain the new outbreak should burn several miles of swamp area but that it will be confined with equipment because there are tenant houses in the area.

    Clearwater's trash appeal repeated

    CLEARWATER -- (June 8, 1967) City Manager James R. Stewart has again appealed to residents to put their trash in containers and place it at the curb so it can be picked up as a part of the city's garbage collection service.

    The plea was repeated as a labor shortage continues in the refuse division. Stewart cautioned that only material which will burn in the city's incinerator should be put out.

    Right now, according to Stewart, the refuse division is operating with 65 men, only about 80 percent of the authorized work force. This figure is often cut further by sickness and other absences.

    Stewart said both the refuse division and the civil service department are actively searching for personnel to fill the vacancies, but the situation is an areawide one, not just confined to Clearwater.

    Teenagers unveil plans for youth center

    CLEARWATER -- (June 4, 1953) Teenagers have taken matters into their own hands to speed up the attainment of a youth center. Their plan was presented at Rotary Club yesterday.

    Clearwater High School students and Junior Rotarians Bruce McManus, John Davies, Bob Risk and Frank Logan explained the need for establishing a center. They said that teenagers who are not in school have no place to go for group recreation.

    Out of sheer boredom, the teens said, they often frequent unsavory establishments or go hot rodding around in their cars, with a small minority getting into serious trouble.

    The teens said the group would prefer to have a building on the mainland and asked the Rotarians for help in finding a suitable location.

    All the work in improving the building, decorating and maintaining it would be done by the boys and girls in return for low rent or purchase on a long term payment.

    Summer school for teachers dropped

    CLEARWATER -- (June 2, 1933) Pinellas County school teachers will not be required to attend summer school this summer according to a decision made by the School Board today.

    The board felt that since the teachers have not been paid, it would be unfair to compel them to attend summer school.

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

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