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Pinellas County Technical Rescue Team receives award

Pinellas County Technical Rescue Team receives award

Pinellas County, Florida -- Pinellas County has announced its Technical Rescue Team received the 2012 Search and Rescue Responder of the Year Award from the Florida Chiefs Association.

The award was presented at the annual Florida Fire Chiefs Fire Rescue East conference held in Daytona Beach Jan. 23-26.

The award recognizes a team or individual whose acts and deeds as a search and rescue responder or volunteer demonstrates the highest level of excellence and ongoing commitment to the fire service and community.

Learn the art of Feng Shui at local holistic center

Learn the art of Feng Shui at local holistic center

Palm Harbor, Florida -- Does your Feng Shui really matter? The Holistic Center for Vibrant Health in Palm Harbor says it definitely does.

The ancient Chinese art and science teaches us that the placement of artwork and the architectural designs of our surroundings can influence our attitudes and health.

Former and current vice mayor vie for Gulfport mayorship

Former and current vice mayor vie for Gulfport mayorship

Gulfport, Florida -- On March 12, Gulfport voters will decide who will serve as mayor. Both candidates have experience with the city -- one having served as the Ward Three representative and the other as the Ward Four representative. Both men have served as the city’s vice mayor.

We asked them to complete a basic set of questions about their life experiences and situation and we’ve presented their answers verbatim below. We present these answers based on the order in which we received responses (Mr. Worthington responded four and half hours before Mr. Henderson).

From Siberia to South Pasadena: Barbara Rygiel

From Siberia to South Pasadena: Barbara Rygiel

“Forgive me,” I say to the lady sipping coffee across from me, “But I thought you were 98.”

“I am,” she replies.

“You look fantastic,” I tell her. She smiles.

“That's because I froze when I was in my twenties,” she says.

I laugh, then stop. Barbara Rygiel isn’t joking; she was sent to Siberia as a young girl, during the war.

“I've never used any makeup on my face. Maybe if they would stick their head in the freezer for one hour every day it would freeze the youth in them.”

Harnessing Tornadoes: Local Inventor James Beyor

Harnessing Tornadoes: Local Inventor James Beyor

Gulfport, Florida -- Part-time Gulfport resident James Beyor believes water is the answer, and it looks like he knows how to prove himself right.

“It’s a fascinating endeavor,” he says of his invention, the Sea Drive. It’s not quite ready for primetime – Mr. Beyor still must run sea trials and get more funding to make his invention a reality – but, he says, he hopes it will be soon.

What, exactly, did he invent? Simply put, the retired engineer created a way to use water to move boats through the water.

Stetson grad joins United States Attorney's Tampa Office

Stetson grad joins United States Attorney's Tampa Office

Gulfport, Florida -- United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill Middle District of Florida has announed Stetson University School of Law's very own Josephine W. Thomas is one of the five new attorneys added to the Tampa office.

2 Cool for 2 years

2 Cool for 2 years

Margaret Hiller pays local artist Eric Folsom for two bracelets at this weekend’s 2Cool Art Show. Mrs. Hiller and her husband, who live in Flushing, New York...

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