Pioneer descendants receive honor

On the momentous occasion when Florida issued its first drivers’ licenses in 1940, Ruth Smith made history. County Judge O. L. Dayton Jr., pulled a desk into the hallway at the Dade City courthouse and plopped the 17-year-old into a chair in front of a manual typewriter. “People lined up and stood as I typed up the first driver’s license in Pasco County,” said Ruth Smith Adams, now age 93. … [Read more...]

Art quilts show off Tampa Bay history

Joanne Rodriguez knew immediately which historical Tampa landmark she wanted to create on her appliqued quilt – the image of the iconic minarets at the University of Tampa. “When I came down to Florida in the 1980s, I just thought they were so beautiful,” said the Wisconsin native. “It’s very Tampa.” Her quilt is one of several on display through June at an art exhibit – “Memories of … [Read more...]