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South Shore & Brandon

  1. Hooper: Build a thriving, home-grown tech community


    When I think about the mission of Hillsborough County's Economic Development Innovation Initiative, I see a specific vision of director Lindsey Kimball.

  2. Impending charter school could add to traffic woes for Strawberry Crest, Bailey


    DOVER — Three weeks after school began, Strawberry Crest High School principal David Brown sent a voice message to parents warning that being "stuck in traffic" would no longer be an acceptable excuse for morning tardiness.

    Enough was enough.

    At 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, traffic is backed up from Strawberry Crest High School onto U.S. 92 as students, staff and parents try to enter the property. Nearby Bailey Elementary compounds the challenge. And the new Independence Academy will open soon.
  3. Proposed performing arts theater divides Sun City Center

    Human Interest

    SUN CITY CENTER — "Keep SCC Debt Free" signs are popping up on dozens of front lawns all over this SouthShore retirement community, much to the frustration of clubs that want a new performing arts theater for dramatic productions, musical revues and other events.

  4. Brandon Regional, All Children's Hospital team on neonatal care


    BRANDON — Driving through the crowded highways of Tampa and across the Howard Frankland Bridge to St. Petersburg almost surely would add to the stress of parents seeking care for a newborn in need of neonatal care at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine.

    Brandon Regional CEO Bland Eng says All Children’s is a leader in the field of neonatal care.
  5. Spoto High football team's experience keys early-season success


    RIVERVIEW — Spoto High School coach Dale Caparaso met his players at midfield on another excruciatingly hot summer day and set down a bucket of water. The longtime coach then grabbed a football, dipped it into the bucket and blew his whistle to signal the start of practice.

    Spoto running back Todd Sims ran for 135 yards and the winning  touchdown in a rain-soaked 13-12 win over East Bay.
  6. Week 5: a good one for fine-tuning


    Outside of the Armwood-Lennard football district, which offers a league matchup almost every week, Week 5 allows most teams to catch their breath and correct a few mistakes before the real playoff push begins.

    Kickoffs are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

  7. Splash and Dash spotlights ambitious distance swimmer

    Human Interest

    BRANDON — Niko Milosavljevic has chlorine running through his veins.

  8. Holiday toy run still seeking more support


    After a year of trying to find a suitable person or group to take over the logistics for the Seffner-based Cookson Hills Toy Run that has provided Christmastime gifts for more than 7,000 children, seniors and veterans, event founder Sheri Brown once again fears the 21st installment of the event this winter will be the …

    The Cookson Hills Toy Run, founded by Sheri and Bill Brown, has provided Christmastime gifts to more than 7,000 people.
  9. East Bay Fishing Report


    Rain effects: It looks like the rain we have had all week as finally cooled off Tampa Bay. The water temperature on the flats in Tampa Bay is around 82 degrees. The only thing you need to be concerned with is all the fresh water runoff into the bay and estuaries. While this does not affect the redfish, it does …

    PT_344935_CODD_REPORT PHOTO 1 OF 1 CAPTION: (10/05/2011, LAND O' LAKES) Photo of Mike Gore for the East Bay fishing report. SUMMARY: Headshot of Captain Mike Gore to go with East Bay fishing report. [STEPHEN J. CODDINGTON, Times]
  10. Find a friend: Ivy the cat


    St. Francis Rescue

    Ivy was a young mom struggling to care for her babies when she was rescued in the parking lot of a doughnut shop. Her kittens (Glazed, Jelly, Cake and Crueller) have since been adopted, and Ivy now hopes to kick off the fall season in a forever home of her own. Ivy is short-haired but loves to …

    Ivy was a teenage mom struggling to care for her babies when rescued in the parking lot of a doughnut shop. Her kittens (Glazed, Jelly, Cake & Crueller) have since been adopted, and Ivy now hopes to kick off the fall season in a forever home of her own (bakery items not required). Ivy is short-haired but loves being brushed. She gets along fine with kids, dogs, and other cats. To adopt this affectionate year and half old kitty fully spayed, vaccinated, and more, visit or call (813) 830-7251.