South Shore & Brandon

  1. Hometown Hillsborough for Aug. 1

    Human Interest

    We want your news!

    Hometown Hillsborough publishes on Fridays. Send news of everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from family reunions, a local achievement, celebrations or simply good news you want to trumpet. To make a submission, contact Hometown Hillsborough coordinator Aimée …

    MOWW sponsors students for Youth Leadership Conference:  Military Order of the World Wars, a national organization of American military officers of all services and their descendants, recently sponsored a four-day Youth Leadership Conference. Students were given lectures on leadership, U.S. history, the U.S. Constitution and the private enterprise system, and visited Florida’s Capitol building and the Supreme Court. Other highlights included a candlelight signing of the Declaration of Independence by the students, the graduation ceremony and announcement of the CDC, the conference’s distinguished student, and best team award. Nominees for the CDS award included Tia Gonzalez (Newsome High School), Jed Amole (Durant), Andrew Pitts (Spoto), Kimberly Balderas (Riverview), and Mikaela Briann Pollock (Fort Walton Beach High). The students attending the conference from Hillsborough County represented seven high schools: Durant, East Bay, Lennard, Newsome, Plant City, Riverview and Spoto. Also in attendance were the Military Order of the World Wars Commander-in-Chief Deborah A. Kash and retired Air Force Maj. Bob Fowler, a chapter member.
  2. Find A Friend: Ranger the terrier


    Dog days of August got you down? Let Ranger share the bright side. This 10-month-old, medium-sized mixed terrier was dumped — literally. But one man's trash is another's treasure. Found starving at 24 pounds, he's now a healthy 42. Ranger is bright, obedient and cheerful with other pets and people. Playful …

    Dog days of August got you down? Let Ranger share the bright side! This 10-month old, medium-sized mixed terrier was dumped -- literally. But one man's trash is another's treasure. Found starving at 24 pounds, he's now a healthy 42. Ranger is bright, obedient, and cheerful with pets and people. Playful outside, calm indoors, a perfect pal. Adopt Ranger fully vaccinated, neutered and more by contacting Friends of Hillsborough County Animals (FoHCAS) at
  3. 'Daniel Plan' has Tampa residents changing their lifestyles


    Brenda Ortiz walks 3 1/2 miles along the Courtney Campbell Causeway every Sunday morning. • Every weekday, she wakes up at 5 a.m. to hit the gym before going to work. • But Ortiz, who eats a diet of organic produce and whole foods, doesn't count calories. • She is a student of the book The Daniel Plan: …

    Johann Grieco leads a health and fitness group based on The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life.
  4. East Bay Fishing Report for Aug. 1


    Summertime. The heat and humidity are in full swing. The water temperature is between 88 and 93 degrees. The key to a good fishing trip this time of year is water movement. Without it, the water just gets stagnant.

  5. Wimauma residents chart a course for improved transportation, health care

    Human Interest

    WIMAUMA — Six posters were spread across the front of Hispanic Mission Baptist Church, each one representing one of the most common concerns voiced by Wimauma residents in a nine-month community assessment by the Hispanic Services Council.

  6. Hillsborough real estate transactions for Aug. 1

    Real Estate


    6518 Surfside Bv., to Betty J. Mcelya Trustee & Betty J Mcelya Living Trust by Daniel Dennison & Nancy Dennison, $1,650,000, 06-26-2014.

  7. Fitlife offers healthy, fresh meal options in Brandon


    BRANDON — The mac 'n' cheese has carrots and veggies hidden in the sauce, and the brownies are made with a dried plum base.

    From left, Tiffany Doyle, community store leader, Jim Studdiford, franchise owner, and David Osterweil, founder, gather this month at the grand opening of Brandon’s first Fitlife Foods store. It’s the sixth area location for the concept that began in 2011 and allows customers to purchase healthy, ready-made meals in three sizes and heat them up at their convenience.
  8. USF professor says nanotechnology holds key to curing cancer


    TAMPA — About a dozen researchers are splitting fibers in pursuit of a cure for cancer in a third floor research lab on the edge of the University of South Florida campus.

     Shaily Sharma, who recently graduated from USF with a masters in Biology, looks at the tumoroids she has been growing with nanopartical fibers and cancer cells, Thursday, July 17, 2014. She works in the lab with Professor Shyam Mohapatra, PhD, and other recent graduates or current students to do tests and develop new nanoscale biomedical diagnostics and therapeutics for cancers, asthma, viral infections and traumatic brain injuries.
  9. Hooper: Nothing 'progressive' about these misleading mailers


    The other day, a slick, expensive political mailer arrived from a group called Progressive Choice Florida.

    The message caught my attention.

    Here's what it said (sort of):

  10. Travel ball ratchets up the competition with Little League


    TAMPA — It's a 3-2 count with the game on the line.

    Pitcher Montel Filmore helped Belmont Heights to a 10-8 win over Dade City. The team plays in the state championship tournament in Fort Lauderdale this weekend.