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  1. Town shows civic pride with Brandon Blast and July 4 parade


    BRANDON — Before the colorful floats begin to line up on Lumsden Road, before the convertibles, festooned with red, white and blue decorations, roll into order, they will come.

    Spectators line the route of last year’s parade as it goes along Parsons Avenue.
  2. New restaurants in Brandon, SoHo, new attorneys in New Tampa


    BRANDON — Standing behind the bar mixing drinks with names like Mustang Mary, Bootlegger and Antifreeze Cooler, bartenders Stephanie Lozada and Laura Robaina occasionally stop what they're doing to step on a service station hose that rings the ahooga horn on the Model A Ford hanging overhead.

    Laura Robaina, left, and Stephanie Lozada are bartenders at Ford’s Garage, which opened on June 23 in the former Buca Di Beppo location at 11105 Causeway Blvd.
  3. Reading programs help kids fight summer learning loss



    The group of grade school students ranging in age from 9 to 12 gathered in a circle for the second session of the Summer Literacy Club.

    Briana Miranda, 7, gets one-on-one tutoring from teacher Melanie Curtis duirng the YMCA program at Graham.
  4. Veteran chronicles his rise from Georgia farm to White House in new book

    Human Interest

    SUN CITY CENTER — The soft-spoken gentleman from Georgia smiles as he gazes out the window of his luxury apartment in Freedom Plaza.

    Spencer Faircloth holds a photo of himself as a young Air Force officer. Faircloth served under three presidents.
  5. Pepin Academies expands Riverview campus


    RIVERVIEW — After three years of providing elementary and middle school education to students with specific learning disabilities out of a rental space, the Riverview campus of Pepin Academies will construct a two-story, U-shaped building in time for the 2016-17 school year.

    Pepin Academies plans to construct this U-shaped, two-story building adjacent to its Riverview campus by the 2016-17 school year. When complete, it will hold 325 students.
  6. First Baptist of Brandon pastor now heads Florida Baptist Convention


    BRANDON — For 19 years, Tommy Green served as senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Brandon.

    Tommy Green became the head of the Florida Baptist Convention last month.
  7. East bay fishing report for July 3


    Spice of life. This is the month of diverse opportunity. The choice of species is unlimited. You can target snook and tarpon in the morning. Then fish for Spanish mackerel, snapper, shark and cobia in the afternoon. Bait is loaded throughout Tampa Bay, so catching fish should be fairly easy this month.

    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]
  8. Hooper: Don't feed on religion click bait


    A team of volunteers gathered in my neighbor's yard one recent Saturday and took on the arduous task of removing a dying oak tree.

    As a widow, she needed the help.

  9. School that combines academics, intense soccer training will open in Brandon


    BRANDON — When 12-year-old Tyler Davis starts classes on Aug. 18, his school day won't just include English, math, science and social studies.

  10. East Bay Fishing Report for June 26


    Summer Dog Days. Copious amounts of rain coupled with stifling heat have made conditions somewhat tough in Tampa Bay. Brutal afternoons are a good reason to get an early start to beat the lightning and or heat exhaustion. Most game fish are active until it gets really hot outside.