South Shore & Brandon

  1. Little League Major Division All Stars to play for state title

    Community

    BRANDON — South Brandon's Little League Major (11-12) Division All Stars will take another step closer to Williamsport when they travel to Fort Myers this weekend for the state championship.

  2. Veterans Memorial Park to host tribute to Korean War vets

    Events

    In a special tribute, the Veterans Council of Hillsborough County will hold a Korean War memorial ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hillsborough County's Veterans Memorial Park, 3602 U.S. 301.

    Saturday’s event, at Veterans Memorial Park on U.S. 301, will include speeches from survivors and a rifle salute.
  3. It's a homecoming for Jesuit's new baseball coach

    Human Interest

    They say life comes full circle. In a way, it already has for Miguel Menendez, the new head baseball coach at Jesuit High School. Menendez, 37, was born in Tampa and played baseball under the minarets at the University of Tampa, where he graduated in 1999 with a degree in sports management. Menendez returns to Tampa …

    Miguel Menendez, the new head baseball coach at Jesuit High School, calls himself a competitor and an eternal optimist — just like his late grandfather. “I carry his spirit with me always.”
  4. Find a friend: Lyla the 5-year-old shepherd mix

    Pets

    The first owner of Lyla, a 5-year-old shepherd mix, gave her up unceremoniously to the county shelter. She found a temporary home just hours before she would have become a statistic. Her foster family soon discovered a happy, healthy, friendly, potty-trained pal who loves car rides and other dogs. You can adopt Lyla …

    Lyla may not be the fanciest of friends, but she'll be the best one you've ever had. The first owner of this 5-year old Shepherd mix gave her up uncermoniously to the County shelter. Miraculously, she found a temporary home just hours before becoming a statistic. Her foster family soon discovered a happy, healthy, friendly, perfectly potty-trained pal who loves car rides and other dogs. It's your turn to be Lyla's miracle now. Adopt her fully spayed, vaccinated, micro-chipped and more from Friends of Hillsborough County Animals at friendsofhcas.org.
  5. East Bay Fishing Report

    Outdoors

    Rainfall from rainfall: Recent heavy rainfall has parts of upper Tampa Bay looking like a glass of hot tea. The rivers are flowing heavily from a record-setting wet summer, pushing a lot of fresh water into Tampa Bay. This is not a bad thing because some species love the heat relief that the rivers and creeks …

  6. Grief leads to goodness for Lithia widow, widower

    Human Interest

    If a little boy sat in class, shy of supplies, Mandy Van Brunt found a way to quietly provide pencils or paper.

    Mandy Van Brunt went the extra mile at Frost Elementary.
  7. New fire stations coming to Valrico, Brandon

    Fire

    BRANDON — Several new fire stations will be coming to the area in the next few years, with one opening near Primrose School of Bloomingdale by next summer, county officials said.

  8. Less traffic, Elvis and Boca on the way in the "The Mix"

    Human Interest

    Cop shop

    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is collecting school supplies for students in need. People can donate supplies at any of the four district officers or the operations center in Ybor through August 10. While all school-related supplies are welcome, HCSO has identified the following items as …

    Jackie Garvin of Valrico will share her tips on making pie crusts in the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday.
  9. '100 percent authentic Mexican' Taco Rey expands in Brandon

    Business

    BRANDON — Feras Abdel was in Guadalajara, Mexico, at a food expo when the idea hit him for his first restaurant.

    A customer watches Argentina play the Netherlands in the FIFA World Cup at Taco Rey Mexican Grill, which opened on July 4 at 401 S Parsons Ave. in Brandon.
  10. Buddhist center offers meditation in Tampa to enlighten, help others

    Religion

    For the modern Buddhist, meditation offers the promise of inner peace.

    Gen Chokyan leads a meditation service at the Parbawatiya Kadampa Buddhist Center. Cate White stands by his side.