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South Shore & Brandon

  1. Football: Brandon 14, East Bay 7

    Footballpreps

    By Brandon Wright

    Times Correspondent

    GIBSONTON — It felt like something had to give.

  2. SouthShore banker Charlotte Clark strives to make a difference

    Human Interest

    SUN CITY CENTER — Walk into her office and at first glance, it appears to include all the typical confines of a banker.

    Charlotte Clark, vice president of American Momentum Bank, credits her parents with instilling in her an attitude of hard work and the desire to make a difference in the world.
  3. A retail adventure born of faith

    News

    Alicia Perez-Sandoval was vacationing in Puerto Rico when she noticed there was a need she could fill back home in Valrico.

    Photos by Eric Vician Alicia Perez-Sandoval stands in front of some Christian art inside her Gifts of Faith store she recently opened at 110 Hunter Road in Valrico.
  4. East Bay Fishing Report for Sept. 4

    Outdoors

    Temperature down, fishing up. The water temperature dropping a few degrees and with fall around the corner the fishing is starting to pick up during the day. The snook, redfish, trout and many more species are out roaming around the flats and the bay area reefs.

    Capt. Jim Lemke for the Captain's Corner Report.
  5. Walmart says shuttered Brandon store will reopen in 60 days; hiring to begin

    Business

    BRANDON — The first indication came last week when "Walmart Hiring" signs popped up in front of the chain's store at 1208 E Brandon Blvd.

     The Brandon Walmart at 1208 E Brandon Blvd was force to close its doors in April because of plumbing problems according to a company statement, resulting in the layoffs of nearly 430 people. Walmart says the store will now re-open in about two months and that they are hiring. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
  6. FishHawk 'Heroes Run' will honor fallen Marine

    Events

    LITHIA — Asked why he re-enlisted for a second tour of duty, U.S. Marine and Naval Academy graduate Lt. Travis Manion gave a succinct answer.

    "If not me, then who?"

    A chapter of the Travis Manion Foundation will host a 9/11 Heroes Run on Sept. 12 in Lithia to support local veterans.
  7. Football: Brandon 31, Strawberry Crest 3

    Footballpreps

    DOVER — Brandon's opener at Strawberry Crest started as a defensive struggle with teams exchanging three-and-outs and the Eagles led 3-0 at halftime. The Eagles flipped a switch at halftime and, after the Chargers tied it 3-3, Brandon scored 28 unanswered points in the second half.

  8. Amazon expansion will lead to public tour, more jobs

    Business

    RUSKIN — Amazon Ruskin Fulfillment Center director of operations Brian Owens says the facility's continued expansion will result in more hiring and a long-awaited grand opening that will allow the community to see what goes on inside the massive building.

    Amazon Ruskin director Brian Owens, right, speaks with Don Pearson on Aug. 19. Pearson, who leads the SouthShore Toys For Tots, sought help from Amazon.
  9. Lithia store owner finds personal transformation along the Appalachian Trail

    Human Interest

    LITHIA — Most people would agree that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

    Bonnie Karet set out in March on the Appalachian Trail to raise awareness and money for charities and meet a personal goal. Karet, right, met Floridian “C.Shell” along the way. Hikers usually are known by trail names only.
  10. CQ Tactical launches military-style laser tag

    News

    Crouched behind one of the more than 300 used military pelican cases, you hear the briefcase bomb activated.

    Photos by Eric Vician Jay Baldwin, left, operates the area's newest version of laser tag - a military-themed adventure called CQ Tactical   and Doug Marriott right, the general manager in front of a .50 caliber M2 machine gun in a bunker of the outdoor course.