South Shore & Brandon

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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):

  4. 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. 
  5. Port approves plan to reverse Apollo Beach Nature Park shore erosion


    APOLLO BEACH — The shoreline of Apollo Beach Nature Park has been slipping away for years, but a recent decision by the Tampa Port Authority put East Hillsborough residents one step closer to reclaiming the once popular swimming spot.

  6. Sun City Center residents earns place in swimming hall of fame

    Human Interest

    SUN CITY CENTER — Sandra Bucha's parents encouraged her to be a good student and an accomplished swimmer.

    Bucha learned to swim when others learned to walk.
  7. Little League Major Division All Stars to play for state title


    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.

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


    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.
  9. 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.”
  10. Find a friend: Lyla the 5-year-old shepherd mix


    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