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  1. Valrico mother looks to erase the stigma of drug addiction


    VALRICO — A year ago, Terry Coffey's son Tim was enrolled at a Mississippi college and she thought he was doing well.

    The Coffeys, from left, daughter Katie, mom Terry, dad Matt, son Tim, daughter Molly and son-in-law Eric. Their sense of being a “good family” was shaken by Tim’s substance abuse.
  2. Riverview Chamber expects 10,000 for Trick or Treat Street


    RIVERVIEW — Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce officials expects close to 10,000 kids and adults to descend upon Riverview High School for the 26th annual Trick or Treat Street on Saturday.

    The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce’s Trick or Treat Street event drew between 6,000 and 8,000 people last year.
  3. Hillsborough churches try to steer from Halloween darkness


    On Oct. 31, many Hillsborough County churches will host events advertised as an alternative to secular Halloween.

  4. Find a friend: Larry the hound dog


    Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

    There really are worse things than wearing a silly costume to get your attention. Just ask Larry, a 40-pound hound rescued by animal safety investigators and now up for adoption at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center. Larry loves life, people and other pets. (Even …

    There really are worse things than wearing a silly costume to get your attention, just ask Larry. Animal safety investigators rescued this 40-pound hound, and behold, The Great Pumpkin is alive and well and up for adoption at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center. Larry loves life, people, and other pets. Even bossy cats don’t seem to fluster this goofy ghoul. So don’t trick this fine Halloween hound dog. Treat Larry (ID23751907) to a forever home. He will come fully vaccinated, neutered, licensed and micro-chipped at a sweetly affordable price from the pet resource center on 440 Falkenburg Road, now open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, go to
  5. Nordstrom Rack opens in Brandon; BurgerFi arrives in SoHo


    After nearly a year of planning, Nordstrom Rack is set to open its new Brandon location on Friday at 9 a.m.

    Nordstrom Rack’s “Happy Style Hunting” branding comes to 11201 Causeway Blvd. in Lake Brandon Plaza on Friday.
  6. Week 9 to provide clarity on gridiron


    With three weeks remaining in the high school football regular season, some Hillsborough County districts are pretty well decided.

  7. East Bay Fishing Report


    In season: Fishing is really starting to take off on the SouthShore. The past couple cold fronts have brought the water temperature down to about 78 to 80 degrees. This is the perfect water temperature for snook fishing. The snook have been blowing up on chummers and eating almost everything on a hook. A lot of …

    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. Hillsborough real estate transactions for Oct. 24

    Hillsborough real estate transactions for Oct. 24

    Real Estate


    511 Islebay Dr., to James P. Kelly by Herbert G. Beal Jr., $495,000, 09-22-2014.

  9. New pizza place rises in Brandon; HydeOut revitalizes the old Rack


    BRANDON — If you have lived in the Tampa Bay area anytime in the past 37 years, there's a good chance you have tasted a slice of homemade pizza from Al Carapella.

    Friends Al Carapella, left, and Jim Liburdi show off a freshly baked stromboli at Brandon Pizzeria, their restaurant at 140 N Parsons Ave. The spot was formerly home to Seafood Dive and La Septima.
  10. Smartphones, tablets becoming routine in Hillsborough classrooms


    Students caught tapping on a smartphone in school once faced harsh consequences.

    The rule was, "we see it, we take it."