South Shore & Brandon

  1. PrayerBowls help serve up good intentions


    For Tampa entrepreneur Karen Berry, every workday is a testament to the power of prayer.

    Karen Berry, who battled health issues, founded PrayerBowls. The bowls come with note cards and Scripture.
  2. Hooper: I can't imagine Florida without these

    Human Interest

    Sometimes, I worry about Florida.

    As a native, certain icons, standards and institutions frame my appreciation for living here. It's difficult to envision Florida without them, but sometimes I get a nagging feeling I'll wake up one day and the things that help define my love of the state will be gone.

  3. 'Deadheads,' chicken-hating cows and free Slurpees in the Mix

    Human Interest

    Cop shop

    Squad members at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office have organized a softball tournament to raise money for a sergeant's daughter, who is battling pontocerebellar hypoplasia, a rare genetic condition that affects the development of the brain. Quinn's Bucket List Softball Tournament will take …

    Dress up like a cow and moove yourself to Chick-fil-A on Friday on Cow Appreciation Day. Free food will be offered to people “fully dressed as a cow” and those in “partial cow attire.”
  4. Upcoming Florida Standards meetings for Hillsborough parents


    RUSKIN — The Hillsborough County School District is holding informational meetings to be sure students and parents are prepared for the new Florida Standards curriculum, which will be fully implemented when school starts in August.

  5. Latino's Supermarket plans move to new, and nearby, location


    VALRICO — A five-year search for just the right setting to build his dream business has taken William Guzman about 700 feet away from where it all began.

    William Guzman, owner of the Latino’s Supermarket in Valrico, is pictured with chef Dario Nunez. Fresh meals account for a fourth of Guzman’s business. Guzman will build a new market close by.
  6. 'Marvel Universe Live' features Riverview native as Cyclops

    Human Interest

    Benjamin Aycrigg says he didn't set out to make a career of stunt work — he was just looking for a physical activity to replace football. • The Riverview native, 22, played defensive end and outside linebacker for Riverview High School and Northwestern College in Iowa, but in 2011, he returned to Florida …

    Riverview native Benjamin Aycrigg, who is Cyclops in “Marvel Universe Live,” rehearses for the show. Aycrigg, 22, knows a thing or two about action. He played football and has done stunt work.
  7. Robinson High student shows military transfers can thrive in IB


    Robinson High School senior Erin McGuire can name all the schools she has attended during the past 12 years.

    It just takes her a while to do so.

    Erin McGuire works — and has fun — with kids during the summer program with the Boys & Girls Club.
  8. Times, Barnes & Noble in Brandon hosting salute to Maya Angelou


    Former President Bill Clinton called her a "national treasure."

    Renowned poet Maya Angelou died in May at age 86, but her work continues to inspire people from all walks of life.
  9. Ruth: Mike Suarez's quizzical ramblings on Hillsborough transit,


    It is good to be king. It is also a very bad idea to annoy the king.

  10. Domestic violence survivor launches new Riverview nonprofit

    Human Interest

    RIVERVIEW — It took her 13 years to gather the courage to escape domestic violence at the hands of her husband.

    Lorianne De Loreto says her own experience made her realize what is needed to heal.