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South Shore & Brandon

  1. Novemberfest transforms into impromptu school reunion

    Human Interest

    BRANDON

    Official high school reunions occur every five or 10 years but Brandon High School graduates know exactly where to go each fall to catch up with classmates and other alumni.

    Deuce Atkinson has a grand time riding the carousel at last year’s Novemberfest at Nativity Catholic Church in Brandon. This year’s event runs through Monday.
  2. Hillsborough schools seeking redemption this week in football playoffs

    Footballpreps

    Redemption will be front and center in this week's second-round playoff football action. Plant and Armwood each face an opponent defeated in the region semifinals last season while Jesuit-Spoto and Sickles-Tampa Bay Tech face off in regular-season rematches. All games start at 7:30 p.m., and admission is $8.

  3. Mini Turkey Trot yields big benefits

    Events

    It's not always easy to get high school students up at the crack of dawn on a weekend. But on Saturday, about 30 Newsome High School students and a handful of adult volunteers will organize a mini version of the annual Thanksgiving Day Fish Hawk Turkey Trot at A Kid's Place, a residential home for abused and neglected …

    Volunteers will return Saturday for another mini Thanksgiving Day Fish Hawk Turkey Trot at A Kid’s Place, a residential home for abused and neglected children.
  4. Plant City's Pig Jam expands to two days

    Events

    PLANT CITY — Barbecue aficionados are gearing up for the 12th annual Pig Jam.

    Carey Willis of Carey Willis BBQ loved serving fans at the 2013 Plant City Pig Jam.
  5. East Bay Fishing Report

    Outdoors

    Seasons change. Transition time is here. Time to take the nets, reels and rods in for repairs as winter moves in.

  6. Operation Reveille provides housing, services for homeless veterans

    Veterans

    TAMPA

    On Veterans Day, 50 ex-military members got the one thing they never should have had to go without: a home.

    Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller irons a pillowcase as he helps prepare one of the Palms at University apartments. Operation Reveille also offers wraparound services that include health care and financial counseling.
  7. Her mission: Healthy kids taking a stand against tobacco

    Health

    Nikki Ross-Inda likes to carry around a plastic container full of thick, brownish liquid.

    Nikki Ross-Inda, center, created the Moffitt Healthy Kidz Program, which educates underserved youth and their families through activities addressing mental and physical health.  [Times file photo]
  8. At 100, Hillsborough extension service offers broad services

    Agriculture

    Stephen Gran wants you to know there's more to his office than you might think.

    Nicole Pinson teaches a class about secrets and shortcuts of master gardeners at the Ruskin Branch Library on Nov. 6.
  9. Arrivederci: Bloomingdale High music program readies for Rome

    Briefs

    VALRICO — After performing in London a few years ago, the Bloomingdale High School music department was flooded with invites from all over the world.

  10. Brandon area churches rally to curb holiday hunger

    Religion

    Tis the season to give back.

    And in eastern Hillsborough County tis time for the Gift of Hope, an annual food drive to help financially strapped families enjoy the holidays.