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  1. Valrico residents battle proposed housing development

    Local Government

    VALRICO — On one side stood a gray-haired, retired land-use consultant named William Alford.

  2. Barbecue smoking in Seminole Heights, Carrollwood; South Tampa Chamber gets new digs


    A year of planning and dreaming and today's the day, said Lysa Bozel, co-owner of the Bourgeois Pig restaurant with her husband, Michael.

    Holy Hog’s menu features traditional Southern favorites with an emphasis on pork, Texas-style Brisket and St. Louis Ribs.
  3. Holiday Hopes: Injured soldier works to rebuild his life

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Pfc. Michael Monthervil's time in Afghanistan had dwindled to three days. His Army infantry platoon was connected to Special Forces, and the men had bonded like brothers during their eight months in the country. They completed missions and saw a lot of things that they can't talk about. Monthervil calls …

    “My battle buddies tell me I’m strong to keep my head up and not stress out. I always wanted to do something bigger.”
Michael Monthervil, injured in Afghanistan
  4. SouthShore parents, students fret about proposed high school boundary changes


    Chase Spencer is relishing a perfect freshman year at East Bay High School.

    East Bay High School students protest the proposed attendance boundary changes that would send some classmates to other high schools. The girls aren't affected by the proposed changes but say many of their friends will be impacted. The girls carried signs to a recent parent meeting at East Bay High on the proposed changes. Pictured, left to right, are: Megan Cooper, Emily Anderson, Justice Bulerin and Valeria Castaneda. The school district says growth in southern Hillsborough County may lead them to adjust attendance boundaries.
  5. Churches share the story of Christmas


    The Christmas story comes alive this weekend at church events happening throughout Hillsborough County.

  6. Fishing report: Try shrimp for bait in winter's cooler waters


    Shrimp – it's what's for dinner! The cold water has the metabolism of inshore fish slowing to a crawl. That means they won't eat as often, but when they do they want shrimp. The fish stack up around warm water flows and feed heartily on shrimp.

  7. For this group of craft artists, no request is too unusual


    WESTCHASE — After she gets the girls down for a nap, Nickole Kostelis heads to her garage and fires up her power tools.

    Wooden, handcrafted pieces made by Nickole Kostelis of Westchase are available for purchase through Made by Mama.
  8. Southeastern Guide Dogs searching for puppy raisers to give the greatest gift


    The way Mary Jo Keeth sees it, all parents want their children to go to college, learn a trade or develop a career.

    Actor Charleene Closshey, a Plant City native, plays with puppy Evie Lee, who is in training to become a guide dog. Closshey sponsors the dog and it’s named after a character she plays in the new movie An Evergreen Christmas. The movie will be screened at Tampa Theatre Thursday. Says Closshey: “Seeing how the world opens up when the student connects with his or her new dog friend is truly magical.”
  9. Holiday Hopes: HCC student strives to help younger siblings overcome tragedy

    Human Interest


    Telling the story gets a little easier each time, but it is always painful.

    Rico Davis works on an HCC assignment with tutor Emily Oskandy at the Starting Right, Now office in Tampa on Monday.
  10. Florida Cancer Specialists coming to Brandon in fall 2015


    Patients in Brandon who have been diagnosed with cancer will soon have a new location to seek treatment.

    A rendering of the new $11 million Florida Cancer Specialists center in Brandon.