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  1. Everybody's Business in Tampa


    CARROLLWOOD — Twenty years ago, Theresa Henry realized her dream of owning her own salon when she opened Hair Expressions of Carrollwood in a small storefront on Ehrlich Road.

  2. Apollo Beach to ring in new year with even more fireworks


    People filled undeveloped vacant properties on Apollo Beach Boulevard.

    The Apollo Beach New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show returns this year and organizers bill the event as the state’s largest New Year’s Eve fireworks show.
  3. Hidden Gem: Brooker Creek Headwaters Nature Preserve in Lutz

    Human Interest


    At Brooker Creek Headwaters Nature Preserve, it's all about what's not there. No swing sets, horse trails or canoe launches. Instead, it offers the serenity of an environmental haven.

    Brooker Creek Headwaters Nature Preserve has a very diverse landscape, from pine forest to hardwood oaks, and multiple swamps.
  4. Valrico's St. Stephen to break ground on new church


    VALRICO — When St. Stephen Catholic Church opened in Valrico almost 30 years ago, the congregation met in a temporary building on Bell Shoals Road.

    A rendition of the new family life center at St. Stephen Catholic Church.
  5. HCSO Maj. Ron Hartley prepares to retire after 40-year career

    Public Safety

    RUSKIN — Packed boxes scatter the corner of Maj. Ron Hartley's office at the District IV substation of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in Ruskin.

    We have two photos of Maj. Ron Hartley, who is retiring after 40 years with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. The other shows Hartley (in the hat) frying up fish at the annual fish fry HCSO District IV holds for residents. 

Photos are courtesy of Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
  6. East Bay Fishing Report for Dec. 26


    Afternoon delight. After a beautiful week last week, we've found ourselves in a cold front. If you plan on doing any fishing this weekend I would wait until the afternoon. This will give the water time to warm up. You might be able to find some bait at the bridges, but it may not amount to much with the water being so …

  7. Growth, innovation connects 2014's biggest Hillsborough stories


    The mix of stories that topped the news in 2014 show Hillsborough County as an area in transition.

    Earl Garcia, 5, drives a ball for one of the games at Brandon’s new Topgolf complex.
  8. Nationals centerfielder Denard Span brings charitable effort home for the holidays


    The Springhill Park Community Center, typically a hub of activity in the Sulphur Springs community, buzzed with a different kind of excitement last week.

    Tampa Catholic High alum Denard Span hugs Lashon Thomas as she realizes her kids are getting bikes during the celebration at Springhill Park Community Center in Sulphur Springs.
  9. Brandon Regional brings holiday comfort to hospitalized kids



    The Christmas tree in the pediatrics unit of Brandon Regional Hospital shines just as brightly as any other tree.

    Brandon Regional Hospital nurse Kim Brenes and certified child-life specialist Catherine Parker help put together stockings for children in the hospital’s pediatric unit.
  10. Valrico residents battle proposed housing development

    Local Government

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