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  1. 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.

  2. 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.
  3. 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.”
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Jillian Edwards to play Sun Dome with musical family


    When acoustic singer-songwriter Jillian Edwards talks music with Grammy Award winner Steven Curtis Chapman, she calls him Papa Steve.

    Singer-songwriter Jillian Edwards is on a holiday tour with father-in-law Steven Curtis Chapman.
  7. Culver's 'Butter Burgers' come to Tampa; shops exit Hyde Park Village


    NORTH TAMPA — Culver's, the Wisconsin-based chain best known for its ButterBurgers with butter-coated buns, debuted in Tampa on Monday with the opening of a restaurant at 15001 N Nebraska Ave.

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  8. HCSO's Deputy Darlins program strives to meet holiday needs

    Human Interest

    RUSKIN — Donna Budd had no idea that a chance meeting would change the lives of so many people.

  9. Jesuit wrestling poised to challenge Brandon's dominance



    Turns out that 25-time state champion Brandon isn't the only Hillsborough County wrestling team with a penchant for success. The Class 2A team right behind the Eagles knows a thing or two about winning.

    Jesuit High assistant wrestling coach Matt Mangini, left, practices with Adam Lewis at Jesuit. Lewis, who wrestled at 138 last season, is actually a two-time state runnerup.
  10. Agency for sex trafficking victims looks to open center in Hillsborough

    Human Interest

    Elizabeth Fisher weeps when she hears their stories and sheds tears again when she learns of their triumphs.