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South Shore & Brandon

  1. UCF ace and Plant City High grad has heart and an arsenal to match

    Softballpreps

    Sift through the curve and screwball. Rummage around the 65 mph heater and low-50s changeup. For good measure, look beneath the riseball and above the dropball.

    Mackenzie Audas owns University of Central Florida career records in victories (75), strikeouts (947), no-hitters (five), saves (10), appearances (143) and starts (120). She was the Tampa Bay Times’ 2011 Hillsborough County Pitcher of the Year.
  2. USF looks to boost student employment rates

    College

    With University of South Florida seniors preparing for commencement ceremonies this weekend, and then a journey into the real-world demands of finding a job, the parents of the aspiring graduates may be wondering how many took advantage of the school's career resource center.

    USF faculty research associate Jeff Du Vernay speaks to Brent Houston, a social science education undergrad, at a recent career fair.
  3. Showmen's Museum shows off carnival history

    Human Interest

    When the carnival came to Doc Rivera's hometown, he could hardly contain his excitement.

    Old carnival and state fair posters are seen on the walls of the International Independent Showmen’s Museum.
  4. Brandon's Outreach Clinic jockeys for funds on Derby Day

    Health

    You don't have to make the trek to Louisville to get a taste of this year's Kentucky Derby.

    Eileen Griffin and her daughter, Rachel, sported fancy hats at the Outreach Clinic’s 2014 Kentucky Derby Party. This year’s party will be held Saturday at the Regent.
  5. Hometown Hillsborough

    Briefs

    We want your news!

    Hometown Hillsborough publishes on Fridays. Send news of everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from family reunions, a local achievement, celebrations or simply good news you want to trumpet. To make a submission, contact Hometown Hillsborough coordinator Chelsea …

    Longtime fan honored 
at 12 Hours of Sebring  Frank Morrison was named Fan of the Year at this year’s 12 Hours of Sebring races. Morrison was raised in Sebring and has been attending the races for 62 years. His wife, Barbara, noted in her nomination letter for Fan of the Year that “I did not know that when I married my husband, Frank, in 1966 that I would also marry into the Sebring Raceway.”
  6. Fresh market in South Tampa, barbecue in Town 'N Country, expanded liquor choices in Riverview

    Business

    At 4 a.m. every morning, John Cannon and his best friend and business partner for 20 years, Robert Rice meet at their newest venture, South Tampa Fresh Market on Himes Avenue.

    South Tampa Fresh Market on Himes Avenue carries fresh local produce and organic eggs, milk, local honey and cheeses.
  7. Free Comic Book Day celebrates comics and their creators

    Human Interest

    TAMPA -- It's one of the favorite days of the year for fangirls and fanboys, geeks and nerds and superhero aficionados: Free Comic Book Day.

    Heroes’ Haven in Carrollwood is going all out for Free Comic Book Day with an artist alley, food trucks and 50 free comics to the first 150 guests in line.
  8. Lightning Community Heroes program honors great achievers

    Human Interest

    TAMPA

    When the Tampa Bay Lightning opened its series against the Detroit Red Wings last week, images of Tamara Davis flashed on the Amalie Arena's gigantic video screen.

    In 2011, Lightning center Vinny Lecavalier, Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and his wife, Penny, congratulated Ben Carpenter, 17, the first of 41 residents to be recognized as a Lightning Community Hero.
  9. Take Back the Night empowers, educates about sexual violence

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Pamela Mattley first came to a Take Back the Night event in 2012, but didn't want to share certain aspects of her story about being abused. She just wasn't ready.

    A line of T-shirts decorated by victims of sexual violence lined a walking path at last year’s Take Back the Night event.
  10. Pioneering mental health advocate still going strong in Sun City Center

    Human Interest

    Ken Barringer has spent his life serving others, in the Navy hospital corps caring for civilians after the Battle of Okinawa in World War II, ministering to a Methodist congregation for more than 20 years, teaching college students sociology and offering counseling as a clinical psychologist. So when the newly retired …

    Ken Barringer, founder of the South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging, was recently honored at a dinner in Sun City Center. He told the crowd that serving God and others will help them leave a legacy.