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  1. Compassion fuels woman's kindness campaign


    SEFFNER — The couple in the Winn-Dixie checkout line couldn't cover the cost of all the items they put on the conveyor belt.

    This is a photo of Karla Gibson and her sons Kyle, 13, and Chad, 16. Photo courtesy of Karla Gibson.
  2. Moe's has a message beyond greeting


    VALRICO — Regional manager Tanner Callahan said that while people have come to expect the "welcome to Moe's" greeting when they walk through the doors to order a Homewrecker or Joey Bag of Donuts, they may not know what they are eating includes grass-fed chicken and steak, gluten-friendly options and more than 20 …

    Moe's Southwest Grill regional manager Tanner Callahan oversees the grand opening of the new Moe's in Valrico. Photo by Eric Vician, Special to the Times
  3. Grief at holidays gets new attention at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church


    On Dec. 7, St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in Sun City Center will open its doors to those struggling with grief and other difficulties this holiday season.

  4. 100 Women create caring through simple process


    APOLLO BEACH — The concept seems so simple: gather together a group of women who want to contribute to a good cause, briefly educate them about it, combine their donations into one lump sum and make a huge difference in the community.

    Charlotte Clark is a charter member of 100 Women Who Care, which meets quarterly.
  5. East Bay Fishing Report for Nov. 27


    East bay fishing report

    Seasons change. We got our real first taste of winter this past weekend, but lucky for us, we live in Florida. This is perfect fall fishing weather. A lot of the algae is starting to die off, and it will allow you to sight cast fish. If you like to fish with live bait this …

  6. Brandon Holiday Charity Ball continues to grow


    Folks will dust off flapper dresses and top hats and enjoy the red carpet treatment at the 4th annual Brandon Holiday Charity Ball benefiting Toys for Tots.

    Bob Savage and Tatyana Frost celebrate generous donations for Toys for Tots at the 2014 Brandon Holiday Charity Ball.
  7. Pop culture helps local archery enthusiasts get to the point

    Human Interest


    Bryce Smith first picked up archery when his daughter saw Princess Merida shoot a bow in Disney's Brave.

    Bows line the walls of Adventures Archery in Brandon.
  8. Plant City native brings dash of Nashville to Novemberfest


    BRANDON — Plant City native Daniel Sprouse rocked a captive Monday afternoon crowd with some country tunes at last year's Novemberfest. This year he returns with a full band, a prime time slot and big dreams.

    Plant City native Daniel Sprouse and his band get a prime slot at the festival.
  9. 'Born to Ride' celebrates 20-year journey on TV


    Ron Galletti still remembers the day he came home from the sweltering Florida heat of his construction foreman and told his wife he left his job to pursue an entrepreneurial idea. Galletti wanted to document the lifestyle of motorcycle riders and thought the idea might make for a good television show.

    Ron and Debbie Galletti, shown with their children, Ronnie,13 and Emily, 14, have co-produced Born To Ride for the past 20 years. To celebrate the longest running biker TV show in the world, they are hosting a celebration at Harley-Davidson Brandon starting at 11 a.m. on Nov. 22.
  10. Brandon chooses grit, leaves 'fancy' to others


    BRANDON — In the modern high school age where slick spread offenses and exotic blitz packages are the norm, Brandon is a throwback. Straight ahead. Block. Tackle. Hustle.

    Dakota Trice, shown during practice, says the Eagles need to “fine-tune” their approach against the Hawks. “It’s about polishing some things up this time around,” he said.