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  1. Football: Brandon 31, Strawberry Crest 3

    Footballpreps

    DOVER — Brandon's opener at Strawberry Crest started as a defensive struggle with teams exchanging three-and-outs and the Eagles led 3-0 at halftime. The Eagles flipped a switch at halftime and, after the Chargers tied it 3-3, Brandon scored 28 unanswered points in the second half.

  2. Amazon expansion will lead to public tour, more jobs

    Business

    RUSKIN — Amazon Ruskin Fulfillment Center director of operations Brian Owens says the facility's continued expansion will result in more hiring and a long-awaited grand opening that will allow the community to see what goes on inside the massive building.

    Amazon Ruskin director Brian Owens, right, speaks with Don Pearson on Aug. 19. Pearson, who leads the SouthShore Toys For Tots, sought help from Amazon.
  3. Lithia store owner finds personal transformation along the Appalachian Trail

    Human Interest

    LITHIA — Most people would agree that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

    Bonnie Karet set out in March on the Appalachian Trail to raise awareness and money for charities and meet a personal goal. Karet, right, met Floridian “C.Shell” along the way. Hikers usually are known by trail names only.
  4. CQ Tactical launches military-style laser tag

    News

    Crouched behind one of the more than 300 used military pelican cases, you hear the briefcase bomb activated.

    Photos by Eric Vician Jay Baldwin, left, operates the area's newest version of laser tag - a military-themed adventure called CQ Tactical   and Doug Marriott right, the general manager in front of a .50 caliber M2 machine gun in a bunker of the outdoor course.
  5. Actors to host Alzheimer's benefit show

    Briefs

    Local actors will offer a smorgasbord of music, songs and stories at the second "Broadway Buffet" benefit concert next week.

    Ellen Kleinschmidt, foreground, and Caroline Howard, on piano, take a break during a rehearsal with Teri Council, from left, Brian Kleinschmidt, Mika McGee, Michael Peacock and Kathy Straub.
  6. Contemporary service brings Christians to the Table in Brandon

    Religion

    In 2013, leaders at First United Methodist Church of Brandon decided to try something new.

    First United Methodist Church of Brandon pastor Ricc Conner, shown with his wife, Jennifer, oversees the midweek service.
  7. Football: Brandon 17, Durant 12

    Footballpreps

    BRANDON — The host Eagles came out on top in Friday's kickoff classic. Jordan Chavers gave Brandon the lead after a 1-yard touchdown with 9:05 to play in the fourth quarter.

  8. Dairy Queen leads SouthShore fast food parade

    Business

    RIVERVIEW — Some of the nation's most popular fast food restaurants have taken notice that the SouthShore population is booming and they are offering local families and commuters more dining options.

    Dairy Queen, promoting its original Blizzard Flavor Treat in this photo, has opened a new DQ Grill & Chill restaurant at 13316 U.S. 301in Riverview. Times file (2011).
  9. District, county hope to alleviate Strawberry Crest traffic woes

    K12

    DOVER — With Hillsborough County students returning to school Tuesday, Strawberry Crest High School principal David Brown won't take chances when it comes to controlling traffic, especially with a projected 2015 enrollment of 2,280 students, including 700 freshmen.

    Strawberry Crest principal David Brown, who will help direct traffic this year as he has done in the past, sent home a letter to parents about the new traffic pattern at the parent drop-off.
  10. Dover's 'Christmas Lane' relocates to Florida Strawberry Festival Expo Hall

    Events

    PLANT CITY — Christmas Lane is sledding into the Florida Strawberry Festival Expo Hall this holiday season.

    Christmas Lane’s lighted displays have been a feature at 2091 S Wooten Road in Dover for decades.