South Shore & Brandon

  1. Bereaved Parents find comfort in one another

    Human Interest

    BRANDON — Charles L'Homme carries white trifold pamphlets to many of his meetings for the Bereaved Parents of the USA.

    We also have a mug of Charles L'Homme, who heads the chapter. That's courtesy of Charles L'Homme.
  2. Tampa organist with chops shares spotlight with rising talent

    Human Interest

    A group of toe tapping, head bopping fans and fellow musicians lined the dimly lit bar thirsty for a drink and a good time. While couples swayed and gyrated on a small dance floor, Shawn Brown and his bandmates performed the Chi-Lites hit Oh Girl on a recent Monday evening at Ruby's Elixir in St. Petersburg.

    Shawn Brown delivers a lively set in St. Petersburg recently. 
He has a gig Saturday with two sax players at Tampa Theatre.
  3. West Florida Flames soccer club partners with England's Liverpool FC


    BRANDON — On a steamy Saturday last week, 100 or so kids split off into different age groups and listened for instruction. But the coaches' orders had a different sound, a tone that made it clear they grew up far from Tampa.

  4. Officials to celebrate water feature at Brandon playground


    BRANDON — Kids will splash, parents will cheer, dignitaries will beam and most of all, Rotary members will pat each other on the back.

    All Person’s Playground, of which the water feature opens Saturday, was built for children of all abilities to play.
  5. Heavenly Sweets gets Valrico home; Peck's chicken back in Brandon


    VALRICO — Guy Hermis wrapped up a career in the Army right about the same time his wife, Mary, had her hours cut back working at a local department store.

    Guy and Mary Hermis plan to open Heavenly Sweets & Pastries at 1745 State Road 60 after running it from home for four years.
  6. Find A Friend: Sammie Davis

    Human Interest

    Dogma Rescue

    Dogma Rescue had this to say about today's pooch: Sweeter than The Candy Man himself, Sammie Davis is a 25-pound male basset hound-cattle dog mix that loves to be with people. This pup was rescued near Plant City's Timberlane Pet Resort. As a 2-year-old, Sammie Davis is active, playful, …

  7. Hillsborough supervisor confident about his first official 'Election Day'


    Craig Latimer and I have something in common.

    Craig Latimer is Hillsborough’s elections supervisor.
  8. District's first LEED school set to open in Ruskin


    RUSKIN — Like most new schools, J. Vince Thompson Elementary School boasts a playground, library and a cafeteria ready for hundreds of hungry kids.

    Thompson Elementary has many LEED-certified innovations.
  9. New digital town hall hopes to unite Sun City Center residents

    Human Interest

    SUN CITY CENTER — Doug Arnold is going to build a town hall in Sun City Center, a place where people can come and exchange ideas and interests like back in the good old days.

    Creator Doug Arnold wants to connect neighbors in a world that feels increasingly disconnected.
  10. Clean comedian Michael Jr. brings his act to Tampa church


    For the comedian known as Michael Jr., his standup career happened by accident. • Three decades ago, he went to see a movie and the film projector broke. • When a friend dared the 17-year-old Michael Jr. to entertain the crowd, he accepted the challenge and started telling jokes. • "I knew I was funny, …

    “I started to read the Bible. Now I clearly understand I am funny for a reason. This is what God has asked me to do,” comedian Michael Jr. said.