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  1. Southern Heritage Farms offers produce stand

    Business

    VALRICO — For the past two years, Dewayne Bethune has invited the public to pick strawberries and five varieties of blueberries grown on his Southern Heritage Farms. Now Bethune and his family bring fruits and vegetables to the people, instead of asking the people to do the picking. They recently had their first …

    Westchase Jazzercise’s co-owner Jill Fugit leads a class at the business’ new location in the Lynmar Business Center.
  2. Auction to empty former Hillsborough Correctional Institution

    Human Interest

    RIVERVIEW — John Harris has organized hundreds of auctions throughout Florida in his 11 year career, but none like the one he has planned for later this month, when more than 300 items from the former Hillsborough Correctional Institution in Riverview go up for bid.

    Murals painted on concrete prison walls by Florida Highwayman Al Black, including this one, are among the items up for auction. If you buy a mural, you will have to figure out how to get it home.
  3. Spoto High readies for Run For Tyra 5K fundraiser

    K12

    Spoto High School will host Run for Tyra, a special 5K fundraiser for senior Tyra Janelle Brown from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the school.

  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.”
  9. 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.
  10. 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.