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  1. Plant City Chamber hires new president


    PLANT CITY — After a nationwide hunt, the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce found its new president within a 10-mile radius of its office.

    Former United Food Bank executive director Christine Miller starts as chamber president Aug. 15. 
  2. HCSO installs drop boxes for unused, unwanted medication


    Times staff

    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has installed permanent drug drop-boxes at four of its patrol district offices.

    The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has installed four permanent drug drop-boxes.
  3. Brandon's TOPSoccer announces registration events for new season


    TOPSoccer, a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, begins registration Aug. 12 for its season, which runs from Sept. 10 to Nov. 19 in Brandon.

    The TOPSoccer program, which plays games in Brandon, emphasizes fun, with no practices or keeping score.
  4. Investigation of principal reveals strife among staff, PTA at Hillsborough's Bailey Elementary


    DOVER — It began in April, when the Hills-borough County School District froze end-of-the-year spending earlier than usual.

    Larry Sykes, in one of his last acts as chief of schools, reassigned Bailey Elementary principal Russell Wallace to assistant principal at Bryan Elementary at his same pay: $77,000 a year. 
  5. Separate fires at Hillsborough County shia mosques both deemed accidental


    TOWN 'N COUNTRY — The smell of charred wood still hangs on the musty air inside the little mosque off George Road. On Thursday morning, leaders of the Muslim worship space strolled over soggy carpets, past scorched walls and under caved ceilings, surveying what remained after a Monday afternoon fire.

    Victor Perez, the Islamic Education Center caretaker, enters the fire-ravaged building Monday. Perez said he was returning from grocery shopping when he saw the fire coming from a wall.
  6. One year later, Bass Pro has become center of burgeoning development in Brandon



    Last July, the parking lot to Bass Pro Shops was flooded with hundreds of people welcoming the outdoors retailer to Tampa Bay.

    Bass Pro paid about $52,219 in property taxes in 2015, according to Hillsborough County records. The amount figured to increase in 2016, an official says.
  7. From the coffeehouse to the fashion house: Modeling takes South Tampa woman to Paris

    Human Interest


    Late for a casting, Leianna Casella, 21, ran through the cobbled streets of Paris in 4-inch heels, balancing a backpack, a purse and her modeling portfolio.

    Leianna Casella, left talks with Rachel Baeder, right, at the Foundation Coffee Shop in Riverview Tuesday, July 19, 2016.  Casella just returned from a two month modeling gig in Paris, France.
  8. War of 1812 files a rich cache for ancestry hunters

    Human Interest

    Did your ancestor serve in the war where the United States invaded Canada? Seriously, that really happened — several times in 1813.

    This is a 19th century military pension document filed by Elizabeth Hiatt, the widow of Caleb Hiatt.
  9. Civilian airliner carries new generals on national tour of commands


    No, Delta Flight 8965 wasn't at the wrong airport when it took off from MacDill Air Force Base on Tuesday evening.

    A Boeing 757 flown by Delta Air Lines, like this one pictured in the skies over Seattle, took off last week from MacDill Air Force Base. A civilian jet is a rare site at the military installation.
  10. Leadership Brandon treats A Kid's Place teens and tweens to a night of art

    Human Interest

    BRANDON — Twelve-year-old Victoria can't wait to see her mom again. And when she does, she has a heartfelt, handmade gift she intends to give her.

    Alfredo, 17, tries his hand at re-creating an image titled Japanese Moon Garden during a recent painting party for A Kid’s Place tweens and teens at Pinot’s Palette. 
[Photo by Joyce McKenzie | Special to the Times]