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  1. Lightning Community Heroes program honors great achievers

    Human Interest


    When the Tampa Bay Lightning opened its series against the Detroit Red Wings last week, images of Tamara Davis flashed on the Amalie Arena's gigantic video screen.

    In 2011, Lightning center Vinny Lecavalier, Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and his wife, Penny, congratulated Ben Carpenter, 17, the first of 41 residents to be recognized as a Lightning Community Hero.
  2. Take Back the Night empowers, educates about sexual violence

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Pamela Mattley first came to a Take Back the Night event in 2012, but didn't want to share certain aspects of her story about being abused. She just wasn't ready.

    A line of T-shirts decorated by victims of sexual violence lined a walking path at last year’s Take Back the Night event.
  3. Pioneering mental health advocate still going strong in Sun City Center

    Human Interest

    Ken Barringer has spent his life serving others, in the Navy hospital corps caring for civilians after the Battle of Okinawa in World War II, ministering to a Methodist congregation for more than 20 years, teaching college students sociology and offering counseling as a clinical psychologist. So when the newly retired …

    Ken Barringer, founder of the South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging, was recently honored at a dinner in Sun City Center. He told the crowd that serving God and others will help them leave a legacy.
  4. Eyes will be on top receiver at Tampa Catholic


    Spring football practices start Monday for high schools around the state, and the annual evaluation of talent and position battles begins as teams retake the field.

    Alone at the top

    Tampa Catholic Crusader Nate Craig (9), left, completes a pass as defenseman Aaron Pierre (33), right, reaches for the ball during football practice at the Tampa Catholic Athletic Complex in Tampa, Florida, Friday, August 8, 2014.
  5. Hillsborough County brings new customer service option online

    Local Government

    Pot holes, big foot and the signature "All right, all right, all right" are all featured in commercials advertising Hillsborough County's new online customer service center, At Your Service.

    A parody of the Matthew McConaughey Lincoln ads promotes Hillsborough County’s new online system, At Your Service.
  6. Briefly: wine and cheese, a new orthodontist, new preschool


    Want to know which wine pairs best with a particular cheese?

    Matt Ahrens twice helped provide dental care to thousands of underserved residents of the Dominican Republic. 
  7. It's picnic and hall of fame time in Brandon


    Anyone who has resided in the greater Brandon area (including Seffner and Valrico) for 20 years or more or who is a Brandon High School alumnus is invited to bring family and friends to the annual Brandon Area Community Picnic starting at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Brandon Elks Lodge, 800 Centennial Lodge Drive.

    Karen McDaniel Rodriguez, from left, Teri Maxwell Wehinger, Frank Vining and John Andrew Mulrennan (accepting on behalf of his late father, John Andrew Mulrennan) were inducted into the Brandon High Hall of Fame last year.
  8. Meeting on Lithia 'body farm' moved to Pinecrest Elementary


    TAMPA — Thursday's public meeting on a proposed forensic science outdoor research facility — commonly known as a body farm — has been moved to Pinecrest Elementary School, 7950 Lithia-Pinecrest Road in Lithia, at 6:30 p.m.

  9. Decision on property gives Seffner a chance to build community

    Local Government

    As a resident of Seffner, a suburban enclave halfway between Tampa and Plant City and just north of Brandon, I hold one certainty.

    We can be more.

    We can be — a place.

  10. Baby-wearing dance class in Brandon sets the tone for mother and child

    Human Interest


    Thursday mornings at the Way 2 Dance no longer look like the typical dance class and they certainly don't look like your typical Mommy and Me group.

    Tatyana Frost, right, owner of Way 2 Dance studio in Brandon, leads a group of moms in an exercise class that includes, from left, Julie Padilla with 16-month-old Josiah and Amber Riley with 11-month-old Amyia Kate Riley.