South Shore & Brandon

  1. SouthShore and Brandon reps promote legislation


    There's more to the two-month state legislative session in Tallahassee than partisan politics and poring over the governor's priorities.

    Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, speaks this month about his bill that would let outgoing governors appoint members of the Florida Supreme Court if justices’ terms expired on inauguration day.
  2. Go-cart fans get their fix at indoor Tampa Bay Grand Prix



    He gripped the wheel as the go-cart careened through the turn.

    Drivers enter the first turn of the red course, the more technical of two at Tampa Bay Grand Prix west of Brandon, on Saturday. Other than the speed factor, hard-core racers like the force it takes to steer and how the tires heat up.
  3. Goodwill honors Kiwanis Club of Greater Brandon

    Human Interest

    Goodwill Industries-Suncoast has honored the Kiwanis Club of Greater Brandon as its Volunteer Group of the Year.

    Kiwanis Club of Greater Brandon members, from left, front row: Helen Young, Ana Vidal-Hudgens; Second row: Gena Schaffer, Clarkia Dennis, Lynn Langowski; third row: Steve Saunders, Eddie Jenkins, Curtis Rogers, Fran Palek.
  4. Love plant shopping? A fun new nursery (and older reader favorites)


    I can find almost anything online, but some things — plants and blue jeans in particular — should be fondled before buying. We need to fuss over the selection, try 'em on, ask questions. (Does this kalanchoe make my pot look too big?) • I love the variety at plant festivals — Green Thumb is April …

    Johnnie and Teresa Jones aim to make their new nursery as much an experience as a shop. They’re both fun, high-energy gardeners with a passion for plants and people.
  5. Seffner man selling vintage fire trucks

    Human Interest

    MANGO — The pair of vintage fire trucks sitting at the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Peek Street for the past few weeks look like they belong in a museum.

     John Magliano of Mango is selling a pair of Ford fire trucks, a 1956 Ford, left, and a 1966.
  6. Hometown Hillsborough for April 13

    Human Interest

    We need your news! Hometown Hillsborough publishes on Sundays. 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 Aimée Alexander at …

    Women-n-Charge awards grants to two businesswomen: Women-n-Charge recently awarded two grants, with the goal of helping to support and assist professional women in managing their businesses more effectively. Each spring the organization gives two $1,000 grants to deserving women in business. Both grants were sponsored this year by Centennial Bank. The Business Advancement grant, which is for business-related equipment or services, was awarded to Angela Schaberg, owner of 2EliteFitness. Schaberg offers personal training, fitness classes and nutrition guidance. The Career Advancement grant, which is for continuing education, was awarded to Angela Gilbert, founder of Building a Foundation. The organization advocates for homeless individuals and families, veterans and women and children who leave domestic violence shelters and seek safe and affordable housing.
  7. Find a Friend: Kayla the cat


    From Friends of Hillsborough County Animal Services: Kayla and her baby sisters arrived stray to the county shelter weeks ago. A volunteer whisked them away to foster care where they've been pampered and socialized. Kayla will trade all of her jelly beans for a family. She knows they come in all shapes and sizes. So be …

  8. Heirs to Beach Park 'art collection' of rare cycads are moved to save it

    Human Interest


    A jungle of species once rooted in the most remote and forbidden corners of the world grew lush and dense amid the mansions of Beach Park.

    Rafael Pozar works to free a root ball last week in the Young family garden that’s flush with cycads collected by a globe-trotting surgeon and his wife. When the sons decided to sell the property, they could not bear to see the garden plowed under.
  9. Leto's Jackson flawlessly steps from the diamond to the track


    The 100-meter event at high school meets typically get stacked with the county's elite football talent, but at the Hillsborough County American Division meet last month, a flash of red and white sprinted into the spotlight.

    And he had no ties to football.

    Leto High’s Rodney Jackson sprints to the finish in the 100-meter finals at the Hillsborough American Division meet last month. Jackson also plays for the Falcons baseball team.
  10. Kelly Nash keeps Lightning, Rays TV viewers ahead of the game

    Human Interest

    Imagine growing up in Florida around a loving, supportive family that pushed you to be the best that you could be. Envision working hard to achieve your goals and then some. Ponder watching your hobby grow into your career, and then seeing it extend beyond work to helping others in the community. • That's a …

    Kelly Nash reports during a Tampa Bay Rays game at Tropicana Field. Some folks may recall Nash from her Instagram “selfie” at Fenway Park in Boston last year that captured a baseball as it whizzed dangerously close to her face, unbeknownst to her.  She said of the incident, “I thought it was hilarious when it happened.”