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  1. Everybody's Business in Tampa


    CARROLLWOOD — Twenty years ago, Theresa Henry realized her dream of owning her own salon when she opened Hair Expressions of Carrollwood in a small storefront on Ehrlich Road.

  2. East Bay Fishing Report for Dec. 26


    Afternoon delight. After a beautiful week last week, we've found ourselves in a cold front. If you plan on doing any fishing this weekend I would wait until the afternoon. This will give the water time to warm up. You might be able to find some bait at the bridges, but it may not amount to much with the water being so …

  3. Growth, innovation connects 2014's biggest Hillsborough stories


    The mix of stories that topped the news in 2014 show Hillsborough County as an area in transition.

    Earl Garcia, 5, drives a ball for one of the games at Brandon’s new Topgolf complex.
  4. Nationals centerfielder Denard Span brings charitable effort home for the holidays


    The Springhill Park Community Center, typically a hub of activity in the Sulphur Springs community, buzzed with a different kind of excitement last week.

    Tampa Catholic High alum Denard Span hugs Lashon Thomas as she realizes her kids are getting bikes during the celebration at Springhill Park Community Center in Sulphur Springs.
  5. Family 'fudge sauce' Maison de Nora makes a comeback

    Human Interest

    Editor's Note: Maison de Nora fudge sauce is $12 a jar and the fudge cookies are $12 for a dozen (at least 10 oz.) Send a message to or call (813) 220-5666 to place orders and to arrange either local pick up, delivery or shipment. It is not currently available at Oxford Exchange.

    The Maison de Nora fudge sauce is solid until heated, creating an addictive, velvety concoction. The Stiltons made their selling debut recently at the Oxford Exchange Holiday Gift Bazaar, selling the jars for $12 each.
  6. Middleton's journey back to '64 team builds bridge to present


    TAMPA — The celebration overwhelmed the old players who spent all evening reminiscing about their glory days.

    Members of the 1964 state basketball championship team Robert Blount Sr., 67, left, and Charles Hill, 67, and Middleton principal Kim Moore hold new trophies made after the original was destroyed by fire in 1967.
  7. Barbecue smoking in Seminole Heights, Carrollwood; South Tampa Chamber gets new digs


    A year of planning and dreaming and today's the day, said Lysa Bozel, co-owner of the Bourgeois Pig restaurant with her husband, Michael.

    Holy Hog’s menu features traditional Southern favorites with an emphasis on pork, Texas-style Brisket and St. Louis Ribs.
  8. Holiday Hopes: Injured soldier works to rebuild his life

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Pfc. Michael Monthervil's time in Afghanistan had dwindled to three days. His Army infantry platoon was connected to Special Forces, and the men had bonded like brothers during their eight months in the country. They completed missions and saw a lot of things that they can't talk about. Monthervil calls …

    “My battle buddies tell me I’m strong to keep my head up and not stress out. I always wanted to do something bigger.”
Michael Monthervil, injured in Afghanistan
  9. Amy Scherzer's Diary: A weekly wrap-up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Jingle Jangle Jam

    Henry "The Fonz" Winkler said his humor comes from bad parenting. His father spoke 11 languages and called him dumb in all of them, the actor told 400 guests at Eckerd's seventh annual Jingle Jangle Jam. Joking around hid his humiliation until age 31, when he figured out he was …

    Lisa Hardiman and her husband, Eckerd board member Dennis Hardiman, flank guest speaker Henry “The Fonz” Winkler at Jingle Jangle Jam on Dec. 10.
  10. Churches share the story of Christmas


    The Christmas story comes alive this weekend at church events happening throughout Hillsborough County.

  11. Hometown Hillsborough: Jamestowne Society, Apollo Beach Woman's Club, ABC Chapter

    Human Interest

    Courtesy of Linda Neal, Florida Gulf Coast Company

    Jamestowne Society meeting welcomes guest speaker Dr. J. Michael Francis: The local Florida Gulf Coast Company of the Jamestowne Society recently held a meeting at the Tampa Yacht and Country Club. The program, “Early European, Native and Free Black Settlers to La Florida Before the Jamestown Settlement,” was presented by Dr. J. Michael Francis, second from left, a history professor at USF St. Petersburg and Hough Family Chair of Florida Studies.
  12. For this group of craft artists, no request is too unusual


    WESTCHASE — After she gets the girls down for a nap, Nickole Kostelis heads to her garage and fires up her power tools.

    Wooden, handcrafted pieces made by Nickole Kostelis of Westchase are available for purchase through Made by Mama.
  13. Southeastern Guide Dogs searching for puppy raisers to give the greatest gift


    The way Mary Jo Keeth sees it, all parents want their children to go to college, learn a trade or develop a career.

    Actor Charleene Closshey, a Plant City native, plays with puppy Evie Lee, who is in training to become a guide dog. Closshey sponsors the dog and it’s named after a character she plays in the new movie An Evergreen Christmas. The movie will be screened at Tampa Theatre Thursday. Says Closshey: “Seeing how the world opens up when the student connects with his or her new dog friend is truly magical.”
  14. Holiday Hopes: HCC student strives to help younger siblings overcome tragedy

    Human Interest


    Telling the story gets a little easier each time, but it is always painful.

    Rico Davis works on an HCC assignment with tutor Emily Oskandy at the Starting Right, Now office in Tampa on Monday.
  15. Jillian Edwards to play Sun Dome with musical family


    When acoustic singer-songwriter Jillian Edwards talks music with Grammy Award winner Steven Curtis Chapman, she calls him Papa Steve.

    Singer-songwriter Jillian Edwards is on a holiday tour with father-in-law Steven Curtis Chapman.