City Times

  1. Many Hillsborough schools have new principals


    Twenty-two Hillsborough County School District principals have been installed in the latter half of the 2013-14 school year or during the summer break. Here are the new leaders who will greet students when they show up for the first day of classes later this month.

    Brian Harvey, Summerfield Crossings Elementary
  2. New Hillsborough schools bring changes after years of cuts


    After years of stagnation, the Hillsborough County School District is turning shovels and opening doors to a generation of new schools.

    The Hillsborough County School Board approved 100 new buses, and committees are addressing a shortage of bus drivers.
  3. Hometown Hillsborough for Aug. 1

    Human Interest

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    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 Aimée …

    MOWW sponsors students for Youth Leadership Conference:  Military Order of the World Wars, a national organization of American military officers of all services and their descendants, recently sponsored a four-day Youth Leadership Conference. Students were given lectures on leadership, U.S. history, the U.S. Constitution and the private enterprise system, and visited Florida’s Capitol building and the Supreme Court. Other highlights included a candlelight signing of the Declaration of Independence by the students, the graduation ceremony and announcement of the CDC, the conference’s distinguished student, and best team award. Nominees for the CDS award included Tia Gonzalez (Newsome High School), Jed Amole (Durant), Andrew Pitts (Spoto), Kimberly Balderas (Riverview), and Mikaela Briann Pollock (Fort Walton Beach High). The students attending the conference from Hillsborough County represented seven high schools: Durant, East Bay, Lennard, Newsome, Plant City, Riverview and Spoto. Also in attendance were the Military Order of the World Wars Commander-in-Chief Deborah A. Kash and retired Air Force Maj. Bob Fowler, a chapter member.
  4. Find A Friend: Ranger the terrier


    Dog days of August got you down? Let Ranger share the bright side. This 10-month-old, medium-sized mixed terrier was dumped — literally. But one man's trash is another's treasure. Found starving at 24 pounds, he's now a healthy 42. Ranger is bright, obedient and cheerful with other pets and people. Playful …

    Dog days of August got you down? Let Ranger share the bright side! This 10-month old, medium-sized mixed terrier was dumped -- literally. But one man's trash is another's treasure. Found starving at 24 pounds, he's now a healthy 42. Ranger is bright, obedient, and cheerful with pets and people. Playful outside, calm indoors, a perfect pal. Adopt Ranger fully vaccinated, neutered and more by contacting Friends of Hillsborough County Animals (FoHCAS) at
  5. 'Daniel Plan' has Tampa residents changing their lifestyles


    Brenda Ortiz walks 3 1/2 miles along the Courtney Campbell Causeway every Sunday morning. • Every weekday, she wakes up at 5 a.m. to hit the gym before going to work. • But Ortiz, who eats a diet of organic produce and whole foods, doesn't count calories. • She is a student of the book The Daniel Plan: …

    Johann Grieco leads a health and fitness group based on The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life.
  6. East Bay Fishing Report for Aug. 1


    Summertime. The heat and humidity are in full swing. The water temperature is between 88 and 93 degrees. The key to a good fishing trip this time of year is water movement. Without it, the water just gets stagnant.

  7. YMCA serves up free lunches to kids during the summer


    TAMPA — For many families, summer break poses a problem: how to make sure children get fed while the parents are away at work. In response to the issue, YMCA centers across the United States are providing free food and activities for children between the ages of 5 and 18.

  8. Keystone, Citrus Park capture state Little League titles


    KEYSTONE — Two Little League all-star teams from northwest Hillsborough County captured state titles last weekend.

    Keystone Little League’s 10-11 all-star baseball team won its second straight state title last weekend, 10-2 over Apopka.
  9. J.C. Newman Cigar Co. cigarmakers won't roll over quietly

    Human Interest

    Every weekday, workers at the J.C. Newman Cigar Co. roll out cigars on hand-operated machines that date back to the Depression era. They are the last remnants of Tampa's storied cigar history. But the company faces an uncertain future, its owners say, as the Food and Drug Administration proposes to regulate all cigars …

    Casing supervisor Rene Garza places water-soaked tobacco leaves on racks in the basement of the J.C. Newman cigar factory. Dunking the leaves in water rehydrates them and is one of the first steps in the cigarmaking process.
  10. USF professor says nanotechnology holds key to curing cancer


    TAMPA — About a dozen researchers are splitting fibers in pursuit of a cure for cancer in a third floor research lab on the edge of the University of South Florida campus.

     Shaily Sharma, who recently graduated from USF with a masters in Biology, looks at the tumoroids she has been growing with nanopartical fibers and cancer cells, Thursday, July 17, 2014. She works in the lab with Professor Shyam Mohapatra, PhD, and other recent graduates or current students to do tests and develop new nanoscale biomedical diagnostics and therapeutics for cancers, asthma, viral infections and traumatic brain injuries.
  11. Hooper: Nothing 'progressive' about these misleading mailers


    The other day, a slick, expensive political mailer arrived from a group called Progressive Choice Florida.

    The message caught my attention.

    Here's what it said (sort of):

  12. Travel ball ratchets up the competition with Little League


    TAMPA — It's a 3-2 count with the game on the line.

    Pitcher Montel Filmore helped Belmont Heights to a 10-8 win over Dade City. The team plays in the state championship tournament in Fort Lauderdale this weekend. 
  13. IV drips energize, Tennis Plaza aces Westshore, Stained Market repurposes in Seminole Heights


    PALMA CEIA — Need a pick-me-up? Anesthesiologist Uhuru Smith offers a variety of therapeutic IV drips to rehydrate and energize at HangIVer Bar on Manhattan Avenue.

  14. It's a homecoming for Jesuit's new baseball coach

    Human Interest

    They say life comes full circle. In a way, it already has for Miguel Menendez, the new head baseball coach at Jesuit High School. Menendez, 37, was born in Tampa and played baseball under the minarets at the University of Tampa, where he graduated in 1999 with a degree in sports management. Menendez returns to Tampa …

    Miguel Menendez, the new head baseball coach at Jesuit High School, calls himself a competitor and an eternal optimist — just like his late grandfather. “I carry his spirit with me always.”
  15. Find a friend: Lyla the 5-year-old shepherd mix


    The first owner of Lyla, a 5-year-old shepherd mix, gave her up unceremoniously to the county shelter. She found a temporary home just hours before she would have become a statistic. Her foster family soon discovered a happy, healthy, friendly, potty-trained pal who loves car rides and other dogs. You can adopt Lyla …

    Lyla may not be the fanciest of friends, but she'll be the best one you've ever had. The first owner of this 5-year old Shepherd mix gave her up uncermoniously to the County shelter. Miraculously, she found a temporary home just hours before becoming a statistic. Her foster family soon discovered a happy, healthy, friendly, perfectly potty-trained pal who loves car rides and other dogs. It's your turn to be Lyla's miracle now. Adopt her fully spayed, vaccinated, micro-chipped and more from Friends of Hillsborough County Animals at