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  1. Years after tragic boating accident, ex-USF football player Nick Schuyler achieves dream of opening gym

    Human Interest

    LUTZ — Nick Schuyler stands on a fenced patio, admiring the work he has put into opening his first gym.

    Sky Athletix owner Nick Schuyler, 29, right, trains Jim Sullivan, 62, his client of six years, this month at the gym in Lutz. Sky Athletix is set for a grand opening in November.
  2. Hunters, dogs take on wild hogs in Hillsborough County

    Environment

    PLANT CITY

    The dogs run ahead, passing through the spotlight as the handlers follow in a muddy pickup, weaving around trees and splashing through bogs near Plant City.

    Derrik Glass prepares one of the team’s dogs earlier this month for a feral hog hunt in Hillsborough County. The dogs wear protective collars along with transmitters that can be monitored from an electronic device.
  3. Broadway star Kissy Simmons returns to Straz after getting start at center

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Kissy Simmons excelled as Nala for nine years in stage productions of The Lion King, but the role came to her while the nation endured one of its greatest tragedies.

  4. Amy Scherzer's Diary takes in the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    TBBCA Impact Awards

    Investing in the arts brings jobs, tourists and tax revenues to the region, and that's music to the ears of Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts, a medley of corporations and artists formed 25 years ago. President Lorna Taylor paid tribute to founder Robert Rowan and …

    Yann Weymouth, left, TBBCA president Lorna Taylor and Suzanne Weymouth celebrate his lifetime achievement award.
  5. Brandon church rallies for families dealing with Alzheimer's

    Religion

    For First Presbyterian Church of Brandon member Dorothy Kuettner, the Walk to End Alzheimer's happening Saturday in Tampa represents hope.

    From left, Barbara Warner, Kathie Riek and Dorothy Kuettner have seen dementia affect their mother, Dorothea Landres.
  6. East Bay Fishing Report for Oct. 31

    Outdoors

    What's hot: Snook and redfish are on fire. The fish are staging in the creeks, canals and backwater passes in droves. Seeing more than 30 snook on the right tide is not uncommon. The recent spawns have lots of pups swarming the baits, but the big mamas are there, too.

  7. Two bad ankles, one win stand between Berkeley and the playoffs

    Footballpreps

    TAMPA — It was a bad day for left ankles last Friday night at Berkeley Prep.

    Berkeley Prep quarterback Brad Mayes is questionable tonight with an ankle injury.
  8. Slate of Hillsborough high school football games will be a treat

    Footballpreps

    TAMPA — The weather is cooling down, the days are getting a little shorter and Linus is still looking for the Great Pumpkin. The holiday season is bearing down on us and all this means one thing for area football fans — the playoffs are right around the corner.

  9. Seafood lovers delight over events in Ruskin, Brandon

    Events

    Seafood lovers rejoice.

    Whether it's deep-fried fish, battered shrimp or raw oysters, delicacies from the deep sea will be plentiful in the SouthShore and Brandon area at two annual events this weekend.

    The Ruskin Seafood Festival runs Saturday and Sunday, and the Brandon ’86 Rotary Club’s Denizens of the Deep Fish Fry Festival is Saturday.
  10. Find A Friend: Molly The Green-Eyed Lady Cat

    Pets

    Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

    As the '70s rock group Sugarloaf might say, this green-eyed lady arrived stray, strolling slowly towards the sun. Molly, 2, is a purrfectly healthy, short-haired pal of six pounds that loves to give and receive affection. Dressed in love, you might say she lives for life to …

     As the ‘70s rock group Sugaloaf might say, this green-eyed lady arrived stray, strolling slowly towards the sun. Molly, 2, is a purrfectly healthy, short-haired pal of six pounds that loves to give and receive affection. Dressed in love, you might say she lives for life to be — with you, that is. Adopt Molly (ID#24163337) fully vaccinated, spayed, microchipped and more at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center, now open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  11. Cancer survivors from Tampa hit the water at Dragon Boat Festival

    Human Interest

    In 2012, Steffanie Harris of Tampa became one of the more than 230,000 American women diagnosed with breast cancer. Harris, a commercial property manager, was shocked when she got the news one Sunday after her gynecologist asked to meet with her at the office.

    Steffanie Harris, 39, is participating in her first race.
  12. Valrico mother looks to erase the stigma of drug addiction

    Health

    VALRICO — A year ago, Terry Coffey's son Tim was enrolled at a Mississippi college and she thought he was doing well.

    The Coffeys, from left, daughter Katie, mom Terry, dad Matt, son Tim, daughter Molly and son-in-law Eric. Their sense of being a “good family” was shaken by Tim’s substance abuse.
  13. Wharton High sophomore Kathryn Attar goes for the kill

    Volleyball Preps

    TAMPA — The first time Eric Barber met Kathryn Attar was during his fifth grade language arts class. Barber, then in his second year as Wharton High School's volleyball coach, told the lanky student that one day she'd play for him and the Wildcats.

    Wharton’s Kathryn Attar (7) spikes the ball over the net, earning a point for her team, during the district tournament semifinals game against Plant High on Tuesday.
  14. Hillsborough churches try to steer from Halloween darkness

    Religion

    On Oct. 31, many Hillsborough County churches will host events advertised as an alternative to secular Halloween.

  15. Find a friend: Larry the hound dog

    Pets

    Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

    There really are worse things than wearing a silly costume to get your attention. Just ask Larry, a 40-pound hound rescued by animal safety investigators and now up for adoption at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center. Larry loves life, people and other pets. (Even …

    There really are worse things than wearing a silly costume to get your attention, just ask Larry. Animal safety investigators rescued this 40-pound hound, and behold, The Great Pumpkin is alive and well and up for adoption at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center. Larry loves life, people, and other pets. Even bossy cats don’t seem to fluster this goofy ghoul. So don’t trick this fine Halloween hound dog. Treat Larry (ID23751907) to a forever home. He will come fully vaccinated, neutered, licensed and micro-chipped at a sweetly affordable price from the pet resource center on 440 Falkenburg Road, now open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, go to hillsboroughcounty.org.