North of Tampa

  1. 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.
  2. Two Twistee Treat ice cream stands slated to open


    TOWN 'N COUNTRY — Two new Twistee Treat ice cream stands are opening in North Tampa in time to provide some tasty relief from the sweltering summer heat.

    You’ll soon be able to visit two cone-shaped Twistee Treat spots locally. One location will open on Sheldon Road this month, and another will open on Fletcher Avenue in August.
  3. Temple Terrace passes 5-year improvement plan

    Local Government

    TEMPLE TERRACE — A sampling of city residents and employees identified the stalled Downtown Temple Terrace project as the biggest worry for this town of 25,000.

  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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):

  7. 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. 
  8. 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.”
  9. Lisa Montelione seeking re-election to Tampa City Council


    Tampa City Council member Lisa Montelione on Tuesday filed to run for re-election to the council's District 7 seat representing North Tampa and New Tampa.

    Lisa Montelione
  10. 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