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  1. Meet the majors: Profiles of the HCSO staff who oversee the county's four patrol divisions


    In the increasingly difficult world of law enforcement, they have lost none of their zeal. They enthusiastically continue to arrive each day, setting the tone for the deputies most likely to encounter the average resident. Learn more about Robert Bullara, Chad Chronister, Alan Hill and Scott Wellinger, the four majors …

    Described as a “hard-nosed, hardworking cop,’’ Maj. Scott Wellinger says he has never doubted that law enforcement is what he wanted to do.
  2. Maj. Wellinger: He loves being in the thick of it

    Public Safety

    Maj. Scott Wellinger joined the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in 1991 at age 24, achieving a longtime goal.

    Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Clyde Eisenberg, left, is the outgoing commander of District II, and Maj. Scott Wellinger is in command of District I, which covers northeast Hillsborough County.
  3. Maj. Chronister: Enthused about community outreach


    Maj. Chad Chronister was saved by his next-door neighbor, a police officer, at the age of 1.

    Maj. Chad Chronister does a TV report for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office online broadcast program. Chronister also appears on WTVT-Ch. 13 on a regular basis.
  4. Eckerd College's coach sees soccer boost after U.S. win at Women's World Cup


    Like the 23 million viewers worldwide, Danielle Fotopoulos sat with her family and friends and watched the U.S. women's national soccer team defeat Japan for the 2015 Women's World Cup title.

    Danielle Fotopoulos celebrates after scoring a goal. She was part of the U.S. national team that won the World Cup in 1999.
  5. Temple Terrace facing hard choices as budget vote nears

    Local Government

    TEMPLE TERRACE — It played out like a computer game that seems impossible to win.

    David Pogorilich, left, says a tax increase would hurt bringing in people, but Grant Rimbey argued the opposite.
  6. Kid fitness in Brandon, pizza on Platt St., BW3 in Wesley Chapel


    Thurlowe Russell grew up running the hills of his native Jamaica.

    My Gym Children’s Fitness Center in Brandon has free trials during a grand opening celebration that runs through Aug. 2.
  7. For Temple Terrace police officer, Arabic is key

    Human Interest

    Not today.

    Those are the words embossed onto Officer Nabil el Mehdaoui's wristband.

    Officer Nabil el Mehdaoui heads to the scene of an accident in a Temple Terrace neighborhood, which has a large Arab population.
  8. Abby's Health and Nutrition steeled by mission to educate


    CARROLLWOOD — She always finds time to offer personal health counseling to customers and residents.

    Abby Sayler and Victor Kardydis own Abby’s Health and Nutrition. The Sustany Foundation named the Carrollwood store one of its 2015 Sustainable Business of the Year Award winners.
  9. Humanists promote free-thinking, science, human rights


    Twice a month, humanists gather at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa.

  10. Davis comes home to 'shed some light'


    TAMPA — Ryan Davis wants neighborhood kids to enjoy the rest of their summer vacation. But when it is time for school, he also wants to make sure they're prepared.

    Ryan Davis left Bethune-Cookman early to prepare for the NFL draft, but returned to get his degree.