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  1. Mathnasium ready for mental workouts


    The carefree days of summer are over now that Hillsborough County schools are back in session.

    Photos by Danielle Hauser. Arati Banerjee, Instructor, and James Motta, a 6th grader at Espiritu Santo Catholic School.
  2. Copperlily headlines City Life Church's girls empowerment program


    When musicians Tim and Stephanie Skipper met on a concert tour in Phoenix, something sparked.

    This is the cover of Copperlily's first CD. The musical duo will be featured at a Sept. 12 girl empowerment rally at City Life Church on N Dale Mabry Highway. Photo courtesy of Copperlily.
  3. Young guns? Millennials may be moving toward greater gun ownership

    Public Safety


    On a recent Sunday afternoon, the half-dozen or so firing stalls at Shooting Sports gun range on North Dale Mabry are filled.

    Evangelon James, 19, of Plant City shoots a rented Smith & Wesson .38 Special at the Indoor Shooting Company in Thonotosassa. Gun range owners cite safety/self-protection as customers’ main reason for attendance.
  4. Project Prosper offers financial education and mentoring to immigrants


    TAMPA — Maritza Castillo-Alfonso and Esteban Lima both left Cuba in search of opportunity and economic prosperity.

    Esteban Lima and Maritza Castillo-Alfonso got help from Project Prosper, a nonprofit that makes microloans to immigrants.
  5. Hometown Hillsborough, Sept. 4

    Human Interest

    We want your news!

    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 Chelsea …

    Tampa mom, daughter compete at Our Little Miss pageant On May 16, 16-month-old Nevaeh Yarbrough and her mother Alexis competed in Florida’s Our Little Miss Scholarship Competition Pageant. Nevaeh won the Baby Petite title at the scholarship competition that focuses on natural beauty. She also represented Florida in Minnesota in July. OLM builds characters, self-esteem, leadership and community by providing an outlet that recognizes beautiful talented girls and women of all ages.
  6. Bellamy Elementary teachers dress, teach like pirates for first day of school ... and beyond



    Bellamy Elementary School is going full pirate this year.

    Second-grade teacher Brittany Sawyer, from left, second-grade teacher April Woods and Exceptional Student Education teacher for second and third grade Amanda Sligh take a selfie with assistant principal Theresa Seits’ parrot at Bellamy Elementary School.
  7. USF professor cycles across from coast to coast to fight polio


    TAMPA — The lone cyclist began his ascent on a mountain range in southern California.

    This isn’t Nick Hall’s first time on a pedal-powered trek. He also journeyed by bike in 1965 and 1967 and by kayak 2002.
  8. Her goal: Help people in everything she did


    WESLEY CHAPEL — Darlene Gant's bright personality beamed in everything she did, from her lime green accent wall that her husband said she insisted on putting near the entryway to their home, to the practical jokes she would pull on caregivers to the lives she touched with her various community outreach initiatives …

    Darlene Gant died July 28, 2015, after gaining national acclaim through as an advocate for cancer patients through a YouTube video. Photo courtesy of the HOPE Organization.
  9. From chicken salad to Chicken Salad Chick


    What started out as one woman making and selling homemade chicken salad from her kitchen, turned into a unique restaurant concept that now has 39 locations across the Southeast.

    Kathy Brown (center) is the founder of Chicken Salad Chick. She started the business making and selling chicken salad out of her home kitchen in Auburn, Ala. Now the franchise comes to Tampa with a location on Fowler Avenue. Photo courtesy of Chicken Salad Chick.

  10. Temple Terrace considers tax hike

    Local Government

    TEMPLE TERRACE — Most residents who spoke at two recent workshops urged the Temple Terrace City Council to resist raising taxes. But the council, torn between that or cutting the level of service that residents tended to praise, appears ready to hike the average homeowner's property taxes by $104 a year.