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Kumquats travel across a conveyor through the wash before sorting at Kumquat Growers Inc. on Wednesday morning. The annual Kumquat Festival will be held Saturday in downtown Dade City.

Gasparilla? Kumquat Festival offers an alternative in Dade City

DADE CITY — From stone crabs to frog legs, from oranges to strawberries and blueberries, Florida's festival calendar offers a bounty of foodie celebrations meant to appeal to the conventional or the eccentric palate. With the end of January comes the Kumquat Festival, a quirky kind of old-Florida celebration tradit …

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  1. District girls basketball: Land O'Lakes, River Ridge to meet a third time

    Preps

    NEW PORT RICHEY — After sluggish starts Wednesday, the top seeds rolled to victory in the Class 5A, District 8 semifinals, with No. 1 Land O'Lakes topping Fivay 51-31 and host River Ridge dropping Tarpon Springs 60-26.

  2. District girls basketball: Wiregrass Ranch thrives on defense

    Preps

    TAMPA — Wiregrass Ranch junior guard Trakyra Kidd picked up two fouls in the first three minutes of Wednesday's Class 7A-8 district semifinal against Steinbrenner.

    It didn't matter.

    Wiregrass Ranch’s Trakyra Kidd, who was a menace on defense for the Bulls, takes the ball down the court.
  3. In memory of fallen shipmates

    Military

    LARA CERRI | Times

    An aerial salute commemorates the 35th anniversary of the Coast Guard cutter Blackthorn tragedy. On Wednesday, Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg and surrounding units honored the 23 shipmates who were lost when Blackthorn sank after colliding with the tanker Capricorn near …

    An aerial salute commemorates the 35th anniversary of the Coast Guard cutter Blackthorn tragedy. On Wednesday, Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg and surrounding units honored the 23 shipmates who were lost when Blackthorn sank after colliding with the tanker Capricorn near the Sunshine Skyway on Jan. 28, 1980. Blackthorn lost 23 of its 50 crew members in the Coast Guard’s worst peacetime disaster. During the ceremony, the names of the fallen crew members were read. A memorial inscribed with those names stands 2 miles north of the collision site at Blackthorn Memorial Park.
  4. Pasco road fee plan leaves other services wanting

    Local Government

    So much for the economic recovery producing a government revenue windfall.

  5. Mitchell High basketball recruit feels early bond with Saint Leo

    Preps

    Sometimes high school athletes agonize over where to play in college. And sometimes, it's a pretty easy choice. Mitchell High School's Lawrence Watt falls into the latter category.

    Mitchell High School’s Lawrence Watt is averaging 21 points and 6.4 rebounds.
  6. Schools promote healthy living by making good food, exercise choices fun

    K12

    Stephanie Koslin, physical education teacher at Veterans Elementary School in Wesley Chapel, recently posed some important questions for her kindergarten students.

    Veterans Elementary School kindergarten student Carah Sylvan skips toward beanbags that represent fruit in a physical education activity.
  7. Skin care expert promotes health, wellness through treatments, downtime

    Business

    LAND O'LAKES — While Lori Ellis worked as a registered nurse in the 1990s, a lot of her colleagues studied skin care so they could assist doctors who conducted skin-related cosmetic procedures.

    Lori Ellis, 54, is a medical aesthetician and owns Healing Touch Skin Care and Wellness Center.