BIKE MINISTRY BREAKS GROUND: God's Pedal Power Ministries broke ground Sunday for a bigger repair and storage facility at University Baptist Church in north Tampa.
The ministry receives so many bikes that hundreds are stored off-site in Lutz, said Russell Johnson, founder of the project that so far has donated refurbished bicycles to nearly 3,000 children and adults. The challenge, he said, is raising enough money to build the new facility on church property off 22nd Avenue and 131st Street. There is $10,000 in the fund; another $35,000 is needed.
In the meantime, the program will continue to operate out of a shed and an old mobile home in the shadow of the church.
Recipients must pass a safety class. And because the donated bikes are emblazoned with a fluorescent yellow mark, they can be easily noticed.
University Area Baptist and St. James United Methodist Church in New Tampa support the program.
LUTZ TEEN KILLED IN CAR CRASH: The victim who died in a fiery car crash on Sinclair Hills Road last month was identified as a teenager from Lutz. Hillsborough sheriff's deputies said 18-year-old Emory Garland Jr. of 517 Crystal Grove Blvd. was killed shortly after midnight Oct. 30 when he failed to make a curve on Sinclair Hills Road.
Garland was driving west, deputies said, when the Ford Explorer went down an embankment, sideswiped a utility pole and burned. The crash is under investigation.