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Local man looks to develop high school mountain bike league

Local man looks to develop high school mountain bike league

LITHIAAChristmas present to his wife changed his life.The gift was a mountain bike and the change soon followed in 2011 when Ernie Reyes followed his wife, Zulema, on her new gift into the 21 miles of bike trails at Alafia River State Park."As soon a...
Published: 01/09/18
Updated: 01/10/18
Church leader seeks to start first ministry in Forest Hills

Church leader seeks to start first ministry in Forest Hills

FOREST HILLS — For Keith Babb III, the opening of the Way Church of Tampa Bay, represents the fulfillment of a calling.When Babb, 35, rededicated himself to Christ in 2005, he committed to sharing the Gospel in underserved communities.For more than a...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/12/18
‘Florida Soul’ author delivers special presentation at UT

‘Florida Soul’ author delivers special presentation at UT

Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine Band author John Capouya will read from his new book at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Jan. 9) at The University of Tampa’s board of trustees room on the ninth floor of the Vaughn Center, 401 W Kennedy Blv...
Published: 01/05/18
Updated: 01/07/18
William March: Fee or tax? Tampa, hotels fight lawmakers’ efforts to cut marketing money

William March: Fee or tax? Tampa, hotels fight lawmakers’ efforts to cut marketing money

Tampa and the Hillsborough County Hotel & Motel Association are fighting back hard against a lawsuit by House Speaker Richard Corcoran over what he calls an "illegal tax" on a dozen downtown and Ybor City hotels.The city and the association say the $...
Published: 01/05/18
South Tampa’s Baby Boomerang owner looks to retire, but keep shop open

South Tampa’s Baby Boomerang owner looks to retire, but keep shop open

After serving the Bay area for more than 25 years, popular baby and children’s consignment shop Baby Boomerang put a "for lease" sign up early this December. Owner Mindy Socher started the shop in 1992 after college and says she is looking to retire,...
Published: 01/04/18
Updated: 01/12/18
Sunday Conversation: Dr. Sam Martino’s career spans country doctor to suburban care

Sunday Conversation: Dr. Sam Martino’s career spans country doctor to suburban care

After 42 years of practicing medicine, Dr. Sam Martino celebrated his last day in the office on Dec. 21. The good doctor and his staff members welcomed former patients and well-wishers who came by the Florida Medical Clinic in Riverview to say goodby...
Published: 01/04/18
Updated: 01/07/18
In grief, Valrico woman uses restitution money to help the homeless

In grief, Valrico woman uses restitution money to help the homeless

VALRICO — Brandyn Preston was fighting for life in an Iowa hospital when his mother noticed something unusual.The 19-year-old’s heart stopped beating several times and doctors had to revive him, but through her panic, Kim Wood saw something that shoo...
Published: 01/04/18
Updated: 01/07/18
Editorial: Hillsborough commissioners need reminding in 2018 of their mass-transit pledge

Editorial: Hillsborough commissioners need reminding in 2018 of their mass-transit pledge

The 2018 to-do list spelled out by members of the Hillsborough County Commission is a heartening one.Transit, economic development, jobs, stormwater drainage, affordable housing, reviving the Museum of Science and Industry.The informal priority list ...
Published: 01/04/18
Updated: 01/05/18
Howard Altman: Military veterans may find right fit in today’s agriculture jobs

Howard Altman: Military veterans may find right fit in today’s agriculture jobs

If you’ve seen images of strawberry farmers spraying down their crops to protect them against a freeze, you know agriculture is big business in Hillsborough County.It’s an industry that worth $1 billion a year in crops, livestock and ancillary produc...
Published: 01/04/18
Updated: 01/05/18
Strawberry farmers spraying water overnight to coat crop with protection against cold

Strawberry farmers spraying water overnight to coat crop with protection against cold

PLANT CITY — Some strawberry farmers in East Hillsborough turned on their sprinklers Thursday morning to coat berries in the field with a protective layer of ice and they’re expecting to do the same the next two nights."I have talked to a number of g...
Published: 01/04/18