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Brandon & South Shore

  1. Brandies: Be careful where you plant those 'little' trees

    Home and Garden

    If you make mistakes with annuals, perennials, or even shrubs, it is easy to fix the situation.

    Started from a seedling, this loquat gives good fruit every spring, but it is too close to the house and someone has to get up on the roof to prune it every year. Bad mistake.
  2. Valrico's Village Players bring Dr. Seuss to life


    VALRICO — Dr. Suess's Horton Hears A Who and other beloved classics will be brought to life starting Friday (March 31) by the Village Players as they perform Suessical The Musical at the James McCabe Theater, 506 Fifth St.

    Horton the elephant and other Dr. Suess characters will be brought to the stage by the Village Players as they present Suessical the Musical starting Friday at the James McCabe Theater.
  3. TGH Healthplex readies for service in Brandon


    TAMPA — Folks describe it as a one-stop shopping center in healthcare.

    hillshealthplex032617: The TGH Brandon Healthplex on Palm River Road in Tampa is set to open its emergency center component on Monday (March 27). The ambulatory surgery center will become operational in mid-April and the remainder of services offered inside the $60 million complex will be available by the year?  s end. Photos courtesy of Tampa General Hospital
  4. West Tampa chamber tabs native to help boost development


    WEST TAMPA — Jeanette LaRussa Fenton retired in January after 41 years of public service with Hillsborough County and most recently, the city of Tampa.

    The West Tampa historic district with its old cigar factories can help stimulate a prosperous new era for the region, its boosters say.
  5. March column: Constitution another uphill battle for Arthenia Joyner


    Former state Sen. Arthenia Joyner of Tampa says serving as one of the small minority of Democrats on the state's Constitutional Revision Commission will be "just a continuation of the battle I've been in since I've been here."

    Former state Sen. Arthenia Joyner of Tampa is one of three current or former Democratic legislators named to the state Constitutional Revision Commission.
  6. Developer Quintela pursuing historic renaissance of Ybor City

    Real Estate


    Ariel Quintela never lived among the cobbled streets of Ybor City, but he is working to keep history alive in this one-time cigar capital with its deep ties to his native Cuba.

    Cuban-born developer Ariel Quintela tours the Don Vicente de Ybor Inn.
  7. Girl Scouts flip for Retton, Women of Distinction

    Human Interest

    TAMPA —- The first woman to be on a box of Wheaties, tiny Mary Lou Retton, overcame tremendous odds to win America's first Olympic Gold Medal in gymnastics in 1984.

    Doretha Edgecomb shakes Olympian Mary Lou Retton’s hand during the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida annual Women of Distinction Luncheon on Tuesday March 21, 2017, at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, in Tampa, Fla. The honorees were chosen for success in their fields and for serving as role models for local girls.
  8. TGH Brandon Healthplex to stage open house Saturday


    BRANDON — An open house for the new Tampa General Hospital Brandon Healthplex will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday (March 25) at the facility location, 10740 Palm River Road.

    TGH Brandon Healthplex will hold a community open house on Saturday (March 25) from noon to 3 p.m.
  9. Henderson: Chaotic classroom is often precursor for failure


    The state of Florida uses a complex formula based on 11 categories of student achievement to grade its public schools, but perhaps the most important contributor to success can't be measured by a standardized test.

    I'm talking about parental involvement.

    You know it when you see it.

    You know it when …

    It appears there are challenges at Potter Elementary to a provision of the school district handbook: “Each school must be free from disruption that would interfere with the teachers’ right to teach and the students’ right to learn.”
  10. Hillsborough college notebook: Vanderbilt speaker, business of sports, TEDx talk and more


    Medicine, murder in 17th Century

    Vanderbilt professor Holly Tucker talks medicine and murder in the Scientific Revolution, presented by the USF Humanities Institute. Tucker holds appointments in French and Italian as well as in Biomedical Ethics and Society. She'll explore this tumultuous part of the …