• Amazon Begins Operation At New Lakeland Fulfillment Center

      By Tamas Mondovics Amazon’s first Florida fulfillment center was pleased to roll out the orange carpet last month to welcome new employees who will pick, pack, and ship large items to customers. The 1 million-sq.-ft. Lakeland facility located at 1760 County Line Rd. has hired more than 400 full-time employees—with more seasonal positions yet(…)

    Amazon Begins Operation At New Lakeland Fulfillment Center
  • Hillsborough County Fair Adds First Annual Truck And Tractor Pull To Events

      By Janet Aversa This Hillsborough County Fair is back and this year it is adding even more fun. The fair will run Thursday, October 23 through Sunday, October 26 and Thursday, October 30 through Saturday, November 1   “We are adding special events to the competitions this year at the October fair and they(…)

    Hillsborough County Fair Adds First Annual Truck And Tractor Pull To Events
  • PDQ Officially Opens New Location On Big Bend

    By Nicole Heubusch PDQ, which stands for People Dedicated to Quality, has recently opened a new location in the Riverview area. It has been open in the Riverview community since Sunday, August 24. “Business has been going very well so far here in Riverview,” said Operating Director Mickey Chard. This is a fast, casual restaurant(…)

    PDQ Officially Opens New Location On Big Bend
  • Four Local Drive-In Theatres Keep history, Traditions Alive

      By Alexandra Booth A dream began in a driveway. Richard Hollingshead had a vision of an open-air movie theatre, where people could watch film from the comfort of a car. After vigorous testing for sound, weather conditions and car spacing, a patent was issued May 16, 1933. The first drive-in movie theatre opened up(…)

    Four Local Drive-In Theatres Keep history, Traditions Alive
Susan Overbo’s Photographs Of Florida On Display At The Bruton Memorial Library

Susan Overbo’s Photographs Of Florida On Display At The Bruton Memorial Library

  By Kathy L. Collins The September art exhibit at the Bruton Memorial Library in historic downtown Plant City is a collection of photographs taken and framed by Susan Overbo. There are 21 photographs in the exhibit. Four are black and white, 13 are of animals and eight are nature shots. Overbo is able to(…)

Sculpture Exhibit Celebrated With Photo Contest, Reception

Sculpture Exhibit Celebrated With Photo Contest, Reception

  By Kathy L. Collins Residents who have had the opportunity to visit downtown Plant City lately will have noticed the very distinctive sculptures placed at various spots throughout downtown. The exhibit is a part of the Man on the Street collection created by J. Seward Johnson and on loan from the Sculpture Foundation. The(…)

More Than Skin Deep, Christine Rabel’s Mission With Mary Kay

More Than Skin Deep, Christine Rabel’s Mission With Mary Kay

  By Stehpanie Pego Christine Rabel is a Brandon native and an independent beauty consultant with Mary Kay, but she will be the first to mention, “The last thing I thought I would do is sell lipstick. But I fell in love with Mary Kay because it’s so much more.” With a background in computer(…)

Cougars Hopeful Of Upcoming Season Success, Bloomingdale Bulls Get New Head Coach

Cougars Hopeful Of Upcoming Season Success, Bloomingdale Bulls Get New Head Coach

  By Tamas Mondovics It is safe to say the Cougars varsity football coaches, players and fans are glad to begin a new season as it now means a chance to leave the memories of last year’s disappointing 3-7 record in the past and focus on a year with a lot of potential, or at(…)

Girls With Confidence Fall Workshops Open For Registration

Girls With Confidence Fall Workshops Open For Registration

  By Nicole Heubusch Girls With Confidence (GWC) is a program that offers workshops for young girls between the ages of 5-18 that helps them to develop strong self-esteem in a fun, creative and safe environment.  Founded by Nancy Lemon in 2011, Girls With Confidence works with thousands of girls in the Tampa Bay area(…)

September Valrico 2014 Business Column

September Valrico 2014 Business Column

    By Sandra Meyer Payant Financial Opens Medical Insurance Solutions in Sun City Robyn and Tom Payant, owners of Payant Financial, have opened a Medicare Insurance Solutions, LLC to help people turning 65 and people that currently have a supplement plan evaluate their Medicare supplement plan choices. Robyn and Tom have teamed with Marcie(…)

Helping Hands Caring Hearts Lends Assistance To Individuals In Need

Helping Hands Caring Hearts Lends Assistance To Individuals In Need

  By Libby Hopkins Everyone can use an extra hand from time to time, but back in 2000, Christine Barfield of Plant City needed many extra hands. She was in an accident that landed her in a wheelchair for more than a year. “For a year I was in a wheelchair fulltime and I was(…)

Sheriffs Conduct Move Over Enforcement Operation

Sheriffs Conduct Move Over Enforcement Operation

  By Tamas Mondovics Engaging in targeted enforcement of the Move Over Act, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) working with Florida Highway Patrol and the Tampa Police Department stepped up its efforts to remind motorists of obeying the important but, if ignored, potentially fatal traffic law often unheeded by many. The operation, which took place(…)

Howl-O-Scream At Busch Gardens Unleashes New Terror This October With Cursed

Howl-O-Scream At Busch Gardens Unleashes New Terror This October With Cursed

  Staff Report Howl-O-Scream 2014 returns to Busch Gardens Tampa with tormenting surprises and unexpected terrors around every corner, including the events newest haunted house, Dead Fall. Inside Dead Fall, the ghosts of long lost memories reach into the present and will not be forgotten. These spirits from the past lurk in the shadows of(…)

Reminders For Copper Ridge Residents

Reminders For Copper Ridge Residents

    By Nicole Heubusch Late Dues The Homeowners Association for Copper Ridge would like to remind residents about the lateness of dues. If a resident is going to be late with dues, always let the management company and the HOA Board know, and this will prevent the situation from escalating into a more expensive(…)