Annual Barbecue Benefits New Horizons

Staff Report New Horizons Group Homes will hold its annual barbecue and silent auction on Saturday, November 10.  This is the major fundraiser for New Horizons, a non-profit organization that operates two homes for developmentally challenged adults, all of whom work in the community or in sheltered workshops. The faith-based organization was started in 1992,(…)

Super Senior – Adam Kraemer – Newsome High School

By Kelly Legg, Adam Kraemer exemplifies the word achievement. Kraemer is a senior at Newsome High School and has a busy schedule juggling his academics, sports and family. Kraemer currently holds a 5.4 weighted GPA and is involved in many academic clubs at school including Mu Alpha Theta, Latin Honor Society, National Honor Society,(…)

Local Churches/ ECHO Come Together To Give Families Hope For The Holidays

By Libby Hopkins Currently one in eight families in Hillsborough County are food insecure, meaning that they have no access to nutritious food. Survival for them is a daily challenge. It has been reported that 58 percent of clients served by local food pantries report having to choose between paying for food and paying for(…)

Three Local Bloomingdale Grads Form The Great Frame Band

By Andria Barrios The musical talent across Brandon is growing rapidly, especially as three local boys advance and excel with their band The Great Frame. Nearly two years ago, an amateur musical collaboration made of three high school boys was born. Little did they know they would be selling hit demos, performing in front of(…)

Randall Middle School To Host First All American Heroes Rally

By Tamas Mondovics Randall Middle School officials are gearing up for a special celebration of memorial in order to honor the nation’s veterans this month. While the school traditionally hosts its annual Veterans Day ceremony, according to Randall spokesperson Kristy Verdi on Tuesday, November 9, the school will be hosting its first “All-American Heroes Rally”(…)

Newsome/Durant District Bout Claims Game Of The Week, Season Title

By Tamas Mondovics Tthe battle between long-time rivals Newsome and Durant was by all accounts the game of the week and possibly of the 2012-2013 fall high school football season. This time, however, with a score of 38-18 it was the Cougars turn to claim the victory, which for some time belonged to the Wolves.(…)

Pinecrest Youth League Builds On Long History, Room For New Players

By Tamas Mondovics As a long-time member of the Pinecrest Little League (PPL) baseball and softball program, Tyrone Morgan has seen kids with talent, dedication and commitment all playing hard as part of their growth in the sport and as members of the local community. But while the community has grown and the league has(…)

Two Local Athletes Named Florida Swimmers of the Year

By Sean Rockway Florida Swimming has released the list of its Swimmer of the Year recipients for the 2011-2012 season. The list includes Olympic Gold medalist Ryan Lochte, fellow Olympic medalist Elizabeth Beisel and local young swimmers, Wes McGovern (14) and Christin Rockway (12). McGovern of Lithia and Rockway of Valrico both swim under Coach(…)

Lithia Horse Ranch Rescues, Heals & Mentors Horses & Kids

By Kelly Legg Angela and John Spillis had a vision to help abused horses. Through hard-work, prayer and community support, the Rugged Cross Youth Ranch and Rescue (RCYRR) helps heal the hurting. RCYRR is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that rescues abused and neglected horses and helps them heal so they may trust again. In addition,(…)

Enjoy An Evening Of Art, Jazz And Good Food At The All Jazzed Up Art Festival

By Kathy L. Collins Congregation Beth Shalom of Brandon is proud to present the All Jazzed Up Art Festival on Saturday, December 1 at the Winthrop Barn Theatre located at 11349 W. Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview. For sponsors and donors, a VIP reception will begin at 6 p.m. General admission begins at 7 p.m.Tickets are(…)