Brandon Couple Celebrates 75th Wedding Anniversary

By Tamas Mondovics Friends and family, along with Delaney Creek Lodge Assisted Living facility residents and staff, gathered earlier this month to celebrate a special event that filled the heart of all present with inspiration, while honoring one of their own. Forrest and Wanda Shirley, who tied the knot more than 75 years ago, were(…)

Bass Pro Shops Seeks Incentives To Move To Brandon

By Adam Musgrave On Wednesday, February 6, County Commissioners opted for the second time to delay a vote that would authorize $8.25 million in incentives to bring Bass Pro Shops to the Brandon area. The proposed site would be located at the intersection of I-75 and Adamo Dr. and would include a 140,000 sq. ft.(…)

As A WAVE In WW2, Dorothea Wyda Did What She Could

By Derek Maul When The Bridges resident, Dorothea Kelchner Wyda, saw her brother, Larry, leave their Pennsylvania home to join the Navy, she knew she wanted to help the war effort too. It was 1944 and Dorothea was 22-years old so she joined the Navy Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES). She served for(…)

Local Mom Takes Home New Car In National Ford Escape Contest

By Marie Gilmore It was a happy afternoon at Brandon Ford as local resident, Elizabeth Maroney,  accepted the keys to her brand new 2013 Ford Escape that she won in a national contest that also benefitted Feeding America with more than 1.2 million meals. Last summer, while working her hospitality position at Yuengling Brewery, Ford(…)

Brandon Student Wins Leaders 4 Life Fellowship

By Tamas Mondovics It is safe to say that for Kings High School senior and Brandon resident, Ben Carpenter, hard work has paid off. For him, the dreaded college expenses involved with higher education just got lighter; $10,000 per year for the next four years lighter. The Leaders 4 Life Fellowship, from the Take Stock(…)

Spoto High School Holds Final Literacy Festival

By Tamas Mondovics For the last time and for the third consecutive year, Spoto High School students and teachers will welcome hundreds of second grade students from area Title I schools for a day of fun activities and a reading celebration. Spoto High School reading teacher and the sponsor of the Spartan Reading Squad Club,(…)

Valerie Storms Offers Spiritual Support To Patients, Families & Staff

By Kathy L. Collins Valerie Storms, daughter of long time area residents Alice and Nat Storms, is the Manager of Chaplaincy Care at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa. She is also the President of the Association of Professional Chaplains, a nationwide organization with over 4,200 members. Chaplains represent many faiths(…)

First Watch Cafe To Open New Brandon Location

By Staff Report Tampa Bay-area favorite, First Watch, has announced plans to open a restaurant in Brandon at 11305 Causeway Blvd., in Brandon. The breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant is expected to open in the summer of 2013 and will employ approximately 25 people. The new 3,400 sq. ft. restaurant will be located in the(…)

WWII Vet Leonard Black Honored As Community Hero By Lightning Foundation

WWII Vet Leonard Black Honored As Community Hero By Lightning Foundation

By Marie Gilmore The Tampa Bay Lightning honored WWII Veteran and Honor Flight of West Central Florida co-founder, Leonard Black, as the 22nd Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of its game against the Montreal Canadiens in February. Black, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning(…)

Coming Soon: Wawa, Thorntons, First Watch, Egg & I, Save-A-Lot, Bass Pro, Papa Murphy’s

By Marie Gilmore Construction has started, ground breaking commenced, signs are going up, zoning hearings are scheduled, several new brand names are now open and/or entering the Brandon market in the coming months and while some are highly anticipated, others are drawing concern. Two large gas station/convenience store chains are entering the market including the(…)