Holmberg Family Adds Second Location To Chick-fil-A Ownership

By Marie Gilmore Chick-fil-A Lake Brandon Village owners, Paul & Tammy Holmberg, announced the addition of a second Chick-fil-A location to its popular family restaurant business. It is a year of celebrations for the Holmberg family. As owners Paul and Tammy prepare to cut the ribbon on their second Chick-fil-A location, they are also celebrating(…)

Rotary International President Stops In Brandon For Tour Before Fundraiser

By Marie Gilmore Rotary International President, Sakuji Tanaka, took an afternoon tour of Brandon’s Rotary Camp Florida before heading to Innisbrook Golf Resort to attend a fundraising dinner aimed at raising funds for the local camp. More than 40 local Rotary presidents were invited guests at a special luncheon at the 18-acre camp located right(…)

Local Business Community Honored At Chamber’s Annual Dinner

By Staff Report The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce recognized area businesspeople for their community service and volunteer hours during its Annual Dinner held Friday, February 1 at The Regent, located in Riverview. Nearly 400 members of the Greater Brandon Area business community attended the event presented by Title Sponsor Tampa Tribune, Brandon News and(…)

Training & Perseverance Will Help Carla Kellum Achieve Her Goal Of Running In Gasparilla 5k

By Kathy L. Collins Carla Kellum of Dover is an inspiration to anyone who thought that serious exercise or training for a race was too hard. Kellum is living proof that anyone can do this. In 2006, Kellum had to have her right leg amputated due to cancer. She now has a permanent prosthetic leg.(…)

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,(…)