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Fire at Bloomingdale High Media Center Causes Smoke and Water Damage

Fire at Bloomingdale High Media Center Causes Smoke and Water Damage

A small fire at Bloomingdale High School caused some smoke and water damage on Christmas morning. While many were opening presents on Christmas morning, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue crews were responding to a fire at Bloomingdale High School, located at 1700 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. According to school officials, a small fire that may(…)

Giving Back To The Community Is A Way Of Life For Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Owners

Giving Back To The Community Is A Way Of Life For Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Owners

Jeff Shotwell, JJ Massaro, Lora McCarthy, Cormac McCarthy, Barry Jacobs and Paul Lindstrom attended a ceremony in December where Lora and Cormac McCarthy were honored with an award from the Hillsborough County High School Football Foundation for their generous support of high school football. Cormac and Lora McCarthy, owners of the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s FishHawk(…)

Newsome Basketball Team Gives Back To The Community

Newsome Basketball Team Gives Back To The Community

During their winter break the Newsome High School varsity basketball team collected toys to donate to ECHO in time for the holidays. The Newsome High School varsity basketball team did not just spend their Christmas break practicing for their Christmas tournament and gearing up for the second half of their season in January; the team(…)

Parents Learn Cyber Safety At Workshop

Parents Learn Cyber Safety At Workshop

Randall Middle School’s Resource Deputy LaRay Grooms warns parents of the dangers of the online community at a cyber safety presentation. With the majority of middle school students using the Internet both in and out of school, it is essential that students and their parents receive information and training on how to be safe online.(…)

Sheriff Hosts Teen Driver Challenge

Sheriff Hosts Teen Driver Challenge

Alexa Vaughan, 18, gets some instruction from HCSO deputy Clint Leapley before she tests her breaking maneuvering skills during the recently held Teen Driving Challenge, a  two-day defensive driving and vehicle control program designed for teenage drivers held at the Walter C. Heinrich Practical Training Site in Lithia. Teens willing to put their driving skills(…)

Bevis Fifth Grade Student Published In TIME for Kids Magazine

Bevis Fifth Grade Student Published In TIME for Kids Magazine

Audrey Hill, who is in the fifth grade at Bevis Elementary in FishHawk was selected to be a reporter for TIME for Kids magazine. By: Julienne Justis-Smith Audrey Hill is a fifth grade student at Colleen Bevis Elementary; a fifth grade student who is one of only 12 kids in the country chosen to write(…)

BOCC Votes To Open Bidding For County Trash Hauling Contracts

BOCC Votes To Open Bidding For County Trash Hauling Contracts

Pierce Johnson with Waste Services empties some recyclables last month. With a 7-0 vote during its solid waste workshop, Hillsborough County BOCC made way for opening its current garbage hauling contracts to open bids. The future of the county’s waste collection and garbage hauling, valued at $60 million in just the first year, is now(…)

Armwood Football To Another State Championship

Armwood Football To Another State Championship

Armwood breaks through their run though right before the state semifinal game. The Armwood Hawks are known for their successful football program. Last year, they fell short in the state finals. Earlier this month, Armwood faced off against St. John’s Bartram Trail to see who would move on to the 2011 Class 6A state final(…)

Ringling Circus Celebrates Year Of The Dragon This January

Ringling Circus Celebrates Year Of The Dragon This January

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will open in Tampa on Wednesday, January 4 and run through Sunday, January 8. In 2012, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will provide The Greatest Show on Earth with an interesting twist. In the Chinese calendar, 2012 is the year of the dragon. The circus will(…)

From Brandon Idol To America’s Got Talent, Local Rising Star Begins To Shine

From Brandon Idol To America’s Got Talent, Local Rising Star Begins To Shine

2008 Brandon Idol Teen Division winner Shevonne Philidor is starting to see her dreams come true with the recognition of her talents through a performance on the NBC’s hit show America’s Got Talent and the development of her five-part band, Shevonne and The Bad Boys There are stars among us. Future talents are growing up(…)