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Unique Church Encourages Equine Attendants

  By Robyn St. James Not many people can bring their pets to church. Even fewer people can bring their horses and fit in with the people around them. Cowboy-Up Ministry is not an average church. T-shirts, blue jeans and cowboy boots are practically a part of the dress code. At least a dozen attendants(…)

Sculpture Exhibit Returns To Historic Downtown Plant City

Sculpture Exhibit Returns To Historic Downtown Plant City

  By Kathy L. Collins Responding to the many calls to bring the popular sculptures back to historic downtown Plant City, the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center has partnered with the City of Plant City, Arts Council of Plant City, the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce, Florida Humanities Council, Downtown Business and(…)

Bloomingdale Big Box Development Gets Green Light As Mediation Reaches Agreement

Bloomingdale Big Box Development Gets Green Light As Mediation Reaches Agreement

By Tamas Mondovics Bloomingdale Big Box Update To give the community an opportunity to discuss the recent outcome involvingthe Big Box development, Cando has planned to host a community meeting onWednesday, July 30 at the Bloomingdale Regional Library at 7 p.m. in Room 8.Cando stated, “We would like an opportunity to clarify how we arrived(…)

Nationwide Operation Recovers 168 Juveniles From Commercial Child Sex Trafficking

Nationwide Operation Recovers 168 Juveniles From Commercial Child Sex Trafficking

  By Tamas Mondovics “I was pretty much a good kid,” Nicole, 27, said. “I didn’t really stay out late, I always came home, I never stole anything. I did what a lot of teenagers do.” In high school she tried cigarettes and alcohol, but by age 17, she said “things were deteriorating at home.”(…)

Family YMCA At Big Bend Rd. To Bring Over 125 Jobs

Family YMCA At Big Bend Rd. To Bring Over 125 Jobs

  By Tamas Mondovics Construction on a brand new Family YMCA, the first full service family Y in a decade, began this month in Riverview and, according to Y officials, is still on schedule with its planned first phase-completion by the end of 2014. “We have just received our building permits and are now ready(…)

Group Seeks Bids & Hosts Meeting For Apollo Beach Waterway Dredging Project

Group Seeks Bids & Hosts Meeting For Apollo Beach Waterway Dredging Project

  By Tamas Mondovics Current board members of the Apollo Beach Waterway Improvement Group (ABWIG) gathered earlier this month to discuss the next step in connection with the dredging of the three main (North, Main and South) channels into Apollo Beach. Since the last time ABWIG, a community non-profit organization, dredged the channels into Apollo(…)

Student Turns Passion For Drawing Into Collaborative Business

Student Turns Passion For Drawing Into Collaborative Business

Maria Cate has always hoped to leave a mark with her art. As a child, she did so by creating comic books and passing them out to family and friends. Today, Cate shares her art with different strategy through a business she calls Twisted Hand. Twisted Hand was intended to be a way for Cate(…)

Baseball, Softball Camp Aims To Teach Through Discipline

Baseball, Softball Camp Aims To Teach Through Discipline

  By Tamas Mondovics “With much discipline comes much learning,” said Rich Luppino, one of the most highly respected professional local youth baseball and softball instructors who has been teaching the sport to young players, while promoting discipline on and off the field for the past 15 years. Local youth baseball and softball players who(…)

Residents Reflect On Recent FBI Manhunt, Charges For Valrico ‘Prepper’

Residents Reflect On Recent FBI Manhunt, Charges For Valrico ‘Prepper’

  By Tamas Mondovics FBI agents searching for weapons and explosives in any neighborhood is not something residents experience too often. So, the news of federal agents seeking to serve a search warrant and question long-time Valrico resident 55-year-old Martin Winters on such charges—not to mention the subsequent two-day, FBI manhunt that followed—stirred the emotions(…)

Sheriffs Office Boasts Of Crime Rate Reduction, Requests Budget Increase

Sheriffs Office Boasts Of Crime Rate Reduction, Requests Budget Increase

By Tamas Mondovics The Hillsborough County Board of County Commission has little more than three months to finalize next year’s budget, which includes the consideration of a 1.8 percent FY15 increase request by Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee. Gee made his case last month in his letter to the Board, requesting the $383 million in(…)