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Brownies Make Homemade Toys For Shelter Dogs And Cats At County Facility

Brownies Make Homemade Toys For Shelter Dogs And Cats At County Facility

By Michelle Colesanti Ten girls from Brownie Troop 1268 recently spent the day touring the Hillsborough County Animal Shelter. The girls wanted to earn their pet care badge and reached out to the shelter’s Volunteer Coordinator, Christine O’Dell. As part of their chosen Brownie project, the girls made 260 homemade toys for the animals during(…)

New Psychologist Specializes In Eating Disorders

New Psychologist Specializes In Eating Disorders

By Suzy Wiesenhart When Andrea Thatcher was a little girl growing up in Riverview, she dreamed of being a teacher. In her adolescent years, she realized she still had a desire to work with children/adolescents and found her passion in her first psychology class in high school. While attending UCF, she pursued a Bachelor’s of(…)

HCSO Presents Video In War Against Synthetic Marijuana

HCSO Presents Video In War Against Synthetic Marijuana

By Tamas Mondovics Through a combined effort of County Code Enforcement and Consumer Protection Agency officers, Sheriff David Gee and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office have been battling a menace in the community that targets young people. According to HCSO Captain, Chad Chronister, the dangers of the commonly known synthetic marijuana “K2” or “Spice” is(…)

Library Life Story Writing Program Celebrates Publication Of First Book

Library Life Story Writing Program Celebrates Publication Of First Book

By Kathy L. Collins On Thursday, December 5, 56 writers and their families gathered at the Bloomingdale Regional Library in Valrico to celebrate a momentous occasion, the publication of their first anthology of life stories, I Have A Story To Tell… This book is a compilation of stories written by area residents who attended the(…)

Valrico Resident Competes In Inaugural AKC® Obedience Classic

Valrico Resident Competes In Inaugural AKC® Obedience Classic

Staff Report This December, the most well-behaved and highly-trained dogs in the country will converge in Orlando on Saturday and Sunday, December 14-15 for the first-ever American Kennel Club® Obedience Classic (AOC). The AOC will crown the top obedience dogs for the year in the Novice, Open, Utility and Masters classes. Valrico resident, Melissa Gilmer(…)

HCSO Deputy Awarded Medal of Heroism By Governor Scott

HCSO Deputy Awarded Medal of Heroism By Governor Scott

  When Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy, Douglas Duvall, began his shift on the evening of February 28, 2013, he was ready to fulfill his duty to serve and protect. What he did not know was that his actions of heroism that night would not be quickly forgotten. Duvall was awarded the Medal of Heroism by(…)

Local Author Has Special Recipe For Writing With New Cookbook Release

Local Author Has Special Recipe For Writing With New Cookbook Release

Local resident and published author, Milt Harris, enthusiastically talks about his new books.Formerly employed at an international company for 30 years as business management, Harris has taken it upon himself to share the wealth of knowledge that he’s accumulated over those years. Through working with thousands of companies and dealing with the people in them(…)

Village Players To Present “A Christmas Spectacular” This December

Village Players To Present “A Christmas Spectacular” This December

By Kathy L. Collins The Village Players, a non-profit community theatre, will present “A Christmas Spectacular” beginning with its opening night on Friday, December 6. There will be performances held over three weekends at the historic James McCabe Theatre located at 508 N. 5th St. in Valrico.According to Gail Pierce, “This is a beautiful way(…)

See The Stunning Black And White Photographs Of James Graves At The Bruton Memorial Library

See The Stunning Black And White Photographs Of James Graves At The Bruton Memorial Library

By Kathy L. Collins The November exhibit at the Bruton Memorial Library in Plant City features the wonderful and compelling photographs of James Graves. His exhibit entitled “Marking Questions” features 12 photographs. All of the photographs are in black and white, which adds to the allure of the exhibit.In his artist statement Graves said, “In this project,(…)

Plant City, Strawberry Crest Fall To East Bay In Class 7A Three-Team Tiebreaker Drama

Plant City, Strawberry Crest Fall To East Bay In Class 7A Three-Team Tiebreaker Drama

By Tamas Mondovics When the 2013 fall football season began, the attention turned to Plant City, but after East Bay upset Durant with a 10-7 victory, anything was possible.From the get-go, the Raiders were favored to win the much-coveted district title, which a year earlier went to the area rival and then to the undefeated(…)