Valrico

Trash Talk, Possible Speed Bumps & More

Trash Talk, Possible Speed Bumps & More

By Nicole Schoen Trash Talk Copper Ridge would like to remind its residents about the community-wide rule of storing new trash cans out of sight. Although it is difficult for many residents to store the much larger trash cans in garages, they must be kept out of sight behind bushes, lattice, fences, water softeners or […]

Florida Strawberry Festival Crowns New Queen With Royal Heritage

Florida Strawberry Festival Crowns New Queen With Royal Heritage

By Lauren Der A new Florida Strawberry Festival Queen was recently crowned at the Grimes Family Agricultural Center in Plant City. Jessi Rae Varnum, an 18-year-old senior at Durant High School, was crowned 2014 Florida Strawberry Festival Queen, along with first maid Lindsey English and court members Macaley Barrow, Kallee Cook and Caitlyn Kent. “I […]

F.I.S.H. HAWK Football Team Needs New Helmets

F.I.S.H. HAWK Football Team Needs New Helmets

By Kelly Wise Legg The F.I.S.H. HAWK football team in Brandon is just a little bit different than your average high school football team. What sets this team apart is that it consists of high school players that are all homeschooled by their parents. F.I.S.H. stands for Families Instructing Students at Home. The team was […]

Eggheads Welcome At Pinch-A-Penny 4th Annual Big Green Egg Fest

Eggheads Welcome At Pinch-A-Penny 4th Annual Big Green Egg Fest

FishHawk Pinch-A-Penny has issued a call to all area “Eggheads” (those who love to cook on a grill) to come out to the 4th Annual Big Green Egg Fest on Sunday, March 16 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This fun-filled event is hosted by the Rutledge family, Larry, Kathy and Jimmy, owners of the FishHawk Pinch-A-Penny […]

New Business Bestows Confidence, Character Development Through Martial Arts

New Business Bestows Confidence, Character Development Through Martial Arts

By Rachel Ann Johnson PRO Martial Arts, a North American franchise, boasts its third karate studio in Hillsborough County with the newest location at 119 W. Bloomingdale Ave. The Brandon facility, which opened its doors six months ago, provides martial arts instruction to more than 40 students. Brandon resident, Josh Leduc, is the studio’s program […]

Girl Scouts Program Is Teaching The Message of Empowerment

Girl Scouts Program Is Teaching The Message of Empowerment

By Nicole Heubusch There is a new program available to the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. The ESCAPE Series is geared towards young girls to help promote awareness of potential violent situations. They will learn skills on how to deal with bullying and harassment, as well as gain knowledge on assault. The age group […]

Hillsborough County Mentoring Programs Looks To Area For Mentors

Hillsborough County Mentoring Programs Looks To Area For Mentors

The Brandon community is forever growing and thriving. We have some of the best local businesses and schools and because of this distinction, many of the mentoring programs look to our community for its mentors. Two of the programs that are looking for mentors from our community are The Hillsborough Education Foundation and The Tampa […]

Young Baseball Players Get Their Chance to Play With The Big Leagues

Young Baseball Players Get Their Chance to Play With The Big Leagues

By Nicole Heubusch Young sportsmen gathered at North Brandon Youth Baseball for the fourth annual Sweet Swingin’ Baseball Camp, hosted by Tampa Bay Rays’ outfielder, Matt Joyce. Held at North Brandon Youth Baseball, this camp is open for player’s age 5-12. The camp features different professional baseball players working with kids on the fundamentals of […]

County Hosts Ribbon Cutting To Celebrate Opening Of Lower Green Swamp Preserve

County Hosts Ribbon Cutting To Celebrate Opening Of Lower Green Swamp Preserve

With a well-attended ribbon cutting celebration held late last month, Hillsborough County’s Lower Green Swamp Nature Preserve and its newest hiking and horse trails opened to hikers, equestrians, bird-watchers, and nature lovers.  Formerly known as Cone Ranch and considered by some as a rustic paradise, the preserve is located at 3536 E. Knights Griffin Rd. […]

County Meets With Bloomingdale Residents About Community Road Improvements

County Meets With Bloomingdale Residents About Community Road Improvements

  The Hillsborough County Public Works Department hosted a much-anticipated meeting at Bloomingdale High School earlier this month to discuss with, as well as get input from, residents on how to spend the more than half a million dollars the county received for road improvements within the Bloomingdale area. While Herb Marlow, a consultant and […]