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  1. Illegal sign patrol on a mission to clean up Hillsborough streets

    Human Interest

    BRANDON --Jim Reed, rifling through the back of his Nissan Pathfinder, picks out a sign.

     Citizen volunteers, Reed and Bill Staley take down illegal roadside signs for county code enforcement.  CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times
  2. Pepin daughters to take on Mount Kilimanjaro

    Human Interest

    About seven years ago, Tom Pepin and his four daughters stood at 12,000 feet, overlooking the Colorado Rockies during an outward bound survival training mission.

    From left, Christina Pepin, Lauren Pepin (Tom’s Wife), Cassie Pepin, Allie Pepin, Bella Pepin and Tom Pepin take a break during an outward bound survival training mission in Colorado.
  3. Music, memories, friendships lend energy to 'Senior Prom'


    RIVERVIEW — Mesmerizing music mixed with the mingling of friends to energize and engage a congregation of old souls Thursday (June 22).

    Louise Goff of Brandon does line dances during the annual Senior Prom hosted by Hillsborough County Aging Services at the Regent in Brandon.
  4. Tampa's two 'Olivias' maintain friendship as they vie for Miss Florida


    TAMPA — Olivia Butler, referring to a Biblical passage, assesses her burgeoning friendship with Olivia Fiss as "iron sharpening iron."

    Olivia Butler, left, and Olivia Fiss are two friends who are competing together in the Miss Florida pageant as Miss Tampa and Miss St. Petersburg.
  5. William March: Capin and Cruz appear destined for District 1 race

    Local Government

    Tampa City Council member Yolie Capin and state Rep. Janet Cruz, D-Tampa, appear headed for a primary in the District 1 County Commission race, which has Democrats worried they'll once again have strong candidates competing against each other in primaries, to the detriment of their chances against Republicans.

    Times Correspondent William March
  6. Joe Henderson: Teaching profession in Florida degraded, devalued


    There was an eye-grabbing headline across the top of the front page in your Tampa Bay Times last Monday. It declared, "Fewer learning to teach."

    The University of South Florida College of Education, where enrollment has dropped 40 percent since 2010, mirrors a national trend.
  7. Brandon Foundation helps connect charities at luncheon

    Human Interest

    PLANT CITY— Nonprofits within the area gathered at UM Catering Blake Hall last week to learn how they can connect and be more effective, efficient and resourceful within their organization.

    Joseph W. Griffith discusses time management during the Brandon Foundation Charity Connection Luncheon at UM Catering Blake Hall in Plant City.
  8. St. Stephen's newest family member: a 30,000 square foot building


    RIVERVIEW — This month marks a beginning and an end for St. Stephen Catholic Church.

    A dedication ceremony for the sanctuary of St. Stephen Catholic Church will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 29.
  9. Kraftologee creates good times for kids, parents


    RIVERVIEW — Attention all mommy and me groups or fantasy football playing and watching dads, this is for you.

    Kraftologee owners and longtime friends John Fontana, left, and Chris Harman stand in front of their “epic coloring wall” that separates two newly-opened creativity lab rooms for children 2-12.
  10. Riverview's Winthrop Arts celebrates with inaugural Summerfest


    RIVERVIEW — Winthrop Arts holds its inaugural Summerfest from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at Winthrop Common.

    This rendition of a banjo-playing raccoon will make up part of a new public art project crafted by the summer campers at the Winthrop Arts Factory.