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  1. Gov. Scott honors Ben Ritter, local advocate for veterans with disabilities

    Briefs

    During a meeting of the Florida cabinet in June, Governor Rick Scott recognized Hillsborough County's George Bennett "Ben" Ritter with the Governor's Medal of Merit.

    Gov. Rick Scott recognized George Bennett (Ben) Ritter with the Governor’s Medal of Merit. From left to right: Steve Murray, Communications Director, Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Alder Allensworth, Ben Ritter, Glenn Sutphin, Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Executive Director, Jeff Atwater, Florida Chief Financial Officer and Adam Putnam, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
  2. Clearwater's pasture land in Hillsborough County could be saved for preservation

    Growth

    CLEARWATER —The 426-acres of pasture in Odessa have served the city of Clearwater well over the decades.

  3. Three run in special election for mayor of Temple Terrace

    Local Government

    TEMPLE TERRACE — The last time Temple Terrace elected a mayor, voters had a choice of one: Kim Leinbach, who ran unopposed last fall but decided to resign in May.

    David Ganessingh
  4. Sunday Conversation: Roberto Torres talks immigration

    Human Interest

    YBOR CITY

    Roberto Torres stands as one of the city's most impressive rising entrepreneurs. The owner of Blind Tiger Cafes, Black & Denim clothing company and CoWork Ybor has expanded his reach with locations at Tampa International Airport and The Morrison, a new mixed use development in the SoHo District. Torres, …

    Roberto Torres receives his American Dream award from U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor on Aug. 15.
  5. Ford's Garage opens new Westchase spot

    Business

    Ford's Garage opened its sixth Florida location in Westchase this week.

    hillsevbiz081817: Ford's Garage opened its sixth Florida location in Westchase this week. Photo courtesy of Ford's Garage
  6. Carls Patio celebrates great outdoor furnishings in Carrollwood

    Business

    CARROLLWOOD — While many northerners are shoveling snow, Floridians are lounging poolside in the middle of winter.

    hillsevbiz081817: After selling outdoor and patio furniture in locations in South Florida since 1993, Carls Patio has opened its first store to open in the Tampa Bay area and there are plans for more. Photo courtesy of Carls Patio.
  7. Joe Henderson: Let's ask Speaker Richard Corcoran to spend some time in a sweltering classroom

    Columns

    You've seen and heard the stories about how air-conditioning breakdowns created sweltering conditions in many Hillsborough County public schools. It is a sweaty, stinking, ongoing mess, and there is no quick fix.

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes, has been shifting money from public schools to charter schools. It could go to help cool sweltering classrooms, instead.
  8. Guest column: Julian Craft worked a lifetime to help those down and out in Brandon



    Columns

    Julian Craft died June 28. He was 84. In this memoriam, Brandon attorney B. Lee Elam, a friend and colleague, recalls Craft as a man with humble beginnings who spent much of his life offering a hand-up to individuals and groups across Brandon who desperately needed it. Craft's family asked that donations in his honor …

    JulianCraft knew how circumstances could put a family in dire straits so he worked to help address the immediate needs of Brandonites before other aid kicked in.
  9. Tampa is training ground for Team USA inline skating

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — The United States once dominated the sport known as international outdoor inline speed skating.

    Cotton Yarborough is one of five people from the Tampa Bay area on the national inline speed skating team.
  10. Engage Behavioral Health expands into Wesley Chapel

    Business

    On Aug. 5, Engage Behavioral Health celebrated the grand opening of a new clinic in Wesley Chapel.

    hillsevbiz081117: Jennifer Phelps is the CEO & Founder of Engage Behavioral Health. Photo courtesy of Engage Behavioral Health.