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  1. Whitman: Christians must temper 'Christian girl' model


    I came across something beautiful this week: the raw and sometimes ugly storytelling of poet Olivia Gatwood.

  2. Family Promise spurs homeless empathy with Box Car City


    BRANDON — On the night of April 28, the grounds surrounding the First Presbyterian Church of Brandon will be lined with boxes.

    Susan Raines participated in the Family Promise of Greater Brandon's 2016 fundraiser, Box Car City, which was held inside due to weather. Photo courtesy of Edwina Reddick.
  3. Grammy-award winner to perform at Brandon's Bell Shoals Baptist


    Bell Shoals Baptist Church will welcome Grammy Award-winning Christian music singer Francesca Battistelli at 7:30 p.m. on Friday (April 28) on the Brandon campus, 2102 Bell Shoals Road.

    Grammy-winning Christian music star Francesca Battistelli will perform with the Worship Ministry at Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon on April 28.
  4. Wimauma church desperately holding on to sanctuary


    WIMAUMA — It was seven years ago that Pastor Carlos Irizarry helped gather a community to form Wholesome Church in Wimauma.

    Pastor Carlos Irizarry hopes a Go Fund me effort will help his Wholesome Community Church complete an 11th hour deal and avoid having to evacuate its rented sanctuary on U.S. 301 in Wimauma.
  5. Proposed senior apartment complex in Brandon draws opposition at hearing


    BRANDON — The Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission and residents of the Buckhorn Estates and Timber Knoll subdivisions expressed opposition to a proposed apartment complex a company wants to build at the corner of South Valrico Road and Lithia Pinecrest Road.

    hillsalf042117: A Hawthorn Retirement Group senior living apartment community, similar in appearance to this and others scattered throughout the country, including six in Florida, is proposed on an 8.8-acre site on Lithia Pinecrest Road in Brandon, just north of South Valrico Road. Photo courtesy of Hawthorn Retirement Group
  6. Hooper: Saint Leo writers retreat offers breath of fresh air


    I've got a secret.

    Don't tell anyone.

    On May 20, I'll be one of the presenters at the fifth annual Sandhill Writers Retreat at Saint Leo University, but if you think I'm going to show up for my session and leave, guess again.

    Poet Jesse Millner is one of the featured speakers at the Sandhill Writers Retreat at Saint Leo University.
  7. Tampa seminar modeled on child-abuse prevention gathering 40 years ago


    TAMPA — Forty years ago, a seminar convened by the Junior League of Tampa riveted the community's attention on the growing problem of child abuse and led to the creation of a nonprofit group focused on fighting it.

    Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll, shown at a conference in Orlando, is a keynote speaker during a seminar set for Thursday in Tampa on helping prevent child abuse.
  8. March column: Kevin Beckner leaves politics, named Hillsborough civil service chief


    The Hillsborough County Civil Service Board has selected former county Commissioner Kevin Beckner as its new director.

    Kevin Beckner, once seen as a rising star in the local Democratic Party, has stepped away from politics after losing the circuit court clerk's race in November to take a county job that pays up to $140,000 a year. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
  9. Brandies: Nelson Elementary plants gardening love with kids

    Home and Garden

    DOVER — Any teachers interested in gardening, students included?

    Sherill Farrell’s 5th graders were getting ready to plant more in their plot. The cherry tomatoes are already ripening.
  10. Strawberry Festival appoints first female chair


    Sandee Parke-Sytsma was named the first female chairman of the board of the Florida Strawberry Festival Tuesday, April 11.