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  1. Musical impressionist headlines benefit comedy show in Riverview


    RIVERVIEW — The Regent, 6437 Watson Road in Riverview, will host the fifth annual Clean Comedy Night from 6-9:30 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 29).

    Kier is set to perform at the Clean Comedy Night at The Regent in Riverview. Luis Rivera is the opening act and Brian Kleinschmidt hosts the event.
  2. Riverview mobile home community's Irma-induced tribulations mirror the last week

    Human Interest

    RIVERVIEW — When the power came back on, Barbara Keplinger threw her arms up and danced.

    Volunteers with Irma Decentralized Response and residents of the Pleasant Living mobile home park in Riverview are working to secure donations of food and water.
  3. Sunday Conversation: Sara Mickelson has a heart for nonprofits

    Human Interest


    Sara Mickelson, a self-acknowledged Renaissance woman, will be recognized later this month by one of the city's home-grown non-profit organizations as their Corporate Citizen of the Year. Each year, the National Organization for Transplant Enlightenment (N.O.T.E.) salutes people in the community who have …

    Sara Mickelson says she doesn’t know if her red hair has anything to do with how her life has developed, “but I do have a wicked sense of humor, an active imagination, and a willingness to try new things.”
  4. Yet to open restaurant serves as shelter for needy during Irma


    Comfort Craft Café is set to open to the public in Brandon on Oct. 2, but even before it welcomed diners, it opened its doors early for displaced residents during Hurricane Irma to offer shelter. The 12,000 square-foot building housed approximately 75 Floridians and 25 dogs, cats and birds during the storm.

    The Comfort Craft Cafe, which is set to open to the public in October, opened its doors early as a shelter during Hurricane Irma.
  5. Anti sex trafficking advocate brings message of healing to Sun City Center

    Human Interest

    SUN CITY CENTER — Edie Rhea can use words like hope and healed when she speaks to groups about human sex trafficking, because she has traveled the path from victim to survivor to overcomer.

    Edie Rhea stands in front of a mural, painted by artist Tes One, on the corner of Cass and Morgan Streets that sends a message to  human sex trafficking victims. Rhea is the founder and president of the Healing Root Ministry that works to help victims.
  6. Unusual ball drop highlights golf tournament for Starting Right, Now

    Unusual ball drop highlights golf tournament for Starting Right, Now


    Starting Right, Now holds its inaugural Drive Out Youth Homeless Charity Golf Tournament on Monday with a fairly unique twist: a helicopter ball drop.

    The teens from Starting Right, Now will benefit from the nonprofit’s inaugural fundraising golf tournament.
  7. Hillsborough deputy and family lose home, pets in Lithia house fire


    LITHIA — A house belonging to a Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy and his family caught fire Friday afternoon, killing the family's two dogs and cat, authorities said.

  8. Thieves strike Plant City Church three times during Irma recovery


    PLANT CITY — Authorities say a group of thieves struck First Baptist Church Midway three times and St. Clement Catholic Church at least once in the days following Hurricane Irma.

  9. Ernest Hooper: Amateur chef pitches Tampa like a pro on Gordon Ramsay show


    Even in the final seconds of his 18-episode run on MasterChef, Jeff Philbin represented Tampa — albeit with the help of one of his fiercest competitors.

    Tampa's Jeff Philbin was eliminated from the MasterChef competition during the Sept. 13 broadcast of the Fox reality series, but not before leaving  an impression as a contestant. [Courtesy of Jeff Philbin]
  10. March column: Money pouring in for District 58 state House special election


    Lawrence McClure has reported raising a surprising $107,205 in the first month of his campaign in the special election for the District 58 state House seat, while his Republican primary opponent Yvonne Fry raised what would otherwise seem an impressive $68,765.

    Times Correspondent William March