SEMINOLE -- The unemployment rate is declining, younger people are moving in, residential building permits are at the highest level in a decade, and the area remains the second largest manufacturing job center in Florida.
ZEPHYRHILLS -- Zephyrhills Water held an open house Saturday commemorating 50 years of operation in Zephyrhills. The open house featured a free barbecue meal, live music by the Tonebenders, tours through the state-of-the-art water bottling facility and activities for children.
NEW PORT RICHEY -- When state Sen. Wilton Simpson gives a lesson on eggs, those props he's using are the real thing. That became clear at Richey Elementary School this week during a program aimed at observing National Farm to School Month and promoting the nutritional value of eggs.
OK, really? I mean, I think we all understand by now how deep the animosity runs between Hillsborough Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia and board member April Griffin. Their relationship was fractured a long time ago and it's never going to get better.
APOLLO BEACH -- One of South Shore's most popular destinations for tourists and residents alike is quietly preparing for its 2014-15 season. During the summer, Tampa Electric Co.'s Manatee Viewing Center has been making some changes that are sure to appeal to visitors.
HOUSTON -- A Texas death row inmate whose attorneys contend he is so delusional that he can't understand why he was convicted and condemned has been scheduled for execution. Scott Panetti, 56, was set for lethal injection in Huntsville on Dec.
TAMPA -- A cold front moving over the area this weekend could leave all the little "Frozen" trick or treaters shivering tonight. The slightly cool weather this evening - the low is expected to drop into the upper 50s - will only be a taste of what's coming over the next
Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. From an environmentally conscious film fest in St. Pete to a day of Hispanic heritage, food and music at Al Lopez Park.
TAMPA -- With a 1-6 record and the last-ranked offense and defense in the NFL, the Buccaneers appear well on their way to what could be one of the worst seasons in franchise history.
TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon was sacked five times each in the past two games. But many of the hits the second-year pro absorbs look worse than they really are, he said.
ZEPHYRHILLS -- The Zephyr Mansion Haunted House will be open from 7 to 10 tonight for those who did not get a chance to take the tour during Halloween Howl on Saturday evening.
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Students at Schrader Elementary experienced a song-and-dance performance this week that came with a serious message about bullying, tolerance, respect and responsibility. The New York-based JLINE Dance Crew performed the 45-minute show Monday in an effort to inspire and
TAMPA -- All Patrick Murray wanted was a fair fight. After a standout career as a kicker and punter at Fordham University in the Bronx, Murray signed a contract with the Buccaneers on Jan.
ST. PETERSBURG -- It won't be tomorrow, but St. Petersburg is on the verge of a major shift toward a more pedestrian-friendly downtown, the planning consultant leading development of the downtown waterfront master plan said Thursday.
LAS VEGAS -- In a ruling that could prove costly for Nevada strip clubs, the state Supreme Court says dancers at one Las Vegas club are employees, not independent contractors, and are entitled to be paid minimum wage.
MIAMI (AP) -- Florida Democrats are getting some last-minute help from the White House. Vice President Joe Biden will visit South Florida Sunday and Monday to help former Gov. Charlie Crist and Rep.
TAMPA -- At the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, one of the largest sheriff's offices in the country, only about 17 percent of the 2,000 deputies are women. That's a number officials hope to bolster soon.
Deputies are looking for a man who robbed Zales on Oct. 18. Around 3:37 p.m. the man asked to view a 14-karat gold chain, valued at $8,000, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.
TAMPA -- Copa Airlines CEO Pedro Heilbron said his company's experience in the Tampa Bay area has been nothing but positive over the past two years. He foresees growth here in the future for the only airline that provides direct flights to a Latin American hub.
Troopers have identified a man killed in an Oct. 24 motorcycle accident. William Stephen Hall, Jr., 42, from Tampa, was heading eastbound on Fowler Avenue around 6:35 a.m., the Florida Highway Patrol said.
TAMPA -- A Hillsborough County School District substitute teacher was charged Wednesday with possession of methamphetamine, which deputies said they found in his vehicle at the middle school where he was teaching.
TAMPA -- The Lightning powered their way past Philadelphia on Thursday, pulling out a 4-3 victory in front of an annouced crowd of 18,642 at Amalie Arena. Tampa Bay scored twice on the power play to improve to 7-3-1 to start the season, 4-1-1 on home ice.
ZEPHYRHILLS -- The Pasco County School District is running into problems closing out the books on a Zephyrhills charter school for autistic students that shut down at the end of the 2013-14 school year.
TAMPA -- Jerlean Moore wakes up each morning between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. and says a prayer for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office homicide detectives investigating her daughter's death. "I just pray every day that God protect the detectives that are working on this case and
ST. PETERSBURG -- While kids are preparing their costumes, local law enforcement agencies also are preparing for trick or treat tonight. Sgt. Elizabeth Brady said the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office will be operating patrols as usual, with a focus in neighborhoods, where there is
WASHINGTON -- The 2014 midterm elections are days away, but preparation are already underway for the first debate of the 2016 presidential primary contest. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation announced on Thursday that it will invite GOP presidential candidates to attend a televised
The local commando community is not pleased that the man who says he killed Osama bin Laden is planning to reveal his identity and talk about his experiences in an upcoming Fox network documentary.
The 38-story Tampa City Center tower in downtown Tampa has changed hands in what brokers call the largest transaction in the area in recent memory. The tower at 201 N.
TAMPA -- It took the Great Recession to shake the Florida business community out of its comfortable snooze. Many of the companies that survived it did so because of their overseas business dealings, said Doug Davidson, regional global commercial banker for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
TAMPA -- The University of South Florida football program announced a two-game series against Georgia Tech. The Bulls travel to Atlanta on Sept. 11, 202,1 and the Yellow Jackets come to Tampa on Sept.