Lunch with Ernest: Come in, but leave the phone
||Will work for home equity
[Times photo: Skip ORourke]
Families exchange labor for a down payment on a house. The USDA subsidizes the mortgage.
Ben Crisler, son of a Georgia sharecropper, went from a 20-year career with Western Union to the grueling job of restaurant manager, and he's got burns on his right forearm to prove it.
Hospital poised to grow with area
Brandon Regional Hospital has gone from small-town hospital to overburdened ER in a short decade, prompting a new addition.
I Live Here
A tourist in her own state appreciates all that "kooky and wild and fun" Florida offers.
People: Against the tide
An outdoorsy gadfly uses his considerable skills as a researcher to gather data for the fight against a $110-million desalination plant in Apollo Beach.
Daytripper: Time travel
The Tampa Bay History Center displays artifacts and provides knowledge about Florida, dating to the 1500s.
Here and Gone
Here's a look at some new businesses setting up shop in the area:
Farmer's Market: Pretty, tasty
Both are important to a maker of "edible art." Her centerpieces and gift baskets long to be admired, then eaten.
Real Estate: House Values
SEFFNER: This 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom home sold for $184,400 after 45 days on the market. It was listed at $184,900. It has 2,045 square feet, an in-ground pool with a slide, a stone fireplace in the family room, a workshop and a pond in the back yard. Information provided by Steve Lavoie at ReMax Realty.
Zoning: Centex plans 1,000-unit village
Editor's note: This column follows zoning petition requests for new commercial, retail and residential developments to provide you with specific information about what's being planned in your community. We'll also alert you about public hearings so that you can make your voice heard. Petition numbers are provided in bold to help you get more information from the county.
Lithia: Wolves territory
The county's 23rd high school, opening in August, tracks down a mascot name that hasn't been snared.
Sun City Center: Fruits of generosity
Trees in Sun City Center produce so much fruit that residents give the excess to food banks or anyone who wants it.
Thonotosassa: Planting plan blends forestry, genealogy
DAR members will dedicate a tree-planting project in remembrance of their ancestors.
Notebook: Peace activists plan rally today
SUN CITY CENTER -- With talk of war heating up, some residents of Sun City Center are planning to make sure their voices are heard.
Lane Ranger: Residents beware: Humps slow more than speeders
Today we'll be talking about speed humps. Are they the safest way to reduce speed in your neighborhood?
Sports & Recreation: LPGA rookie enjoys her life in limelight
Beth Bauer, 22, discusses her life and work before departing for the ANZ Ladies Masters in Australia.
Megan Bowers, Valrico
Prep notebook: Tampa Bay Tech girls claim district crown
BRANDON -- All three are on the state's girls' basketball polls and all three were in the mix during their district championship games. Durant, Tampa Bay Tech and Bloomingdale all reached their respective district's title games but the trio had mixed results in the Feb. 15 finales.
What's in a name?: McLane Middle School
Eldridge McLane was its longest-serving principal, almost 34 years. He started when it was Brandon School.
Letters: Readers' response incredible
Re: Hunger, worry follow freeze, Feb. 6
Front Porch: A special room of her own
TEMPLE TERRACE -- Cori Lynn McCumber spends most of her free time in her new bedroom.
Go to your (fantastic) room!
A parent's command would be some children's wish when a bedroom is a box full of whimsy.
Shop owner well versed in the poetry of orchids
A Hyde Park Village nook caters to lovers of sensuous petals and to everyone who digs the gardening life.