Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Some folks with ties to South Tampa recently passed away.
The following people with ties to the South Tampa area recently passed away. May they rest in peace. Dr. Jay T. Knippen passed away May 11, 2013 Joseph N. Phillips, Sr. A funeral mass will be held on May 21. Nathan Bryan Simpson, Jr. passed away on May 17, 2013.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Here is a look at the photos, video and social media coverage of the downtown Tampa funeral escort for Army Spc. Zachary L. Shannon, killed in Afghanistan.
Tampa honored the service and sacrifice of a Dunedin soldier killed in Afghanistan, Army Spc. Zachary L. Shannon. The funeral procession started at MacDill Air Force Base and proceeded down Bayshore Boulevard. Here is a look at the solemn march, as a city grieved with his family.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
A scholarship fund has been set up in Amanda Pierce's name to benefit a Plant High senior planning a career in special education.
Friends, family, and the school community are mourning the passing of Amanda Pierce, a Plant High School senior who died on March 9 from injuries suffered in a car accident in Tallahassee. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 13, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 605 S. MacDill Avenue. The funeral home's phone number is (813) 876-2421. There will be a Celebration of Life Thursday, March 14, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 509 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. Burial will follow at Myrtle Hill Cemetery. A scholarship fund has been set up at GTE Federal Credit Union, with details available soon. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations toward a scholarship in Amanda's name for a Plant High senior…
The app, which is now available to download from iTunes, allows you to watch live meetings and see what your local representatives are voting on.
It can be challenging enough to keep up with all of your local officials in Hillsborough County, let alone with leaders in Tallahassee. But a new mobile app makes it easier for you to keep up with what Florida House members are doing. Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, announced the launch of the free app, which is available for iPhones, iPads, Droid smartphones and Droid tablet devices. “The Florida House of Representatives is proud to provide Floridians with new and exciting ways to access information about our chamber by launching the ‘FL House’ app for iOS and Android devices,” Weatherford said. "Soon, users will be able to read bills, contact House members and watch meetings on their smartphone and tablet devices through a…
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Former Hillsborough County Administrator Fred Karl died March 7.
Hillsborough County is mourning the loss of one its longstanding leaders today, March 7. Fred Karl, a former county administrator, county attorney, state legislator and Florida Supreme Court justice, was 88. A Daytona native, Karl served as an Army tank commander in World War II and was present at the Battle of the Bulge, according to The Tampa Tribune. His public service career continued long after the war was over. The Stetson Law graduate served in the Florida House from 1956-64 when he attempted a bid for the governor’s office. After that, he ran for the Florida Senate in 1968 and served until 1971, according to web sources. Karl then sat on the Florida Supreme Court from 1977 until 1978 when he opted to go back into private practice. …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf had retired to Tampa, Fla., after a final military assignment leading U.S. Central Command.
Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, 78, passed away today in Tampa, according to media reports. Schwarzkopf was best known to the American people for his leadership in removing Saddam Hussein and his forces from Kuwait in 1991. Schwarzkopf had successfully led an international coalition of U.S. allies to drive out Iraqi troops. "Barbara and I mourn the loss of a true American patriot and one of the great military leaders of his generation," former President George H.W. Bush said in a written statement, according to ABC News. Schwarzkopf led what came to be known as Operation Desert Storm under President Bush. Most recently, Schwarzkopf had served as commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base in …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The World War II veteran, who spent more than 50 years as a lawmaker, was pronounced dead at Tampa General Hospital.
A memorial service for former congressman Sam Gibbons will be held at Tampa's Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. Oct. 20, according to Tampabay.com. Gibbons, an iconic Bay Area figure and politician who was instrumental in the creation of the University of South Florida died on Oct. 10, 2012. The World War II veteran, who spent more than 50 years as a lawmaker, was pronounced dead at Tampa General Hospital. Gibbons, 92, lived through some of the most significant events in Bay Area and U.S. history. He served decades in the Legislature and Congress, developing a reputation as an outspoken lawmaker.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Small business has been a major theme both inside and outside the Tampa Bay Times Forum this week.
Small business has been a major theme both inside and outside the Tampa Bay Times Forum this week. With events tied to the 2012 Republican National Convention taking place in all parts of the Tampa Bay area, many local business owners prepared to have the biggest money making week of their year. At the beginning of the convention, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and the 2012 Tampa Host Committee projected a $150 – 175 million boost to Tampa’s economy because of the 2012 RNC. "The way the City (of Tampa) and the Downtown Partnership put it out, we'd have 50,000 visitors and we'd be swamped," said Marc Zolkowski earlier this week. Zolkowski is the co-owner of the Metro Lounge and Restaurant in downtown Tampa. His neighboring business owner, …
Friday, August 10, 2012
The body of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Sitton made its way from MacDill Air Force Base to his hometown of Largo on Friday with a lot of support along the way.
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Friday, August 10, 2012
A sense of community means something to military families. On Friday afternoon, that community came together along Bayshore Boulevard in South Tampa to honor one of their own. Coming from all over the city, supporters of the military came out to honor U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Sitton, 26, who was killed by an improvised explosive device last week in Afghanistan. Many of those who came to show their support are veterans themselves. Bill Castens of the Northdale Owls came out with two dozen of his Civic Association colleagues to show his support for the family and make sure that a veteran of the wars the country faces now doesn't receive the homecoming that troops did when they returned from Vietnam. "I served in Vietnam, and when guys came …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The body of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Sitton will arrive at MacDill Air Force Base on Friday at 10:10 a.m. and travel through South Tampa to Hubbell Funeral Home in Belleair Bluffs.
The honor escort for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Sitton will leave MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa at around 10:50 a.m. Friday. Sitton's family welcomes and encourages people to come out along the route and show their support. Sitton, 26, died Aug. 2 in Afghanistan; it was the third deployment for the Indian Rocks Christian School graduate. Honor Escort Route: Related Coverage