‘Mr. Don’ provides safety and encouragement

On weekday mornings and afternoons, Don Niles ushers students to safety at Double Branch Elementary School in Wesley Chapel. Officially, Niles is the school’s crossing guard. But, the 76-year-old is much, much more to students and faculty. Known as ‘Mr. Don’ to the Double Branch community, Niles is known for going the extra mile to forge relationships and lend an ear to … [Read more...]

Companies could get tax credits for hiring felons

Getting out of prison can be tough for many convicted felons, not just adjusting to the outside world, but finding a way to fit in. Jobs remains one of the biggest obstacles to making that transition, but a Miami lawmaker is proposing an idea that might provide an incentive for companies to hire them. State Rep. Cynthia Stafford, D-Miami, has introduced H.B. 121, which would allow companies … [Read more...]