Paynes Prairie: An awe-inspiring place for nature lovers

Sometimes, you have to go inland to see “The Real Florida.” To see the “Real Florida” at its very best, visit Paynes Prairie, stretching 2 miles on both sides of U.S. 441 in Micanopy, a hamlet south of Gainesville. The 50-square-mile prairie is protected within Paynes Prairie State Preserve. Even speeding past to a Gator game, or heading north for vacation, you’ll know it’s something … [Read more...]

Distance runner receives Academic All-State honors

As he was busy shattering school records in cross country and track, Freedom High School’s Alejandro Michel was also leading the pack in the classroom — posting a weighted 8.8285 grade-point average and earning salutatorian honors for the Class of 2018. Those accomplishments resulted in a rare statewide designation for student-athletes: Alejandro Michel was one of 24 athletes named to the … [Read more...]

After playoff exit, Sunlake looks again toward future

Sunlake head coach Bill Browning knows that to win a playoff game against a quality opponent, a team needs to play four good quarters of football. On Nov. 21, he only got three. “We won the second, third and fourth quarters,” he said. “Unfortunately, we lost the first quarter, but we lost the first quarter bad.” Bad enough to put the Seahawks in a 17-0 deficit they couldn’t overcome … [Read more...]

Gainesville bumps Sunlake from postseason … again

The rivalry between Sunlake and Land O' Lakes high schools is obvious because of the close proximity of the two schools. But the Seahawks may have found a new rival in the Gainesville Hurricanes, which for the second year in a row, knocked them out of the state football playoffs. Gainesville used two quick scores at the start of the game to cement what would become a 27-19 win Friday night in … [Read more...]

Region added 3,300 construction jobs in January

It may not lead the nation, or even the state, but the Tampa Bay region added 3,300 construction jobs in January compared to the year before, fueling a 6 percent increase in the industry. That's part of a new report from Associated General Contractors of America, which warned that while growth is always good, the region and the country still has room to rebound. "It is a sign of the … [Read more...]

Scotch Institute in Wesley Chapel offers expertise in ENT, hearing and sleep medicine

In an era when many physicians are joining large multi-specialty groups, Dr. Brett Scotch remains independent as the solo physician of Scotch Institute of Ear Nose & Throat in Wesley Chapel. A board certified physician in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Scotch values the independence that comes with operating his own practice. “I can provide … [Read more...]

Dr. Todd Britten joins North Tampa Periodontics and Implant Dentistry

Dr. Patrick Johnson, a well-regarded periodontist who has practiced in north Tampa for 15 years, recently introduced Dr. Todd Britten as his new associate at North Tampa Periodontics and Implant Dentistry. “I wanted to bring on a partner whose philosophy meshed with mine — someone with the same values,” said Dr. Johnson. “It’s hard to teach ethics and Todd was someone I could trust.” Dr. … [Read more...]