Wesley Chapel dojo heads to karate nationals

The 2018 AAU/USA Karate National Championships kick off this week in Fort Lauderdale — and one local dojo will be well-represented. Wesley Chapel’s Keiko Shin Karate Academy (KSKA) is sending 22 athletes, ranging in ages 6 to 18, to square up against more than 3,000 elite, top karate competitors from the United States and beyond. The event runs from June 27 to June 30 at the Broward County … [Read more...]

Trekking to Iowa to compete at World Finals

After competing together for years, a local Odyssey of the Mind team has finally accomplished its goal of qualifying to compete at the World Finals in Ames, Iowa. Now, the team is busy raising the $5,000 they need need to make the trip. They’re doing car washes, a garage sale and restaurant fundraisers, and are hoping for the community’s support to help make their dream come true. The … [Read more...]

Gas prices still recovering from Labor Day weekend

Gas prices are still trying to come down after the expected bump during Labor Day weekend, but that hasn't stopped gas prices from being the lowest still since 2010 as September gets under way. And prices could get better, especially with federal employment levels lower than expected. "Demand typically eases going into the fall, but a high jobless report causes speculation that demand for … [Read more...]

World in chaos, but gas prices still dropping

Gas prices are inching closer and closer to a milestone it hasn't reached in nearly four years: Sell of less than $3 per gallon. The decline in the cost of a gallon go gas continued last week, with Florida's average dropping another 2 cents to $3.35 on Sunday, according to a new report from AAA - The Auto Club Group. In fact, gas prices in some metropolitan markets in the south have actually … [Read more...]

Gas prices still climbing … thanks to Russia?

A gallon of gas in the greater Tampa Bay area is 8 cents more expensive than it was a month ago, and at least part of the blame can land at the feet of Vladimir Putin. Auto club group AAA says gas prices in the state are at their highest level since last September -- $3.56 in Florida, and $3.49 locally -- because of shorter supplies of ethanol and continued tension in Europe between Russia and … [Read more...]

In Print: Special Olympics, Sochi Olympics, trauma centers

America is still taking a breath after a strong performance at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, last month, but locally, people still can't get enough. Asif Shaikh, a chaplain from Lutz, once again traveled overseas to take part in the Olympics, serving as a spiritual guide for athletes. It gave him a chance to not only see some of the medal-winning events for Americans, but also gave him … [Read more...]

Retired Dade City teacher born for Peace Corps

Barbara Colson was a freshman in college when she first heard of the Peace Corps. It was 1966, and another girl in her dorm had just received a phone call and found out she had been accepted. “I had no idea what she was talking about, so I decided to learn more about it,” the retired Dade City teacher said. “I thought it sounded good, like something I wanted to do, but life got in the … [Read more...]