Figure skating heats up in Wesley Chapel

As Tampa Bay becomes synonymous with hockey this time of year, another ice-based sport is heating up in the region. For the first time, the Florida Sports Foundation selected Pasco County to be the host community for the annual Sunshine State Games Figure Skating Championships. The competition took place at Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel, from May 18 through May 20. The … [Read more...]

Moore enters final campaign week with $22K available

For the first time since the end of August, Erika Remsberg raised more money than her opponent in the Pasco County Commission District 2 race. But she still has a long way to catch up to the money spent by Mike Moore as the election closes in on its final week. Remsberg, the Democrat in the race to succeed Pat Mulieri on the commission, picked up $1,914 in donations for the period ending Oct. … [Read more...]

SBA looking to boost women-run businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the National Women's Business Council have joined forces in an effort to increase the flow of money by and into small businesses run by women. The overriding goal, according to a release, is to encourage greater participation by women on the financial and investing side of high-growth entrepreneurship. "Developing a deeper pool of women investors … [Read more...]

Free isn’t always free, especially with cell phones

A full-page ad that appeared in a South Florida newspaper in May has caught the attention of the Better Business Bureau, which warns consumers that just because someone claims a product is free doesn’t mean it is free. The ad, according to the consumer advocacy organization, offered “easy-to-use senior mobile cell phones free” for senior citizens. The advertiser is a company that has earned an … [Read more...]

In Print: Beer, trains, and remembering a dark time

What started as two guys and a micro-brewery in an Odessa industrial park has grown into a beer-making enterprise that is now looking for a home about half the size of Walmart. Big Storm Brewing Co. is just two years old, and already the company is pushing out 5,000 barrels of beer annually, and it hasn't even started to offer Big Storm in cans yet. "I never thought when we started that … [Read more...]