Posted: 3:18 am Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
By Ann Kelly
The Hillsborough County School Board has voted to end bus service on routes where students live within two miles of their school. The so-called “courtesy busing” stop affects some 7,500 middle and high school students. The board says ending those routes will save the district up to $10,000 a year.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies are ready to take the next step up the big league – Major League Soccer. Chairman and CEO of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Bill Edwards, made the announcement yesterday. MLS wants to take the league from 22 teams to 28. Part of yesterday’s press conference included plans for the expansion of Al Lang Field and privately funded renovation of the stadium.
Hernando County Sheriff’s Deputies busted a meth lab in of all place a retirement community. They’re looking for Brian Vincent in connection with the lab found in Deercroft Court in Spring Hill who’s a little young for the area – he’s 34, but was staying with a relative there. Hernando County Crime Stoppers would like to hear from you if you can help at 1-866-990-TIPS (8477).
One of Joe Maddon’s investments must be doing well. His restaurant Ava will be opening a second location at the Public Heights Market. That’s part of the 43 acre redevelopment that includes the historic Armature Works. That space will not only include the food hall, but will have room for events and office space. Ava should be open next year.
And the scam du jour on Facebook goes from the secret sister gift exchange to the wine bottle exchange. Someone may tag you and tell you if you buy one bottle of wine you’ll get anywhere from 6 to 36 in return. By the way it’s also considered gambling since you’re actually taking a chance. Of course, ignore it.
After the Bucs beat San Diego Sunday 28-21 for their fourth win in a row and in a tie for the NFC South with Atlanta, the NFL decided to move their game on the 18th against Dallas into primetime with an 8:30 pm kickoff. The team comes home to Raymond James Stadium Sunday against New Orleans with a 4:25 pm kickoff.
We know who’s on the short list for the college football national championship game coming to Tampa. The final four are now Alabama, who will play Washington in one semifinal game, and Clemson taking on Ohio State in the second.
All five Florida college football teams have bowl games to look forward to; it will be Florida and Iowa in the Outback Bowl in Tampa January 2nd, Florida State and Michigan in the Orange Bowl, USF and South Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl December 29th, UCF in the Cure Bowl against Arkansas State December 17th, and finally Miami playing West Virginia December 28th.