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Leonard Park, the general manager of Frogmore Fresh Farm, stands next to a row of blueberry plants damaged during Hurricane Irma. Park estimates more than 100,000 plants were damaged. [Photo by Allison Graves]

Dade City blueberry farm still recovering after 100,000 plants damaged by Irma

DADE CITY — As the sun rose on the Tuesday after Hurricane Irma, Leonard Park made the familiar drive toward Frogmore Fresh blueberry farm. With remnant winds still blowing, he hoped for the best. But as he turned the corner and looked across the field, he could see row after row of fallen and leaning plants. "Plan …

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  1. Weightman seventh-grader refuses to let Tourette syndrome define her

    K12

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Adrianna Trader gets a lot of compliments on her big smile, and it's one she flashes often as the Weightman Middle School student talks about her love for dance, for her family and for academic subjects that include math, science and language arts.

    Thomas E. Weightman Middle School student Adrianna Trader, 12, at her family home in Wesley Chapel with her aunt Carolee Alvarez, 44. Trader was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome at age 11.
  2. With new sponsor, tradition of Rattlesnake Festival continues in San Antonio

    Events

    SAN ANTONIO — About this time last year, everyone was preparing to bid adieu to a long-held tradition that was famous for giving some the creepy crawlers.

    The annual Rattlesnake Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday at San Antonio City Park.
  3. Review: Fast-paced 'Seven Brides' is pure entertainment at Show Palace

    Stage

    Try not to blink if you go see Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, playing through Nov. 12 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson. If you close your eyes even for a second, you may miss something terrific in this fast-paced, lively and delightfully entertaining show.

    "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" opens Oct. 14 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson. [The LightBox]
  4. Port Richey fire chief charged with DUI, hitting a cop in the face

    Crime

    PORT RICHEY — The Port Richey fire chief crashed a motorcycle, showed signs of impairment and hit a New Port Richey police officer in the face after being taken to the hospital Sunday night, according to a police report.

    A screenshot from the web site of Little Corona's Cigar Lounge, owned by Port Richey Fire Chief Timothy Fussell, who was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and battery on a law enforcement officer Sunday night.
  5. County, Red Cross to open Irma recovery center in Hudson

    Briefs

    HUDSON — Pasco County Emergency Management, in partnership with the American Red Cross, has opened a Hurricane Irma Recovery Center that will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 17 to 20 at the Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter, 11611 Denton Ave., Hudson.

  6. Pinellas deputy fired after investigation finds he invited woman he arrested to his home

    Public Safety

    LARGO — Sheriff Bob Gualtieri fired a deputy Monday after an investigation found he offered to pay an 18-year-old woman he had recently arrested and her friend to come to his house while his young daughter was asleep in the home.

    Sheriff Bob Gualtieri fired a deputy Monday after an investigation found he paid an 18-year-old woman he had recently arrested and her friend to come to his house while his young daughter was asleep in the home.
Deputy Brian Britt, 45, was terminated after 17 years with the department.
  7. "He is schizophrenic:" Deputies release 911 call, body-cam footage of Pasco shootout (w/video)

    Crime

    PORT RICHEY — A woman called Pasco County emergency dispatch on Thursday to report that her son had shot someone inside their garage. The son was having a "schizophrenic episode," she told dispatchers, and was now outside.

    Pasco deputies approach Brian DiSario, who is next to a car during Thursday’s standoff with deputies, after DiSario shot a friend of his mother. See the video at video.tampabay.com.