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Sobiks in County Center has new owner

Sobiks in County Center has new owner

Downtown Tampa, Florida -- Sobiks Sub Shop in the Hillsborough County Center in downtown has a new owner.


For years, Ken and Kathy Kroll owned the sub shop frequented by people who worked for the county or had business to do there.


Ken, who was known for greeting many of his customers by name, died after a long illness in June of 2009. Kathy continued to operate the popular restaurant and sub shop until December, but decided it was too tough to do alone.

Good Samaritan Helps Make Holidays Brighter for Koch Elementary Families

Good Samaritan Helps Make Holidays Brighter for Koch Elementary Families

Riverview, FL -- Eight families of students who attend Koch Elementary School will have a brighter holiday this year thanks to a good Samaritan in a restaurant who struck up conversation with Koch Elementary Principal Stephanie Small.

The school held a successful canned food drive and purchased turkeys before winter break to brighten the holidays for six Koch families, but was unable to coordinate efforts that would allow staff to “adopt” students and purchase toys and clothing.

“We have many students who have great needs that are not met, especially during this time of the year,” said Ms. Small.

Smoky the Chihuahua rescued from burning house

Smoky the Chihuahua rescued from burning house

Tampa, Florida - On Saturday, firefighters searched a burning  home in Tampa looking for a Chihuahua named Smoky that was trapped inside.

When crews arrived at 1213 East Emma Street, they saw smoke pouring from the house. An investigator with the Tampa Fire Marshals Office says Herman Brown and his wife, who've lived there for the past 20 years, were doing laundry. They left the house and left the dryer going.

Neighbors down the street, Vender Moore and his friend Curtis Harris, heard a beeping sound and went outside to investigate. They heard the Brown's smoke alarm going off, saw smoke and called 9-1-1 to respond before using a garden hose to try to put out the flames.