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Ben Montgomery
Aug 12, 2022 - News

Bealsville folk artist Ruby C. Williams dies

Ruby C. Williams. Photo courtesy of Katherine Gibson

Ruby C. Williams, a self-taught artist, minister and farmer from Bealsville whose playful but edgy paintings have hung in galleries across the country, died Monday.

  • Williams' longtime friend and champion Katherine Gibson confirmed Williams' death and told Axios Williams' large family was planning a memorial service for Aug. 20.

Happy 813 Day, Hillsborough County

sign that says TAMPA with 813 stickers all over the letters
Photo courtesy of Press Marketing

Saturday is 813 Day – get it? August 13 … 8/13? The area code for greater Hillsborough County? Yeah?

Well, to celebrate, Sparkman Wharf is hosting a social media fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit environmental group Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful.

Ben Montgomery
Aug 11, 2022 - News

Florida county's naming of a park after DeSantis is drawing shade

Illustration of someone using a lawnmower to etch Ron DeSantis' face into park grass.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Manatee County's newest park will include things the vast majority of residents like: wetlands, shade trees, walking trails, open space, restrooms.

Yes, but: It's the new name that's rubbing some the wrong way.

What Tampa Bay voters need to know ahead of Florida's primary election

Illustration of a checkmark over a square changing into a question mark.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Less than two weeks away is the Florida primary election to decide which Democrats will face off against Ron DeSantis for governor and Marco Rubio for U.S. senator in November.

  • Also on the ballot: Candidates for the U.S. House, the state Legislature, state attorney general and agricultural commissioner, judges, school board members, and important local questions.

Florida startup recycles AC water for cannabis growers and homeowners

Illustration of water droplets making the shape of a marijuana leaf.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

One of the biggest stars at Tampa's Kush Con — amongcheesecake-flavored gummies, a stage surrounded by weed plants and vapes claiming to make you better at sex — was an air conditioning tech company.

Driving the news: Miami-based FutureAC Water System debuted its patent-pending water recycling product at the cannabis trade show last weekend.

The humble chayote takes the supermarket stage

A basket of Chayote at Publix.
Chayote at Publix. Photo: Ben Montgomery/Axios

I noticed a basket of chayote squash for the first time in the produce section of my local Publix. That means this crazy tropical cousin of the zucchini, cucumber and melon is finally going mainstream.

  • I remember back when you could only find chayote at Sanwa or a specialty grocer.
Ben Montgomery
Aug 9, 2022 - News

The Florida history of The King and The Colonel

black and white photo of elvis and the colonel
Elvis Presley and his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, sit at a typewriter in 1956 in Memphis. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

You may have heard Tom Hanks plays Elvis Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, in the movie "Elvis," but did you know that Parker has local ties?

Ben Montgomery
Aug 8, 2022 - News

Family uncovers patent for citrus bowls in Tampa storage unit

Photo: Ben Montgomery/Axios

Brothers John and Garrett Honeycutt were cleaning out their family's storage unit in Tampa this weekend when they came across some odd bowls at the bottom of a box.

They were about to toss the decorative ceramics when Garrett pulled from a rusty file cabinet an envelope marked "DESIGN PATENT, FRUIT BOWL."