Observations
Observations: Take the long way home

Observations: Take the long way home

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN In Minneapolis, I canceled my return flight to Tampa and kept my rental car. I’ve made a number of trips up North since my friend…

Observations: Jeb says to work longer. He may be right

Observations: Jeb says to work longer. He may be right

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN We live in a bizarre world. It is a world in which a group of billionaires has formed a pact to give away the bulk…

News

Scout Troop 661 sees another young Eagle fly

Scout Troop 661 sees another young Eagle fly

By KEVIN BRADY Connor Mortus is joining a select group as he enters the final…

There’s this place: Alderman’s Ford Park

There’s this place: Alderman’s Ford Park

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Just down the road from Goodson Farms just off County Roads 672…

Wow! What a Season! East Bay 11U baseball team finishes as Regional Champs

Wow! What a Season! East Bay 11U baseball team finishes as Regional Champs

By LISA STARK Wow! What a season the East Bay All Stars have had this…

East Bay U8 softball team is in the World Series

East Bay U8 softball team is in the World Series

The East Bay Youth Athletics 8U girls softball team has clinched a berth in the…

Features

On the road again … Georgia’s historic Antebellum Trail

By WARREN RESEN North American Travel Journalists Assn. JEANNE O’CONNOR photos Which would you think generates more passion in Georgia, the University of Georgia’s football team or…

Southbound: A season ticket on a one-way ride

There are good ways and bad ways to travel for the million or so snowbirds flocking south to the Florida sunshine. Unfortunately, most have to take the…

Headlines

Veterans lend a helping hand

By LISA STARK Last week the members of the Riverview VFW (nicknamed “The River Rats”) discovered that pulling together as a team can work miracles right in…

Filling needs, saving lives: Organizations join forces for children in Wimauma

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN There are numerous organizations, ranging from regional and national groups to heroic efforts made by local churches, all focused on helping impoverished and disadvantaged…

Opinion

Captain Joel’s Fishin’ Holes

August is Shark Month in Tampa Bay By JOEL BRANDENBURG The Shark Week shows and documentaries started on television right after the Fourth of July holiday weekend.…

You, me and business: Hurricane at home

By DANA DITTMAR, CEO, SCC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE It’s coming up on August, which is supposedly the height of hurricane season in Florida.  As I write this,…

Video

Interview with a mermaid

An interview with Weeki Wachee Springs Mermaid Carli Dofka. Mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida from Mitch Traphagen on Vimeo.…

Underwater archeologists search for Florida’s History

Dr. John Gifford, an underwater archeologist from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, talks about making a dive for 10,000 year old…