Observations
Observations: Good people, big company

Observations: Good people, big company

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The time to leave Jon’s Mom’s house for the airport was 6:30 a.m. No later. Minneapolis has a busy airport, and the lines for security…

Learning and losing the hard way

Learning and losing the hard way

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The jet plane’s wheels had just touched the pavement of the runway at the Atlanta airport when I learned that I had lost my friend…

News

World War II veteran, 92, honored

World War II veteran, 92, honored

By KEVIN BRADY “Everyone loved their country.” That’s how Evelyn Mastalerz remembers World War II.…

Ana Banana hosts a day for kids, fishing and cupcakes

Ana Banana hosts a day for kids, fishing and cupcakes

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Captain Joel Brandenburg, the name behind Ana Banana Fishing Company, a charter…

Donating time and talent to American veterans

Donating time and talent to American veterans

By LISA STARK From singing Christmas carols for military servicemen to baking cookies to send…

Commentary: Virtually gathering with the neighbors

Commentary: Virtually gathering with the neighbors

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN South Hillsborough’s real communities are beginning to spring up online as virtual…

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

In Sun City Center: Remembrance and honor to those who gave

Col. Mike Escudie of the United States Central Command at MacDill AFB in Tampa looked out at the packed, newly renamed Veterans Theater at the Kings Point…

Ruskin VFW Celebrates Memorial Day Weekend

By LISA STARK There’s a newly installed bronze statue that can be seen in front of the white building on U.S. 41 that depicts a soldier carrying…

Opinion

Commentary: Virtually gathering with the neighbors

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN South Hillsborough’s real communities are beginning to spring up online as virtual communities. There are community bulletin boards, classified ads for Apollo Beach and…

On the Horizon

New Riverview addiction center to hire 150 full-time workers By PENNY FLETCHER These days, just about every family has a relation, or someone they know, with an…

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…