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Hite makes an encore for Egmont

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.netAPOLLO BEACH – For television news viewers across the Bay area it was like old times last week. Former WFLA Newschannel 8 anchor Bob Hite made an appearance…

Ruskin Tomato Festival postponed indefinitely

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.netThe 2010 Ruskin Tomato and Heritige Festival has been postponed indefinitely.  It was originally planned for May 1 and 2 on the Hillsborough Community College campus. The popular…

South County road projects listed as sales tax increase vote looms

By MELODY JAMESON mj@observernews.net Hoping to encourage South County support of a penny sales tax increase this fall, Hillsborough transportation planners have listed a collection of area road projects for…

Obituaries March 25, 2010

HARLEY, Isabel A. After 101 years, Isabel A. Harley of Sun City Center, Florida, rejoined her husband, Jim, in heaven on September 4, 2009. Isabel was raised in Beaver Dam,…

Shifting gears

By MITCH TRAPHAGENmitch@observernews.net Frank Kruse died last week. No, you don’t know him. For that matter, I didn’t really know him, either, and it has been nearly 30 years since…

Tiffany originals displayed within a short drive

By WARREN RESEN w630@aol.com Member of Florida Outdoor Writers Assn. WINTER PARK — The name is magical. Who wouldn’t be pleased to have a Tiffany lamp prominently displayed in one’s…

U.S. Navy rocks out for Tampa Navy Week

By Mitch Traphagen mitch@observernews.net TAMPA — The city of Tampa has declared March 15-21 Tampa Navy Week in a ceremony on Monday that included a live  outdoor concert from the…

It’s good to be home

  By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net “Once there was a way to get back home…”In April, 2009, I exited off I-75 on the Ruskin exit for the first time in the two…

Architect proposes Ruskin Historic District

  {backbutton} By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.netRUSKIN – Emphasizing its multiple economic benefits, an architect here is initiating efforts to designate portions of this 100-year-old community as a historic district. Holly Swanson,…

Golf cart crossing opens with crowds, carts in SCC

Story and photos by MITCH TRAPHAGEN The new Sun City Center golf cart path crossing U.S. Highway 301 opened on Tuesday, March 9, with speeches, words of thanks and more…

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