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In SCC, a New Sheriff (Deputy) in Town

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.netSUN CITY CENTER – Veteran Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Girard has been named Sun City Center Community Resource Officer, replacing Deputy Rob Thornton.  Thornton held the position…

Tampa Theatre organ pauses in silence with passing of Rosa Rio

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.netSUN CITY CENTER ­— Famed theater organist Rosa Rio passed away in her Sun City Center home on May 13. She was 107 years old.Ms. Rio witnessed the…

Professional planners praise South County projects

  By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.netA local community plan, an avian protection program and a pair of schools – all with South County connections – are winners this year of the Community…

Scientist with public service background named to CA board

By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net SUN CITY CENTER ­— A biochemist with both city council and school board experience has been tapped to fill an unexpired term on this community’s volunteer governing…

Accident with school bus injures one in Ruskin

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net RUSKIN – Theresa Kovatch, 43, of Ruskin was injured in a collision with a school bus from Rodgers Middle School near the intersection of U.S. Highway…

‘Dragons’ in our midst

  By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net   Green and brown anoles are the most common native species in Southwest Florida but they are quickly being outnumbered by exotic species that are…

Obituaries May 13, 2010

PURVIANCE, Lucille      Lucille Purviance, born (Ida Lucille Mankamyer) December 15, 1920 in Myersdale, Pennsylvania.  Lucille Purviance passed away, Thursday, April 27, at her home, at the age of…

Body recovered in Apollo Beach after 6 hour search

An HCSO helicopter circles as boats from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Coast Guard search the basin near Lands End…

Learning how to die

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net Paul Singer is dying. If you have read this newspaper for any length of time, say the last decade or so, then you know him.…

SCC’s Thornton promoted to new post

Deputy reflects on seven years in the community By Mitch Traphagen mitch@observernews.net SUN CITY CENTER — After seven years in town, HCSO community resource deputy Rob Thornton is leaving Sun…

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