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The happy trails between life and death

  This is one of a photograph or two of my happy trails. The destination didn’t really matter, the journey was important.      Mitch Traphagen photo By Mitch *Click here to email* Michelle and…

Local sailors share their passion with injured veterans

By MELODY *Click here to email* Melody Jameson photo Shaded by the bimini of Freedom Excursions’ 40-foot motor sailer, Leslie (right) and Mike (left) Jernigan share finger foods during a recent sunset sail…

Early primary election voting set to begin; absentee ballots now available

By MELODY JAMESON    *Click here to email* Signaled by biting television advertisements and fliers filling mailboxes, the 2010 election season now is underway for South County voters. In the next few weeks, absentee…

Lions, tigers and Elmira’s dreams

Elmira’s Wildlife Sanctuary is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving exotic animals and giving them a forever home. Every penny donated goes towards feeding the animals and maintenance of the…

Concentration, coordination and confidence

By Penny Fletcher *Click here to email*   Penny Fletcher Photo Jim Chambers strikes a pose before demonstrating a new move in his karate class at the Gardenville Recreation Center. Jim and his…

Volunteer team teaches students to avoid obesity

By PENNY FLETCHER *Click here to email* RIVERVIEW – Summer students at Summerfield Crossings Elementary School were treated to a fitness program July 22 given by a volunteer team calling itself “Fitness America.”…

Obituaries July 22, 2010

BRAGA, Juanita Raines Juanita “Nita” Raines Braga, 73, of Ruskin was born September 21 1937 and died June 24, 2010. She was buried on July 7, 2010 in Homestead, FL.…

Forgotten and taken for granted

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN *Click here to email* Thousands of cars pass Follow That Dream Parkway on U.S. Highway 19 in Yankeetown every day. Few of the people in those cars probably notice it.…

Retirees targeted in nasty new swindle

By MELODY JAMESON *Click here to email* SUN CITY CENTER — Question: When should you reject pleas for help from traveling family, friends, neighbors or associates?Answer: When those cries for assistance drop into…

Many factors combine to create a diamond from the rough

By MELODY *Click here to email* RUSKIN – Thanks to federal stimulus dollars, a highly competitive design, the good timing of a bad market and multiple agency cooperation, a South County ecological gem…

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