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Obituaries August 19, 2010

DILLON, John John Dillon, Sr., 67, of Old Town, FL, passed away on July 7, 2010. He is survived by his companion, Donna Williams; sons John Dillon, Jr. and Wayne…

Good Samaritan Mission hosts back to school day

Hundreds of people wait outside to eat hot dogs and nachos on Back to School day at the mission. Area churches, individuals and service organizations collected both food and money;…

Having faith in a roll of the dice

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net On November 23, 1999, I knew what my responsibilities were. I was just 24 hours into my 37th year and was beginning the journey of…

School Begins Tuesday —

Slow down to save a child and your walletMitch Traphagen File PhotosSouth County schools return to session Tuesday, August 24 and school speed zone limits will be strictly enforced by…

Balm to join list of planned South County communities

By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net BALM – Following the trail blazed by a half dozen other South County planning processes, this community prized for its rural isolation now is scheduled to begin…

Retirement community aims for golden memories

By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net SUN CITY CENTER – A party for 11,000 guests, plus? An anniversary observed for an entire year? A celebration that both commemorates the past and ensures pleasure…

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 artifacts in Little…

The advantages of buying things out of season

By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net SOUTH COUNTY — I made up my mind that tax holiday or not, I wasn’t going to fight the crowds for back-to-school shopping this year.  …

Obituaries August 12, 2010

HYDE, Helen Specht Helen Specht Hyde, 91, died peacefully on August 4, 2010, surrounded by family, after a brief illness.  She was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on October 30, 1918…

Local office candidates mix with citizens at forum

  Melody Jameson photo Dressed down for the informal, issues-oriented candidates’ forum conducted by the Balm Civic Association, the panel of eight prepared to hear and answer questions. From left,…

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