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Cheering on a triumph

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The entire world cheered last week when the 33 Chilean miners emerged one-by-one to the surface. Religion or political preference or financial condition did not matter;…

Go local: finding your home away from home

The studio apartment I rented was spacious by New York standards. It included cable television, wireless Internet, and a full bath and kitchen. Mitch Traphagen photos By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Within…

Ruskin fire station eyed for community cultural center

By MELODY JAMESON Ruskin — A 10-year-old dream soon may be realized here. For at least the last decade, local leaders have talked about a dedicated community cultural center, preferably…

Some amendments excite interest; others not so much

By MELODY JAMESON SOUTH COUNTY – Preparing for the November 2 general election ballot, about 200 South County voters assembled here last week to review six proposed amendments to the…

Support local growers while enjoying fresh produce

  By Penny Fletcher Wouldn’t it be great to know the fruits and vegetables you’re consuming aren’t shot full of chemicals to hold their color and give them a longer…

Ruskin bees aren’t killers

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN RUSKIN — According to Ken Stack, a bee expert from the Quail Hollow Bee Farm, thousands of bees that have swarmed a tree at the Lone Pine…

SCC honors wounded warriors

Photos and text by MITCH TRAPHAGENVeterans and service organizations in Sun City Center came together to honor wounded warriors in a ceremony at the Community Hall on October 7. The…

?December hearing could end hospital contest

By MELODY JAMESON SUN CITY CENTER – After years of contentious competition and legal wrangling, the last chapters in the South County’s convoluted tale of two hospitals aiming for new…

Regional authorities looking at new senior medical care concept

By MELODY JAMESON SUN CITY CENTER – Prescribing what may be a treatment approach unique in the nation, a consortium of regional decision makers is outlining a medical center here…

The city in the suburbs: a love story

By Mitch Traphagen There is a city in the suburbs. At this near-mythical place, people are sitting around tables chatting casually with friends, business people with papers containing plans, proposals…

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