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Staying off the beaten path shows travelers the real sites

  By Penny Fletcher   Anghor Wat in Cambodia is a 1,500-year-old religious site held to be holy by people of that country. SOUTH COUNTY – Most of the time,…

Giants Camp Memorial dedicated

Giants Camp Memorial dedicated By MELODY JAMESON More than 100 guests representing Gibsonton’s famed Tomaini family, concerned local residents and officials last week helped formally dedicate the multi-feature memorial to…

East Bay rings in the champions

East Bay rings in the champions Mitch Traphagen The state champion East Bay High School girls softball team was recognized with championship rings before the East Bay-Durant Homecoming football game…

Retirees again targeted with rip-off scheme

By MELODY JAMESON SUN CITY CENTER – It all looks so customary, so normal, so official. The very valid-appearing check in the rational amount of $2,520.45 is made payable to…

Fall is here…and it’s still hurricane season

By Mitch Traphagen With the blissfully cooler temperatures in the Tampa Bay area recently, it is easy to forget that we are still in the heart of hurricane season. October,…

Living a life that matters

  MITCH TRAPHAGEN In Sun City Center, an elderly man checks into what will be his last home — a room in a hospice house. Our lives may differ but…

Florida’s Islands: Sandpiper Inn, Longboat Key

  Entrance to the Sandpiper Inn on Longboat Key. By WARREN RESEN, Member of the Florida Outdoor Writers Assoc. One in a series of Florida Travel articles Traveling to the…

New vehicles purchased for SCC Security Patrol

By MELODY JAMESON SUN CITY CENTER – Two new vehicles have been added to this community’s Security Patrol fleet courtesy of three recent cash contributions. MELODY JAMESON Twins to this…

Voters get two last chances up close with candidates

By MELODY JAMESON RUSKIN – As the mid-term November election looms on the horizon, South County voters have just two more public opportunities to question their candidates before marking ballots…

Bees mysteriously swarm RV park tree

MITCH TRAPHAGEN Lone Pine RV Park manager Dennis Courtway looks out at a swarm of bees that rapidly colonized a tree in his park over the weekend. Below is a…

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