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Chef must keep entry secret until competition

    PENNY FLETCHER PHOTO Karen Schluntz, director of dining services for Freedom Plaza in Sun City Center, was nominated by the Plaza’s executive director, Pete Budzinski, to enter the…

Holding back the tide makes park more family-friendly

  PENNY FLETCHER PHOTOS By PENNY FLETCHER APOLLO BEACH – A $342,950 county project has slowed erosion of Apollo Beach and hopefully has stopped it in the area of the…

Living by example

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN   Esther was born a child of the Great Depression in the most rural of rural South Dakota.  She went to school in a horse-drawn wagon, learning…

Boat Ramp expansion completed at E.G. Simmons Park

MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOS Boat Ramp expansion completed at E.G. Simmons Park RUSKIN — Hillsborough County recently completed a major expansion to the boat ramp at E.G. Simmons Park in Ruskin.…

Federal funds boost Port Manatee; could impact South Hillsborough County

Closest deep water port to the Panama Canal, the Port of Manatee (above) on the Gulf of Mexico at the mouth of Tampa Bay is preparing for a future focused…

Balm research center hosts state agricultural expo

By MELODY JAMESON BALM – Weeds, insects and diseases may not be everyone’s preferred luncheon conversation, but for the state’s vegetable growers they’ll be topics of choice here next week.…

Dooley Groves rises from the ashes

Mitch Traphagen Photo After losing more than 22,000 healthy citrus trees from the threat of citrus canker in 2005, Dooley Groves owner Mike Houghtaling plants the first of 7,000 trees,…

Intuitive Arts Fair displays various therapies and self-help techniques

  By Penny Fletcher SUN CITY CENTER – Several years ago I did a story on the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., having added a whole department to…

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