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Humor in remembrance? Surely you can’t be serious

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Funerals are often described as “celebrations of life” but they rarely live up to that billing. Death is sad and there is just no way around…

Helping Hands

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The circus has moved down the road. All along the way, I’ve heard stories of the southbound cruising fleet crowding bridges and marinas along the Intracoastal Waterway…

New SCC CA board will be mostly familiar faces

By MELODY JAMESON SUN CITY CENTER – A minority of the community association membership here has returned three veteran directors to their governing board and added one newcomer to the…

County government responds to hard times by reinventing itself

  By MELODY JAMESON SOUTH COUNTY — If South Hillsborough citizens find themselves talking to more voice mails when they call county government these days, it may be because the…

Church moves from funeral home to 5-acre plot

Building Committee members managed to shovel some dirt even though the ground was hard from lack of rain. They are, from left, Marvin Kastama, John Woods, Sara Anderson, Darrell Snyder,…

World tours end in Riverview for this show biz pair

  By Penny Fletcher penny@observernews.net RIVERVIEW- It isn’t often you meet someone who started in show business at 11 months old, but Robert Lange made his debut at just that…

Reality as not seen on TV

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I am seriously behind schedule on a slow journey home to Florida. My goal was to be well into the Intracoastal Waterway in a southern state…

Coming in from the cold

Part four of an Observer News feature series By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I had never been so cold in my life — and that is saying something coming from a former…

Balm plan getting underway with community tour

By MELODY JAMESON BALM — Looking ahead to onset of their first community planning process, four long-time residents here will show the professional planners their working material next week. LISA…

Tampa Electric unplugs a manatee celebration

Photo courtesy Tampa Electric Company Numerous cousins of this endearing, gentle manatee are expected as guests of honor in mid-January when Tampa Electric Company celebrates the 25th anniversary of its…

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