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Finding the secrets locked in your genes

BY PENNY FLETCHER CYPRESS CREEK — Sometimes looking into your family’s past can give you what many call a “Wow!” moment. John Bowker of Sun City Center had just such…

Low-speed rail

By Mitch Traphagen ORLANDO — After dozens of airports and hundreds of thousands of air miles, the Amtrak station in Orlando was a relief. There are no body scanners, no…

Law change could affect your legal documents

By PENNY FLETCHER WIMAUMA — Some residents of Valencia Lakes were shocked to hear that documents they thought were set in stone might not hold up in court because of…

Questions abound over controversial correctional facility closing

By MELODY JAMESON BALM – Devastated inmates, distraught staff, anxious volunteers and a whole prison yard full of unanswered questions are churning in the wake of the Hillsborough Correctional Institution’s…

Obituaries March 17, 2011

Grace Vernice Tomberlin HelmsGrace Vernice Tomberlin Helms went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 7, 2011, at age 91.   She was born in Pelham, Georgia, July 8, 1919,…

Stuck like glue?

By PENNY FLETCHER RUSKIN– These two friends are a real trip. Just sitting listening to their stories is enough to keep you laughing all day- even after you’ve parted. Frances…

Observations: Swallowing the hook

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I have a case of mental indigestion. I think that it comes from the anchor that I swallowed. It’s an old story. People go cruising; they come…

Environmental mission lives on with scholarship

By MELODY JAMESONAPOLLO BEACH – While SOBAC, once one of the area’s strongest citizen environmental groups, was disbanded five years ago, its mission continues today in the hands of a…

Celebrating 100 years with a kiss

Howard Demask of Apollo Beach gathered with a few dozen of his closest friends at the Ruskin Senior Activities Center to celebrate his 100th birthday on Thursday. He won’t actually…

Gas too high to travel? Try this local gem

By PENNY FLETCHER WIMAUMA — With gas prices soaring just in time for spring and summer vacations, many South County residents are searching for new ways to have fun closer…

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