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Adopt a Camper helps keep kids safe

By PENNY FLETCHER SOUTH COUNTY — When county budget cuts started hitting the parks department three years ago children’s programs were the first thing affected. That’s because they were the…

Observations: Let’s not race to mediocrity

By Mitch Traphagen On a beautiful spring day in 1975, Reuben Svingen stood in his classroom at Worthington Junior High School, held up a silver coin and said, “There is…

County’s Code Enforcement kicks off fight against criminal graffiti

TAMPA — Hillsborough County Code Enforcement officers recently launched their new Anti-Graffiti Unit to clean up gang graffiti in parts of eastern Hillsborough County.The team cleaned and painted over graffiti…

Retirees say ‘no way’ to unrestricted community access

By Melody Jameson SUN CITY CENTER – In no uncertain terms, residents here have rejected another unrestricted access to their community. In balloting last week, nearly 3,000 of the 11,000…

Restored habitat project set to open with fanfare

By Melody Jameson RUSKIN — Lost River Preserve, converted from abandoned fish farm to ecological jewel for wildlife and human enjoyment with the help of federal stimulus dollars, opens here…

Obituaries March 3, 2011

HICKEY, Frances Leone Frances Leona Hickey 94, died Sunday February 20th, 2011 at Life Path Hospice, Sun City Center, FL. She was born in Rock Island, IL on March 3rd,…

Crime falls sharply in South Hillsborough

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net RUSKIN — “This is something to feel good about,” Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Major Ronald Hartley said. “We cut our crime rate almost 50 percent over a…

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