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The last teacher standing

  By Mitch Traphagen   DUETTE — Just a few miles south of Florida’s fourth most populous county is a remnant of a different time. Despite more than three million…

Whatever happened about…

  By MELODY JAMESON   AB channel dredging   Community efforts to clean its channels of boat-slowing silt got a substantial financial boost this month from a near neighbor, Tampa…

The Zen of a Road Trip

  By Mitch Traphagen   The sun rises over the shimmering water into a deep blue sky with a suggestion that the day could be a scorcher. But it is…

Obituaries May 12, 2011

Mervyn Magruder JenkinsMr. Mervyn Magruder Jenkins, age 90, died on Thursday May 5, 2011 at the Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Facility. The El Paso Texas native was the son of…

Observations: Time waits for no man

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Over the past week or so, I’ve had reason to look back at my life. I thought it telling that little things stuck out as much, if…

Hillsborough School Board votes to name EBHS Gym in honor of Lota

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN GIBSONTON — The Hillsborough County School Board has voted to name the East Bay High School gymnasium in honor of former teacher and wrestling coach Tom Lota.…

Special South County prison escapes budget ax – for now

By MELODY JAMESON BALM – Facing alleged state statute violations and a growing number of foes, Florida’s Department of Corrections this week committed to saving the Hillsborough Correctional Institution here.…

Chambers try merger on a smaller scale

By MELODY JAMESON RUSKIN – Citing potential to “work together towards one common vision,” the Ruskin and Apollo Beach chambers of commerce are aiming for merger. In an emailed notice…

Parks Department under fire; mismanagement leads to $900K shortfall

By PENNY FLETCHER SOUTH COUNTY — Parents thought eliminating the after school and summer programs at parks was a done deal from the paperwork they received but they still planned…

So many restaurants, so little time

By PENNY FLETCHER RIVERVIEW— When the first communities of Summerfield were built in 1984 new residents were promised a grocery store within a few months. It took almost 20 years…

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