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Hillsborough Parks Department discloses strategic plan

By MELODY JAMESON Facing radical reductions in funding further unbalanced by rising costs, Hillsborough’s parks administration is unveiling a strategic plan for survival and eventual growth. In a series of…

Time growing short as redistricting options multiply

By MELODY JAMESON Like cells in a Petri dish, potential versions of politically important Hillsborough County commission districts are visibly reproducing as time ticks by and hard deadlines loom. One…

Lifting the weight from his shoulders

By Mitch Traphagen SUN CITY CENTER — He came to dread laughter. Being out in public, whenever he heard laughter, he was sure it was directed at him. At 455…

Sources available to help check citrus trees for canker

By PENNY FLETCHER SUN CITY CENTER — Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne in 2004 completely changed the State of Florida’s procedure for handling citrus canker. Where once eradication of…

Obituaries June 9, 2011

Neil P. AndersonNeil P. Anderson died on May 19th at his home in Sun City Center, Florida after a lengthy illness with his wife and daughter at his bedside. Neil…

Part of Kracker Avenue up for closure

By MELODY JAMESON GIBSONTON – Prompted by known criminal activity and uncontrolled dumping, Hillsborough County commissioners next week will consider permanently closing part of Kracker Avenue here. The paved, two-lane…

Observations: Someone to lean on

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN We all need someone we can lean on. No man is an island. From philosophers to poets to the Rolling Stones, that message has been true for…

Ruskin Memorial Park needs funds and volunteers

By PENNY FLETCHER RUSKIN — They’ve done all they can with what resources they have. But now, they’re broke. The board works for free. B&S Lawn Care’s Bill Maxwell has…

TRIPS WORTH TAKING: Charlotte Harbor and The Gulf Islands

By WARREN RESEN IWFTWA (International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association) Americans continue traveling despite the reality of the economy or perhaps because of it. Call it escapism if you…

A sense of honor, a sense of urgency

By Mitch Traphagen WASHINGTON, DC — The group of elderly gentlemen arrived on the darkened plaza long after the office workers and most tourists had left for the day. Some…

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