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Obituaries August 25, 2011

Pat FlemingPat Fleming, wife of Phil Fleming of Sun City Center, Fla., went home to Jesus Aug. 11, 2011 after a long battle with cancer. She was born on Nov.…

Orphaned road gets some TLC

By MELODY JAMESON Sun City Center – It may not be the forever solution, but this community’s potholed, unclaimed road now has a functional fix. What’s more, it was both…

New Web sites raise awareness of missing dogs

By PENNY FLETCHER RUSKIN — Missing dogs have become such a problem in the southeastern part of Hillsborough County in the rural Wimauma-Balm area that a second meeting with authorities…

Prep football kicks off on Friday

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN With the 2011-12 school year beginning this week, prep football kicks off a new season on Friday. Kickoff times are typically 7:30 p.m., but check with your…

Observations: Fiddling while Rome burns

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN In my teens, I was a rock and roller, with an electric guitar and ripped-up Levi’s as my constant companions. Eventually reality took hold and I followed…

Cuba: Looking like home.

By MELODY JAMESON For Floridians familiar with their state, Havana can be a Déjà vu experience. There are some striking similarities – particularly in connection with the Tampa Bay area…

Back to school: Slow down, save a child and your wallet

By Mitch Traphagen RUSKIN – Approximately 190,000 children returned to school in Hillsborough County on Tuesday and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has a message for motorists: Slow down to…

Counting the years of coffee and conversation

By PENNY FLETCHER RUSKIN – No Ruskin history would be complete without the story of William T. and Mary Walker, owners of Ruskin’s Coffee Cup restaurant for more than 50…

Obituaries August 18, 2011

Betty S. JohnsonBetty S. Johnson, of Sun City Center, FL, died at the Plaza West Nursing Home Monday, August 8, after a long illness. She was 87. She was born…

Observations: Wants and needs

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I was 12 years old when I had my first-ever serious conversation with my older sister. No doubt until that time, to her I was a mindless…

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