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Riding 200 miles for a penny

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN SUN CITY CENTER — The small group of bicyclists rode up Highway 301 to the Kings Crossing shopping center in Sun City Center without ceremony. They quietly…

Newland Communities plans 2,352-acre project for Apollo Beach

By PENNY FLETCHER APOLLO BEACH — The builder of FishHawk Ranch in Riverview and Mira Bay in Apollo Beach is working on a site plan for a new development to…

“Boots to Bootstrapping” program designed for war vets

By MELODY JAMESON By all reasonable standards, America’s returning war veterans should be able to find civilian employment as soon as they’re ready for it. Many of the country’s men…

The Bed & Breakfast on Tiffany Hill

By Warren Resen International Food Wine Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) MILLS RIVER, NC — This is the story of one woman’s 25 years of dedication, planning and prayer to achieve…

Gibsonton to be home of Olympic Floorball training camp

By PENNY FLETCHER GIBSONTON – Another Olympic training camp has been added to the site plan of Freedom Harbor, a $180 million project that has been gathering support from the…

Ten Years Later…

By Mitch Traphagen It began as a beautiful late summer day in New York City. A few hours later, everything changed. “I was the evacuation contact for my floor,” said…

Observations: Not homeless, feeling better

By Mitch Traphagen Do you want to feel better right now? I can help with that if you have a computer connected to the Internet. Go to YouTube and search…

There’s more to it than Havana

By MELODY JAMESON As appealing, intriguing, even beckoning as Havana may be to her foreign visitors, there is life beyond the capital city. Cuba the island lies like a sharp…

Wanted: Just one hour per month

By Mitch Traphagen “It’s never too late” is an axiom that many people live by, covering everything from quitting smoking or losing weight to returning to college in their middle…

Pawn shop clientele changes with the economy

By PENNY FLETCHER RUSKIN — When you own a pawn shop, you never know what you’ll see come through the door. When I visited Douglas and Robin Jewett Aug. 25…

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