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From loving child to terrified youth from Hell

By Lou Joyce I could have been that dead mother of the shooter. Circumstances were similar for our family. During the horrible unfolding of the story in Connecticut, I was…

‘Biggest ever’ Showman’s circus under the big top next week

By MELODY JAMESON GIBSONTON — Sweet and salty aromas of cotton candy and roasting peanuts accented with the pungent fragrance of fresh wood shavings, shapely young aerialists floating without apparent…

One year later, keeping the skies bullet free

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN It would be impossible to say how many lives have been saved or injuries prevented thanks to 14-year-old Diego Duran, his mother Sandy, and his family. There…

Volunteer coach teaches more than boxing

By PENNY FLETCHER RUSKIN — When Rolando Barrientos first started teaching young boys to box, it was to give them something constructive to do that would keep them off the…

The Lost Millenial: What Christmas is all about

By NICK NARIGON I opened my Christmas presents two days early this year. As an adult, I can make those kinds of decisions. As a child growing up in Iowa,…

Obituaries December 27, 2012

Hazel L. Cruse Hazel L. Cruse, 92 of Ruskin, FL passed away December 18, 2012. She was a member of Colony Baptist Church in Ellenton, FL. She was preceded in…

From 3 scholarships to 68, the number given grows each year

By PENNY FLETCHER SUN CITY CENTER — When the Sun City Center InterFaith Social Action Council started up in 1971, its founders dreamed of helping the surrounding communities in many…

‘Biggest ever’ Showman’s circus under the big top next week

By MELODY JAMESON GIBSONTON — Sweet and salty aromas of cotton candy and roasting peanuts accented with the pungent fragrance of fresh wood shavings, shapely young aerialists floating without apparent…

In honor, in memory, for Christmas: 26 Acts

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN As the nation and the entire world absorbs the shock of last week’s senseless shooting of 20 young children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School…

Retired and still working; that’s just how this guy rolls

By PENNY FLETCHER RUSKIN — If you’ve gone to school in south Hillsborough County or had children or even grandchildren in school here in the last 35 years, you’ve probably…

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