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Community steps up to help boy shot by ‘celebratory’ gunfire

By Mitch TraphagenRUSKIN — A community garage sale has been organized as a benefit for the family of Diego Duran, the 12-year-old boy shot in the head by a bullet…

Young paleontologist makes donation to Paleo Preserve

By Mitch TraphagenRUSKIN — Clad in hiking boots, durable pants ready to stand up to outdoor work, and a t-shirt donning the skeletal image of a dinosaur, Braden Cliff certainly…

Obituaries January 5, 2012

Lydia Janet RennerLydia Janet Renner, widow of the late Charles F. Renner of Sun City Center, FL. and Eric, PA. died on February 24, 2011 in Life Path Hospice, Ruskin,…

Trips Worth Taking: South Florida Fair celebrates centennial

By WARREN RESEN – NATJA (North American Travel Journalists Association) West Palm Beach, Florida: The year was 1912. Florida was the last frontier in the Continental United States and scattered…

HCSO to offer seminar on fraud, identity theft in Riverview

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Riverview will hold an educational seminar on fraud, identity theft and how to protect yourself beginning at 9:30 a.m. on January 12. It will…

In more ways than one, this historian makes history

By MELODY JAMESONSUN CITY CENTER — If you have an interest in history here, you’ve certainly come across John Bowker. If you have been involved with amateur radio in the…

Observations: Something good is in the air

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN There is no shortage of predictions for doom and gloom in 2012. According to doom-and-gloomists, here is how the year will play out: There will be a…

Expanding Port Manatee has growing appeal

By MELODY JAMESON By land and by sea, they’re coming to Port Manatee. It might sound like the opening line of a ditty composed over the bar in a Key…

Ruskin boy in serious condition, struck down by ‘celebratory’ gunfire

By MITCH TRAPHAGENRUSKIN — According to family friends, 12-year-old Diego Duran is an A student at Beth Shields Middle School and loves sports. On New Year’s Eve, he was with…

Become a kid again: The circus is coming to town

By MITCH TRAPHAGENClose your eyes; think back to your childhood and listen for a moment. Do you hear that? Yes, it’s the sound of your youth — a sound from…

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