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Obituaries March 29, 2012

Florence ScoppettuoloFlorence Scoppettuolo, of Sun City Center, FL passed away peacefully March 16, 2012. Florence was born in Hartford, Maine in 1920 and lived most of her life in Malden,…

Florida black bear cubs examined for conservation program

Their official names are “160” and “161.” But the words used most frequently to describe them were “too cute.” They are two 6-pound, male black bear cubs born about eight…

Banker assists deputies in catching suspected SCC bank robber

By MELODY JAMESON A Ruskin man with a long local arrest history has added two charges of strong arm bank robbery to it. Jay Francis Larson, 49, is being held…

Observations: Is it more perfect yet?

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN We the People of the United States of America have appeared to be a lot less united over the past many years. More and more it seems…

Breaking bonds painful for prison inmates, volunteers

By MELODY JAMESON BALM – Tearfully, their laughter leavened with sadness, the hopefulness tinged with regret, bonds forged over years between inmates and volunteers loosened here last week. Striving for…

$50 million project ahead of schedule; may save time and money

By PENNY FLETCHER RIVERVIEW – A three-phase project that began in 2005 and was scheduled to be completed in February 2014 may just end ahead of schedule. “We aren’t sure…

Kites paint the sky over Apollo Beach

By Mitch Traphagen Laughter from children could be heard on the ground while kites painted the sky in Apollo Beach for the fourth annual Kite Fest, sponsored by the Apollo…

Historians live-tweet a century-old tragedy

By MITCH TRAPHAGENOn April 15, 1912, the pride of the White Star Line, the RMS Titanic, struck an iceberg and sunk in the North Atlantic in a tragedy that claimed…

Obituaries March 22, 2012

Helen Perdue (Hansen) McDanielHelen Perdue (Hansen) McDaniel, 94, formerly of Sun City Center, Florida, passed away in Bluffton, South Carolina on Friday, February 24. She was born November 22, 1917…

Observations: Knowing and slowing

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Old people don’t screw around when they are traveling. Taking a trip north on I-95, we stopped at a freeway-side motel and we planned to hit the…

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