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Church in SCC uses kid’s programs to spread the Word

By PENNY FLETCHER SUN CITY CENTER — When I met 14 of the 21 youngsters who currently belong to the new singing group at the Sun City Center United Methodist…

Stolen Beauty

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN APOLLO BEACH — The blossoms are beautiful but the scent, oh, the scent is heavenly. It encompasses the beauty of the tropics, everything you can imagine. The…

County to quadruple size of wastewater treatment plant

By PENNY FLETCHER RUSKIN — Construction started in April after nearly five years of planning but just recently became visible from Interstate 75. As trees came down and land cleared,…

Ruskin in national and international spotlights

By MELODY JAMESON  RUSKIN — If the traffic load on U.S. 41 through this historic community should noticeably increase soon, many of those vehicles could be headed for Crabby Gus’…

Obituaries June 7, 2012

Howard Joseph OlsonHoward Joseph Olson, born December 26, 1951, beloved husband, father, son, brother, and friend, died peacefully in hospice care on May 25, 2012. He is survived by his…

RCMA students groove to the arts and music at Firehouse Cultural Center

The Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin played host to 100 pre-schoolers from area RCMA Centers on May 25. The program was sponsored by VSA Arts of Florida, VSA-Arts, with the…

Finding beauty in the ugliness

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I took a vacation last week. It was needed. I’ve mentioned before in this column how some people have told me my entire life is a vacation…

See the U.S.A. in our Chevrolet

Warren Resen – Member North American Travel Journalists Assn. “See the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet…” This was the opening theme song from the old Dinah Shore (Burt Reynolds’ lady friend),…

Unpredictability makes hurricane planning important

By MELODY JAMESON If, by chance, the 2012 hurricane season should offer up “the big one,” South County hazard zone inhabitants could have access to as many as eight emergency…

On-line learning program cuts affect some schools more than others

By PENNY FLETCHER WIMAUMA — Students attended a bitter-sweet celebration of their reading goals May 31 dancing to the music of local DJ Tito who often provides entertainment for special…

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