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The Sojourners

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Until earlier this week, the wildest cab ride I have ever had was in the Dominican Republic, a nation of few actual traffic laws and fewer still…

Proposed custom community plan going on exhibit soon

By MELODY JAMESON BALM — Before and beyond all else, this community’s citizens planners want to keep and continue its rural character. From its lengthy history through its guiding goals…

First Baptist Church of Ruskin, shares history, memories of the past

By PENNY FLETCHER RUSKIN — Doris Buzbee’s mother Ida McRoberts was a charter member of the First Baptist Church of Ruskin and Doris’s earliest memories are of growing up there.…

Fraud forewarning underwritten by sheriff’s office grant

By MELODY JAMESON SUN CITY CENTER – In order to forearm residents here with forewarning knowledge, this community’s volunteer security organization has received a grant from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s…

Gigantic puppets come to life at the Firehouse Cultural Center

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN RUSKIN — Last week, master puppet artist and puppeteer Sara Peattie became the second artist in residence at the Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin. Peattie brought with…

Residents take over community after developers’ abandonment

By PENNY FLETCHER RUSKIN — When the bottom dropped out of the housing market a few years back many developers abandoned projects all over the country. Homes stood half-finished. Others…

Born too early for what?

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Were you born at the right time? Do you sometimes feel as though you are here too early or too late? Do you long for a golden…

Obituaries July 26, 2012

A. Katherine BarkleyKatherine Barkley, 95, of Sun City Center, FL passed away on Friday, July 13, 2012. Katherine was born on May 25, 1917, in Kentucky, where she was the…

To Circles patrons, singing waiter is already an idol

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN APOLLO BEACH — Dan Wood has “It”. No one really knows what “It” is, no one can define it, but people either have it or they don’t.…

County committee of and for developers under scrutiny

By MELODY JAMESON From its name to its function to its objectives, a governmental committee heavy with real estate development interests and strong South County connections is drawing fire from…

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