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Women-owned companies join forces to support Mary & Martha House

By Mitch Traphagen RUSKIN – The Mary & Martha House in Ruskin is so well-known that it has become nearly ubiquitous in Hillsborough County. In a sense that is unfortunate…

See the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet

Third of three installments – Final By WARREN RESEN – Member North American Travel Journalists Association After more than a month on the road, it was time to turn around…

Gibsonton composer’s ratings online continue to climb

By PENNY FLETCHER GIBSONTON – At the dead end of a quiet Gibsonton street in an unpretentious home filled with adopted pets, Shari Keller sits at a desk full of…

Doctor says skin cancer warnings are 50 years behind the times

By PENNY FLETCHER SUN CITY CENTER — People have been educated to take preventive measures concerning breast, prostate, lung, colon and other cancers but rarely do they have a complete…

Rich local lore a secret no more

By MELODY JAMESON RUSKIN — This community is getting around. After getting play on Swiss and German television, as well as in the Southwest Airlines in-flight publication, last month, a…

Blowing a fuse on Craigslist

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Here’s a tip for someone selling a car or anything else:  Don’t sound like a homicidal maniac in your advertisement. I can say that because I am…

Obituaries August 9, 2012

William Eugene McConnaugheyWilliam Eugene McConnaughey, 91,  died peacefully at Sun City Center, Florida, on July 21, 2012.  He was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, but spent most of his…

The backbone of America in a place you’ve never heard of

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I once stood on the geographical center of the United States and looked out upon nothing but fields and gravel roads. At the time I took solace…

NASA lands Curiosity rover on Mars

By Mitch Traphagen NASA — After a 36-week flight through space, NASA has successfully landed its car-sized rover, named Curiosity, on Mars. From all appearances, the mission thus far has…

Recent vets take part in kids’ fishing camp at E.G. Simmons Park

By PENNY FLETCHER RUSKIN — The intermittent rain cleared up just in time for kayak fishermen (and women) to enjoy their boating time and then for everyone in the group…

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