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County providing virtual suggestion box for citizens

By MELODY JAMESON From your perspective, what would improve life in South Hillsborough County? No, it is not a frivolous question. And yes, it is your legal, moral, ethical suggestions…

Climate change or not, weather is about to hit your wallet

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The brown grass crunches underfoot. Grass that would normally be green in August, growing from fertile and normally wet soil has long since died. Almost anything can…

Rebuilding homes with toxic drywall underway in retirement center

By MELODY JAMESON SUN CITY CENTER – After the years of uncertainty, the burden of repeatedly repairing the same new appliances, the anxiety of stubborn unexplained illnesses, the agony of…

A career well remembered: Friends gather to bestow honor on educator

By PENNY FLETCHER SUNDANCE — Vince Thompson, now 72, didn’t have his education served to him on a silver platter. Maybe that’s one of the reasons he’s done so much…

Obituaries August 2, 2012

Sharon Elaine GravesSharon Elaine Graves, 70, of Cody, passed away July 23, 2012 at West Park Long Term Care Center in Cody, WY due to complications of a stroke she…

The sullied and un-hip Web?

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Sometimes I think the Web is the bane of society’s existence. The (assumed) anonymity of it seems to bring forth crass and downright rude behavior from otherwise…

Operation Fight the Blight focused in Ruskin

By MELODY JAMESON RUSKIN – Taking aim on trash, overgrowth, junk vehicles, abandoned properties and other factors that make neighborhoods unsafe and unsightly, a multi-agency force led by Hillsborough County…

Sometimes, all it takes is love

By PENNY FLETCHER APOLLO BEACH — Hospital, Hospice and nursing home patients can get the best care in the world and be visited by friends and family- yet still have…

Defying Gravity

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN There is a place in Sun City Center where it is possible to experience what it would be like to walk on the Moon. While that would…

Mayoral candidates promise clean, good time campaigns

By MELODY JAMESON RIVERVIEW — Competition to be mayor here is heating up, but don’t expect an advertising bombardment loaded with deliberate deceptions or bundles of self promotion cramming your…

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