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Skateboard Park named for Diego Duran

By Mitch Traphagen APOLLO BEACH – On Saturday, the public was invited to the official opening of the Diego Duran Skateboard Plaza in Apollo Beach. Last week, the Board of…

Beginners mix with accomplished musicians in new orchestra

By PENNY FLETCHER Boyce and Marceil Sweat never expected to join an orchestra while at a car wash.  But while they were waiting for their car, they were overheard discussing…

A new standard for law enforcement: It’s just how things are done here

By Mitch Traphagen During the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York, more than 1,800 people were arrested, including a 15-year-old diabetic girl on her way to see a movie…

Obituaries September 6, 2012

Barbara (Bobbi) StopyraBarbara (Bobbi) Stopyra, a 26-year resident of Sun City Center, died peacefully at home on Saturday, August 18, 2012. Bobbi was an avid bridge player, serving for many…

Hundreds turn out for Riverview Chamber luncheon

Hundreds of business owners and representatives from Tampa Bay area businesses turned out for the monthly membership meeting and luncheon for the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce on August 28. …

Excuse me? I hope this isn’t radioactive…

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN A few weeks ago, for the first time in my life, I felt disabled. On a Friday night, I was covering an outdoor event and it was…

Organizers plan for CareFest SouthShore

By PENNY FLETCHER RUSKIN — Norman Blanton means it when he says he cares. Blanton, who has been the pastor of the Ruskin Foursquare Church since May, worked to bring…

Welcome to Tampa Bay! Yes, the prison fences are gone

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN TAMPA – The normally quiet and relatively happy lives of Minnesotans were altered with tear gas canisters and mass arrests during the first week of September in…

Area volunteers report on changes for inmates moved from HCI

By PENNY FLETCHER SOUTH COUNTY — While they were at Hillsborough Correctional Institution in Riverview, women inmates had access to many programs started and maintained by approximately 400 South County…

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