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Observations: A test of faith?

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I can whine a lot. I can wax on melodramatically about this and that, the good old days, things I should have done and so on, but…

Cleanup is easier when people work together

BY PENNY FLETCHER As of July 8, the fifth working day after the start of a massive cleanup of the Wimauma area, more than 12 tons of trash had been removed…

HCFR builds tomorrow’s heroes

HCFR builds tomorrow’s heroes

TAMPA – Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, aided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, kicked off the HCFR Summer Youth Academy, an intensive two-week training program for 20…

High speed ferry project picking up speed

BY PENNY FLETCHER A high speed ferry project between South County and the other side of the Bay is receiving attention from several sources, including County Commissioner Sandra Murman and…

For the Firehouse Cultural Center’s first executive director, the road led her home

For the Firehouse Cultural Center’s first executive director, the road led her home

Once a Fulbright Scholar in London and an executive with an arts center in New York, Georgia Vahue has come home to the Firehouse Cultural Center. By MITCH TRAPHAGEN With…

Thousands expected for Brandon parade, fireworks

Thousands expected for Brandon parade, fireworks

By KEVIN BRADY The streets and skies of Brandon will run red, white and blue July 4th when more than 50,000 people turn out for one of the largest Independence…

For some, July 4th means more than fireworks

For some, July 4th means more than fireworks

BY PENNY FLETCHER Have you ever been the only man who survived in your whole unit on an island occupied by the enemy? Or been hungry enough to offer $200…

Obituaries July 4, 2013

Hank Baker Hank Baker of Sun City Center was called home by his precious Lord and Savior on May 24, 2013 surrounded by his wife, Jo Baker, and his six…

Observations: Clinging to the building blocks of history

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN There are some things in life that we cling to just because they are powerful statements of our presence, and more, perhaps, of our willingness and ability…

Back in the news

By Penny Fletcher Local teen competes internationally High school senior Ben Hoover from MiraBay in Apollo Beach has qualified to join Team USA for the 2013 World Dragon Boat Racing…

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