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Get visual insight into China

If you want to see the country of China, you will want to attend the Tuesday, Nov. 12 meeting of the SCC Photo Club at 6:30 p.m. in the Caper…

Without a word, Amazon making huge waves in South Hillsborough

Without a word, Amazon making huge waves in South Hillsborough

The world’s largest Internet retailer is expected to create 1,000 jobs in a new fulfillment center slated for Ruskin. By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The world’s largest Internet retailer, Amazon.com, is making…

Questions about the Affordable Care Act? Head to Ruskin presentations

Questions about the Affordable Care Act? Head to Ruskin presentations

By KEVIN BRADY Confused about the Affordable Care Act? Michael Van Hoek is your man. Van Hoek, and thousands like him, are fanning out across the country this month to…

Brandon double homicide leaves neighbors counting blessings

Brandon double homicide leaves neighbors counting blessings

By KEVIN BRADY A fire that was started to erase evidence in a double homicide could have left many more dead, say residents of a Brandon townhouse community who are…

Trick or Treat Street happens this Saturday

Trick or Treat Street happens this Saturday

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Back in 1988, the organizers of the original Trick or Treat Street were attempting to create a safe place for children of all ages to have fun…

Dottie Berger MacKinnon: A life fighting for children

Dottie Berger MacKinnon: A life fighting for children

By KEVIN BRADY Caring for children that society all too often forgets is the legacy of Dottie Berger MacKinnon, according to those who knew her best. Founder of A Kid’s…

Wimauma’s Redhawk Ranch opens as retreat, store and meeting place

Wimauma’s Redhawk Ranch opens as retreat, store and meeting place

By PENNY FLETCHER Three times Bud and Brenda Hoshaw have lived on what Native Americans call “sacred lands.” But they didn’t know that when they moved there. The 18 acres…

Discover Camp Bayou Oct. 26

Discover Camp Bayou Oct. 26

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Camp Bayou, a Hillsborough County park located in Ruskin, is holding an open house on Saturday, October 26, to showcase the park’s many incredible resources. “Our upcoming…

Obituaries October 17, 2013

J. E. “Gene” Lofley J. E. “Gene” Lofley, suffered a stroke on his 89th birthday September 10, 2013 and passed away on September 30, 2013. He was a lifetime resident…

Observations: Cracks in the road ahead

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Thirty-five thousand feet over America provides a view of a peaceful, almost pastoral nation. So many things have changed in the world and in my own country…