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An oasis in the center of a bustling city

An oasis in the center of a bustling city

By WARREN RESEN, member North American Travel Journalists Association Jeanne O’Connor photos Many view San Francisco as the mythical city of Oz. They picture fog rolling in from the Pacific,…

Local charities the winner at Gibsonton Showmen’s Circus

By Kevin Brady Seated just a few feet from the fire-breathing “Human Volcano” and acrobats who seemed to defy gravity at times, children cheered, gasped and laughed in equal measure, but…

New and expanding South County businesses will soon get tax breaks

By PENNY FLETCHER Businesses in three areas of South County will find themselves in a better tax position by the end of this month. County Commissioners voted in December to ask…

Revolution Ice Cream Company is truly revolutionary for more reasons than one

By PENNY FLETCHER Getting fired was the best thing that could have happened to Bill Workman last year. Up until then, he had been working all day at a job he…

SCC Chamber businesses go Hollywood for the night

By PENNY FLETCHER They couldn’t find a red carpet but the rest of the décor – including the clothing worn by patrons — was all Hollywood at the Sun City Center…

Obituaries January 16, 2014

Florence Lucille AllredJuly 17, 1927 – January 9, 2014 Surrounded by her loving family, Florence L. Allred of Sun City Center, Fla., formerly of Memphis, Tenn., passed away on Jan.…

Obituaries January 9, 2013

Esther Ellen Long Bateman Esther Ellen Long Bateman, 86, of Brandon passed away peacefully on December 16, 2013. She was originally from Missouri and had lived in the Brandon area…

South County YMCA to break ground Jan. 21

By PENNY FLETCHER The groundbreaking of a new South County YMCA won’t be a public affair, but the Y plans an Open House later in the year. Meanwhile, YMCA officials…

Observations: Goodbye, Brenda, my friend

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I woke up with a start, as I often do, and realized that I was holding my breath, not something I often do. I didn’t want this…

From the ashes, a grove returns to life

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Outside of a metropolis of four million people lies a field of dreams. For generations there was an orange grove just outside of Ruskin that produced fruit and…

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