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The circus is coming!

The circus is coming!

For more than 30 years the volunteer membership of the International Independent Showmen’s Association has presented a giant circus under the big top to benefit local charities. This year’s show…

Obituaries: January 1, 2015

David Cichanski David Cichanski of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away Dec. 21, 2014. Dave was born July 13, 1942, in Detroit, Mich., to Genevieve and John Cichanski. He was…

Angel Tree illuminates the spirit of giving

Angel Tree illuminates the spirit of giving

By LISA STARK Contributing Writer/Photographer Laden with gifts ranging from toy trucks and action figures to plush animals and dolls, the “Children’s Angel Tree” at Valencia Lakes stands as a…

Sheriff’s Office won’t ever be quite the same — After 40 years, Major Ron Hartley leaving command

Sheriff’s Office won’t ever be quite the same — After 40 years, Major Ron Hartley leaving command

By PENNY FLETCHER You have to dig deep to find anyone with stronger roots in South Hillsborough County. Major Ron Hartley has commanded District IV of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s…

Ruskin church hopeful new buyer will allow charity group to remain on site

Ruskin church hopeful new buyer will allow charity group to remain on site

By KEVIN BRADY A Ruskin charity that serves hundreds of South County’s hungry and homeless every week is praying for a miracle in the new year that will allow it to…

Talking about home for the holidays

Talking about home for the holidays

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN For the first time in my life, I don’t have a “home” to go to for Christmas. Of course, my wife Michelle and I aren’t homeless —…

Nashville bound — South County’s Kelly Emerson to leave Jan. 1

Nashville bound — South County’s Kelly Emerson to leave Jan. 1

By PENNY FLETCHER Long before Kelly Emerson picked up his first electric guitar at age 12, he was inspired by his banjo-playing father, Bill Emerson, who was elected into the…

Smiles abound at Showmen’s Christmas party — Special-needs children are special guests

Smiles abound at Showmen’s Christmas party — Special-needs children are special guests

    By LISA STARK Contributing Writer/Photographer There were live monkeys, tricky dogs, pony rides, balloon animals, clown gags and glittery gift bags from Santa. But it was the smiles…

The heart of a community’s Christmas

The heart of a community’s Christmas

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Barbara Keplinger was exhausted. But being tired wasn’t enough to keep tears from forming in her eyes as she told heartfelt stories from the Senior Dinner the…

Live Nativity showcases true meaning of Christmas

Live Nativity showcases true meaning of Christmas

  Once again the cast and volunteers at the Sun City Center United Methodist Church provided a stunning Walk to Bethlehem live Nativity on Wednesday, Dec. 17. The Walk to…