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Pansies, pottery, petunias …

Pansies, pottery, petunias …

The spring rush is on! By LISA STARK Photojournalist Although a large part of the U.S. is experiencing freezing temperatures and blizzard conditions, gardeners here in Apollo Beach are busy…

Elmira’s offers Valentine’s Day with some tigers … and lions … and bears

Elmira’s offers Valentine’s Day with some tigers … and lions … and bears

On Saturday, Feb. 14, Elmira’s Wildlife Sanctuary will host a valentine party under the stars. Come out and enjoy enrichment activities with the animals, valentine snacks and hors d’oeuvres and…

Foxy sight in Kings Point

Foxy sight in Kings Point

This red fox was spotted and photographed a few weeks ago by Evelyn Villa of Sun City Center traveling along Newpoint Loop toward the golf course. As Evelyn turned the…

Letter: February 12, 2015

What Sun City Center Needs Now: Next Generation Step-Up Dear Editor, Our community has been so well planned physically and our first 40 year+ residents developed programs which have made…

Obituaries: February 12, 2015

Chester Buck Chester Buck was born February 19, 1920, in Buffalo, N.Y., to Ashley Mitchel and May Elizabeth Broughton Buck. And he passed away on December 18, 2014, the last…

Gannon University opening campus in Ruskin

Gannon University opening campus in Ruskin

By KEVIN BRADY After a nationwide search for a new campus, Gannon University has settled on Ruskin. The liberal arts school will start this month renovating 17,000 square feet for…

For young people, a hands-on lesson that food doesn’t actually come from a grocery store

For young people, a hands-on lesson that food doesn’t actually come from a grocery store

In a two-tiered program at the Firehouse Cultural Center that began Jan. 10 and will run through May 30, young people are provided a hands-on opportunity to learn that food…

Lennard’s Diontae Johnson named state, county all-star

Lennard’s Diontae Johnson named state, county all-star

By KEVIN BRADY The Lennard High School Longhorns have struggled since their inaugural season in 2006. Other high-school teams would look at their schedule, see Lennard and assume an automatic…

2nd Annual Have a Heart Caring Castle kicks off February; two recipients profiled

2nd Annual Have a Heart Caring Castle kicks off February; two recipients profiled

The second in a series of articles on South County groups benefiting from the “Have A Heart Caring Castle” community food drive co-sponsored by JSA Medical Group and The Observer…

BINGO: Big Business in Florida

BINGO: Big Business in Florida

By LISA STARK Photojournalist If you drop into Ruskin VFW Post 6287 on any given Tuesday night, you will find it packed with locals engaged in their favorite pastime: Bingo.…

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