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Obituaries: April 23, 2015

Willard D. ‘Bill’ Baker Jr. Willard D. “Bill” Baker Jr., age 81, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed on Thursday, April 9, 2015. Beloved husband of Nora Baker and the…

Finding peace through children during The Troubles

Finding peace through children during The Troubles

Documentary hopes to tell a little-known story of how one man helped to end a war. The Observer News‘ Kevin Brady is part of that story. By MITCH TRAPHAGEN In…

Social media: Beauty or Beast?

Social media: Beauty or Beast?

 HCC SouthShore students weigh the pros and cons By LISA STARK “It can be a beautiful thing,” said Aaron Zais, a freshman at Hillsborough SouthShore Community College. “But it can…

Valencia Lakes’ Woodworkers, Mainscape assist Wimauma Elementary

Valencia Lakes’ Woodworkers, Mainscape assist Wimauma Elementary

By KEVIN BRADY   Children at a South County elementary school have a new courtyard, thanks to the work of local volunteers. What was once a rundown, barely recognizable patch…

With grant for Ruskin Cemetery, Community Foundation honors those before us and those to come

With grant for Ruskin Cemetery, Community Foundation honors those before us and those to come

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN On Friday, April 10, the Tampa Bay Community Foundation, Southshore Council, awarded the volunteer board members of the Ruskin Memorial Park a $29,000 grant allowing the nonprofit,…

‘Sassy Cows’ program a hit with ‘Savvy Kids’ at Riverview High

‘Sassy Cows’ program a hit with ‘Savvy Kids’ at Riverview High

By KEVIN BRADY Think of special-needs students, and the first thing that comes to mind is not a cow — but a teacher at Riverview High School has been associating…

Glitz and glamour of the canine kind

Glitz and glamour of the canine kind

Just picture Rin Tin Tin as a more fashionable Rin Gold Gold By LISA STARK Alaine Gough has always loved to cook, and even ran a small catering business in…

You couldn’t ignore the ‘elephant in the room’

You couldn’t ignore the ‘elephant in the room’

The literal elephant in the room at the SCC Chamber of Commerce Spring Expo was from Nozzle Nose exterior cleaning company. The business’s mascot was seen roaming the hall and…

Letter to the Editor: April 16, 2015

Dear Editor, After many long years of hard work, meetings, changes and ups and downs I am please to say that on behalf of myself, and my neighbors we are…

Obituaries: April 16, 2015

William Robert Caulfield William Robert Caulfield, 90, passed away on March 26, 2015. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., April 22, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley…

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