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On The Horizon: Are time-share talks worth your time?

On The Horizon: Are time-share talks worth your time?

Ten useful steps to determine an answer By PENNY FLETCHER During my 38-plus years as a journalist, I’ve written dozens of stories about scams and swindles, and interviewed con artists…

Firehouse Cultural Center settles into community with summer camp

Firehouse Cultural Center settles into community with summer camp

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN From its inception in 2011 and its full-time opening in 2013, the Firehouse Cultural Center has faced many challenges. First, a highly committed group of volunteers had…

The Back Porch Restaurant: Serving old-fashioned, country charm

The Back Porch Restaurant: Serving old-fashioned, country charm

By LISA STARK Nestled on several acres of scenic Florida countryside in rural Polk County, halfway between Tampa and Orlando, is a quaint country-style luncheon spot that you might never…

Local schools look to hire senior citizens as substitute teachers

By KEVIN BRADY A shortage of substitute teachers has South County schools reaching out to seniors, hoping to entice them back into the classroom. Offering flexible schedules and wages, as…

It was Christmas in August at SCC market. With elves.

It was Christmas in August at SCC market. With elves.

It was Christmas in August during a fresh market held both indoors and out at the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce on Saturday. Hundreds of people turned out to…

“Art you can play” — Local craftsman blends artistry with sound

“Art you can play”  —   Local craftsman blends artistry with sound

By LISA STARK Apollo Beach resident Marc Grisar has found his lifelong passion: creating beautiful, handcrafted one-of-a-kind guitars in his home-based business, Grizzly Custom Guitars, which he likes to describe…

From the heart: Hydro Harvest Farms offers help to struggling families, kids

From the heart: Hydro Harvest Farms offers help to struggling families, kids

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN It would be a rare thing to walk into Hydro Harvest Farms in the heart of Ruskin and not find John Lawson with a smile, or to…

In SCC: A summer concert from the gazebo

In SCC: A summer concert from the gazebo

The Sun City Center Community Association held a free concert at the CA Complex gazebo on Thursday, featuring Kevin Brooks. The singer belted out tunes from the ’50s to the…

Obituaries: August 13, 2015

Cora E. Ames Cora E. Ames, 90, of Apollo Beach, Fla., formerly of Norfolk, N.Y., passed away July 30, 2015, at the Sun City Center Hospice House with her companion…

You, me and business: Momisms

You, me and business: Momisms

By DANA DITTMAR, CEO, Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce When we were transitioning from teenagers into young adults, most of us went through a phase when we were adamant…

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