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After nearly two decades of Christmas miracles, Jones steps down

After nearly two decades of Christmas miracles, Jones steps down

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Juan cannot see, hear or speak. But he knew when Barbara Jones was approaching. And then when he would feel her hand in his, the sounds coming…

Bell Shoals Baptist Church has much to celebrate this Christmas

Bell Shoals Baptist Church has much to celebrate this Christmas

By LISA STARK They grew from a meager 12 parishioners to nearly 600 in just four short years, and this Christmas season, Bell Shoals Baptist Church is giving thanks for…

Musical petting zoo helps a sound investment for children, say parents

Musical petting zoo helps a sound investment for children, say parents

By KEVIN BRADY Their small arms not quite long enough to hold the violin or strong enough to hold the tuba, but that didn’t matter a bit to organizers of…

Kids are kings at the Showmen’s Club Christmas party

Kids are kings at the Showmen’s Club Christmas party

By LISA STARK There were carnival rides and gift bags from Santa overflowing with goodies at the Showmen’s Club’s eighth annual Special Needs Christmas Party, held Dec.15 at the IISA’s…

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

from the Observer News and M&M Printing family. Thank you for allowing us to serve you for more than 50 years!…

Obituaries: December 24, 2015

Conrad L. Dehn Conrad L. Dehn of Ruskin, Fla., born Dec. 3,1933, passed away on Dec. 12, 2015. Conrad was born in Olean, N.Y., and was predeceased by his parents,…

Observations: Merry Christmas. And thank you.

Observations: Merry Christmas. And thank you.

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN For nearly as long as I’ve been sharing the stories of South Hillsborough and beyond in the pages of this wonderful newspaper, I’ve known Barbara Jones, the…

Adasyn, 4, won’t let Grinch steal her Christmas cheer

Adasyn, 4, won’t let Grinch steal her Christmas cheer

By KEVIN BRADY Some heartless thieves stole four large inflatable Christmas decorations from the Mitchell home on Gibsonton Drive earlier this month, a display the family had intended to brighten…

Santa makes early visit to Riverview for benefit

Santa makes early visit to Riverview for benefit

By KEVIN BRADY Santa Claus wasn’t the only celebrity who turned out for a charity benefit for the Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) Saturday, Dec. 12, at Trader Tots Resale…

Ceremonial groundbreaking for 30-acre shopping, theater complex in Gibsonton

Ceremonial groundbreaking for 30-acre shopping, theater complex in Gibsonton

On Dec. 3, several dozen neighbors, supporters and employees gathered for the formal groundbreaking of the Riverview 14 shopping and entertainment center,  located between the Walmart Super Center and the…