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Manatee Festival of the Arts: call for entries

Manatee Festival of the Arts: call for entries

By LISA STARK Save the date! The 2016 24th annual Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts will take place March 12 and 13 at E.G. Simmons Park in Ruskin,…

Observations: Crossing roads, waving goodbye

Observations: Crossing roads, waving goodbye

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Perhaps it is such that the dead are milestones for the living. Rock star, actor, human transformer, and perhaps a man who really did fall to Earth,…

My Vision for America

My Vision for America

By PETER CHAN Voice of Democracy essay contest winner, VFW Post 4321, Tampa   My vision for America is simply the following: I envision an America that has returned to…

Small group has big dreams for South County performers

Small group has big dreams for South County performers

By PENNY FLETCHER It isn’t hard to picture Kathy Straub standing on a table singing “Ricochet Romance” — originally made famous by Theresa Brewer in 1953 — when she was…

Riverview Post student wins 1st place in Patriot’s Pen essay contest

Riverview Post student wins 1st place in Patriot’s Pen essay contest

VFW District 12 advances top students to state competition By LISA STARK Special thanks went out to all the Veterans of Foreign War posts, teachers, parents and students who participated…

County explores ‘mobility fees’ for developers: Feb. 4 workshop open to the public

County explores ‘mobility fees’ for developers: Feb. 4 workshop open to the public

By PENNY FLETCHER Since August, The Observer News has carried a four-part series on “relaxation of rules on developers” causing urban sprawl. This story will briefly recap those stories and…

SouthShore Arts Council gears up for 2016

SouthShore Arts Council gears up for 2016

By LISA STARK The SouthShore Arts Council has big plans for the New Year, and is looking for community participation to make them a reality.  Led by president and mural…

Yesterdayze is headliner at Sunday’s Rockin’ Thru The Years dance

Yesterdayze is headliner at Sunday’s Rockin’ Thru The Years dance

If you love ’60s music, you’ll want to be there Sunday, Jan. 17, when Yesterdayze takes the Veterans Theater stage for the next Rockin’ Thru The Years dance. A high-energy…

Obituaries: January 14, 2016

Don Roy Adams Don Roy Adams, 94, of Adamsville, Fla., went home to Jesus on January 3, 2016. Born in Adamsville, he spent 65 years in the Tropical Fish business.…

Obituary: January 7, 2016

Francis John Swistara Francis John Swistara, 63 years old, passed away December 25, 2015, after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis…

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