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Obituaries: March 24, 2016

Billie Marie Billings Billie Marie Billings, 85, passed away unexpectedly March 13, joining her recently departed beloved husband of 61 years, Dick. Known for her songs and fun-loving, kind and…

Parks programs add summer camps for challenged youth

Parks programs add summer camps for challenged youth

By PENNY FLETCHER Ruskin Recreation Center is gearing up for its first summer camp for physically and mentally challenged youth, joining seven other Hillsborough County recreation centers. The Riverview Recreation…

In Manatee County: A memorial to a very distant past

In Manatee County: A memorial to a very distant past

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN In Manatee County is one of the best anchorages in  the Tampa Bay area, right near the mouth of the Manatee River with an enormous cross serving…

Lennard teacher and Excellence in Education Award nominee has faith

Lennard teacher and Excellence in Education Award nominee has faith

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The school day was nearing an end at Lennard High School, and Sharon Gilmore-Barton had a smile on her face. Not because it was the end of…

This week: SCC Apple User Group club celebrates 10 years and new lab

This week: SCC Apple User Group club celebrates 10 years and new lab

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN These days it’s hard to miss them: It seems that whenever a computer is shown on a television show or a movie, it is an Apple MacBook.…

Celebration of lifetime friendship

Celebration of lifetime friendship

By PENNY FLETCHER After more than 50 years of friendship, Frances Hereford and Polly Rothenbush still show up at events wearing the same color clothes without even talking about it…

South County’s first quadruplets prepare for college

South County’s first quadruplets prepare for college

By PENNY FLETCHER Eighteen years ago Debbie and Nick Bates were overwhelmed when Debbie gave birth to quadruplets. But now they seem completely calm and at ease, and looking back…

70th birthday of VFW Post 6287

70th birthday of VFW Post 6287

By LISA STARK In a festive celebration last Sunday that included a prime rib dinner, birthday cake and music provided by the ever-popular Bert & Sassy, the Ruskin VFW commemorated…

Celebration marks movement to next phase of South Bay Hospital expansion

Celebration marks movement to next phase of South Bay Hospital expansion

By PHYLLIS HODGES South Bay Hospital and general contractor, Charles Perry Partners Inc., or CPPI, gathered their subcontractors and community representatives at the construction site on Feb. 23 to celebrate the…

SCC Security Patrol to move command center

SCC Security Patrol to move command center

By PHYLLIS HODGES The Sun City Center Security Patrol is moving its command center to North Pebble Beach Boulevard and LaJolla Avenue. Its 4,300-square-foot new home formerly was the clubhouse of…