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Festival of the Arts

Festival of the Arts

Arts-filled weekend attracts thousands to Apollo Beach The 25th Annual Manatee Arts Festival is a wrap, but memories of the two-day event will linger long after. An estimated 7,000 visitors perused…

Obituaries: March 16, 2017

Obituaries: March 16, 2017

June C. Justino June C. Justino, 84, formerly of Newark, N.Y. passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at her home in Sun City Center, Fla.  Her oldest son, Dan,…

Area residents invited to count every drop

Area residents invited to count every drop

Area residents invited to count every drop By LOIS KINDLE lois@observernews.net Local meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Ruskin and others across Florida are in a “heated” contest with…

Kiss me! I’m Irish! Maybe…

Kiss me!  I’m Irish!  Maybe…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Kiss me!  I’m Irish!  Maybe… By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net What does it mean to be anything in America today? Who are you? Do you define yourself…

Dooley Groves

Dooley Groves

Dooley Groves family looks to farm area for 7 generations By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net Daniel W. Houghtaling trekked from Michigan all the way to south Hillsborough County sometime in the…

De Soto Seafood Festival

De Soto Seafood Festival

Hernando de Soto Crewe will capture hearts By CARL MARIO NUDI carl@observernews.net The Hernando de Soto Historical Society-sponsored Heintz & Becker De Soto Seafood Festival will be held March 24 through…

FCC Gala

FCC Gala

Gala fundraiser for Firehouse Cultural Center well attended The Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin held its annual gala fundraising event March 4 at Diehl Farms in Wimauma. About 250 guests…

Manatee Village of the Arts

Manatee Village of the Arts

Chill vibes await at Birdrock Taco Shack By ANDREA SHAY At the beginning of 2016, a new restaurant named Birdrock Taco Shack opened in Bradenton’s eclectic Village of the Arts…

New endeavors await this spunky writer

New endeavors await this spunky writer

Penny Fletcher retires from newspaper writing The name Penny Fletcher will be greatly missed from the pages of this newspaper. Fletcher has been covering local news in the South Shore…

You, me and business

You, me and business

Daylight saving time is here again By DANA DITTMAR This is the one week out of the year I hate the most.  The week we switch over to daylight saving…

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