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30th year celebration

30th year celebration

Manatee viewing center throws itself a party By LOIS KINDLE lois@observernews.net March 16 was a big day for the Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center, when it hosted its 30th Anniversary…

Spring Fling 2017

Spring Fling 2017

Little Manatee River State Park to host Spring Fling By LOIS KINDLE lois@observernews.net The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is sponsoring an event at Little Manatee River State Park that’s…

Stick ’em up

Stick ’em up

Hole-in-the-Head Train Robbery at Florida Railroad Museum There may be a valuable shipment of gold  on board your train today. Don’t worry about the Hole-in-the-Head Gang causing any trouble. U.S. Marshals…

VOTA studio tour

VOTA studio tour

Annual studio tour showcases local artists at their craft By ANDREA SHAY Last Saturday, the Village of the Arts (VOTA) held its annual Studio Tour, where visitors and patrons could…

Manatee County millennials

Manatee County millennials

Manatee County millennials want to be part of the decision-making By CARL MARIO NUDI carl@observernews.net Being 24 years old, Parrish resident Xavier Colon is considered part of the millennial generation.…

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,…

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…

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…