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This Father’s Day, for working Florida dads, a mixed bag

This Father’s Day, for working Florida dads, a mixed bag

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN According to personal finance website Wallethub, with Father’s Day approaching, nearly 93 percent of dads with young kids are in the workplace. From Wallethub’s survey of the…

You, me and business: Honor Flight — I will never forget

You, me and business: Honor Flight — I will never forget

By DANA DITTMAR CEO, SCC Chamber Every once in a while, you have a day that you know you will never forget, no matter how long you live.  June 6…

Obituaries June 15, 2017

Lawrence Yeatman Lawrence “Skip” Yeatman was born July 28, 1944, and passed away at home on June 3, 2017. He was born in Charleston, West Virginia, but for the past…

Observer Today June 14, 2017

Observer Today June 14, 2017

Good morning! It’s Wednesday! Because many of us are inherent optimists, we like to say, “Only two days until the weekend!” Thus completely ignoring Wednesday. C’mon it’s a nice day!…

Observer Today June 13, 2017

Observer Today June 13, 2017

Good morning! It’s Tuesday! For those not retired, it’s a “Ugh, four days to the weekend” kind of day. For those retired, it’s, “Ugh, four days before the kids take…

Observer Today June 12, 2017

Observer Today June 12, 2017

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Good morning! It’s Monday Tampa Bay! After a somewhat gray but reasonably pleasant weekend, we wake up to… gray skies. And that trend should continue for the…

Observer Today June 9, 2017

Observer Today June 9, 2017

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Good morning! It’s Friday and you know what that means! It’s POET’S Day, at least in the U.K. and Australia. POET’S meaning, “P** Off Early Tomorrow’s Saturday.”…

Be aware, prepare as hurricane season begins

Be aware, prepare as hurricane season begins

The 2017 hurricane season began on June 1 and runs through Nov. 30. The time to prepare is now. By LOIS KINDLE It’s June and as anyone who lives in…

Community joins to allow paralyzed golfer to ‘Stand Up and Play’

Community joins to allow paralyzed golfer to ‘Stand Up and Play’

By YVETTE C. HAMMETT Most Floridians know at least one avid golfer — that guy or gal who never misses a date with the greens, and plans vacations and family…

Rays’ star Evan Longoria to read at Manatee Library on June 9

Rays’ star Evan Longoria to read at Manatee Library on June 9

BY CARL MARIO NUDI Young baseball fans will have a chance to see Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria at the Manatee County Central Library at 11 a.m., Friday,…