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Hillsborough debris collection

Hillsborough debris collection

From Hillsborough County: Residents cleaning up their yards can start disposing of vegetative storm debris as yard waste collections begin in the unincorporated Hillsborough County Service Area, which also includes…

Manatee debris collection

Manatee debris collection

From Manatee County: Manatee County issues debris collection update Manatee County Utilities Department today issued guidelines for homeowners wanting to dispose of Hurricane Irma-related debris. Debris contractors will take this…

Manatee post-storm recovery updates, resources

Manatee post-storm recovery updates, resources

Manatee County shares post-storm recovery updates, resources Manatee County Government offices re-opened today. The Property Appraiser’s Office will remain closed until power is restored to its building in downtown Bradenton.…

Irma reminds: Storm notes and updates

Irma reminds:  Storm notes and updates

Editor’s Note: this article will be updated continuously as warranted. 090817 9:40 a.m.: The offices of the Observer News have closed and are expected to be closed on Monday. That…

Ruskin based, Sarasota speedboat champs eye world title

Ruskin based, Sarasota speedboat champs eye world title

By KEVIN BRADY Strapped into a 615-horsepower, bullet-shaped speedboat that will take him from 0 to 60 mph in four seconds, Daniel Racz wasn’t thinking about the competition at the…

Palmetto author turns childhood stories from distant past into novel

Palmetto author turns childhood stories from distant past into novel

By CARL MARIO NUDI Palmetto native Sarah A. Younger was back in her hometown Aug. 19 to give a talk at the Woman’s Club of Palmetto on her first novel,…

Lifelong athlete opens CrossFit 31 gym, teaches ‘core values’

Lifelong athlete opens CrossFit 31 gym, teaches ‘core values’

By YVETTE C. HAMMETT Kim Honrud is one of the last people you might expect to own a gym — not because she doesn’t look the part, but because of…

North Manatee bird sanctuary a labor of love

North Manatee bird sanctuary a labor of love

By LOIS KINDLE PP, once a beautiful yellow and white sulphur-crested cockatoo, came to Birds of Paradise Sanctuary & Rescue a broken soul. She had been chronically abused by a…

Fort Hamer boaters looking forward to scheduled Sept. 23 bridge opening

Fort Hamer boaters looking forward to scheduled Sept. 23 bridge opening

Editor’s note from Manatee County  on Sept. 6, 2017 regarding Hurricane Irma: Fort Hamer Bridge, scheduled to open to traffic on Sept. 23, will open temporarily to accommodate traffic related to…

Gannon University — a new community presence

Gannon University — a new community presence

Editor’s note: Gannon University officials at their main campus in Pennsylvania informed us that the university will be closed due to the oncoming storm. No re-opening date has yet been specified.…

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