Observations

Observations: One night in January

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Alec Baldwin looked like hell. Well, at least compared with his television character persona, he did. But compared with everyone else, he looked perfectly normal.…

Observations: Thank you

Observations: Thank you

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I once thought the best Christmas present I had ever received came at the age of about nine. That present was an H.O. gauge train…

News

HCC students, South Shore United Methodist team up to feed hungry children

HCC students, South Shore United Methodist team up to feed hungry children

By KEVIN BRADY “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘what are we doing for…

Almost There is almost here

Almost There is almost here

  By LISA STARK Contributing Writer/Photographer When you ask the members of Almost There to…

Water Ski Museum worth the trip.

Water Ski Museum worth the trip.

Spanning 9 decades of the sport’s history By LISA STARK Contributing Writer/Photographer Located off Florida’s…

Florida scrub jay is focus of Audubon February meeting

Florida scrub jay is focus of Audubon February meeting

The Sun City Center Audubon Club will meet Saturday, Feb. 7, in the Florida Room.…

Features

Southbound: A season ticket on a one-way ride

There are good ways and bad ways to travel for the million or so snowbirds flocking south to the Florida sunshine. Unfortunately, most have to take the…

A world apart: Door County, Wisconsin

PART TWO By WARREN RESEN North American Travel Journalists Assn. The ferry to Rock Island deposits passengers in a state park without cars or electricity. Reservations for…

Headlines

Thousands turn out for sneak peek at new hospital

By KEVIN BRADY More than 7,000 people turned out Saturday for a look at South County’s newest hospital, a sparkling 112-bed, $237 million, 360,000-square-foot monument to the…

Ruskin Recreation Center expansion is underway

Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department held the groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion project at Ruskin Recreation Center Thursday, Jan. 15. The $1.7 million facility will…

Opinion

Letter to the Editor: January 22, 2015

Dear Editor, I would like to express my feelings and those of other good people in Sun City Center about the possible closing of the Ace Hardware…

Observations: One night in January

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Alec Baldwin looked like hell. Well, at least compared with his television character persona, he did. But compared with everyone else, he looked perfectly…

Video

Interview with a mermaid

An interview with Weeki Wachee Springs Mermaid Carli Dofka. Mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida from Mitch Traphagen on Vimeo.…

Underwater archeologists search for Florida’s History

Dr. John Gifford, an underwater archeologist from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, talks about making a dive for 10,000 year old…