Observations
Observations: Ringing church bells

Observations: Ringing church bells

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Ginny’s father proposed to her mother while rowing a boat across a lake. A farm was on that lake, a farm that would be a…

Observations: Have you ever seen the rain?

Observations: Have you ever seen the rain?

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN So, yeah. It’s been a little rainy lately. And weirdly so — summer rains in Florida are typically over in 15 or 20 minutes after…

News

Life lessons learned in death

Life lessons learned in death

By KEVIN BRADY My wife, Leeann, will likely be dead by the time you read…

Sign up now to partipate in Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Sign up now to partipate in Walk to End Alzheimer’s

By KEVIN BRADY Hundreds of South Shore residents are expected to take to the streets…

A Mission and a community turn out for schoolchildren

A Mission and a community turn out for schoolchildren

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN With the new school year beginning  soon, many families are facing challenges…

From funding to design, creativity rules at new HCC Science & Technology Center

From funding to design, creativity rules at new HCC Science & Technology Center

By PENNY FLETCHER A combination of unusual methods has resulted in lower costs, better design…

Features

On the road again … Georgia’s historic Antebellum Trail

By WARREN RESEN North American Travel Journalists Assn. JEANNE O’CONNOR photos Which would you think generates more passion in Georgia, the University of Georgia’s football team or…

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…

Headlines

County struggles with transportation issues after state changes developer’s rules

By PENNY FLETCHER When the Florida State Legislature took away some of the requirements for developers building new homes and retail projects, it left counties scrambling to…

After a century: A university on College Avenue

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN On August 19 in Ruskin, Florida’s newest university opened its doors to the public for a dedication and blessing ceremony. Gannon University is a…

Opinion

What should we be rooting for?

By JASON MARTIN The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are certainly a team in need of inspiration. It has been more than a decade since their last Super Bowl…

You, me and business: Merle Reagle

By DANA DITTMAR, CEO of the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce When I was in the third grade, my mother introduced me to the world of…

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…