July 10, 2003

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HCSO Busts Stockbroker in Massive SCC Scam

By Mitch Traphagen

SUN CITY CENTER - The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, has arrested Joe E. Herndon, 51, of St. Petersburg for grand theft, organized scheme to defraud and exploitation of the elderly.

The victim was reportedly an 81-year-old resident of Sun City Center. More

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Residents Light Up South County for Fourth

On the Fourth of July, Bahia Beach in Ruskin offered a clear view of the St. Petersburg fireworks show just across Tampa Bay. The real show, however, was right on the beach as several residents launched an impressive barrage of pyrotechnics. Pictured above is one such display lighting up the night sky. More than 100 people gathered on the beach to celebrate 227 years of independence.

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Median Planting Set to Begin July 12 in Ruskin

A few dedicated volunteers turned out recently to help plant the median at the intersection of U.S. 41 and 19th Avenue in Ruskin. Although all of the plants are ready to be installed, the lack of volunteers will make this a progressive project. The "Friends of Camp Bayou" will continue to plant and mulch the median each Saturday from July 12 until the project is finished.  More

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Another First Apollo Beach Mayor

By Mitch Traphagen

APOLLO BEACH - By now it should be clear that using the word "first" to describe any event in south county is fraught with a virtual certainty of inaccuracy.

It seems that almost everything has happened before.  More

Photo Courtesy of Charles Riddle

The Changing Face of South Hillsborough:  The rumors are flying about several big box retailers moving into south county. The facts, however, are few. Yet one in every ten new jobs created in the entire nation came from the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan area. South county communities are joining forces to become a strong player in that prospering market. How will all of the changes effect our communities and area businesses and what can south county shoppers expect from the future?

The three-part series is available on the web:

Part 1 - Welcome to SouthShore
Part 2 - Meet the Neighbors
Part 3 - It's a Bird!  It's a Plane!  It's a Home Depot!

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