July 31, 2003

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Finding Florida:  Searching from the Beginning

By Mitch Traphagen

Part One of a Series

ST. AUGUSTINE - I’m fairly certain that armadillos are the exception that proves Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. The dozens of generations of armadillos that have come and gone since the advent of the automobile haven’t evolved one bit. Armadillos, you see, take a nasty beating on the road and they are disproportionately represented among their animal kingdom peers in the ‘Road Kill’ tally.

You notice that sort of gruesome thing while traveling on a motorcycle. It’s hard to miss the recently deceased armadillos as they pass just inches below your feet.  More

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Schools Back!  Keep an Eye Out for Kids

By Mitch Traphagen

RUSKIN - Community Resource Deputy Jeff Service of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind motorists that school will begin on August 6 and that speed zones near the schools will be enforced. More

Overturned Tanker Closes Road in Ruskin

A tanker truck that overturned on the corner of U.S. Highway 41 and State Road 674 in Ruskin caused the closure of S.R. 674 for several hours on July 26. The intersection is directly in front of Ruskin Elementary School. The accident resulted in a large fuel spill that required clean up with a county hazardous materials team. Due to the danger involved with the fuel oil, a large contingent from the Hillsborough County Fire Department were also on hand to provide support. No reports of injuries were available at press time.

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Coming Up

Finding Florida:  The motorcycle is still running and the armadillo tally keeps going up. A Minnesota born Yankee finds a Florida Cracker in the family and the directions to the REAL Florida become more clear.  The adventure continues to places where dogs leave notes in guest books, cell phones don't work and there are at least as many golf carts as there are cars on the roads.

Finding Florida is scheduled to continue next week.

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Also Coming Up

We are working to make the Online Edition of the Observer News your one source for local news and more.  Our new look will be available soon!  In the meantime, we've added a few new features such as the ability to search our archives.  While not every article from the print edition runs in the online edition, our new search feature may help you find the story you are looking for.

The Observer News is South Hillsborough County's Number One source for news and information!

In The Archives:

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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