August 14, 2003

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Riding the Orient Road Express

By Mitch Traphagen

TAMPA - The sound is distinctive. A heavy metal door slams shut behind you. You realize that there is no easy way out. Where you are, where you are going is no longer something that is within your control.  More

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Rebels With a Higher Cause

By Mitch Traphagen

BRANDON - It is true that most of them were middle age. It is likely that most have been successful in both their careers and in their lives.

It is even true that pretty much everyone in the room was a Baptist.

These people were, however, rebels. Despite the age group, the careers and even the Baptist affiliation, there was a plethora of black leather, tattoos and earrings, among other piercings. A large number of their motorcycles were parked outside of the church sitting on a quiet suburban street.  More

Back to School Again

The endless summer that began for thousands of children last May really did come to an end on Aug. 6 as the 2002-2003 school year began in Hillsborough County. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office was on hand at Ruskin Elementary School and other south county schools to deliver an expensive reminder of that to some drivers who decided to ignore the 15 mile per hour school zone speed limit. The limits are in effect at the start and end of the school day, primarily at elementary schools where the youngest of students are present.

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Coming Up in the Observer News

What does the REAL Florida mean to you? In the coming weeks, we will share stories from our readers about their REAL Florida. We will also re-visit some of the memories that were shared. Load up the motorcycle and join us for the adventure as Finding Florida continues.

Part One:  Searching From the Beginning

Part Two:  Heading Home

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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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