September 18, 2003
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Did We Dodge A Bullet?



By Mitch Traphagen

RUSKIN - In the 36 hours between the time I type the last of this article and the time that this newspaper lands on your driveway, someone, probably in North Carolina, may be looking down the barrel of a gun. A gun known as Hurricane Isabel.

Isabel is not coming to wreak havoc on Florida. Here on the Gulf Coast, we likely won’t even be aware that she has passed us by. In keeping with the gun metaphor, it looks like, once again, the Tampa Bay area dodged another bullet.

Or did we?  More

Satellite Photo Courtesy of NASA
 

Remembering 9/11:  A Small Ceremony Has A Big Impact

By Sidney Wright

RIVERVIEW - With clouded minds and aching hearts, the students of Riverview High School lined both sides of the school’s longest corridor for a presentation of colors by Riverview’s new NJROTC.

The student body fell silent as the school bell tolled nine times signaling a time between when the first and second planes hit the World Trade Center.  More

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Remembering Heroes With Steel and Thunder

The estimates vary but between four and six thousand motorcycles took to the streets of Tampa on Sept. 11 to remember and honor the fallen heroes of that day two years ago. All traffic was stopped along the route to allow the 11 mile long stretch of motorcycles to pass through the city. Spectators lined the parade route waving flags and signs. The ride ended at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa with an outdoor concert. Twelve New York City fire fighters took part in the parade. One fire fighter said that he hoped that the fire fighters and police officers who were lost on 9/11 were looking down saying, "It looks like they didn’t forget." More

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Our Town - Sun City Center News

SUN CITY CENTER - Bob Evans Farms, Inc. is currently looking to build one of their signature restaurants near I-75 and State Road 674 in Sun City Center.

"If everything goes as planned we will open up sometime next year," said Bob Evans spokesperson Ellen Griffith.

In the same general vicinity, the Denny’s Restaurant was recently remodeled and opened after being closed for several years.  More SCC News

 

Prep Football Wrap Up



East Bay and Riverview Results

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Area High School Football Schedules
 

Chamber Notes - Farewell Ruskin

By Daniel Kushmer

Dear members and friends of the Ruskin Chamber of Commerce: thank you for two years of a great experience. As executive director of the chamber I am so proud of the accomplishments in our community and am extremely excited about the future of Ruskin.

Founded in 1928 by a dedicated group of business leaders the chamber has experienced many changes. However, the one thing that has remained a constant is the tireless dedication of our volunteers. These volunteers have given countless hours of time and resources to the chamber. Due to limited space, I can not thank them all, it would take up all of the space in this fine newspaper. I would like to take a few moments to thank a few folks that have been instrumental in my success.  More
 

Coming Up in the Observer News

The motorcycle has hit the road again.

The series Finding Florida will continue with A Tale of Two Islands.

Part One:  Searching From the Beginning

Part Two:  Heading Home

Mitch Traphagen Photo
 

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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