October 2, 2003
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A Voice of Experience, A Voice From Iraq

By Mitch Traphagen

SUN CITY CENTER - Many South Hillsborough County residents are worrying about their children or grandchildren serving in Iraq.

In the case of Sun City Center resident Elmer Snow, however, the tables are turned. It is Snow’s adult son that is worried about him.

On the surface it would seem unlikely for a 61 year old resident of a retirement community to sign up for service in a war zone. But it would only seem unlikely for those who do not know Elmer Snow.  More

Photo Courtesy of Elmer Snow

Our Town:  CARE To Hold Fund Raiser In Apollo Beach

By Mitch Traphagen

RUSKIN - The kitten pictured above is living at the CARE shelter in Ruskin. She, along with the other dogs and cats at the shelter, is hoping for a good turnout at a fundraiser to be held on October 24 at the Ramada Inn on Tampa Bay in Apollo Beach. More

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Our Town:  Bulls Prove To Be No Match For Sharks

RIVERVIEW - The Riverview Sharks football team ended an impressive three game road series by shutting out Bloomingdale 42-0. One of the many reasons for their strong showing this year is Tyrone McKenzie, pictured above. McKenzie rushed for 220 yards last week and had 232 yards the week before against Plant City.  More

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Our Town - Registration At Church College A Big Success

SUN CITY CENTER - Hundreds of area residents turned out on Sept. 25 and 26 to register for classes at the Community Church College in Sun City Center. "The line stretched almost out to the street!" said Administrative Dean Sally Hahn.  More


Little Kid, Big Donation, Loving Memories

More than two years ago, five year old Ryan Dixon lost his mother to an accident. In that time the friends of Lori Baker Dixon have held two golf tournaments to not only raise money for Ryan and other causes but also to keep her memory alive. On Sept. 29 during half-time of the East Bay-Durant football game, Ryan presented a check for $1,000 to East Bay principal Sue Croley to benefit the school’s cheerleading program. Lori was a cheerleader at the school. The funds were raised from this year’s tournament at the Summerfield Golf Club. Several area businesses donated and participated in the event.

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Prep Football Wrap Up

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Area High School Football Schedules

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In The Archives:

Finding Florida:  Fire up the motorcycle and join the Observer News for a different type of travel story.  Tourist motels, road kill and a whole lot of heaven awaits.

Part One:  Searching From the Beginning
Part Two:  Heading Home
Part Three:  Back to the Islands

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 One - Welcome to SouthShore
Part Two - Meet the Neighbors
Part Three - It's a Bird!  It's a Plane!  It's a Home Depot!




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