October 16, 2003
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Flying in Aluminum Overcast Skies



By Mitch Traphagen

Part One of Two

OCALA, FL - I tried to concentrate. I tried to put myself in the position of a young man who was probably scared out of his wits, coming close to freezing to death and worried about every little speck on the horizon. I tried to concentrate on that young man in that position twenty years before my birth.

As hard as I tried, I could not mentally transform the blue skies and puffy clouds over central Florida into a bleak winter night in the skies over Nazi Germany.  More

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Our Town Bayfront

Upscale Construction Continues in Apollo Beach

By Amanda Panek

APOLLO BEACH - Look for change as you travel Apollo Beach Boulevard over the next few months; it won’t be hard to miss. Two, upscale communities, in Mediterranean fashion, are planned for the land surrounding Apollo Beach Racquet and Fitness Club.  More

Photo Courtesy of Tillman and Associates
 

Our Town Riverview

October 16 is National Feral Cat Day

By Mitch Traphagen

RIVERVIEW
- Due in part to the temperate climate, feral cats are almost ubiquitous in Florida. They are commonly seen behind gas stations and convenience stores, in vacant lots and parking lots.
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Our Town Sun City Center

By Mitch Traphagen

674 Construction Crew is Packing Up and Going Home


SUN CITY CENTER
- The State Road 674 resurfacing project through Sun City Center appears to finally be nearing an end.  More Stories

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Prep Football Wrap Up

Area Prep Football Results

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Area High School Football Schedules
 

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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