November 20, 2003
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Retired and In Iraq

By Mitch Traphagen

SUN CITY CENTER - The violence and bloodshed in Iraq would seem to be a long way away from the peace and quiet of Sun City Center. As SCC resident Charlotte Knaub can tell you, however, it is only a 25 hour plane ride and a road trip through the desert away.  More

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Jessica Simpson Wows the Crowd in Brandon

BRANDON - MTV star and pop princess Jessica Simpson gave a five-minute performance and signed autographs at the Burdines store in Brandon on November 15. Teenagers and more than a few adults packed the Tommy Jeans juniors department of the store to catch a glimpse of the 23-year-old pop star while a security contingent, far in excess of even a gubernatorial visit, kept order. Fans created a long line stretching into the parking lot for autographs.   More

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SSCA Helps Those Who Retire to the Sea

MELBOURNE, FL - The Seven Seas Cruising Association, based in Ft. Lauderdale, is the world’s largest organization of sailors (and armchair sailors) in the world. With more than 10,000 members, the SSCA provides assistance and services designed to make living aboard a small sailboat easier. Each month the organization publishes a newsletter filled with information from members about sailing and living aboard in all parts of the world.  More

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Countdown Continues for Holiday Golf Cart Parade

The 2002 Holiday Golf Cart Parade in Sun City Center was a record year - it was even recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest with 191 carts in attendance. The 2003 parade is already off to a running start and promises to be bigger and better than ever. More

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Coming Up in the Observer News...

It is always the in the last place that you look, the saying goes.  Maybe, but sometimes you need to look way out there to find what is right in front of you.

Off To See the Dragon - Coming up in the Observer News.

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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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