November 27, 2003
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Retiring to the Sea

By Mitch Traphagen

GEORGE TOWN, BAHAMAS- The air is turning cooler. It is the time that Florida comes alive, the air is filled with snowbirds, tourists and everyone who loves to be outdoors in perfect weather. It is a time for giving thanks and for preparing for the season of holidays. For some, it is a time for hearing the "putt, putt, putt" of a small diesel engine. For some, it is the time of year to head out to sea.  More

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NASCAR Driver Petty Takes to Two Wheels for Kids

By Mitch Traphagen

SUN CITY CENTER - For NASCAR fans, the name Petty is synonymous with automobile racing. As most race fans also know, the Petty name is closely associated with charitable work off the track. Kyle Petty is continuing the legacy on the track with the Dodge #45 and off the track by trading in four wheels for the two wheels of a motorcycle.   More

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Eisenhower Student Wins Prize in a Good News Story

By Mitch Traphagen

GIBSONTON - This is a story of good news. Virtually every week during the school year, the Observer News receives notice of a student or group of students winning an award or other recognition. We run it all, but rarely on the front page. That does not mean that the students are not deserving of the recognition but rather it reflects a somewhat specific readership, mostly limited to the parents and relatives of the students.   More

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A New Record for Holiday Cart Parade

As of November 21, at least 245 carts were registered for the Sun City Center Holiday Golf Cart Parade, which easily eclipses last yearís world record setting parade of 191 carts. With more than a week left to register for the Dec. 5 parade, this should clearly be an event to remember. With more than a week left to go, the countdown to the 2003 Holiday Golf Cart Parade continues. 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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