December 18, 2003
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HCSO Officers Find the True Meaning of Christmas

By Mitch Traphagen

RIVERVIEW - They didnít ask for much. In all likelihood, they didnít expect much. For the 26 adult residents of a Riverview group home, Christmas was rarely spent with family. Some of them have spent a large portion of their lives there. Some, if not most of them, had been largely forgotten by family and by society.  More

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Running Away to the Bahamas

By Mitch Traphagen

FREEPORT, BAHAMAS - It all started with a bad day in the Florida Keys. This was not a run of the mill bad day, this was a seriously bad day. It was time to lick my wounds, it was time to be somewhere other than here.  More

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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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