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Ruskin home is Haven of Hope for former female inmates

Ruskin home is Haven of Hope for former female inmates

By LOIS KINDLE Shannon Lester, 39, spent more than two years in prison for drug-related charges and she’s not inclined to go back. To ensure that, she came to Haven…

Avoid becoming a victim of tax ID fraud, IRS impersonation

Avoid becoming a victim of tax ID fraud, IRS impersonation

  By LOIS KINDLE It’s tax time, and while you may be dreading the annual ritual of filing your IRS Form 1040, others are eager to file it for you…

Manatee County Fair opens Jan. 11

Manatee County Fair opens Jan. 11

“The Food Network became interested when we told them about the Kiwanis corn dog,” Fair Manager Dan West said. “The recipe for the corn dog is kept in a vault,…

With the holidays over, local firms can help you to spruce things up

With the holidays over, local firms can help you to spruce things up

By YVETTE C. HAMMETT After putting the holidays in the rearview mirror, many families take the opportunity to tick off some items on the honey-do list, not to mention cleaning…

Organization seeks a helping hand to rescue neglected and abused horses

Organization seeks a helping hand to rescue neglected and abused horses

By YVETTE C. HAMMETT Some 200 volunteers travel in and out of Riverview’s RVR Horse Rescue seven days a week – and some nights – caring for abused and neglected…

Gibsonton Charity Circus performs Jan. 6

Gibsonton Charity Circus performs Jan. 6

By YVETTE C. HAMMETT The elephants are coming! So are the untethered camels, the performing dogs and the aerialists! The Gibsonton Showmen’s Circus returns to the Showmen’s Club Jan. 6…

New commander to take the helm of District IV

New commander to take the helm of District IV

By LOIS KINDLE South Shore’s 160 deputy sheriffs are about to get a new commander, and he’s not exactly a new face in the community. Come Jan. 8, Maj. Jim…

Celebrating the New Year on Old Main

Celebrating the New Year on Old Main

By CARL MARIO NUDI If you want to see a lighted ball drop with a partying throng of revelers on New Year’s Eve but cannot get to Times Square in…

Bike Smart rolls into Sun City Center

Bike Smart rolls into Sun City Center

By PHYLLIS HODGES All of us remember when we first learned to ride a bicycle. Just staying upright was the goal. Not so today; there is much more involved. Bike…

Start the new year with a visit to the Manatee Viewing Center

Start the new year with a visit to the Manatee Viewing Center

By LOIS KINDLE With only the few bouts of cold weather we’ve had in South Shore thus far, the Manatee Viewing Center’s 31st season is off to a bit of…