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For the love of music

  JOE REILLY PHOTOS The South Shore Symphony Orchestra is a ministry of the Sun City Center Methodist Church and is led by that church’s music minister, Jeff Jordan. By…

Bullfrog Creek project continues to grow

The site plan for the project has changed some since originally run in The Observer News Aug. 30, 2010 because new partners have signed onto the venture. Since more deals…

A wealth of free services available to taxpayers

By MELODY JAMESON For low and moderate income South County taxpayers, help this year decoding line 23 minus line 18 times factor C from chart B is close at hand.…

No school bus transport equals no after-school program

By MELODY JAMESON BALM – No longer served by school busses, an after-school program here with low attendance may fall victim to the tight budget ax. That prospect concerns local…

Vacancies cost county more than tax revenue

SOUTH COUNTY — With record numbers of foreclosures, job losses and builders going bankrupt, many areas in south Hillsborough County are saturated with vacant houses that have become targets for…

The circle of life

  By PENNY FLETCHER   PENNY FLETCHER PHOTOS Whole families occupy small cottages like this in many areas of South County. “You don’t recognize the struggling low-wage families as poor…

Creativity encouraged at new after-school arts camp

By PENNY FLETCHER SOUTH COUNTY — They’ve started small, but hope to grow big enough to need vans and drivers to pick up children from local schools to attend the…

More fascinating facts about the Superbowl

By Mitch Traphagen By now almost everyone on the globe is aware that 1) the Superbowl will be played this weekend and 2) neither the Steelers nor the Packers are…

New citizen community planners aim to benefit from others’ experiences

By MELODY JAMESON BALM — Community planners here are not aiming to reinvent the wheel. In fact, residents involved in the process that will produce their guidelines for future development…

Change of command at SCC Security Patrol marked

By MELODY JAMESON MARTHA FINLEY SUN CITY CENTER – Martha Finley turns over the car keys to Mike Albanese this week. And with that symbolism, the retired trucker as well…