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First nursing students at HCC’s Ruskin Campus share common dedication

 By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net RUSKIN — The competition was stiff because so many wanted to get into the first nursing class at Hillsborough Community College’s Ruskin campus but the class…

County taps every channel for citizen budget input

  By MELODY JAMESON mj@observernews.net If you’re a South County citizen who’s ever said of a Hillsborough government action “that’s such a waste of money,” listen up. If you’re one…

Local Library of Congress video project proves larger than expected

  By Penny Fletcher penny@observernews.net SUN CITY CENTER — It all started when Dr. Kenneth Barringer talked about wanting to record his World War II experiences at a meeting of…

Agriculture students mix credits with community service

Students who helped out kid around and relax once their work was finished. By PENNY FLETCHERpenny@observernews.net RUSKIN — Nine years ago when Erin Elsberry decided to teach agriculture at Freedom…

SCC Community Association board member resigns

By MELODY JAMESON mj@observernews.net Sun City Center – Concluding that his “goals are not attainable” and that his efforts were “making no difference,” John “Woody” Nelson resigned last week as…

Gibsonton Trailer park owner seeks additional commercial zoning

By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net Gibsonton – Trailing a long list of residential code violations, a lot rental trailer park here currently is under consideration for added commercial activity. Desmond Surujbali, owner…

No depression in the local affordable housing market

  {backbutton} By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.netRUSKIN — Recession reluctant, major league developers may be sitting on their hands and Ty Pennington’s televised Extreme Makeover team may be scaling back the give-away…

Sunrise on Ruskin’s Second Century

mj@observernews.net   Ray Daniels carries a basket of cucumbers in a Ruskin field in 1947. Photo courtesy of State Library and Archives of Florida RUSKIN – In a few days…

Winning World Series pitcher makes Riverview his home

  By Penny Fletcherpenny@observernews.net RIVERVIEW — When 5-year-old Dave LaPoint got pulled out of bed to play baseball, he never dreamed it would be the start of a lifelong career.…

A father’s fable creates a reluctant writer

         By MELODY JAMESON   mj@observernews.netRuskin – Robert J. Schindler just may be the region’s most reluctant writer. When daughter Meghan entreated him to turn an imaginative childhood fairy tale into…