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U.S. 301 project scheduled for completion in 2014

By PENNY FLETCHER RIVERVIEW — A multi-phase project aimed at reducing bottlenecked traffic on U.S. 301 that was started in 2008 is slated to be finished by 2014. The first…

A different kind of prayer group

By PENNY FLETCHER SUN CITYCENTER — Every Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. the Rev. Debbie Dienstbier brings together an eclectic group to offer gratitude and develop a closer relationship to…

Efforts renewed to relieve channel, canal silting

By MELODY JAMESON APOLLO BEACH — After years of talking, studying, planning, but not actually digging, things may be looking up for waterfront homeowners here with boats that struggle through…

Small, cherished, long lived post office up for closing

By MELODY JAMESON BALM – Historic, functional and community heartbeat though it may be, the post office here again is targeted for closure. As part of a multi-faceted cost cutting…

Déjà Vu: A sea story

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN In the late 1990s, my friend Brad needed help bringing a small sailboat to Ruskin from Stuart on the East Coast. The voyage took us through the…

It was a weekend of festivals in South Hillsborough

With perfect weather, it was a perfect weekend for festivals in South Hillsborough. The weekend kicked off on Friday evening with Blues in the Grass, a free concert by Sarasota…

Therapy changes golfer’s teaching techniques

By PENNY FLETCHER RUSKIN — Shannon Kneisler believes in helping every golf student learn ways to play well without injuring their body. Many of those who have already suffered injuries…

Regional library preparing new venue with new vista for public use

By MELODY JAMESON Keeping pace with a national trend, the SouthShore Regional Library soon will feature yet another artful space for public use. Construction now is underway at the largest…

Citizens weigh in on vacancy problem

By PENNY FLETCHER SOUTH COUNTY — Reed McBride takes what he reads to heart. After reading the story “Vacancies cost county more than tax revenue” in The Observer News Feb.…

South County drinking water project to ensure even flows

By MELODY JAMESON RUSKIN – Designed to maintain an even South County potable water supply during peak use times, a new, multi-million dollar facility currently is taking shape beside I-75.…