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Federal rules hinder postal “breaks” for soldiers

By PENNY FLETCHER SOUTH COUNTY — Local groups have been so overwhelmingly generous in donating to troops overseas that sometimes, they’ve prevented things from getting there. This sounded incredible to…

From The Kinks to the Community Association

By MITCH TRAPHAGENSUN CITY CENTER — He is a retired roadie from one of the biggest rock bands in the history of music. She is a former Miss Wales. Together,…

Unabashed library lover gets first time award

By MELODY JAMESON SUN CITY CENTER – Jim Duffy, a kid from a rough New York neighborhood who became an executive with one of America’s foremost corporations, attributes his success…

Correctional facility is on elected officials’ radar

By MELODY JAMESON BALM — A campaign to keep open the unique but aging state prison for women here has captured the close attention of elected local and state officials.…

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…