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Apollo Beach Memorial Day event to feature signing of historic covenant with military

Members of the American Ideals Foundation Inc., and volunteers, plan their joint Memorial Day Celebration and recognition of retired veterans and active members of the military. From left, are Donna…

In SCC, a New Sheriff (Deputy) in Town

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.netSUN CITY CENTER – Veteran Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Girard has been named Sun City Center Community Resource Officer, replacing Deputy Rob Thornton.  Thornton held the position…

Tampa Theatre organ pauses in silence with passing of Rosa Rio

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.netSUN CITY CENTER ­— Famed theater organist Rosa Rio passed away in her Sun City Center home on May 13. She was 107 years old.Ms. Rio witnessed the…

Professional planners praise South County projects

  By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.netA local community plan, an avian protection program and a pair of schools – all with South County connections – are winners this year of the Community…

Scientist with public service background named to CA board

By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net SUN CITY CENTER ­— A biochemist with both city council and school board experience has been tapped to fill an unexpired term on this community’s volunteer governing…

Accident with school bus injures one in Ruskin

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net RUSKIN – Theresa Kovatch, 43, of Ruskin was injured in a collision with a school bus from Rodgers Middle School near the intersection of U.S. Highway…

‘Dragons’ in our midst

  By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net   Green and brown anoles are the most common native species in Southwest Florida but they are quickly being outnumbered by exotic species that are…

Body recovered in Apollo Beach after 6 hour search

An HCSO helicopter circles as boats from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Coast Guard search the basin near Lands End…

SCC’s Thornton promoted to new post

Deputy reflects on seven years in the community By Mitch Traphagen mitch@observernews.net SUN CITY CENTER — After seven years in town, HCSO community resource deputy Rob Thornton is leaving Sun…

New Homeland Security regulations to affect driver’s license renewal

  Locate your paperwork or you may not be able to renew your driver’s license or ID cardBy PENNY FLETCHERpenny@observernews.netWere you born in a rural region many years ago and…