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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…

Salvaging old school now questionable

By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.netGibsonton — Upon review and despite the best of intentions, this community’s 85-year-old brick schoolhouse may be history.Initial estimates for recovery of the Gardenville School on Symmes Road…

Storm surge warnings raised in time for hurricane season

By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net“Run from water; hide from wind.” This part of a common seasonal warning often is emphasized by emergency management specialists as they try to prepare the public for…

Failed dam leads to ownership issues

By MELODY JAMESON mj@observernews.net Apollo Beach – Who owns our pond?It’s a critical though seemingly simple question here this week among about 40 households along Lookout Drive who treasure and…

What you’ll need to renew your driver’s license or ID card

By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net     Beginning Jan. 1, 2010, new documentation requirements took effect for Florida residents wishing to obtain a driver license or state-issued identification card. Those wishing to…