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Autumn in Florida blooms with beauty

{igallery 18} By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net September 22 was the first day of fall and with it, the heat and humidity of summer seems to be fading. Autumn in Florida…

Fridays in October designated for history preservation

By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net RUSKIN – You know it needs to be done…some sort of preservation of those precious pieces of the family history. But, how…and when…and where – those are…

Scams surround immigration services

Don’t pay for citizenship help without reading about what’s free By Penny Fletcher penny@observernews.net APOLLO BEACH — Victor Hugo Guardado says it breaks his heart how many people have paid…

Arts coordinator aims at incorporating all creative forms

  By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net Michael Parker’s work and teaching was a big part of Ruskin’s first Big Draw, the event that led to painting murals on buildings in downtown…

Longhorns break new ground

MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOS The Lennard Longhorns football team broke new ground last week. For the first time in the school’s history the team is undefeated with a 3-0 record. Also…

An icon comes to Florida. Let it be.

An icon comes to Florida. Let it be.

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net Iconic artist Peter Max will appear at Baywalk in St. Petersburg this weekend. He talks about being free, successful, and an Average Joe with a full-time…

Sun City Center’s new developer on track for holiday presentations

By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net Sun City Center – December here this year is likely to be, at least from one perspective, the month of Minto. The retirement community’s latest and probably…

South County Family Support and Resource Center offers range of services to all residents

Mitch Traphagen photo The South County Family Support and Resource Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday at their new location at 3030 East College Avenue in Ruskin. Pictured above…

Mail delivery in South County undergoing change

By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net Part of the continuing consolidation pattern aimed at cutting costs, another change in U.S. Postal Service mail delivery in South Hillsborough is set for next week. The…

New neighbors make instant friendships

  By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net APOLLO BEACH – Moving to a new neighborhood, having a sick spouse or child, or suddenly becoming widowed are experiences no one wants to face…