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The Forecast? Hot. Welcome to Florida

Mitch Traphagen photo. A hot (but typical) summer day in the Tampa Bay area looking out towards the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. By MITCH TRAPHAGENmitch@observernews.net RUSKIN — The headline of Monday’s…

Collector fills home with Christmas year round

By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net RUSKIN – There isn’t a room in Sylvia and Robert Graves’ Ruskin home that doesn’t contain some kind of collection. Even the kitchen and bathrooms. While…

Young scientists come from all over the state for robotics program

Students come from all over the state for robotics program By PENNY FLETCHERpenny@observernews.net RUSKIN — Last week I found some students in summer school because they wanted to be. Not…

Entrepreneurial estate brokers value their experiences

By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net SUN CITY CENTER – It’s probably not the shortest route to riches, but managing estate sales here as well as in other South County communities is a…

Whatever Happened About…

By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net …AB’s drained pond Work is expected to begin within the next two weeks on repair of a failed concrete dam here which once held back the waters…

Local sailors share their passion with injured veterans

By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net Melody Jameson photo Shaded by the bimini of Freedom Excursions’ 40-foot motor sailer, Leslie (right) and Mike (left) Jernigan share finger foods during a recent sunset sail…

Early primary election voting set to begin; absentee ballots now available

By MELODY JAMESON    mj@observernews.net Signaled by biting television advertisements and fliers filling mailboxes, the 2010 election season now is underway for South County voters. In the next few weeks, absentee…

Concentration, coordination and confidence

By Penny Fletcher penny@pennyfletcher.com   Penny Fletcher Photo Jim Chambers strikes a pose before demonstrating a new move in his karate class at the Gardenville Recreation Center. Jim and his…

Volunteer team teaches students to avoid obesity

By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net RIVERVIEW – Summer students at Summerfield Crossings Elementary School were treated to a fitness program July 22 given by a volunteer team calling itself “Fitness America.”…

Retirees targeted in nasty new swindle

By MELODY JAMESON mj@observernews.net SUN CITY CENTER — Question: When should you reject pleas for help from traveling family, friends, neighbors or associates?Answer: When those cries for assistance drop into…