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Local Library of Congress video project proves larger than expected

  By Penny Fletcher penny@observernews.net SUN CITY CENTER — It all started when Dr. Kenneth Barringer talked about wanting to record his World War II experiences at a meeting of…

Agriculture students mix credits with community service

Students who helped out kid around and relax once their work was finished. By PENNY FLETCHERpenny@observernews.net RUSKIN — Nine years ago when Erin Elsberry decided to teach agriculture at Freedom…

SCC Community Association board member resigns

By MELODY JAMESON mj@observernews.net Sun City Center – Concluding that his “goals are not attainable” and that his efforts were “making no difference,” John “Woody” Nelson resigned last week as…

Gibsonton Trailer park owner seeks additional commercial zoning

By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net Gibsonton – Trailing a long list of residential code violations, a lot rental trailer park here currently is under consideration for added commercial activity. Desmond Surujbali, owner…

No depression in the local affordable housing market

  {backbutton} By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.netRUSKIN — Recession reluctant, major league developers may be sitting on their hands and Ty Pennington’s televised Extreme Makeover team may be scaling back the give-away…

Sunrise on Ruskin’s Second Century

mj@observernews.net   Ray Daniels carries a basket of cucumbers in a Ruskin field in 1947. Photo courtesy of State Library and Archives of Florida RUSKIN – In a few days…

Winning World Series pitcher makes Riverview his home

  By Penny Fletcherpenny@observernews.net RIVERVIEW — When 5-year-old Dave LaPoint got pulled out of bed to play baseball, he never dreamed it would be the start of a lifelong career.…

A father’s fable creates a reluctant writer

         By MELODY JAMESON   mj@observernews.netRuskin – Robert J. Schindler just may be the region’s most reluctant writer. When daughter Meghan entreated him to turn an imaginative childhood fairy tale into…

Troops receive items government lacks money to buy

  You can get in on the action too! By PENNY FLETCHER   penny@observernews.net SOUTH COUNTY — Bob Williams buys a lot of things he doesn’t need or use. In…

Effort to contain polluting nitrogen run-off on tap in March

  By MELODY JAMESON mj@observernews.net Nitrogen, one of the big three in fertilizers that keep South County lawns green and growing, also is “a pollutant of concern” threatening marine life…