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Prison art and sampler of South County talent is weekend fare

By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net   South County artistry – on paper, on stage, in vocal form and expressed instrumentally – will be on parade this weekend in two novel events.   One opens…

Whatever happened about…

  By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net… Gulf Oil Efforts    Effective immediately, the Ruskin / SouthShore Chamber of Commerce is collecting items useful in cleansing and saving coastal birds which become contaminated…

Undercover with the Street Crimes Unit

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net   RIVERVIEW — A heavy squall had just passed leaving a wet heaviness in the air. The traffic on this busy Riverview corner was unabated, however. It was…

South Hillsborough after dark: Undercover with the Street Crimes Unit

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net   RIVERVIEW — A heavy squall had just passed leaving a wet heaviness in the air. The traffic on this busy Riverview corner was unabated, however. It was…

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 card By PENNY FLETCHERpenny@observernews.net The documents the Frizzolas showed while trying to renew Peg’s…

Elaine Brad leaving SCC Chamber of Commerce

As president of the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce for the past 10 years, Elaine Brad has become the face of the community for thousands of visitors and residents…

Art on a canvas of flesh

{igallery 6} By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.netRIVERVIEW — A bumper sticker tacked onto a filing cabinet discretely tucked away in Mike Parson’s office reads, “Tattoos: Not just for sailors anymore.” Actually,…

Resurrected Mill Bayou development plan goes before BOCC June 8

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.netRUSKIN — A proposal to build eight homes on a strip of land on the Little Manatee River will result in a show down between a developer and…

In Sun City Center: Standing up for the fallen

{igallery 12} Memorial Day is over but you can still stand up for troops and vets By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.netSUN CITY CENTER — Retired Navy Commander Edward Socha rang the bell…

Multiple means of exploring the metaphysical on the menu

  By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.netSUN CITY CENTER – This generally conservative retirement community might seem an unlikely host, but two new excursions into the new-age world of the metaphysical now are…