Penny Fletcher

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College grad heads for missionary training

“Life is about service,” Sacia said, sounding more like a 40-year-old than a newly graduated college student.
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No store closings planned for South County under Winn-Dixie/Sweetbay buyout

Winn-Dixie tells The Observer that if the stores are needed, they will be kept open....
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DAV gets assistance with van; group thanks supporters

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides the van and money to run it, but the local chapter must come up with money on its own in order to ask for help in refurbishing or replacing the existing van....
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Technology collides with grandma’s pastime

One embroidery machine comes complete with a computer on the side that tells operators which color embroidery threads to insert into which embroidery needle, and doesn’t make them do it by themselves. ...
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Spirits not dampened by rain-out

The annual Relay for Life is a benefit for the 100-year-old American Cancer Society to help in prevention, education, treatment and research in an attempt to wipe out cancer....
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Cypress Creek woman recognized for charitable work

Sunday, March 23, while she was helping the Rev. Mark Salmon on the altar, Marge Yarger was surprised by being presented with the Presbyterian Women’s Honorary Life Membership Award....
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FunFest

The Sun City Center FunFest brought out between 7,000 and 8,000 people on Saturday, March 15, as the clubs and organizations and some businesses showed ...
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Quilters make kids in residential facility feel more like they’re home

The Sun City Center Quilters and Sewers don't just need blankets and quilts for the children at A Kid's Place shelter. They could use toiletries, hair products, suitcases and other help as well....
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Vandalism temporarily closes Sun City Center Dog Park

Dogs and their humans were left scratching their heads, wondering why anyone would tear up their dog park....
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Renovated facilities to open to Summerfield’s 7,000 residents

The expanded weight rooms, new Wi-Fi room and other renovations to the clubhouse will be available for residents to use on Monday, March 17...
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image Penny Fletcher Penny has lived in South County since 1979; in Ruskin, Apollo Beach and Riverview and knows the area and its people well. Before becoming a correspondent for The Observer News and the Riverview Current, she wrote for The Tampa Tribune and has been the Bureau Editor for The East Bay Breeze, The Sun, and the South Shore News. Her work has earned many awards from the Florida Press Association and Community Papers of Florida; including First, Second and Third Place state-wide awards for News Writing, Original Writing, Feature Writing, Columns and Editorials. She has also been awarded a First Place, state-wide photography award. From 2000 to 2006 she edited for Amazon Books publishing division, BookSurge, via the Web; wrote book jackets and marketing copy and worked one-on-one with many Amazon authors. She currently freelances as a writer, editor, speaker and coach at www.pennyfletcher.com.
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