Penny Fletcher

Sportsplex, medical center, 4,000-seat arena and more slated for Bullfrog Creek area

The five partners in this 123-acre project set for Bullfrog Creek Road are quick to say that the design is not completely set in stone.
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A senseless and violent act; lives change forever

She felt the first blow as a crowbar struck her in the back of her skull. She didn’t feel the second blow. In that instant, ...
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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 ...
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Last promise to dad leads down new path

Earl Morrill praying with Haitians on his mission trip in May 2009. By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net WIMAUMA- One local woman is preparing to get out of her comfort ...
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Good Samaritan Mission hosts back to school day

Hundreds of people wait outside to eat hot dogs and nachos on Back to School day at the mission. Area churches, individuals and service organizations ...
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The advantages of buying things out of season

By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net SOUTH COUNTY — I made up my mind that tax holiday or not, I wasn’t going to fight the crowds for back-to-school shopping ...
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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 ...
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Last promise to dad leads down new path

Earl Morrill praying with Haitians on his mission trip in May 2009. By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net WIMAUMA- One local woman is preparing to get out of her comfort ...
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Good Samaritan Mission hosts back to school day

Hundreds of people wait outside to eat hot dogs and nachos on Back to School day at the mission. Area churches, individuals and service organizations ...
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The advantages of buying things out of season

By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net SOUTH COUNTY — I made up my mind that tax holiday or not, I wasn’t going to fight the crowds for back-to-school shopping ...
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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 ...
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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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