Penny Fletcher

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Riverview Chamber maintains its numbers despite poor economy

While nationally, business is down, and Florida hovers at a 13 percent unemployment rate, the Riverview business community is holding steady.
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Vacancies cost county more than tax revenue

From people who want to make money by ripping copper from walls and ceilings, to places to rob and rape, as the vacancies spread, so does crime....
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Bullfrog Creek project continues to grow

The site plan for the project has changed some since originally run in The Observer News Aug. 30, 2010 because new partners have signed onto ...
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The circle of life

  By PENNY FLETCHER   PENNY FLETCHER PHOTOS Whole families occupy small cottages like this in many areas of South County. “You don’t recognize the struggling low-wage families ...
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Creativity encouraged at new after-school arts camp

By PENNY FLETCHER SOUTH COUNTY — They’ve started small, but hope to grow big enough to need vans and drivers to pick up children from local ...
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For the love of music

  JOE REILLY PHOTOS The South Shore Symphony Orchestra is a ministry of the Sun City Center Methodist Church and is led by that church’s music ...
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For the love of music

  JOE REILLY PHOTOS The South Shore Symphony Orchestra is a ministry of the Sun City Center Methodist Church and is led by that church’s music ...
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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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