Penny Fletcher

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Residents encouraged to fill out online surveys before next planning meeting

Ideas are starting to come forward at meetings concerning the new county-proposed overlay for properties with frontage along the 8-mile stretch of U.S. 41
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EBHS grad snags full U.S. Coast Guard scholarship

Catherine D. Flocken has earned a full scholarship valued at $365,000 to the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT....
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Health insurance companies paying for prevention? Imagine that!

Twice a week Coleen Mercilliott gathers her SilverSneakers class and brings out the chairs....
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Giving friends a house key can make the difference between life and death

Leaving keys with a friend or neighbor that’s easily accessible can save Hillsborough County Emergency Services the trouble of breaking down a door to save a life....
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New developments in elder care, research to affect South County

A new concept for learning about gerontology is being developed at Hillsborough Community College’s Ruskin campus....
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Caring for caregivers is a top priority

By PENNY FLETCHER SOUTH COUNTY — Since attending a health fair in January 1998 Sun City Center resident Dolores Berens has made it her business to ...
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Lots of applicants, but where are the jobs?

Some people who advertise for help are shocked at the number of people who apply....
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New technology saves recording studio fees

Mark OShaughnessy knew he didn’t have the $50,000 or more it would take to make a CD of his music in a recording studio....
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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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