Penny Fletcher

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From 3 scholarships to 68, the number given grows each year

“The sales from Nearly New have climbed about $10,000 a year, especially since we started selling furniture,” Lauer said.
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Volunteer coach teaches more than boxing

When Rolando Barrientos first started teaching young boys to box, it was to give them something constructive to do that would keep them off the streets....
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Retired and still working; that’s just how this guy rolls

If you’ve gone to school in south Hillsborough County or had children or even grandchildren in school here in the last 35 years, you’ve probably heard the name Joe Green....
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Reserve deputies offer their time to keep communities safe

It’s a tough job and qualifying for it is tougher....
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HCC earns USDA grant for hydroponics farm

The project will take into consideration many elements of green technology, including using rainwater to irrigate and the natural growing seasons of local crops. ...
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Dec. 7, 1941: The day these children learned the meaning of war

For them, and the other children who witnessed the event first-hand, life would never be quite the same....
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After the bombs hit my ship...

One man’s story of Pearl Harbor and the months that followed ...
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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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