Penny Fletcher

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Coin club members teach history with each piece

When Sun City Center resident Richard Fee was 13 years old his mother was afraid he would spend the money people paid him for their newspapers to buy coins.
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Volunteers enlist Senator’s help with questions about prison closings

Questions from former volunteers at the Hillsborough Correctional Institution continue....
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New natural gas reserves could mean lower electric bills

How could more jobs in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and West Virginia have a positive effect on the budgets of residents in South County?...
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Businesses donate thousands to upgrade chamber

Dana Dittmar, executive director of the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce, says it would have cost more than $50,000 if the chamber had had to pay for what’s been done to renovate it...
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Beginners mix with accomplished musicians in new orchestra

Boyce and Marceil Sweat never expected to join an orchestra while at a car wash. ...
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Organizers plan for CareFest SouthShore

“This is a way to honor the commands in the Bible to love God by loving your neighbor...”...
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Area volunteers report on changes for inmates moved from HCI

The reports are varied, depending on the experience of each particular inmate....
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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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