Penny Fletcher

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YMCA Governing Board gives go-ahead to Gibsonton plan

The 30 community leaders that make up the Governing Board of the Tampa Metropolitan YMCA recently gave the green light to a proposed plan to build a new facility in South County.
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Computer Club receives recognition for 30 years of service

Men and women sit outside in comfortable positions, laptops and tablets in hand, enjoying the beautiful weather while they work, play or communicate with friends and family by way of the new Wi-Fi installed by the Sun City Center Computer Club....
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She stays on call so others can eat

Smoker is the coordinator of the Sun City Center Meals on Wheels program, making the schedules for about 30 volunteers a month supplied by area houses of worship, clubs and service organizations....
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SOUTH COUNTY: the video

At one time, in the late 1980s in fact, the southern part of Hillsborough County had two movements to secede from Hillsborough County because of its unique differences from other unincorporated neighborhoods and its vast amount of (then) undeveloped land....
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Lennard HS takes 3 awards in annual seat belt competition

Lennard High School took First Place in the Best Overall Campaign and Best Public Service Announcement portions of the recent Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office’s annual “Battle of the Belts” to promote seat belt safety awareness....
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A single red rose means forever

“A single rose means ‘I love you forever,’ ” he said, handing it to me. Suddenly, I was laughing. The $3 he’d paid was probably the last cash in his pocket....
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What’s the real story behind Valentine’s Day?

The Roman Catholic Church recognizes three different saints named Valentine (also known as Valentinus) all of whom were martyred....
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Coworkers rally after family loses son

Coworkers reacted quickly to help the family of the kindergartner who died Jan. 23 after collapsing at Cypress Creek Elementary School in Ruskin....
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Food to be dispensed from temporary location as new Angel Attic is built

The new Angel Attic is the first building in Phase I of Calvary Lutheran Church's overall building project....
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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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