Penny Fletcher

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YMCA plan heads to County Commission Aug. 7

The location for the proposed facility is a 40-acre area adjacent to the Vance Vogel Park in Gibsonton.
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Community Development Plan leads to preliminary study in AB

There isn’t much that can be done to widen Apollo Beach Boulevard without going into people’s private properties......
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Ruskin quilter accepted into international competition

Judy Hasch planned her retirement around learning a new skill...
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TGH to open two outpatient clinics in South County

Soon there will be a third option for seeing a doctor in the Riverview area....
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Participation proves more helpful than give-aways

The concept is that if someone puts time and effort into something, they will appreciate it more, and they’ll learn something from the experience that helps lift them to a better way of living both in the short and long run....
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SCC songwriters get attention from Nashville pr

The chance to write songs for a famous songwriter was a life experience in itself for five Sun City Center residents....
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Fun in the sun for many or one

If you're looking for ways to entertain visitors — or yourself — there are abundant nearby options....
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Cleanup is easier when people work together

Wimauma residents have until July 16 to get help dumping large items ...
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For some, July 4th means more than fireworks

Have you ever been the only man who survived in your whole unit on an island occupied by the enemy? ...
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High speed ferry project picking up speed

The proposal begins with two catamarans that would run between the Schultz Preserve area and MacDill Air Force Base, with the first anticipated riders being the 5,300 MacDill employees who commute between 25 and 35 miles daily across the Bay....
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Back in the news

By Penny Fletcher Local teen competes internationally High school senior Ben Hoover from MiraBay in Apollo Beach has qualified to join Team USA for the 2013 World ...
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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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