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Editorial: Flying blind in the voting booth

Editorial: Flying blind in the voting booth

By PENNY FLETCHER The 11 proposed amendments to the Florida State Constitution on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot were almost impossible to understand. As an avid reader and trained…

Night in Sicily scholarship fundraiser

Raise money for scholarships while enjoying a complete Italian dinner prepared by Chef Tony at Summerfield Crossings Golf Club.  It is sure to be a fun event with ambiance, good…

Dorothea Lange’s America appearing at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

Dorothea Lange’s America appearing at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

At age seven Dorothea Lange was stricken with polio, which left her with a lifetime limp. And at age 12, her father disappeared from the scene, leaving an impoverished household…

Want to honor our vets? How about a job?

Want to honor our vets? How about a job?

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN According to a recent article by the Associated Press, an estimated 60,000 U.S. veterans sleep on the streets at night.  Veterans make up approximately 14 percent of…

World-wide reach of The Carter Center touches South Hillsborough

World-wide reach of The Carter Center touches South Hillsborough

By MELODY JAMESON APOLLO BEACH — Individual drinking filters inhibiting water contaminates and bed netting to ward off insects – the simple but successful tools employed in The Carter Center’s…

Photo Gallery: Seafood Festival

Photo Gallery: Seafood Festival

The 24th annual Ruskin Seafood Festival took place last weekend under picture-perfect Florida skies, with thousands of people from around the Tampa Bay area visiting E.G. Simmons Park for the…

How things could be (Photo Gallery)

How things could be (Photo Gallery)

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN If there were anything resembling Utopia among the realities of human transgression, sin, and frailty, it probably would look much like what took place outside of the…

Photo Gallery: Riverview vs. Durant Football

Photo Gallery: Riverview vs. Durant Football

The final score may look lopsided but the 2-7 Riverview Sharks put   a scare into undefeated Durant in Riverview on Friday. The Sharks defense pressed hard, forcing turnovers and twice…

We are Americans first, last, and always

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I wrote some of this as an editorial for my newspaper in Iowa in 2008.  Four years later, I feel the same message applies. Compromise has been…

“Krewe with a Cause” keeps amputees on the move

“Krewe with a Cause” keeps amputees on the move

By PENNY FLETCHER SOUTH COUNTY- Ye Notorious Krewe of the Peg Leg Pirate, Inc. has been keeping amputees on the move since it first came into being in 2004. A…