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Delectable desserts wow local diners: Ricky’s serving up more than just drink and meal specials

Delectable desserts wow local diners: Ricky’s serving up more than just drink and meal specials

By LISA STARK Contributing Writer Ricky’s Restaurant and Lounge in Apollo Beach has long been a popular dining place and watering hole in the area.  But some local diners are…

Anne Madden honored for decades of community service

Anne Madden honored for decades of community service

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN For more than two decades, Ruskin resident Anne Madden has filled a variety of roles, ranging from small-business person to volunteering for and serving on a variety…

Help needed for Cockroach Bay island cleanup Dec. 13

Help needed for Cockroach Bay island cleanup Dec. 13

By PENNY FLETCHER South County residents interested in saving native plants and wildlife are asked to help with the cleanup of the Cockroach Bay barrier islands on Saturday, Dec. 13.…

SCC residents vote against theater, choose candidates touting no debt

SCC residents vote against theater, choose candidates touting no debt

More than 5,000 Sun City Center residents turned out for last week’s communitywide election, dealing a resounding “no” to the prospect of building a new theater, much less going into…

Letters to the Editor: December 11, 2014

Dear Editor, The results of the vote in SCC are clear and simple and so is the message to our board. We don’t think we need a new theater. We…

Obituaries: December 11, 2014

Minnie Lou Brady Minnie Lou “Nanny” Brady, 83, of Ruskin, Fla., went to be with the Lord on November 29, 2014. She was born in Quebec, Tenn., and was preceded…

Observations: Anti-social media

Observations: Anti-social media

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I’m becoming increasingly aware of the notion that permanence is nothing more than an illusion. When I was a younger man, a week, a day or even…

The heart and soul of an artist

The heart and soul of an artist

Renowned area artist Bruce Marsh has a solo show at the Allyn Gallup Gallery in Sarasota through December 31. By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Bruce Marsh walked out of his house and…

Wanted: the spirit of Christmas in a time of need

Wanted: the spirit of Christmas in a time of need

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN As we age, we begin to see Christmas for what it really is — a time of love of family and friends, a time of giving. It…

Zip-lining at 95, Roy Long says he isn’t done yet!

Zip-lining at 95, Roy Long says he isn’t done yet!

By PENNY FLETCHER His name is Roy but everyone at Caloosa Golf and Country Club in Sun City Center knows him as “Howdy.” And when we say “everyone,” we really…