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“Libraries are … the best bargain in America …”

“Libraries are … the best bargain in America …”

SCC couple endows, funds $250,000 to establish children’s library foundation By LOIS KINDLE lois@observernews.net Sun City Center residents Jim Duffy and his wife, Joann, are lifelong readers, and libraries have…

RedHawk Ranch Pow Wow & Cultural Festival

RedHawk Ranch Pow Wow & Cultural Festival

All things Native American… The 2016 Pow Wow & Cultural Festival drew about 5,500 visitors to RedHawk Ranch in Wimauma, more than doubling last year’s crowd of 2,000.  Despite a…

Blues Fest

Blues Fest

Bradenton’s 5th annual Blues Festival expands to a weekend-long event By ANDREA SHAY Bradenton’s Blues Festival has been named by Blues411 Radio as the United States’ top blues festival, and…

Wildlife rescue educates public

Wildlife rescue educates public

Matthews Wildlife Rescue helps animals, educates public By ANDREA SHAY Often during the tourist season, Justin Matthews can be found sitting quietly on weekend nights outside Woody’s River Roo Pub…

Rocky Bluff Library events

Rocky Bluff Library events

December busy time for Rocky Bluff Library By CARL MARIO NUDI carl@observernews.net The December activity schedule at the Rocky Bluff Library, 6750 U.S. 301 N., was packed with special holiday…

Obituaries: December 1, 2016

Gilbert E. Anderson Gilbert E. Anderson “Gib,” 95, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away on November 25, 2016. He was born in Caribou, Maine, July 27, 1921. He was…

You, me and business

You, me and business

It’s so important to shop locally By DANA DITTMAR CEO, SCC Chamber of Commerce Last Friday officially rang in the Holiday Shopping Season. The Sunday paper was heavy with tons of…

Turn-in day

Turn-in day

Turn-in day at Southeastern Guide Dogs an ‘emotional roller coaster’ By LOIS KINDLE lois@observernews.net One chapter ended and another began Nov. 19 in the life of Scout, a Southeastern Guide…

Remember when …

Remember when …

Thanksgiving was for ‘thanks’ and family, not Black Friday! By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net We used to look forward to what we referred to as Thanksgiving Weekend. Even with all the…

Sparkle this Christmas

Sparkle this Christmas

Upcoming Christmas workshop for crafters to ‘sparkle’ By LOIS KINDLE lois@observernews.net It’s the holiday season, and area crafters are as busy as Santa’s elves making cards and gifts for family…