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Riverview Post student wins 1st place in Patriot’s Pen essay contest

Riverview Post student wins 1st place in Patriot’s Pen essay contest

VFW District 12 advances top students to state competition By LISA STARK Special thanks went out to all the Veterans of Foreign War posts, teachers, parents and students who participated…

County explores ‘mobility fees’ for developers: Feb. 4 workshop open to the public

County explores ‘mobility fees’ for developers: Feb. 4 workshop open to the public

By PENNY FLETCHER Since August, The Observer News has carried a four-part series on “relaxation of rules on developers” causing urban sprawl. This story will briefly recap those stories and…

SouthShore Arts Council gears up for 2016

SouthShore Arts Council gears up for 2016

By LISA STARK The SouthShore Arts Council has big plans for the New Year, and is looking for community participation to make them a reality.  Led by president and mural…

Yesterdayze is headliner at Sunday’s Rockin’ Thru The Years dance

Yesterdayze is headliner at Sunday’s Rockin’ Thru The Years dance

If you love ’60s music, you’ll want to be there Sunday, Jan. 17, when Yesterdayze takes the Veterans Theater stage for the next Rockin’ Thru The Years dance. A high-energy…

Obituaries: January 14, 2016

Don Roy Adams Don Roy Adams, 94, of Adamsville, Fla., went home to Jesus on January 3, 2016. Born in Adamsville, he spent 65 years in the Tropical Fish business.…

Obituary: January 7, 2016

Francis John Swistara Francis John Swistara, 63 years old, passed away December 25, 2015, after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis…

Finding life after death

Finding life after death

By KEVIN BRADY Since my wife Leeann died in August, life has been a little like that early morning pea-soup-thick fog that rolls into New England harbors in the early…

Local musician Gary Coco remembers Tampa Bay’s Golden Age of Music

Local musician Gary Coco remembers Tampa Bay’s Golden Age of Music

By LISA STARK Singer-guitarist-keyboardist Gary Coco is a familiar face on the local music scene, performing in neighborhood venues like Latitudes, Circles, JF Kicks, Woody’s River Roo, and Sunset Grill…

Unique partnership fuels new uses of 1920s Gardenville Schoolhouse

Unique partnership fuels new uses of 1920s Gardenville Schoolhouse

By PENNY FLETCHER An exact date for the original construction of the Gardenville Schoolhouse has never been found, but a photograph from 1926 shows it had to have been some…

No movement on Tampa Bay ferry project: $5.2 mil collected for study that’s not moving forward

No movement on Tampa Bay ferry project:  $5.2 mil collected for study that’s not moving forward

By PENNY FLETCHER A project to shuttle people across Tampa Bay from somewhere in South County to a location near or on MacDill Air Force Base has been stalled before any…