Recent Posts


Welcome to Observer Today!

Published on: June 5, 2017

Mitch Traphagen Photo


Welcome to Observer Today!

Each weekday, between 7:30 and 9 a.m., we will provide you with a few things that may help to shape your day and hopefully inform you as to what is happening in our neighborhoods and in the larger city in which we live. The column will be updated as needed until about noon. And then, we’ll see you again tomorrow.

The four Observer News publications have long been weekly, community newspapers. We will continue that tradition in print, our mainstay. But online, we can talk every weekday. Please join in with comments, please email, and please let us know what you think — and what you may like to see from us each morning. And perhaps you, too, can help to keep your neighbors informed.

Thank you for reading The Observer News. We are the oldest and largest newspaper in the southern Tampa Bay region. We are dedicated to this community — to supporting our businesses and to supporting you. Our success is thanks to you. We are grateful.

So, pour a cup of coffee and join in conversation with us. I’m looking forward to seeing you.


Mitch Traphagen

Managing Editor

The Observer News

SouthShore | Sun City Center | Riverview | North Manatee