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Remember when

Remember when

The abandoned Spanish-style building in Ruskin was a theater? By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net I moved to South County in January 1980 and have always wondered about the Spanish-style two-story building on…

You, me and business

You, me and business

Driving golf carts illegally on roadways could ruin it for everyone By DANA DITTMAR He didn’t exactly say “I’m from the government and I’m here to help…” but that’s precisely…

Positive Talk

Positive Talk

All children are different — make learning make sense By WILLIAM HODGES hodgespress@gmail.com When I was a child, school made no sense to me. In fact, I hated it. By the…

Hope and humanity

Hope and humanity

Observations: Hope and humanity By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net Okay, everyone! Raise your hands if you are happy to see 2016 finally draw to a close. Whoa! Well, it may be…

Ortygia Restaurant set to serve others

Ortygia Restaurant set to serve others

Chef Gaetano aims to provide for local community on MLK Day of Service By ANDREA SHAY For the past three years, Chef Gaetano Cannata, owner of Ortygia Restaurant, has used…

75th wedding anniversary

75th wedding anniversary

Sun City Center couple celebrate their diamond anniversary By LOIS KINDLE lois@observernews.net Gretchen and David Meixner have certainly taken their marriage vows seriously. After seven-and-a-half decades, they’ve been married longer…

Manatee County Fair 2017

Manatee County Fair 2017

Arts and crafts are only part of the fun at the Manatee County Fair By CARL MARIO NUDI carl@observernews.net The theme for the 2017 Manatee County Fair will be “Fair…