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Commissioners bring different styles, convictions to debate

  By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.netSUN CITY CENTER – Confident in their positions and competent in their deliveries, Hillsborough County commissioners Al Higginbotham and Mark Sharpe brought opposing views and differing styles…

Storms cut power, down trees in South County

Mitch Traphagen photosA line of severe thunderstorms barreled through the Tampa Bay area Sunday night and Monday morning causing power outages and minor damage across South Hillsborough. At Ruskin Elementary…

Pastor reclaims land he loved as a child

  By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net WIMAUMA- Donnie Newberry remembers climbing trees and fishing in the creek on land he has now purchased and is dedicating to God as the new…

Whatever Happened About…

  By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net Operation Last DoseIn a companion program to the annual Operation Medicine Cabinet collection of outdated or no longer needed prescription drugs conducted by the Hillsborough County…

SCC Dues debtors may face foreclosure

By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.netSun City Center — Cracking down on its excessively delinquent dues evaders, the Community Association here is turning to extreme measures: foreclosure actions on their homes to settle…

Ruskin expert recycles pipes from retired organs

  By PENNY FLETCHERpenny@observernews.netSOUTH COUNTY — The part of the organ visible to people watching it played is but a tiny portion of what makes the sound. Behind huge walls…

HCSO goes after criminal bad habits

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.netRUSKIN — The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has long held a philosophy of community policing. The principle is the very essence of law enforcement with deputies integrated into…

Federal judge finds for owners of drywall-damaged homes

  By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.netSUN CITY CENTER – In the first known judicial opinion favoring Chinese drywall victims, a federal judge has clarified remedial issues and held out hope for local…

Much interest shown in sales tax increase

  By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.netSun City Center – Proposed increase of Hillsborough County’s sales tax for transportation purposes is getting thorough airing here. In the second of three scheduled debates focused…

Ruskin paleontologist puts the hip into bones

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.netRUSKIN — Frank Garcia has a way of making paleontology hip. On Saturday nights, Garcia and his guests grab microphones to belt out tunes standing next to an…