Magazine
From Sun Worshipper to Sun Tamer May 20th, 2018 by Curtis Condon

Sunlight produces warmth, life, fuel and a sense of well- being. However, like fire and water—two other forces of great good—sunlight can be harmful if used carelessly. Most people are aware that too much exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet...


Pack Up the Pets May 20th, 2018 by Pamela A. Keene

Good news for Fluffy and Spike. No more being carted off to the vet’s or putting up with pet sitters. Now they can go on the family vacation. More hotels, restaurants, beaches, parks and campgrounds are now pet-friendly. Numerous websites...


A Color Debate May 20th, 2018 by David LaBelle

People often ask if I shoot in color or black and white. Actually, I do both. When I began my newspaper career, except on rare occasions, we shot and reproduced photographs exclusively in black and white.That changed as advertisers demanded...


Paradise and Pomegranates May 20th, 2018 by Brandon Pomrenke

Adventurous couple drops anchor in Hardee County After decades spent navigating the warm Caribbean seas and experiencing local culture, Cindy and David Weinstein set course for a new challenge: starting a new life stateside. “We got back to the states...


Answering the Call May 20th, 2018 by Denise Porter

Volunteer firefighters provide critical emergency response When Carl Seley was a teenager growing up in Ebro, Florida, he decided to join the Ebro Volunteer Fire Department. Volunteering “seemed like the thing to do,” says Carl, now 46. “Ebro is a...


May Offers a Smorgasbord of Fishing Opportunities April 20th, 2018 by Curtis Condon

Bass, bass and more bass. For some anglers, it’s the only species worthy of their time. No doubt bass are superb game fish, but for many anglers, fishing for the same fish year-round would be like eating your favorite food...


Cruising for the Time of Your Life April 20th, 2018 by Pamela A. Keene

Looking for a luxury getaway without spending a fortune? Check out a cruise from one of Florida’s five port cities: Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Port Canaveral and Tampa. If flexible, you can pick up last-minute deals for a weekend, a...


Staying On Track April 20th, 2018 by David LaBelle

Few things capture our imagination and connect us to the past the way the iron horses of yesteryear can. These 19th century machines trigger deep memories—either good or bad, depending on our relationship to them. For most, trains represent freedom,...


Powering the Community April 20th, 2018 by Victoria Hampton

Electric utility jobs fuel local economies and the nation Electric utilities offer much more to their communities than instant gratification at the flip of a switch. Aside from supplying the lifeblood of our nation—electricity—the industry provides an asset crucial to...


A Path to Success, Book by Book April 20th, 2018 by Marcy Chapman

Palmetto High School student starts traveling library to help combat local literacy challenge As a kid, Abby Hamm’s favorite book was “The Library Dragon,” which tells the story of a fiery dragon who kept “sticky little fingers from touching and...