Ashleigh Pike, left, looks on as her mother, Beth Pike, describes the impacts that Ashleigh’s illness has had on the young woman’s life.
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Patients offer their perspectives on needed health care reform

Before she became ill, Ashleigh Pike was a vibrant young woman who delighted in teaching elementary school children. Now she lives life from a wheelchair, with her mother providing her full-time care. “On the outside, I look fine,” the former teacher said. But, “my quality of life has been greatly compromised.” The young woman suffers […]

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A lot goes into the price of a gallon of gasoline, right down to how much fuel consumers are buying versus how much is being produced. Yet, the reason why gas typically gets more expensive the further inland one gets is actually much more simple: How expensive it is to transport the fuel there.
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Demand for gas is dropping, taking prices with it

In any given day in the United States, drivers pump 369 million gallons of gasoline into their vehicles, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. If cars could travel in space, and get 20 miles per gallon, that would be enough to travel to the moon and back — more than 15,000 times. Since 1990, the […]

Vyas Krishnan will oversee Saint Leo University’s new cybersecurity masters program, which was 18 months in the making. 
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System update: Saint Leo unveils cybersecurity masters program

Providing personal information on the Internet can save time and offer convenience, but it also carries well-known risks. Hackers, identity thieves and malicious software can jeopardize someone’s financial and personal well-being with just a few clicks of a mouse. Even if you try not to share your information online, companies that have your data and store […]

New development fees passed by the Pasco County Commission could affect a number of projects in the near future, but will have little impact on some building already underway, like the new Pep Boys location planned on State Road 54 near Catfish Lake Lane.
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Pasco now welcoming developers with much higher fees

With a single unanimous vote, the Pasco County Commission has made it much more expensive to develop land in the county, raising some government services fees as much as 400 percent. But surprisingly, developers are not up in arms. In fact, one of the major builders associations actually encouraged county officials to raise rates — […]

Event-goers can check out what a general store used to look like before the days of big-box retailers and huge grocery stores.
(Courtesy of Pioneer Florida Museum & Village)

Get a taste of Florida’s past at the Pioneer Day & Old Gospel Sing

Come take a trip into the past at Pioneer Day & Old Gospel Sing at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village. Event goers can enjoy music, check out traditional craft demonstrations, grab a bite to eat, and watch the reenactment of the Bradley Massacre, a dramatization of a Seminole raid, said Jessica Budin, front office […]

Dan Turner, left, and his wife Cheryl address bikers in front of the Pasco County Government Center on U.S. 41 last year, ahead of their ride to honor members of Pasco County’s Fire Rescue as part of the Pasco County Choppers 9/11 Gratitude Ride.
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Bikers return to remember Sept. 11 terrorist attacks

In their world, it might be Harley-Davidson vs. Yamaha, Honda vs. Suzuki. But when it comes to honoring those who sacrificed their lives on Sept. 11, 2001 — and giving a little something back to local first responders — there’s nothing that can keep these bikers apart. September is right around the corner, and with […]

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Weapon report put Sunlake High on lockdown

The beginning of the holiday weekend was a stressful time for the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and administrators at Sunlake High School after a reported student carrying a weapon put the campus on lockdown Friday morning. Sunlake principal Steve Williams worked to keep the public informed what was happening throughout the morning through Twitter, and […]

Land O’ Lakes woman wins $1 million scratch-off

After a few winning scratch-off tickets were sold locally, yet another local resident can call herself a millionaire this week after a big win through the Florida Lottery. However, unlike other recent tickets, this one was bought in Tampa. Loida Emmons, 46, of Land O’ Lakes, claimed a $1 million prize in Florida Lottery’s 50X […]

Tampa Bay Water funding nonprofit conservation projects

Tampa Bay Water is offering $20,000 worth of mini-grants to help fund projects and events sponsored by local community groups, non-profit groups, schools and universities that help promote protection of the region’s drinking water sources. The deadline to apply for the grant is Oct. 31. To qualify, applicants need to provide a plan for a […]

Vehicle registration fees drop Sept. 1

Motor vehicle registration fees will return back to their pre-2009 levels next week after better economic times no longer required the higher fees instituted during the Great Recession. Gov. Rick Scott, who is now set to face off against his predecessor, former Gov. Charlie Crist in November, said drivers will save between $17 and $25 […]

Don’t drive drunk, just get towed

Labor Day and having something to drink go hand-and-hand for many people. But unfortunately, so does drinking and getting behind the wheel. That’s why this weekend AAA is offering Tow to Go, where anyone who has been drinking — whether they are a AAA member or not — can have both themselves and their vehicle […]

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Voters speak their minds on the primary election

Despite the best efforts of election officials to get people out to the polls for the Aug. 26 primary, turnout — at least in Pasco County — is likely to be below 15 percent. But those that did come out to the polls wanted to make their voice heard. Here’s what some local voters had […]


Wilson ousted by Wells, Moore heading to November

There hasn’t been an incumbent victory in Pasco County Commission’s District 4 seat since 2002. And that streak will continue through at least 2018. Henry Wilson Jr., who surprised everyone four years ago to unseat incumbent Mike Cox, was no match for Mike Wells Jr., who took the election in the open primary Tuesday, and […]

PHSC, sheriff agree to keep Dade City academy going

UPDATE: The Pasco-Hernando State College board of trustees approved the new agreement at its meeting Tuesday night, finalizing the deal. “While it took time to work through details, we feel this agreement is in the best interests of everyone concerned,” said PHSC board chair Len Johnson, in a release. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office may […]

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