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In Print: There’s only one way, the Keppel Way

Kris Keppel is the last person who feels he deserves all the accolades he’s received lately. While he had to retire as both a cross-country coach and a teacher for Land O’ Lakes High School earlier this year because of his battle with pancreatic cancer, Keppel still has to admit, what he’s done — and […]

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Kensington Mize, left, and her sister Maryalice are involved in an effort at Connerton Elementary School to help ensure no students attending their school go hungry over the weekend.
(Courtesy of John Mize)

Helping children learn to serve, by providing healthy snacks

It’s not a bit uncommon for schools to hold food drives to help provide holiday meals for the poor, but Connerton Elementary School has a new program aimed at helping children who are hungry over weekends. The program, called Pack-A-Sack, is similar to some already under way at schools where a large percentage of children […]

Dr. O. John Maduko enjoys his position as academic dean at Rasmussen College in Land O’ Lakes, but family is never far from his mind.
(Michael Murillo/Staff Photo)

A doctor, a dean, and a determination to help others

Some people take years into their adult life to figure out what career they want to have. But Dr. O. John Maduko, academic dean at Rasmussen College in Land O’ Lakes, always knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. It wasn’t a job at a college. He wanted to be a doctor. […]

Brock Bowles lost a three-year battle to breast cancer, which ultimately spread to other parts of his body. His wife, Kriss, has made it her personal mission to spread the word about the dangers of male breast cancer.
(Courtesy of Kriss Bowles)

Don’t forget: Men get breast cancer, too

Kriss Bowles was in Colorado attending a wedding with her husband, Brock, when he began complaining about pain in his spine as well as two of his ribs. He felt a lump in his right breast, too. When they returned to their home in Lutz, Brock decided to see his doctor. His main concern was […]

Why you don’t find political endorsements in our papers

It’s less than a month before the November elections, and nowhere in The Laker/Lutz News will you find a political endorsement of any kind for any party, candidate or issue. By design, our papers don’t have an editorial page spouting the opinions of my staff, guest columnists or myself.  In fact, our papers have not […]

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Left Behind: Bus service screeches to a halt on Monday

He leaned back on the bench, allowing just bits of a pizza delivery store advertisement to peek through for motorists to see as they sped past the New River Branch Library on State Road 54. The skies were a clear blue, and the morning coolness was quickly giving way to what would soon be a […]

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Crist has slim lead in Saint Leo poll

With a less than two weeks until voters have to make a final decision on who they should send to (or keep in) Tallahassee, a new poll from the Saint Leo University Polling Institute shows Democrat Charlie Crist with a slight lead over incumbent Republican Rick Scott. However, the survey — which polled 500 likely […]

Simon: Outlet mall construction has started

Crews were out this week clearing the land near the intersection of State Road 56 and Interstate 75 for a new outlet mall, and it looks like come this time next year, there will be a new place for residents to shop. Simon Property Group told investors in a filing with the U.S. Securities and […]

Homeless veterans given chance at Stand Down event

Pasco County Stand Down is set for Oct. 24-26 at Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson. The grassroots, community-based intervention program helps the nation’s estimated 67,000 homeless veterans manage life on the streets. The national program began in San Diego in 1988, and has since spread to include more than 200 similar events nationwide. The local […]

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In Print: There’s only one way, the Keppel Way

Kris Keppel is the last person who feels he deserves all the accolades he’s received lately. While he had to retire as both a cross-country coach and a teacher for Land O’ Lakes High School earlier this year because of his battle with pancreatic cancer, Keppel still has to admit, what he’s done — and […]

Home sales, prices up in Tampa Bay region

It’s nothing but positives in September for the Tampa Bay housing and condominium market, as both sales and median prices have gone up. The latest report from Florida Realtors shows existing home sales are up 11 percent, and condo sales grew more than 4 percent compared to a year ago. Median sales for the area […]

Florida prepares for highly unlikely Ebola epidemic

There have been just three diagnosed cases of Ebola in the United States, and less than 200 people actually exposed to the virus. Yet, the fear by many that Ebola can become an epidemic in this country — although federal officials have dismissed any real possibility of that happening — has Gov. Rick Scott pushing […]

Vote by mail already has 10 percent turnout

Early voting doesn’t start until this weekend. But in the meantime, Pasco County elections supervisor Brian Corley continues to collect mail-in votes — by the thousands. As of late Monday, Corley has received more than 30,000 ballots for the upcoming midterm election. Of those ballots, 35 percent of them are from Democrats, 45 percent are […]

SBA looking to boost women-run businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the National Women’s Business Council have joined forces in an effort to increase the flow of money by and into small businesses run by women. The overriding goal, according to a release, is to encourage greater participation by women on the financial and investing side of high-growth entrepreneurship. “Developing […]

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