Forever the Keppel Way at Land O’ Lakes High

The crowd was there to watch the football teams from Land O’ Lakes and Sunlake high schools take the field. But for several minutes before kickoff, they were all chanting something much different: “We love Keppel!” Kris Keppel, who spent more than two decades as the coach of the Land O’ Lakes cross-country team, and […]

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The Oct. 4 Mud Run raised money for Saint Leo University’s Veteran Student Services. The department provides support and resources to help military personnel adjust to student life. 
(Fred Bellet/Photo)

Saint Leo’s veterans department serves those who have served

When military veterans were asked what type of information they wanted from a school or university, the top answer wasn’t information about graduation rates or estimates regarding student loan debt. It wasn’t even information about what credits earned in the military would be accepted by the institution. Those were important, of course. But according to […]

Grace Spenceley, left, Sylvia Roper, Jose Sotero (sitting), Janelle Ankrom and Phyllis Frey (on a platform) run through a number as they prepare to perform in Dreamhouse Theatre’s first full-fledged play, ‘Little Shop of Horrors.’
(B.C. Manion/Staff Photo)

Dreamhouse Theatre seeks to entertain, inspire

The stage is empty. But then, they start arriving: The woman who does information technology finance during the day, the guys who do pest control and lawn work. Then, there’s the nanny, the grocery clerks, the college students and the teachers. When they hit their marks, they shed those roles of daily life and become […]

Mr. Tommy, right, is a regular at The Shops at Wiregrass annual Halloween event, which will be on Oct. 29 this year. He’ll perform at 10 a.m., and serve as emcee for the costume contest at 11 a.m.
(Courtesy of The Shops at Wiregrass)

No tricks, but plenty of free community treats for Halloween

Many families will go door-to-door in local neighborhoods searching for candy this Halloween. But if you’d rather do something different — or don’t want to limit the fun to Oct. 31 — there are several public events to enjoy. Several activities — most of them free — occur the weekend before Halloween, while others are […]

Pasco High School principal Kari Kadlub, center, joins, from left, Mark Fox, Bobby Correia, Tom Lameau and Wilton Simpson, inside the window of the new concession stand at Pasco High School’s football stadium. 
(B.C. Manion/Staff Photo)

Stadium projects reveal sense of connection to Pasco High

It’s a familiar scene in movies and in television shows about high school football teams in small towns. The stands are filled with the locals. A lot of the spectators there don’t have a player on the team from their family — but it’s their team anyway because they attended the high school or live […]


Ornaments reveal history, raise money

When the Dade City Garden Club began selling an annual holiday ornament to raise money for the club, the decoration was simple: a two-dimensional square. That didn’t matter. The ornament’s theme — the Historic Pasco County Courthouse — touched a chord among area residents and quickly sold out, recalled Pat Carver, who was involved in […]

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Animal shelter looking to ‘make a difference’

Looking for a way to help make a difference? Well, Saturday is National Make a Difference Day, and Pasco County Animal Services has plenty of ways to assist people in living up to the day’s name. The shelter, located at 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land O’ Lakes, will host a community get-together Oct. 25 from […]

Zephyrhills water to donate $50K at open house

The public will get a rare opportunity Saturday to see inside the plant that Nestle Waters North America uses to produce Zephyrhills bottled water. But it will come with some money for area charities as well. The company says it will donate $50,000 in honor of its 50th anniversary Saturday to organization that help support […]

Land O’ Lakes holding IB informational sessions

Land O’ Lakes High School is hosting three family information nights for prospective applicants seeking ninth-grade admission into the school’s International Baccalaureate program for the 2015-16 year. Parents and guardians of students currently in the eighth grade at public, charter and private schools are invited to attend, as well as families of students in other […]

Many child car seats are installed wrong

AAA-The Auto Club Group is reaching out to drivers, making sure they are providing a safe ride for their young children by properly installing car seats. “Three out of four car seats today are installed incorrectly,” said Michele Harris, director of traffic safety culture at AAA, in a release. “Too often, we see kids who […]

RaceWay location in Dade City sold

After more than 15 years of corporate ownership, RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. has sold its Dade City RaceWay location for $2.3 million. The buyer of the station, located on a little more than an acre of land at 12310 U.S. 301, is 974 Pasco LLC, managed by West Palm Beach attorney Carolyn Sakolsky. The location was […]

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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