Today, we honor our graduates

Today’s paper is a record issue for The Laker/Lutz News. There are 28 pages in two sections — eight pages more than we usually publish. We can credit our increased page count to the 3,000-plus high school seniors whose names are published inside our annual special graduation section. It was seven years ago — back […]

This Week

Rick and Tara Westcott are proud parents of 11-year-old Alexandra Westcott, who received a certificate of appreciation from Eckerd Raising Hope.
(Kathy Steele/Staff Photo)

Imagine student spearheads clothing drive

The first visits to ask local business owners for donations took a special effort from an 11-year-old who is shy. But Alexandra Westcott had a good reason to get a little help for Pasco County’s foster children. “I felt bad for the kids who didn’t have much in life,” she said. “I wanted to help […]

Luis Rosado plays with intensity during a practice session of the Wesley Chapel Wind Ensemble.
(B.C. Manion/Staff Photo)

Making music in the night

They come strolling in, carrying instrument cases. They settle themselves in — around the band room at Thomas Weightman Middle School — and begin tuning up. As more musicians arrive, the practice glides into full gear. This is a group that calls itself the Wesley Chapel Wind Ensemble, and they’re rehearsing for a performance called […]

Some of the authors scheduled to be at the Barnes & Noble annual Local Authors Signing have taken part in the event in previous years. Shown here, from left are Susan Noe Harmon, Madonna Jervis Wise, Evelyn Taylor and Jamie Elizabeth Tingen.
(Courtesy of Madonna Wise)

Barnes & Noble showcases local authors

If you enjoy stories about second chances, about family life or about history, a selection of books by local authors at an upcoming authors’ event may be right up your alley. Barnes & Noble at The Shops at Wiregrass is hosting its annual Local Author Signing on May 30 at 2 p.m., at the bookstore, […]

Funds approved to pursue Ridge Road extension

The Pasco Commission approved additional funds to pay a Washington D.C., consulting firm that is helping shepherd the Ridge Road extension project through the federal bureaucracy. Commissioners agreed on May 19 to a reduced monthly fee of $28,500 for six months to Dawson & Associates. The contract could be extended three additional months if needed. […]

The Pasco County Commission approved a letter of interest for a possible low-interest loan from the state to create a four-lane extension of State Road 56, linking Wesley Chapel with Zephyrhills.
(File Photo)

Pasco takes first step toward loan for State Road 56

Pasco County commissioners agreed to at least inquire about a $27 million state loan to pay for an additional two lanes for the extension of State Road 56. But there are concerns that the payback could jeopardize other county road projects. On May 19, commissioners unanimously voted to submit a letter of interest to the […]

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Pasco district cancels end-of-course exams

Superintendent Kurt Browning has cancelled the Pasco County Schools’ requirement for end-of-course exams, including second-grade and fifth-grade art, music and physical education exams. While removing that requirement, the superintendent said each teacher must administer a standards-based assessment in each class in all levels. To give teachers more flexibility, they are allowed to choose a teacher-developed […]

Operation Green Light is success in Pasco

Lots of people took advantage of the chance to save money when paying for traffic tickets during a one-day special offered by the Office of the Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller. Under a program called Operation Green Light, people who had overdue Pasco County traffic tickets, as well as court costs and fines could pay […]

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Local Sports

Fran Reidy oversees 19 different sports at Saint Leo University, but that wasn't the case when he took the job 16 years ago. They had just 10 sports back then, and only eight when he was the men's soccer coach 28 years ago.
(Courtesy of Saint Leo University)

Saint Leo’s Reidy is top athletics director, again

Fran Reidy doesn’t play baseball for Saint Leo University. He doesn’t shoot a basketball. He’s not on a swimming relay team. And he’s not a threat running track. Still, he’s a critical part of the university’s athletic success. As athletics director, he’s responsible for all of those sports and more. There are 19 in all, […]

The Warriors didn't always score a lot, but they usually got what they needed by manufacturing runs and getting smart play from players like Andrew Lindsay.
(Courtesy of Evan Abramson)

Steinbrenner adds on another district title

  The Steinbrenner High School baseball team had a great season, winning many games and establishing themselves as a force in their district. But really, that’s not news. They’ve done that every year since the school opened in 2009. What is news is how the high school team — which loses players every year to […]

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Sports – Check This Out


Steinbrenner High School, 5575 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road, will have multiple sessions of its wrestling camp this summer. The camp is designed to teach amateur wrestling for athletes at all levels ages 5 to17. The first session is June 9 to June 11, the second session is June 15 to June 18, and the third […]


The Believing Tampa Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps individuals who have suffered spinal cord injuries, strokes, cerebral palsy and other neurological impairments, will host its first charity golf tournament June 6. The event will take place at Westchase Golf Club, 11602 Westchase Golf Drive in Tampa. Registration begins at 7 a.m., with a shotgun start […]


Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, 13651 Hays Road in Spring Hill, will host a cheer camp for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. The camp will be June 8 through June 11, from 9 a.m. until noon. Campers will perform at a special presentation for family and friends on June 11 at 11 a.m. They’ll also […]

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