James Carville talks about the presidential contenders for 2016.
(Fred Bellet/Photo)

Carville’s remarks at Saint Leo are provocative, snappy

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is almost certain to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2016, according to political strategist James Carville. Her chances of winning are “no worse than 50-50,” said Carville who was keynote speaker on the opening day of the sixth annual International Business Conference at Saint Leo University. This […]

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Members of the staff and volunteers at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point gathered for a group photo on National Wear Red Day on Feb. 7. Even “Lucky,” the hospital’s therapy dog, got into the act.
(Courtesy of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point)

Preventing broken hearts through better heart health

As the director of marketing for Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Kurt Conover is constantly spreading the word about ways to prevent heart disease and keeping people informed about the medical center’s health care services. But the Land O’ Lakes man knows that despite his efforts, not everyone gets the message — or, even if […]

Pace picks up for construction in southern Pasco

Commercial and residential developments are popping up at the Suncoast Parkway interchange and along State Road 54/State Road 56 corridor at an ever-quickening pace. There’s so much happening that it’s difficult to keep up with what’s under construction, what’s on the drawing board and what’s moving toward final sale. To help sort things out, the […]

Building a gazebo isn't a one-man project. Eagle Scout Robert Sturm recruited help to get it built for the church.
(Courtesy of the Sturm family)

Eagle Scout’s gazebo project benefits church

Eighteen-year-old Robert Sturm has been a scout most of his life. He became a Tiger Scout when he was 5 and has been involved in scouting ever since. He’s also attended First United Methodist Church of Land O’ Lakes since he was quite young, too. In fact, the church formed his first scout packs and […]

William ‘Hambone’ Hammond has a street named in his honor in Wesley Chapel, a community the firefighter has served for about 15 years. Hammond accepted the honor with humility, thanking countless people in the crowd for helping him along the way.
(B.C. Manion/Staff Photo)

Yes, that really is Hambone Way

Motorists driving past Hambone Way in Wesley Chapel may do a double take. Is that road really named Hambone Way? Indeed, it is. The road was christened during a ceremony on Feb. 20 with a moniker that pays tribute to William “Hambone” Hammond, a firefighter who has worked for 15 years at Station 13, in […]

Browning expects technology problems during state testing

Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning has notified the state education commissioner that most district schools are not ready to administer the state’s online tests. Browning isn’t talking about the district’s students. He’s concerned about the readiness of the district’s technology to deliver the online test. He voiced those concerns in a Feb. 18 letter to […]

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Looking for a bargain? Check the Lutz flea market

If you’re in the market for some used furniture, linens, lamps, china, pots and pans and other home goods, the annual Woman’s Club Flea Market at the Old Lutz School may be a good place to shop. The GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club puts on the sale every year to benefit a number of […]

Construction begins on hockey arena in Wesley Chapel

A 150,000-square-foot sports facility now under construction in Wesley Chapel is expected to become a major tourism draw. Roughly 100 people attended the Feb. 24 groundbreaking ceremonies to celebrate the project. The facility is expected to be popular with youth hockey leagues and to attract international hockey tournaments. It’s a dream come true for Canadian-born […]

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Wiregrass Ranch High School junior Brendan Duran races past Melbourne players during the regional final. Duran scored the game's only goal to lift Wiregrass Ranch to its first state tournament.
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Wiregrass Ranch boys claim first regional soccer title

When the Wiregrass Ranch Bulls reached the regional semifinals last year, the team was experiencing its best season ever. But that milestone lasted just one season, because this year the team took another step forward, by winning its region and advancing to the state tournament. This time around, the Bulls won their region by shutting […]

Steve Winterling, PHSC's athletic director and baseball coach, wears No. 1 on game days. He's also tops in the region after being named the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Regional Coach of the Year.
(Courtesy of Pasco-Hernando State College)

PHSC’s Winterling is Regional Coach of the Year

When Pasco-Hernando State College’s baseball coach Steve Winterling found out that he was named regional coach of the year, he kept it a secret from almost everybody. “I laid low about it,” Winterling admitted. “I’m not an egomaniac-type person,” he said. Even some of his friends got mad at him because he didn’t tell them […]

Family members surround Mark Hutchinson, left, and Jaye Miner of Wiregrass Ranch High School as they sign their letters of intent to play college football. They're the first players in the school’s history to sign with NCAA Division I schools.
(Michael Murillo/Staff Photo

Sign Here: Local athletes commit to colleges

High school seniors are used to writing. On Feb. 4, though, a number of student-athletes did some writing that will change their lives. “It feels good,” said Austin Yeloushan, a senior at Sunlake High School. “Finally, I’m committed and ready to go play somewhere.” Yeloushan was one of thousands of athletes around the country who […]

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