The Land O’ Lakes High School Special Olympics Unified Soccer team pauses for a final group photo before they leave for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
(Kathy Steele/Staff Photos)

Soccer team is golden

With American flags waving, the Land O’ Lakes High School Unified Special Olympics Soccer team boarded a school bus in their first part of their journey to Los Angeles and the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. Hopes are high for a 12-member team that is the sole representative of the United States in unified soccer. […]

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The Laker and Lutz News brings home 11 statewide honors

The Laker and Lutz News received 11 honors at the Florida Better Weekly Newspaper Awards luncheon in St. Mary on July 24. The winning entries were selected from a field of 1,600, in a competition judged by newspaper professionals from New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. B.C. Manion, the editor for The Laker/Lutz News, received six […]

On select days in August, you can see the Buccaneers practice and not pay a penny. 
(Courtesy of Buccaneers.com)

See the Bucs, save a lot of bucks

Football season is starting. That means a fresh start, new players and optimism for the hometown Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It also means your wallet might get sacked if you want to see the team live. The very cheapest game tickets are $30 — and at that price, you’d better have great eyesight or a good […]

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.
(File Photo)

Health care reforms pass House, onto Senate next

The House of Representatives has passed legislation that could pave the way for more treatment options for people who are ill, and the bill’s bipartisan support bodes well for its passage in the Senate, said Congressman Gus Bilirakis, who has taken a leadership role on this issue. The 21st Century Cures Act passed the House […]

Tampa Premium Outlets Job Fair will help fill more than 800 jobs.
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Coming soon: outlet mall’s job fair

In a sign that Tampa Premium Outlets is gearing up for its October opening, planning is under way for a job fair to fill approximately 800 positions. The hiring event is scheduled for Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Embassy Suites, at 3705 Spectrum Blvd., in Tampa. The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber […]

Local authors Diane and David Munson recently gave a talk at a luncheon meeting of the Lutz Rotary Club
(B.C. Manion/Staff Photo)

Their crime-fighting careers inspire crime novels

Diane and David Munson, two authors from Tampa Bay, draw from their law enforcement careers to create crime thrillers. In addition to her private practice work as a lawyer, Diane worked as a federal prosecutor. David was a special agent with what is now known as NCIS (Naval Crime Investigative Service), and also did undercover […]

Compark 75, which is next to the Tampa North Aero Park and visible to motorists on Interstate 75, has found ways to attract new tenants. It is getting ready to expand again, with a 65,000-square-foot building expected to begin construction in 2016.
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Compark 75 plans expansion in 2016

Compark 75 is growing again. The industrial park, off Wesley Chapel Boulevard, will add a new 65,000-square-foot building to four buildings that are already leased almost to capacity. The permitting process for the new structure is under way, with construction set for 2016. No tenant has signed on yet, but that’s typical for an industrial […]

Scouting is important to Sam Crawford, who will attend Steinbrenner High School this fall. He's also working toward his Eagle Scout designation with a project that benefits the Old Lutz School. Shown here, he is standing next to Scoutmaster Jeff Potvin. Joey Hermes, another scout, is in the background.
(Photos courtesy of Sam Crawford)

Scout has a sign in mind for Old Lutz School

Eagle Scout projects are an important part of earning the distinguished designation from the Boy Scouts of America. But because they’re normally completed while a candidate is close to graduating high school, their schedule is pretty full. In many cases, they might only have a few months to design, present and complete it. Sam Crawford […]

Higher property taxes appear likely in Pasco County

Pasco County commissioners have agreed to advertise a tax hike that could fully pay for salary increases for Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco’s deputies. The increased revenues might also pay for a few other items on a wish list suggested by commissioners, including new fire rescue vehicles, additional code enforcement officers, and more money for […]

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Steve Barnett is proud to show off his white Masters jacket, which he earned for his top play on the courts. His friends, from left, John Houghtaling, Chuck Moulton and R.L. Lay, appreciate the difficulty of Barnett's accomplishment, but that doesn't mean they won't tease him at every opportunity.
(Michael Murillo/Staff Photos)

Shuffleboard club combines socializing, sports

If you can’t clear and hide, you could end up in the kitchen. That isn’t a down-home saying you might hear from your grandmother. It’s sound sports advice. In the game of shuffleboard, clearing and hiding are moves you make with your discs, and the kitchen is somewhere you don’t want to be. While they […]

Land O' Lakes High School softball coach Mitch Wilkins likes the idea of defining projected substitutes. Now that the definition is in place, his team, and all high school teams, will find the addition in the updated rules next year.
(Courtesy of Edwin Rodriguez)

Rule requires new clarity for softball substitutions

There’s now a specific definition for “projected substitute” in the softball rules of the National Federation of State High School Associations. The new requirement is spelled out in Rule 2-57, Article Four. This may not sound like a very big deal, but it could have a big impact. It could affect how high school coaches […]

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Sunlake High School and Wesley Chapel High School are just two of the teams counting the days until practice starts for a new season. 
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New high school football season nears

It’s almost here. The players can work out and the coaches can do a little planning over the summer. But soon high school football teams will be able to take the field as a unit and really get ready for the upcoming season. The first official day teams can practice together is Aug. 3. But […]


Sports Group International will host a United States Tennis Association Junior Open on Aug. 1 and Aug. 2 at the Lake Padgett Estates Tennis Center, 4533 Savanah Way in Land O’ Lakes. The tournament will include singles and doubles events for boys and girls ages 12 through 18. For information and to register, contact Mauricio Moreno […]


Pasco County Parks and Recreation is extending its fall recreational softball league registrations through Aug. 7 or until all leagues are full. Games will be played at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. The league is open to players 18 years old and older, and includes 11 regular-season games and a […]

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