Thanksgiving is a time of tradition, fellowship, food

If Thanksgiving is all about sharing time together while enjoying a holiday meals with all of the trimmings, the Benedictine Sisters of Florida and Saint Anthony of Padua parish want to help make that happen for people unable to prepare their own meal, would otherwise dine alone, or do not have the means to make […]

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Wiregrass Ranch High School assistant principal Shauntte Butcher compares the swarm of students passing through the corridors to the traffic jam at State Road 56 and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard at 5 p.m.
(Courtesy of Wiregrass Ranch High School)

Wiregrass Ranch High lays groundwork for 10-period day

It’s not official yet, but Wiregrass Ranch High School officials are moving ahead with planning for a 10-period school day. The Pasco County School Board is expected to vote on the issue in December. But the school can’t wait to start planning until then, because if it did that, it wouldn’t have time to properly […]

Fletch and Barcellona roads are the only way Silver Lakes residents can get out onto Land O’ Lakes Boulevard, a four-lane expressway without a traffic light. 
(File Photo)

Pristine Lakes community moves planned entrance to Ehren Cutoff

Homeowners living along Fletch Road may have won a battle to stop their small rural street from becoming the primary entrance of a large new community. Southern Crafted Homes, which had proposed a 120-unit project around Curve Lake just northwest of Ehren Cutoff, has apparently abandoned its plans to use Fletch Road’s indirect access to […]

Mike Rivera, named America’s Most Hilarious Teacher on ABC’s ‘The View,’ is the headliner for the November comedy show at Beef O’ Brady’s.
(Courtesy of Mike Rivera)

Beef O’Brady’s puts comedy on the menu  

There’s going to be some extra laughter in Land O’ Lakes. Beef O’Brady’s, 7040 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., is hosting another comedy night on Nov. 21. The now-regular event, which features a different professional headliner each month, is part of a continuing series after a couple successful trial runs in September and October. The restaurant already offers trivia nights and music […]


Hooters coming to Land O’ Lakes? Not so fast

Could it be a little wishful thinking? Drivers heading north on Land O’ Lakes Boulevard saw a surprise announcement on the sign that once shared dinner specials at the old Mosquito Grill & Bar: the long-rumored Hooters chain was coming to that location next year. The problem, however, is it’s not true. At least for […]

Linda Pollock, who writes under the name Linda J. Pifer, holds two of her finished works. ‘Ohio Girl’ is a memoir about growing up in Ohio. The other book, ‘Windows,’ is a novel that the author describes as part romance, part genealogical mystery.
(B.C. Manion/Staff Photo)

Retired woman writes a new chapter in life

After spending a career in the high-pressure arena of hospital risk management, Linda Pollock retired a couple of years ago and promptly immersed herself into a new full-time endeavor. The Land O’ Lakes woman, who turns 70 this month, often devotes 10 hours or more a day to writing. She finished her first book, a […]

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Flood warning for Hillsborough River, Cypress Creek

Heavy rains have brought flooding to parts of eastern and central Pasco County, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning for the Hillsborough River and Cypress Creek. Those two waterways at Hillsborough River State Park and Worthington Gardens are expected to rise above flood stage by the weekend, officials said. Up to […]

New Lowe’s will open end of March

A grand open date has been tentatively set for the new Lowe’s under construction on State Road 54 just east of Land O’ Lakes Boulevard. A spokeswoman for the company confirmed to The Laker/Lutz News that the 152,000-square-foot store will officially open its doors during the last week of March. It’s being built on a […]

Pasco, Hillsborough under flood watch advisories

Deep tropical moisture is streaming into the central part of Florida, creating the potential of flooding throughout the region — including parts of Pasco and Hillsborough counties. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch through Wednesday morning, with rainfall in the amounts of 2 to 4 inches expected for most parts, but up […]

Pasco government offices to close over holidays

Most Pasco County government offices will be closed Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 27, as well as the Friday afterward on Nov. 28. Most will reopen on Dec. 1, if not the Saturday before. The Pasco County Tax Collector’s office, however, will also be closed Nov. 29, and not reopen until Dec. 1. The Pasco County […]

Democrat first to try eliminating nuclear cost recovery this session

A Tallahassee lawmaker is taking on one major campaign issue from the state’s mid-term elections right away, proposing a bill that would eliminate the ability of utility companies like Duke Energy Corp. to collect money for its failed nuclear plant projects. State Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, D-Tallahassee, filed H.B. 4001 last Friday. If passed, it […]

Unlicensed contractor sting comes with warning from deputies

A two-day sting between the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and some state regulatory agencies have put 11 people behind bars they say were unlicensed contractors in the county. Of those 11 arrested, seven had previous criminal histories with charges that included robbery, vehicle theft, grant theft, forgery and drugs, sheriff’s deputies said. And with some […]

Bilirakis wants incentives to treat rare diseases

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis has introduced H.R. 5750 to Congress, known as the Orphan Product Extensions Now Accelerating Cures & Treatment — or the OPEN ACT. The bill would incentivize drug makers and innovators to repurpose major market drugs for life-threatening, rare diseases and pediatric cancers, the Palm Harbor Republican said, which would open the […]

Thanksgiving traveling like it’s 2009

It’s just five years ago, but 2009 is not too hard to remember. The Black Eyed Peas had a hit in “Boom Boom Pow.” At movie theaters, “Avatar” was breaking every record imaginable. And at the gas pump, drivers were paying less than $2.70 at the pump. Hit songs and blockbuster movies from five years […]

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