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Theodore Weiss fires up his homebuilt Sonex plane not long before he disappeared from the Marion County Airport. Authorities believe they found a crash site with his plane markings and the remains of a man not far from the airport. (Courtesy of the Florida Sonex Association)

Missing Zephyrhills plane found six months later

Authorities believe they have solved a mystery that had baffled authorities for months. A hiker reportedly found the wreckage of a plane of a Zephyrhills pilot that has been missing since last April. A plane said to be the Sonex homebuilt airplane flown by Theodore Weiss was located at the Pruitt Trailhead in Dunellon, according to […]

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Kensington Mize, left, and her sister Maryalice are involved in an effort at Connerton Elementary School to help ensure no students attending their school go hungry over the weekend.
(Courtesy of John Mize)

Helping children learn to serve, by providing healthy snacks

It’s not a bit uncommon for schools to hold food drives to help provide holiday meals for the poor, but Connerton Elementary School has a new program aimed at helping children who are hungry over weekends. The program, called Pack-A-Sack, is similar to some already under way at schools where a large percentage of children […]

Dr. O. John Maduko enjoys his position as academic dean at Rasmussen College in Land O’ Lakes, but family is never far from his mind.
(Michael Murillo/Staff Photo)

A doctor, a dean, and a determination to help others

Some people take years into their adult life to figure out what career they want to have. But Dr. O. John Maduko, academic dean at Rasmussen College in Land O’ Lakes, always knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. It wasn’t a job at a college. He wanted to be a doctor. […]

Brock Bowles lost a three-year battle to breast cancer, which ultimately spread to other parts of his body. His wife, Kriss, has made it her personal mission to spread the word about the dangers of male breast cancer.
(Courtesy of Kriss Bowles)

Don’t forget: Men get breast cancer, too

Kriss Bowles was in Colorado attending a wedding with her husband, Brock, when he began complaining about pain in his spine as well as two of his ribs. He felt a lump in his right breast, too. When they returned to their home in Lutz, Brock decided to see his doctor. His main concern was […]

Why you don’t find political endorsements in our papers

It’s less than a month before the November elections, and nowhere in The Laker/Lutz News will you find a political endorsement of any kind for any party, candidate or issue. By design, our papers don’t have an editorial page spouting the opinions of my staff, guest columnists or myself.  In fact, our papers have not […]

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‘The Monuments Men’ author to speak at Saint Leo

The author of the book that formed the basis of the movie “The Monuments Men” will speak at Saint Leo University on Oct. 21. The 7 p.m. talk by Robert Edsel kicks off the 2014-15 University Speaker Series for the school. The presentation will take place at the Greenfelder-Denlinger boardrooms of the student community center. […]

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SBA looking to boost women-run businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the National Women’s Business Council have joined forces in an effort to increase the flow of money by and into small businesses run by women. The overriding goal, according to a release, is to encourage greater participation by women on the financial and investing side of high-growth entrepreneurship. “Developing […]

Theodore Weiss fires up his homebuilt Sonex plane not long before he disappeared from the Marion County Airport. Authorities believe they found a crash site with his plane markings and the remains of a man not far from the airport. (Courtesy of the Florida Sonex Association)

Missing Zephyrhills plane found six months later

Authorities believe they have solved a mystery that had baffled authorities for months. A hiker reportedly found the wreckage of a plane of a Zephyrhills pilot that has been missing since last April. A plane said to be the Sonex homebuilt airplane flown by Theodore Weiss was located at the Pruitt Trailhead in Dunellon, according to […]

McDonald’s, office structure planned for Connerton area

People waiting for a new McDonald’s restaurant on the northern part of Land O’ Lakes Boulevard may not have to wait much longer. Planners are meeting with Pasco County officials this week to build a McDonald’s, as well as a 5,000-square-foot office building on the northeast corner of U.S. 41 and Pleasant Plains Parkway. The […]

Like falling fuel prices? Thank shale

Oil production in the United States is at its highest level since the release of the first “Back to the Future” movie in 1985, and a lot of that has to do with the new shale boom. Crude oil settled at $82.75 on Friday after dropping below $80 for the first time in two years […]

Halloween season starts with Zombie Apocalypse

The scariest ghouls and prettiest princesses, with a few vampires and Frankensteins dropped in, is what everyone expects as the end of October rolls nearer. But Lutz can add zombies to that mix on Oct. 19 when the Zombie Apocalypse comes to Xtreme Adventures. Running form 8 p.m. to midnight, the event is designed for […]

Florida’s unemployment rate slips, but still mostly flat

Florida’s unemployment rate has slipped a bit in September, bringing it to its lowest point since June 2008, but still remaining mostly flat since last December. The rate, according to Gov. Rick Scott’s office, was 6.1 percent in September, down from 6.3 percent in August. That was the result of 12,800 new private-sector jobs in […]

Saint Leo opens BB&T Center for Innovation & Technology

Saint Leo University has opened the BB&T Center for Innovation & Technology at the Donald R. Tapia School of Business. The center was made possible by a donation from BB&T Bank, and encompasses the fourth floor of the business school building. The highlights include a cybersecurity laboratory, which supports the teaching of the university’s new […]

TaxWatch: Reduce prison population, release the elderly

With Florida’s prison population continuing to rise despite the decline in crime rates, a statewide tax advocacy group is making a suggestion on how to make more room: Release elderly prisoners. Florida TaxWatch has released a report in aging prisoners, warning that the steadily growing elderly prison population in state facilities will require more costly […]

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