The Lowe’s home improvement store at 21500 State Road 54 has scheduled a host of activities to celebrate its opening, beginning with a Pro Services Day set for April 16, which will also serve as the store’s ‘soft opening.’
(Kathy Steele/Staff Photo)

Lowe’s celebrates Land O’ Lakes opening

Lowe’s, of Land O’ Lakes, is ready to throw open the doors to its new home improvement store on State Road 54. Work crews busied themselves last week with last-minute details to spruce up the landscaping and sweep clean what has been an active construction site. A week of celebrations will kick off with a […]

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A low-interest loan from the state may be a way to create a four-lane extension of State Road 56, which now ends in Wesley Chapel over to Zephyrhills.
(File Photo)

State loan could pave way for four-lane State Road 56

The money isn’t in anyone’s bank account yet, but a state loan program might be the solution to fund the widening of State Road 56 to four lanes from Wesley Chapel to Zephyrhills, according to a press release from State Rep. Danny Burgess and State Sen. John Legg. The lawmakers, in consultation with the Florida […]

Industry audit proves our papers are well-read

When you look down your street every Wednesday and see The Laker/Lutz News in its blue newspaper bag, our hope is that you’ll pick it up to find useful information, compelling photographs and interesting stories. At the same time, we aim to deliver advertising that helps readers find out about local goods and services that […]

Simon Property Group opted not to seek a 90-foot pylon sign near Interstate 75 that would have advertised the Tampa Premium Outlets, under construction on State Road 56.
(Courtesy of FRCH Design Worldwide)

No 90-foot sign for new outlet center

Tampa Premium Outlets’ developers can order an array of decorative signs for the retail complex under construction off State Road 56, but at least for now, a 90-foot pylon sign won’t be one of them. The Pasco County Commission approved a signage plan that excludes the 90-foot pylon sign. The Simon Property Group, the outlet […]

Compromise settles dispute over racetracks

Dirt bike champion Chad Reed agreed to give up two hours of practice time on Saturdays, and the Pasco County Commission agreed to let him have a new permit for his dirt bike training compound on Duck Lake Canal Road. The Saturday restrictions are part of a negotiated agreement that also requires Reed to maintain recording equipment […]

Students with disabilities can participate in study groups and succeed in their classes, but they might need special accommodations. The upcoming 5K will help pay for assessment testing at Pasco-Hernando State College.
(Courtesy of Pasco-Hernando State College)

PHSC provides disabled students ‘Access to Success’

College students who are disabled often require special accommodations in order to get through their coursework in the pursuit of a degree. It seems like a given that they’d receive those accommodations. And they do, if they have the proper documentation. Normally that means assessment testing from a specialist in the field of their disability, […]

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Operation Green Light reduces costs

People with unpaid traffic tickets in Pasco County may want to take advantage of Operation Green Light on April 18. The Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller’s Office is allowing individuals to pay unpaid traffic tickets and court fines and fees in full without charging the normal 25 percent collection surcharge. The Pasco County Clerk & […]

Help clean up Pasco County

Pasco County is encouraging residents to help remove trash and debris as  part of the Great American Cleanup on April 18, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The county joins the national cleanup effort every year. On the local level, the effort is spearheaded by Keep Pasco Beautiful, a local affiliate of the national, nonprofit […]

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Danny Rodriguez owns the Pasco-Hernando State College record for most career wins by a pitcher. He helped get the team to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II World Series last year, and is focused on a return trip this season.
(Courtesy of Pasco-Hernando State College)

Rodriguez pitches into PHSC’s record books

Pasco-Hernando State College pitcher Danny Rodriguez now has the most wins in school history after pitching PHSC’s first no-hitter last year. The pitcher is excited to talk about some big accomplishments. “It was the best thing I’ve ever experienced in baseball,” Rodriguez said. But he’s not describing his personal accomplishments, such as the no-hitter or […]

The Land O' Lakes girls soccer team reached the state finals with an attacking offense and stifling defense.
(Courtesy of Vicky King)

Land O’ Lakes girls reach state soccer finals

The Land O’ Lakes girls soccer team might have surprised some people by reaching the Class 3A state finals. But it didn’t surprise their coach. “I said at our parent meeting (last October) I have high expectations. I expect to be in the state finals in February,” said coach Vicky King. And if King believes something, there’s good […]

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Oasis Pregnancy Centers will host its Sixth Annual Golf Tournament on April 25 at the Sherman Hills Golf & Country Club, 31200 Eagle Falls Drive in Brooksville. The event includes a buffet lunch, contests, awards to top teams, and a one-week vacation in Tennessee as a prize. Sponsorships are also available. It begins at 8:30 a.m. For information, […]


Florida Hospital Zephyrhills will have its fifth annual Fishin’ for the Mission fishing tournament on May 22 at the Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove, 6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane in St. Petersburg. The event will benefit the hospital’s Creation Health Wellness Center. The tournament includes trout, redfish and mackerel. The cost is $250 per angler and includes boat, […]


The Knights of Columbus – Council 8104 will host its Joe Kaminski & Joe Mason Memorial Golf Tournament May 3 at The Groves Golf and Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle in Land O’ Lakes. Registration begins at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at noon. The cost is $75 per person or $275 per team. For information, […]

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