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Pasco students showcase their talents

The talent was endless. The applause was, too. Special needs students from seven Pasco County schools displayed their unique skills on May 17 before more than 100 parents, peers and school faculty. The eighth annual Showcase for Exceptional Talent was held at the Wesley Chapel High School Center for the Arts auditorium. From dancing and […]

This Week

A time to remember military sacrifice

Our nation is preparing to observe Memorial Day, in honor of the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces. The American holiday, which falls on the last Monday of May each year, originally was known as Decoration Day. It began in the years following the Civil War and was declared an […]

Widening project of State Road 52 at Interstate 75 nears end

Nearly three years after dirt began flying, a $72.6 million project to widen State Road 52 and Interstate 75 is heading into its final phase. Completion is expected in summer 2017. Motorists have learned to navigate through construction cones, barricades and lane shifts — heading north or south on I-75, or east and west on […]

Fleet of school buses to use alternative fuel

Pasco County Schools is making history with a new, fast-fill station and a fleet of buses that runs on alternative fuel. The school district, in partnership with Integral Energy and Clearwater Gas System, is the first in Florida to own and operate a compressed natural gas (CNG) station to fuel its growing fleet of CNG […]

Pantry provides food for those in need

The Helping Hands Choice Food Pantry at Atonement Lutheran Church of Wesley Chapel began more than a decade ago with a simple goal — to feed the hungry. Carl Haberland came up with the idea. “He had this dream that he was supposed to feed people in need,” said Carla Haberland, who has led the […]

Pasco County schools expect budget squeeze

As things stand now, Pasco County Schools could be facing an $8.7 million budget shortfall for the 2017-18 budget year, and Superintendent Kurt Browning has begun laying the groundwork for potential cuts. He briefed the Pasco County School Board during a May 16 budget workshop about what he’s been doing so far to gear up […]

Lutz Guv’na candidates face off in lively debate

It was a landslide for one first-time Lutz Guv’na hopeful. Jessica Sherman of Pinch A Penny was voted the winner of the Lutz Guv’na Debate, at the Old Lutz School on May 20. She also claimed the debate’s talent contest, appealing to “voters” with her dancing skills (and baked goods). And,  she earned a $100 […]

Review committee to talk about school impact fees

Pasco County’s Development Review Committee is slated to discuss a proposal that would raise the impact fees charged to new residential development to help address the impact that new growth has on schools. Under the proposed ordinance, the fees could be used to build new schools, acquire school sites or purchase new school buses. Pasco […]

‘Cow Palace’ attracted music greats

The block structure was built in 1957, without heat or air conditioning, according to records kept by the Pasco County Property Appraiser’s Office. It was located in Carver Heights, a predominantly black neighborhood where many people lived hard-scrabble lives. And, during the next 20 years, the building attracted performers who would become some of the […]

Zephyrhills Police to have a changing of the guard

Zephyrhills police chief David Shears is hanging up his uniform following 25 years of service. His retirement, effective May 31, was announced during the Zephyrhills City Council May 8 meeting. The council then unanimously approved City Manager Steve Spina’s appointment of Zephyrhills police Capt. Derek Brewer to interim chief, effective June 1. The city now […]

Decision delayed on Quail Hollow

Pasco County commissioners, for a second time, pushed off a decision on the fate of the Quail Hollow Golf Course. In a 3-2 vote, they opted to continue the issue until June 6 at 1:30 p.m. in Dade City. The intent is to give the golf course owner and Quail Hollow homeowners more time to […]

New chapter begins in The Edwinola’s storied history

Most people who know anything about Dade City have heard a thing or two about The Edwinola. After all, the building has been around for more than a century, and has had its glory days and dark chapters during its history. The Edwinola opened originally in 1912 to replace the Dade City Hotel, which had […]

Age 55-and-older community gets private road

Developers and residents often clash when it comes to land issues. But, on two issues involving roads relating to a proposed 55-and-older, gated community — there was a rare moment when both sides agreed. And, the developers and residents got the response they wanted from Pasco County commissioners, too. One issue involved eliminating the extension […]

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Local Sports

Land O’ Lakes High softball wins state title

They finally did it. On May 20, the Land O’ Lakes High Gators unseated powerhouse Plantation American Heritage 3-1, claiming the Class 6A Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSSA) softball championship at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach. The achievement marks the first fastpitch title for Land O’Lakes (29-3) and the first for a Pasco County […]

Servin’ aces on the sand

When Bethany Randall began playing beach volleyball nearly two years ago, she never envisioned it could lead to a Division I athletic scholarship. “It really just started with trying to get in shape,” said Randall, a Land O’ Lakes resident and senior at Seffner Christian Academy. Starting next spring, Randall will play women’s beach volleyball […]

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Sports – Check This Out

Sunshine Athletic Conference East spring awards announced

On May 8, high school coaches from the Pasco County School District announced SAC (Sunshine Athletic Conference) All-Conference Teams, Athletes of the Year and Coaches of the Year, for the 2016-2017 spring sports season. Selections were made for both the East and West Division. The following high schools from our coverage area were represented in […]

Carrollwood Day names new boys basketball coach

Teddy Owens, director of basketball operations at the University of Nebraska, has been named the new boys basketball coach at Carrollwood Day School. Owens, who has been with Nebraska for the past four seasons, including the past three as the university’s director of ops, replaces Mario Lovett, who went a combined 26-53 in four seasons […]

PHSC Student-Athletes of the Year

Pasco-Hernando State College men’s baseball player Bailey Partlow and women’s cross-country runner Marffee Simbulan each were each honored with the college’s Dr. Debra J. Hay Outstanding Student Athlete Award, during an April 17 awards banquet. Each year, one female and one male PHSC student-athlete who “demonstrate excellence in the classroom, on the fields and courts, […]

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