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Keeping safe, when a hurricane threatens

Hurricane Season 2017 is underway, and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has shored up its ability to respond to the potential for deadly storms. Within the past few months, Sheriff Chris Nocco has created an Emergency Management Division and has appointed two seasoned war veterans to top leadership positions. Nocco named George McDonald as chief […]

This Week

Neighborhood Notebook seeks suggestions

Give a community a piece of chalk and chalkboard, and wait — people will write what’s on their minds. That’s the idea behind the Neighborhood Notebook, a chalkboard that’s intended to invite those passing by to share their ideas about how they want their community to grow. The chalkboard is being placed at various locations […]

Japanese investment focus of roundtable

On a map of Florida, more than 18 Japanese-owned companies are pinpointed across the state. South Florida has the most, with only a handful scattered in central and northeastern cities, including the port city of Jacksonville. Noticeably blank is Florida’s central west coast, including Pasco County. “I think there has not been much of a […]

Cleanup set to begin on massive sinkhole

Barring unforeseen developments, cleanup is expected to begin this week on the massive sinkhole that recently swallowed two homes in the Lake Padgett community of Land O’ Lakes. As of July 20, Pasco County was entering the final stages of securing bids from contractors for debris removal at the sinkhole site, which now measures 235 […]

The Lutz Depot, by design

Those wishing to escape the oppressive heat during the Fourth of July festivities in Lutz may have decided to check out a train show inside the Lutz Branch Library. If I they did, they could have seen an exhibit presented by the Suncoast American Flyer Enthusiasts. And, perhaps they would have had a chance to […]

Old Pasco Road extension under review

A study is underway to investigate extending Old Pasco Road/Ossie Murphy Road, by adding two new roadways north of State Road 52 to east of the Interstate 75 bridge underpass. Officials from Pasco County Engineering Services ultimately foresee an approximate 1.25 mile, four-lane divided urban (curb and gutter) section, whereby Old Pasco Road would stretch […]

Park upgrades planned for 2018

A proposed 2018 budget, if approved, includes initial funding for a community center at Wesley Chapel District Park. The park also would get upgrades at its basketball courts and baseball fields. In addition, the budget would provide money for a future district park at the master-planned community of Connerton in Land O’ Lakes. A first […]

Pasco buys new high school site

The Pasco County School Board has approved paying $5 million for a new high school site, on the north side of the State Road 56 extension, west of Morris Bridge Road. The state road extension project is underway, and when it is completed, it will provide a new link between Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills. Appraisers […]

Computer club navigates programming basics

Roshan Kumaraswamy started programming computers in middle school — now he’s teaching the craft to others. Last month, the 16-year-old Land O’ Lakes High School senior created Coding Club, for tweens and teens aspiring to learn more about computer sciences. The club began meeting on Fridays in July, at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library. […]

Two Lutz companies win Florida business awards

Two Lutz-based companies, Dixie Belle Paint Co., and Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, are among an elite group of 50 finalists named as “Florida Companies to Watch,” according to a news release from GrowFl. “These stand-out companies are all led by entrepreneurs, and have demonstrated their capacity and intent to grow,” Tom O’ Neal said, […]

Golf course gives way to new development

Residents came away disappointed when Pasco County commissioners approved a plan to replace Quail Hollow Golf Course with houses, offices, retail and a day care center. Nearby homeowners had argued for months that the project would devalue their property and harm the neighborhood’s residential character. They also expressed concerns about flooding and increased traffic on […]

Higher school impact fees expected in 2018

The Pasco County School Board didn’t get the school impact rate increases initially recommended by a consultant hired by the school district, and the building community didn’t get the rate it was pushing — but Pasco County Commissioners have agreed to support higher impact fees for school construction. During a July 11 public hearing, commissioners […]

Water and sewer rates expected to rise in Zephyrhills

Zephyrhills residents could see an increase on their utility bills, beginning next year. City staff is recommending a 4-percent increase in water rates and an 8-percent increase in sewer rates for all customers each year for a five-year period, beginning Jan. 1. The Zephyrhills City Council voted unanimously for City Attorney Matthew Maggard to draft […]

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Local athlete relishes national team experience

Alexis Kilfoyl has had a busy summer, as a member of the 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Training Team. The Academy at the Lakes pitching sensation is one of just 24 athletes on the prestigious roster, which features some of the nation’s top players under 19 years old. After a weeklong training camp in […]

Local gridiron star makes college announcement

One of the area’s top football players plans to head north for his college career. Jordan Miner, a rising senior defensive back at Wiregrass Ranch High School, has verbally committed to Penn State University, a Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) program in State College, Pennsylvania. He made the announcement on July 6, during a […]

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Grace Community youth soccer camp

Grace Community Church is offering a weekly soccer camp for children entering kindergarten to fifth grade, beginning Aug. 6. The four-week camp will be held Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Wesley Chapel Elementary School, 30243 Wells Road. The recreational program strives to help young athletes to develop soccer skills, sportsmanship and a […]

State basketball tournaments to stay in Lakeland

The Florida High School Athletic Association and RP Funding Center (formerly The Lakeland Center) have announced a two-year extension for the 2018 and 2019 Boys and Girls State Basketball Championships. “We are thrilled to return to Lakeland as we continue our goal of providing our student-athletes with a quality championship experience,” FHSAA Executive Director George […]

Coors named SSC Woman of the Year

The awards keep piling up for Marie Coors, who graduated from Saint Leo University. Most recently, Coors was named the 2016-17 Sunshine State Conference (SSC) Woman of the Year. She is the first athlete in SSC history to claim all three of the conference’s major awards for women: Woman of the Year, Female Scholar-Athlete of […]

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