Sharing the story of women’s progress

Madonna Jervis Wise, a local author who writes primarily about history, has been making the rounds lately, talking about women in the work force and “East Pasco Women Who Rocked.” Her talks, which have been delivered at the Pioneer Florida Museum and Village in Dade City, at the East Pasco Networking Group’s breakfast meeting and […]

This Week

Ford’s Garage to open across from Tampa Premium Outlets

Ford’s Garage, a restaurant that opened its first location in Fort Myers in 2012 and has been in expansion mode since, is bringing its brand of dining to a booming area off State Road 56. The new location is scheduled to open the week of April 3. Besides the Fort Myers location and the new […]

Land O’ Lakes buses to roll out in May

Land O’ Lakes residents can soon step aboard buses on a special circular route through the community. By May 22, Pasco County expects to begin the new route. A tentative ribbon cutting will be on May 18 at a bus stop at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, at 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. The […]

Zephyrhills adding new technician

To help the city of Zephyrhills address annexations, rezoning and land-use changes, a new technician is being added to the municipal payroll. A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technician is being added to help manage the city’s geographical database. The technician will provide ongoing mapping analysis for the city. The Zephyrhills City Council unanimously approved the […]

Larkin’s legacy goes beyond ‘tough guy’ reputation

William M. Larkin’s reputation for being a tough character outlasted his lifetime. Known as “The Meanest Man in Pasco County,” some people still recall that moniker applied to the Dade City man, nearly a half century after his death in 1973. Larkin reinforced that image by keeping a single-shot .22 rifle in the gun rack […]

Former police station to become temporary city hall

As construction on the new City Hall complex ramps up, Zephyrhills city staff will shuffle operations to a familiar building. Beginning this summer, most city departments will relocate temporarily into the former Zephyrhills police station, at 5344 Ninth St. City council members approved a 12-month lease agreement between the city and Dannie Jordan, of RTD […]

Bay Hope Church plans big expansion

When Van Dyke Church began in 1985, it met in the cafeteria at Claywell Elementary School in Northdale, and the church was named for its planned future location, on Van Dyke Road in Lutz. It never did build on Van Dyke Road, though, because the land was taken through eminent domain for the Veterans Expressway […]

Fitness expert offers tips to get healthy, stay healthy

Are you really healthy? That was the main question posed by fitness professional Casio Jones, during a recent Community Awareness Series event, presented by Pasco-Hernando State College. Jones is the wellness director for Florida Hospital Zephyrhills CREATION Health and Wellness Center, at 38233 Daughtery Road. Jones held an educational and interactive discussion on March 14 […]

Dogs trot out a few new tricks on their day in Dade City

Dogs were lapping up good times during Dogs’ Day in Dade City, on a beautiful Saturday at Agnes Lamb Park. Fifty-one dogs joined the dog parade at 10 a.m., and nearly two dozen competed in individual contests. Dogs’ Day in Dade City, now in its eighth year, is an event that’s aimed at giving dogs […]

Pasco, administrator agree to terms

Daniel F. Biles has agreed to contract terms to become Pasco County’s next administrator. The final step to hiring Biles is expected on March 28, when the Pasco County Commission will vote on Biles’ contract. All five commissioners ranked Biles as their top choice on March 14, after a day of public and private interviews […]

Connerton hosts ‘stud’ parties

Connerton is hosting three events to give people a chance to write a few words of encouragement and inspiration for retired U.S. Army Sgt. David Roca and his family, who will be receiving a mortgage-free home from Connerton, Lennar and Operation Finally Home. Roca sustained several traumatic brain injuries in combat during his deployment to […]

Talented youths get time to shine

Jessica Twitmyer received the top scores to win a $1,000 Pasco Heritage Scholarship, during the 34th “Spotlight on Talent” on March 11 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel High School. Because of its popularity, the talent contest is divided into two shows, said Barbara Friedman, the executive producer for the competition, which […]

Negotiations underway for county administrator

Pasco County Commissioners have selected Daniel F. Biles as their top choice for the next county administrator and his contract negotiations are underway. Biles emerged as the clear favorite in the selection process, and commissioners voted unanimously to offer him the position, said Commission Chairman Mike Moore. If Biles agrees to terms, he will replace […]

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Local Sports

Going out on top

Pennye Garcia, the longest-standing cheerleading coach in Pasco County is retiring — and she’s going out on top. Garcia, who’s coached at Sunlake High in multiple stints (2007-2008, 2013-2017), was recently crowned Sunshine Athletic Conference (SAC) East Cheer Coach of the Year, for the second consecutive year. It, too, marks the second straight year one […]

Former Wesley Chapel hoops star in NCAA Tournament

One of the greatest prep basketball players in Pasco County history now gets to showcase his skills before millions of viewer’s in the NCAA Tournament this week. Wesley Chapel High product Erik Thomas, a 6-foot-5 senior forward at the University of New Orleans, helped the Privateers punch a ticket to the Big Dance after downing […]

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Sports – Check This Out

Rincon named Saint Leo head women’s soccer coach

Mario Rincon, a longtime Division I assistant, has been named Saint Leo University’s new head women’s soccer. Saint Leo athletic director Francis X. Reidy announced the hiring on March 15. “We are excited to welcome Mario Rincon to our staff,” Reidy said, in a release. “His winning experience at various institutions around the country were […]

Softball ace tosses another no-hitter

Callie Turner, a sophomore ace at Land O’ Lakes High School, tossed her fourth no-hitter this season, striking out 21 batters in a 1-0 win over River Ridge High on March 16. The University of Tennessee commit has been on a tear this season, netting a 0.33 ERA and 140 strikeouts through 64 innings. She’s […]

Sunlake High softball standout notches 100th hit

Shelby Lansing, a senior catcher/first baseman at Sunlake High, notched her 100th career hit in a 5-4 win over Mitchell High on March 14. The Southeastern University signee is batting .250 with a home run and three RBIs, through 10 games. A four-year varsity player, Lansing has a .372 career batting average, with 13 doubles, […]

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