Using the power of music to help others

Emma Skantze was a 9-year-old student at Turner Elementary School when she decided she wanted to get involved to help others. After brainstorming with her mom, she came up with the idea of organizing a concert. The first event featured her and some of her friends. But now, as she prepares for the seventh annual […]

This Week

Festivities set to honor Earth Day

Finding ways to celebrate Mother Earth and to recycle, upcycle and preserve its precious resources are the themes of Earth Day celebrations planned around the region. One of the largest area events planned for Earth Day, known as Earth Day Tampa Bay, got its start as EcoFest at Learning Gate Community School in Lutz. Now, […]

Apartments an option for Northpointe Village

The Northpointe Village shopping center could get a 300-unit apartment complex, on a vacant parcel with rental appeal for employees of Mettler Toledo. The Swiss-manufacturer broke ground in January on a 250,000-square-foot plant, within Northpointe. The plant is expected to bring about 500 jobs into Pasco County, with about 185 of them being new jobs […]

Delivering business concepts in ‘bite-sized’ pieces

A nationwide program for budding entrepreneurs is coming to Zephyrhills. Co.Starters is a program aimed at teaching entrepreneurs how to start their companies and grow their business. The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will begin offering the program next month. Adopted by more than a dozen entrepreneurial organizations in cities around the country, the 10-week program […]

Sports complex wins crucial approval

Pasco County commissioners agreed to push ahead with a proposal from RADD Sports to build a $25 million sports complex at Wiregrass Ranch. About $15 million in funding would be from a bank loan, secured with a proposed 2 percent increase in the county’s tourism tax. Nearly $11 million would come from previously pledged tourism […]

St. Petersburg gem offers a paradise for palm lovers

Tom St. Peter, a volunteer at the Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum in downtown St. Petersburg, has always been attracted to plants and trees. “My family always had a huge garden. I used to help my dad with a secondary small landscaping business, back in the small town I grew up in. “When I was in […]

‘Waste Not, Want Not’ – Reducing food waste

As we prepare to celebrate Earth Day — on April 22 —I thought I’d share some facts about how much food the average American family wastes each year, and then focus on how we can reduce food waste. Depending on what figures you look at, the average family of four in the United States wastes […]

Committee looking at ways to fund schools

The Pasco County School Board is seeking to nearly double impact fees charged to new residential construction to help foot the bill for new schools, but a committee studying the issue wants to know about other possible sources of funding before making a recommendation. There’s no doubt that Pasco County’s residential growth is generating increased […]

Seeking input on road connections

Pasco County will host an open house to find out if area residents in Wesley Chapel want to open up roads between Pasco and Hillsborough County. The public is invited to Pasco-Hernando State College on April 18 to make comments and get answers on three potential road projects from members of the county’s Metropolitan Planning […]

Emergency medical help coming to Central Pasco

Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel is again expanding its services, this time setting up a freestanding emergency department in Land O’ Lakes. The facility, which is expected to be completed by January of 2018, will bring emergency medical assistance closer to residents of Central Pasco County. The new 18,000-square-foot center will be near the entrance to […]

Task force on traffic issues starts up again

A 17-member volunteer task force will pick up where two previous task forces left off — drilling down into the details of tackling traffic issues along State Road 54/State Road 56. Much of the discussion is expected to center on traffic issues at State Road 54 and Little Road, and at State Road 54 and […]

Gaither High wind ensemble to perform at Carnegie Hall

A group of Gaither High School band students are gearing up this week to perform in a major music festival at one of the world’s most historic venues. The Gaither High Wind Ensemble, which consists of 50 students, is one of a select group of school band programs invited to the National Band and Orchestra […]

New start times for some schools

The Pasco County School Board has approved school bell times for the 2017-2018, and those times include some changes for schools within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Here’s a look at which schools are getting new starting times, along with an explanation that was provided in a news release from Pasco County Schools. Bexley Elementary, […]

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Local Sports

Spring football preview: Pasco County

Spring football practices are one week away for high schools across the state. Though the first games of the 2017 season remain several months away, Florida high schools are allowed a maximum of 20 practice sessions from April 24 to May 31, according to Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) guidelines. Here’s a look at […]

Wesley Chapel softball on the rise

The Wesley Chapel High varsity softball program has never experienced a winning season — until now. Years of futility were dotted by coaching instability and a dearth of talent, since the program began in 2007. In the program’s first five years, the Wildcats went 1-15, 2-20, 2-21, 1-22 and 2-21. Ensuing years were likewise taxing, […]

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Sports – Check This Out

Lineman signs with Keiser University

Evan Hogan, a 6-foot-2, 300-pound senior lineman and long snapper at Wiregrass Ranch High School, has signed to play football at Keiser University, an NAIA school in West Palm Beach. Hogan, a three-year varsity starter for Wiregrass Ranch, will be part of Keiser’s inaugural football season in fall 2018. Last October, the university announced the […]

Tournament Champs

The West Pasco Soccer Club’s U10 girls squad took first place in the 2017 Best of the Bay Tournament. The event ran from March 31 through April 2, in St. Petersburg. The team, based in Land O’ Lakes, also won the 10th annual Largo March Madness Tournament last month. For information about the club, visit […]

Drive ‘Fore’ Bulls golf fundraiser April 23

The annual Drive “Fore” Bulls golf tournament is set for April 23 at the Pebble Creek Golf Course, 10550 Regents Park Drive in Tampa. Registration begins at 10 a.m., followed by a noon shotgun start. Cost is $70 per player, or $260 per foursome. Proceeds will benefit the Wiregrass Ranch High boys basketball program.  Tournament […]

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