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‘Bots’ help fight sex crimes

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is using a new cyber sting program to combat human sex trafficking. The agency has joined forces with the Tampa-based U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking (USIAHT), to use an approach that attacks the demand-side of sex trafficking by targeting and identifying online sex buyers through the use of intercept bots. […]

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This summer camp offers insights into solving crimes

As many high school teenagers spend their summer break relaxing and having fun, a small group of students used their free time another way — dusting fingerprints, analyzing blood spatter patterns and studying forensic clues. These campers were learning how to solve crimes as part of Saint Leo University’s inaugural Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Summer […]

Political Agenda 07/18/2018

Sample ballots available Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley has announced that sample ballots for the Aug. 26 Primary Election are available online at PascoVotes.com, and will be mailed to Pasco County voters on Aug. 6. To view sample ballots online, voters need to know their voting precinct and party of registration. Club meetings […]

Rosebud Continuum approved as a private school

Field trips to Rosebud Continuum are a regular, bi-weekly event for students at Academy at the Lakes during the school year. Students learn about gardening and sustainable practices for an environmentally friendly world. Now, Rosebud’s staff members are preparing for a future that will expand its outreach to more schools. The Pasco County Planning Commission […]

Pine View achieves IB designation

Pine View Middle School has become the first public school in Pasco County to be authorized as an IB Middle Years Programme World School. Principal Jennifer Warren and members of the school’s staff recently attended the Pasco County School Board’s meeting, where they were congratulated for their accomplishment. The school received a letter dated May […]

Nursing homes and hospitals face new fees

Hurricane Irma largely spared Tampa Bay, and Pasco County, from its destructive path in 2017. But, Irma also cast light on a weakness in hurricane preparedness for one of the most vulnerable populations – people living in licensed health care facilities. The Pasco County Commission on July 10 approved an ordinance that makes provisions for […]

A trip to Ireland helps to inspire a 17-year-old in Land O’ Lakes

Amanda Finn would be the first to admit she’s more than a wee bit shy. But, the young woman from Land O’ Lakes said that a trip to Ireland last summer has helped to build her confidence, and now, the teenager is off on her second trip to the Emerald Isle. She won scholarships both […]

Appeal scheduled for solar farm project

A decision on a controversial solar farm in northeast Pasco County is headed to an appeal at a public hearing on Aug. 7 in Dade City before the Pasco County Commission. Two appeals were filed in May on the decision by the Pasco County Planning Commission to approve an exceptional use permit for the project. […]

School district acquires new school site in Northwood

Taylor Morrison of Florida Inc., has conveyed a site for a future elementary school in the Northwood residential development. Northwood is a master-planned community in southern Pasco County, on the north side of County Line Road, east of Interstate 75 and west of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. The community is nearing build-out. Taylor Morrison agreed […]

No increase planned for Pasco’s property tax rate

The millage rate charged to property owners won’t increase for fiscal year 2019. The Pasco County Commission voted on July 10 to tentatively set the rate for the 2019 draft budget. Commissioners agreed to maintain current rates, which are at 7.6076 for the county’s operations, and 1.8036 for fire services. Commissioners cannot increase the rates […]

Pasco County streamlines development review process

The Pasco County Planning Commission got a makeover but several of its newly appointed members will have familiar faces. The Pasco County Commission on July 10 approved an ordinance that revamps an existing two-step process for previewing land use and zoning applications. Commissioners disbanded a long-standing advisory board, known as the Development Review Committee, or […]

Five Business Join IERNA’s Neighbors In Need Give-Away

A local air conditioning company’s idea of giving a free air conditioning system to a deserving family resulted in a group of five local businesses coming together to make a huge difference in one family’s life. It began last December when IERNA’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing launched its newest charity, Neighbor In Need Give-Away, and […]

Prepare your kindergartener for success

Kindergarten is supposed to be fun and educational, and allow children an opportunity to blossom. It is usually the first time the tykes are away from their parents for a significant amount of time. While most kindergartens don’t exactly have GPA requirements, for a child to succeed there are a few milestones that should be […]

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Local Sports

Lutz resident re-ups with D.C. United

After spending the past year with the D.C. United Academy, Adam Hassan is back for more — re-signing with the Major League Soccer club for the 2018-2019 season, to compete on its U-19 developmental squad. The 5-foot-10 midfielder/defender bypassed his junior year at Steinbrenner High School last August, to enter the D.C. United Academy U-17 […]

Distance runner receives Academic All-State honors

As he was busy shattering school records in cross country and track, Freedom High School’s Alejandro Michel was also leading the pack in the classroom — posting a weighted 8.8285 grade-point average and earning salutatorian honors for the Class of 2018. Those accomplishments resulted in a rare statewide designation for student-athletes: Alejandro Michel was one […]

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Sports – Check This Out

K-9 Classic Golf Tournament

The inaugural Pasco Sheriff’s Office K-9 Classic Golf Tournament is set for 8:30 a.m., Aug 4, at Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., in Trinity. Cost is $75 per golfer. Proceeds from the tournament will support the long-term medical needs of Pasco County’s retired K-9s, as well as the New Port Richey […]

Saint Leo University ID basketball camp

The Saint Leo University men’s basketball program and head coach Vince Alexander will host an Elite ID Camp on Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., inside the Marion Bowman Activities Center, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo. The camp, for boys ages 14 to 18, is a high-level camp for high school student-athletes […]

Adult coed softball signup

Registration is ongoing for Idlewild Baptist Church’s Adult Coed Softball league. The league is open to all adults in the community. The eight-week season runs from Aug. 30 through Oct.18 and concludes with a postseason tournament on Oct. 25. All games are played Thursday nights at Idlewild’s Lutz campus, 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd. Cost is […]

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