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Zephyrhills economic summit puts focus on education

Fostering educational opportunities in Pasco County was the primary focus of the second annual Zephyrhills Economic Summit. Doing that begins with beefing up the Pasco County school district’s career and technical education programs, said Kurt Browning, superintendent of Pasco County Schools. “We need to put our career academies on steroids,” said Browning, one of several […]

This Week

Artistic couple opens home gallery in Wesley Chapel

Upon entering the front door, various colors seem to emanate from all directions. The living room and dining room walls are covered with diverse paintings. The tables are decked with sculptures of different shapes and proportions. More artworks can be found in the bedrooms, too. This is the Wesley Chapel home of Bernard and Gwendolyn […]

Florida Hospital Dade City set for upgrades

A slew of upgrades are coming to Florida Hospital Dade City. The hospital’s parent company, Adventist Health System, is investing $20 million into various infrastructure and technological improvements to the 120-bed facility located at 13100 Fort King Road. Florida Hospital Dade City president and CEO Amanda Maggard made the announcement during a recent breakfast meeting […]

Construction begins to link recreational trails

Pasco County’s engineering services had an event on Oct. 30 to celebrate the construction of the new Starkey Gap Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail that will link the Starkey and Suncoast Trails in Pasco County to the Pinellas Trail. Construction of the new multi-use 2.4 mile-trail is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019. […]

Fighting child hunger in Pasco, one backpack at a time

When Amber Chancey and her husband, Paul, moved to Wesley Chapel in 2016, the couple had no idea the impact they would have on their new community. They did know that they wanted the best education for their children, and they also knew that a healthy, balanced meal played a vital role in this. Meanwhile, […]

Pasco County Schools helping Hurricane Michael victims

Pasco County Schools has given 20 school buses to Bay District Schools and is loaning 20 maintenance employees to that district to help it recover from Hurricane Michael. Bay County school bus drivers traveled to New Port Richey on Nov. 1, where they picked up the Pasco school district’s buses to drive them back to […]

Sharing joy through Operation Christmas Child

Jennifer Hernandez is in the business of spreading love – not just locally, but globally. For the past two years, she and Bridgeway Church, where she attends in Wesley Chapel, have been coordinating their efforts to help kids worldwide in what is known as “Operation Christmas Child.” The nondenominational Christian project was first established in […]

Hugh Embry Branch Library now open again on Mondays

A ribbon-cutting was held at Hugh Embry Branch Library on Oct. 29 to celebrate the fact that, once again, the library is open on Mondays. The facility, at 14215 Fourth St., is one of four libraries across Pasco County where Monday hours have been restored. The others are the Hudson Branch Library in Hudson, the […]

Swampfest offers food, fun and entertainment

A light rain fell on the evening of Nov. 2 at the 10th annual Swampfest at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, but that didn’t keep the mostly young festival crowd from turning out to enjoy the rides, games, food trucks and entertainment. JT Curtis and the Florida Scoundrels entertained the crowd from the Heritage Park […]

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Learning some Tai Chi moves at the library

Those taking part in a recent Tai Chi class at New River Branch Library practiced some moves, including the ‘Swimming Dragon’ and the ‘fly left leg.’ Originally associated as a method of self-defense martial arts, Tai Chi is now known to have many health benefits, and the graceful, slow movement exercise is used to relieve […]

Concerts for a Cause combine fun, and giving

Bexley by Newland Communities recently concluded a series of concerts geared toward helping feed those in need. Those attending the events were encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the live entertainment in comfort. They also were asked to donate nonperishable food items or cash to help support Feeding Tampa Bay, the […]

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This Week (cont)

If you’re looking for piecrust perfection, check this out

Maybe you are one of those who struggled making the perfect, flaky piecrust that your mother or grandmother did. I know I worked like crazy to perfect that skill, but when they came out with the prepared and refrigerated type – I was hooked! Maybe you just don’t like the typical type of crust that […]

Local author hopes his story will help inspire others

Remington Walls hasn’t let his disease define him — and he wants the same for those dealing with similar circumstances. The 18-year-old Land O’ Lakes native has lived a life without regular food or drink since he was diagnosed at age 4 with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE), a rare, incurable disease where all food deteriorates his […]

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Local Sports

Prep football regular season recap

With the 2018 prep football regular season coming to a close — and playoffs set to begin — here’s a look at some of the storylines and highlights from schools in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area: Zephyrhills notches perfect campaign The 2018 campaign will be one to remember for the Zephyrhills Bulldogs. They finished 10-0 […]

Local schools receive Special Olympics honor

Land O’ Lakes High School’s Unified Special Olympics program received international attention more than three years ago, when its coed soccer team won the bronze medal at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. Now, the school’s Unified program has earned another prestigious honor — 2018 Special Olympics National Banner Unified Champion School. […]

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Sports – Check This Out

Bolt Run

The 18th annual Florida Hospital Bolt Run is set for Nov. 17 at 7:30 a.m., at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive in Tampa. The race, organized by the Lightning Foundation and the Tampa Bay Lightning, will consist of a 5-mile, 5K and a Family Fun Run/Walk. The event will span the entire morning and will […]

Pasco County All-Star game

The fourth annual Pasco County All-Star Football Game, presented by the Pasco Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Maus Nissan, is set for Dec. 7 at 7 p.m., at Sunlake Field, 3023 Sunlake Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The game features some of the top senior players representing every high school in Pasco County. Tickets are […]

Flapjack 5K

The 25th annual Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce Flapjack 5K and 1-mile run/walk is set for Dec. 8 at Connerton, 21100 Fountain Garden Way in Land O’ Lakes. Start time is 8 a.m., for the 5K and 8:45 a.m., for the 1-mile run/walk. Cost for the 5K is $25 for adults and $17 for students […]

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