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Saint Anthony Catholic School celebrates 135 years

Saint Anthony Catholic School, in San Antonio, had a special celebration last week to mark its 135th anniversary. The day began with the Most. Rev. Gregory L. Parkes, Bishop of the Diocese of Saint Petersburg, presiding over a celebration of the Holy Mass. The Rev. Garry Welsh, pastor of Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church […]

This Week

Opponents cite access concerns in Wesley Chapel rezoning

Questions are being raised about the safety of entering Wesley Chapel Boulevard from Hay Road, in a rezoning case seeking to allow 35 single-family attached townhomes on Hay Road. The applicant, Lawrence P. Martinez, represented by Attorney Barbara Wilhite, is seeking to change the zoning on about 6 acres from agricultural use to medium density, […]

Expert: Vaccination prevents measles

Measles is back in the news again — in a big way. From Jan. 1 to May 3, there were 764 individual cases reported in 23 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And, as of May 9, Florida had two reported cases, according to the Florida Department of Health. It’s important to stay […]

Changes coming to Sunlake and State Road 54

The Pasco County Commission has approved an amendment to the county’s comprehensive plan, at the southwest corner of Sunlake Boulevard and State Road 54. Commissioners are scheduled to consider a specific zoning request for the land at a May 21 public hearing. The 72.6-acre parcel, which is part of the Long Lake Ranch development, previously […]

Town of St. Leo opposes increased density near its border

The Pasco County Planning Commission has recommended approval of changes that would allow increased development on the edge of the Town of St. Leo, despite objections from Town leadership. Planning commissioners unanimously recommended that a change to the county’s comprehensive land use plan be approved, as well as a change to zoning on 175 acres […]

Local teen’s giving receives national acclaim

Thirteen-year-old Selena Schulz’s love for animals inspired her to become an accomplished author and widely known advocate – all within the span of five years. And, her efforts in helping sheltered animals have led to recognition by Prudential Financial. She received a bronze medallion on May 14, as a Florida finalist in the 2019 Prudential […]

Pasco terminates agreement with USF regarding ‘body farm’

The Pasco County Commission has voted to terminate an agreement with the University of South Florida involving 6 acres of land, north of Central Boulevard in Land O’ Lakes. Commissioners ended the arrangement with USF — effective May 7, 2022 —  as part of their consent agenda on May 7. Items on the consent agenda […]

Eiland Boulevard undergoing improvements

Eiland Boulevard is undergoing repaving between its intersections with Handcart Road and Fort King Road in Zephyrhills. The project, which began the week of May 13, is a result of studies showing the road’s need for resurfacing because of crevices. “We evaluated the condition of the pavement,” stated Ainsley Caldwell, chief project manager of Pasco […]

Pasco has no plans to allow employees to carry firearms

Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law a measure passed by the Florida Legislature that clears the way for classroom teachers to serve as armed school guardians, but Pasco County Schools has no intention of pursuing that option, according to a district news release. The new law implements legislative recommendations of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas […]

Help is available for domestic abuse survivors, experts say

There are resources available to help survivors of domestic abuse, according to a panel of speakers who talked on the theme of “Safety and Access” on May 6 at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library. The panel discussion was organized by the Pasco County Commission on the Status of Women, and supported by the Pasco […]

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A tie dye ‘Try it Tuesday’

The Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, recently hosted a tie dye with Sharpie markers event, as part of its ‘Try it Tuesdays’ program. The free event encouraged children to use their imagination and use colorful markers to draw their favorite pictures on a cotton bandana. When the kids were finished, Karen Allen, […]

Celebrating…

Moms — they’re the ones who get up early in the morning to give the kids a ride to swimming, or to ball practice, to quiz them for tests, or help with a million other things. They’re in the carpool line at school. They’re at the grocery store stocking up. They’re in the kitchen making […]

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This Week (cont)

Merged chambers to become Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce

Members of the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce and the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce came together last week to mark a historical milestone. They are merging effective July 1, and a special gathering was held to announce the new chamber’s name. The new chamber is expected to have more than 1,000 members and will […]

Saint Leo University receives grant to help students

Saint Leo University’s Career Center has receive a $2,500 grant from Enterprise Holdings to help provide career-related advice to students. The grant was presented by Enterprise Holdings Foundation on May 6, according to a university news release, and is a part of the Enterprise partnership with the university. “Enterprise recruits [employees] heavily at Saint Leo,” […]

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Local Sports

Locals stand out at track championships

Local high school athletes ran, jumped and tossed their way to standout showings at the 2019 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) state track and field championships. More than two dozen boys and girls athletes from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area earned medalist honors, or top-eight finishes, across all classifications at the state meet, on […]

Title Teams

A trio of local middle school sports programs earned team titles at last week’s Tampa Charter Athletic League (TCAL) championships. Winning teams included: Carrollwood Day School boys ball hockey, Lutz Preparatory School girls ball hockey, and Imagine School of Land O’ Lakes girls flag football. The TCAL is one of state’s largest charter school leagues, […]

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National stage ahead

A pair of local youth softball players will showcase their skills on the national stage this summer. Wesley Chapel’s Lilly Bridges, left, and Land O’ Lakes’ Madison Callaghan will participate in the USA Softball All-American Games in June in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Bridges and Callaghan will be members of the 12-under Florida region team, becoming […]

Pasco all-star game

The 2019 Pasco County Baseball/Softball All-Star Game, presented by Pasco Fellowship of Christian Athletes, is set for May 25 at noon, at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, 3651 Hays Road in Spring Hill. The annual showcase features many of the top high school senior baseball and softball players in Pasco County. Tickets are $10; parking […]

Local signings and commitments

Several local high school senior athletes from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area recently announced commitments or signings to various colleges and universities: Baseball Jalenn Mead, Wiregrass Ranch — Greensboro College (Greensboro, North Carolina) Basketball Malcolm Whitlow, Carrollwood Day — Eckerd College Football Brandon Lemke, Academy at the Lakes — Central Methodist University (Fayette, Missouri) Chandler […]

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