Feeding the hungry through ‘pop-up’ food drive

When Idlewild Baptist Church decided to hold a food drive recently — it had no idea the response would be so great that it would essentially create a traffic jam because so many church members showed up to drop off contributions. Typically, the church takes weeks to plan big events. In this case, it sprang […]

This Week

Finding creative ways to express faith at Easter

Instead of having thousands of members arriving for Easter services at Idlewild Baptist Church, in Lutz, Senior Pastor Ken Whitten expects they’ll be tuning in instead. The church’s 15,000 members will be able to watch on Vimeo, Facebook or Idlewild.org the services, which will be presented in English and American Sign Language, and translated into […]

Passover to have a different look this year

This year’s Passover festivities will be celebrated unlike any other. Amid the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, area synagogues sit mostly idle, with limited or no in-person religious services or activities. Yet, Jewish groups have found other ways to salvage the celebrated holiday, which this year runs from April 8 through April 16. That includes using […]

Deadly COVID-19 virus poses challenges on all fronts

Florida has joined the ranks of states across the nation that have issued Stay-at-Home orders in an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a 30-day Stay-At-Home executive order effective April 3. His action came just days before U.S. Surgeon Gen. Dr. Jerome Adams warned the nation that “this […]

Businesses seek help during pandemic

The economy has been flattened by coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), and businesses are seeking a way to continue operating or to reopen their doors. A $2 trillion stimulus package— the largest in the nation’s history — is called the CARES Act, which stands for Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security. Part of that package is specifically […]

Lutz video game studio offers virtual concerts

As coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) is keeping most stuck inside home, a Lutz-based video game studio is discovering novel ways to keep users together and entertained. For years, Artix Entertainment has been creating free online fantasy-based video games filled with monsters, magic and storytelling. Among the most popular iterations is the AdventureQuest3D series, which takes role-playing […]

Pasco seeks to delay municipal elections

In the wake of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley is seeking to delay the April 14 municipal elections Dade City, Zephyrhills and San Antonio. To that end, Corley has requested Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to move back the local county elections to the Aug. 18 state primary election date. Corley […]

Unsung heroes crash in the deep woods of Pasco County

Twelve enthusiastic young soldiers — with their lives ahead of them — met their fate in the rugged frontier terrain of Central Pasco. Ten of the men were from the 488th Bomber Group from MacDill Field, flying in a B-17 Flying Fortress on Feb. 28, 1944. The plane crashed, leaving just one survivor. The other […]

Keystone Community Church delivers Easter joy

Members of the Keystone Community Church delivered Easter baskets and food to 26 families on April 1. The food boxes contained dairy, meat, bread from Publix, fruit, veggies and nonperishable items. The Easter baskets were made by the church’s women’s group, along with Emma Wasson, a volunteer’s granddaughter. The church, which is on State Road […]

Learning to prepare delicious, healthy jam

Dade City’s One-Stop Shop recently held a class on how to produce and preserve canned strawberry jam. The art of canning involves preserving foods in jars, to keep them safe for eating for long periods of time. The class, at the One-Stop Shop in Dade City, was presented by the University of Florida-Institute of Food […]

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Add a little spring to your home

A burlap basket filled with fresh, colorful flowers, is an easy way to brighten up your home for the Easter holiday.

A place for friends, fun and food

Normally, the county’s senior centers are places for gathering, and having fun and food. Concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) have caused a temporary halt to these activities, but we recently dropped in to the senior center on the grounds of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Zephyrhills, before the threat of pandemic […]

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This Week (cont)

Lifting spirits is his specialty

Whether it’s cracking jokes or serving up a friendly greeting, volunteer Brian Mason is known for his ability to lift people’s spirits at the East Pasco Family YMCA in Zephyrhills. His jovial demeanor and friendly approach draws attention — so much so that Mason was named the local branch’s “Volunteer of the Year” for the […]

Working around the threat of COVID-19

The spread of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) — and efforts to stay out of harm’s way  — have sparked creativity and ingenuity across The Laker/Lutz News region. When plans to celebrate Kynlee Kuberski’s 11th birthday at Universal Studios were canceled because of COVID-19, dozens of people came by her Connerton home, to wish her a happy […]

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Local Sports

New Land O’ Lakes coach enjoys the gridiron

When Ronald “Trac” Baughn moved to Florida a couple years ago, his sights were set on enjoying retirement. He pictured himself fishing every day and visiting nearby family members on a regular basis. But, it wasn’t long before he fantasized about stepping back on the gridiron again. And that’s after three long decades of coaching […]

Land O’ Lakes hoops coach retires after 31 years

Land O’ Lakes High School varsity boys basketball coach Dave Puhalski is ready for a timeout. After 31 years roaming the Gators sidelines, barking orders, drawing up plays, and molding boys into young men, the longtime coach announced his retirement following the 2019-2020 season. Puhalski’s swan song was a memorable one — sending off eight […]

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Sports – Check This Out

Local commitments

• A trio of Wiregrass Ranch senior football standouts — offensive lineman Joshua Hood, defensive lineman Tyler Hayes and linebacker Tyler Mesnekoff — committed to play collegiate football at St. Thomas University, an NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) program in Miami. All three teammates earned All-SAC (Sunshine Athletic Conference) honors this past season. • […]

NFL coaching bound

Ex-Bishop McLaughlin football coach Keith Tandy has reunited with his former NFL team, joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a special teams assistant. Tandy, 31, served as Bishop McLaughlin’s defensive coordinator last season under head coach Joe Vaughn. The team went 1-7. Before entering the coaching ranks, Tandy played seven seasons in the NFL, for […]

Joe Kiefer golf tournament rescheduled

The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce’s 35th annual Joe Kiefer Golf Tournament has been rescheduled to May 29, at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club, 12900 Lake Jovita Blvd., Dade City. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Participants will receive 18 holes of golf with cart provided, a […]

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