Browning talks school safety, other issues

More than a year since the Parkland school shooting claimed the lives of 17 students and faculty members, ensuring school safety remains a forefront priority for Pasco County Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning. Browning discussed that, and a number of other school issues, as the featured guest speaker at the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce […]

This Week

Major Central Pasco development is a step closer

Pasco County is setting the stage for Project Arthur, a proposed Central Pasco development that is expected to become a major job generator, as well as a place where people will live, play and learn. The proposed development would be located on land south of State Road 52, east of the Suncoast Parkway and west […]

Social workers can make transformative change

When it comes to social work, the job responsibility should go beyond addressing baseline issues of clients and patients, according to Dr. Ruth Brandwein, one of the nation’s most accomplished and recognizable social work educators. Social work should also identify solutions and take action for meaningful and impactful change for all individuals, families and communities, […]

High school fair offers diverse career paths

While parents and students had an opportunity to learn about post-high school options — representatives from colleges, technical schools, military branches and other programs had a chance to make their pitch at the College and Career Fair recently at Wesley Chapel High School. Those attending the March 11 event could pose questions to representatives from […]

Hobby Lobby opens at Cypress Creek Town Center

About two dozen shoppers were waiting when the Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., held its grand-opening celebration of its newest store, in Lutz. They joined store employees and members of the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce for the 9 a.m., ribbon cutting ceremony on March 18. The store, at 25675 Sierra Center Drive, is Hobby Lobby’s […]

Century-old bell stolen from Lutz church

Members of Christ Cumberland Presbyterian Church are in disbelief as part of their identity has been stolen – a signature bell that has accompanied the church, throughout its history, as it moved from one location to the next. The Lutz church became aware the bell was missing in mid-February, and officials still don’t know exactly […]

‘Biggest Little Train Show’ delights train enthusiasts

Hundreds of model train collectors and enthusiasts converged at the historic Zephyrhills Depot Museum, 39110 South Ave., over the weekend to attend the Zephyrhills Model Train Show & Swap Meet. The restored 1927 Atlantic Coast Line railroad depot has been hosting the event every other year (on odd years) for the past decade. The show, […]

Pasco poised to lift ban on dock roofs on lakes

The Pasco County Commission appears ready to allow boat docks on private lakes to have roofs over them. Commissioners had a public hearing on March 12 regarding a proposal to amend the county’s land development code that currently prohibits the roofs. No one from the public spoke for or against the proposed change during the […]

Dade City picnic offers a taste of New York

About 80 people packed the clubhouse at Country Aire Manor recently for the annual Otsego County picnic. Besides catching up with friends and making new acquaintances, those gathering enjoyed a potluck lunch, had a chance to reminisce, and share their East Coast and Southern cultures. Sally Harrington, of Cooperstown, New York, said she was happy […]

Zephyrhills Founder’s Day celebrates ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles’

Thousands flocked to downtown Zephyrhills to celebrate the city during the 109th Founder’s Day Heritage Parade & Festival on March 9. This year’s theme was “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” — honoring the impact that transportation has had on the growth and success of the community. A parade, which featured vintage automobiles, kicked off the event […]

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Lucky ducks race for causes at Duck Fest

Hundreds attended the Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel Noon’s fourth annual Duck Fest at FOP Pasco Lodge 29, 21735 YMCA Camp Road in Land O’Lakes. The free family event, on March 10, featured a bounce house, games, a classic car show and the musical entertainment of Mr. Tommy. There was a duck derby where guests […]

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a parade

The Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club community in San Antonio had its first St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 16, with a 1-mile route beginning at the Community Center and heading down Old Tampa Bay Drive. The parade featured dozens of residents in their decorated golf carts; the marching band talent of IMPACT Drum […]

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This Week (cont)

Seminars aim to empower Pasco women

The first of a three-part series aimed to advance the interests of Pasco County women took place on March 4 at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, on Collier Parkway. All of the meetings, being presented by the Pasco County Commission on the Status of Women and the Pasco County Commission, are being held at […]

Work ethic pays off for Dade City native

Ryan Lowery, a Dade City native and 2008 graduate of Pasco High, is serving at the U.S. Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Petty Officer 2nd Class Lowery has served for six years and works as a Navy fire control technician. He is serving within the U.S. Pacific Fleet area of operations. […]

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Local Sports

All-Pasco County winter awards announced

High school coaches from the Pasco County School District recently announced the Sunshine Athletic Conference (SAC) All-Conference Teams, Athletes of the Year and Coaches of the Year, for the 2018-2019 winter sports season. Selections were made for both the East and West division. The following high schools from our coverage area were represented in the […]

Women’s sports museum opens in Wesley Chapel

Wesley Chapel’s AdventHealth Center Ice is widely known as the training grounds of the gold-medal winning 2018 U.S. Olympic women’s ice hockey team. Now, the 150,500-square-foot ice sports complex houses what is believed to be the first virtual museum dedicated to women’s hockey trailblazers. The museum, called the Women’s Sports Herstory Museum, is the brainchild […]

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Sports – Check This Out

Cheerleading clinic

Saint Leo University’s new Acrobatics and Tumbling program will host an Acrobatics & Tumbling and Cheerleading clinic for girls ages 9 to 18 on March 23. The event will take place at 1:30 p.m., at the Marion Bowman Activities Center, 33701 State Road 52 in St. Leo. The clinic will be tailored to all skill […]

Special needs softball league

Registration is ongoing for Idlewild Baptist Church’s (IBC) Champions Division Spring Softball League. The IBC Champions Division, a special needs league, is open to players of all ages from the community, as well as church members. Accommodations are made for wheelchairs and walkers. Games will be played Saturday mornings, from March 24 through May 12. […]

Local commitment

Zephyrhills High senior athlete Cartrell Strong recently committed to play collegiate football at Division II Morehouse College (Atlanta, Georgia). The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Strong — a 2018 Class 5A first-team All-State selection — last season posted 1,709 all-purpose yards and 21 touchdowns, along with 98 tackles, two interceptions, nine passes defensed and three forced fumbles on […]

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