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New summer camp aims to offer fun for kids with special needs

A plan that began more than five years ago will finally reach fruition next summer when Camp Idlewild is scheduled to open in Land O’ Lakes. The camp is being developed by The Roach Family Foundation. Irene Roach, founder and president, and her family, intend to provide recreational and camping experiences for children with autism […]

This Week

Zephyrhills economic summit will focus on health care

An economic summit is coming to Zephyrhills next month, with a primary focus on offering solutions to the needs of the medical community — which represents the largest percentage of the city’s workforce. The inaugural Zephyrhills Economic Summit — organized by the Zephyrhills Economic Development Coalition (ZEDC), in partnership with the City of Zephyrhills and […]

Residents offer opinions on life in Pasco

An annual online citizen survey offers a snapshot in time of how Pasco County residents view their quality of life. And, it turns out that in 2017, about 71 percent of the people living in Pasco considered the quality of life either excellent or good. The survey did spotlight a few negatives, including a frustration […]

Area spared worst of Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma devastated other parts of Florida, causing less damage than feared in Tampa and surrounding communities. But area homes, businesses and other locations were not entirely spared from Irma’s wrath. Concerns continue over rising floodwaters, which already have flooded homes and roads. And, Irma’s whipping winds knocked down trees, shredded billboards, damaged fences, ripped […]

Hurricane Irma leaves behind stories to tell

A day after Hurricane Irma stormed through Tampa Bay, residents ventured out for ice, gas and cleaning supplies. Some had a ray of hope that somewhere they would find an open restaurant. They tooled along the busier corridors spying telltale signs of life – cars and the people in them. Bagging ice A Twice the […]

Business community weathers Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma left residents and business owners in northern Hillsborough, east Pasco and central Pasco assessing damage, cleaning up the mess, and, calculating their losses and counting their blessings. For business owners, the focus was on reopening and getting Pasco County’s commercial back in motion. The effort goes on. Zephyrhills’ chamber gave shelter With shelters […]

Getting help or helping others

Hurricane Irma is causing some people to turn to others for help, and offering others an opportunity to be of service. Here are some places to turn for help, or to get involved. Donations needed for disaster relief Pasco County and Metropolitan Ministries are accepting donations to assist those affected by Hurricane Irma. Here are […]

She knows local history, and is preserving it

If you want to learn a thing or two about local history — particularly as it pertains to Wesley Chapel, Dade City and Zephyrhills — a telephone call to Madonna Jervis Wise will put you on the right track. Wise has written books about all three communities. “I’ve always been interested in history,” she said. […]

Comforting kids through teddy bears

For the second year, Lowe’s collected huggable teddy bears for a good cause. Two volunteer deputies with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office stopped by the home improvement store on Sept. 8 to load up about 250 teddy bears. They scooped the plush animals from a table piled high with bears of all sizes and colors. […]

Local bidders could have an advantage in Pasco

Pasco County commissioners might soon give local vendors an advantage over their competitors when bidding on county government contracts. Commissioners directed legal staff to amend the county’s purchasing ordinance to create a local preference system for contract bids, during an Aug. 22 workshop in Dade City. For instance, a local company that offers the second […]

Two museums receive money for special projects

Two museums will receive a financial boost in Pasco County’s fiscal year 2018 budget. The Pasco County Commission has agreed to give $25,000 each to the West Pasco Historical Society Museum and Library in New Port Richey and the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village in Dade City. The action came at the commission’s Aug. 29 […]

Awards honor visionary leadership, and local businesses

The late James “Don” Porter received the inaugural Leadership Award from the Pasco Economic Development Council for his visionary role in developing the master-planned community at Wiregrass Ranch. Porter’s family accepted the award at the Pasco EDC 31st Annual Awards and Trade Show on Aug. 31 at Saddlebrook Resort & Spa. The annual event recognizes […]

Hurricane Irma: A disruptive force

With Hurricane Irma threatening Florida last week, officials weren’t taking any chances on where or when the massive storm would make landfall. The deadly storm was churning in the Atlantic, when Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Sept. 4, warning residents that Irma is a “a massive storm” that could prove devastating. […]

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Local Sports

Area football games rescheduled

With Hurricane Irma wiping out athletic events for schools in Hillsborough and Pasco counties for the week of Sept. 11, many anticipated Friday night football contests already have been rescheduled, or played, in some cases. In Pasco, a few local schools didn’t waste much time agreeing to make up games on Sept. 18, including the […]

Cypress Creek football coach earns weekly honor

Elsewhere in the Pasco County prep football scene, Cypress Creek head football coach Mike Johnson recently earned Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coach of the Week honors for his team’s Week 1 win over Gulf High on Aug. 25 — the school’s inaugural regular season football game. The honor means Johnson will receive a $2,000 grant to […]

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Sports – Check This Out

Holes for Hope Golf Tournament

The fifth annual Holes for Hope Golf Tournament is slated for Oct. 2 at 8:30 a.m., at the Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club, 12900 Lake Jovita Blvd., Dade City. The tournament will benefit the Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center. Opportunities are available for individual and group golfers, as well as sponsorships. For […]

Saint Leo baseball to host prospect camp

The Saint Leo University baseball program will host a one-day prospect camp Oct. 8, to give high school athletes a jump on preseason workouts. The High School Prospect Camp, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be at Thomas B. Southard Stadium on the Saint Leo campus, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo. […]

PHSC 5K set for Nov. 5

The annual PHSC Run with the Bobcats 5K is slated for Nov. 5 at 8 a.m., at the Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road in New Port Richey. The race, hosted by the PHSC women’s cross-country team, will include raffles, post-race refreshments and race T-shirts. Costs start at $20. To register, visit tinyurl.com/yabeh3f9. […]

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