School district expands mental health services

The Pasco County school district has been ramping up training and tapping into outside sources, in its quest to build a better mental health support network for students. Statistics from across the school district underscore a compelling need for increased services. District figures show that more than 1,200 suicide assessments were done last year of […]

This Week

9/11 responder shares his story and a gift

Stephen Spelman rushed to Ground Zero as a first responder, but quickly found himself trying to outrun the overwhelming cloud of dust as The World Trade Center’s North Tower began to collapse. Eighteen years later – to the day – Spelman shared the story of the daunting experience he had on Sept. 11, 2001. Spelman, […]

Area responds to Hurricane Dorian victims

As the death toll grows and residents of the Bahamas continue to grapple with the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian — local groups are stepping up to find ways to help those who are suffering. Dorian made landfall on Sept. 1 as a Category 5 Hurricane, flattening homes and causing massive flooding, according to national […]

Remembering the fallen of 9/11

The morning of Sept. 11 was marked by a 9/11 memorial at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills. The service featured remarks from members of U.S. Marine Corps Detachment 1124, which bears the name of Sgt. Maj. Michael S. Curtin, a first responder who perished in the North Tower of the World Trade Center […]

Under Construction 09/18/2019

The Watermark at Trinity The Watermark at Trinity is constructing an independent living facility adjacent to the company’s assisted living and memory care units. Located at 1900 Blue Fox Way in Trinity, the five-floor building will consist of 117 residences. Amenities include a pool in the courtyard, a gym, salon, spa, dining and therapy rooms, […]

Dade City sets workshop on medical marijuana dispensaries

The Dade City City Commission again will consider whether or not to allow medical marijuana treatment centers within city limits. This city’s six-month moratorium, or temporary ban, on such dispensaries expires Sept. 21. Commissioners will have a workshop on the matter Sept. 24 at 4 p.m., at City Hall, 38020 Meridian Ave., in Dade City. […]

New interchange expected to ease traffic on area roads

Plans are underway to build an interchange connecting Overpass Road to Interstate 75 in Wesley Chapel, and the project is expected to have a flyover ramp. The ramp would grant access from westbound Overpass Road to southbound Interstate 75. The Overpass Road bridge runs east-west above the interstate, which runs north-south. Richard Moss is the […]

Dade City approves budget, with some qualms

Dade City Commissioners adopted the city’s tentative budget for next fiscal year, but not without some disagreement. A first reading ordinance of the $19,296,935 budget passed by a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Nicole Deese Newlon casting the lone dissenting vote during a Sept. 10 meeting. The 2019-2020 budget is based on an approved 7.14 millage […]

Vanpooling service could be new option for Pasco’s workforce            

Some private sector workers soon will have a new way to commute to their jobs throughout the Tampa Bay region – including Pasco County. The Enterprise car company is collaborating with the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority to offer vanpooling services to companies and their employees. Arlinda Karuli, Enterprise account executive, gave a presentation […]

Main Street roars with music & motorcycles

The distinct roar of motorcycle engines and live rock ‘n’ roll music filled the air around downtown Zephyrhills during the 15th annual Music & Motorcycles on Sept. 14. The Main Street Zephyrhills bike night was blessed with perfect weather, and attracted hundreds — from far and wide — looking to have some fun. Within the […]

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Rev up the motorcycles and crank up the music

Mainstreet Zephyrhills attracted a crowd to the 15th annual Music & Motorcycles in downtown Zephyrhills on Sept. 14. People who like riding motorcycles, and those who simply admire them were joined by people who enjoy live music. More photos in story!

Library offers monthly jewelry making class

Those looking to make jewelry with a flair — while using crochet stitches — recently had the chance to do so at a crochet jewelry class at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway. The program is part of the library’s Foundry Makerspace, which offers free classes and workshops on various subjects. The […]

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This Week (cont)

Pasco to open K-8 school in fall 2021

The groundbreaking last week for Starkey Ranch K-8 School was celebrated in grand fashion —  at a gathering that included a high school jazz band and color guard, preschoolers, a private developer partner, elected leaders and government officials. The school is the second phase of a partnership between Pasco County Schools, Pasco County government and […]

Pasco Sheriff beefs up mental health services

Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco is ramping up efforts to address mental health issues, in his agency’s daily work. The sheriff explained his team’s approach to those attending the September breakfast meeting of The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce. Nocco said mental health issues are expanding in a way that affects public safety, during remarks to […]

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Local Sports

Volleyball team seeks to avenge state title defeat

The Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School Hurricanes volleyball team lost just one game last season — but, that loss came in the FHSAA Class 3A state championship. The Hurricanes had won 30 consecutive games through the regular and postseason before losing to Doral’s Divine Savior Academy Sharks, in three straight-sets at Suncoast Credit Union Arena […]

Local softball stars soak in national exposure

It’s a rare feat when any local athlete — or any athlete for that matter — makes a national team. More uncommon is when two athletes from the same hometown earn such prestigious designation together. But, that’s what recently happened to Academy at the Lakes product Lexi Kilfoyl and Land O’ Lakes High School product […]

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Sports – Check This Out

Local commitment

Cypress Creek Middle-High Coyotes junior pitcher/outfielder Peyton Petry has verbally committed to play collegiate baseball at NCAA Division II Saint Leo University. Petry went 4-1 on the mound last season, registering a 1.35 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 36.1 innings pitched. He also posted a .333 batting average and 7 RBIs in 39 at-bats in […]

Player of the week

Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) Bobcats volleyball freshman Brooke Sereda recently earned NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Division II Player of the Week honors. The 5-foot-9 opposite hitter from Weeki Wachee averaged 2.2 kills and 2.5 digs over six matches for the week ending Sept. 3. The Bobcats earned a split of those six matches.

Adult soccer tournament

Adult recreational soccer league NewAPSL will host its first tournament in Pasco County. The three-day tournament runs from Oct. 5 through Oct. 7 at John S. Burks Memorial Park, 13220 Gene Nelson Blvd., in Dade City. Registration cost per team is $300. Prizes and trophy will be awarded to winner. To sign up, visit NewApsl.com. […]

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