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. In March, city leaders voted to extend its … [Read more...]

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 rate. Newlon took umbrage with multiple … [Read more...]

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 in Fort Myers. The scores were 25-16, … [Read more...]

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 19 games at the plate. Petry was named first team … [Read more...]

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. … [Read more...]

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 For more information, contact league director Colin Eke at (813) … [Read more...]

Fight Cancer Run

The second annual Fight Cancer Run is set for Oct. 26 at 7 a.m., at Mercedes-Benz of Wesley Chapel, 2383 Willow Oak Drive in Wesley Chapel. Races include a 5K, 1-mile run/walk and Kids Fun Run. All participants will receive a T-shirt, finisher’s medal and goody bag. Cost is $24 for 5K, $19 for 1-mile run/walk and $17 for Kids Fun Run. The event is hosted by the Speed Starz Youth Track/Running Club … [Read more...]

Special needs softball league

Registration is ongoing for Idlewild Baptist Church's (IBC) Champions Division fall softball league. The IBC Champions Division, a special needs league, is open to players of all ages and abilities from the community, as well as church members. Accommodations are made for wheelchairs and walkers. Games will be played Saturday mornings through Nov. 2, at IBC Champions Field, 18333 Exciting Idlewild … [Read more...]

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 dozens of chamber members at the Golden … [Read more...]

Symposium seeks addiction recovery solutions

A symposium is scheduled for later this month that will seek to create a blueprint for improving long-term substance abuse recovery efforts in Pasco County. The Recover Out Loud Pasco Symposium is set for Sept. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Calvary Chapel Worship Center, 6825 Trouble Creek Road in New Port Richey. Admission is free. The symposium is being organized by Recovery Epicenter … [Read more...]