Monster truck enthusiasts grab attention in Wesley Chapel

Many claim they have a big truck, but few are bigger than Bill and Vicky McShane’s. Even calling them monster trucks could be an understatement. The married couple and Wesley Chapel residents have not one, but two supersized trucks that have generated national attention and intrigue. Their original truck is a 1998 blue Dodge Ram 2500 V10 that’s been lifted 4 feet and sits on 64-inch … [Read more...]

Medical marijuana ordinance gains first-round approval

Dade City is a step closer to allowing medical marijuana treatment centers within its city limits. Dade City Commissioners gave first-round approval to a zoning text amendment that would make the treatment facilities a permitted use in the city’s general commercial zoning district, and would make them an allowed use in commercial and employment center planned development districts. The first … [Read more...]

Report sheds light on Dade City economy

An economic development report shows how the City of Dade City is faring through the first quarter of the 2019-2020 fiscal year — in other words, from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. Dade City’s new community and economic development director, Melanie Romagnoli, presented the quarterly report to city commissioners at a regular meeting on Jan. 16. Romagnoli, who assumed the position late last year, … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes seeks new football coach

Land O’ Lakes High School athletics department underwent a search for a new head football coach in 2018. The school again is heading back to the drawing board to find the next leader of its varsity football program, a mere two years later. Chad Walker, who coached the Gators in 2018 and 2019, resigned from his post to become the head football coach at Cambridge Christian School in Tampa; the … [Read more...]

Bound for Spain

Watergrass Elementary fifth-grader Jonny Robinson has been selected to represent Team USA at the first-ever Youth Soccer World Cup in Madrid, Spain, in April. Robinson is one of only 20 American players selected for the honor, as tryouts were held in over 20 cities in the United States. Robinson and Team USA will join hundreds of the world’s top youth players representing more than 45 countries in … [Read more...]

Local college football standout transfers

Wesley Chapel native Tre’ McKitty announced that he’s transferring from Florida State University to the University of Georgia for the 2020 football season. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound tight end caught 50 passes for 520 yards in three seasons in Tallahassee. McKitty, who prepped at Wesley Chapel High and IMG Academy, will enroll at Georgia as a graduate transfer and will be eligible immediately. … [Read more...]

Local signing

Pasco Hernando-State College men’s basketball standout Daniel Harrison Jones recently signed with Life University, an NAIA Division I program in Marietta, Georgia. The 6-foot-2 forward led the Bobcats in scoring (15.2 points per game) and was second in rebounds (5.4 per game) during the 2018-2019 season. Jones prepped at Brandon High. … [Read more...]

200 career wins

Saint Leo University men’s basketball head coach Lance Randall achieved his 200th career Division II win, in a 95-80 road victory over Lynn University, on Jan. 11. Randall, who sported a 200-139 career record in 11 seasons at the time of the win, is in his second head coaching stint at Saint Leo. He was the Lions head from 2011 to 2015, then assumed the same position at Lindenwood University (St. … [Read more...]

1,000-point club

Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High junior guard Isabella Prada recently surpassed 1,000 career points for her varsity basketball career. The 5-foot-6 Prada has averaged a combined 18 points per game in three varsity seasons. … [Read more...]

Run for Life 5K

The Run for Life Founder’s Day 5K and 1-mile Fun Run is set for March 7, at the Zephyrhills Main Street stage, 38500 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m., with a 7:45 a.m. 5K start time and 7:50 a.m. 1-miler start time. An awards ceremony will immediately follow the races. The event will benefit the Zephyrhills Pregnancy Care Center, which serves mothers and their … [Read more...]