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 March breakfast meeting at the Pasco-Hernando … [Read more...]

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, said Brandwein, the … [Read more...]

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 East: Cypress Creek, Land O’ Lakes, … [Read more...]

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 levels and will focus on acrobatic, tumbling and cheerleading skill sets. Athletes … [Read more...]

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. All participants must register … [Read more...]

Pasco County tourism rebrands as ‘Florida’s Sports Coast’

Pasco County now wants to be known as “Florida’s Sports Coast.” The announcement — anticipated for months — was made official at a March 7 brand launch ceremony held at Tampa International Airport. The rebrand is part of an ongoing effort for the county’s tourism office, Visit Pasco, to expand its footprint as a sports and recreation destination. Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore … [Read more...]

Addiction recovery community organization forming in Pasco

New long-term addiction recovery services may soon be headed to Pasco County, by way of what’s called a Recovery Community Organization. A Recovery Community Organization, otherwise known as an RCO, is an independent, nonprofit organization led and governed by representatives of local communities of recovery, which organizes recovery-focused policy advocacy activities, carries out … [Read more...]

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 of female hockey … [Read more...]

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 defense. Strong … [Read more...]

Fishing tournament set March 23

The fifth annual Spring Inshore Slam Fishing Tournament St. Pete is set for March 23, at the Magnuson Hotel & Marina, 6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane South in St. Petersburg. The live release tournament runs all day from 12:01 a.m. to 3 p.m., with an awards party to follow. Fishing divisions include guided, overall, kayak, ladies and junior. Cost is $50 for Calcutta, $60 for single and $250 for … [Read more...]