Medical marijuana dispensaries allowed in Dade City

Medical marijuana treatment centers and dispensaries may now set up shop within certain areas of Dade City. Dade City Commissioners on Jan. 28 adopted an ordinance revising the city’s land development regulations to make the treatment facilities a permitted use in the city’s general commercial zoning district, and an allowed use in commercial and employment center planned development … [Read more...]

SMARTstart helps Pasco entrepreneurs get off the ground

Ever wanted to create your own business or startup? If you do, the Pasco Economic Development Council’s (Pasco EDC) SMARTstart program may be able to lend a hand, or two. Essentially, the program is designed to assist entrepreneurs — through a combination of guidance, collaboration, funding, education and workspace opportunities. SMARTstart program manager Dan Mitchell detailed many … [Read more...]

Wiregrass sports campus to open in July

A hard hat tour and official logo unveil signaled construction is moving swiftly on the highly anticipated Wiregrass Ranch Sports Campus of Pasco County, at 3211 Lajuana Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. Several Pasco County officials and other local dignitaries gathered on Jan. 28 to get an up-close look at the forthcoming $44 million project. The 98,000 square feet of indoor space will be used … [Read more...]

Basketball standout honored

Academy at the Lakes senior basketball standout Jackie Laihinen was recently recognized as Spectrum Scholar-Athlete of the Month for January. For the honor, Laihenen will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Spectrum, as well as a certificate and a feature that will air on Bay News 9 and Spectrum Sports. Laihenen averages 17.8 points per game on the basketball court and has a 3.86 GPA in the … [Read more...]

Local golf course recognized

The Groves Golf & Country Club in Land O’ Lakes has been ranked as the No. 2 best golf value in the Tampa Bay area by Golf Advisor, a website which offers golf course reviews and ratings by golfers across the United States and world. Nearly 95% of the reviewers who played The Groves recommended the course, second highest among 120 in the Tampa area, the website reported. For this list, … [Read more...]

Local commitment

Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School senior Adam Berry has committed to play collegiate baseball at Pasco-Hernando State College. Berry, an outfielder and right-handed pitcher, is coming off a strong 2019 campaign for a team that went 19-8 and made the Class 3A playoffs. In 96 plate appearances, he slashed .342/.458/.481 with 27 hits, 25 runs scored, nine RBIs, 17 walks and seven stolen bases. … [Read more...]

This female barbershop group enjoys entertaining

For these women, snowbird season in Zephyrhills means more than soaking up the warm Florida sun — it’s also a time to harmonize in a group called the Zephyr Sound. The all-women’s barbershop chorus entertains at senior communities and nursing homes with their collection of four-part acapella harmonies. Zephyr Sound members come from all over. They hail from Michigan and Maine, New York and … [Read more...]

Helping youths develop soccer skills

Sometimes, doing whatever it takes to win a youth soccer game or tournament isn’t the be-all and end-all. At least that’s the way Adam and Sarah Murry see it. They think the emphasis should be maximizing each child’s soccer skills, while teaching them how to play together, in a professional, team setting. To that end, the Murrys have been working with players at Zephyrhills Elite … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes product garners U-20 soccer tryout

Land O’ Lakes High product Sydny Nasello, now a sophomore forward/midfielder on the University of South Florida (USF) women’s soccer team, was chosen as one of 25 participants for the United States Women’s National Team U-20 pre-qualifying training camp, which runs through January in Lakewood Ranch. After the camp, the team will be whittled down to 20 players for the 2020 CONCACAG Women’s U-20 … [Read more...]

Heck of a haul

Chris Neatherly, left, and Steve Gallette teamed to take first place at the South Pasco Bassmasters’ January tournament on the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes, hauling in a winning weight of 18.72 pounds. The fishing duo caught their haul using multiple techniques of flipping plastics in vegetation, using Rat L Traps in the mouth of canals and open water, and topwater frogs. The next SPBM tournament … [Read more...]