Pasco County honors its 2019 graduates

As graduates stepped across the stage at the University of South Florida’s Yuengling Center to accept their diplomas — the crowd erupted with cheers and applause. That’s not an atypical reaction at graduation ceremonies, but this one was particularly special. The Class of 2019 at Cypress Creek Middle High School made history on June 5, by becoming the first crop of graduates from the Wesley … [Read more...]

Construction crews busy on roadwork in Pasco County

When it comes to construction activity on Pasco County roads, State Road 52 is a hotspot. At least that was the message that David Gwynn, secretary for the Florida Department of Transportation’s District Seven, delivered during the North Tampa Bay Chamber’s breakfast meeting. Gwynn briefed the audience on the state transportation department’s current and upcoming projects in Pasco, during … [Read more...]

Music group aims to bolster local artists

Nomi Webb, of Lutz, is calling out to local Christian music artists interested in showcasing their work through her organization. Her faith-based group, Tumbleweed Music Ministry, will present a platform for artists trying to break into the music industry. They’ll be producing their own records to be uploaded to the group’s website. “I’m really about bridging the gap and bringing people … [Read more...]

Guardian ad Litem program wins a legislative victory

A new state law will improve the flow of information from court cases involving abused and neglected children, who are involved in both dependency and delinquency cases. Guardian ad Litem volunteers are involved primarily in dependency cases, which means the children are in the legal system because they need a safe, permanent home. Delinquency cases deal with children who have been charged … [Read more...]

New Wesley Chapel fire station comes with more offerings

Wesley Chapel now has Pasco County’s second largest fire station, and the opening of Station 13 was celebrated at a ribbon cutting on May 30. The 9,400-square-foot station, off Old Pasco Road and Dayflower Boulevard, became operational several weeks before the celebration because the original station — which had been next to it — was torn down. Despite the blistering heat, a crowd of … [Read more...]

Sunlake High turns in soaring performances

Sunlake High School knows how to keep the energy level up — both on and off campus, with the help of its color guard, marching band and choir groups. Whether twirling flags, playing instruments or singing — students from Sunlake have performed well regionally and even nationally. “We’re a very comprehensive program,” explained Brandon Slaughter, Sunlake’s band director. “Most of the time … [Read more...]

Pasco County hosts Disaster Expo to help residents

Pasco County marked the beginning of this year’s hurricane season with an expo aimed at helping residents better prepare for potential disasters. The county’s 2019 Disaster Expo, held at the Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson, gave those attending a chance to learn about myriad ways to better protect themselves, if a disaster should strike. Participants at the June 1 event included the … [Read more...]

A home welcomes Zephyrhills’ impoverished

There’s an open-door policy to whomever walks in the Samaritan Project of Zephyrhills Inc., with economic struggles weighing them down. The organization has become a fixture in Zephyrhills to combat the continuing cycle of homelessness. Established in 2008, the agency was in response to those already living on the streets, or on the verge. Roxxy Geisenheimer is the executive director … [Read more...]

Proposed recycling amendment met with concerns

An amendment to reshape Pasco County’s recycling collection was an agenda of importance at the Board of County Commissioners meeting on May 21. The proposal was first introduced by the county’s Solid Waste and Resource Recovery Department at a board workshop in April. It came in response to a 2017 survey, which showed that over 75 percent of its Pasco County respondents preferred a higher … [Read more...]

Lutz students strive to protect wildlife

Diminishing waste in local oceans is an important mission for third-grader Lilly Kate Paban. In fact, she has been motivated to start an afterschool program at her Learning Gate Community School, in Lutz, to both educate fellow students and to get them to go outdoors to take action. She was first inspired when her then-science teacher, Christopher Bell, explained to the class the plight … [Read more...]