Pantry provides food for those in need

The Helping Hands Choice Food Pantry at Atonement Lutheran Church of Wesley Chapel began more than a decade ago with a simple goal — to feed the hungry. Carl Haberland came up with the idea. “He had this dream that he was supposed to feed people in need,” said Carla Haberland, who has led the church’s food pantry efforts since her husband’s death in 2011. “It started out with a … [Read more...]

Pasco County schools expect budget squeeze

As things stand now, Pasco County Schools could be facing an $8.7 million budget shortfall for the 2017-18 budget year, and Superintendent Kurt Browning has begun laying the groundwork for potential cuts. He briefed the Pasco County School Board during a May 16 budget workshop about what he’s been doing so far to gear up for what could become a tough budget year. The final budget numbers … [Read more...]

Review committee to talk about school impact fees

Pasco County’s Development Review Committee is slated to discuss a proposal that would raise the impact fees charged to new residential development to help address the impact that new growth has on schools. Under the proposed ordinance, the fees could be used to build new schools, acquire school sites or purchase new school buses. Pasco County already imposes school impact fees, but the … [Read more...]

New chapter begins in The Edwinola’s storied history

Most people who know anything about Dade City have heard a thing or two about The Edwinola. After all, the building has been around for more than a century, and has had its glory days and dark chapters during its history. The Edwinola opened originally in 1912 to replace the Dade City Hotel, which had burned in 1907. The hotel was built by Edwin and Lola Gasque, who came up with the … [Read more...]

Wildfires in Pasco cause hassles, heavy smoke

Wildfires burning in Pasco County have produced heavy smoke — causing inconvenience for motorists, disrupting schools and posing potential health hazards. Pasco County officials have responded to the wildfires by issuing warnings to motorists to use care when driving through areas surrounding Starkey Park. Motorists should expect periods of heavy smoke on the road for 30 days to 45 days, … [Read more...]

Marking a milestone, embarking on new paths

Thousands of members of the class of 2017 will take part in ceremonies across The Laker/Lutz News’ coverage area this graduation season — to celebrate a rite of passage and embark on the next adventure. Some will head out from Lutz, Odessa, Land O’ Lakes, New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills, San Antonio and St. Leo to continue their studies in other locales. Some will go to far off places; … [Read more...]

Royal Lanes prepares to turn off the lights for good

It’s a place where leagues have battled for cash prizes and bragging rights, and little kids have had birthday parties. For some, it’s been a gathering spot with friends after work to bowl a few games and enjoy a few pitchers. For others, it was where they hung out when they were kids. Soon, however Royal Lanes bowling center, at 1927 Brinson Road in Lutz, will welcome its final bowlers … [Read more...]

Hearings authorized for impact fee hike

The Pasco County Commission has set into motion the process for boosting school impact fees, which are charged against new residential construction to help pay for new schools. Commissioners directed county staff to set up a hearing before the Development Review Committee and to establish two public hearing dates on a proposal to boost school impact fees. In pushing the issue forward, … [Read more...]

4H Unidos Club aims to boost opportunities, bridge gaps

There’s a new 4H Unidos Club starting in Dade City that’s intended to reach into a community that traditionally hasn’t been part of such clubs. The club is specifically reaching out to Spanish-speaking youth and their parents, although it’s not an exclusive club. “It’s a totally inclusive club. Anybody can join. That’s kind of the nature of 4H and all Extension activities,” said Whitney C. … [Read more...]

Putting on a show that’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

A group of second- through eighth-graders at Lutz Learning Center have been rehearsing their lines, and now they’re ready to present Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” The school, located at 621 Sunset Lane, will be presenting a free community performance of the play at Nye Park, 630 Sunset Lane in Lutz, on May 11 at 1 p.m. Those attending the event should bring blankets or chairs … [Read more...]