MPO keeps elevated road on county transportation plan

A group that spent months successfully fighting a privately built elevated toll road through the heart of Pasco County got a bit of a setback last week. But its members seem to be OK with it … for now. Pasco County’s 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan is on its way to both federal and state authorities, highlighting the county’s plan for roads, transit and sidewalks over the next 25 years. … [Read more...]

Yes, Virginia, he is Santa Claus

If you believe 970-WFLA personality Tedd Webb, the radio career of Pat George started simply by being in the right place at the right time. George was a janitor at WDAE in the 1970s when a personality called in sick. And because George could operate the broadcast board, he was allowed to fill in. The rest is history. He officially joined WRBQ-FM — informally known as Q105 — in 1979, and … [Read more...]

‘I can’t take you anywhere’

When I was in high school, I had the opportunity to work at a radio station not far from my Pennsylvania home, where I anchored the weekend news. That was a big job for someone so young, something I didn’t appreciate until I was older. But it sure got me a lot of attention — especially from my church, a small rural Methodist congregation that would get me up at the pulpit regularly to read … [Read more...]

Connerton in early planning stages for 150-bed hospital

Florida Hospital is inching closer to eventually building a new hospital in the Connerton community after developers there got initial approval for a 150-bed facility. Pasco County’s Development Review Committee gave the initial OK last week for Connerton to begin planning its second phase of the project, which could include 3,600 more homes, 190,000 square feet of retail and 725,000 square … [Read more...]

Pasco won’t issue same-sex marriage licenses Jan. 6

Florida is set to become the 36th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriages just after the new year starts. But don't expect Pasco — or even neighboring counties — to join in. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to intervene in a Florida case, where U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle struck down laws banning same-sex marriage in August, saying the state's ban violated the 14th Amendment of the … [Read more...]

Compton, Proctor seek re-election in Zephyrhills

One election season has ended, but it seems another already is getting underway. Kent Compton and Charles Proctor were the first candidates to file for the April elections, both looking to retain their seats on the Zephyrhills City Council. Both won re-election the last time their seats were up in 2013. Compton defeated Rose Hale while Proctor was unopposed. The two pre-filed their … [Read more...]

HornBlasters owner buys industrial space in Zephyrhills

A Crystal Springs company known for its manufacture of train horns designed for cars and trucks is expanding its property holdings in the greater Zephyrhills area. Landon Enterprises LLC, a company associated with HornBlasters Inc. owner Matthew Heller, closed last month on more than 5.5 acres of land located inside Copeland Industrial Park, not far from the Zephyrhills Municipal … [Read more...]

Companies could get tax credits for hiring felons

Getting out of prison can be tough for many convicted felons, not just adjusting to the outside world, but finding a way to fit in. Jobs remains one of the biggest obstacles to making that transition, but a Miami lawmaker is proposing an idea that might provide an incentive for companies to hire them. State Rep. Cynthia Stafford, D-Miami, has introduced H.B. 121, which would allow companies … [Read more...]

Future is here: Body cameras coming to Pasco

Many law enforcement agencies around the country continue to debate whether they should have patrol officers wear body cameras — but the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office isn’t waiting any longer. More than 400 deputies and investigators will be equipped with body cameras in February, a movie Sheriff Chris Nocco said would make neighborhoods safer for deputies and the people who live in … [Read more...]

Orthodontist plans medical building at Wesley Chapel hospital

Developers are looking to build a three-story office building just in front of Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel on land connected to a local orthodontist. Armando Cabre, of Cabre Engineering LLC, is set to meet with county officials behind closed doors next week to discuss plans to build a 16,000-square-foot medical office building on 1.8 acres of land just north of State Road 56 along Bruce B. … [Read more...]