Unsung heroes crash in the deep woods of Pasco County

Twelve enthusiastic young soldiers — with their lives ahead of them — met their fate in the rugged frontier terrain of Central Pasco. Ten of the men were from the 488th Bomber Group from MacDill Field, flying in a B-17 Flying Fortress on Feb. 28, 1944. The plane crashed, leaving just one survivor. The other two men each were flying P-51 Mustangs from Bartow Army Air Field on June 8, … [Read more...]

Keystone Community Church delivers Easter joy

Members of the Keystone Community Church delivered Easter baskets and food to 26 families on April 1. The food boxes contained dairy, meat, bread from Publix, fruit, veggies and nonperishable items. The Easter baskets were made by the church’s women’s group, along with Emma Wasson, a volunteer’s granddaughter. The church, which is on State Road 54 just west of the U.S. 41 … [Read more...]

A Letter From Your Representative

For the last few weeks, we have had to make major lifestyle changes that were completely unexpected, but we will get through these tough times. Simply taking the proper precautions that have been recommended by the Center for Disease Control can help protect not only you, but also those around you from contracting COVID-19. Social distancing, washing your hands regularly and using hand sanitizer … [Read more...]

A Vote For Jim Shive Is A Vote For Experience And Results

Jim Shive has served Dade City residents for over 35 years — the first 27 years as an employee of the City working in the Public Works and Utilities Department and serving on public boards, and since 2012 as a results-driven city Dade City Commissioner. While Shive and his colleagues on the City Commission have made many decisions to improve the lives of residents, he is most proud of the … [Read more...]

Residents urged to be counted in 2020 Census

Residents of Hillsborough and Pasco counties are being urged by government officials to respond to the 2020 Census. Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore is urging citizens to take part in the nation’s official count. April 1 is officially Census Day, meaning the number of people staying in your household must be counted to assure that communities receive their fair share of federal … [Read more...]

Slices of life, in the shadow of COVID-19

Impacts from the threat of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is touching life on virtually every level. The closing of school campuses disrupted family schedules and student learning. The shuttering of businesses has left people out of work. The number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and people dying from the virus continues to rise. Nobody knows yet, when we will emerge to the … [Read more...]

Pasco Sheriff’s Office warns of coronavirus scams

As coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) dominates attention globally, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office warns that cybercriminals are seeking to capitalize on the public’s desire to know more about the outbreak. There are nationwide reports of phishing scams that attempt to steal personal information or to infect devices with malware, and ads that peddle false information or scam products, the … [Read more...]

Pasco schools add feeding sites for students

Pasco County Schools planned to expand its number of student feeding sites from its initial seven locations up to 25 school sites, effective March 31, according to a school district news release. Pasco also will add feeding sites at 16 bus stops throughout the county. There are other significant changes in the way Pasco County Schools is getting food to students. The drive-thru sites and … [Read more...]

There are resources available, in the wake of the pandemic

As businesses and individuals cope with sudden losses causes by impacts of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), various agencies and organizations are stepping up to provide information about resources that can help. The Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., has compiled a list of useful resources for the business community. There also is useful information on websites maintained by Pasco … [Read more...]

Realtor April Barra Is Committed and Knowledgeable

By William Jacko Special to The Laker/Lutz News When a former client referred his brother, a first-time homebuyer, to April Barra, she  knew she would do whatever it took to help him find his future home “He was looking to purchase a starter home an hour’s drive away. There were several trips to show homes, written offers, inspections, and even a couple of contracts that fell through, due … [Read more...]