The Laker/Lutz News claims 18 awards in state contest

The Laker/Lutz News brought home 18 awards from the Community Papers of Florida 2018 Awards for Excellence competition. The annual statewide contest recognizes outstanding work in advertising, writing and photography. On the advertising side, The Laker/Lutz News design staff garnered 11 awards in these categories: Advertising campaign: First place, Stefanie Burlingame and Matthew … [Read more...]

Carballa appointed assistant county administrator

The Pasco County Commission has confirmed the appointment of Mike Carballa to serve as the assistant county administrator for public infrastructure. Carballa’s confirmation became effective on Oct. 14. County Administrator Dan Biles recommended Carballa for the position after a nationwide search, which attracted more than 40 applicants. Carballa joined the county’s staff in April 2014 as … [Read more...]

‘Santa’s workshop’ at the library

Volunteers are painting handmade wooden toys at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library to be donated to the Toys for Tots program. The library’s Foundry Makerspace woodworkers volunteered their time to create approximately 100 wooden toys. Now, it’s holding painting sessions to give the toys a bit more personality. The library, at 2818 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes, could use some volunteers to get … [Read more...]

Celebrating National Night Out with the Zephyrhills Police

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Paddle Away At Wet Finz on Bell Lake

By William Jacko Special to The Laker/Lutz News There is probably no more peaceful way to spend the afternoon than paddling the sparkling ripples of Bell Lake.  And your passport to a lake-frolicking adventure can be found at Wet Finz Paddleboard Rentals and More in Land O’ Lakes. For Jackie Jennings, owner of Wet Finz, Bell Lake is more than just a pastime.  It’s a passion that has always … [Read more...]

Goldie Wants You to Discover Sugarshak Designs

When you step into Sugarshak Designs in Dade City, Goldie — the store’s greeter and former farm dog — welcomes you with a wag of her tail and invites you to browse for that perfect gift or home decoration. Sugarshak Designs specializes in home décor, upcycled and repurposed items, gifts, consignments, wedding and party decorations, flower arrangements, quirky signs and hats, one-of-a-kind … [Read more...]

Frank Lloyd Wright on display at Florida Southern

Ask most people to name a few famous architects and chances are they’ll say Frank Lloyd Wright. And no one else. His masterpiece home, Fallingwater, 70 miles east of Pittsburgh, his circular Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan, his desert gem Taliesin West, outside of Phoenix, and his charming prairie homes in the Chicago suburb Oak Park, are all far from Florida. But, the most concentrated number … [Read more...]

Latin Festival offers fun for children and adults, alike

Avalon Park West’s Latin Festival featured dancing to Salsa music, food trucks, bouncy houses, vendors and children’s activities on Sept. 29 at the Wesley Chapel community.     … [Read more...]

‘Whodunit’ raises money to nurture business women

There was a ‘Murder in Margaritaville,’ and women at this gathering were trying to unravel who did it during the annual fundraiser for Women-N-Charge at the Groves Golf & Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle in Land O’ Lakes. About 160 women attended the lunch, presented by the networking group for professional women. Lucas Magazine was the main sponsor. Funds raised from the event support … [Read more...]

Motocross enthusiasts can get their fill at Dade City track

Revving up and getting ready to race is the name of the game at Dade City Motocross Raceway, behind the Pasco County Fairgrounds, at 36722 State Road 52. And, if you enjoy motocross, you’d likely enjoy an evening at this raceway. A preview of what the place has to offer was on full display during a recent Saturday night practice session. The raceway, established in 1979 and now owned by Randy … [Read more...]