Schrader to discuss charter issue

Pasco County Commission Chairman Ted Schrader will describe and discuss the issue of charter government in Pasco County at the Republican Club of Central Pasco's meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 25. The meeting is open to anyone who is interested in finding out more about a possible switch to a charter form of government in Pasco County that could lead to massive changes in the structure and … [Read more...]

Mike Moore to discuss Bell Lake and Collier Parkway

Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore will attend the Sable Ridge Homeowners Association meeting on Feb. 23 to discuss the Bell Lake and Collier Parkway intersection, according to an email the homeowners association sent to Sable Ridge residents. The meeting will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Land O' Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway. … [Read more...]

East Pasco transportation town hall on Feb. 23

State Rep. Danny Burgess and State Sen. John Legg are hosting a town hall meeting on East Pasco transportation issues from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Feb. 23 at Zephyrhills City Hall, 5335 Eighth St., in Zephyrhills. The forum will be informal and will those attending a chance to share their observations, concerns and ideas about State Road 54, State Road 56 and U.S. 301. The Laker's print … [Read more...]

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor hosts Feb. 20 job fair

While the economy is brightening, there are still plenty of people looking for work. To help match employers with people who need jobs, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor is hosting her 2015 Job & Community Resources Fair on Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. Petersburg Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N., in St. Petersburg. The job fair is being held in conjunction with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick … [Read more...]

PHSC board selects presidential finalists

The Pasco-Hernando State College Board of Trustees has selected four finalists in the search for a president to replace Katherine Johnson, who is retiring from the post on June 30. The finalists are Timothy Beard, vice president of student development and enrollment management at PHSC in New Port Richey; Roberto Gutierrez, president of Klamath Community College in Klamath Falls, Oregon.; Rhonda … [Read more...]

It’s a Snowbird Palooza

It's no secret that snowbirds flock to Florida by the thousands to escape winter's chill, but now there's an event to celebrate those winter residents. Simply Events of Tampa Bay will host a Snowbird Palooza from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills. The event includes exhibitors, speakers, a bingo tournament, line dancing and other activites. … [Read more...]

It’s Pasco Schools choice time

Parents who want to apply for Pasco County Schools' School Choice program have until March 1 to submit their application.Parents do not need to reapply if their child is currently attending a school choice program, unless they have moved since the initial approval. Requests for more than one child must be submitted individually. Families who live outside of Pasco County who want to be … [Read more...]

PLACE program receives grants

Pasco County Schools’ PLACE program has received two five-year Florida 21st Cenury Community Learning Center Grants. The grants total more than $1.24 million annually. Lacoochee and Gulf Highlands elementary schools’ PLACE programs will receive a maximum annual grant amount of $542,491 to offer free enrichment programs for 100 children at each site. The programs begin Feb. 2, and will … [Read more...]

Bondi asks court to clarify same-sex marriage ruling

Saying she's trying to correct the exact situation she originally tried to avoid, state attorney general Pam Bondi is asking U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle to clarify his August ruling that some say would make Florida the 36th state to allow same-sex marriage. Both sides of the controversial issue are battling over what appears to be ambiguity in Hinkle's ruling, which ordered a Panhandle … [Read more...]

More mortgage-free homes for veterans coming in 2015

Building Homes for Heroes is using a $2 million grant through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to help build or modify homes in the state for injured veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Florida is becoming the most military-friendly state in the nation, and our partnership with Building Homes for Heroes is a fantastic opportunity … [Read more...]