‘He had lots of ideas and wanted to do things’

Seventy-three-year-old Ray Mason died suddenly after a medical emergency during a vacation. Mason’s death was “a terrible shock,” said Lyle Watson, who came to know Mason during their time together as members of the Lutz/Land O' Lakes American Legion Post 108. “He bought into the Legion 150 percent,” Watson said. “He very quickly made a name for himself and made everybody take … [Read more...]

Federal aid available for Hurricane Irma victims

Federal emergency management teams are fanning out statewide to help Hurricane Irma victims register for financial assistance. In Pasco County, a team settled in at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library on Collier Parkway from Oct. 11 through Oct. 14. Area residents applying for assistance also could speak with representatives of the United States Small Business Administration and Pasco … [Read more...]

Incentive money brings more jobs to Pasco

Pasco County commissioners approved an incentive payment of $141,000 to Meopta U.S.A, an optics manufacturer bringing nearly 50 new jobs to the county. The company is relocating its headquarters from Long Island, New York, to 7826 Photonics Drive, in Trinity. Meopta officials plan to renovate a building formerly occupied by another optics manufacturer, VLOC, Inc. That company closed in … [Read more...]

Mount Dora: A charming way to spend a day

Arriving in Mount Dora is like walking onto a movie set: sparkling Lake Dora provides the backdrop. Panning out from the lake, front-porched homes, American flags flying, line shady streets, an easy walk from main street shops, parks and even a candy cane-colored lighthouse. In the daytime, visitors - like movie extras - fan out to the lake on scenic boat tours, hikes on lakeside … [Read more...]

Tennis center secures management

Plans to serve up more tennis opportunities for Zephryhills residents — while also creating a regional asset — have moved yet another step forward. The Zephyrhills City Council on Oct. 9 unanimously approved a 20-year contract with Tennis P.R.O. Florida, LLC, to operate and mange the proposed Zephyrhills Tennis Center. Tennis P.R.O. is owned by Pascal Collard, who was the director of … [Read more...]

Bexley Elementary celebrates its formal dedication

Bexley Elementary was formally dedicated last week. It was a festive event, with Pasco County Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning making some remarks, the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce marking the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the Sunlake High School band performing a few numbers. There was cake, of course. And, cupcakes, too. The cafeteria was crowded with … [Read more...]

San Antonio gears up for 51st Rattlesnake Fest

The 51st annual San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival, slated for this coming weekend, is borrowing from old traditions and introducing new activities, too, according to organizers of the event. The two-day event is set for Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. As in the past, the festival will have a snake show, wooden gopher tortoise races, a pumpkin patch and … [Read more...]

Pasco County seeks new location for food relief

Pasco County commissioners don’t want a replay of the overwhelming crowds and hours-long waits that hampered efforts in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties for residents seeking to qualify for disaster food relief following Hurricane Irma’s destruction. So, on Oct. 16, Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles prepared to send a letter to the Florida Department of Family and Children Services … [Read more...]

Dade City water and sewer bills going up

Dade City residents can expect an increase in their water and sewer rates, effective on Nov. 1. Dade City’s city commissioners approved a 2 percent water rate increase and a 6.5 percent sewer rate increase at their Oct. 10 meeting. The vote was 4-1, with Nicole Deese Newlon voting against the increases. Water customers on average use about 6,000 gallons a month, which means the increase … [Read more...]

Pasco’s early law enforcement days were notorious

Pasco County’s early law enforcement days inspired quite a few dramatic stories. An illegal killing captured headlines during Henry C. Griffin’s tenure as sheriff. During his second term, a mob killed two black men who were being held inside the county’s first jail located near downtown Dade City. Will Wright and Sam Williams had been charged in the murders of Dan Childers and J.B. … [Read more...]