Hobby Lobby opens at Cypress Creek Town Center

About two dozen shoppers were waiting when the Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., held its grand-opening celebration of its newest store, in Lutz. They joined store employees and members of the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce for the 9 a.m., ribbon cutting ceremony on March 18. The store, at 25675 Sierra Center Drive, is Hobby Lobby’s 865th store. It is located in the Cypress Creek Town Center, … [Read more...]

Century-old bell stolen from Lutz church

Members of Christ Cumberland Presbyterian Church are in disbelief as part of their identity has been stolen – a signature bell that has accompanied the church, throughout its history, as it moved from one location to the next. The Lutz church became aware the bell was missing in mid-February, and officials still don’t know exactly which day the theft occurred. “We were stunned,” said … [Read more...]

Lutz Elementary prepares to add seventh grade

Lutz Elementary launched a middle school program at the beginning of the school year and, now, it is gearing up to add seventh grade in the fall. The school, at 202 Fifth Ave., S.E., in Lutz, began by adding sixth grade in the fall of 2018, and will add seventh grade in the fall of 2019. It will add eighth grade in 2020. Each class has space for 110 students. Its inaugural sixth-grade … [Read more...]

Marilyn Wannamaker leaves a legacy of service

She was a fixture for years at Independence Day celebrations in Lutz, overseeing the annual Cake Bake Contest. She was a regular, too,  at the Christmas House at the Old Lutz School, serving up hot chocolate and doling out cookies. But, those are just a couple of the many, many ways that Marilyn Wannamaker served the community of Lutz. She was deeply involved in the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ … [Read more...]

Locals invited to get involved with Lutz Fourth of July

A planning committee preparing for the Lutz 4th of July Parade will have its first meeting on March 12 at 7 p.m. The community is encouraged to attend and to offer fresh ideas for the annual holiday event, which has been a Lutz tradition for years. The meeting will take place at the Old Lutz School at 18819 U.S. 41. Future meeting dates will be announced during that initial … [Read more...]

Congestion relief on way for 54/41

A project is set to begin in mid-March that’s aimed to improve traffic flow at the intersection of State Road 54 and U.S. 41. Lanes are being modified to provide more room for motorists who are turning left off State Road 54 to head north on U.S. 41, and those turning right off State Road 54 to go south on U.S. 41. “There is no widening involved with this project, just lane modification … [Read more...]

Treasure-seekers may discover hidden gems at Lutz Flea Market

Elaine Pittman is looking forward to the annual flea market at the Old Lutz School. She’s a staple at the annual event, hosted by the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club. Nicknamed the ‘Plant Lady,’ Pittman will have her signature booth displaying an array of plants and flowers outside. “Plants have always been my hobby,” the 87-year-old explained. “I had my first garden bed when I … [Read more...]

$75 million hospital expansion expected to open in 2020

Motorists driving near St. Joseph’s Hospital-North may wonder why there’s a massive crane towering over the medical center. The answer’s simple: The hospital is undergoing a $75 million expansion that will double its capacity and will support additional services. Construction crews already have built four additional operating suites in shelled spaces that were included during the … [Read more...]

Lutz teen and her service dog are off to college

Leigh Dittman knew she’d need some help when she got to college. After all, the Lutz resident lives life from her wheelchair. She was born with a rare genetic disorder called osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease. The disease prevents her body from absorbing needed calcium levels due to a collagen deficiency. Simply put, the condition makes her bones weaker than normal … [Read more...]

Lutz church offers help in dealing with divorce

The process of divorce, let alone the aftermath, can be challenging, and the St. Timothy Catholic Church offers a program that aims to help. The church’s Surviving Divorce program begins on Feb. 7. The Lutz church began the program more than four years ago when it was suggested by parishioners from Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Land O’ Lakes. St. Timothy was accustomed to … [Read more...]