New and renovated schools planned

The Pasco County School Board received an overview last week on projects planned to construct, renovate, expand and repair schools across the district. They also heard a wrap-up on projects in progress or finished this year. The presentation, by Chris Williams, director of planning services and Olga Swinson, chief finance officer, came as the district prepares to vote on a final capital … [Read more...]

More programs, initiatives, on tap at PHSC, provost says

Pasco-Hernando State College — which recently has been recognized as one of the top schools in the nation for its return on educational investment — continues to add new programs and initiatives. That was the message that Dr. Stan Giannet, the college’s provost, delivered to a crowd at a recent Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Golden Corral. The state college … [Read more...]

Military academy appointments include soccer standout

Growing up, Victoria Mitchell always knew she wanted to serve her country with a career in the military. She’ll soon get the chance, when she’s officially inducted into the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on June 28. The 17-year-old recent Wesley Chapel High School graduate received her official appointment to the Navy in late March — about 10 months after she verbally … [Read more...]

Figure skating heats up in Wesley Chapel

As Tampa Bay becomes synonymous with hockey this time of year, another ice-based sport is heating up in the region. For the first time, the Florida Sports Foundation selected Pasco County to be the host community for the annual Sunshine State Games Figure Skating Championships. The competition took place at Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel, from May 18 through May 20. The … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel road study looks for traffic solutions

Pasco County is moving forward with efforts to find consensus on easing traffic congestion in Wesley Chapel and building road connections between Pasco and Hillsborough counties. Consensus appears elusive, however, on the proposed linkage between Mansfield Boulevard, in Pasco County and Kinnan Street in Hillsborough County. Pasco residents don’t want more traffic whizzing down a … [Read more...]

Business park spurs talks on widening Old Pasco Road

There is no disagreement that Old Pasco Road should be widened to four lanes. But, the timing and funding for such a project got mixed reactions from Pasco County commissioners who approved a new business park on the mostly two-lane roadway. Approximately 90 acres on Old Pasco will be the site for the county-initiated project, known as Overpass Business Park. Commissioners did include … [Read more...]

Turning dirty trash bins into a thriving business

Jennifer Trudel takes her work seriously. If that means crawling inside a trash bin to scrape off that last bit of grunge, she’s there. In fact, on first-time service calls, that extra scrubbing is a take-it-to-the-bank guarantee. “I just want to get it clean,” she said. “I’m an A-type personality.” She also is an entrepreneur in a cleaning service that’s so new that many people … [Read more...]

Public meeting set on roadway connection study

The city of Tampa, Hillsborough County and Pasco County remain at odds over whether Kinnan Street in New Tampa should connect to Mansfield Boulevard in Wesley Chapel. A 450-page draft report, known as the Wesley Chapel Roadway Connection Study, looks at that road project, as well as two other potential intra-county road connections in the Wesley Chapel and State Road 56 area. The study says … [Read more...]

Calls being made to widen Old Pasco Road

Some Pasco County commissioners are now calling for the widening of Old Pasco Road before a proposed business park is built on the road. “I don’t want to see anything built until the road is widened,” Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore said during the board’s May 8 meeting. “We need to make sure the entire road is widened. It will be a nightmare for a lot of residents who live across from … [Read more...]

Proposed road connection remains controversial

A proposed 700-home addition to K-Bar Ranch is reopening arguments on the long-debated road connection of Kinnan Street in Hillsborough County and Mansfield Boulevard in Pasco County. Hillsborough and Pasco officials have disagreed over the connector for at least a decade. And, Kinnan and Mansfield remain dead-end roadways separated by a weedy plot of land — about 30 feet to 40 feet … [Read more...]