Wesley Chapel color guards receive national acclaim

While the Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron is affiliated with aviation, its their performance on ground that has granted them national accolades. The squadron’s color guard team, known as The Wesley Chapel Knights, has won two consecutive national championships in 2018 and 2019. 1st Lt. Cesar Alayon is one of the commanding officers who helps oversee the local cadets. “We’re the only team in … [Read more...]

Principal raises the roof to promote literacy

Students at Wiregrass Elementary School have a summer tradition. They take part, every year, in the Scholastic Book reading challenge. Two years ago, the students logged in over 43,000 minutes, and came in eighth in the state. But, Steve Williams, principal of the school at 29732 Wiregrass School Road in Wesley Chapel, knew they could do better. So, he challenged them to log in … [Read more...]

Brewery aims to become Wesley Chapel ‘gem’

If all goes according to plan, Florida Avenue Brewing will open in Wesley Chapel by next spring. It aims to become “a destination, a gem,” said Anthony Derby, the Founder and CEO of Brew Bus Brewing, located in Seminole Heights. Brew Bus Brewing and Florida Avenue Brewing are affiliated, but Florida Avenue Brewing is considered to be the company’s flagship brand. And, while operations … [Read more...]

86-year-old woman scratches skydiving off her bucket list

Gerry Austin is a spry woman. And, she’s a busy one, too. She is a regular church-goer. She volunteers at Pregnancy Care Center in Zephyrhills. She belongs to a group that sews items for the homeless. And, she crochets hats for village children in Papua, New Guinea. But, all that seems rather low-key compared to what she did recently. The 86-year-old just skydived for the first … [Read more...]

Baseball farm plans grand opening celebration

Coach Ryan Pryor is hosting a grand opening celebration of the Pryor Baseball Farm — an event where friends, family, leagues and members of the media can visit the outdoor training farm. The baseball school is  intended to be a place where young athletes can bridge the skill gap to pursue their dreams of reaching high levels within baseball and softball. The grand opening is set for Oct. 26 … [Read more...]

Playground aims to remove barriers for having fun

Olivia Campbell, and her parents, were front and center at the future site of a play space that aims to give all children access to fun. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Sept. 20 at Wesley Chapel’s District Park for its new universally inclusive playground – the first in Pasco County. The amenity will be designed to accommodate children who have special needs, such as Olivia, who has … [Read more...]

New interchange expected to ease traffic on area roads

Plans are underway to build an interchange connecting Overpass Road to Interstate 75 in Wesley Chapel, and the project is expected to have a flyover ramp. The ramp would grant access from westbound Overpass Road to southbound Interstate 75. The Overpass Road bridge runs east-west above the interstate, which runs north-south. Richard Moss is the director of transportation development for … [Read more...]

New fire station opens in Wesley Chapel

Pasco County has opened Fire Rescue Station 38, a new station built to serve Wesley Chapel. A ribbon cutting took place on Aug. 27 to celebrate the new station, which began operation several weeks ago. This is the first station added to a fire coverage area in the county since 2009, and is intended to reduce emergency wait times. A big crowd gathered to celebrate the moment, including … [Read more...]

Veteran’s gratitude for new face, new friend

When Veteran Don Clough looks in the mirror, he says he’s now satisfied by what he sees. That’s after undergoing multiple surgeries over the course of the last seven decades. The surgeries were required after he suffered serious facial wounds while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Born on the Fourth of July, the Missouri native felt an obligation to serve his … [Read more...]

Avalon Park West Brings The Arts To East Pasco

Avalon Park West and the Pasco Fine Arts Council are bringing art and cultural events, exhibits and workshops to East Pasco County through a new public-private partnership. This partnership kicks off in September with a series of art exhibits at the Welcome Center at Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel, at 33613 State Road 54. The first event will showcase Suzanne Natzke, an accomplished … [Read more...]