110-foot observation tower in Dade City gains approval

The Pasco County Commission has cleared the way for a 110-foot observation tower to be erected on a property off St. Joe Road in Dade City. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a conditional use request, submitted by Terry D. and Mary McKnight. The application received a recommendation for approval by the Pasco County Commission, on a 3-2 vote, and a recommendation for denial by the county … [Read more...]

Scream-A-Geddon brings horrors to Dade City

Scream-A-Geddon puts a scare into any outsider who dares to enter. Scattered across acres upon acres in the middle of the woods off Saint Joe Road in Dade City, the independent horror park gives its visitors an interactive experience through six distinct attractions. At one end of the park, in an attraction called “Deadwoods,” visitors navigate through dark, winding trails, where they … [Read more...]

Car giveaway helps Pasco woman on her road to success

Melissa Pack finally has a car she can call her own. The Zephyrhills woman received the keys to a 2000 Hyundai Elantra at the United Way of Pasco County, in Land O’ Lakes, on Oct. 1. Before she received the car, the 37-year-old had no personal means of transportation. Spectators watched at the ceremony where Pack received the car, which came complete with a big red bow. The gift was made … [Read more...]

Dade City Scarecrow Festival aims to be fun

The Pioneer Florida Museum and Village in Dade City is gearing up for its annual Scarecrow Festival, set for Oct. 13. An array of live performances will be given throughout the day, including the East Pasco Gymnastics Team and songs by Mr. Tommy. Food concession stands will be available, as well as vendors offering items such as jewelry, beauty products, clothing and crafts. Professional … [Read more...]

Community gets a look at Woodland Elementary renovations

A special rededication and ribbon-cutting ceremony offered the Zephyrhills community an up-close and in-depth look at the newly renovated Woodland Elementary School. More than 100 guests attended an event that showcased the school’s $12 million makeover, at 38203 Henry Drive in Zephyrhills. Following introductions and a brief presentation, attendees were able to tour the campus, which was … [Read more...]

Take a swing at supporting Girl Scouts

Girl Scout Troop 148 of Zephyrhills is made up of young girls currently in high school. Its members are working hard to raise money for a final camping trip that will take them to the Florida Caverns, to Arkansas to mine for diamonds, and to the Georgia border for white-water rafting. As part of its fundraising efforts, the troop will sponsor a golf tournament on Nov. 10 at Silverado Golf & … [Read more...]

San Antonio gardening fest offers lessons, vendors and fun

“Come one, come all - it’s a family event,” said Dorothy Moore, issuing an invitation to the upcoming Gardening 365 event at San Antonio Park. Pasco County Master Gardeners, who are part of the University of Florida/Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences, are hosting the festival slated for Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Now in its second year, the festival’s theme this year is … [Read more...]

Sister Helen turns 105

Sister Helen Lange, a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Florida in Saint Leo, celebrated her 105th birthday on Sept. 28. There were 75 guests at the party, including three relatives, according to Cheryl Chadick, development assistant for the Benedictine Sisters of Florida. The relatives who came to the party were Sister Helen’s cousin, Joan Schmidt, from Brandon; and, her niece, Monica … [Read more...]

Motocross enthusiasts can get their fill at Dade City track

Revving up and getting ready to race is the name of the game at Dade City Motocross Raceway, behind the Pasco County Fairgrounds, at 36722 State Road 52. And, if you enjoy motocross, you’d likely enjoy an evening at this raceway. A preview of what the place has to offer was on full display during a recent Saturday night practice session. The raceway, established in 1979 and now owned by Randy … [Read more...]

Dade City forum inspires wordsmiths

Marjorie Nanian sits at the end of a long table, offering her experience and advice to others in the room during a recent meeting of the East Pasco Writers Forum. As she speaks, the others listen intently. The forum, part of the Florida Writers Association, meets at the Country Aire Manor clubhouse in Dade City, on the second Thursday of each month, from 10 a.m. to noon. The writers forum … [Read more...]