Pasco shelter offers haven from abuse

Abuse can come in many different forms. It can also be a sensitive issue for victims to divulge, especially if it occurs within their own households. It’s a nationwide problem, and efforts have been made nationally and locally to provide safer environments for adults and children who have been abused. Pasco County is among those striving to improve services for people in this … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills opens doors to new City Hall

The brand-new Zephyrhills City Hall has been in operation since October — but local residents and dignitaries got an up-close view of the digs during a Nov. 27 open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony. At 19,000 square feet, the $6.2 million building represents a major upgrade to the former City Hall facility, which was 11,000 square feet and was built in the 1950s. The two-story building, … [Read more...]

Tennis center plans are progressing

The approved renderings for the exterior design of the Sarah Vande Berg Tennis Center include brick elements and flat awnings that blend the features of some of the City of Zephyrhills’ newer buildings, such as the library and City Hall, and the city’s older downtown historic buildings. The Zephyrhills City Council came to a consensus on the design for the much-awaited facility during the … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills meetings may go ‘live’

Residents and others may soon be able to listen and watch the City of Zephyrhills’ public meetings online. The idea has been floated to city leaders by video production company IntellisMedia, a division of WUSF Public Media. Under its initial proposal, IntellisMedia would agree to live-stream and record designated city meetings (city council, planning commission, airport commission and so … [Read more...]

Benefit set to help Christopher Starnes

As Christopher Starnes was leaving an establishment in Dade City on a spring afternoon, he expected nothing other than to return home to his family – instead he woke up in a hospital. As he was leaving the business, he was brutally attacked by two men. He sustained a head injury, spent five weeks in a coma and underwent several surgeries to stop internal bleeding. After returning home … [Read more...]

Dade City remembers Chief Raymond Velboom

It was standing-room only at the Army National Guard building in Dade City, as police officers in dress uniform and members of the community turned out to honor the life of the community’s Police Chief Raymond E. Velboom, who passed away on Oct. 27. Velboom’s death, at age 67,  followed a lengthy battle with throat cancer. The celebration of Velboom’s life began with the solemn presentation of … [Read more...]

Fire rescue cadets scale new heights

Members of Zephyrhills Fire Rescue Cadet Post 650 have a chance to find out what’s involved in the life of a firefighter and emergency responder through a program operated out of Fire Rescue Station 1, at 6907 Dairy Road in Zephyrhills. Billy Jeffries, the lead cadet advisor of Post 650, puts the youth through their paces. The Wesley Chapel resident also serves as the Florida Fire Chief … [Read more...]

Dade City author debuts suspense novel

Birth, death, fear, hatred and love are the complexities of life, which all happen to be packed in Penny L. Freeman’s debut novel, “Heartache to Happiness.” The Dade City native has been working on her book for three years, and it has now seen publication through RoseDog Books. The story revolves around Kelsi, a young, pregnant woman whose world is turned upside down when her parents are … [Read more...]

The Civil War visits Dade City

To all history buffs and those curious about learning more on the Civil War, the Pioneer Florida Museum will be recapturing this American era from Nov.16 through Nov. 18. Entitled the “Living History and Civil War Reenactments,” the event begins with a school field trip on Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Accompanied by a tour guide, students will be able to roam through the museum visiting … [Read more...]

Florida Hospital Dade City set for upgrades

A slew of upgrades are coming to Florida Hospital Dade City. The hospital’s parent company, Adventist Health System, is investing $20 million into various infrastructure and technological improvements to the 120-bed facility located at 13100 Fort King Road. Florida Hospital Dade City president and CEO Amanda Maggard made the announcement during a recent breakfast meeting hosted by The Greater … [Read more...]