Pigz in Z’Hills to celebrate its 10th year

The largest event in Zephyrhills is gearing up for its 10th anniversary — with a few more fixins’. The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce’s annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest is set for Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Zephyrhills Community Venue, 5200 Airport Road, Zephyrhills. Admission is free, but parking is $10. To kick off its 10th year, festivities have been … [Read more...]

State senator offers helping hand for seniors

When Jemith Rosa approached State Sen. Wilton Simpson seeking some assistance for a project to help senior citizens, she came away with more than she expected. Rosa went to Simpson to see if he could help her with her quest for a new, and larger senior center in Dade City. Simpson, of Trilby, responded to her request by donating 1.7 acres, behind the existing center in downtown Dade … [Read more...]

Mobile food pantry to help feed families

The Circle of Veterans and Families Inc. (COV), in coordination with Paddling for Veterans and in partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay, will provide a mobile food pantry for veterans, community members and children, in honor of Martin Luther King Day. The pantry will be open on Jan. 18 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., or until supplies are exhausted, at the Lewis Abraham Boys and Girls Club, 38724 Mudcat … [Read more...]

Kumquat Festival ushers in a new decade

It’s time to indulge in a tiny, tart fruit called the kumquat. After all, the fruit is considered to be the centerpiece of the Kumquat Festival, now celebrating its 23rd year. Besides offering fun family activities, the festival showcases downtown Dade City, offering visitors a chance to sample a taste of Old Florida and some Southern hospitality, too. The free event is set for Jan. … [Read more...]

Starting a new year, with a home of their own

It was a momentous day when Carla and Dwayne Gude were able to enter a home of their own, in Dade City. The house dedication ceremony marked the culmination of a collaboration between the couple and Habitat for Humanity of East and Central Pasco County. The event also marked the branch’s 150th house project. On the morning of Dec. 19, Crystal Lazar, president and chief executive … [Read more...]

Dade City is adding population, new attractions

As a new decade begins, the City of Dade City plans to resolve its longstanding stormwater issues, enliven its downtown with more shops and entertainment, add new attractions and to increase residential development. The Dade City Commission also is expected to vote on the issue of allowing medical marijuana dispensaries within the city limits during the first quarter of 2020. Here is a … [Read more...]

Dade City announces road closures for stormwater project

The City of Dade City has announced updated road closures that will take effect after the Kumquat Festival, for when construction resumes on the city’s downtown stormwater capital improvement project. Following the Jan. 25 festival, Seventh Street will be closed between Church Avenue and Pasco Avenue, for approximately one month to complete construction of the stormwater improvements, and … [Read more...]

Spotlight on Talent marks 37th year

While television talent competition shows, such as “America’s Got Talent,” “American Idol” and “Dancing with the Stars” draw massive audiences — a local event has those national programs beat in terms of staying power. This will be the 37th year that Spotlight on Talent has invited young people with assorted talents to show off their skills at a regional competition. Besides communities … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills is gearing up for big changes in 2020

As a new decade approaches, the City of Zephyrhills plans to open a much-anticipated tennis facility, plans to extend its airport runway, will be engaged in infrastructure improvements and could possibly end a 60-year tradition of operating its own fire department. Here’s a closer look for what’s on the horizon for 2020 and beyond: Sarah Vande Berg Tennis & Wellness Center The $4.9 … [Read more...]

Dade City project put ‘on hold’ for Kumquat Festival

Trying to ease concerns from downtown merchants, the City of Dade City’s massive downtown stormwater capital improvement project will be halted until after the Jan. 25 Kumquat Festival. The work stoppage will come with a price tag not to exceed $65,000 — as contractor Kamminga & Roodvoets (K&R) will need to place temporary asphalt from Pasco Avenue to Sixth Street, and remove all … [Read more...]