Water and sewer rates expected to rise in Zephyrhills

Zephyrhills residents could see an increase on their utility bills, beginning next year. City staff is recommending a 4-percent increase in water rates and an 8-percent increase in sewer rates for all customers each year for a five-year period, beginning Jan. 1. The Zephyrhills City Council voted unanimously for City Attorney Matthew Maggard to draft an ordinance regarding the proposed rate … [Read more...]

Dade City star had familiar face, but unfamiliar name

Imagine this: A fictional round on the popular game show, “Jeopardy!” The contestants listen closely as host Alex Trebek says: "During the middle 1960s, he was one of the most recognizable faces on network television.” A contestant responds: “Who is Roy Barnes Jones, of Dade City, Florida?” Indeed. Who is this man — whose face was familiar to millions, but whose name remains … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills Senior Center gets kitchen makeover

The Zephyrhills Senior Center has upgraded its kitchen. The Pasco County Elderly Nutrition Division reopened the Zephyrhills Senior Center on June 5, after a nine-month kitchen renovation. The facility, at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, 5855 16th St., closed in September after black mold was discovered next to a kitchen cabinet. A kitchen renovation project had been planned, but … [Read more...]

Family seeks help for their 5-year-old son

Priscilla Avila-Posey knew early on her son, Julian, was unique from others. He looks like a typical 5-year-old, but suffers from many severe developmental and medical issues. He has a rare micro-chromosome deletion that has been diagnosed as autism. He is stuck mentally at the level of a toddler. He suffers from mixed expressive receptive language disorder, auditory processing disorder, … [Read more...]

Downtown Dade City to get flood relief

Puddle jumping in downtown Dade City is often a rainy day sport especially along Seventh Street, the spine of downtown’s business district. Sidewalks can quickly overflow, forcing pedestrians to hunt for spots less than ankle deep to cross from one side of the street to the other. Other downtown streets, including Meridian, Pasco and Live Oak avenues, also see the waters rise. But, $1.4 … [Read more...]

Explore your inner artist on Tuesday afternoons

If you enjoy the act of creation, the Art in the Afternoon program at Zephyrhills Public Library may help you fulfill that urge. The program welcomes art enthusiasts of all levels. It’s a great way for artists to share their knowledge and mingle with other creative spirits. Budding artists can learn techniques from those with more experience. Artists should bring their own supplies … [Read more...]

Using food to fight aging effects

They learned about ‘superfoods,’ and then they cooked with them. Humana Zephyrhills hosted a nutrition talk and cooking demonstration for seniors on June 12, focusing on foods that may help fight the effects of aging. Impacts from aging can include vision and memory loss, decreased brain function, and other chronic health problems such as heart disease and high blood pressure. During … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills SummerFest offers fireworks, fun

It’s the only fireworks show in Zephyrhills. And, it promises to offer wholesome family fun. The 2017 Zephyrhills SummerFest is slated for June 24 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave. Besides offering free admission and parking, the event is pet friendly, too. However, alcohol sales will not be allowed. Entering its third year, Zephyrhills SummerFest is the … [Read more...]

Tree house tutoring blossoms in nature

Teaching is not a profession that Sarah Christiansen expected to pursue. As a child growing up in the Virgin Islands, she hated going to school. “I had a difficult time listening and writing. I struggled with comprehension.” She couldn’t picture herself as a teacher. Times change. Christiansen, these days, lives in rural Pasco County where she tutors students – usually working with … [Read more...]

Dade City Police gets a new K-9 team

The Dade City Police Department has a new K-9 team — with Officer Kevin Burns and his new partner Tyke. Burns is a 12-year veteran of the Dade City Police Department. He hit the streets with Tyke on June 5. The city had operated nearly 15 months without a K-9 team. The team was introduced to the public at the Dade City Commission meeting on June 13. The tandem is fresh off a demanding … [Read more...]