Nurturing quilts uplift spirits in the courtroom

When children enter Judge Lynn Tepper’s family courtroom in Dade City, they’re often welcomed with healthy snacks, stuffed animals, and lots and lots of books. Another staple in Tepper’s courtroom of late: Dozens of homemade quilts, stitched with an assortment of bright colors, shapes and other unique designs. The quilts are given to adoptive parents and caregivers of infants and young … [Read more...]

Work to get started on makeover of Zephyrhills High School

A major overhaul is planned at Zephyrhills High School, and the Pasco County School Board approved a contract last week to get started on the project. The board approved a contract not-to-exceed $396,846 with Creative Contractors to complete the early site package for the project. “We will be bringing a full presentation in the fall on the entire project,” said Betsy Kuhn, assistant … [Read more...]

Local horsewoman wins with You Bet Your Roses

Nancy Massey Perkins made a decision on Mother’s Day two years ago that it was time to buy a horse. “I bought her sight unseen, except for the video I watched on the Internet,” said Perkins, the daughter of two Zephyrhills’ pioneer families. “I thought she was cute and moved really good.” Her instincts were right about the 2-year-old mare. You Bet Your Roses, at age 4, is now a two-time … [Read more...]

Land acquisition begins for road project

The Pasco County Commission has given the go-ahead for land acquisition in preparation for a project to extend Clinton Avenue and realign State Road 52. Planning for the major project began nearly 14 years ago, with a route study. Since then, there have been additional studies and public meetings, but no construction schedule. But, it wasn’t until July 10 that commissioners approved the … [Read more...]

Appeal scheduled for solar farm project

A decision on a controversial solar farm in northeast Pasco County is headed to an appeal at a public hearing on Aug. 7 in Dade City before the Pasco County Commission. Two appeals were filed in May on the decision by the Pasco County Planning Commission to approve an exceptional use permit for the project. One appeal is from Sandra Noble and the other from Tampa attorney Gordon Schiff … [Read more...]

New and renovated schools planned

The Pasco County School Board received an overview last week on projects planned to construct, renovate, expand and repair schools across the district. They also heard a wrap-up on projects in progress or finished this year. The presentation, by Chris Williams, director of planning services and Olga Swinson, chief finance officer, came as the district prepares to vote on a final capital … [Read more...]

Some things truly are priceless

Remember finding a coin or arrowhead and wondering if it’s worth anything? Imagine having a large document signed by Abraham Lincoln, passed down from one generation to the next, and not really knowing its value or its history with the nation’s 16th president. For now, it has a safe and protected place in the home of 84-year-old Martha M. Fountain, a lifelong resident of … [Read more...]

More programs, initiatives, on tap at PHSC, provost says

Pasco-Hernando State College — which recently has been recognized as one of the top schools in the nation for its return on educational investment — continues to add new programs and initiatives. That was the message that Dr. Stan Giannet, the college’s provost, delivered to a crowd at a recent Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Golden Corral. The state college … [Read more...]

Ownership agreement reached on Hercules Park

The city of Zephyrhills and the Pasco County School Board are ready to complete a deal that will deed part of Hercules Park to the city. The Zephyrhills City Council approved an inter-local agreement with the school district on June 25. The agreement will be presented to school board members on July 24. If approved, Zephyrhills would own about 9 acres of the approximately 15-acre park, … [Read more...]

Local garden club celebrates National Garden Week

The Dade City Garden Club recently celebrated National Garden Week, with a variety of activities in Dade City. The club received a proclamation from the Dade City Commission in May, asking the club to share their knowledge with Dade City residents. In response, the garden club set up 21 floral displays and three conservation exhibits in 17 Dade City businesses, according to a news … [Read more...]