Delivering business concepts in ‘bite-sized’ pieces

A nationwide program for budding entrepreneurs is coming to Zephyrhills. Co.Starters is a program aimed at teaching entrepreneurs how to start their companies and grow their business. The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will begin offering the program next month. Adopted by more than a dozen entrepreneurial organizations in cities around the country, the 10-week program applies … [Read more...]

Festival features egg hunts, Easter Bunny and fun

  A giant Easter Bunny roamed the grounds, kids scoured fields for Easter Eggs, and there was lots of time to take train rides, eat treats and visit the petting zoo during the Jelly Bean Fling. The event made its debut this year at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, at 15602 Pioneer Museum Road in Dade City. Visitors could start out the day by having a pancake breakfast … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills’ police unveil city’s crime statistics

A report generated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation finds overall crime and arrests decreased in Zephyrhills last year, but violent crime and domestic offenses went up. Zephyrhills police Capt. Derek Brewer presented the city’s 2016 uniform crime statistics, during a March 27 city council meeting. The figures were generated through the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR), which … [Read more...]

She tends to much more than cuts and bruises

When Margaret Polk became a school nurse more than a quarter-century ago, there were full-time nurses in all of Pasco County’s public high schools funded by a grant. Those days and that funding are long gone. Now, “most of us have at least two or three schools,” Polk said. She divides her time between Pasco High School and the James Ervin Education Center, and recently picked up a third … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills adding new technician

To help the city of Zephyrhills address annexations, rezoning and land-use changes, a new technician is being added to the municipal payroll. A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technician is being added to help manage the city’s geographical database. The technician will provide ongoing mapping analysis for the city. The Zephyrhills City Council unanimously approved the new position … [Read more...]

Larkin’s legacy goes beyond ‘tough guy’ reputation

William M. Larkin’s reputation for being a tough character outlasted his lifetime. Known as “The Meanest Man in Pasco County,” some people still recall that moniker applied to the Dade City man, nearly a half century after his death in 1973. Larkin reinforced that image by keeping a single-shot .22 rifle in the gun rack of his truck — a statement that often left a lasting impression with … [Read more...]

Former police station to become temporary city hall

As construction on the new City Hall complex ramps up, Zephyrhills city staff will shuffle operations to a familiar building. Beginning this summer, most city departments will relocate temporarily into the former Zephyrhills police station, at 5344 Ninth St. City council members approved a 12-month lease agreement between the city and Dannie Jordan, of RTD Construction. It calls for the … [Read more...]

Dogs trot out a few new tricks on their day in Dade City

Dogs were lapping up good times during Dogs’ Day in Dade City, on a beautiful Saturday at Agnes Lamb Park. Fifty-one dogs joined the dog parade at 10 a.m., and nearly two dozen competed in individual contests. Dogs’ Day in Dade City, now in its eighth year, is an event that’s aimed at giving dogs a chance to have fun, while their owners have a good time, too. Dogs, and their owners, … [Read more...]

Using the written word to help process grief

While the journey through grief is a singular experience for those who have suffered a loss, there are tools that can help, said Tiffany Kring, a bereavement counselor at Gulfside Hospice. One approach uses the power of the written word to work through the grieving process, said Kring, who will be leading a free workshop called “Journaling Through Grief.” The session is scheduled for March … [Read more...]

This event gets dogs’ tails waggin’

Dogs’ Day in Dade City, now in its eighth year, is an event that’s aimed at giving dogs a chance to have fun, while their owners have a good time, too. Rain put a damper on last year’s festivities, but event organizer, Lucy Avila, hopes this year’s Dogs’ Days will enjoy better weather. The event is scheduled for March 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Agnes Lamb Park, at Meridian Avenue and … [Read more...]