Museum aims to tell Dade City’s story

When people visit The Dade City Heritage and Cultural Museum they’ll not only have a chance to learn about Dade City’s history but also to get to feel — literally — objects that are part of the city’s past. Joy Lynn, director of the museum, said the idea is to give visitors a true hands-on experience. Items on loan to the museum will be kept behind glass, but many of the objects in the … [Read more...]

Dade City selects new city manager

Dade City has selected someone with a familiar face to be its next city manager. City Commissioners on April 3 voted to extend an offer and enter contract negotiations with Leslie Porter to become Dade City’s next city manager. Porter, the city’s finance director, has been acting as the interim city manager since February. She’s also been handling her responsibilities as finance … [Read more...]

Dade City extends ban on cannabis dispensaries

Dade City is again pressing pause on allowing any medical marijuana treatment centers within city limits. The Dade City Commission on March 28 voted to extend its moratorium relating to the operation of cannabis dispensing organizations and the issuance of business tax licenses for such facilities. The moratorium, temporary in nature, is in effect for the next six months, with a … [Read more...]

Grieving parents want to offer comfort to others

Months after losing their infant son, Alissa Rodriguez and Ryan Mellor have donated to AdventHealth Zephyrhills the same kind of device that helped provide them comfort in the hours immediately following Collin’s death. During a March 26 ceremony at the hospital, the Wesley Chapel couple provided a CuddleCot to be used by other families that are going through the same tragic circumstances that … [Read more...]

Primary election coming soon for District 38

Randy Maggard and David ‘Mac” Macallister will face off in a primary on April 9 to determine who will represent the Republicans in a special election to fill the vacancy in District 38 House seat in the Florida Legislature. The seat was vacated by Danny Burgess, who accepted an offer from Gov. Ron DeSantis to become the executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Early … [Read more...]

Get ‘uncorked’ and sample wines

Wine enthusiasts are invited to sample various wines at ‘Uncorked,’ an event set for April 7 in Dade City. The Dade City Garden Club will host the function from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Various tables will offer an assortment of red and white wines for guests to sample from. And, craft beer will be this year’s new feature provided by Barley’s Angels. Each table will also include appetizers … [Read more...]

State Road 56 extension to Zephyrhills is progressing

Pasco County’s efforts to extend State Road 56 from Meadow Pointe Boulevard to U.S. 301 are advancing, as construction is now in the latter phases of development. “The main thing is the local connection between Zephyrhills and Wesley Chapel,” stated Gregory Deese, resident engineer for the Florida Department of Transportation. The project, which began two years ago, will offer motorists a … [Read more...]

Jelly Bean Fling ushers in Spring

It’s time to grab those Easter egg baskets for the annual Jelly Bean Fling in Dade City. The event, now in its third year, will be on April 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kids will be provided baskets for an all-day egg hunt. Each plastic egg will contain sweet treats inside. Other activities offered through the day include a barrel train ride with Conductor Joe at the helm, and a chance to … [Read more...]

‘Biggest Little Train Show’ delights train enthusiasts

Hundreds of model train collectors and enthusiasts converged at the historic Zephyrhills Depot Museum, 39110 South Ave., over the weekend to attend the Zephyrhills Model Train Show & Swap Meet. The restored 1927 Atlantic Coast Line railroad depot has been hosting the event every other year (on odd years) for the past decade. The show, known as the ‘Biggest Little Train Show in … [Read more...]

Dade City picnic offers a taste of New York

About 80 people packed the clubhouse at Country Aire Manor recently for the annual Otsego County picnic. Besides catching up with friends and making new acquaintances, those gathering enjoyed a potluck lunch, had a chance to reminisce, and share their East Coast and Southern cultures. Sally Harrington, of Cooperstown, New York, said she was happy to run into old friends. “I’ve seen a … [Read more...]