Major Central Pasco development is a step closer

Pasco County is setting the stage for Project Arthur, a proposed Central Pasco development that is expected to become a major job generator, as well as a place where people will live, play and learn. The proposed development would be located on land south of State Road 52, east of the Suncoast Parkway and west of the CSX rail line. It would cover 6,951 acres — and would include a … [Read more...]

Social workers can make transformative change

When it comes to social work, the job responsibility should go beyond addressing baseline issues of clients and patients, according to Dr. Ruth Brandwein, one of the nation’s most accomplished and recognizable social work educators. Social work should also identify solutions and take action for meaningful and impactful change for all individuals, families and communities, said Brandwein, the … [Read more...]

High school fair offers diverse career paths

While parents and students had an opportunity to learn about post-high school options — representatives from colleges, technical schools, military branches and other programs had a chance to make their pitch at the College and Career Fair recently at Wesley Chapel High School. Those attending the March 11 event could pose questions to representatives from more than 40 organizations, and could … [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby opens at Cypress Creek Town Center

About two dozen shoppers were waiting when the Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., held its grand-opening celebration of its newest store, in Lutz. They joined store employees and members of the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce for the 9 a.m., ribbon cutting ceremony on March 18. The store, at 25675 Sierra Center Drive, is Hobby Lobby’s 865th store. It is located in the Cypress Creek Town Center, … [Read more...]

Century-old bell stolen from Lutz church

Members of Christ Cumberland Presbyterian Church are in disbelief as part of their identity has been stolen – a signature bell that has accompanied the church, throughout its history, as it moved from one location to the next. The Lutz church became aware the bell was missing in mid-February, and officials still don’t know exactly which day the theft occurred. “We were stunned,” said … [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...]

Pasco poised to lift ban on dock roofs on lakes

The Pasco County Commission appears ready to allow boat docks on private lakes to have roofs over them. Commissioners had a public hearing on March 12 regarding a proposal to amend the county’s land development code that currently prohibits the roofs. No one from the public spoke for or against the proposed change during the public hearing. The change would apply only to inland water … [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...]

Zephyrhills Founder’s Day celebrates ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles’

Thousands flocked to downtown Zephyrhills to celebrate the city during the 109th Founder’s Day Heritage Parade & Festival on March 9. This year’s theme was “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” — honoring the impact that transportation has had on the growth and success of the community. A parade, which featured vintage automobiles, kicked off the event in the morning. Dozens of local vendors … [Read more...]

Seminars aim to empower Pasco women

The first of a three-part series aimed to advance the interests of Pasco County women took place on March 4 at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, on Collier Parkway. All of the meetings, being presented by the Pasco County Commission on the Status of Women and the Pasco County Commission, are being held at the library, and are free and open to the public. The theme of the first part of the … [Read more...]