Zephyrhills economic summit will focus on health care

An economic summit is coming to Zephyrhills next month, with a primary focus on offering solutions to the needs of the medical community — which represents the largest percentage of the city’s workforce. The inaugural Zephyrhills Economic Summit — organized by the Zephyrhills Economic Development Coalition (ZEDC), in partnership with the City of Zephyrhills and The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber … [Read more...]

Residents offer opinions on life in Pasco

An annual online citizen survey offers a snapshot in time of how Pasco County residents view their quality of life. And, it turns out that in 2017, about 71 percent of the people living in Pasco considered the quality of life either excellent or good. The survey did spotlight a few negatives, including a frustration with traffic that makes it hard to get around. On that issue, results showed … [Read more...]

Area spared worst of Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma devastated other parts of Florida, causing less damage than feared in Tampa and surrounding communities. But area homes, businesses and other locations were not entirely spared from Irma’s wrath. Concerns continue over rising floodwaters, which already have flooded homes and roads. And, Irma’s whipping winds knocked down trees, shredded billboards, damaged fences, ripped … [Read more...]

Hurricane Irma leaves behind stories to tell

A day after Hurricane Irma stormed through Tampa Bay, residents ventured out for ice, gas and cleaning supplies. Some had a ray of hope that somewhere they would find an open restaurant. They tooled along the busier corridors spying telltale signs of life – cars and the people in them. Bagging ice A Twice the Ice machine on Land O’ Lakes Boulevard had a steady line of residents waiting to … [Read more...]

Business community weathers Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma left residents and business owners in northern Hillsborough, east Pasco and central Pasco assessing damage, cleaning up the mess, and, calculating their losses and counting their blessings. For business owners, the focus was on reopening and getting Pasco County’s commercial back in motion. The effort goes on. Zephyrhills’ chamber gave shelter With shelters filled to … [Read more...]

Getting help or helping others

Hurricane Irma is causing some people to turn to others for help, and offering others an opportunity to be of service. Here are some places to turn for help, or to get involved. Donations needed for disaster relief Pasco County and Metropolitan Ministries are accepting donations to assist those affected by Hurricane Irma. Here are the items most needed: Canned proteins (tuna, canned … [Read more...]

She knows local history, and is preserving it

If you want to learn a thing or two about local history — particularly as it pertains to Wesley Chapel, Dade City and Zephyrhills — a telephone call to Madonna Jervis Wise will put you on the right track. Wise has written books about all three communities. “I’ve always been interested in history,” she said. “We’re sitting in my dining room, and these are some of my family heirlooms that … [Read more...]

Comforting kids through teddy bears

For the second year, Lowe’s collected huggable teddy bears for a good cause. Two volunteer deputies with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office stopped by the home improvement store on Sept. 8 to load up about 250 teddy bears. They scooped the plush animals from a table piled high with bears of all sizes and colors. The teddy bears are given to sheriff’s deputies who hand them out to … [Read more...]

Local bidders could have an advantage in Pasco

Pasco County commissioners might soon give local vendors an advantage over their competitors when bidding on county government contracts. Commissioners directed legal staff to amend the county’s purchasing ordinance to create a local preference system for contract bids, during an Aug. 22 workshop in Dade City. For instance, a local company that offers the second lowest bid could become … [Read more...]

Two museums receive money for special projects

Two museums will receive a financial boost in Pasco County’s fiscal year 2018 budget. The Pasco County Commission has agreed to give $25,000 each to the West Pasco Historical Society Museum and Library in New Port Richey and the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village in Dade City. The action came at the commission’s Aug. 29 meeting in Dade City. The infusion of cash to the nonprofits stemmed … [Read more...]