Local teen attracts attention for her compassion, good works

Sally Campbell is living proof that teenagers can make an impact in their community. The 17-year-old’s compassion for people struggling with cancer inspired her to create “Sallybrating with a Cause,” a nonprofit that has provided arts and crafts, meals, goodie bags, live entertainment and fun activities for residents of Hope Lodge in Tampa. Hope Lodge provides temporary free lodging for … [Read more...]

He helped catch criminals, solve crimes for 50 years

Det. Roger Cockerill — who was instrumental in some of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office’s  largest investigations — has retired from a law enforcement career that spanned a half-century. In Pasco, his work included investigations involving illegal drug trafficking, casino style gambling, prostitution and human trafficking. But his career in law enforcement began in February 1967 at the … [Read more...]

Troop 33 honors 11 Eagle Scouts

An Eagle Court of Honor celebrated the accomplishments of 11 young men recently at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, in Land O’ Lakes. Each of these members of Troop 33 received the rank of Eagle Scout: Evan Hernandez, Gabriel Vega, Michael Thibeau, Miguel Mockabee, Phillip Morrical, Spencer Huffman, John A. Turbessi, Cesar Arthur Castillo, Ethan Fuhrmeister, Louis Mooney Jr. and Matthew … [Read more...]

Principal of the year is surprised by honor

Principal JoAnne Glenn and her staff were conducting a training seminar — when Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning and an entourage cruised into the room with flowers, balloons, a cookie cake and an announcement. The superintendent offered Glenn hearty congratulations, as he announced she was the district’s principal of the year. School Board Chairwoman Colleen Beaudoin gave Glenn a … [Read more...]

Judge enjoys challenges in civil court cases

Judge Kent Compton recently paid a visit to the East Pasco Networking Group —where he discussed his duties in the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida. The former Zephyrhills city councilman, and longtime lawyer and prosecutor took up the post in January, after being elected in August 2018. While still settling in, Compton clearly enjoys his new gig at the Historic Pasco County Courthouse … [Read more...]

Miss Alison bids Dade City adieu

Alison Graham has been a mainstay in the Dade City musical community for more than two decades. She operates Graham Music Studios, which offers private lessons and group music lessons. The 50 girls that she coaches are broken into three age groups, and they’re widely known locally, from their appearances at The Pasco County Fair, Church Street Christmas, The Kumquat Festival, Dade City … [Read more...]

Wiregrass Ranch grad leads by example

At Wiregrass Ranch High School, Carly Norman was a senior team captain and standout defender on the varsity girls lacrosse team — helping the program to a 14-2 mark during the 2019 season. She also graduated in the top 10% of her class, with a 4.0-plus GPA. But, it’s her contributions off the field and outside the classroom that proved to be most rewarding. Carly was involved in as … [Read more...]

Medal of Honor recipient inspires local students

It was May 8, 1968, in La Chu, when then 19-year-old U.S. Army Specialist 4 Robert Martin Patterson singlehandedly bum-rushed five machine gun bunkers, killed eight enemy soldiers and captured a weapons cache, all in the midst of a firefight in the Vietnam War. The actions that day earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor, the United States military’s highest and most prestigious … [Read more...]

World War II vet celebrates 100th birthday

VFW Post 8154, in Zephyrhills, was packed with people to celebrate Edward Bruno’s 100th birthday on Oct. 12. “I think he will be absolutely stunned to see how many people have come out today to honor him and celebrate his birthday,” said Suzanne Ahmad, his niece. And, so he was. “It’s a surprise to me,” said Bruno, a decorated U.S. Marine Corps veteran, during an event that attracted … [Read more...]

At just 11, he’s already found his voice

Marcus Mitchell isn’t even a teenager yet, but he already knows how he wants to spend his life. He wants to make music, and to perform it for others. He’s already writing songs, and in November, the Land O’ Lakes Christian School student will be taking the stage with the Florida Orchestra to perform a solo part. He will be singing the solo in Movement 2 of Chichester Psalms under choral … [Read more...]