Monster truck enthusiasts grab attention in Wesley Chapel

Many claim they have a big truck, but few are bigger than Bill and Vicky McShane’s. Even calling them monster trucks could be an understatement. The married couple and Wesley Chapel residents have not one, but two supersized trucks that have generated national attention and intrigue. Their original truck is a 1998 blue Dodge Ram 2500 V10 that’s been lifted 4 feet and sits on 64-inch … [Read more...]

Pasco County steps closer to rental registry

Pasco County is taking aim at a problem that crops up when a Pasco County Sheriff’s deputy arrives at a scene, and isn’t able to determine who owns the property, or who is authorized to be there. The problem also occurs when the county can’t pin down a way to locate who’s responsible for code violations at a specific site. To address those issues, the Pasco County Commission is considering a … [Read more...]

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...]

Pasco County ‘hottest county around,’ commission chairman says

When Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore moved to the county in 2007, it was a different place. When he arrived, the State Road 54/56 corridor — with it shopping malls, restaurants, car dealerships, hotels, residential subdivisions, medical offices, state college and industrial development — looked nothing like it does today. The Shops at Wiregrass wasn’t even there yet, recalled … [Read more...]

‘Imagine Christmas’ helps families

Leslie Egan and Ruby Tillson made their way around the room, checking out gifts on display. They had lots of shopping to do for the children in their charge. Egan is a single parent raising three grandchildren — ages 10, 12 and 14. Tillson is raising a 12-year-old great-niece and two stepsons, ages 8 and 11. Both women were shopping earlier this month in the “Imagine Christmas” … [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...]

Honoring those who have gone before

When Vernon Wynn looks across U.S. 41, he can see the final resting place of dozens of his relatives. They’re among the roughly 1,600 people buried in Lutz Cemetery, at the corner of U.S. 41 and Fifth Ave., N .E. The cemetery was established in 1911, and the first person buried there is known only as Mr. Nims, according to local historians. His grave marker is gone, but he is believed to … [Read more...]

These skunks are cuddly, not stinky

Skunks have a reputation that precedes them. And, it’s not particularly flattering. It’s no secret that they are known for their ability to smell up a place with their spray. Florida Skunk Rescue, however, is working to help dispel the negative perception that many have about the furry creatures. Recently, Kat Wysocki, vice president of the rescue organization, brought some skunks … [Read more...]

Helping others at the holidays, and all year-long

As the holidays approach — a big holiday meal — can help create a festive feel. But, for some families, those kind of feasts are beyond their financial reach. That’s where The Neighborhood Care Center, in Zephyrhills, comes in. It has been helping families at the holidays — and throughout the year — for more than two decades. During the holidays, the care center seeks to help its … [Read more...]

Irish tenor to perform at St. Timothy Catholic Church

Emmet Cahill, an internationally known singer, will be performing a holiday concert at St. Timothy Catholic Church on Dec. 10. It will be the second time in two years that Cahill, a principal performer with the Irish music show Celtic Thunder, will be making a solo appearance at the Lutz church. As a principal vocalist with Celtic Thunder since 2011, Cahill has performed in more than 350 … [Read more...]