Government responds to COVID-19

A $2 trillion relief package — the largest in U.S. history — has been passed in an attempt to stabilize the economy, in the wake of an economic and medical crisis posed by coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). The package includes help for individuals, unemployment benefits, loans for small businesses, help for large industries and other types of assistance. The stimulus includes a $1,200 … [Read more...]

Helping one another

Coronavirus disease 2019, otherwise known as COVID-19 has upended life as we know it. It remains unclear how bad it’s going to get, or how long it’s going to last — and that’s causing stress and anxiety. Still, in the midst of the illness and deaths, shutdowns, cancellations and lay-offs — we know that our communities are filled with good-hearted people. We have witnessed, for years, how … [Read more...]

Coronavirus poses dangers, disrupts daily life

The ever-evolving threat posed by coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) has forced schools across Florida to shut down, blocked visitors from nursing homes, caused wide-ranging travel and event cancellations, and stripped grocery aisles — especially of toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Locally, parents of students in the Pasco and Hillsborough county school districts are bracing to prepare for an … [Read more...]

Therapy dog helps address mental illness

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has added a therapy dog to expand its efforts to better serve the needs of people facing significant mental health and substance abuse issues. The therapy dog is the newest member of a Behavioral Health Intervention Team (BHIT) the law enforcement agency established last year. The team’s primary task is to keep tabs on individuals who have been held … [Read more...]

Simulation teaches a real-life history lesson

Second-graders at McKitrick Elementary School had a chance to gain a greater understanding of what life was like for immigrants arriving at Ellis Island during the early 1900s. The school, at 5503 Lutz Lake Fern Road, created an event that allowed children the chance to walk through the paces that immigrants faced when they arrived in America. The Feb. 27 simulation involved 180 … [Read more...]

Saint Leo University to lease 176-unit apartment complex

Since welcoming its largest incoming class ever last fall — and anticipating continued growth —Saint Leo University will lease the Sweetwater apartment complex in Dade City, to serve as residential housing for upperclassman and graduate level students. In August, Saint Leo will begin leasing all 176 units on the property owned by Beachwold Residential LLC, which sits about 2 miles northeast of … [Read more...]

Edward Scissorhands’ screening coming soon

If you’re a local and a fan of the movie, “Edward Scissorhands,” you may already know that much of the movie was filmed in the Carpenters Run neighborhood of Lutz. Of course, Carpenters Run no longer boasts the bright pastel-colored homes or topiaries featured in the film, but Kenny Caperton, of On Set Cinema, plans to bring elements of the movie to life in a special event planned for the … [Read more...]

When Alice saw Earl, ‘It was love at first sight’

Alice and Earl Angel were only teenagers when they met, but Alice knew instantly that he was the one for her. The couple — celebrating their 77th anniversary on Feb. 20 — recalled that first meeting. “In our little town, we had what you call a square,” Earl said. People would come to people watch there, or meet up with friends. “I come around the corner one evening, and I see this … [Read more...]

73rd annual Pasco Fair: ‘It’s An Adventure’

With its slew of food options, new performances, live entertainment and other activities, the 73rd annual Pasco County Fair is aiming to make an impression. The fair’s theme is “It’s An Adventure,” and the show will run Feb. 17 through Feb. 23 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52 in Dade City. Details about the festival were shared at a Jan. 21 Greater Dade City Chamber of … [Read more...]

Pasco calls for civil campaign behavior

The Pasco County Commission has amended its Ethical Campaign Practices Act to encourage civility among candidates. Commissioners voted unanimously on Jan. 21 to support changes suggested by Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley. Corley said the changes incorporate “language that speaks to civility in the public discourse for candidates running for office within Pasco … [Read more...]