‘Bots’ help fight sex crimes

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is using a new cyber sting program to combat human sex trafficking. The agency has joined forces with the Tampa-based U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking (USIAHT), to use an approach that attacks the demand-side of sex trafficking by targeting and identifying online sex buyers through the use of intercept bots. Here’s how it works: The bots are used … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel couple launches tourism-themed podcast

Wesley Chapel’s Andy and Shannon Herbon love exploring Florida — then sharing those experiences with anybody who’ll listen. As often as they can, the Herbons and their two young children venture across the state to visit theme parks and state parks, beaches, springs and waterfalls, hidden gems and other attractions. From the Florida Panhandle, to St. Augustine, to Miami — they’ll go just … [Read more...]

St. Joseph’s Hospital-North undergoing $75 million expansion

St. Joseph’s Hospital-North is the midst of a $75 million expansion that will double the hospital’s capacity and support additional services. Crews are currently working to build out four additional operating suites, in shelled spaces that were included during the original construction in anticipation of future need. The operating suites are expected to be completed in September, said … [Read more...]

Raises unlikely this year in Pasco County Schools

Pasco County School Board members have expressed a desire to give teachers a raise, but according to Superintendent Kurt Browning, there’s no money available to make that happen. Browning’s remarks came during a budget workshop last week in the board room at the district’s headquarters in Land O’ Lakes. Olga Swinson, the district’s chief financial officer, provided a run-through of budget … [Read more...]

HART rolling out regional bus service

The debate over building and operating a tri-county bus rapid transit system on Interstate 275 won’t be settled for months. But, on July 1, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, known as HART, will launch a new limited express bus service down I-275 from Wesley Chapel to Tampa. Connections also can be made to existing routes operated by Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority with … [Read more...]

Bellamy Brothers are stars of reality TV show

More than 40 years after releasing their chart-topping country pop hit, “Let Your Love Flow,” recording 20 No.1 hits and selling 40 million albums, The Bellamy Brothers show no signs of slowing down. They’re touring worldwide upward of 150 days a year. They released an autobiography, “Let Your Love Flow: The Life and Times of The Bellamy Brothers.” They’re a few harmonies shy of releasing … [Read more...]

Fallen officer cherished for leadership, love, and laughter

The countless who knew Capt. Charles “Bo” Harrison, say they’re better people because of it. And, the superlatives flow freely when people describe what he was like. Here are just a few of those descriptions: Hero. Christian. Father. Brother. Husband. Friend. Leader. Coach. Servant. Great Officer. Integrity. Honorable.. He was “a servant-leader who made a difference to every man, … [Read more...]

Decision coming on solar farm permits

A decision on how and where to permit solar farms in Pasco County is headed for a vote on June 5 at 1:30 p.m., in Dade City. Pasco County commissioners will consider an amended ordinance for the land development code on regulating solar farms. The ordinance had a first public hearing on May 22 in New Port Richey. No vote was taken at that hearing. The matter has produced heated debate since … [Read more...]

Little authors are celebrated in a big way

It’s not every day that someone becomes a published writer — and that’s especially true of second-graders. So, staff members at Land O’ Lakes Christian School weren’t about to let the moment pass by without a good bit of fanfare. The children in Christy Hoynoski’s class were celebrated in a big way at a party in the school’s lunchroom on the day their book, “If I Were An Animal,” arrived … [Read more...]

Continued growth expected for Pasco’s housing market, expert says

Pasco County is in a rapidly growing region, so more growth is expected, a national real estate expert said last week at an event organized by the Central Pasco Association of Realtors. Lawrence Yun, chief economist and senior vice president of research for the National Association of Realtors, made his first visit to Pasco County, to address more than 150 real estate professionals gathered at … [Read more...]