Zephyrhills economic summit puts focus on education

Fostering educational opportunities in Pasco County was the primary focus of the second annual Zephyrhills Economic Summit. Doing that begins with beefing up the Pasco County school district’s career and technical education programs, said Kurt Browning, superintendent of Pasco County Schools. “We need to put our career academies on steroids,” said Browning, one of several guest speakers at the … [Read more...]

Election 2018: Five Big Questions in Florida 

Many Floridians will be relieved to see Election 2018 come to an end--no more negative TV ads, no more flashy mailers, and no more robocalls or texts begging us to vote.  But, after the polls close, many of us will want to know the answers to these five intriguing questions: Were the polls right in Florida?  They were not in predicting the outcome of the 2016 presidential contest between … [Read more...]

Early voting begins in Pasco, Hillsborough counties

Voters will head to the polls on Nov. 6 for the 2018 Mid-Term Elections, but a significant number won’t be waiting until then. A good portion of voters decide who they want to represent them while filling out their ballots in the comfort of their own living room, and dropping them into the mail. Another part of the electorate streams to various polling places, taking advantage of early voting … [Read more...]

Pasco-Hernando State College remembers Dr. Robert Judson, Jr.

A crowd poured into the Pasco-Hernando State College’s Performing Arts Center in New Port Richey to honor Dr. Robert Judson Jr. Judson, the college’s former president, passed away on Sept. 17 at the age of 77. He made history in 1994 when he became the first black president of a college within the Florida Community College system. At the time, PHSC was still known as a community college. The … [Read more...]

Pasco Schools plan to beef up security

Pasco County Schools is seeking state approval of a plan that calls for adding security cameras in schools and changing locks on doors at schools throughout the district. The district wants the state to approve the plan, so it can use about $2 million in state money to pay for the security improvements. The security upgrade aims to comply with a mandate that school districts across the state … [Read more...]

Forensics research center expected to break new ground

Construction is now underway in Land O’ Lakes on a forensics and training facility that will offer a collaborative resource for universities, forensic scientists and law enforcement. Ground was broken during a Sept. 19 ceremony for the K9 Tactical Center/Florida’s Forensic Institute for Research, Security and Tactics, or F.I.R.S.T for short. The complex will be next to the Adam Kennedy … [Read more...]

Lutz Chiefs at 40: It’s time to celebrate!

For decades, it’s been the place to be on Saturdays — for hundreds of players, cheerleaders, coaches and spectators. The Lutz Chiefs, celebrating the league’s 40th year this season, has offered boys and girls a chance to play and an opportunity to develop their athletic skills, whether it be as football players or as cheerleaders. The league’s cheer squads and teams are open to children … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes High honors ‘Voice of the Gators’

For Land O’ Lakes High School, this year’s ‘Butter Bowl’ will go down as one of the most historic, as the Gators football team finally cracked an eight-game losing streak to crosstown rival Sunlake High School, with a 35-24 home victory. The most enduring moment of the evening, however, came right before kickoff. That’s when a special dedication ceremony was held to honor longtime … [Read more...]

Pasco tourism ‘booming,’ officials say

Tourism is “booming” in Pasco County and shows little signs of slowing down. That was the message delivered by Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore and Pasco County Tourism Director Adam Thomas during a recent appearance at a Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce meeting. “We’re at the highest (tourism) levels ever,” said Moore, who joined Smith, as the featured speakers at the … [Read more...]

Swearing-in ceremony draws a big crowd

Dade City has a new police chief, but he has a familiar face. James Walters — who has been the acting chief for more than six months — became the department’s official leader at the Aug. 28 Dade City Commission meeting. Walters is replacing former chief Ray Velboom, who retired after a decade of service. The occasion drew a standing-room-only crowd of more than 100 community and business … [Read more...]