Browning talks school safety, other issues

More than a year since the Parkland school shooting claimed the lives of 17 students and faculty members, ensuring school safety remains a forefront priority for Pasco County Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning. Browning discussed that, and a number of other school issues, as the featured guest speaker at the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce March breakfast meeting at the Pasco-Hernando … [Read more...]

Breaking the cycle of domestic violence

Melissa Dohme Hill was just 20 years old when her ex-boyfriend viciously attacked her. He stabbed her 32 times in the neck, face, arms and hands — as he attempted to murder her. She’d broken up with him three months earlier. The attack occurred when she went outside to fulfill his request for a final goodbye hug. She was rushed to the hospital, where she flatlined four times and suffered … [Read more...]

Pasco organization assists youths on road to success

When high school student Sherman Milton entered the Pasco County’s Take Stock in Children program, he had no idea the impact it would have on his life. Through the program, he gained access to academic resources, and a mentorship, which helped him to graduate from high school — which then led to college and, now, a career in real estate in East Pasco County. He recently shared his experience … [Read more...]

Earth Fare enters Pasco market

Earth Fare, a North Carolina-based grocer, opened its 51st store with special deals and fanfare at Cypress Creek Town Center last week. The 24,000-square-foot store, off State Road 56 and just west of Interstate 75, aims to promote the health and well-being of its customers by selling an assortment of healthy foods, said Frank Scorpiniti, president and CEO, in an interview with The Laker/Lutz … [Read more...]

Local band primed for big stage

They’ve been featured on radio stations, such as 102.5 The Bone and 88.5 WMNF. They’ve performed gigs at major venues, including The Orpheum and State Theatre. Now, they’re poised to release their first EP. Not too shabby for a two-year-old band made of three local high school graduates, all still under the legal drinking age. The band is called Sick Hot. It features a pair of … [Read more...]

New opportunities coming to Cypress Creek campus

Crews have begun work on Cypress Creek Middle School, being built on the site where Cypress Creek Middle High School now operates. A new Instructional and Performing Arts Center, which will provide educational opportunities and entertainment, will rise on the same site. Both are slated to open in fall of 2020. Pasco County Schools gave Pasco-Hernando State College the land where the … [Read more...]

Diverging Diamond aims to ease traffic flow

Construction began on Jan. 7 for a project known as the Diverging Diamond, in Wesley Chapel. The project will redesign the existing diamond-shaped bridge that interchanges Interstate 75 and State Road 56. “All we’re really doing is reconfiguring the diamond,” explained John McShaffrey, community outreach manager for the Florida Department of Transportation. “You still got the diamond, but … [Read more...]

A New Year’s Eve home fire sparks a community’s compassion

A $10-a-plate pasta dinner benefit is planned this week to help a family who lost nearly all of their possessions when a New Year’s Eve fire raged through their Heritage Harbor home in Lutz. The fundraiser also will include raffles, a  50/50 drawing and games  — with 100 percent of the proceeds going to help Steve Dorsett, his wife, Maggi, and their children, 20-year-old Austin and 16-year-old … [Read more...]

Local groups help federal workers

Organizations around the region are stepping up to help, as workers and their families struggle during the nation’s longest partial federal government shutdown. The help has come in various forms. “The key is to take off some of the pressure from these folks (so they can) worry less about where their food is coming from,” explained Greg Giordano, assistant tax collector of Pasco … [Read more...]

Pasco tax collector’s office receives ‘Heart of Pasco’ award

Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano and the Land O’ Lakes Tax Collector’s Office recently accepted the Heart of Pasco Award for the office’s exemplary customer service and outstanding community outreach efforts. Sandy Graves, the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce’s chairwoman for community affairs, bestowed the award to Fasano, during a Jan. 10 ceremony outside the tax collector’s office in … [Read more...]