Sharing the story of women’s progress

Madonna Jervis Wise, a local author who writes primarily about history, has been making the rounds lately, talking about women in the work force and “East Pasco Women Who Rocked.” Her talks, which have been delivered at the Pioneer Florida Museum and Village in Dade City, at the East Pasco Networking Group’s breakfast meeting and at the Zephyrhills Public Library, have traced the evolving … [Read more...]

Local science club reaches state finals

The Land O’ Lakes High School Science Olympiad Club has reached the state finals for the third year in a row. Moreover, it’s the first year that two of the club’s teams — consisting of 15 students each — have advanced to the Florida Science Olympiad State Tournament. This year the event is set for March 25, at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. The club’s achievements are … [Read more...]

Pasco County’s development ready to take off

Dreams and visions for the redevelopment of Pasco County began more than two decades ago. Today, homes, shops, hotels, offices and medical campuses are coming out of the ground and redrawing the county’s future. On March 1, developers of four of Pasco’s master-planned communities updated more than 100 people who came to the annual Meet the Developers breakfast. The Pasco Economic Development … [Read more...]

R.B. Cox Elementary celebrates 90 years

A lot of notable things happened during 1926. Queen Elizabeth was born. A.A. Milne published Winnie-the-Pooh, and Tampa Theatre opened Tampa’s first air-conditioned building, in downtown Tampa. Calvin Coolidge was in the White House at the time, and people could buy a dozen of eggs for 56 cents, a dozen oranges for 34 cents, or a porterhouse steak for 29 cents a pound. It’s also the year … [Read more...]

Female firefighter inspires superhero comic

Larry Jarrell was so captivated when he learned of Stephanie Sorensen’s story that he created a web comic heroine based on the Wesley Chapel woman’s life. This isn’t the first time that Sorensen has attracted attention. The volunteer at Fire Station 28 in Land O’ Lakes, placed second in a national campaign to raise awareness of the need for volunteer firefighters. Besides volunteering at … [Read more...]

Crowd gives Bilirakis an earful

A crowd — that sometimes became raucous — turned out to a listening session held by U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis on the issue of health care reform. Bilirakis billed the session as an opportunity to receive feedback and ideas from constituents on the future direction of the nation’s health care system, including the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. People filled every seat … [Read more...]

‘Ranch Days’ debuts this weekend

Little Everglades Ranch is rolling out the welcome mat this weekend for a new event called “Ranch Days.” Slated for Feb. 11, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Feb. 12, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the event features live music, tethered hot air balloon rides, hiking tours, tram tours, a balloon glow and exhibitions, including high-wiring walking, indigenous snakes and birds of prey. “The property … [Read more...]

Mettler Toledo breaks ground for new plant

Swiss manufacturer, Mettler Toledo, broke ground on a 250,000-square-foot manufacturing plant that will bring about 185 new jobs to Pasco County. More than 300 people attended the ceremony on Jan. 14. Among those present were Viggo Nielsen, general manager of Mettler Toledo Safeline; Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey; Pasco County Planning and Development Administrator Richard … [Read more...]

Monologue honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

What would Dr. Martin Luther King have to say if he was alive today? One distinguished scholar has a theory. Saint Leo University hosted Dr. T. Leon Williams on Jan. 16 for a presentation he called: “The View from the Mountaintop: What Would Dr. King Say Today?” Williams is a North Carolina minister and former multicultural affairs director at Elon University. He began a series of … [Read more...]

Sunlake student earns college degree

Technically, Madison Riggle is still a high school student — but she’s a college graduate, too. The 17-year-old received her Associates of Art degree from Pasco-Hernando State College on Dec. 13, while still enrolled at Sunlake High School. The feat was made possible through the Collegiate High School program, a partnership between PHSC and Pasco County Schools. Riggle was one of the … [Read more...]