Chance conversation leads to permanent memorial

What began as an idea to host a  9/11 Memorial Mile, quickly turned into something bigger because of a chance conversation. In recent years, the Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel has been honoring the anniversary of Sept. 11 by serving breakfasts to area first responders and by passing out American flags at Tampa Premium Outlets. […]

This Week

Pasco to open K-8 school in fall 2021

The groundbreaking last week for Starkey Ranch K-8 School was celebrated in grand fashion —  at a gathering that included a high school jazz band and color guard, preschoolers, a private developer partner, elected leaders and government officials. The school is the second phase of a partnership between Pasco County Schools, Pasco County government and […]

Pasco Sheriff beefs up mental health services

Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco is ramping up efforts to address mental health issues, in his agency’s daily work. The sheriff explained his team’s approach to those attending the September breakfast meeting of The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce. Nocco said mental health issues are expanding in a way that affects public safety, during remarks to […]

Ridge Road Extension granted modifications, added funds

The Pasco County Commission has approved a revision to the Ridge Road Extension project – to provide additional funding and services connected to the project. The board approved a change order on Aug. 6 to pay for post-design assistance from the project engineer, and to analyze possible impacts to gopher tortoises. The county also is […]

Central Pasco project calls for 280 Class A apartments

The Pasco County Planning Commission has recommended approval of a project that includes 280 apartments and 49,500 square feet of commercial, on the north side of State Road 54, between Wesley Chapel Boulevard and Collier Parkway. The site, approximately 25.4 acres, is about 2 miles west of the interchange of State Road 56 and Interstate […]

Symposium seeks addiction recovery solutions

A symposium is scheduled for later this month that will seek to create a blueprint for improving long-term substance abuse recovery efforts in Pasco County. The Recover Out Loud Pasco Symposium is set for Sept. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Calvary Chapel Worship Center, 6825 Trouble Creek Road in New Port Richey. […]

Residents battle 5-acre lots in their neighborhood

The Pasco Planning Commission is recommending approval of a rezoning that will allow homes to be built on 5-acre lots, instead of 10-acre lots, on a 211-acre site, on the northwest corner of Trilby Road and Dowling Lake Road. The applicant for the rezoning change, Massey Partners Limited, was represented by attorney Clarke Hobby. Planning […]

Celebrating a decade of helping mothers-to-be

When Peter Castellani lost his corporate position at IBM, little did he know that his journey would lead him to open a safe haven for expecting mothers. Oasis Pregnancy Care Centers is that organization, providing women with free services, including pregnancy testing and baby supplies. This year marks the nonprofit’s 10th anniversary in serving Tampa […]

New regional headquarters coming to Pasco County

Phillips & Jordan Inc., a heavy civil and right of way infrastructure contractor, plans to locate a regional headquarters just east of the State Road 52 and Interstate 75 interchange. The national company has purchased 5 acres and is investing more than $15 million in a 47,432-square-foot facility, according to a news release from the […]

Longtime Pasco High school resource officer retires

A longtime Dade City Police Department school resource officer (SRO) won’t be patrolling the halls and campus of Pasco High School anymore. Brian McDougal joined the police department in 1990, straight out of then Pasco-Hernando Community College’s law enforcement academy. The bulk of his service has been spent as a familiar face in local schools. […]

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Pasco County unveils first permanent 9/11 memorial

Hundreds turned out to Tampa Premium Outlets on Sept. 7, to an event to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The event included the Memorial Mile, which attracted both runners and walkers; the unveiling of Pasco County’s first permanent 9/11 memorial; and other special moments.   […]

Inaugural Memorial Mile draws all ages

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This Week (cont)

Pasco EDC announces 2019 award winners

The Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., announced the winners of its 2019 awards, at its 33rd annual Awards & Trade Show, on Sept. 5 at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel. Dr. James P. Gills, received the economic council’s leadership award. Gills is a world-renowned ophthalmologist, a philanthropist, athlete, author and man of faith, according to […]

Engines to roar in downtown Zephyrhills

Get ready and get set for motorcycles to be on grand display in downtown Zephyrhills for the 15th annual Music & Motorcycles event on Sept. 14. Bikers can show off their hot rides of various colors and sizes, along Fifth Avenue, between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. With nearly 100 vendors on hand, visitors will […]

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Local Sports

Local softball stars soak in national exposure

It’s a rare feat when any local athlete — or any athlete for that matter — makes a national team. More uncommon is when two athletes from the same hometown earn such prestigious designation together. But, that’s what recently happened to Academy at the Lakes product Lexi Kilfoyl and Land O’ Lakes High School product […]

Academy at the Lakes football aims for third state crown

The Academy at the Lakes (AATL) Wildcats varsity football team undoubtedly feels it has a target on its back in 2019. And, why not, when you consider the team has won 20 consecutive games en route to back-to-back eight-man state titles in 2017 and 2018. But, it’s something the team is used to of late, […]

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Sports – Check This Out

Hole in one!

Lutz resident Glenda Rae Mims recently had a golfing moment she’ll surely never forget. During the Lexington Oaks Golf Club Thursday Ladies League on Aug 29, Mims, 68, recorded a hole-in-one on the course’s 96-yard par-3, 13th hole using an Adams 3 hybrid and Bridgestone ball. The feat was witnessed by the three other members […]

Joey Ivie makes NFL team

Dade City native and Pasco High School/Florida Gators product Joey Ivie was recently named to the Kansas City Chiefs active roster for the 2019 NFL season. It marks the first time the 6-foot-3, 301-pound defensive tackle has made an initial 53-man NFL roster to begin a season. Since drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the […]

Basketball alum signs pro contract

Former Saint Leo men’s basketball student-athlete Daniel Duarte recently signed a professional contract with Mgzavrebi-Armia in Tbilisi, Georgia. Duarte was a two-year member of the Lions. As a senior during the 2018-2019 season, the 6-foot-3 guard averaged 5.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and about an assist per game in 27 games. His shooting splits were .352/.311/.667. His […]

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