Monster truck enthusiasts grab attention in Wesley Chapel

Many claim they have a big truck, but few are bigger than Bill and Vicky McShane’s. Even calling them monster trucks could be an understatement. The married couple and Wesley Chapel residents have not one, but two supersized trucks that have generated national attention and intrigue. Their original truck is a 1998 blue Dodge Ram […]

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Under Construction 02/22/2020

First stand-alone Aussie Grill coming to Lutz Bloomin’ Brands is building an Aussie Grill restaurant at the Cypress Creek Town Center, off State Road 56, in Lutz. The restaurant chain also is planning a Carabba’s Italian Grill and a Bonefish Grill at the town center. The 2,925-square-foot Aussie Grill also is expected to have a […]

Medical marijuana ordinance gains first-round approval

Dade City is a step closer to allowing medical marijuana treatment centers within its city limits. Dade City Commissioners gave first-round approval to a zoning text amendment that would make the treatment facilities a permitted use in the city’s general commercial zoning district, and would make them an allowed use in commercial and employment center […]

County marks Ridge Road extension milestone

It was a historic day in Pasco County, as a groundbreaking ceremony was held to celebrate the upcoming construction of the Ridge Road extension. The new stretch of road will give motorists another east-west option through Pasco County, and will provide an additional evacuation route in the event of a disaster. The groundbreaking, held Jan. […]

Report sheds light on Dade City economy

An economic development report shows how the City of Dade City is faring through the first quarter of the 2019-2020 fiscal year — in other words, from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. Dade City’s new community and economic development director, Melanie Romagnoli, presented the quarterly report to city commissioners at a regular meeting on Jan. […]

Pasco County adding two street hockey rinks

Pasco County and the Lightning Foundation have partnered on a project that will result in two street hockey rinks in the county, including one in Wesley Chapel. The Pasco County Commission approved the agreement at its Jan. 7 meeting. As part of the deal, the county will spend an estimated $240,000 to build concrete pads […]

Local YMCA: A hotspot for seniors

Zephyrhills is known for being a place where lots of people like to come during the winter — to avoid the bitter cold winters Up North. Some of the snowbirds who flock there enjoy the community so much, they become permanent residents. But there’s always a perceptible increase in traffic on the roads and diners […]

Charter school coming to Connected City’s Epperson

A K-8 charter school could open as early as this fall in Epperson, if all goes according to plan. The Pasco County School Board has approved an agreement with Metro Apple LLC and Red Apple Development LLC — known collectively as the developer — for a charter school that is planned on the east side […]

This run combats cancer, with love

When Peggy Sherry established Faces of Courage Inc., the idea was to help cancer patients. As a cancer survivor herself, she could empathize. So, she formed a non-profit organization. That was in 2004. The organization, based in Tampa, is geared toward helping cancer patients, and those suffering from blood disorders, as well. The upcoming Run […]

New subdivision approved off Bell Lake Road

A new subdivision for 27 detached residences has been approved on a site of about 9.5 acres, at the northwest corner of the intersection of Bell Lake Road and Alpine Road. The site is about 1 mile east of U.S. 41, in Land O’ Lakes. The main access to the development will be off of […]

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Celebrating Florida Arbor Day

The Florida Forest Service, partnered with Gro Inc., for a celebration on Jan. 18 at Drexel Farms in Land O’ Lakes. The event celebrated Florida Arbor Day, which is the third Friday in January. The public was invited to the celebration, which featured presentations given by the Florida Forest Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife […]

Story time is a tail-wagging time

To promote literacy to young children in a fun way, the Hugh Embry Branch Library’s Read to Rover program pairs storybooks with man’s best friend, for a tail-wagging time. Toddlers and preschoolers are encouraged to read a book (or show the illustrations) to a trained, certified support animal, who patiently sits by the child during […]

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This Week (cont)

Resolution: Making changes that stick, through 2020

Most of us don’t think twice about looking at our phone right when we wake up or buckling our seatbelt when we get in a car — we’ve done it so much, it’s become habitual. So, just exactly what is a habit? The Merriam-Webster dictionary says it is “an acquired mode of behavior that has […]

A sizzlin’, smokin’ and searin’ good time

Thousands of people headed out to the 10th annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Festival for a common reason – to listen to live Blues music, while enjoying barbeque chicken, pork and brisket. The event, presented by The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce, took place on Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 at the Zephyrhills […]

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Local Sports

Land O’ Lakes seeks new football coach

Land O’ Lakes High School athletics department underwent a search for a new head football coach in 2018. The school again is heading back to the drawing board to find the next leader of its varsity football program, a mere two years later. Chad Walker, who coached the Gators in 2018 and 2019, resigned from […]

Hometown kids shine in 2019 college football season

The college football season has come to a close, and it was one in which many players with ties to The Laker/Lutz News coverage area showcased their skills. Dozens of area athletes are a part of programs at the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Series (FCS) levels, as well as Division […]

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Bound for Spain

Watergrass Elementary fifth-grader Jonny Robinson has been selected to represent Team USA at the first-ever Youth Soccer World Cup in Madrid, Spain, in April. Robinson is one of only 20 American players selected for the honor, as tryouts were held in over 20 cities in the United States. Robinson and Team USA will join hundreds […]

Local college football standout transfers

Wesley Chapel native Tre’ McKitty announced that he’s transferring from Florida State University to the University of Georgia for the 2020 football season. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound tight end caught 50 passes for 520 yards in three seasons in Tallahassee. McKitty, who prepped at Wesley Chapel High and IMG Academy, will enroll at Georgia as a […]

Local signing

Pasco Hernando-State College men’s basketball standout Daniel Harrison Jones recently signed with Life University, an NAIA Division I program in Marietta, Georgia. The 6-foot-2 forward led the Bobcats in scoring (15.2 points per game) and was second in rebounds (5.4 per game) during the 2018-2019 season. Jones prepped at Brandon High.

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