These skunks are cuddly, not stinky

Skunks have a reputation that precedes them. And, it’s not particularly flattering. It’s no secret that they are known for their ability to smell up a place with their spray. Florida Skunk Rescue, however, is working to help dispel the negative perception that many have about the furry creatures. Recently, Kat Wysocki, vice president of […]

This Week

Under Construction 12/04/2019

Convenience store coming Lutz soon will add a 7-Eleven convenience store, at 19677 State Road 54. The 3,000-square-foot store is expected to be completed in March. An opening date has not been announced.         New banking branch in Trinity Chase Bank customers, in Trinity, will have another service branch. The 3,470-square-foot building […]

Culinary experts share food business advice

People who want to start a food business — or who already have one and want to make it more successful — received pointers during a SMARTstart program recently at Dade City’s One Stop Shop. The free program, titled “Food is the Biggest Business,” was presented on Nov. 20 by the Pasco Economic Development Council […]

Principal of the year is surprised by honor

Principal JoAnne Glenn and her staff were conducting a training seminar — when Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning and an entourage cruised into the room with flowers, balloons, a cookie cake and an announcement. The superintendent offered Glenn hearty congratulations, as he announced she was the district’s principal of the year. School Board Chairwoman Colleen […]

Lutz Arts & Crafts Show offers unique gift selections

The GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club has been busy prepping for the 40th annual Juried Arts & Crafts Holiday Show, which features hundreds of vendors offering gift selections. The annual event draws vendors from all over the country, and is the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year. It also draws shoppers who make the […]

Judge enjoys challenges in civil court cases

Judge Kent Compton recently paid a visit to the East Pasco Networking Group —where he discussed his duties in the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida. The former Zephyrhills city councilman, and longtime lawyer and prosecutor took up the post in January, after being elected in August 2018. While still settling in, Compton clearly enjoys his […]

Pasco spends $22 million on environmental lands

The Pasco County Commission has unanimously approved a $22 million purchase to secure ecological corridor sites and land for a future park in Central Pasco. The purchase is the largest in the history of the county’s Environmental Lands Acquisition and Management Program (ELAMP) — which began in 2005, said Keith Wiley, the county’s director of […]

Drop by the Old Lutz School for holiday fun

Workers were as busy as Santa’s elves on a recent weekend morning getting everything ready for the 23rd annual Christmas at the Old Lutz School. Members of The Citizens for the Old Lutz School Building organize volunteers who dress up the iconic community building for the holidays each year. Then, the organization hosts several evenings […]

Make a video, help get the word out

A contest that will send thousands of dollars to Florida schools is being sponsored by AAA – The Auto Club Group, in which a total of $5,500 in prizes will be divided up among 13 winning high schools. The Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition (FTSDC) is hosting the Public Service Announcement Contest to promote the […]

New hours coming for utilities service centers

Pasco County Utilities is changing its Customer Service Center hours beginning Jan. 1. The new hours for walk-in and drive-through services will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning in the New Year, according to a county news release. By reducing the service center hours by a half-hour, the utilities department will be able to […]

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Teach-In offers glimpse into diverse career paths

Schools across Pasco County welcomed speakers from wide-ranging professions to talk to students about their jobs at the annual Great American Teach-In, held during November. Most speakers visited schools on a single day, but others came on other days that week. Forty-three speakers, in wide-ranging professions, gave 30-minute to 45-minute presentations at Pine View Elementary, […]

Library brings in the island sound

Visit the Hugh Embry Branch Library on a Tuesday morning, and close your eyes and listen to the sweet strumming sounds coming from the weekly Ukulele jam. It would be easy to picture yourself at a beach luau in Hawaii. Karen and Peter Sears lead the program, after falling in love with the ukulele two […]

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This Week (cont)

Choices abound for holiday fun

The holidays are a traditional time for friends and families to gather, and to seek out ways to enjoy the lights, sounds and treats of the season. If you’re looking to have some old-fashioned fun, to be inspired, or relax, there’s likely an option in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area to suit your fancy. Here’s […]

Pasco School Board adopts new school boundaries

The Pasco County School Board unanimously approved school rezonings for the 2020-2021 school year — primarily affecting students living in the Seven Oaks subdivision in Wesley Chapel. Board members approved the boundary shifts that are aimed to relieve crowding at Wiregrass Ranch High School and John Long Middle School, and to fill seats available at […]

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Local Sports

Pine View football duo readying for prestigious tournament

Two Pine View Middle School seventh-graders are gearing up for one of the nation’s most prestigious youth football events. As members of FBU (Football University) Team Tampa, center Niko Spilotro and quarterback Jayce Nixon will participate in the annual FBU National Championship tournament in Naples, beginning Dec. 7. The 32-team tournament is described as “youth […]

Land O’ Lakes cheerleaders win ‘Best of Pasco’

After a long history of struggles, the Land O’ Lakes High School varsity girls competitive cheerleading team is finding its groove. The Gators won the prestigious ‘Best of Pasco’ Sunshine Athletic Conference Cheerleading Competition on Nov. 16. At the event, hosted by Land O’ Lakes High, the Gators claimed a score of 78.4, defeating 12 […]

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Sports – Check This Out

Big hauls

Jason Russel, left, and Paul DuPhily teamed up to win the South Pasco Bassmasters November Classic at the Lake Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, hauling in 10 bass for a total weight of 26.79 pounds across the two-day tournament. The duo caught their haul on the edges of assorted vegetation, using soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. The […]

Saint Leo earns tournament bid

The Saint Leo women’s volleyball team is NCAA tournament bound — for the seventh year in a row, and a total of 11 times overall. The Lions earned the No. 5 seed in the NCAA Division II South Region and will face No.4 seed Embry-Riddle in the opening round. The eight-team regional begins Dec. 5, […]

Youth XC racing series

The Hillsborough Harriers youth cross-country club is accepting runners in grades three through eight for its 5K winter training series. The series consists of five 5K races between January and April in the Tampa Bay area. Weekly workouts for the series are on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in the Lutz and Carrollwood area. The club […]

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