Local donors help propel playground development

A new playground designed to be welcoming for children with disabilities is planned for Wesley Chapel District Park, and the project got a big boost from some local donors. The Wesley Chapel Rotary Club, AdventHealth Wesley Chapel and the Lennar Foundation are contributing a combined total of $125,000 to help Pasco County pay for the […]

This Week

How to stay safe while enjoying the water

Although summer is winding down — being safe around water is a year-round pursuit. Practical tips to help avoid danger, in or near water, can make a difference for both experienced and non-experienced swimmers. In fact, infants are being encouraged to get acquainted with swimming before learning to walk. “The earlier you start, the better,” […]

Pasco Sheriff’s employee earns statewide honor

A longtime Pasco Sheriff’s Office civilian supervisor has earned a statewide honor from the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA). Gina Youmans has dedicated her career to helping crime victims and their loved ones, as a supervisor of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office Victim Advocates Unit. The 28-year veteran of the law enforcement agency is being recognized for […]

Baseball and softball school approved in Wesley Chapel

A request to allow a private baseball and softball school in Wesley Chapel has gained approval from the Pasco County Commission. In granting the request, commissioners overturned a decision made on Feb. 21 by the Pasco County Planning Commission. Planning commissioners had denied the request , despite a recommendation for approval by county planners, who […]

Health and Wellness Fair focuses on the elderly

A free community Health and Wellness Fair, held recently in Land O’ Lakes,  focused on services that are available to the elderly, as they face changes in mind and body. The Aug. 1 event was hosted by Keystone Place at Terra Bella, 2200 Livingston Road, which offers residential options for independent living, assisted living and […]

Frolicking in the Florida snow?

Children, and adults alike, will have a new recreational option when a new winter park opens for business in Northeast Pasco. The Pasco County Commission on Aug. 6 approved the addition of a snow park, which will be situated next to Tree Hoppers Aerial Adventure Park, on the north side of St. Joe Road, about […]

Getting up-close and personal with reptiles

A love of dinosaurs at age 5 led Bruce Shwedick into a lifetime of work with reptiles. The Plant City man, who operates Reptiles Discovery, recently brought his traveling reptile show to the Hugh Embry Branch Library in Dade City. Shwedick’s show features  gentle, captive-born reptiles, which he presents in a safe, non-threatening manner to […]

Nikki Alvarez-Sowles named county clerk & comptroller

Gov. Ron DeSantis has named Nikki Alvarez-Sowles to serve as the Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller. She will serve in that role through January 2021, filling out the balance of term for the post vacated by Paula S. O’ Neil, who retired on July 1. Alvarez-Sowles is the county’s eighth clerk & comptroller. She was […]

Send us your First Day of School photos

Schools across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area are ringing in a new academic year — and along with that comes traditional First Day of School photos. The photos that parents, grandparents, friends and other relatives take on that first day are a fun way to mark a new year of learning. Plus, they’re like tiny […]

Under Construction 08/07/2019

Edmonson Electric Edmonson Electric Inc., is set to open an office warehouse at 5611 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The two-story building will consist of two dozen offices, several breakrooms and an indoor gym. Construction on the 22,000-square-foot facility began in January and is scheduled to wrap up in August. The grand […]

Front Page Photos

Putting on a puppet show

Four-year-old Evan Pilcher, of Lutz, and his 7-year-old brother, Eli, put on a puppet show for their dad, Eric and infant brother, Easton. The boys were spending a rainy morning recently at the Lutz Branch Library, 101 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road. The boys were using a new puppet stage that was made possible by […]

Reptiles put on quite a show at the library

During a recent show at the Hugh Embry Branch Library in Dade City, Bruce Shwedick, owner of Reptile Discovery, a mobile, live reptile show based in Plant City, shows off a corn snake to 12-year-old Isaac Dawkins, of Dade City, left, and 8-year-old Soren Wallace, of Dade City.

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This Week (cont)

Creating a permanent place of honor

If all goes according to organizers’ desires, Pasco County will join the state’s 66 other counties and will establish a permanent memorial for law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Those behind the effort hope the memorial will be ready for use next year, during the Pasco County ceremony held annually […]

Wiregrass Ranch High uses online orientation

Virtual orientation was back by popular demand at Wiregrass Ranch High School. The online amenity, offered Aug. 1 to Aug. 6, provided an alternative to help Wiregrass Ranch students get situated for the coming school year, which begins for students on Aug. 12. The option allowed students who are returning to Wiregrass Ranch, and their […]

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Local Sports

Fall football preview: Pasco County

With the 2019 high school football season almost here — preseason classics begin Aug. 16 and regular season kicks off Aug. 23 — we take a look at how Pasco County teams in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area stack up. Pasco County Schools in Laker/Lutz News coverage area (and their 2018 records) Academy at the […]

Fall football preview: Hillsborough County

With the 2019 high school football season just mere weeks away — preseason classics begin Aug. 16 and regular season kicks off Aug. 23 — we take a look at how Hillsborough County teams in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area stack up. Next week, we’ll preview Pasco County teams. Hillsborough County schools (2018 records) Carrollwood […]

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Sports – Check This Out

Lutz softball registration

Registration is ongoing until Aug. 24 for the Lutz Softball girls fall recreation fast pitch league. Play is offered for girls ages 4 to 18. The season runs from Sept. 21 through Nov. 23. Games are played at Oscar Cooler Sports Complex and Nye Park, in Lutz. For more information, visit LutzSoftball.com or email *protected email*.

PHSC athletics signings

Fourteen Pasco-Hernando State College student-athletes across five sports recently announced their commitments to continue their athletics and academics careers at various four-year colleges and universities. Here is a list of the commitments: Baseball Ryan Ayrey — Bethune-Cookman University (Division I) Anthony Cassos — Southeastern Oklahoma University (Division II) Joey DelGatto — University of North Carolina-Pembroke […]

Great catch

Ken Willis, left, and Dave Panno, far right, teamed up to win the South Pasco Bassmasters (SPBM) July tournament on Lake Tarpon, hauling in five bass for a total weight of 15.28 pounds. The duo caught their bass using plastic frogs in pepper grass and fishing deep water brush piles with 10-inch plastic worms. The […]

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