New opportunities coming to Cypress Creek campus

Crews have begun work on Cypress Creek Middle School, being built on the site where Cypress Creek Middle High School now operates. A new Instructional and Performing Arts Center, which will provide educational opportunities and entertainment, will rise on the same site. Both are slated to open in fall of 2020. Pasco County Schools gave […]

This Week

Local teen spreads anti-human trafficking awareness

Walk through any public middle or high school in Pasco County, and you’re bound to come across impactful posters bringing awareness to the issue of human trafficking. They’re pretty hard to miss. Displayed in bright pink and green colors, with large fonts in English and Spanish versions, the posters explain that human trafficking is a […]

Efforts resurface in quest to widen Old Pasco Road

The Long Range Transportation Plan now includes a project to widen a 7-mile stretch of Old Pasco Road, from State Road 52 to County Road 54, which is also known as Wesley Chapel Boulevard. The widening had been included in the long-range plan as far back as 2014, but was subsequently dropped. Now, it’s back […]

TouchPoint Medical’s headquarters to open in 2020

Construction began last week on TouchPoint Medical Inc.’s global headquarters on South Branch Boulevard in The Preserve, a new residential community off State Road 54, west of the Suncoast Parkway. The 142,000-square-foot facility in Land O’ Lakes is expected to be completed during 2020. The company will bring a total of 228 jobs to Pasco […]

BayCare continues quest for Wesley Chapel hospital

BayCare Health Systems is pushing forward in its quest to open a new hospital in Wesley Chapel, despite a challenge filed by AdventHealth’s hospitals in Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills and Dade City. Speaking on BayCare’s behalf, Todd Jones recently outlined the health care system’s plans for a 60-bed hospital that would be built on a 111-acre […]

Making sense of choices available in senior care

As a generation of Floridians transition into retirement age, they and their families may have questions regarding what senior care facilities have to offer. Keystone Place at Terra Bella is providing information to help the public find those answers. The Land O’ Lakes senior living facility had several open house sessions in January to explain […]

‘Facts are facts,’ economic expert says

Understanding the economy means having a handle on factual information. That’s not such an easy thing to achieve in today’s environment. But John B. Jung Jr., the featured speaker at the Pasco Economic Development Council’s 2019 Economic Forecast Luncheon, focused on informing the audience in his talk, “Facts are Stubborn Things.” “We struggle sometimes when […]

San Antonio set to repair water leak

The City of San Antonio will take another stab at fixing an ongoing water leak along Pennsylvania Avenue. City commissioners approved $10,000 in additional funds with contractors Superior Siteworks and EA Tapping Services. Of that, $6,000 will go for tapping services and $4,000 will go for excavation work. The action came during a special commission […]

Matching up employer needs with workforce supply

The Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., has launched a three-year pilot program aimed at helping employers meet their workforce needs. While the program, called the Pasco Talent Pipeline, aims to help employers meet their needs for skilled workers — other desired outcomes will be to improve the prospects for job seekers in Pasco County and […]

United Way of Pasco plans to expand its reach

As he assumes the helm of United Way of Pasco County, Chuck Anderson said he plans to build on the organization’s previous successes. Anderson became president and CEO of the organization on Jan. 14, succeeding Alice Delgardo, who retired. He recently moved to the area from Fort Myers, and he’s well aware of Pasco County’s […]

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Creating sweet cards for their Valentines

Children had a chance to create some Valentine’s Day cards in a make-and take-day at the Hugh Embry Branch Library, at 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City.

Florists’ fingers fly, as they gear up for a very, very busy Valentine’s

Rose’s Hub Florida on North Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz has played a role in brightening Valentine’s Day for recipients of the florist’s handiworks for decades. The business, which opened its doors in 1959, is best-known for its farm-fresh flowers and 70-cm long-stem roses. Rose Moore is the current shop’s owner. Her mother, Louise, opened […]

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This Week (cont)

Paulie Palooza has a new venue

The annual Paulie Palooza will return to liven Downtown Zephyrhills on Feb. 23, but this year, the event has a new venue: Main Street Zephyrhills at 38537 Fifth Ave. The new location was selected to incorporate downtown businesses into the festival, said Leesa Fryer, event planning specialist at Gulf Hospice and Pasco Palliative Care. The […]

Pigz in Z’Hlls attracts record crowd

The ninth annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Festival attracted more than 13,000 people, according to event organizers. Event-goers headed to the festival venue, at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, to enjoy a day of live performances by blues musicians and other bands, and to enjoy barbecue chicken, pork, brisket, ribs and foods offered by […]

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Local Sports

Cypress Creek celebrates inaugural signing day

Unlike just about every other high school in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area, Cypress Creek Middle/High School last year didn’t have a National Signing Day event for student-athletes moving on to the college ranks. That’s because, the then first-year school on Old Pasco Road had no seniors, as it pulled strictly underclassman from Wesley Chapel […]

Local athletes sign with colleges

In addition to Cypress Creek, several other local athletes signed their letters of intent (LOI) on Feb. 6 to various colleges and universities as part of National Signing Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in February. Here’s a roundup of known high school athlete signings in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area: Carrollwood Day School […]

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Sports – Check This Out

Sunlake softballer joins Canadian junior national team

Kendra Falby, a sophomore outfielder on the Sunlake High varsity softball team, was recently selected to the Canadian Junior Women’s National Team. Falby, whose father is from Canada, made the 19-member team following a selection camp last month in Fort Myers. As a member of Team Canada, Falby will compete at the Canada Cup International […]

McHugh joins Wesley Chapel High football staff

Longtime Pasco High Pirates head football coach Tom McHugh is continuing his coaching career in east Pasco County, albeit at another public high school. McHugh was recently named an assistant coach at Wesley Chapel High, where he’ll coach linebackers and quarterbacks under Wildcats fourth-year head coach Tony Egan. McHugh was relieved of his coaching duties […]

Swimming teams earn academic honor

The Saint Leo men’s and women’s swimming teams have been recognized for their success in the classroom — being named to the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America team, on the basis of their fall grade point averages. The men finished the 2018 fall semester with a 3.28 GPA to […]

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