Pasco looks to become sports tourism destination

Pasco County is putting its sports and recreation offerings front and center, in a strategy aimed at boosting tourism. Visit Pasco — the county’s tourism arm — is rebranding its slogan to “Florida’s Sports Coast.” The announcement came at the second annual East Pasco Economic Development Summit. Adam Thomas, who oversees Pasco’s tourism efforts, said […]

This Week

Marine Corps celebrates birthday in style

It’s not every day that a celebration is held for a 243rd birthday, but that’s exactly what the Marine Forever Detachment No. 1440 did recently to honor the history of the U.S. Marine Corps. The detachment, also known as the Marine Corps League of Lutz/Land O’ Lakes, had its sixth annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball […]

Additional money sought for new library project

Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey is pushing Pasco County to increase funding for a new library, which is part of a collaborative project between the county and Pasco County Schools. The project is to be built in the Starkey Ranch development, located on the ranch formerly owned by Starkey’s family. The project includes a kindergarten […]

Florida’s 2018 midterms full of surprises

The 2018 midterm election cycle was the most exciting, expensive and competitive of any in recent memory; 63 percent of the state’s registrants voted—much higher than the 51 percent in 2014. This year’s midterm election was also full of surprises…and it is still not over. Here are the five biggest “shockers” to date. No. 1: […]

Voter recounts

Machine Recount A Machine Recount occurs if the first set of unofficial returns indicates that a candidate was defeated or eliminated by ½ of one percent or less of the total votes cast for an office, or if an issue (such as a constitutional amendment) was approved or rejected by ½ of one percent or […]

Voters choose local leaders

Voters streamed into Precinct 595 at the Lutz Civic Center on Nov. 6 to cast their ballots in 2018 midterms. They were just as eager to make their voice known at Precinct 6, the Alice Hall Community Center in Zephyrhills. They came by bicycle, pick-up truck and SUV at Precinct 48 at the Meadow Pointe […]

Election 2018 results

Note: The outcome of two key races is not yet known A machine recount has been ordered in the race for U.S. Senate, between Republican challenger Rick Scott and incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson. A machine recount has been ordered in the race for Florida governor, between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum. A machine […]

Voters on both sides of the aisle say they want change

Voters across Pasco and Hillsborough counties turned out in far greater numbers for the 2018 midterms than they did four years ago. Websites kept by the local supervisor of elections show that 60.64 of Pasco County’s registered voters turned out, while Hillsborough’s turnout — at 61.48 percent — was even higher. Pasco’s turnout in the […]

Local 4-H members receive recognition

Two local members of Pasco County’s 4-H were honored by the Pasco County Commission last month for their achievements in the 4-H organization. Commissioners passed a resolution on Oct. 9 recognizing Montana Rose Smith and Kata Muellerleile for their statewide leadership positions in 4-H. The resolution notes that nine young adults in Pasco County have […]

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Kids and adults have fun at Touch-A-Truck event

Children were clearly having a good time checking out a variety of trucks, buses and other vehicles during a Touch-A-Truck event at Starkey Ranch District Park, at 11880 Lake Blanche Drive in Odessa on Nov. 3. Children could get their faces painted, enjoy inflatables and play games at the event, which was sponsored by the […]

Helping families communicate through sign language

Families came to the New River Branch Library, at 34043 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, to learn how to communicate with hearing impaired loved ones. The library will be hosting two classes each month, one for families and one for adults. at the New River Branch Library. Gabriela Southwick, an American Sign Language instructor […]

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This Week (cont)

The Civil War visits Dade City

To all history buffs and those curious about learning more on the Civil War, the Pioneer Florida Museum will be recapturing this American era from Nov.16 through Nov. 18. Entitled the “Living History and Civil War Reenactments,” the event begins with a school field trip on Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Accompanied […]

Artistic couple opens home gallery in Wesley Chapel

Upon entering the front door, various colors seem to emanate from all directions. The living room and dining room walls are covered with diverse paintings. The tables are decked with sculptures of different shapes and proportions. More artworks can be found in the bedrooms, too. This is the Wesley Chapel home of Bernard and Gwendolyn […]

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Local Sports

Academy at the Lakes football eyes state title run

Following last year’s historic eight-man state title run, questions swirled about how the Academy at the Lakes football program would respond in 2018 with the loss a number of impactful seniors, including do-it-all tailback/linebacker Daniel Gonzalez, the 2017 Florida Christian Association of Private and Parochial Schools (FCAPPS) Heisman Trophy winner. Fair to say, they’ve handled […]

Prep football regular season recap

With the 2018 prep football regular season coming to a close — and playoffs set to begin — here’s a look at some of the storylines and highlights from schools in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area: Zephyrhills notches perfect campaign The 2018 campaign will be one to remember for the Zephyrhills Bulldogs. They finished 10-0 […]

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Sports – Check This Out

LOLHS soccer product earns collegiate honor

Former Land O’ Lakes High School girls soccer standout Sydny Nasello, now a freshman forward at the University of South Florida, was recently named to the American Athletic Conference’s All-Rookie team. Nasello tallied 15 points (four goals, seven assists) in 1,141 minutes of action across 15 regular season contests. Her best game of the season […]

Local commitment

Sunlake High junior outfielder/first baseman Paige Maseda has verbally committed to play collegiate softball at Division II Flagler College in Saint Augustine. Last season, Maseda earned All-Sunshine Athletic Conference first team honors after posting a .506 batting average, three home runs, 11 extra base hits, 26 runs and 25 RBIs.

Clay shoot set Nov. 17

The Bay Area Manufacturers Association (BAMA) Clay Shoot is set for Nov. 17 at 8 a.m., at Tampa Bay Sporting Clays, 10514 Ehren Cutoff in Land O’ Lakes. Cost is $150 for an individual or $500 per foursome. Registration includes 50 targets, two boxes of ammo, ear protection, scorecards, golf carts (one per four-person team), […]

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