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Pasco County honors its 2019 graduates

As graduates stepped across the stage at the University of South Florida’s Yuengling Center to accept their diplomas — the crowd erupted with cheers and applause. That’s not an atypical reaction at graduation ceremonies, but this one was particularly special. The Class of 2019 at Cypress Creek Middle High School made history on June 5, […]

This Week

New brewery coming to Wesley Chapel

A new brewery, restaurant and beer garden will be setting up shop at a former fitness facility in Wesley Chapel — with an expected opening in the first quarter of 2020. Anthony Derby, CEO of Brew Bus Brewing and the Florida Avenue Brewing Co., located in Tampa’s Seminole Heights, said the planned additional location for […]

Weekly recycling coming soon to Pasco County

The Pasco County Commission has approved weekly curbside recycling, with haulers having 90 days to make the transition to the once-a-week recycling pickups. Recycling previously was picked up twice a month. Community Development Districts and Homeowner Associations can continue on their current recycling contract until their individual contracts with haulers expire, but once that happens, […]

Construction crews busy on roadwork in Pasco County

When it comes to construction activity on Pasco County roads, State Road 52 is a hotspot. At least that was the message that David Gwynn, secretary for the Florida Department of Transportation’s District Seven, delivered during the North Tampa Bay Chamber’s breakfast meeting. Gwynn briefed the audience on the state transportation department’s current and upcoming […]

Pasco advocates for additional lanes on I-275

The Pasco County Commission last week emailed a letter to the Hillsborough County Commission asking that board to support a regional approach to transportation. Specifically, the Pasco commissioners want the Hillsborough board to support the Florida Department of Transportation’s request for an additional lane in each direction on Interstate 275, from north of Dr. Martin […]

Pasco County property appraiser sees bullish outlook

With Pasco County continuing to experience massive ongoing growth and development, the county’s tax rolls are expected to increase at least 9 percent this year, according to Pasco County property appraiser Gary Joiner. Preliminary figures reveal that the county has already exceeded its tax roll from 2008, Joiner said, referring to before the economy tanked. […]

Music group aims to bolster local artists

Nomi Webb, of Lutz, is calling out to local Christian music artists interested in showcasing their work through her organization. Her faith-based group, Tumbleweed Music Ministry, will present a platform for artists trying to break into the music industry. They’ll be producing their own records to be uploaded to the group’s website. “I’m really about […]

Guardian ad Litem program wins a legislative victory

A new state law will improve the flow of information from court cases involving abused and neglected children, who are involved in both dependency and delinquency cases. Guardian ad Litem volunteers are involved primarily in dependency cases, which means the children are in the legal system because they need a safe, permanent home. Delinquency cases […]

Learn to share the road, for everyone’s safety

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), about 2 percent of deaths in motor vehicle crashes each year are bicyclists. Although child bicyclist deaths have declined over the years, deaths among bicyclists age 20 and older have tripled since 1975. Florida leads the nation in bicycle fatalities. Of the 783 pedalcyclists killed in 2017 in […]

Father’s Day is a big day for grilling

Father’s Day is often associated with grilling. Grilling accessories are a popular Father’s Day gift idea, and some dads use this time of year to purchase a new grill — with businesses often offering special sales. Father’s Day also is a time when families often go fishing — with fishing gear also being a popular […]

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Celebrate dad this week: Father’s Day is June 16

As Father’s Day approaches, we set out to capture some special moments between dads and their kids, in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Such tender exchanges can happen when a child is tiny, or a full-grown adult. We salute those dads who are never too busy to go fishing with their kids, or attend dance […]

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

Seniors from Cypress Creek Middle High School made history when they graduated on June 5, becoming the first class to graduate from the high school in Wesley Chapel. But, these graduates were among thousands picking up diplomas from schools across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Whether they graduating from a small private school, from a […]

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This Week (cont)

New Wesley Chapel fire station comes with more offerings

Wesley Chapel now has Pasco County’s second largest fire station, and the opening of Station 13 was celebrated at a ribbon cutting on May 30. The 9,400-square-foot station, off Old Pasco Road and Dayflower Boulevard, became operational several weeks before the celebration because the original station — which had been next to it — was […]

Idea of temporary ban on mini-warehouses sparks criticism

The Pasco County Planning Commission has voiced objections to a proposal for an 180-day moratorium on new applications for mini-warehouses and self-storage facilities. Alexandra LaPorte, senior planner with the county’s planning and development department, told planning commissioners that the six-month moratorium would provide time for county staff to craft proposed regulations relating to that type […]

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Local Sports

Land O’ Lakes Athletics Hall of Fame adds members

The Land O’ Lakes Gators Athletics Foundation recently added five new members to the school’s athletics Hall of Fame, during a dinner ceremony. The inductees for the 2019 class were: Stacy Bishop, a record-setting girls soccer player from 1999 to 2003; Jerry Brewster, a state qualifying wrestler and team MVP in 1986; John Childers III, […]

Pasco All-Conference spring awards announced

High school coaches from the Pasco County School District recently announced the Sunshine Athletic Conference (SAC) All-Conference Teams, Athletes of the Year and Coaches of the Year, for the 2018-2019 spring sports season, which included baseball, lacrosse, softball, tennis, track & field, and weightlifting. Selections were made for both the East and West division for […]

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Sports – Check This Out

Duo garners first place

Roy Woodhouse, left, and Rick Schueller teamed to win first place at the South Pasco Bassmasters’ (SPBM) May tournament, hauling in five fish for a total weight of 17.24 pounds on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. Their haul also included the biggest bass of the tournament, weighing 7.28 pounds. The pair used flipping plastic worms […]

Youth XC team accepting runners

The Hillsborough Harriers Cross Country team is accepting new runners for the fall cross-country season. The team is open to boys and girls entering grades three through eight. The team, coached by 11-time Boston Marathoner Tommy Brown, is looking for youth who enjoy running and want to learn to run in a supportive team. Distance […]

Roller derby bout

A charity roller derby bout is scheduled for July 6 at Sunderman Fields, 1631 Ninth St., in Palm Harbor. Revolution Roller Derby will host a series of women’s, coed and rookie scrimmages. Matches are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. The event will also feature a derby swap meet, bake sale and local vendors. Nonperishable […]

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